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"But, reverend father," said Candide, "there is horrible evil in this world."

"What signifies it," said the Dervish, "whether there be evil or good? When his highness sends a ship to Egypt, does he trouble his head whether the mice on board are at their ease or not?"

"What, then, must we do?" said Pangloss.

"Hold your tongue," answered the Dervish.

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28 June 2006

Flag Burning Amendment

Flag Burning Ugly picture to the right! Ain't it?

Speaking personally, I can't imagine having any respect for anybody who, upon seeing this picture, wants to emulate the lunatic with the skeleton body paint. The question at hand is whether his act of burning the American Flag should be criminalized.

Yesterday the US Senate voted 66:34 for an Anti-Flag-Burning Amendment to the US Constitution. This was one vote short of the number required to pass. I haven't read the text of the amendment so have no comments to make on whether it was intended to punish only burning or other forms of physical and symbolic insult to Old Glory. But I do have something to say.

As I wrote in a comment at The Glittering Eye

I’d note that the most prominent belief-system that legislates punishment for damage or insult to a physical symbol is Islam (e.g. the Koran). And we know the kinds of problems that followed the Koran flushing rumors. Do we really want to copy such a barbaric rule for our own country?

Koran Flushing After detainees at Guantanamo lied about the Koran being flushed down a toilet the Moslem World rioted, killing a bunch of Moslems. This is what enshrining a symbol with Holiness, and prohibiting any insult to such a symbol, as if the symbolic object were a person to be insulted, leads to.

Before we as a nation decide to set in our Constitution a prohibition against insulting the flag, let us remember that our founding fathers declined to recreate a monarchy in America precisely because of the way that treason was defined in England as any insult to the person of the King or his heir. We avoided one danger in refusing to annoint a Holy King to rule over us. Let us not annoint a Holy Flag to wave over us.

One Nation, Under God

NOT One Nation, Under a Holy Flag

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22 June 2006

Kossack Netroot People Power People not D&D Players!

Matt Labash, writing in the Weekly Standard, opines:

And after moving among the netroots for three and a half days, I can say with some confidence that they're not Dungeons and Dragons players. That's so '80s, and so unfair. They're better than that. They're more World of Warcraft types, the kind of Night Elves who aren't afraid to descend the holy mountain of Hyjal to wield their mystical powers in the fight for the survival of Azeroth.
Made your saving throw against fear? Phew!

07 June 2006

Intolerance's Reward

Sign the petition asking German Chancellor Angela Merkel to think twice before welcoming the man who would assassinate all Israel and cause world war (here too) and bring on armageddon if he could, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to any official functions at the World Cup.


Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.

                Matthew 7:15-16