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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, February 28, 2011, 12: 11 PM

Michelle Obama exhorts us to eat twigs and bark while she eats baby back ribs, which appear to be sticking to her ribs. Her husband wants us to drive less (which we’re doing as gasoline hits 4 bucks a gallon) and lower our “carbon footprint.” So now we learn he flies his personal fitness trainer from Chicago to Washington D.C. once a week.

I seem to remember someone writing a book about liberal elites and their pecksniffian progressive ways.


Life is An Illusion

Posted in Uncategorized by TeeJaw on Monday, February 28, 2011, 11: 12 AM

It must have been a magic stapler, don’t you think?

Twenty-Five Lawyers Kicked Out of Wyoming State Bar

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, February 28, 2011, 10: 46 AM

Reminds me of that joke, “What do you call 10,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea?” Punchline: “A good start.”

Well, that’s just mean. I take it back. I shouldn’t be so obnoxious about my fellow members of the bar. But this does raise a point about the legal profession. It is, after all, the second oldest profession. We all know what the oldest is. So why were these lawyers kicked out? Simply because they didn’t pay their bar dues. But that alone didn’t get them kicked out. They let it go for three years without doing anything about it. They don’t just show you the door the minute you fail to pay up. You have to remain a deadbeat for three years without even telling anybody why you haven’t paid. If one no longer wants to pay the annual fee one can avoid the ignominy of getting sacked but simply resigning from state bar membership. It’s a bad commentary on the legal profession that it ever contained people with so little sense of responsibility. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

Most of these excommunicated lawyers are not residents of Wyoming, I’m happy to say. Since the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that it is unconstitutional to require residency as a pre-requisite for a license to practice law in a state, non-residents have been admitted in droves to practice in Wyoming and many other states. I agree with that, but I guess it has led to a fair number of non-residents applying for admission to the State Bar of Wyoming who lack a serious commitment to the State. Not serious enough to pay the annual fee, not even serious enough to bother submitting a formal resignation when they no longer want to pay the fee. Shameful.

NOTE: The Wyoming State Bar is a mandatory bar. That is, it is the Wyoming Supreme Court’s regulation of lawyers in the state. In many states, such as Colorado, the bar association is separate from Supreme Court registration, and as such is a voluntary bar. There’s also another possible explanation why some of these lawyers didn’t formally resign. You have to be in good standing to resign. If you’re already under investigation for ethical misconduct you can’t resign until you get back in good standing. I don’t know if that was the case with any of the affected lawyers. Also, the action taken against these lawyers is termination not disbarment. I assume it’s not the same.

New Hampshire Man Charged With Felony For Recording A Traffic Stop

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, February 28, 2011, 10: 05 AM

The Union Leader reports that the Waere, New Hampshire police have charged a man under the state’s felony wiretapping statute for recording a traffic stop. As the police officer approached the man’s car he made a call on his cell phone. Apparently, the person he was calling didn’t answer and he left a voicemail message. Since the voicemail was recorded on a recording device the Weare police are claiming that the man made an illegal recording of the police officer.

The statute under which the man was charged makes it a class B felony if: “…without the consent of all parties to the communication, the person: (a) Wilfully intercepts… any telecommunication or oral communication.”

The text of the statute is here. It is not a model of clarity. In fact, it’s a mess. For example, “telecommunication” and “intercept” are defined so broadly that one commits a class B felony simply by being in the room when someone else is talking on a speaker phone and the person on the other end has not consented to you being in the room and hearing the conversation. “Oral communication’’ under the Act means “any oral communication uttered by a person exhibiting an expectation that such communication is not subject to interception under circumstances justifying such expectation.” Good luck arguing with a lawyer about what that means. Another part of the statute makes it a class B felony to manufacture any device capable of “intercepting” a “telecommunication” or “oral communication.” Every cell phone maker whose products are sold in New Hampshire appears to be committing multiple felonies in the state. I wonder if they know that.

