Friday, June 1, 2012

Random Thoughts...

Snippets from other conversations

...on Hipsters:

tryanmax said...
Frankly, I think progressivism is too status quo and should not appeal to a truly self-conscious hipster. Every counter-cultural option has been tried in the last 100+ years, leaving only conservatism as the last truly non-conformist political philosophy.
someone else said...
I think it's just the new word for "smug faux rebel." They're deeply materialistic and just think they have better taste than everyone else. And their penchant for cynicism makes them think they're smart.
tryanmax said...
So, even the definition of "hipster" is ironic? Well played, hipsters. Well played.


...on Alternate Universes

What if our universe is the alternate universe?


...on Gender-Based Abortion

in a way I am glad that the anti-gender-based abortion legislation failed. I don't care for the illusion of fairness when it comes to abortion. Let it remain as ugly as it is. Besides, while the subject may be sour, the irony is delicious. The Dems splutter about a Republican "War on Women," meanwhile they wage their preemptive war in the womb.


...on Entitlements

RE: Medicare and Social Security, The key phrase always seems to be "as we know it." Well, as I know those programs, they are inefficient, insolvent, and headed for collapse. Republicans really should pick up on that little "as we know it" turn of phrase and throw it back on Democrats.


...on Political Strategy

Idea for a strategy that Republicans need to take up: block-busting. Find those areas where Democrat voting blocks are not unified and exploit them. It's the wedge-issue technique with a twist. For example: Ethanol subsidies contribute to higher livestock feed prices, pitting one farmer against the next. So Republicans should point out that Democrats are literally robbing Peter to pay Paul when it comes to farming in general.


...on Liberalism

Liberals operate from a mindset that says X is always good and Y is always bad. They have no sense of degree or aptness. When a flaw is found in something from column X, they simply move it to column Y. Likewise, a single redeeming quality moves an item from Y to X. They frantically and constantly shuffle their lists of "good" and "bad" back and forth until there is no sense in it.

It’s like how everything seems to cause cancer. The trials involve exposing rats or other animals to ever-increasing amounts of something until cancer develops. Then the report comes out that such-and-such causes cancer, period. It goes on the "bad" list. But any reasonable person can see that the real cause of the cancer is not the substance, but the dose. Then, one day, somebody discovers a health benefit from the same thing and it goes back on the "good" list again.

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