Win and you’re in

It’s that kind of week for a lot of teams, thanks to the NFL’s refusal to throw away divisions and simply take the top twelve teams. I don’t have a lot of confidence in either the Vikings ability to beat the Giants and it’s probably not wise to count on the Texans finishing off the Bears either. Fortunately, the Giants passing game appears to have disappeared with Plaxico Burress and the Vikings are one team that can hope to shut down the Giants’ three-headed running beast, which if I recall correctly is down to two heads already. So, the possibility of victory exists if Tarvaris and AD can stop turning the ball over.

On the other hand, no one thought that the Vikes would be playing for anything this late in the season anyhow, so we have that going for us today.

At the Black Gate IV

I’ve mentioned my experience in being mentored, but I don’t think I’ve ever even alluded to my past failure at helping other writers before. To be honest, I have absolutely no idea how editors like John and Howard manage to survive the slush pile, based on my thankfully brief experiences as a workshop critiquer and editorial assistant at a publishing house. I mean, for all that I mock the idiot wereseal fiction that is so mystifyingly popular now, it’s far from the worst fiction that’s being legally committed in public today.

Zimbabwe solves the population problem

There’s no reason anyone in the West, least of all those of European descent, should lift a finger to interfere with Zimbabwe’s collective suicide by agricultural incompetence. Indeed, left-liberals should applaud the African nation’s proactive approach to addressing the global population problem.

Since 2000, when Mr. Mugabe began encouraging the violent invasion of the country’s large, white-owned commercial farms — once the country’s largest employers — food production has collapsed, hunger has afflicted millions and the economy has never recovered.

As PJ O’Rourke once pointed out in Holidays in Hell, no mass starvation in the 20th century occurred as a result of natural causes such as drought. It was inevitably the result of government interference. The President of the Zimbabwean Senate, Edna Madzongwe, said: “Government takes what it wants.” But what she neglected to mention, let alone realize, is that government can only take; it is inherently unproductive.

America’s Great Depression section VIII

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It looks like we’re now into the death march stage, although the Christmas holiday may be in part to blame. Congratulations, all 108 of you who have soldiered on thus far. If you have, you’ve probably noticed some of the astounding similarities between then and now, particularly when it comes to mortgage-related issues. For next week, read Chapter 9: 1930.

I give it two weeks

Before the questions about the potential Obama home scandal begin to percolate into the mainstream news now that WND has caught scent of the trail. You’d be surprised how many news stories “broken” by the major newspapers can be traced back to WND, even if it wasn’t initially their investigation.

WND confirmed the tax bill for the Obama home is mailed to Miceli, not to Obama or the Northern Trust account through which Obama has claimed the home was purchased. Records from the Cook County Treasurer’s Office give the PIN number for the Obama property as 20-11-115-037-0000 and list Miceli as the person who receives Obama’s property tax invoice by mail.

Eric Herman, a spokesman for the Cook County assessor, confirmed to WND that the Treasurer’s Office records were correct and that Miceli did receive the Obama property tax invoice by mail.

So, who really did buy the house? Who owns it now? It’s certainly possible that there’s an innocent explanation for why Rezko’s lawyer should be paying the property taxes on Obama’s house, but something smells very, very fishy indeed in Cook County… and his chief-of-staff can’t serve as a firebreak this time. In any case, the situation is clearly something that has to be investigated in detail. The media will do its best to cover for the President-elect, but given that the house ownership and tax returns are matters of public record, they may not be able to do so for long.

Atheism: the nadir

Lest you wonder why I have such complete contempt for the intellectual pretensions of atheists, here’s an attempted criticism of The Irrational Atheist from an atheist who, quite naturally, thinks that there’s no need to read a book in order to decry it because it is, and I quote: “a book that sprouts such lies….”

Given the scale of the inquisitions and the Christian crusades and the centuries of conflict incurred by these religious conflicts, it is quite difficult to put an exact figure, not to mention the fact that these conflicts inflicted caused wholesale destruction of other cultures, such as the Atzecs (Victims of the Spanish inquisitors), the French Cathars (a French minority Christian sect) and countless others.

I have no doubts at all that it’s very difficult for someone who believes the Aztecs were victims of the Spanish inquisitors – and even cites Wikipedia to “prove” it – to count anything over four. As is so often the case, the tremendously amusing thing about atheists isn’t that they’re stupid, but that they genuinely believe themselves to be tremendously intelligent and well-informed while publicly demonstrating the precise opposite.

Now, there are certainly many very intelligent and reasonable individuals who happen to lack religious faith. However, such individuals almost invariably describe themselves as “agnostic”.

The next marriage cause

Actually, it occurs to me that this news may be of most interest to young women who blithely assume that the extension of the child-bearing years courtesy of modern medical technology comes without problematic consequences:

In an age of sexual liberation, marriage between cousins remains taboo, at least in the United States — and from a scientific perspective, laws against the unions are a socially legitimized form of genetic and sexual discrimination. That argument, raised Monday in an editorial in Public Library of Science Biology, may turn the stomachs of people raised to disapprove of any form of incest. But dispassioned analysis suggests that cousin marriage is no more troubling than childbearing by middle-aged women.

I have the impression that many twenty-something women might feel just a little differently about planning to put off marriage and children if they knew that their plans involved the birth-defect equivalent of MARRYING THEIR COUSIN, however low the risks might be. Anyhow, it should be amusing to learn how the homogamy advocates will defend their lack of support for cousin marriage… and even more amusing when they advocate both.