Party of the Future

Age gap may be trouble for Bush: Social Security plan divides young, old,” by Susan Page, USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20050111/1a_lede11.art.htm, 11 January 2005.

Party of the Future v. Party of the Past

A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday found that most young voters support private accounts even if that means cuts to guaranteed benefits. By 55%-42%, those under 30 call it a “good idea.”

But the older the voter, the stronger the opposition. By 63%-33%, those over 50 call it a “bad idea.”

Not always, but at times like this Bush’s courage and heroism amaze me. Supporting the future, even at a very real political risk. We have a great President.

Homosexuality (only for the trivia)

I thought I would just make 3 unfounded points with a rainbow (no irony intended) summary point at the end, but I found I had too much to say,” by “Aaron,” tdaxp, http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/01/10/denormalization.html, 11 January 2005.

Free from the constraints of the practical, I give a rambling reply to Aaron’s well-thought-out post.

“I thought I would just make 3 unfounded points with a rainbow (no irony intended) summary point at the end, but I found I had too much to say.

1. Few people have ever chosen to be gay.
– A number would like not to be, I’m sure, but usually from societal pressure. Much like you can’t force yourself to be attracted to a man, homosexuals cannot force themselves to be “normal” and be attracted to a woman. I challenge you to find me evidence to the contrary, and the Cato Institute and National Review don’t count. I’ve read accounts of the anguish faced by homosexuals who are attempting to “normalize” themselves, whether through counseling or faith. The Mormons will even find you a wife to help you get back to being “normal.” A fair number of these accounts end with suicide. Homosexuality is not a choice. The anguish caused by homosexuality is the fault of intolerant society. Substitute “black” or “mentally disabled” or “short” into your arguments and hear how disgusting you sound.

I agree that few males have chosen to be homosexual. As far as I know National Review has never published an articles to the contrary, and CATO’s socially libertarianism would make them unlikely to pursue one. Likewise, few people have chosen not to be homosexual.

Homosexual anguish has several causes. Social incompatibility is not the least among them, but others are clear too. All-male circles have less impulse-control than all-female or mixed circles. So male homosexuals can be expected to engage in more actions with less forethought than others. Related to this is their status as disease vectors. In other words, dumb decisions makes death makes people sad.

“Black” cannot be substituted because blackness does not determine behavior.

“Mentally disabled” is a status of injury. Mental disability overwhelmingly affects behavior. It is an extremely wide category, but its fair to say that a good portion of the anguish the mentally disabled, or any disabled, feel is because they are disabled. That is, because of real concrete disabilities that prevent them from pursuing their dreams.

“Short” is ambiguous. Midgets clearly are physically disabled, while the shorter-than-average or just shorter-than-average.

So to substitute with the sentence, “Homosexuality shall be eliminated”

Substituting “blacks” makes the sentence bizarre and implies genocide or at the very least vast biological interference. Substituting “mentally disability” makes the sentence hopeful — if all the sick were cured, and illness became preventable, we would live in a happier world. Substituting “shortness” is just weird.

2. Homosexuality is optional for a society.
– For a society perhaps, but not for an individual. However, there are other entirely optional things to society that I don’t see you rallying against. Let me list them:
– Biased news.
– Alcohol.
– Faith (even if it’s only for the trivia).

I agree that a homosexual individual would be hard-pressed to call his status “optional.” But more importantly…

Biased news and propoganda have existed in every society ever. Even if objectivity were possible, there are real society forces that warp news to make it pleasing to certain powers. No society has ever escaped this. This is as good as “proof” that biased news will always exist as is possible.

Alcohol is one of many drugs. Perhaps knowledge of fermentation can be supressed. But what society has been free of artificial stimulation? From alcohol to tobacco to marijuana to opium to incense stimulants worm there way in.

Faith comes from a Greek word that means “trust.” In Modern English it means “Faith in a higher order.” Whether God, the laws of nature, or History, faith seems inescapable.

When I say “homosexuality is optional” I do not mean “homosexuality can be expunged to create a virtuous society.” I mean “homosexuality has not existed in the vast majority of societies in human history.” Which leads to…

3. Gays have been persecuted a great deal throughout history. It’s not passed on as a genetic trait (that I’ve seen proven, anywhere). Natural selection should have taken care of it by now if it were. Again, few people have chosen to be gay and a large number would rather they weren’t.

