I’m with the lynch mob

ProFootballTalk is in awe:

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the first high-profile veteran that Childress sent packing from Minnesota delivers the death blow to Brad’s coaching career there? Though it might be premature to think that owner Zygi Wilf would dump the second-year head coach during the season, a posting on a little-known Vikings blog suggests that Wilf is pondering the possibility. Though we previously hadn’t heard of the blog in question and know nothing of its track record, there’s something eerily plausible about the tone and content of the report/rumor/whatever.

And we mention the possibility only because PFT headquarters is being flooded with e-mails from Vikings fans who are desperate to see Childress fired. In six-plus years of doing this, I’ve never seen such fervent and passionate displays of dislike for an NFL head coach.

I cried when Drew Pearson pushed off. I screamed in fury at Darren Nelson when he dropped the ball. I stared in disbelief when Anderson missed. I grimaced when we kept Denny Green and let Tony Dungy go. I covered my eyes when Tice got the job. And I remember the horror of the annus Steckelus.

But I have never, ever hated a Vikings coach like I hate Childress. Everyone – EVERYONE – knew that the QB situation was a massive problem. Everyone knew that Brad Johnson wasn’t the answer and that going into the season with Tarvaris Jackson was a massive gamble. And yet… and yet… you know the rest.

An Arkansan on Huckabee

DW isn’t keen on the Huckster:

We were all relieved when Huckabee finished out his term as Governor of Arkansas! I just wish the world knew the Huckabee that was governor of Arkansas. He promoted illegal immigration in every way. He demonized two state representatives who tried to pass a state law requiring proof of citizenship to collect state benefits. He called them racist and unchristian. The law failed. He went to Mexico and negotiated with President Fox to get a Mexican consulate built in Little Rock Arkansas at tax payer expense. Isn’t negotiating with a foreign power illegal and unconstitutional except for the US State Department?

He wanted to give state backed college scholarships to high school graduates of illegals, yet two years earlier they claimed there was no funding to continue it for Arkansas students! He also loved taxes as much as Bill Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas. I just wish the world knew the truth.

Yeah, I’ve never been impressed with the guy either.

Religion and equality

In which I take mild exception to Half Sigma’s conception of religious equality:

He correctly points out the hypocrisy of leftists who criticize Christians for denying Darwinism. But when he says “we are all equal before God,” he’s forgetting that during the era of slavery, exactly the opposite was said, that God endorsed slavery and that Africans were the descendants of Canaan, doomed to slavery because of the Curse of Ham.

The thing about religion is that it gives you a justification to believe in whatever you want. But science reveals inconvenient truths.

Given Half Sigma’s deep interest in IQ, I find it difficult to believe that he really thinks it likely that I have forgotten how some Christians historically made use of the Bible to defend their position on slavery. But I’m hardly in a position to complain about anyone else’s flights of rhetoric and the point is a logical fallacy anyhow; Christianity need answer for demonstrably bad Christian theology to the same extent that science need answer for demonstrably bad science. And when one considers that the only significant anti-slavery force in human history has been evangelical Christianity, it would seem very strange to attempt to blame it in any way for an old and enduring institution that long preceded it and is showing signs of reappearing in its absence.

Half-Sigma’s actual error is the idea that equality before God somehow precludes slavery. That is a category error. God is no respecter of either persons or property; since He does not even acknowledge human ownership of material property, He cannot possibly respect human ownership of other humans for good or for ill. He can and does, on the other hand, condemn poor stewardship of every kind; which is why the slave owner who thinks he owns his slaves is charged with treating them well.

No religion gives a blanket justification to believe whatever you want. And one can construct an argument for slavery on scientific principles even more easily than one can on Christian grounds since science offers no justification for equality of any kind.

But this is a minor issue and I applaud Half Sigma’s courageous stance against anti-scientific equalitarian correctness. In fact, the most interesting thing I noticed on Half Sigma’s blog wasn’t related to either IQ or religion, but rather his note that a mention in one of the New York Times’s most emailed articles only led to a maximum potential increase of 4,000 visitors. It is this sort of revealing tidbit, more than all of the various articles on declining newspaper circulations, that attests to the declining relevance of the increasingly decrepit Grey Lady to today’s culture.

Bush’s best buddy

The president’s new little French friend is avowedly anti-democratic. Instead of invading Iran, perhaps we should invade France in order to bring democracy there:

Referendums on the new European Union Treaty were “dangerous” and would be lost in France, Britain and other countries, Nicolas Sarkozy has admitted.

The French president’s confession that governments could not win popular votes on a “simplified treaty” – drawn up to replace the EU constitution rejected by his countrymen two years ago – was made in a closed meeting of senior Euro-MPs.

“France was just ahead of all the other countries in voting no. It would happen in all member states if they have a referendum. There is a cleavage between people and governments,” he said.

Needless to say, all the clueless “conservatives” at Townhall and National Review just love Sarkozy. He may be an anti-democrat working towards the completion of a corrupt neo-totalitarian empire, but he is willing to support an attack on Iran and more war is the only issue that neocon-led Republicans care about anymore besides retaining the last vestiges of their power in Washington.

The Union is over

I’m looking forward to eventually seeing the same declaration made regarding the European Union as well as the Union of the Several States:

Mr Brown, in his squalid and anti-democratic way, has since the first devolved parliament opened in 1999 firmly resisted any suggestion that the West Lothian question needs an answer. He sees no reason why Scottish MPs (and indeed Welsh ones – Labour has 29 of them) at Westminster should not be allowed to continue to vote on matters that affect only the English.

Since the Welsh Assembly has recently received a new tranche of powers, expanding its areas of competence, this means that at Westminster Labour can technically deploy 69 MPs to vote on questions that do not affect their constituents one jot, but which can change the course of law in England. That Mr Brown blithely affects to be unmoved by this outrage causes one to question not merely his intelligence but his sanity….

The Union is over, morally at least. When Scotland voted for devolution in 1997 the Union fell into a coma. When Alex Salmond’s SNP administration was elected in May the last rites were read, and the final process of sundering got under way. All that remains is for the Scots, in a referendum, to vote to stick the coffin in the grave, with the Union flag still on it, and pile on the earth.

This is the last thing Mr Brown and the rest of the Raj want. Because of Scottish separatism they are already illegitimate in the eyes of many English, which is why they bang on with such dishonesty and vulgarity about “Britishness”.

It is ironic, how on the one hand Brown and the Scottish Raj are blathering on about “Britishness” while at the same time doing their very best to hand England over to Brussels. Of course, why shouldn’t they? They aren’t Englishmen and they obviously have no loyalty to England or the English.

The sooner the English figure this out and throw them out, the better.