I used to think of the Swiss as being sensible people, but I can no longer sustain that view when it is illegal to flush a live goldfish down a toilet, but perfectly legal to kill someone who is perfectly healthy, yet wishes to die.
There is something fundamentally wrong with a society which values goldfish over humans, don’t you think? Just as there is something wrong with American culture which worries more about a lion’s death than the illegal sale of baby body parts.
Norman Lear earned his status of legend as a TV producer, and he appears to have learned a few things about life on his way to his 93rd birthday.
I know that sounds like a line from a B-grade horror movie, but it’s true. Florida’s weather makes it an ideal breeding ground for all sorts of critters, including non-natives like Burmese pythons, and Giant African Snails are just the latest invasive species to be causing trouble.
With all the distortions being bandied about regarding the Confederate battle flag, it is wise to note that some of the distortions are of long standing, especially the one about Pres. Lincoln having fought the Civil War to free the slaves. He went to war to preserve the union, as he himself said, because the industrial North had the same sweet deal with the agrarian South which Britain had with the colonies.
The winners get to write history. In our case, the Left took over academia, and is continuing to rewrite history to suit its purposes. For example, you will never hear any liberal or progressive say that Confederate soldiers were legal veterans, so those who are desecrating statues and monuments and Confederate flags should be asked if they would do the same to those for World War I or II. Many of them would, of course, though they would vehemently deny it.
Robert E. Lee thought slavery was an evil institution, and believed that blacks could attain equality and live among whites without conflict. He also refused to copy Sherman’s scorched earth policy, adhering to a code of conduct ignored by Sherman as well as other Union commanders.
Read William Sullivan’s entire piece, linked above, and decide whether Lincoln or Lee held the higher moral ground. And do remember that the federal government seized Lee’s estate and turned it into Arlington National Cemetery, inadvertently ensuring that heroes would lie at Lee’s home forever.
If you live in Vietnam, you will probably never own a car. And really, who wants a car when the streets are narrow and crowded and can best be described as chaotic? No, a motorbike is the thing to have to improve your status, because if you are clever and creative, you can transport many things. If you are daring, even reckless, and maybe a tad crazy, you can make your bike carry nearly every thing.
A black Democratic state representative named Bill Patmon has done the state of Ohio proud by finally saying what I’ve been thinking for weeks now: “You hear a lot of demonstrations across the country now about ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Well, they skipped one place, they should be in front of Planned Parenthood. They skipped one place, not just the police department, stand in front of Planned Parenthood. Black lives matter. American lives matter.”
Rep. Patmon is acting like an adult, not an adolescent, a statesman, not a politician, and I find that as refreshing as a long drink of water from a cold spring in high summer.
UPDATE: Here is a longer take from Michael Potemra, who does a fine job of explaining why this is an extraordinary event.