It seems likely that some combination of genetics and socialization leads to homosexuality. I have no evidence — it just sounds right. But more substantively…

Gays have not been persecuted a great deal throughout history. If they were, we would see the ordinances of persecution. We would see somewhere the prohibitions. We would see something better than the weird, oddly-worded, and shellfish-strewn wreckages in Leviticus.

This is what I meant by “homosexuality is optional.” That it mostly does not exist.

Later, abbreviating some…

Heterosexuals spread disease as easily as homosexuals. The stigma that they’re carriers for HIV/AIDs is a holdover from the 80s, when the disease was misunderstood. The same measure of protection a heterosexual takes can prevent a homosexual from catching / spreading disease. Statistics might support your arguments,

Ok. So what I write is not a relic from the 1980s. Its statistics. The better AIDS is understood, the more the impact of homosexuals as vectors is known. One can argue that this classification is unfair, but its a conclusion that comes from the facts.

but they’d also support the following statements: blacks are criminals, young people are bad drivers, the Pope is Catholic.

If you correct for income, population size, and single-parenting, do you see more black criminals than white criminals? No. Because race does not change behavior.

If you correct for income, population size, and single-parenting, do you see more young bad drivers than middle aged bad drivers? Of course. Because young people have less impulse control and less fear than middle aged drivers. Youth is always everywhere a time of less control.

Statistics show post-correction differences between youth and non-youth and homosexuals and non-homosexuals because those categories matter. Such differences dissappear for blacks because race does not.

There are those that glorify the lifestyle and seek attention and perhaps some are driven to it by an out of control libido. For them, homosexuality may be a choice. But for the young man who hides something he cannot control, who fears persecution from an intolerant family and society, who tries to find solace in therapy or faith, only to be let down, I think the “opportunity cost” of homosexuality should have driven him to normalcy by now. So why did he kill himself rather than get married, raise 2.5 children, and buy a little white house out in the suburbs?”

Homosexuality, like first language, seems to be determined in childhood. The purpose of denormalization is prevention, not cure.

Freedom and Fear

“Iraqi Insurgents Using Bigger Bombs,” by Nick Wadhams, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Page 1A (from Associated Press).

U.S. claims of the antidemocracy supported by the insurgents

“‘It’s fair to say that they are afraid of the elections, they are afraid of what the outcome will be, and they want to do everything they can to derail that process, because that’s just one more step toward their demise,” U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. James Hutton said.

Seem to be supported by the Sunni Ba’athi-Salafists themselves

In a suggestion that the insurgents were looking for new ways to intimate voters, a militant group posted threats in at least two towns warning it would deploy “highly trained” snpiers to target voters around Iraq during the elections.

While the Shia are desperate for democracy

The leader of Iraq’s largest Shiite Muslim political group said in an interview broadcast Monday that “if elections were postponted, this will lead to a serious legal problem because Iraq will be without a legitimate authority.”

“No legimate authority has the right to postpone the elections because this will lead to more problems,” said Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

Which side supports freedom, and which terror? Which side should we defend, and which should we destroy?

Election, Stolen

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Signatures,” by Matt Rosenberg, Sound Politics, http://www.soundpolitics.com/archives/003455.html#003455, 11 January 2005 (from TKS).

The saga of the stolen election in Washington State continues

It’s all slipping away from the King County elections department, and you read about it here first, thanks to ace Sound Politics data-miner Stefan Sharkansky. The latest crushing revelation of institutional incompetence is the admission, reported to newspaper readers here in today’s Seattle Times, that the department’s Friday Jan. 7 estimate of 1,217 more gubernatorial votes than voters in King County was about 600 shy of the revised figure. Even then, county Elections Superintendent Bill Huennekens can only guess that the number of unnacounted for votes is “somewhere around 1,800.”

Democrat Christine Gregoire’s victory margin was 129 votes, and King County, of course, was where she “won” the election.

The “around 1,800″ does not include the estimated 348 provisional ballots fed directly into the voting machines without inspection for legitimacy. That in itself is grounds for a new election.

The Forgotten P.O.W.

Escaped S. Korean POW ‘Held in China‘, by Cho Jung-sik, Digital Chosnilbo, http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200501/200501100018.html, 10 January 2005 (from One Free Korea).

The bizarre and petty nature of DPRK always amazes

A former South Korean soldier captured by North Korea during the Korean War escaped to China and was arrested by Chinese police while seeking to enter South Korea, a Chinese source said Monday.

