Sunday, February 26, 2006

So You Gotta Let Me Know, Should I Stay or Should I Go

I made a comment on a blog, addressing two previous commenters, which I thought was an entirely appropriate response their insensate inanity. I did not use a single obscene or profane syllable. I did question the worth of their contribution to the human gene pool. The host of the blog deleted my comment, which I accept whole-heartedly. He has the right to control the content of his blog in any way he pleases. In place of my comment he wrote to the effect that nasty, personal, insulting comments will be deleted and repetition will result in the commenter being banned. No problem. That site is off the link list and favorites. I will not be going back. It is a big internet and there up to forty million blogs for me to waste my time on -- few, if any, of them as schoolmarmish.

The Psychology of Murder

James Wolcott wonders why the terrorists who blew up the Golden Dome in Iraq tied up the guards instead of slitting their throats. It seems to me that it is a difficult thing to kill a human being up close and personal even for fanatic terrorists. Which is why they use explosives. I remember reading that during the Korean War the Army found that two out of three soldiers -- well-trained, disciplined soldiers -- did not fire their rifles at all or fired to miss even though they were being attacked by the enemy. War is an unnatural thing during which the old bury the young instead of the young burying the old. (Herodotus). Why do we do it so much?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

How to Smuggle a Nuclear Weapon Into The United States

Step One.

"After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward," Bush told reporters who had traveled with him on Air Force One to Washington. "I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company."


Michelle Malkin.

Click for cartoon from Day by Day. Thanks again to Michelle Malkin.

UPDATE: I am at odds with Liberal Larry on this. Not surprising. He lives in Seattle. The fallout from NYC will never reach there. (Heh!)

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Callicles Got It Right

Lawrence Block once opined that shoplifting Sartre's "Being and Nothingness" is a crime that is at the same time its own punishment. Having tried to read it, I agree with him. On the other hand, I do not want to be too harsh on this young man. "I like philosophy in a young lad; it is thoroughly suitable and a mark of a liberal nature; a lad who neglects philosophy I regard as mean-spirited and never likely to entertain a fine or noble ambition. But when I see an older man still at philosophy and refusing to abandon it, that man seems to me, Socrates, to need a whipping." (Callicles in Plato's "Gorgias)

Thursday, February 16, 2006

God bless him

Even a cat may look at at a king. When it becomes politically incorrect for a man to look at a pretty woman, we need to change the political system. Urgently.

Think things, not words

A stout kick in the pants for some legal theoreticians. A much needed nudge to me too for trying to engage in their debates. Thank you, Eugene Volokh.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"What a maroon!"

James Wolcott may actually think that he is not referring to himself .

Moja droga ja cie kocham


Monday, February 13, 2006

Some insults to our intelligence should be impeachable offenses

It scares me when I agree with James Wolcott . The general statement, to be clear. Not the specific jibe.

My brilliance shines once more at Prawfsblawg

Sunday, February 12, 2006

When a Drug Dealer Needs to be Locked Up for His Own Protection

Saturday, February 11, 2006

What a Creep

Via drudge

Friday, February 10, 2006

Is Criminal Law Inherently Coercive?

And I had to go and say that the law is a practical affair and not an intellectual exercise but in a kind of round about way.

Ann Coulter Otra Vez

A lady very much in need of new batteries for her Mechanical Substitute for Male Attention. Gahh, I sound like James Wolcott. I don't care.

Thanks to Instapundit.

Patterico puts it very well: More on Coulter (Pun Intended).

Thursday, February 09, 2006

James Wolcott

I definitely do not agree with him but this post earns him one more vote for "Drama Queen" of the year.

The Philosophy of Self Defense

One would think that the only philosophy you need is "Hit first, hit hard and keep hitting until he's down" but I got myself involved in a discussion at Prawfsblawg where I am, of course, brilliant and incisive.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Thread for my debate with Chukuang