One thing in the statute is clear, however. If the person intercepting the oral communication is a party to the oral communication it is a misdemeanor and not a felony to “intercept” it. So, right off the bat the prosecutor has wrongfully charged this man by the express terms of the statute. And that’s if merely leaving someone else a voicemail about your traffic stop even violates the statute. And furthermore, that’s only if the statute itself is not unconstitutionally over broad and vague, which it almost certainly is.

One would think this statute must date back to around 1790 but it was actually enacted in 1995. Let’s see now, What was going on about that time? Oh, yeah, Kenneth Starr was investigating Bill Clinton and some woman had made audio recordings of someone making some statements that tended to support some other woman’s accusations against Clinton, and the State of Maryland was trying to charge her with a felony under a statute in Maryland that also required consent of all parties, and the New Hampshire legislature was under the control of Democrats at the time…Oh! OK, now I get it.

Well, New Hampshire is back in the control of adults now so maybe this statute will get reviewed and thrown into the dustbin of history where it belongs.

Professor Glenn Reynolds of the University of Tennessee Law School has this message for police and prosecutors who harass citizens over video or audio recording:

“What are you afraid of? Do you have something to hide? If you’re innocent, you should have nothing to fear . . . .”

Former president of MADD arrested for DUI

Posted in Culture Rot by TeeJaw on Sunday, February 27, 2011, 7: 44 AM

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Former president of MADD arrested for DUI, posted with vodpod

I’m not one who thinks that a moral standard must fall simply because one of its proponents didn’t live up to it. Human beings are flawed creatures. We can all sometimes violate the very principles we try to live by. But MADD is a fanatical and powerful lobbying group on a mission to punish everyone by lowering the legal intoxication level to criminalize harmless social drinking. Blowing .239 is three time the level MADD is so proud of imposing on us.

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Morning in Girne Cyprus in 2002

Posted in Uncategorized by TeeJaw on Saturday, February 26, 2011, 11: 03 PM

The boat I was on is tied up right behind the large wood boat. We are the third one from the dock. Click photo to enlarge.

Girne is a city that has been continuously inhabited for at least 6,000 years. There’s some pretty old stuff there. It’s in Turkish Cyprus and you can’t get to it from Southern (Greek) Cyprus. You must go through Turkey. There is a no man’s land between the two that if full of shot up buildings. If you ventured into that area you’d be shot by one side or the other. Here are some children playing right on the edge of that zone.

Two photos of the no-man’s zone, taken by me in 2002 from a firing position on the Turkish side in the 1974 war:

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Crossing The Rubicon in Wisconsin

Posted in Uncategorized by TeeJaw on Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8: 52 AM

If A and B negotiate a contract where all of the benefits go to them but all of the cost of performing the contract are to be paid for by C, who has no say in the terms of the contract, everyone would recognize that as a perverse state of affairs. It is a fair description of what takes place when the teachers’ unions negotiate a labor contract with a school board, or any public employee union negotiates with any government sector for a union contract covering wages, salaries, and health and pension benefits. C, the taxpayer, is the forgotten man in the transaction. That’s what makes the whole thing so perverse. The one paying for it all has no one representing his interest. Until now.

Democrats are in full combat mode to keep the status quo, while Republican governors are storming the barricades. Charles Krauthammer says “Obama’s Democrats have become the party of no. Real cuts to the federal budget? No. Entitlement reform? No. Tax reform? No. Breaking the corrupt and fiscally unsustainable symbiosis between public-sector unions and state governments? Hell no.”

Some may reply that the taxpayers are not entirely forgotten in the negotiation of public employee union contracts because the politicians that negotiate with the unions want to get re-elected. Sure they do, but the contract they negotiate today doesn’t hit the taxpayers all at once. The most costly parts of it aren’t felt for many years, long after the politicians who negotiated it are gone from office. This is especially true with pension benefits where extravagantly improvident promises were made to pay unsustainable benefits far into the future. If a business in the private sector gives away the store in a union contract the owners have reason to know they will lose their shirts. Although, even in the private sector union contracts often cast shareholders in the role of the forgotten man when the directors of the company figure that the claim on profits they agree to today won’t have to be paid until far into the future.

