Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I Love Botched Abortions When The Mother Dies

Or, why I don't have enough hate in my heart to be an animal rights advocate.

Out on the road the other day, I saw* a bumper sticker that said "I (heart) Hunting Accidents." I was flabbergasted. Imagine the headline of this post as a bumper sticker; even the most staunch pro-lifer would be appalled and disgusted.

But this is what passes for acceptable discourse these days. So from now on, I propose that we call animal rights activists what they are: Anti-Humanists. They hate people. It's not that they love animals so much, they just hate people. Let's take a look at this logically: what do they propose?

1. Ban scientific testing on animals. I'm just going to start with one glaring hypocrisy here. When you take your dog, cat, horse, lizard, unicorn or griffin to the vet, and they give them a shot, a vaccine, or any type of medicine, who the hell do you think they tested those medicines on? Animal testing saves animal lives. Go figure. Now, for humans, off the top of my head, insulin (which the VP of PeTA uses to control her diabetes, fucking hypocrite), polio, foot and mouth disease, cholora, rabies, and diphtheria. Currently, they're researching Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, AIDS, alcoholism, and slew of other horrible things. The animals are treated humanely, and the people who work there respect the animals.

2. No animals as companions. They believe that keeping animals as pets is slavery. It's pitiful, really. The worst is seeing eye dogs. Like I said, it's not a love for animals, but a hatred of humanity.

3. Vegan diets for all! Meat is murder! If animals could talk, we wouldn't eat them! All of this bullshit is just that: bullshit. First off, vegan diets aren't healthy (and they taste horrible). Everyone I ever met who attempted to go vegan was advised by a doctor to stop being vegan. Then, there are people like myself, who have severe food allergies. I'm pretty much stuck with meat and potatoes. And yes, you can't get meat without ending an animals life, just like you can't eat a salad without murdering some lettuce, slaughtering a tomato, vivisecting an onion, and disembowling a cucumber.

If you ever want to trip up an anti-humanist, ask this question, and one follow up, and watch the lumbering tower of strawmen they'll create to get out of it:
"are you for or against abortion?" if their answer is against, then congratulations, you've found yourself a true believer. If, however, they are for abortion, ask this: "why is it okay to end the life of a fertilized human egg, but not okay to use an unfertilized chicken egg to make an omelet?"

It was illegal to kick a dog in this country before it was illegal to kick your child. That's how backwards these reluctant people are.

*it was my friend who saw it, and told me about it, but it sounded better with this long explanation at the bottom.*

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Who is ghost?

I'm a father, husband, musician, writer, and news junkie. I am a libertarian, so that's the bias you can expect reading my opinions. The sites and blogs I read don't always fall into line with my views, but I have found them to be excellent sources of information and opinion. I haven't asked their permission to link them, so don't consider this an endorsement for or from:

Drudge
Reason
Vox Day
Ace of Spades HQ
Lee Stranahan
Patterico
Big Government
S. Weasel
The Blaze
Aaron Worthing
News Of The Weird

As far as philosophy goes, I keep seeing these bumper stickers that say, "Wag more, bark less." My motto is, "Wag, bark, I don't care, just leave me the hell alone." In my 30+ years on this planet, I've traversed the political spectrum. My mother was very active in politics, and I was a democrat in my thinking (despite one brief moment in elementary school, when I thought Bob Dole would make a good president, because his bananas are awesome). After the Clinton presidency, and mostly the actions of Clinton's DOJ forced a teenage reassessment of my political beliefs. I shifted more towards conservative republican after high school. Then, George W. Bush happened. I spent the first 6 years of his presidency defending his insane practices, if only because everyone at the time seemed hellbent on attacking everything the man did. That's a cop out, and a weak one at that. But it's the best I've got. Maybe I just didn't want "my guy" to be the one screwing things up (so in a way, I do understand Obama supporters), but either way, I should have never defended things like No Child, Patriot Act, or Part D. I shouldn't have defended the Iraq invasion (that was out of fear. I admit that not with guilt, but with regret). 2006 saw my full conversion to libertarianism.

You may notice a number of "drug war" related posts in the future, but this is an important issue to me. I say this, people automatically think "Oh, this guy is a stupid pot head. He just wants to be free to smoke his wacky tobaccy." In a way, those people are right. I do wish to be free. We're told that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We saw what the prohibition of alcohol did to this country. It may be true that overall, public intoxication dropped, but the violence associated with the black market was a greater cost than the reduction of alcoholics. Like fans of the second amendment say, if you outlaw drugs, only outlaws will have drugs.

I also love to debate. So if you disagree with something, let me know. Remember that respect is met with respect, and I don't get offended by swearing. So, Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and I'll be posting some new stuff soon.

Welcome

My name is Ghost, and this is where I'll be posting my thoughts on politics, philosophy, music, movies, and anything I feel like talking about. Why should you read? Well, hopefully, I can formulate thoughts into words in a way that is informative and entertaining, or if you disagree, challenging but respectful.

Please remember that this is the Internet. Trashcan hands, keyboard cowards, all of us. Please don't take disagreements personal, and let's try to lay off the bullshit threats of ass kickings or legal action. Let's all have fun, ok?