Teachers’ Protest in San Francisco

If you are still sending your kids to “learn” in the public school system, then these pictures by Zombie at Pajamas Media will make you want to pull them right out. That is, unless you want them to be indoctrinated as Socialists. It is more than a little disgraceful to have these teachers drag their students out of class to use them as political props, not to mention demanding more money when the state of California is broke.

This sort of thing is part of the reason we homeschool.

I Don’t Want My MTV

I have never watched MTV. We don’t have cable or satellite now and even when I did have cable or satellite I wasn’t interested. I really don’t like much of the music of the past one hundred years or so, and I was never interested in watching music videos. Well, according  to Brent Bozell, I’m not missing much.

It’s so ironic that in the very midst of the Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal, television’s most shameless channel, MTV, is working overtime to make any notion of sexual restraint obsolete. This year’s MTV Movie Awards aerobically established a new low.

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are starring in the upcoming summer comedy “Friends with Benefits,” yet another movie exploring the “dream life” of casual and very cold sex. As they introduced the award for Best Male Performance, Timberlake and Kunis grabbed each other’s private parts on national TV.

Reflect for just a moment on what Weiner did, the medium he chose and the audience he was addressing. Now consider this action, which was raunchier — and on national television, aimed at an audience of millions of children.

The two actors are rumored to be dating in real life, but Kunis joked, “We’re like brother and sister.” Timberlake added, “Totally platonic relationship, which is why I can do this” — and he grabbed and held both of Kunis’ breasts.

Kunis replied, “And it’s why I can do this,” as she grabbed Timberlake’s crotch and held on.

It gets worse, if that is even possible.

There were no less than 20 sexual depictions or discussions during this “awards” show. There were twisted homosexual jokes, too. When actor Ryan Reynolds of the forthcoming superhero movie “Green Lantern” came on stage, the gag was that several men in the front row were having green-laser erections. To get this phenomenon to stop, Reynolds told them to imagine a naked Donald Trump in leather chaps on a white horse.

MTV “Jackass” star Steve-O apologized for his arousal: “I’m sorry, dude, but Donald Trump is gorgeous … I want him inside me.”

“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, a heartthrob to millions of teenage girls, even dropped an unbleeped F-bomb. Pattinson joked to Reese Witherspoon that she was slated to play his mother in the 2004 movie “Vanity Fair,” but his part was cut. This year, he played her lover in the movie “Water for Elephants” and “I did f— you.” This, he said, left him with the lesson, “As you get older, you realize it’s not always a bad thing to have sexual chemistry with your mother.”

Witherspoon was at least bleeped when she replied: “I played your mother, then we had a sex scene. So you’re really the best mother (bleeper) in Hollywood.” Classy MTV. It’s where dignity goes to die.

 

I don’t know quite what to say to this. I can’t imagine what sort of producer would think that this was good for young people to see.

Mr. Spock Brings Peace to the Middle-East

From the BBC and Best of the Web. Leonard Nimoy aka Mr. Spock has weighed in on his solution to the intractable problem of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In an open letter published on the website of the non-governmental organisation, Americans for Peace Now, Mr Nimoy explains his support for a two-state solution.

He makes reference to his experience on the fictional Starship Enterprise to help express his views.

He characterises this as “a secure democratic Israel as the Jewish State alongside an independent Palestinian state”.

The 80-year-old actor argues that the two-state solution “is still critical in this region for both Israel and the Palestinian people“.

To illustrate his assertions that “the time for recriminations is over” and that “assigning blame over all priorities is self-defeating”, Mr Nimoy describes an early Star Trek episode entitled, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.

“Two men, half black, half white, are the last survivors of their peoples who have been at war with each other for thousands of years, yet the Enterprise crew could find no differences separating these two raging men,” he says.

“But the antagonists were keenly aware of their differences – one man was white on the right side, the other was black on the right side. And they were prepared to battle to the death to defend the memory of their people who died from the atrocities committed by the other.”

The actor goes on that he does not mean “to belittle the very real issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians”. However, he says, the fictitious scenario shows that “myth can be a snare”.

