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Greg Gutfeld Makes the Conservative Case for Gay Marriage

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:36 pm - April 7, 2014.
Filed under: Civil Discourse,Conservative Ideas,Gay Marriage

Yes, friends, it has been a while since last I blogged. Now, to be sure, I have scribbled out several ideas for posts, mostly related to civil discourse and gay marriage, an issue much in the news these past few with what one blogress (citing Taranto) called “the defenestration of Brendan Eich.

On the whole, our national debate on gay marriage has been mightily lame, with all too many advocates calling opponents “haters” or “bigots” and with some opponents contending that gay married couples aren’t capable of assuming the responsibilities of the ancient and honorable institution.

Well, in his new book, Not Cool, Greg Gutfeld actually contributes to the debate on gay marriage:

What marriage does for straight men–narrowing choice and creating a structure that encourages and preserves a healthy, prosperous life–should be available to men who prefer other men.  And if two ladies want to get hitched, go for it.  Maybe because I’m more worried about straight marriage than gay marriage.  As divorce rates rise, and illegitimacy rates skyrocket, it’s pretty clear the disintegration of marriage is not a promising path for all involved.  Why ban something for others that keeps the others from destroying themselves?

When marriage is what Gutfeld describes it to be, then it is a good thing, whether the spouses be of different sexes — or the same sex.

NB:  Several typos fixed since initial publication.

Charles Koch Speaks

We allowed the Eich/Mozilla brouhaha to obscure this, but it addresses the same underlying problem: the fascist intolerance of the “progressive” Left.

Last week, one of the Koch brothers responded to Harry Reid’s outrageous attacks demonizing them:

Charles Koch: I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society

Updated April 2, 2014 7:47 p.m. ET

I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government…[and] we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

…In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you…

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen. “The natural progress of things,” Jefferson wrote, “is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” He knew that no government could possibly run citizens’ lives for the better. The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle…

Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced…

…I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished…

He gives more, including some facts/details. (I’d reprint the article fully, except I haven’t obtained permission.) RTWT.

UPDATE: Also not to be missed is Kevin D. Williamson on The Liberal Gulag.

Welcome to the Liberal Gulag.

That term may be perverse, but it is not an exaggeration. Mr. [Adam] Weinstein [of Mother Jones] specifically called for political activists, ranging from commentators to think-tank researchers, to be locked in cages as punishment for their political beliefs. “Those denialists should face jail,” he wrote. “You still can’t” — banality alert! — “yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. You shouldn’t be able to yell ‘balderdash’ at 10,883 scientific journal articles a year.” “Balderdash” — a felony. At the risk of being repetitious, let’s dwell on that for a minute: The Left is calling on people to be prosecuted for speaking their minds regarding their beliefs on an important public-policy question that is, as a political matter, the subject of hot dispute. That is the stuff of Soviet repression.

And much more.

Chicago murder rate drops

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 11:18 am - April 7, 2014.
Filed under: Chicago Politics,Gun Control,Second Amendment

after Illinois loosened gun control:

On July 9, 2013, a bill to recognize Illinois gun owners’ right to carry concealed firearms was passed by both chambers of the state Legislature. Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow [it]…

On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department announced that the city experienced its lowest murder rate since 1958 in the first quarter of 2014. There were 6 fewer murders than the same timeframe in 2013 — a 9 percent drop — and 55 fewer murders than 2012, police said…

BUT (and as Jason Howerton responsibly notes), coincidence is nothing like causation:

All crime is down 25 percent from 2013 and police say they have confiscated over 1,300 illegal guns in the last three months…

It should also be noted that the first concealed carry permits were issued in late February, so the decrease in crime can’t yet be attributed to more people carrying guns.

So, what happened? Did the killers in Chicago reach a point where a large number of them had been killed (by victims possibly, or by each other), leaving the law-abiding residents in greater peace? That may be about to happen in Detroit:

Detroit…police chief, James Craig, has advised “fed up” residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights if they feel their life is in danger.

He said criminals should be afraid to break into homes or commit other crimes because it could be the last thing they ever do. Craig also pointed out, “you’re not always going to have time to dial 911.”

…the number of fatal self-defense shootings are on the rise in Detroit. There had already been 10 fatal self-defense shootings in the city as of March 27, while there were only 15 in all of 2013.

Fascinating issues.

Because There Is Nothing I Feel Like Long Form Commenting on This Morning

Posted by V the K at 11:07 am - April 7, 2014.
Filed under: Humor

Nothing left to say about Mozilla, except I’m trying out Pale Moon and Torch in preparation for uninstalling Fascistfox. So far so good.

Hillary created a fake Twitter account so she could pretend to have “faith and values” supporters on her side. But we all pretty much already knew that her support is all low-info voters, greedy cronies, and astroturf.

This is kinda funny; the Global Warming Cult in the UK is demanding that the new High-Speed Rail train not be quite so … um, high-speed. Because… ManBearPig. Meh, damn thing was a boondoggle anyway.

The Democrats have found a congressional candidate even nastier and crazier than Alan Grayson. The Democrat base, naturally, is in love with the guy.

Anyway, here’s this. I am sure it will offend the progressive left being, you know, funny.

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