The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Commentary on various news items

Posted By on December 19, 2005

  • 81 Year Old Woman Evicted for nonpayment of Sewer Bills Basically, the gist of it is that she owed $1000 to the sewer commission and payed $500 of it, but she ended up losing her house because she didn’t pay the rest. Everyone here is going nuts about how unjust and unfortunate this is. Now, I agree that it is a little sad to happen near Christmas, and it pisses me off that the Sewer company has the same authority as a tax collector (they can take a lien on your property and all this stuff), which is much more authority than the other utility companies have. However, fundamentally, this woman did not pay her bills, and when you don’t pay your bills bad shit happens
  • Race Riots in Australia, Muslim Rape Wave in Sweden Okay, the basic idea about this is that muslim men from various countries are raping western women because they don’t wear head scarves and likely aren’t virgins. Therefore, they get what they get. The guy in Australia mentioned that “I’m from Pakistan. This is how we do it here. It’s part of my culture”. I could easily see this happening here, and the liberals making excuses about how this is his culture and religion, and he didn’t know any better, and was exercising his first amendment freedoms. Okay, well, how about some of my culture. Hell, I’ll even invent a religion: it’s called Boondock Saintsianism, and the nutshell deal is:
    We do not ask for your poor, or your hungry. We do not want your tired and sick. It is your corrupt we claim. It is your evil that will be sucked by us. With every breath we shall hunt them down. Each day we will spill their blood till it rains down from the skies. Do not kill! Do not rape! Do not steal! These are principles which every man of every faith can embrace. These are not polite suggestions. These are codes of behavior. And those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost. There are varying degrees of evil. We urge you lesser forms of filth… ..not to push the bounds and cross over… ..into true corruption, into our domain. But if you do… …one day you will look behind you and you will see we three. And on that day you will repent! And we will send you towards ever god, you wish.
    Lucky for me, the citizens here in the states have a long tradition of taking the law into our own hands when the institutions fail us. We’re not that far from the common man’s law of the old west. Suffice to say, if anyone comes here, and pulls this type of stuff, we, the people of these United States, will pull you from the stand and extract real justice. Even when we run out of trees, there are still lamp posts. (As an aside, I’m all for a lack of moral absolutes, but some things are simply inexcusable. Sanctioning rape to enforce “social values” is one of those things, and any culture which believes such actions should be wiped from the face of the earth)
  • On a similar note (vigilante justice)A women is sentenced to 22 years in prison for killing her parents Short version: She was abused by her father, presumably with the silent consent of her mother. Raped repeatedly from age 5 on, bearing him two children at ages 13 and 15, she learned that her father was molesting her 14 year old daughter, and so she shot both the parents with a .45. I am completely comfortable with this.
  • Armed New Hampshirites torch the UN flag This is apparently a yearly ritual for them, and I’m all for it.
  • An administrator at California State University, Sacramento has banned decorations pertaining to Christmas and the 4th of July, among other holidays, from her office because they represent “religious discrimination” and “ethnic insensitivity.” Yes, because stifling everyone’s right to express their beliefs is a marvelous way to celebrate diversity. Hey, guess what people – diversity means everyone gets a voice, even those voices which you might not like or agree with. This is part of the first amendment. If Toby Kieth wants to talk about putting a boot in someone’s ass, or everyone wants to talk about how bad the president is, then go right ahead; that’s what this country was founded on. But don’t make people stop talking because someone might get offended. There is no constitutional protection to stop you from getting offended. Grow a pair and get over it. (Additionally, I’m not a religious person, but I’ve taken to wishing people a Merry Christmas just to piss off the rabid atheists, because they bug me just as much as Christian Fundamentalists.)
  • Some kid was making a lot of money posing (pornographically) in front of his webcam Okay, so while I concede that this is sick and depraved (not getting off on watching 14 year old boys get naked, I have little appreciation for it), I don’t actually see what is wrong here? Oh, wait, he’s not 18. Did it ever occur to people that maybe, just maybe the fact that there is both supply and demand for this might mean that it shouldn’t be illegal? (Yes, like prostitution). “Oh, but these impressionable children are being victimized” How? They’re making a pantload of money, in the privacy of their own home. There is no danger. It’s safer than working at a 7-11. “But they’ll be corrupted and scarred for life” Maybe. Maybe not. However, I think that the law should protect the physical security of the citizens. If you are not getting robbed/beaten/raped/murdered, then the law is functioning correctly. What two consenting citizens do is up to then. “But they’re children, they’re not adults, they don’t know any better” And this is where we come into how our society represses maturity. Fostering this attitude is like telling black people that “the man” is keeping them down – it destroys individial initiative by telling you what you can’t do, and why. Hell, Admiral David Farragut was given his first command at 12 years old, and people were apprenticed about that age. It’s only in modern times, when “education” became a mass-produced inistitutionalized regimen synchronized to the calendar that we’ve invented these modern ideas of adulthood.
Anyway, there’s a rumbly in my tumbly. Oh, a quip from Liz: “If the History Channel is the Hitler Channel, the Food Network is the Pennsylvania Dutch Channel” (because the Pennsylvania Dutch are the fathers of just about all American confectionry).

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