That’s all very well and he has a point, but I wish he would explain all that to the Palestinians. They seem to be the ones most interested in assigning blame and keeping the conflict going. The conflict would be over if they would just admit that Israel has a right to exist and actually negotiate in good faith. Until that happens there is not going to be peace.

Wheelchair For Boy With Cerebral Palsy Stolen

This is about as low as you can go.

LAWRENCE (CBS) – Police are looking for a suspect or suspects who stole an 8-year-old’s wheelchair from the family’s front yard in Lawrence on Wednesday.

Heeclif de la Rosa’s 8-year-old son Isaiah has cerebral palsy. He can’t sit, stand or walk, and the very thing he needs the most was stolen from him: his wheelchair.

“I cant beleive anyone would do this. We are parents who do anything we can for him and this just hurt us,” said Isaiah’s mom Meilene Velazquez.

When WBZ-TV initially ran the story Thursday evening, all Isaiah had left is his broken wheelchair, which he also out-grew. The one that was stolen is the one the family used to transport him in everyday

 

LAWRENCE (CBS) – Police are looking for a suspect or suspects who stole an 8-year-old’s wheelchair from the family’s front yard in Lawrence on Wednesday.

Heeclif de la Rosa’s 8-year-old son Isaiah has cerebral palsy. He can’t sit, stand or walk, and the very thing he needs the most was stolen from him: his wheelchair.

“I cant beleive anyone would do this. We are parents who do anything we can for him and this just hurt us,” said Isaiah’s mom Meilene Velazquez.

When WBZ-TV initially ran the story Thursday evening, all Isaiah had left is his broken wheelchair, which he also out-grew. The one that was stolen is the one the family used to transport him in everyday.

The Ring of Gyges

In Plato’s Republic, one of the characters of the dialog mentions the legend of the ring of Gyges. The ring of Gyges was found by a man named Gyges in the kingdom of Lydia. It had the power to make anyone who wore it completely invisible. Gyges used the ring to commit a series of crimes and ultimately murdered the king and usurped his throne. Socrates and the other characters then go on to discuss whether any man would behave justly if they could be absolutely certain of not being caught.

We don’t have a ring of Gyges. No one can become invisible. But, we do have something almost as good, the Internet. On the Internet one can act with complete anonymity. You can post opinions on forums and website commentaries and no one need know anything about you., So, what are the results?

In any Internet forum of any kind, there seems an almost irresistible temptation for some people to, well, be jerks. They post insults, stupid comments unrelated to the subject being discussed and generally act in a way they would be ashamed to act with people in the real world. As more and more of this sort of troll infests a forum, the decent people tend to leave, and above a certain threshold, the forum becomes a sewer of ad hominem attacks and personal invective.

Right Wing News is a blog I like to visit often. It’s owner, John Hawkins, and the other writers usually have something interesting to say. The comments section has, however, started to become a sewer. Recently one regular poster revealed the real world address and phone number of one of the more obnoxious trolls and practically invited people to harass him. He was immediately banned, and rightly so. Now, John Hawkins is belatedly putting moderators in charge of the comments.

I really don’t know what to do about this problem. It doesn’t say much for human nature that so many people act like jerks when no one knows who they are.

 

No More National Anthem at Pacifist Indiana College

From wthr. At the Mennonite affiliated Goshen College, the Board of Directors has decided not to play the national anthem because it is too warlike. I suppose this is one of those things that I should be outraged about, but actually I’m not. For one thing, they are seeking an alternative that honors the country.

I think that these Mennonites, like all pacifists, are misguided. They rightly despise war and violence. No one sane wants a war. Still, they fail to understand that sometimes war is necessary and even honorable.

The ancient Greeks had two war gods. Ares represented the savage brutal side of war. He was a mean, whining bully, always starting fights and quarrels. He was also a coward. In the Iliad, Ares is wounded by another god and runs crying back to Mount Olympus. The Greeks hated him.

Athena, by contrast, was the goddess of wisdom. She represented the city, crafts, learning, and all that is civilized. As a war-goddess, she represented strategy, heroism and the defense of the home. She did not go seeking quarrels, but woe to anyone who crossed her.

It is only natural to hate Ares, but we should not let that hatred keep us from honoring Athena