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November 14th, 2013 - 2:07 pm

The New York Times has an interesting article on treating “gun violence” as a disease.  It describes the work of Gary Slutkin who “came to the view that gun violence in poor neighborhoods did indeed resemble the epidemics he had treated in Africa”.

In 2000, he founded CeaseFire (now known as Cure Violence), a Chicago-based organization that treated violence in one such local cluster — in West Garfield, one of the toughest neighborhoods in the city — as a public health problem rather than a criminal justice issue. Shootings dropped dramatically. …

The center’s director, Amy Ellenbogen, had decided several years earlier to begin focusing on gun violence in the African-American community. … The first step in combating an epidemic is to find the disease carriers. … A second group of staff members are called “violence interrupters.”

Slutkin’s treatment apparently rests on the idea that shootings are an African-American cultural problem and by finding “disease carriers” and treating them, crime could be reduced. Slutkin’s heart must be pure, or else his whole program would be condemned by the NYT as an exercise in racial profiling and forced re-education.

Rebranding works wonders. Shakespeare was mistaken to say, “what’s in a name?”  A name is everything.  Andrew Sullivan has recently imagined president Obama as Ronald Reagan. It’s not hard to see why. Reagan was a winner and Obama is … well Reagan.  Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln would be a liberal democrat today. Might as well say it.

Bull Conner and Orval Faubus were Republicans

Bull Conner and Orval Faubus were Republicans

Try changing “R” to “D” and the approach of “curing” the African-American population of gun violence by mind control is instantly legitimized. It isn’t fascism when the Left does it. Margaret Sanger the founder of Planned Parenthood wanted to eugenicize mental defectives and genetic inferiors in order to achieve racial betterment.

As part of her efforts to promote birth control, Sanger found common cause with proponents of eugenics, believing that they both sought to “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.” Sanger was a proponent of negative eugenics, which aims to improve human hereditary traits through social intervention by reducing reproduction by those considered unfit. Sanger’s eugenic policies included an exclusionary immigration policy, free access to birth control methods and full family planning autonomy for the able-minded, and compulsory segregation or sterilization for the profoundly retarded. In her book The Pivot of Civilization, she advocated coercion to prevent the “undeniably feeble-minded” from procreating.

Although Sanger supported negative eugenics, she asserted that eugenics alone was not sufficient, and that birth control was essential to achieve her goals.

In contrast with eugenicist William Robinson, who advocated euthanasia for the unfit,[note 9] Sanger wrote, “we [do not] believe that the community could or should send to the lethal chamber the defective progeny resulting from irresponsible and unintelligent breeding.” Similarly, Sanger denounced the aggressive and lethal Nazi eugenics program.

In addition, Sanger believed the responsibility for birth control should remain in the hands of able-minded individual parents rather than the state, and that self-determining motherhood was the only unshakable foundation for racial betterment.

Sanger also supported restrictive immigration policies. In “A Plan for Peace”, a 1932 essay, she proposed a congressional department to address population problems. She also recommended that immigration exclude those “whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race,” and that sterilization and segregation be applied to those with incurable, hereditary disabilities.

Uh-huh

Uh-huh

But at least her heart was pure.  The content of a political proposal doesn’t depend on its content; it relies on who proposes it. Conservative bad, progressive good. It’s simple: me Tarzan, you Jane.

The difference between “Climate Change” and raping Gaia is that it’s only an affront to Mother Nature when its for the Keystone Pipeline. The Left can change climate to any degree and still be in the good. Matthew Watson of the Guardian writes “why we’d be mad to rule out climate engineering”. He adds, “if climate change continues then all options to lessen its impact, including geoengineering, must be considered as a last resort”.

We know that supertyphoon Haiyan wasn’t caused by UN initiatives on climate change because they never do anything bad.  Balmy breezes caressing the tropical nights are the work of the Left. When death and destruction ensue it is certain to be the conservatives fault.

Just recently members of the Communist New People’s Army attacked a burial party on the island of Leyte. It must be good. They were only trying to make sure the dead were really dead and not US imperialist zombies in disguise.  That’s why Jose Maria Sison, the man who commands the New People’s Army, is a protected person in Europe. Just like Sanger, his heart is pure.

