Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stories below the fold (plus rants)

Hundreds of bodies found in Mexico were killed by the drug cartels....and now the locals are protecting themselves with home grown militias.

(From StrategyPage).

I usually support gun control, since I was brought up in a city and my grandfather, a cop, wouldn't allow guns in the house for fear of children getting hold of them...

But I know from bitter experience that when there is no law and order, having a gun is the only thing that stands between you and being dead.

related item: The Diplomad discusses the Mexican violence, and how the Fast and Furious talking points tried to spin it to push gun control in the USA.

StrategyTalk discusses Benghazi.

related essay: Why the west is screwed (in Syria).

March 1 is the day of rememberance for the handicapped who were and are being killed for being handicapped.

for later reading: The Pope and economics.

... “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? … He continues, “Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded.”
yes, like when Europeans and some in North American think the handicapped and unborn who need to be eliminated so the strong and healthy can fullfill their dreams.

And here, it means encouraging local values and local jobs, and eliminating corruption, not making people into money hungry gringo imitators and having the government encourage folks to work overseas, a practice that is destroying many families.
Bishop Cruz has more here.

and ironically, the left leaning Inquirer editorial notes love was always associated with solidarity and family, but now the word has been degraded into personal feeling.

It is remarkable that, in the modern world, love’s main association is no longer with solidarity but with eroticism and passion, the intense feelings that two individuals have for one another. For that is not how the concept began...

Nowhere perhaps is love’s ancient association with human solidarity more eloquently expressed than in the famous biblical passage from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Shirley Temple: RIP.

exploring the "Brilliantly successful" persecution by the Shogun against Japanese Christians 400 years ago
Or was the government trying to find a scapegoat after Hideyoshi died and Admiral Yi's turtleboats kicked their ass?
For later research....


Banana miscellanea.

Most Popular Item
at Walmart: Bananas

Business Week, Aug. 15, 2010
Walmart Bananas
       Walmart, which registered $405 billion in sales last year and is the largest retailer in the world, sold more bananas than any other single item in its stores.

Headsup AnnAlthouse.

Radical feminist supports female genital mutilation.
and again, Ann Althouse blasts the lack of logic 

I should note: There are three types, (only one type is harmless to future childbearing and sexual pleasure) and it long predates Islam, and the more radical practice continues even though the prophet tried to discourage the more extreme version... 

more here.


For later reading: Flappy bird has flown the coop.

this article says that the designer removed it because it was addictive.

but don't worry: Pirate bay to the rescue.

Ruby has it on her smartphone....and agrees that it's addictive and harder than it looks.


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