This Would Be Great
The “this” in question is scaling back NASA’s mission away from climate science, which is supposed to be done by other agencies, and ramping up the space part. See here. I remember thinking in the summer of 1988 when James Hansen of NASA first announced this global warming business that it was odd that it was coming from NASA. Just curtail all that nonsense, as well as the Muslim outreach business, too. (After all, why not Hindu or Buddhist or animist, etc?)
Why Are We Supposed To Avoid Being Islamophobic Again?
This article reports on the plight of gays in Bangladesh after militants there from al-Qaeda hacked a gay activist to death. Most are back in the closet. So, tell me, progressives, why is it that we are not supposed to be Islamophobic?
Boy, If Only I Had Heard This When I Was Young
See here. It took me a long time to figure out that the left was run not by poor people, as I had imagined, but by rich people.
Two Words That May Have Sunk Hillary’s Chances: “Deplorables” and “All”
Hillary made the big mistake of calling Trump voters the “deplorables,” and I assume this didn’t help her one bit. But also, she refrained from telling the Black Lives Matter group that, no, saying all lives matter is not racist. That was practically a green light for white nationalists.
Pyotr Alexandrovitch Miusov and the Pro-Immigration Crowd
Pyotr Alexandrovitch Miusov is a minor character in Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. We are told he was very liberal and enlightened and spent most of his time in Paris, which was hipper than being anywhere in Russia, plus he felt it was his moral duty to engage in a legal battle with a monastery, simply because he was an atheist who hated the clericals. The reason I bring him up is that he represents so much of the pro-immigrant crowd these days. He notices that the father of the Karamazov brothers, after the death of his wife, is neglecting his child (the oldest of the brothers), so he arranges to adopt the boy so the boy will get taken care of. Of course, and this is the big point, Miusov himself doesn’t deign to take care of the boy. He hands the boy off to some female relative, and then travels back to Paris. Now we aren’t told if this relative had any say in the matter, but it seems unlikely that she did, no matter how enlightened Miusov was.
This is the way that the pro-immigration crowd works. They insist on bringing in lots of immigrants, but it’s not as though these immigrants are living in their neighborhoods. It’s other people, people who had very little say in the matter, who must accept immigrants into their neighborhoods.
Incidentally, after handing the boy off to his female relative, Miusov forgets about him. Sheesh.
Which Do You Prefer, Manual or Automatic?
I am indifferent, but this article argues that manuals are heading toward extinction. I understand they are still popular in Europe, so anyone who moves there had better learn how to drive one, if they want to use a car. Back in the late 1990s, I taught a teenager I knew how to drive one. She now lives in Germany and is very grateful for being taught.
An Interesting Essay on Cultural Appropriation
Here, and it’s by someone who (as far as I can tell) is firmly left-of-center. But he raises a number of questions for those who condemn cultural appropriation.
John Glenn and the Columbus Airport
When we first moved to central Ohio, I was surprised to learn that the main Columbus airport was called “Port Columbus.” This seemed a rather stupid name, but in just the last few months, I’ve learned that at the time it was named, that name seemed rather fashionable. But when they decided to rename it “John Glenn International Airport,” I thought that was a pretty good idea. And they did it soon enough that Glenn was still alive to know about it. Good timing!
“That assertion has been discredited.”
Always ask the person saying this for specifics. I may be wrong in thinking it is mostly liberals and leftists saying this, but no matter who is saying it, ask for specifics, and if you yourself say it, be prepared to give specifics. Likewise, if someone says someone else is racist, sexist, or whatever, ask for specifics.