Paul Ryan denounces procedural farce

March 16, 2010

I wrote a few days ago about the anti-constitutional “rule” Representative Louise Slaughter plans to use to enable passage of the widely unpopular Senate health-care reform plan without actually having to vote on it. But, let’s face it, folks: this is just the latest in a series of corrupt and anti-democratic efforts by the Democratic(?) Party to ram down the throats of the American people a bill that a passionate majority doesn’t want.

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan (R), who had already impressed observers with his performance at the so-called “health care summit,” roundly denounces the entire farcical process in his opening statement this week as the House Budget Committee considers the Senate bill:

This guy is good. He’s sharp, well-spoken, and has a command of both the facts and the political philosophy at stake here. Whatever the outcome, Mr. Ryan is one to keep an eye on.

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Virtuous Greens more likely to lie, cheat, and steal

March 16, 2010

Maybe I should have written “sanctimonious” rather than “virtuous,” but… whatever. A study reported in the UK’s Guardian newspaper shows that our moral superiors in the “save the Earth” movement are also more likely to steal and then lie about it:

When Al Gore was caught running up huge energy bills at home at the same time as lecturing on the need to save electricity, it turns out that he was only reverting to “green” type.

According to a study, when people feel they have been morally virtuous by saving the planet through their purchases of organic baby food, for example, it leads to the “licensing [of] selfish and morally questionable behaviour”, otherwise known as “moral balancing” or “compensatory ethics”.

Do Green Products Make Us Better People is published in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science. Its authors, Canadian psychologists Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong, argue that people who wear what they call the “halo of green consumerism” are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal. “Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviours,” they write.

The pair found that those in their study who bought green products appeared less willing to share with others a set amount of money than those who bought conventional products. When the green consumers were given the chance to boost their money by cheating on a computer game and then given the opportunity to lie about it – in other words, steal – they did, while the conventional consumers did not. Later, in an honour system in which participants were asked to take money from an envelope to pay themselves their spoils, the greens were six times more likely to steal than the conventionals.

Why am I not surprised?  Waiting

(via the always thoughtful and moderate James Delingpole)


First the Jews were apes and pigs…

March 16, 2010

Then they were the progenitors of rats. Now, in the latest example of peaceful tolerance  from a scholar of the Religion of Peace and Tolerance, Abdallah Jarbu’, Hamas deputy minister of religious endowments, we learn that Jews are bacteria, not human:

Abdallah Jarbu’: “[The Jews] suffer from a mental disorder, because they are thieves and aggressors. A thief or an aggressor, who took property or land, develops a psychological disorder and pangs of conscience, because he took something that wasn’t his.

“They want to present themselves to the world as if they have rights, but, in fact, they are foreign bacteria – a microbe unparalleled in the world. It’s not me who says this. The Koran itself says that they have no parallel: ‘You shall find the strongest men in enmity to the believers to be the Jews.’

“May He annihilate this filthy people who have neither religion nor conscience. I condemn whoever believes in normalizing relations with them, whoever supports sitting down with them, and whoever believes that they are human beings. They are not human beings. They are not people. They have no religion, no conscience, and no moral values.”

What a charming fellow. And don’t forget, he’s a government minister. Obviously, these people are worthy of having their own independent state.

Read the rest. You can see video of Deputy Minister Jarbu’ giving his Nuremberg rally speeches opinions here and here.