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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Iran, Michael Jackson, Pelosi-Waxman, and more broken priorities

The ignored horror in Tehran -- a Tienanmen-level even featured here.

Jonah Goldberg reflects on how the public, especially our media, has honored Michael Jackson without meaning to do so and notes that while his life may have been tragic, mourning his death is not about him.
Here was a guy so many of “us” read about in People magazine for so long. His passing, therefore, isn’t a loss in the sorrowful sense of the word, but in the selfish one. It’s a loss of an interesting subject, a creature to gossip about and to fill a few minutes on E! or Entertainment Tonight.
That reflects the bulk of our mourning in celebrity deaths. As it is, and Mr. Goldberg points out, Michael Jackson's death was a death but that in and of itelf is hardly a tragedy; "Michael Jackson’s life, not his death, was tragic. " I say broadly that every person whose time on earth ended without knowing Jesus dies a tragic death, but for Michael Jackson's place in the world, his life brought much more pain to himself and to others compared to his anticlimatic passing from this world.

John Derbyshire reflects in turn that Michael Jackson is a symbol of a point in time, much like Farrah Fawcett.

The manmade global climate impact myth is a political cudgel used to beat people, even as it is most effectively used in lies, notes Victor Davis Hanson. Barack Obama killed over 9,980 fictional people in Kansas to make this point. For this we change our lives?

In response to the fear that our mankind's behaviors are destroying the planet and altering its natural balance and behaviors in catastrophic ways, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill that will probably alter the American economy in catastrophic ways. This destruction should hit Michigan in particularly severe way, although given the state of our present economy most people will not notice. This sort of devastation could have been avoided except that eight Republicans, instead of being reasonable, decided to pass it so they could appear environmentally conscious. As a result the governments of China, Russia, Japan, India, and other countries are pursuing thier pre-set courses of action because they do not care about American environmentalist mythology and certainly are unwilling to cripple to their respective economies because some Americans suspect that doing so will save the world. So naturally speaking whatever American pollution is halted has no bearing on the effects of the pollution that other industrialized nations may generate. That is barely touching the edge of the problem.

That bill, however, does not actually exist. So much of what our Democrat partisan-controlled legislature does is legally and ethically inappropriate and a special shame goes to any Republican that endorses the behavior.

Legislative analysts and historians of both the American Left and American Right agree that the Congress exists to be deliberative body and to pass no bill as to become a new law in haste. Yet this so-called legislative process has been overrun and overriden, disregarded, on quite a regular basis these past few years, but quite nastily by these Democrats and their Republican sidekicks. Iain Murray has an idea to stop it. This would make a wonderful Constitutional Amendment! If you cannot and did not read the bill, why allow its results to change the country one way or the other.

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