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Month: January 2011

Number 185

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 185                                                                                                                                      19 January, 2011   It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.   Annotated Hyperlinks Regarding Charges That Tea Party Hate (And/Or Sarah Palin) Killed Six People In Tucson If you realize the idiotic accusations are just an adjunct to the claims that the Tea Party Movement is racist, you can skip this section. Curious? Pick and click: 1, 2, 3: Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” is legitimate. In fact she did not use it first; a law prof beat her to it, and his commentary was linked to in Number 184 of this publication. By the way, the blood libel against the Jews was last promoted by the Vatican in about 1914. The term survives as a flexible metaphor with broad usage, like “crucify” (verb) and “target” (noun and verb). 4. Here’s a discussion of the prospects for Obama’s attempt to end the libel and slander. He (and any rational human over the age of ten) knows the Democrats will inflict hideous damage on their party and the administration if they don’t stop behaving like Nazis complaining about Jews. The voters in the political center are not stupid. 5, 6. In...

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Number 184

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 184                                                                                                                                        11 January, 2011   People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.   It’s Both An Egregious Libel And A Clumsy Attempt At Censorship The fellow who killed all those people in Tucson has become a poster boy for collectivists. He “proves” that Sarah Palin is an incendiary extremist, and that the Tea Party is becoming violent. Sure, the charges are absurd. That hardly matters, for two corollaries of the libel linger as slogans that may, for some folks, have some currency. First, “progressive” attempts to accuse the Tea Party and the “wingnuts” of abusing the freedom of speech are impossible to ignore. Claims that well-known figures are inciting the suggestible proles to violence are mean-spirited and false, but they will too often be taken seriously. Second, consider the naked glee with which the left pounced on the horror in Arizona. To them, the bloodshed was Heaven-sent — it was a crisis they would not let go to waste. That response is, of course, utterly debased. Simple truth: the Tucson killer is far too mentally deficient to have any political inspiration. That explains him adequately. In a rational world, it would now be incumbent on “progressives” to explain Billy Ayers.   An Invitation The New...

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Number 183

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 183                                                                                                                              9 January, 2011   People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.   Prologue Are observations like these outdated?   Scalia, The Fourteenth Amendment, And The Persistence Of Immaturity Associate Justice Scalia of the US federal supreme court says the constitution does not protect women or homosexuals from discriminatory acts by government. His reasoning is crystal clear: he asks whether the congress that wanted the states to ratify the fourteenth amendment intended to shelter women and homosexuals. Certainly not. Women could not vote back then, and as for homosexuals — well, there was no issue. This means that as long as the express, specific intent of the authors of the amendment is the ultimate authority on its interpretation and purpose, Scalia is right, and it is entirely up to the states to make rules for the treatment of women and homosexuals. Readers of this publication will recall that the supreme court used similar reasoning in deciding the slaughterhouse cases. That alone suggests that Scalia is dead wrong. But the issue remains: can we interpret the meaning of the constitution’s spare language according to its lexical content, or according to the mindset of the authors, or according to contemporary standards of reason and culture? A definitive...

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Number 182

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 182                                                                                                                              3 January, 2011   People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.   Selling Fear The use of advertising to influence foreign policy is a topic with many implications and links to fundamental legal and political questions. It’s not new, and it reminds of all manner of past publicity campaigns, some of them quite unsavory. Consider contemporary US policy toward Israel, and the efforts made to shape it. Begin with this video. Do watch it now and then read on. Note the video’s origin, a Christian news/propaganda organization, and recall that this newsletter looks with a jaundiced eye at such sources. The Moonies and even The Christian Science Monitor are the objects of cautions posted whenever this newsletter links to their information. You need to know as much as you can about the nature of the folks who are providing you with what they want you to accept as truth. It is not possible to know whether everything asserted by the alleged Iranian spy in the video is true, but one can state without doubt that his claims about the teachings of the Koran are accurate. The Twelvers are indeed a very dangerous cult, and they do hope for the deaths of hundreds of millions...

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