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As one who was stationed in Japan for two years, I think this bathroom thing is overblown. In many of the train stations in small towns there was only one bathroom. The men using the urinal faced the wall and the women walked behind them to use the stalls. There was a brief cultural jolt and then I just got used to it. No big deal.
I have no objection to banning flights from west Africa, but anybody who thinks that would actually keep ebola out of the U.S. is living in fantasyland. There was never any chance it wasn't coming here.
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Progressives’ Moral Equivalence

Bob502 Wrote: Sep 28, 2014 12:25 AM
Why should anybody apologize for the crusades? Muslims have never apologized for conquering those lands. Why should Christians apologize for trying to take them back?
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Progressives’ Moral Equivalence

Bob502 Wrote: Sep 28, 2014 12:23 AM
Why should anybody apologize for the crusades? Muslims have never apologized for conquering those lands. Why should Christians apologize for trying to take them back?
That is because sheep do not have a general tendency toward rebellion. Children do. In the parable of the lost sheep only one went astray, ninety-nine did not. Children are not sheep.
You are assuming that children have a natural ability to reason. You are wrong. Discipline is the way tha parents teach their children to reason about their behavior. You can certainly distract a toddler, but you certainly cannot reason with her.
It is generally the case that the point of discipline is precisely so that the child will not have to face the direct consequences of his actions or behavior. I slapped my children's hands when they tried to play with electrical cords. I did it because I did not want them to face the direct consequence of an electrical shock. In many cases, the direct consequence will not manifest itself until years later. What is the direct consequence of bullying other children at the park? It is having no friends years later. The wise parent will discipline so that doesn’t happen. Sometimes the nature of the offense dictates the nature of the punishment, but not always. Grounding a child for a few days or a week may be appropriate for some offenses, but a spanking may be more merciful because when it’s over, it’s over. Parents are the ones best equipped to know what is appropriate for their child and moralizing busybodies should butt out.
Modernity does, in fact, posit an irrational universe. You are confusing cause and effect with rationality. Modernity assumes a universe and all its contents that are the result of random processes. That is the opposite of rationality. Modern science persists in this assumption in the face of evidence that in any other context would immediately be recognized as utterly compelling. This is irrationality taken to the ultimate measure.
My point isn't that they were never of any value, only that by citing them favorably he gives them credibility. The good work might have been done forty years ago, but the credibility is current. That's not a good thing.
It's regretable that Mr. Jacoby would cite the Southern Poverty Law Center in any positive context. The SPLC routinely accuses any group with which they disagree of being a hate group. They have been so abusive that SPLC has become a hate group. Mr. Jacoby citing SPLC gives it an aura of respectability that it manifestly does not deserve.
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