Krauthammer’s column is worth a look.

Obama’s Friends and Enemies Are Not America’s Friends and Enemies

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 8: 25 AM

Bill Whittle explains…well, actually there is no explanation for it…Barak Obama’s foreign policy of sneering at America’s allies while sucking up to America’s enemies. Some of those enemies want to kill us. While it’s difficult to figure out what Obama is up to (unless we attribute it to either villainy or stupidity), it is easy to see what it means for America. Nothing good.

The warning at the beginning of this video that it contains images that might offend sensitive viewers makes no sense. Unless you are a screaming leftist who hates his own country and are deeply offended by the truth, there is nothing offensive in this video.

Public Employee Unions Are Special Privilege For The Few Against The Many

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 10: 27 AM

Public Employee Unions have enabled their members to enjoy nearly twice the compensation, in wages, salary and benefits, as their counterparts in the private sector. Since government employees also have civil service protection and cannot be easily fired, even for gross incompetence, they also have a level of job security no one in the private sector has. It is, as they say, good work if you can get it. The Democrat party guarantees the loyalty of public employees by positioning itself as the protector of those special privileges. In return Democrats get millions of dollars annually from public employee unions. Every dollar they get originally comes from taxpayers who do not enjoy any special status. In essence, public employee unions make suckers out of taxpayers.

Democrats are in denial on the sentiments of their patron saint on pubic employee unions, collective bargaining, and the right to strike. Franklin D. Roosevelt expressed those sentiments in a letter to Luther C. Steward, President, National Federation of Federal Employees, dated August 16, 1937.  FDR wrote:

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, …[emphasis added in Bold]

Right.  The “whole people” are the taxpayers being taken for a ride that is bankrupting government at every level.

FDR also said in the same letter:

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.

The tactics of public school teachers in Wisconsin go beyond militant to thuggish and violent.

Michael Barone notes that Public Unions Force Taxpayers to Fund Democrats:

Unions, most of whose members are public employees, gave Democrats some $400 million in the 2008 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the biggest public employee union, gave Democrats $90 million in the 2010 cycle.

Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say. The money in this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats. In effect, public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party.

And ends with:

Now hard economic times have left voters wondering why public employees pay practically zero toward their health insurance and pensions when they have to pay plenty themselves. Wisconsin, which led the nation on civil service a century ago and on welfare reform in the 1990s, may be showing the nation the way ahead once again.

Obama charges Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with staging “an assault on unions,” and said that “public employee unions make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens.”  Obama did not specify exactly what those contributions are, so I will.  Those contributions are taxpayer funding of the Democrat party, increasing the cost of government, and eliminating any accountability of public employees.

The White Rose — February 22, 1943

Posted in Government and Politics, Gun Rights by TeeJaw on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 4: 57 PM

Today is the anniversary of the executions in Munich, Germany of three members of the White Rose, an underground student group that anonymously distributed leaflets critical of the Nazi government. Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans, and Christoph Probst were executed by guillotine on this day in 1943.

They created their leaflets on mimeograph machines and distributed them all over Munich. One of their leaflets contained this message:

Every word that proceeds from Hitler’s mouth is a lie. When he says peace, he means war. And when he names the name of the Almighty in a most blasphemous manner, he means the almighty evil one, that fallen angel, Satan. His mouth is the stinking maw of hell and his might is fundamentally reprobate. To be sure, one must wage the battle against National Socialism using rational means. But whoever still does not believe in the actual existence of demonic powers has not comprehended by far the metaphysical background of this war.

Such bravery was little known in Germany of the 1940’s and these three paid a dear price for it. The Gestapo response was swift and deadly. A tribute to their courage and love of liberty is here:

The courage to act and risk everything is a prerequisite for liberty to flourish. Remembering that they were not endowed with any particular human trait we don’t ourselves possess makes their sacrifice all the more extraordinary.

