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Why Akin Deserves to Lose

August 26, 2012


IN THE entry on the controversial remarks of Congressman Todd Akin, a reader says Akin, who is now trailing Claire McCaskill, should have dropped out of the race.

Clark Coleman writes:

Akin projects a certain stereotype that many voters detest, and some of them are in the GOP, such as myself: the politician who thinks that his moral beliefs are qualification enough for office, and he does not have to do the hard work of thinking through the details of all those issues that are not moral issues, nor even of learning to articulate his views on the moral issues that are seemingly most important to him. Read More »


Wedding Extremism Kills Bride

August 26, 2012


CYNDI writes:

I recall the discussions you had (here, here and here) on the repulsive turn that weddings and wedding photography have taken over the past few years with trash-the-dress shoots.

Well, the worst has happened. A bride in Quebec was dragged to her death while being photographed in a river.

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The World Doesn’t Need Men (of This Kind)

August 26, 2012


WRITING in The New York Times, a professor of biology at Boise State University says that the world could survive just fine without men as long as enough sperm was frozen to keep the species alive. Greg Hampikian looks around him — at a physical and intellectual infrastructure erected almost entirely by men —  and says it all comes down to gestation and breastfeeding. He himself is unnecessary (even though he was a stay-at-home dad for an entire year.)

Women aren’t just becoming men’s equals. It’s increasingly clear that “mankind” itself is a gross misnomer: an uninterrupted, intimate and essential maternal connection defines our species.

A society that indulges idiocy of this magnitude is soon to be conquered by a society that doesn’t.

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Brutal Murder Brings Tears and Blue Ribbons

August 26, 2012


THE cold-blooded murder of Megan Boken, a 23-year-old graduate of the University of St. Louis who was gunned down in broad daylight last Saturday afternoon by an 18-year-old during an alleged robbery, is a stark example of how Americans react to a death of this kind. Family and friends have wept and prayed on Facebook. They have spoken of her many wonderful qualities. They have circled trees outside Megan’s former high school with blue ribbons. They have anxiously awaited the arrest of her assailants and expressed profuse gratitude to the police when two black men were charged.

But they have voiced no outrage. Megan could have been killed by a bolt of lightening, so anodyne is the reaction to her death. The blue ribbons signify nothing more than sadness. They do not make any demands. They are not a call for collective action on behalf of the many Megan Bokens who have been killed by merciless black gunmen in the last 50 years or the many more who are yet to be murdered. The ribbons are pure sentiment.

Megan Boken is one more sacrificial victim on the altar of white remorse and self-hatred.

A commenter at VFR, Robert B., writes: Read More »

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