Last Typewriter Factory in the World Closes

From the Daily Mail, I read that  the last typewriter factory has closed. Godrej and Boyce still had one factory left in Mumbai (Bombay) India but even in India the typewriter has become obsolete. It’s the end of an era.

I think that is must have been at least fifteen years since I have used a typewriter. It was just after I graduated from Indiana University and I needed to make up a resume. I think it was a Brother electric typewriter. I used it in college. They had computers, even way back then, but this was before Windows, so I was yet proficient at using them. I could never write a first draft on a typewriter, though. The clicking of the keys distracted me and I made too many typos. I had to write out papers in long hand and then type them out, hoping I didn’t make too many mistakes, when I was ready to turn them in. This was not a very good system since my hand got cramped after writing a few paragraphs.

It was a relief when I finally did begin to use a computer to write. I learned to use one of the Apples on the campus, remember this was before Windows. It was so easy. The words just appeared as I thought them, and I could correct my typos.

Progress is good, but I do miss the old ways sometimes.


A Tail is a Leg

Abraham Lincoln once asked his cabinet, “How many legs does a dog have if you call its tail a leg?”

Everyone in his cabinet replied, “Five”.

“Wrong”, said Lincoln, “The dog has four legs. If you call its tail a leg, that doesn’t make it a leg.”

That is exactly how I feel about the subject of same-sex or gay marriage. They can call such unions marriages as much as they might want however that does not change the facts. By definition a marriage is “The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife.” This isn’t just a matter of the dictionary definition. Marriage as it has always been practiced has always been a relationship between a man and a woman. This is not arbitrary, there are reasons for this. If I may quote scripture:

Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.

But for Adam[h] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[i] and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib[j] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,[k]
for she was taken out of man.”

24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:19-24.

One of the stranger delusions of the Left is that gender is irrelevant, that men and women are completely equal and can be exchange without any differences. This is, of course, foolishness, as anyone who has ever watched little boys and little girls in a playground can attest. Like most of the Left’s delusions, it can only be believed by completely ignoring any real-world experience. The simple truth is that men and women are not equal and cannot be equal. That is not to say,of course, that one is superior to the other, rather that each gender is equally important but different. They are meant to complement each other; the man’s strengths and weaknesses balancing the woman’s strengths and weaknesses. I really don’t see how the dynamics of a same-sex relationship could be stable, unless one man were very effeminate or one woman were very masculine. And in fact, homosexual relationships do not appear to be especially stable or long lasting.

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