Read it all at An Anniversary of Three Executions

Why Did Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Exempt The Police?

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 11: 48 AM

Not because they supported his election because they didn’t. Of 414 police and fire unions in Wisconsin only 4 endorsed Scott Walker, contrary to Democrat spin. The rest supported the Democrat candidate who lost. So why did he exempt the cops from his proposal to disallow collective bargaining for pension and health benefits of public employees? (collective bargaining on wages will not be affected).

Here’s a clue:

This video is a sampling of Tweets from the angry left, you know, those folks calling for more civilized discourse in politics:

By the way, all Tweets are public. There is no expectation of privacy. Leftists are not only vicious, they’re stupid.

Maybe the governor knew he was dealing with a bunch of thugs and might need the support of the police.

Also, the end of collective bargaining for pension and health benefits is a life and death issue for public employee unions because it is on the benefits side where they rake in the big bucks (all of it from taxpayers), much of it under highly questionable circumstances: Unions “Need” To Negotiate Benefits to Survive; Salaries Not So Much

The Death of The Music Industry?

Posted in Uncategorized by TeeJaw on Monday, February 21, 2011, 8: 38 AM

It’s not dead yet but it’s sales are down 64% from the peak in 1999. Sales in any industry is a bit like oxygen to a human. If your oxygen level were down 64% from its peak when you were younger you’d be on life support. The interesting part is where the music industry has derived its revenue over the last four decades or so and how that has changed. The sources have been, in chronological order, 8-track, vinyl, CD’s, cassettes, videos, and digital downloads.

In the charts and numbers I’ve seen, the measurement of how well the industry is doing is shown in per capita spending on music, not in total revenue to the industry. That may or may not be the best way to measure the health of an industry but apparently they assume music is such a universal commodity that the amount consumers are spending on a per capita basis gives an accurate picture. One can see that the methodology isn’t sound for goods that are not as widely purchased. Per capita spending for limburger cheese, for example, probably would not be much of an indication of how its producers are doing financially.

Anyway, per capita spending in 2010 for music is $26 compared to $71 in 1999 (in constant 2011 dollars). Wow, that’s a big hit. So why is this so? The main reason given, and this makes sense, is the advent of digital download purchasing of music which has relieved us of having to buy a complete album when we really only want one or two songs on it. Traditionally, music albums were sort of a tying arrangement where you could not buy a hot song unless you also bought 9 or 10 dogs that you’d never listen to. With the advent of digital downloads one can buy just the cut on the album you want. Thus, while you used to spend $10-$15 for one or two songs you can now get them for $0.99 each in most cases. Just look at the download intensity of most albums in the iTunes store. You will invariably see that one song is intensely downloaded and the entire rest of the album is dormant. That’s probably the best explanation for the steep decline in annual per capita spending on music.

Occasionally, an album will appear on iTunes that does not allow single downloading. Album only requirements are attempts to force the old tying arrangement on you, but it’s a prescription for no sales at all. For example, I like the music that opens the television series House. So I found it on iTunes (it was not an easy task). But it was only available if I bought the whole album. Great, I thought. If the rest of the album is as good as the House theme, I’d buy it. But they do let you listen to 30-second snips of all the songs. All the other album cuts were not only inferior, they were atrocious. In fact, only the first 30 seconds of the House theme, the part they play at the opening of the show, was good. It goes downhill from there. Way downhill. I mean, fingernails on a blackboard. No sale.

There may be other explanations. In 1999 CD’s sales were still high reflecting the fact that a lot or people were still in the process of replacing all of their vinyl with CD’s. Nobody’s doing that anymore and sales of CD’s would be down for that reason alone. Other reasons for the decline might be the result of the business idiocy of the moguls in the music industry. I think they have tended to focus on the wrong things. The are obsessed with piracy of their copyright and while that is certainly a matter of concern to them, they would sell more music if they cared half as much about the quality of what they produce. One reason the per capita method of judging the health of the industry may not give an accurate picture in that so many people have given up or greatly reduced their listening and purchasing of new music because so much of it is unpleasant to their ears. Theft of a product is not as much of a concern when the product is not worth stealing.

