American Sicko – Michael Moore Needs Education on US Murder Rates
Brett Stevens of Amerika.org made the rather bold claim that many arguments in support of Liberalism are based on a logical fallacy. This fallacy involves the old chestnut known as “begging the question.” A website on rhetoric at Perdue University offers us the following definition of begging the question (or claim).
Begging the Claim: The conclusion that the writer should prove is validated within the claim. Example: Filthy and polluting coal should be banned. Arguing that coal pollutes the earth and thus should be banned would be logical. But the very conclusion that should be proved, that coal causes enough pollution to warrant banning its use, is already assumed in the claim by referring to it as “filthy and polluting.”
The only thing missing from this nice, learned explanation was a picture of Michael Moore as a graphic example. Let us reexamine the question being begged by our intrepid filmmaker. “Guns don’t kill people, Americans kill people.” Potentially valid so far – if he were also willing to acknowledge that Congolese, Syrians, Ukranians and Jamaicans also kill people.Read More »
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Face Off: Healthcare.gov Girl Replacement Contest (pics!)
The young lady known variously as the face of healthcare.gov, the Obamacare girl, or glitch girl, has been replaced in the wake of a massive internet and cable news effort to uncover her true identity. The speculation as to the reason behind taking her face off the site has run rampant, but we here at RedState have the answer. It’s a simple matter of truth | Read More »
Looking Beyond Abortion
In the pro-life community you hear a lot about the number of babies that have been aborted. Indeed, the numbers are astounding. Over 54 million children have been murdered in abortion since Roe Vs. Wade. Over 3,000 babies will be murdered today, around 10 in the time it takes to read this post. And those numbers are just in the U.S. However, there are | Read More »
Pavlov’s Dogs and America’s Last Men
So how are EBT Cards and QE debt monetization alike? They resemble one another in three ways. They are jet-fuel for the continued encroachment of the state. They require a voluntary acquiesence of liberty in return for security and they both are a form of shackle that binds those who benefit from either to greater government dependence. What type of individual would prefer either QE or EBT Card money to individual liberty? Friedrich Nietsche gives us a description of just that type of individual.
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The last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security….The last man is the goal that European civilization has apparently set for itself. The lives of the last men are comfortable…. Social conflict is minimized. Nietzsche said that the society of the last man would be too barren to support the growth of great individuals. The last man is possible only by mankind’s having bred an apathetic creature who has no great passion or commitment, who is unable to dream, who merely earns his living and keeps warm. The last men claim to have discovered happiness, but blink every time they say so.
General Motors 2: The Strengthening of the Strength is Strong & Stuff
Regular Red State readers know how much fun I’ve had covering the auto industry in recent years. From Obama’s push for newer, tougher CAFE standards on a struggling industry to GM’s crony CEO Dan Akerson. From the Chevy Volt’s fits and starts to GM blowing tax dollars on bonuses, marketing schemes, and ideologically-driven “green” projects. I even had the honor of being attacked by Attack Waaaaaaaaaatch probably | Read More »
The Cancerous Lie of Unbounded Positive Rights
An alliance of Progressive Organizations is attempting to counter 23+ hours of truth from Senator Cruz with thirty-one seconds of disingenuous horse-hockey. They rail at Republicans who vote to deny other people healthcare. They rail at Republicans who vote to deny other people food stamps. It’s as if being an American implies that you have a natural right to have the government give you goods and services that originally belonged to, or are produced by somebody else.
In the bizarre world of “Positive Rights,” we get logical constructs that would totally destroy the social contract of any society that attempted to fulfill them. There is never any logical limit to what can be claimed as a so-called Positive Right. In the real-world, to all of these limitless demands are attached similarly limitless costs. It’s analogous to the Work-Energy Relationship in Physics.Read More »
Pakistan Earthquake Creates New Island (and Mass Confusion Among Journalists)
The Huffington Post says the new island is the size of a king size bed. Who are you going to believe, HuffPo or your lying eyes?Read More »
H.S. Football Games Moved for ‘Environmental’ Reasons. Wait, what?
Tulsa Public Schools administrators moved the venue for two high schools’ future home football games. It’s for the children, after all. Oh, my gosh. We certainly would not want to expose student-athletes to “environmental elements”. The mind reels as it imagines a football pitch-cum-Love Canal poisoned with pesticides, herbicides or (G_d forbid) “fracking chemicals“. As it turns out, this particular football suffered from environmental contamination, alright: | Read More »
What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Tevi Troy to discuss his new book, presidents and pop-culture and why what the presidents read is so important.Read More »
Hope Of A Tree
“For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.” Job 14:7-9 Today marks twelve years since the attacks that truly changed our country. As we have in years past, Americans will slow down to remember September 11, 2001; and to that we have added September 11, 2012, | Read More »