Recently the WSJ informs us that Obama has decided to oppose Obamacare. The “White House to Allow Insurers to Continue Canceled Health Plans”.  But weren’t conservatives criticized for the very same view on the grounds that Obamacare is the “law of the land” and they were Confederate Rebels to oppose it, not to mention slaveholders? But it’s only the “law of the land” when Obama agrees with it.  When he changes his mind he can set it aside by Executive Order.

Obama now admits that Obamacare is unworkable, in the felicitous phrase of Peter Suderman. The real issue is why he was deceived. The president told a press conference that he was angrier than anyone at being uninformed.

OK. On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working as — the way it was supposed to. Had I been informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great. You know, I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.

That convoluted admission will not change the fact that Obama is the smartest president in history. Megan Daum of the LA Times explains why a stammer is never just a stammer:

Apparently, a lot of people consider President Obama to be bumblingly inarticulate. “The guy can’t talk his way out of a paper bag!” a reader wrote to me recently. “Sarah Palin is a brilliant speaker. It’s the president whose sentences are undiagrammable,” said another in response to a column I wrote about Palin. It’s not just my readers, nor is it exclusively conservatives, who hold this view. A Google search of “does Obama have a speech impediment” turns up several pages of discussion among the president’s supporters and critics alike.Admittedly, the president is given to a lot of pauses, “uhs” and sputtering starts to his sentences. As polished as he often is before large crowds (where the adjective “soaring” is often applied to his speeches), his impromptu speaking frequently calls to mind a doctoral candidate delivering a wobbly dissertation defense.

But consider this: It’s not that Obama can’t speak clearly. It’s that he employs the intellectual stammer. Not to be confused with a stutter, which the president decidedly does not have, the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can’t keep up. The stammer is commonly found among university professors, characters in Woody Allen movies and public thinkers of the sort that might appear on C-SPAN but not CNN. If you’re a member or a fan of that subset, chances are the president’s stammer doesn’t bother you.

It takes a real genius to think of that. Me, I would have just thought he had a stammer or talking through his hat. But since conservatives are by and large inclined to leave you alone, nobody cares about what I  think; why should you when I’ll leave you alone? I won’t send the New People’s Army to shoot up your funeral. This indifference is characterized as “uncaringness”. However the Left is relentlessly interventionary. Not only about the political, but the personal. They have an opinion on everything and know exactly what you need.


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HOW DID IT GO SO WRONG?

Only today the president confessed to being unhappy with the way things have turned out. Stammering pitifully, and with tears in his eyes, he sobbed:

I often wonder why the heck
I got into this life
Reduced like this, a hopeless wreck
Two children and a wife
Yes being president is nice
That Air Force One is neat
It costs a lot but worth the price
I get to choose my seat
My golf game’s coming right along
I still have great endurance
But somehow ‘Bamacare went wrong
They’ve canceled my insurance

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Kardashian - goddess of voyeurs and window peepers
Hil Ar Rah - goddess of treachery and vengeance--"she of the thundering thighs and great fangs" --mate of Bil-Clint, god of trickery and lechery
O-bam-a -the Light Bringer, foe of the Repub-likans ( a collective word for the evil demons of the underworld)
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We live in the Golden Age of religion. Recently there was an article about atheist mega-churches, for which I'm glad. At last people are coming out. Marxism is basically a heretical branch of Judaeo-Christianity. Every religious institution, doctrine, clergy, laiety, even secular miracles and saints is reproduced in it.

Branching off from Marxism-Leninism is environmentalism, which is frankly pantheistic. Militant abortion is in many ways a simple rebrand of the Moloch cult. And Islam too is having it's best days. This is the era of faith, the epoch of magicians.

Every morning when I get up I see the faithful gathered at the trashcans, sorting cans and plastic even though much of it may simply wind up in the landfill due to recyling fraud. No matter; it makes them feel better to devote themselves to Gaia. And so the old ladies put the bottles here, the cans there, not because it works in any way, but as an offering to the gods ...

It's an article of atheistic faith that "religion causes wars". And what pray tell, where Nazism and Bolshevism in the 20th century but de facto religions? One of the ironies of liberalism is that it fought the great religious conquerors only to become a religion itself.

