Random Thoughts

Someone stole the Arbeit Macht Frei sign from Auschwitz. What in the hell are they going to DO with it? Put it on the mantle? Observers are calling it an act of anti-semitism, which seems a little bit strange to me. It is anti-semitic to wreck a piece of a concentration camp? Who knew.

I welcome our new Persian overlords. Okay, not really… but it seems that some Iranians hacked into Twitter and shut it down for a little while. My only complaint? That they didn’t just shut the stupid fad down permanently.

Not only is gay marriage now legal in the District of Columbia, but Mayor Fenty signed the bill in a church. Of course, Congress has the authority to override DC municipal ordinances, so you can expect some serious screaming from the MSZJ fundamentalists in Congress come January.

And the health care bill is held up because of kvetching about federal abortion funding. I’m all for the right to choose (although I don’t personally support the choice to abort). But, if I didn’t get to be there for the sex, why should I have to pay for the abortion? The government should give out free norplant, condoms, vasectomies, IUD devices, and tubal ligation surgeries, but abortions? Pay for that crap yourself, deadbeat.

15 Responses to Random Thoughts

  1. Rebecca Fischer says:

    While I agree with your position on the abortion thing (that I shouldn’t be paying for slutty carelessness), intellectually it seems better to just pay to suck the little bastards out now, rather than pay for their welfare later. Doesn’t it?

  2. Damn… that’s a wee bit harsh.

    Lets set aside which approach is more fiscally sound, and look at this angle: If the only thing holding up a health care bill (again, whether you agree with the bill or not) is a provision like that, then what kind of idiots would refuse to budge on that?

  3. Eric T. says:

    It is anti-semitic to wreck a piece of a concentration camp? Who knew.

    LIkely, yes. There are Holocaust deniers who would like to get rid of as many emblams of the Holocaust as possible, and taking a notorious symbol from an extermination camp certainly could fit that warped mentality.

    • I guess, but it doesn’t seem like you’d be all that careful to run off with the thing if your intent was to get rid of evidence of the Holocaust. And if you were some random anti-semite, then why not just spray paint something nasty on the wall and run off?

      It seems to me that whoever took it either wanted it for themselves or had a buyer. There was a lot of effort put into this heist.

      I think it is equally possible that some rich Israeli businessman decided that he wanted it in his trophy room, isn’t it?

      It is still a nasty thing to steal. And whoever took it is majorly douchetastic. But labeling it as an anti-semitic act just seems to be a bit alarmist.

      • Eric T. says:

        And if you were some random anti-semite, then why not just spray paint something nasty on the wall and run off?

        Perhaps the intent is to destroy it. Or set it up at some neo-Nazi outpost in the woods somewhere.

        I think it is equally possible that some rich Israeli businessman decided that he wanted it in his trophy room, isn’t it?

        No, it isn’t. The second guess after anti-semites and neo-Nazis is a pure psychotic that just wants to be (in)famous, like Mark David Chapman for shooting Lennon.

        Remember Occam’s Razor.

        • A little discussed fact is that Italian Americans were subjected to some of the same indignities as Japanese Americans during World War II. My great grandfather didn’t get put in a detention center, but the Italians in my hometown were forced to carry special identification cards that identified them as “enemy aliens.” I still have my great grandfather’s enemy alien card, and despite the fact that it represents a distasteful piece of our history, I prize it now.

          The Holocaust was exponentially, to a factor of a gazillion, worse than that (duh). But, the emotions that make me prize that card are the same emotions I could see making a wealthy Israeli covet possession of the Arbeit Mach Frei iron work.

          I suppose that it is just as likely that a neo-nazi would want it for his clubhouse. Maybe I don’t give neo-nazis enough credit, but I just can’t see anyone who is a neo-nazi also possessing the intelligence to pull of such a stunt.

  4. Shay says:

    If you weren’t there for the cigarette, why should you pay for the oxygen? If you weren’t there for the chocolate, french fries and rice pudding, why should you pay for the bypass surgery? If you weren’t there for the booze, why should you pay for the liver transplant?

    Or is sex the only pecadillo you’re unwilling to subsidize?

    • I am willing to subsidize sex… I’d be willing to pay increased taxes if the government gave out free condoms, IUDs, vasectomies, tubal ligations, and any other form of birth control.

      But, I don’t see why the hell I should have to pay for someone else’s abortion.

  5. StonyB says:

    Well, why single out abortion? There’s a shitload of things that I don’t want my tax money going to. Why does abortion end up being the one that’s legislated?

    Also, my understanding is that federal money is already prevented from being used because of the Hyde Amendment. What Senator Asshole, excuse me, Nelson, wants to do is forbid women from using private insurance to cover abortion, if that insurance is purchased through the proposed federal exchange. Very different. That’s why there was an uproar over the Stupak Amendment in the House Healthcare Reform Bill. Nelson wants something similar in the Senate bill.

    So is it more stupid not to vote for the bill because of Nelson, or is it more stupid of Nelson to hold up healthcare reform because he misses the days of back-alley coat-hanger abortions?

  6. ToddU says:

    Random Thought … baby boomers seem pretty willing to give up something that doesn’t matter to them anymore (abortion) for something that’s quite pressing (going bankrupt in retirement). I’m all for health care reform but maybe these boomers should trade for something more dear (Ringo or McCartney?)

  7. Charles Platt says:

    Which is the greater social burden: State-funded abortions or state-funded food and medical care for unplanned children? If you refuse to pay for other people’s abortions, you may end up paying more for the consequences.

    Personally I would like to see almost all medical care privatized, with the *exception* of abortion, because unwanted children are likely to become such a financial burden, one way or another.

    • There is a paper that suggests that legalization of abortion may have had an impact on the crime rate.

      Perhaps I am simply reacting emotionally to the idea…. as I am about as anti abortion as a fundamentalist MSZJE.

  8. Richard says:

    The government should give out free norplant, condoms, vasectomies, IUD devices, and tubal ligation surgeries, but abortions? Pay for that crap yourself, deadbeat.

    No method of birth control is 100% effective.
    Implantable devices (Norplant is no longer available in US), vasectomies, IUDs and tubal ligations have < 1% failure rate, but it is not 0. Oral contraceptives have a 5% failure rate. Condoms have 11% – 16% failure rate.
    (source http://www.womenshealth.gov )

    So, even providing contraceptives with low failure rates, there will be some unwanted pregnancies. Are these people just out of luck because they were unlucky?

    Your statement seems to me to be identical to "The government should give out free sun block, but get skin cancer? Pay for that crap yourself, deadbeat."

    -Richard

  9. PraetoR says:

    So it seems some collector from Sweden ordered this.

    I would praise the fast work of police, however I have feeling, that it was found only thanks to reward in amount of 3 years’ average salary.

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