Their obsession with piracy might also be leading them to ignore another important reason their sales are down. Even when they do produce something that a lot of people would want to buy, they are lousy at marketing it. You won’t be buying something you don’t know about, and the music moguls just aren’t very good at getting their best stuff to the public ear. Consequently, most people’s music purchases will consist only of recording artists they already know. Anyone can go to Amazon or iTunes and search for music of a particular artist. But those searches won’t introduce you to a new artist or an old artist that has recorded something different that you might like. Since music is in the hearing and not in seeing of the album cover, you probably won’t catch on to it unless you hear it somewhere and like it. Then you think, “Hey I like that. What’s the name of it?” If the medium in which you heard it doesn’t tell you, which is usually the case, you’ll likely give up at that point. No sale.

The mindset of music executives is revealed also in their attempts to cover up just how bad off things are (see the link below). When you’re in denial of the problem you aren’t fixing it. The answers to the woes of the music industry are improved quality of product and better dissemination of information about great new music. You’d be more likely to buy the complete album if you believed that at least half of the songs were good ones.

If this is interesting you can dig deeper at The Real Death of The Music Industry. Lots of informative charts and interesting analysis.

Tea Partier Joins George Will in Great Debate About Wisconsin on ABC’s “This Week”

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Sunday, February 20, 2011, 2: 01 PM

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NOTE: Donna Brazile claims that Gov. Walker exempts police and fire fighters from his plan to limit collective bargaining rights of public employees because all of the police and fire fighter unions supported his election. That accusation has been repeated by other Democrats but it is entirely false. There are 314 police and fire fighter unions in the State of Wisconsin and only 4 endorsed Walker. All the rest endorsed the Democrat candidate.

Obama Wrong Again On Israeli Settlements

Posted in barack Obama, Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9: 52 AM

Obama got over 70% of the Jewish vote in 2008. It will be interesting to see what percentage he will get in 2012. I cringe to think what it will be. He’ll probably still get a majority. If so, it will testify to the stubborn liberalism of American Jews. Given Obama’s hostility and wrong-headed stance against Israel it’s a little hard to fathom. Maybe it’s just proof that for many American Jews Israel is not very important to them, if it matters at all.

At issue yesterday was a U.N. Security Counsel Resolution to declare Israeli settlements to be illegal. Obama, through U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice voted against it. So far so good. But then came the statement of explanation for the vote,By Ambassador Rice on behalf of Obama. Here is the pertinent excerpt:

Our opposition to the resolution before this Council today should therefore not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity. On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. For more than four decades, Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined Israel’s security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region. Continued settlement activity violates Israel’s international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace.

The United States and our fellow Council members are also in full agreement about the urgent need to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, based on the two-state solution and an agreement that establishes a viable, independent, and contiguous state of Palestine, once and for all. We have invested a tremendous amount of effort and resources in pursuit of this shared goal, and we will continue to do so.

That statement could have been made only by a government that assumes the following list of incontrovertible historical facts do not exist, that these things never happened:

  • The 1947 U.N. partition plan to divide the region into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, which Israel immediately accepted and the Arab immediately rejected and started the 1948 war to drive the Jews into the sea;
  • The multitude terrorist attacks on Israel prior to 1967;
  • The plan of Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt to destroy Israel in June of 1967, soon joined by other Arab nations and which led to the 1967 Six-Day War;
  • The rejection of every single concession Israel has ever offered for peace, all either without a counter proposal or with a counter proposal the would mean the end of the Jewish state of Israel;
  • The “intifadas” launched after every Israel attempt to propose compromise with the Palestinians;
  • The rise of Hamas in Gaza after Israel withdrew;
  • The suicide bombings killing hundreds of Israelis after Israel agreed to the Oslo peace accords;
  • Need I go on?

