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Children: blessing or curse?

Feb 21, 2013 12:20 PM PT

In response to Toure's Abortion 'Blessing' Still Has Me Rattled:

John, besides the icy inhumanity and mind-boggling selfishness of Toure's abortion hosanna... well, no, wait a second, let's pause on the selfishness for a moment.  Aren't liberals always telling us selfishness is the ultimate sin, while supreme virtue lies in altruism?  I guess Toure's nonborn child might have a few things to say on that subject, given the opportunity.

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We Can Pickle That!

Feb 21, 2013 11:50 AM PT

Last night I took a class on pickling.  It was completely sold out and filled with 20 and 30-somethings from the DC area.  I was keen on learning a new skill even though I don't really like pickled vegetables (or oysters, which was one of the things we made last night). 

Given the popularity of this class, it got me thinking about other skills or traditions that are becoming popular.  It seems what was old is new again.  Knitting, for instance, has been on the rise for many years.  In this 2009 article, a knitting supply store owner said, "History has shown that poor economic times have people staying home and doing DIY projects.  Besides being relaxing, as knitting is, I think people also are looking for stylish fashion and home decor items they can make, without blowing their budgets."

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Toure's Abortion 'Blessing' Still Has Me Rattled

Feb 21, 2013 10:20 AM PT

For the life of me, I can't get out of my head Toure's on-air editorial thanking God for the fact that he was able to abort his own child. Whenever I see the man now or hear his name, it all comes back -- how he manipulated our language in such a wicked way to make it sound as though a completely unnecessary abortion was noble, selfless, patriotic, and, yes, holy.

Here's a man who for purely selfish, self-involved reasons, callously and coldly chose to take an innocent life. But years later, upon reflection, does he regret or even hesitate over what he did; does he wonder why he didn’t solve his problem of not being ready to be a father by bringing the child to term and then putting it up for adoption?

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Collective narcissim

Feb 20, 2013 7:20 AM PT

In response to Are we breeding a generation of deluded narcissists?:

David, it's interesting you should mention narcissism as a prominent factor in the mindset of the current generation.  It would seem to conflict with the entitlement and victim mentalities you also mentioned, but they're all blended together into a spirit of collective narcissism, leavened with doses of paranoia and despair.  I think it goes something like this:

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Unalienable rights never go out of style

Feb 19, 2013 9:04 PM PT

In response to Rich Masochists Against the 8th Amendment:

One of the basic principles behind "unalienable rights" is that you don't have to justify their exercise.  You're never supposed to be on the defensive, explaining to those who choose not to exercise said rights why you should be allowed to keep them.  That's supposed to nip the kind of "social pressure" campaign liberals have been mounting against guns in the bud - a campaign in which, as I recall, someone proposed stigmatizing gun owners as though they were drug dealers. 

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