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About jbg

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  1. Eleven years and one week to the day, I still hold these thoughts.
  2. jbg

    Racist POS Just Deserts

    Guy is a POS, no doubt about it.
  3. jbg

    Is your city on a road diet?

    New York City does everything it can to make motorists miserable.
  4. This is an adaptation of a letter I wrote to my clergy, in response to the synagogue's missive about being compassionate to immigrants: As you should know, I did not support Donald Trump. I am a lifelong liberal Democrat My vote for Hillary caused some hard feelings with some people to whom I feel close. Opinions on discrete matters and issues need to be based on facts, not emotions. The fact is that the separation of parents and children started in 2014. I doubt it was Obama's decision personally. I do not feel this lies at Trump's doorstep. I do not feel that enforcement of U.S. law equals "nativist sentiment." As much as the caring side of me would like to solve the world's problems, the fact is that most countries in this world are anarchic, kleptocratic and violent. Though I am not an adherent of Thomas Hobbes, regretfully he was right when he wrote that "No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death: and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short." The United States has created something better. If we encourage the chaotic onslaught of the billions of people that have not organized a civil society in this manner, the world will have no "shining lights" to which to look. Israel, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and to a lesser extent the Scandinavian countries, the countries of the European continent, and Costa Rica are parts of this very limited constellation. When the West abandoned the respective colonial empires there was hope that each of these societies would find, in their own way, the path to civil society. For far, it has not proven to be the case. People have cited the Bible on behalf of “humane” treatment of immigrants. See Exodus 22:21, Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22, Deuteronomy 27:19. This does not mean to fling open the gates. The Old Testament and Western democracy are not suicide pacts. I have not studied enough text to know what the passages mean. Our duties to the immigrants are balanced by our responsibility to our own country. The people who "need to live safely and securely" to quote a recent clerical missive, include us. Bringing an unlimited number of people who have never lived in a society that exists as a free society largely because of self-discipline is not congruent with safety and security. What we are doing is dumping people more or less at random on communities not equipped to cope with them. The call for compassion does not come with any program for education of these people, either in English or in the ways of civil society. Bringing people in so that they can experience the glories of incarceration or at best severe disorientation is cruel. What is needed is to condition aid to these countries on allowing the donors to administer the aid. In short, all issues of contemporary concern need to be discussed in a calm, cool and collected manner. Not one stoked by emotion.
  5. jbg

    Who fell in Eden? Man or God?

    I'm not sure I follow. It sounds like you agree with me.
  6. jbg

    Who fell in Eden? Man or God?

    If mankind stayed in Eden we would have been little different for a dog fed every day by his master. While Edenic life was no doubt pleasant there was nothing "human" about it.
  7. I am Jewish, but not particularly religious. I revile the U.N. but see no hand of Satan in the organization. Only domination by a bunch of kleptocrats who have an eye on my wall.
  8. Interesting. I never knew that, though I can't say I know much about Canada.
  9. A One-Eyed Québécois ‘Rambo’ Captures Imaginations in CanadaIn a front=page New York Times article in today's paper, I read of one Léo Major, who tricked German soldiers occupying Zwolle, a picturesque Dutch city with a population of about 50,000into thinking that they were surrounded. He roused a sleeping German officer. Quebec vigorously fought conscription. The dishonor of Canadian heroes who fought for Crown and country runs deep. Many would rather spit on their country than support it. I suppose there is little gratitude for the fact that Canadian blood drenched the beaches of Normandy seeking to liberate other French-speakers. The whole article is stirring, as is the story. It is worth reading. Excerpt from article:
  10. The other solution would be for Chinese to become Canadians and stop the multicultural male bovine excrement.
  11. You can buy land and if you bring enough people to work the land and/or form an economy, sure.
  12. Explain the do-over. Do you mean a do-over from the Nazi Holocaust?
  13. The same way Canada supports countries and cultures with no chance of success. But so did our Obama-Nation.
  14. There obviously was a chance that militant Islamism was not part of this attack. It turned out that way but the odds are strong in the other direction. Mr. Minassian's classmate, Alexander Alexandrovitch, a former student at Thornlea Secondary School, which Minassian attended, should have reported or expressed concern about Minassian.
  15. I would call it terrorism rather than mental illness if he was a functioning member of the Muslim or Islamist subgroup of society. If not, then I'd call it mental illness. If he is a coping member of such a group he made a conscious decision to butcher people to promote a cause. If his level of social functioning was limited to meowing, barking or biting then I would consider it mental illness.