Why not donate Schiavo’s organs?

March 29, 2005

If she is considred a lost cause. Are her organs available for use by others? Certainly starving her will cause them to be less useful than otherwisae. Ugh.

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Fertility Policy

March 29, 2005

Mark Steyn writes about the consequences of the failure of western liberals to acknowledge the interaction between welfare state coercion and reproductive libertarianism, a brith dearth.

I’ll write soon about the investment consequences of this birth dearth.


Death Penalty vs Schiavo

March 29, 2005

People who oppose the death penalty should also be opposing Schiavo. She suffered from incompetent lawyering in the court case that established “facts” inimical to her interest (as frequently happens in criminal cases where the defendant can’t afford a good lawyer). All subsequent cases were simply about the question of whether proper procedure was followed in the first case (and it was). Now she has been sentenced to die in a cruel and unusal manner.


Kill Schiavo. Don’t let her suffer by starving her to death.

March 28, 2005

I don’t know whether she is in a permanent vegetative state or whether she is simply very paralyzed. I do know that if there is any chance at all that she is still concious, it is incredibly cruel to starve her to death and that she should be provided with a lethal injection if the system no longer wants to care for her.

And, if you can’t cope with active euthenasia in this case, you certainly shouldn’t support the removal of the feeding tube. Alternatively, if you think that starving her is acceptable, you should be ok with starving criminals in death penalty cases.


Playgirl editor-in-chief fired for voting Repulican in 2004

March 22, 2005

From Yahoo:

“Siding with the GOP when you live in the bluest state around is almost like wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey at a New York Yankees’ home game,” says Zipp in the April issue of PLAYGIRL. “I cannot tell you how many times a person assumed I voted for John Kerry in 2004. Most of the time, I don’t have the heart to tell them, or the energy to discuss my reasons for going red this election year. But this is PLAYGIRL magazine so it’s about time I was the one who bared what’s underneath.”

Now according to a letter she sent to Druge, she’s been relieved of her duties:

“After your coverage of my article about coming out and voting Republican, I did receive many letters of support from fellow Republican voters, but it was not without repercussions. Criticism from the liberal left ensued. A few days after the onslaught of liberal backlash, I was released from my duties at Playgirl magazine.

“After underlings expressed their disinterest of working for an outed Republican editor, I have a strong suspicion that my position was no longer valued by Playgirl executives. I also received a phone call from a leading official from Playgirl magazine, in which he stated with a laugh, “I wouldn’t have hired you if I knew you were a Republican.

Over the las election cycle, I had lefty friends treating me extremely poorly simply because of my politics. It is pathetic that self proclaimed “liberals” have sunk to this point. However, as a Republican in daily contact with them, it is also unpleasant. Nothing justifies this.


Democrats: Party of the Rich

March 22, 2005

Many blue staters like to characterize Republicans as the party of the rich and Democrats as the party of the downtrodden. Michael Barone notes that trustfunders my a huge margin vote Democrat, live in urban areas, etc.. I would add that in the last election the Democrats were the party of the billionaires including Kerry and his wife, George Soros, Warren Buffet, etc.

Barone characterizes these rich people as exerting power without responsibility. I think they are voting their self interest. In particular, they expect their future income to be a small fraction of their asset base and enjoy their status as having the largest asset bases around. As such they prefer that income rather than wealth be taxed heavily and largely Democrats are the party of higher taxes. They also prefer relative economic stagnation as that preserves their elite status and makes asset protection easier and that is what Democrat’s increased regulatory approach provides.

They have the same interest as the landed aristocracy of old and it is not surprising that they have converted the Democrats to a politics that looks very similar to the conservative politics of old. The Republicans are the party of classical liberalism. John Stuart Mill would understand our politics completely if he were alive today.


Prediction of action against Syria coming true

March 22, 2005

US moving forces to confront Syria and Iran