Does Obama even know what an Israeli settlement is? A representative example of an Israeli settlement would be when Jews build houses in Hebron, where an 800-year old Jewish community existed until August, 1929 when Arab riots which came to be known as the Hebron Massacre killed 67 Jews and drove the remaining Jews out of the area. Hebron is 30 kilometers south of Jerusalem and is the second holist site in Judaism. It is mentioned repeatedly in the Hebrew Bible.

But Obama says that for Jews to live there today is “illegitimate, violates international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace.”

No, Mr. Obama. It is your appeasement of murderers and your antipathy toward Jewish families wishing only to be left alone that threatens prospects for peace.

CBO Says Repeal of Obamacare Will Save $1.4 Tillion

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Friday, February 18, 2011, 4: 50 PM

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner the CBO says repeal of Obamacare will save $1.4 Trillion gross, just over $1 Trillion net. I thought Obamacare was supposed to reduce insurance premium and lower the deficit. Oh, I get it. It was going to reduce the deficit when the Republicans repeal it after it the Democrats passed it. I guess that’s what Pelosi meant when she said we had to pass it to find out what is in it.

Bill In Wyoming Legislature Would Outlaw Obamacare

Posted in barack Obama, Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Thursday, February 17, 2011, 11: 25 AM

House Bill 35 currently pending in the Wyoming Legislature would outlaw Obamacare in Wyoming. The bill says Obamacare violates the U.S. Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution and cannot be enforced or implemented in Wyoming. The governors of Florida and Wisconsin have taken similar measures be executive order.

The proposed Wyoming law would give anyone forced into any of the provisions of Obamacare a right of civil action against the person or persons attempting to impose Obamacare on them and mandates damages of the greater of actual pecuniary loss or $5,000, plus all costs and attorneys fees.

Cool. I hope it passes.

In other matters, there is also a bill in the Wyoming legislature that will ensure that medical marijuana cards from other states will not be honored in Wyoming, and anyone caught with marijuana in their possession can be prosecuted without regard to their medical marijuana card or physicians prescription. Cool again.

The Wyoming Supreme Court has already said medical marijuana cards are no bar to prosecution in Wyoming. Another cool.

Colorado has legalized so-called medical marijuana. I say not cool because I believe the whole medical marijuana business is a fraud. Even if marijuana had medicinal properties smoking it would not be the delivery system. It’s ridiculous. Medical marijuana is a ruse for potheads to tok up.

The Middle East Problem Is Difficult To Resolve — But It Is Easy To Explain

Posted in Government and Politics, History, Self Defense by TeeJaw on Thursday, February 17, 2011, 9: 26 AM

This video has been viewed almost 750,000 times since it was posted on YouTube in October, 2010.

Especially poignant is Prager’s question of what would happen if Israel laid down its arms, and what would happen if all the Muslim countries laid down their arms? In the first instance Israel would be destroyed and there would be mass murder of the Jews living there. Prager says that in the second scenario there would be peace. He is right that there would be no Israeli aggression against any Arab country if Israel could trust that it would be left alone to live in peace. But there would not be peace in the region. Before the modern State of Israel came into existence peace did not exist in the Middle East. Without Israel to act as the lightening rod, there would be conflict among the Arab states, as there was before Israel. The Saudi flag has always depicted a sword.

Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys

Posted in Culture by TeeJaw on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 3: 56 PM

That’s the provocative title of a new book by Kay Hymowitz of the Manhattan Institute. Publishers Weekly strangely calls the book an “unpersuasive polemic.” I say it is strange for them to call it unpersuasive since anyone who has not been in a coma for 20 years has heard the complaints of women between the ages of 20-35 lamenting that the men they meet are immature louts.

