Discount infanticide

If anyone ever tries to tell you abortion is really about “choice” remember to just follow the money-trail. Choice is but a ruse and the abortion profiteers have found many who have unwittingly become complicit in their schemes. Only those who who stand to gain much, like Planned Parenthood, would offer discounts on Black Friday!

Apparently the “anti-choice” crowd (pejorative duly noted) had the audacity to speak out against such a practice. This caused the “pro-infanticide” rabble (pejorative returned in kind) to hysterically denounce those who have the audacity to try and save lives. Only the blackest souls wouldn’t be saddened by this.

-Liberatus

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Taxing the rich

Here is another example of something that sounds good on paper but in reality has the opposite effect. From the UK:

In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs.

This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election….

It is believed that rich Britons moved abroad or took steps to avoid paying the new levy by reducing their taxable incomes.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, announced in the Budget earlier this year that the 50p top rate will be reduced to 45p from next April.

Money is agnostic. It will always flow to where it can be used the most efficiently. The US wants to raise taxes on monies earned over 250k, which in reality will be enough to fund the US gov’t for a mere 8 days; on paper. The reality that is borne out over and over again is that this money will go elsewhere and this tax increase will result in lower revenues, much like what has happened in the UK. Cutting entitlements and spending must be the course. It isn’t a revenue problem; it’s a spending problem. Taxing the rich is a symbolic gesture and it will be to the gov’ts detriment.

-Liberatus

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A life of valour

The movie Act of Valor is a good action film with decent acting; considering the main Navy Seal characters are played by actual Navy Seals. I will not spoil any of the movie but there is a scene at the end where a letter is read to an unborn child. The letter quotes the following words from a native American, Chief Tecumseh:

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

-Chief Tecumseh

Now, if valour, virtue, honour, character,  and integrity were the chief pursuits of mankind, what a different world this would be. How will you view your life when you come to die?

-Liberatus

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Does anyone even notice?

Western society is doomed. It’s long slow decline has in recent years picked up speed and has become most evident during the financial crisis that started in late 2008. Many socialists have laid the blame at the feet of “evil capitalism,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Capitalism is not the culprit, consumerism is; the need to have more, to want more, to need more.

What has this consumerism wrought? A nation of narcissists! We have become obsessed with personal happiness and have bought into the notion that happiness is in things we can buy. The search for more has created a people bent on acquisition without a thought to the amount of debt that is overwhelming them or the personal cost that comes from it. ‘Hey, if the government can do it why can’t I?’ We’ve all been shaped in some form or another by a big brother.

We have become a people that cannot delay the gratification we desire; desires that have us spending and behaving irrationally. We are narcissists through and through; but what do we care?!

-Liberatus

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Truth in humour

An atheist was walking through the woods and wondered aloud:

“What majestic trees!”

“What powerful rivers!”

“What beautiful animals!”

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him and he turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charging towards him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in on him.

He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. He tripped and fell to the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.

At that instant the Atheist cried out, “Oh God!”

Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent.

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky.

“You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don’t exist, and even credit creation to cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”

The atheist looked directly into the light and said,

“It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the bear a Christian?”

“Very well,” said the voice.

The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head and said:

“Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty. Amen.”

-Liberatus

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Declining female happiness

An interesting paper was published recently that outlines what appears to be a long trend tracking alongside many female advancements: a decline in overall female happiness. The whole paper can be read here but I will extract the salient point:

By  most  objective  measures  the  lives  of  women  in  the  United  States  have  improved dramatically  over  the  past  35  years.    Moreover,  women  believe  that  their  lives  are  better;  in  recent polls  asking  about  changes  in  the  status  of  women  over  the  past  25  or  50  years,  around  four  in  five adults  state  that  the  overall  status  of  women  in  the  U.S.  has  gotten  better  (and  the  remaining respondents  break  two-for-one  towards “stayed  the  same” over “worse”). Additionally,  the  1999 Virginia  Slims  Poll  found  that  72%  of  women  believe  that “women  having  more  choices  in  society today  gives  women  more  opportunities  to  be  happy” while  only  39%  thought  that  having  more  choices “makes  life  more  complicated  for  women.”   Finally,  women  today  are  more  likely  than  men  to  believe that  their  opportunities  to  succeed  exceed  those  of  their  parents.

Yet  trends  in  self-reported  subjective  well-being  indicate  that  women  are  less  happy  today than  they  were  in  the  1970s.    This  finding  of  a  decline  in  women’s  well-being,  both  absolutely  and relatively  to  that  of  men,  raises  questions  about  whether  modern  social  constructs  have  made  women worse  off,  or  alternatively  about  the  interpretability  of  subjective  well-being  data  analyzed  over  long-time  periods.    In  1974,  Richard  Easterlin  pointed  to  a  related  puzzle—as  countries  got  wealthier  there was  little  evidence  that  their  populations  got  happier,  despite  the  existence  of  a  robust  relationship between  income  and  well-being  in  both  individual  data  and  across  countries.

The panacea that Feminism promised, while being socially rewarding for some, has not manifested itself in an increase in female happiness, but rather, a decline. Men and women are different, despite what the social engineers that tell us otherwise. Men and women have complementary roles and dispositions yet the egalitarians will continue to experiment with the lives of women until their relative happiness pales in comparison to what it once was. It has almost become axiomatic that if an academic posits great improvements through radical changes, they have generally been proven wrong over time. Let this decline in female happiness serve as Exhibit A.

-Liberatus

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It’s funny because it’s true, and sad

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