By Nathan Barton
Should it be illegal?
The Atlanta Journal-Constition tells us that in Georgia, bureaucrats are telling a couple what name they can NOT give their child. “An Atlanta family is at odds with the state over their right to give their daughter the last name of their choosing. Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, claim that Georgia officials are refusing to grant their daughter — ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah — a birth certificate. … State officials, however, said the child’s name… does not fit the naming conventions set up by state law. They say that ZalyKha’s last name should either be Handy, Walk or a combination of the two.”
First off, let’s note that these parents are incredibly stupid, giving this poor baby girl such a ridiculous name. They are saddling her for life with constant misery; a life of constantly having to spell her name out for people, for trying to fit her name into everything from employment applications to contracts to buy anything. And to stereotyping; regardless of her race or ethnic background she will be prejudged and probably identified as a ghetto-dwelling urban Muslim black. I suspect that she will have to fight and get most people to call her Grace or perhaps Lorrie (Lori) or Lorraine, all common girls’ names. Her names will be an especial burden if she turns out, for example, NOT to be a graceful woman. And she may find that a lot of people are very offended at her last name.
Mama’s Note: I very much agree that names are no business of the state, in any case. If these parents are indeed Muslim, I can’t see how they would want to use the name of their “god” that way, and if they are not, some actual Muslims may well take such umbrage that the child would be in serious danger. The term “stupid” doesn’t begin to cover the insanity of this whole thing. Continue reading
Have you ever gone through your home, office, garage, store rooms and considered how many things are marked with some version of: Keep Out of the reach of Children.
I just noticed such a warning on a new bag of potting soil. I’ve seen countless others on things I’d never dream of giving to children, and thousands of things children might well use every day, or even once in a while. I don’t have any children around now, so I don’t usually pay much attention to such warnings, but a recent conversation in comments here brought the issue to the front. So, I have a few questions.
Are “children” a homogeneous tribe with identical (or even greatly similar) attributes and vulnerability? That is simply not true, of course. Is chronological age an absolute measure of intelligence and ability to deal with the vast variation of challenges and dangers in this world? Not at all true either, though too many people seem to accept that and refuse to consider the more complex alternatives.
So, who are these “children,” and why should there be any universal prohibitions on their use and handling of so many things? None of us would simply hand a razor blade to ANY person we thought might harm themselves or others with it… so their chronological age is just one of the considerations. Continue reading
The winner for Earth Hour every year since 2003 – North Korea. Odds favor them to be the winner again this year. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Earth Hour: A Dissent
by Ross McKitrick
“Earth Hour” starts tonight. Yawn.
Every year at Christmas, many newspapers reprint “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus“, this excellent essay by Ross McKittrick should be repeated on every blog on every observance of Earth Hour. Copy, paste, and share it widely. Better yet, turn on all your lights to celebrate, as Ross says below.
The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity. – Ross McKitrick
By Nathan Barton
The end of the world is upon us. A dozen or more children could have been killed, as Columbine 2.0 (or Sandy Hook 2.0) was narrowly avoided by a vigilant and expertly trained and experienced preschool teacher.
Or so a family member opined, tongue firmly in cheek, when told of the incredible events in an Illinois school. A four-year-old pre-school boy terrorized his school and endangered the community by having a “shotgun bullet” in his pants pocket. One that he picked up from the ground when out with his grandfather hunting.
So Bearing Arms reports [https://bearingarms.com/jenn-j/2017/03/23/4-year-old-preschool-student-suspended/]. It turns out that the “shotgun bullet” was a spent (you know, EMPTY) .22-cal shell casing. One of millions [try billions – trillions! ML] found on the landscape of American communities for more than a century. One more harmful to a bird accidentally swallowing it than a room full of four-year-olds. Continue reading
By Nathan Barton
Every day that goes by, more and more Americans become more deeply entrenched and brainwashed into believing what they’re told by their boob tube (television), newspapers, magazines and propaganda-spreading websites, like WebMD, Forbes.com and Slate.com. People become more paranoid and outright delusional about infectious diseases, a Trump Presidency, food allergies and domestic terrorism.”
So says NewsTarget. In an article about 10 “so-called” conspiracy theories that alternative media proved true.
Except, that isn’t true. Not just their opening paragraph (above) but the list of the ten “conspiracy theories.” Indeed, none of them are “theories” and you usually don’t consider doing business as usual (in government or its crony-capitalist partners) as being “conspiracies.”
It is simply the powerful, in government and money, mutually feeding on each other, doing what they’ve always done, controlling (or at least trying to control) what everyone else does, fighting in various ways for a bigger slice of the pies of power, influence, wealth, and all the other things that their perverted hearts desire. Continue reading
By Nathan Barton
A recent article in Reason Magazine Online is headlined, “Christians Started the Wedding Wars.” The article, overall, is actually pretty good in addressing the way that Tranzis, especially associated with the Democrat Party and proud to be “Progressives” and “Liberals” (neo-Liberals), are trying to suppress freedom of speech and expression in the name of the “rights” of various groups (in this particular case homosexuals who want to “marry”) to be accommodated and affirmed in their beliefs and practices.
And rightly, Reason and Stephanie Slade (the author) compare this to the FedGov war against the LDS in the last half of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th; the Morrill Act and other crimes against “Mormons” (members of the LDS church). And (mostly) her history is accurate.
But where she is wrong is to blame “Christians” (here I use her upper-case version, which is not something I agree with, but a separate issue) for either starting or prosecuting the “marriage” wars now being waged regarding whether or not marriage can include same-sex couples, polyamorous groups, human-animal or human-machine “unions” and so forth. Continue reading