The South Korean Defense Ministry said Han ma-taek had been presumed dead in the Korean War. The South Korean government is now trying to confirm whether Chinese police really did make the arrest.

The source said Han crossed the Tumen River to China on Dec. 26 last year and hid at a hotel in Yenji, China. But Chinese police raided the hotel the following day and arrested Han together with three Korean-Chinese individuals who were to help him enter South Korea. The three were released after paying some W3 million in fines.

Every bit of this story is astounding.

Say he was 16 when captured in the last year of the war, 1953.

That’s a little more than 41 years of captivity, meaning the youngest he could be is 57.

And he escaped.

And the monsters held him that long.

Denormalization

!!?,” by “Aaron,” tdaxp, http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/01/06/deviants.html, 10 January 2005.

With incredulity, and without knowing that he would incite a rant, Aaron writes

!!?

So you’re applauding that they have no resources to counsel victims of anti-homosexual harassment

Yes, to precisely the same extent that I am happy we have no resources to counsel victims of anti-racist harassment.

Homosexuality, like feminism and racism, is invented. It doesn’t exist historically — most humans have lived and died without its existence, and after it dies humanity will continue on.

Like a great disaster, these calamnities have struck with total disregard for their victims. The shortened and isolated lives of male homosexuals is heartbreaking. Even if your heart is callous, they act as super-spreaders enabling viri to lay waste to great nations.

Fortunately, we live in a world that naturally destroys artificial forces. In human societies “normal” is a very powerful force. Twisted regimes like Imperial Japan or Ba’athi Iraq can teach young men that admiring suicide-kilers is “normal.” If a society wishes to encourage an action, it makes it normal. It normalizes that action. Conversely, a society makes abnormal or denormalizes anything it wishes to destroy.

In New York City, Mayor Guiliani significantly reduced violent crime by persecuting petty offenders. Because the consequences of any run-in with the law were so severe, less people committed petty crimes and so law-abiding became “normal.” In New York State, Attorney General Spitzer is trying much the same with white-collar crime.

Counseling for homosexuals as homosexuals would normalize male homosexuality. The absense of such support denormalizes it. Do I think any significant number of current homosexuals will change, or that their anguish will be lightened by such a denormalization? No, and for the sake of the future, that’s not too relevant, either.

In the parlance of swaydo logic

Lemmata

1. Male homosexuality causes anguish
2. Male homosexuality is optional for a society
3. Denormalization can be used to end any behavior
4. It is right to end behavior that causes anguish

Conclusion

Male homosexuality should be denormalized to end it and lessen anguish

QED

A Chilling Effect

CBS Ousts 4 For Bush Guard Story,” CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/10/national/main665727.shtml, 10 January 2005.

You attack the President with unfounded claims?

You lose.

Asked to resign were Senior Vice President Betsy West, who supervised CBS News primetime programs; 60 Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard; and Howard’s deputy, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy. The producer of the piece, Mary Mapes, was terminated.

The correspondent on the story, CBS News anchor Dan Rather, is stepping down as anchor of The CBS Evening News but staying at CBS.

Ever since the Watergate debacle the media has been out of control. Perhaps the end of these careers will change the tide.

Flight of the Phoenix

The Salvador Option,” by Michael Hirsh and John Barry, Newsweek, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6802629/site/newsweek/, 8 January 2005.

Learning from our success in destroying the communists of El Salvador and the Viet Cong (“Operation: Phoenix”), the Pentagon is thinking of reviving death squads.

Now, NEWSWEEK has learned, the Pentagon is intensively debating an option that dates back to a still-secret strategy in the Reagan administration’s battle against the leftist guerrilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Then, faced with a losing war against Salvadoran rebels, the U.S. government funded or supported “nationalist” forces that allegedly included so-called death squads directed to hunt down and kill rebel leaders and sympathizers.

Our allies are clear

Following that model, one Pentagon proposal would send Special Forces teams to advise, support and possibly train Iraqi squads, most likely hand-picked Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen

As our the enemies

to target Sunni insurgents and their sympathizers, even across the border into Syria, according to military insiders familiar with the discussions. It remains unclear, however, whether this would be a policy of assassination or so-called “snatch” operations, in which the targets are sent to secret facilities for interrogation. The current thinking is that while U.S. Special Forces would lead operations in, say, Syria, activities inside Iraq itself would be carried out by Iraqi paramilitaries, officials tell NEWSWEEK.