Here is the description of the book given at Goodreads.com:

In Manning Up, Manhattan Institute fellow and City Journal contributing editor Kay Hymowitz argues that the gains of the feminist revolution have had a dramatic, unanticipated effect on the current generation of young men. Traditional roles of family man and provider have been turned upside down as “pre-adult” men, stuck between adolescence and “real” adulthood, find themselves lost in a world where women make more money, are more educated, and are less likely to want to settle down and build a family. Their old scripts are gone, and young men find themselves adrift. Unlike women, they have no biological clock telling them it’s time to grow up. Hymowitz argues that it’s time for these young men to “man up.”

Having not read this book but having read other books and articles by Kay Hymowitz I know her to be well informed on the subject of current culture between men and women and assume this book will be as insightful as her previous ones. But if she indeed argues that its time for men to “man up” I see a red flag.

I believe that men, generally speaking, can best be understood by drawing an analogy to Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection. Darwin states that certain evolutionary traits can be explained by “intraspecific competition”. By that he means the effects of the “struggle between the individuals of one sex, generally the males, for the possession of the other sex.” Humans are generally not a species where sexual mating is determined by male combat, although some men may think it is. Humans, like the vast majority of animals, mate by female choice of the male she desires. Its not enough that the male desires the female — she has final say. Thus male peacocks have an inordinately long tail that interferes with their very survival by making it easier for predators to catch them, but the male with the longest tail will find the most mating opportunities. Even though it favors predators, a long tail is a beneficially adaptive trait for a male peacock enabling him to pass on more of his genetic code than short-tailed males.

Cultural evolution works, at least in part, on similar principles as biological evolution and while bio-evolution takes thousands of years cultural evolution travels close to the speed of light. It may be that every generation can create its own culture.

Hymowitz asking men to “man up” won’t work if I’m right. Why will they if women are already giving them everything they want just the way they are? While women are complaining mightily about men’s ungentlemanly behavior I haven’t heard of men in their age bracket complaining that they aren’t getting enough sex. On the contrary, it seems they are doing just fine on that front.

In fact, it’s well nigh a young man’s paradise. Never has sex been so widely available to them without the slightest commitment to marriage in the future.

If the book description I quote above is correct, Hymowitz wants men to change. She seems not to recognize that if a different sort of man is wanted a different sort of woman will have to come first.

Three Reasons Obama’s Budget Won’t Win The Future

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 2: 32 PM

Glenn Reynolds: Hell, it won’t even win the present.

Nick Gillespie doesn’t let the Republicans off the hook. They are resisting their own freshmen members in the House trying to get $100 Billion in budget cuts. Let’s see, the budget is $3.7 Trillion for the next fiscal year. So if you divide $3,700,000,000 into $100,000,000,000 (the same as 1 ÷ 37) you get 0.0027 or 2.7%.

So out of the most bloated budget in history, a measly 2.7% cannot be trimmed? Do these establishment Republicans know how ridiculous they are? Write your Congressman.

Anti-Semitism Explained

Posted in Culture, History by TeeJaw on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 2: 08 PM

Shrinkwrapped, (A Psychoanalyst Attempts to Understand Our World) gives one of the best explanations for anti-semitism and why it has been and will no doubt continue to be pervasive in The World.

It has been said that anti-Semitism is the Protean Evil. It can fit into anyone’s paranoid worldview. For example, if you hate Communism, it is a trivial matter to decide (and find compelling evidence) that Jews are Communists. On the other hand, if you hate Capitalism, it is an equally trivial matter to find support for the proposition that Jews are Capitalists. It is a bitter fact of life that Jews tend to be successful at adapting to whatever system they are in; success then breeds resentment, and a two thousand year old hatred presents a low energy, well worn pathway for distress and anger to be channeled away from one’s own shortcomings.

Anti-semitism is the one-stop, do-it-all emotion to express one’s feelings of inadequacy, resentment of the success of others, and to shift the blame for just about any setback in life, either your own or someone else’s. On top of all that, an ancient and well-worn trail with no hills to climb exists for those wishing to go that way.

Read it all.

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