Saturday, April 25, 2009

Briefly on So-Called "Gay Marriage":

The material below was revised slightly from material written by yours truly on April 21, 2009...

Marriage must have as a intrinsic component to it something that two people of the same sex are incapable of producing: children. I say this because since the dawn of time it has been understood that there was a requirement to establish a stable foundation for the next generation's cultivation and some special societal status to both recognize as well as encourage it. That is why every society in recorded history has had some kind of similar arrangement and whatever the variations it has taken, the one core and key component in all of its manifestations is that marriage requires people of the opposite sex. Furthermore, every society that has broken this barrier down has eventually become extinct: something that those who promote breaking that barrier down today would do well to consider.

This is not to say that every marriage requires children of course but the potential must be there at least intrinsic to the coupling. The day two genetic people of the same sex successfully procreate between the two of them is the day I will consider supporting gay marriage. But not before then!!!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Miscellaneous Musings:

To touch briefly on a few subjects...

--I must admit I am surprised and very pleasantly so that the Seattle Mariners are off to such a splendid start. Principles I have long said this team needs to embrace to work best with the kinds of talent they have are being realized -hats off to the new general manager Jack Zduriencik for the hiring of Don Wakamatsu as the new coach. I look forward to the M's actually being a competitive team this year for the first time since the departure of "Sweet" Lou Piniella.

--I am working at the moment on a text to respond to both the recent release by the Obama Administration of certain so-called "torture memos" and also to address certain predictable parties with regards to their continuing promotion of irrationality and unethical evasions on these matters under the presumed mantle of some "higher morality" or whatever pretenses they attempt to cloak themselves in to confuse not a few people. I anticipate it will be done next week -it is substantially completed in draft form now but needs review and also perhaps a few more tidbits added. I intend with the text to point to some past statements and principles I have set down in greater expository fashion but for this text to be briefer and more concise than other treatments on this matter have been.

--Today is the anniversary of the birth of blues legend Albert King. I originally intended to finish a tribute I was writing last December to commemorate the anniversary of his passing for this occasion but was unable to for various and sundry reasons. I will therefore leave that draft for finishing hopefully by December if I have the time and inclination and will point the readers to a review I wrote for two of his albums on in years past and also what I wrote back in December of 2007 on the man and his music:

Musings on the 40th Anniversary of Born Under a Bad Sign (circa December 21, 2007)

In Session --Rough Draft of Eventual Amazon Book Review (circa January 20, 2006)

Live (written for Amazon in 2001; slightly revised today)

Rest in peace "Velvet Bulldozer"

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Points to Ponder:
(On the Principle of Truth)

I'm more interested in truth than in being proved right or wrong. We all benefit by learning the truth. The truth is our best friend, as it allows us to advance our knowledge. I'd be more than happy – ecstatic even – if someone could prove to me that my approach...was in error, because I could learn something from that. Not simply an opinion, on the matter, mind you, but to provide rational, demonstrable proof. [Mike Mentzer]

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"Illustrating Absurdity By Being Absurd" Dept.

This was originally going to be posted in substantially the same form back in June of 2006 but for reasons I cannot recall at the moment never was. Nonetheless, changing times and circumstances made a slight revision of the original posting required but in light of how our foreign policy appears to be viewed by the present administration, maybe the flaws in the Obama weltanschauung{1} can best be illustrated with a bit of humour (the last line of the poem excluded of course). Without further ado...

Little Melissa comes home from first grade and tells her father that they learned about the history of Valentine's Day.

"Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint and we're Jewish," she asks, will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?"

Melissa's father thinks a bit, then says "No, I don't think God would get mad. Who do you want to give a valentine to?"

"Osama Bin Laden," she says.

"Why Osama Bin Laden?" her father asks, in shock.

"Well," she says, "I thought that if a little American Jewish girl could have enough love to give Osama a valentine, he might start to think that maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little. And if other kids saw what I did and sent valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."

Her father's heart swells with pride and he looks at his daughter with new found admiration. "Melissa, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard!"

"I know," Melissa says. "And once that gets him out in the open, the Marines could blow the shit out of him."


{1} Or as I have referred to in the past: false "peacemaking" being one of the many masks of modern marxism.

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