Good. Long live Iraqi democracy and feedom. Death to insurgents.

Wages and Prices

“More paychecks starting to shrink,” Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Page 6C, 8 January 2005 (from the Chicago Tribune).

An interesting if poorly worded article from on a dangerous economic development

CHICAGO — More than three years into the economic recovery, U.S. workers’ hourly wages continue to decline when adjusted for inflation with little hope of a dramatic turnaround anytime soon.

My first reaction was “listen to deeds, not words.” “Generous” Democrats wants to tie social security payments to wages to pay retirees more, while “sintgy” Republicans want to swap it to prices to save money. Both parties believe that wages will continue to increase faster than prices. Therefore whatever we are experiencing now will be temporary…

…but later a clarification…

Salary growth historically has averaged between 1 percent and 2 percent above inflation, and it hovered closer to 2 percent in teh late 1990s, according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting’s survey of employers.

“Now it’s closer to 1 percent,” said Steven Gross, leader of Mercer’s U.S. compensation consulting practice.”

What? But this means that real wages are increasing. It says that wages are growing faster than inflation. So how can a newspaper get away with this deception?

“At the same time, companies are payijng more for employee health care, which boosts the costs of total compensation even while salaries lag.

Compensation has been rising at a pretty rapid clip,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for Waltham, Mass.-based research firm Global Insight, Inc. “That’s a trade-off a lot of companies have made.”

Benefit costs are U.S. employers grew at a brisk 6.8 percent for the 12 months ended in September — by the same period when pay grew by 2.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

Oh, so the article is wrong. Pay is growing rapidly for employees. But most of the benefit are being eaten by up rising health-care costs.

But still, this is a problem. Health care costs show no signs of stopping. Both Bush and Kerry have some plans, but none are anywhere near comprehensive enough. If we actually wished to solve this problem, we woud

1. Pay for more health care out of taxes paid by the highest earners. The extra marginal costs for each employees dampens the demand for American workers, and contributes to jobs moving oversees
2. End most heroic care. There should be a rational limit, ($100,000/day? $10,000/day for more than 100 days?) of how much society will subsidize health care. Every society in history, including ours, practices some form of triage. But currently American health care is geared to elongating the lives of those who have already lived, while throwing poor workers and families to the wolves.
3. End pandemics in developing countries. Its cheaper for us to fight AIDS over there now than here later. We are exporting our war on terrorism to Iraq, Afghanistan, and others because we’d rather that foreigners be the ones to experience the shock of armed conflict. So why don’t we export our fight against AIDS so that those cultures experience the cultural shocks that destroying that disease will take, and keep ita “nuisance” over here?
4. Socially ostracize those who endanger their own lives. Society should ceased being concerned for smokers and the obese, and the government should stop paying for their problems. Because young men are the most productive workers, cultural intimidation of male homosexuals would have a great cost-benefit ratio. Tolerating a slight increase in targeted bullying early-on could keep many alive and working for decades.
5. Make those who seek care for non-life-saving treatments pay more. Except for extreme cases, no public funds should ever go to dental surgery, birth control, or viagra.

Do I see these real fixes happening? No.

Will welfare recepients, broadly defined, continue to bilk America and suck the blood of American workers? Of course.

Election Stealing

Friday, January 7, 2005

Dead voted in governor’s race,” by Phuong Cat Le and Michelle Nicolosi, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/206969_dead07.html, 7 January 2005.

Once again, the Democratic Party is stealing an election with dead voters

At least eight people who died well before the November general election were credited with voting in King County, raising new questions about the integrity of the vote total in the narrow governor’s race, a Seattle Post-Intelligencer review has found.

The evidence of votes from dead people is the latest example of flaws in an election already rocked by misplaced votes and allegations that there were thousands more votes counted than actual voters.

But its not fraud…

County officials say they are investigating the cases pointed out by the P-I. “These are not indications of fraud,” said Bill Huennekens, King County’s elections supervisor. “Fraud is a concerted effort to change an election.

… because even though widespread…

The state is required by law to send monthly lists of the deceased to county auditors so they can purge those names from their voter rolls. But those lists are sent only every few months. That means thousands of deceased voters may have been sent absentee ballots.

… it is not frauud when Democrats do it

“I called up the elections board and said, ‘Can I do it because he wanted me to vote?’ ” the Duvall woman said. “The person … said, ‘Well, who would know?’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do anything that is wrong.’ “

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