Maybe it was inevitable. Man was meant to believe and you will never wean him off creeds. For that reason you can never convince a man of the Left he is wrong. At best, you can convert him. We are half angel and that is our curse.

What a piece of work is a man!
In action how like an Angel!
in apprehension how like a god!

A killer angel.
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Yes, they relentlessly continue to force everyone to live according to their script. Now GB is trying to revive Tamil tigers.
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I was Don Rodrigo,
"I want Congress to mandate that it may only rain between 2 and 3 am once a week"

That type of thinking is easy for people who were raised to believe in Camelot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzh6VKpB6qc
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Maragaret Sanger's son -- the older one with the HUGE ears, looks like he should have been culled.

One thing that gets me about Sanger is that, supposedly, she was the tenth, and last child of a poor family, and that motivated her to embrace birth control and eugenics. IOW: she would have eliminated herself if she were true to her convictions. But such people always exclude themselves from the process of elimination.
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The key problem with atmospheric engineering is that while people don't necessarily share the same land, and even water can be treated as private property in desert environments, we all share the same atmosphere. Sulfur from a volcanic eruption in the East Indies will spread all over the world. 1816 was “The Year Without a Summer”, caused at least in part by the eruption of Mount Tambora.

People cannot agree on what constitutes “good” weather. One faction may desire to engineer a colder environment, while another faction may desire a hotter environment. If guards and prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have not been able to agree on where to set the thermostat, just imagine how bad things will get if atmospheric engineering on a global scale becomes feasible. The question of who dictates what kind of weather happens may lead to war. (Would you want al-Qaeda deciding the temperature outside...?)

It may be wise to leave the composition of the atmosphere out of human hands.
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I want Congress to manadate that it may only rain between 2 and 3 am once a week, every week. It would be as effective a statute as most of what they pass anyway.
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Ah yes Mr. Fernandez. Religion = Politics.

The individual is religious/spiritual. Two or more and it becomes politics. What is commonly know as "religion" is politics, and what is commonly known as "politics" is religion. They are one and the same. excluding the individual's case.

Is good to see the that those morally questionable non believers can be just as human as morally questionable believers.

A sense of parity has descended upon the Belmont Club.
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The fundamental human error, and in progressive liberals it is more endemic than anywhere, is to think you know something. Really we do not know very much at all.

That leads to such things as "atheist churches" or faith in anthropogenic global warming, or Obamacare. I have beliefs, we all do and cannot survive without them. I did not select them like a menu item, they evolved somehow out of the circumstance of my own life.

Yes the American health care "system", it is really not one, could get "fixed" by just applying rules whereby what we would like to have will happen, and then making into law, heh.

You might as well have legislated god's rules of how the universe should run, or if you are an atheist, ask your atheist pastor what the rules are Just like carbon credit taxes are going to stop horrible storms.

From Job ch. 38

4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,"
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy",,




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Amusing; The plaque dedicated to Abraham Lincoln - Democrat
And the ID of Faubus and Conner as Republicans. Rewriting history is so easy!
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Our shoving leopard has tasted two worms with a half-warmed fish.

(spoonerisms: our loving shephard has wasted two terms with a half-formed wish)

Soon we'll have the hags flung out and start fighting a liar under the tons of soil.
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The Obama now says that we can ignore the personal mandate. He has decreed it is so.

So my question is what makes that legal? Was not the PPACA the settled law of the land? Who gives Good King Barak the power to pick and choose which parts of his "Signature Achievement" we have to follow?

I want IT ALL! NOW! All of it. Personal mandates. Business mandates. All of the Feral Gov't covered under the PPACA - NO EXCEPTIONS! All of the unions.

I want to know that The American people fully taste this sh-t sandwich and KNOW what they have done.
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Another winner was Marie Stopes -- more or less the British Sanger. So strong was her devotion to eugenics that she wrote her son out of her will for marrying a nearsighted girl. While she shared Sanger's dislike of abortion, she was more open about targeting the urban poor with birth control clinics and literature. Anti-semitic, pro-Nazi (until Hitler implemented his policies to increase German fertility), and all for preserving racial purity... at least until the concentration camps were overrun.
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