It was probably a bad idea to read, The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn and Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg at the same time.
Sad news Justice Scalia died.
1. I am very sad because I enjoyed reading his dissents when I was in law school. He was my favorite Justice.
2. This is a reminder that when people are as old as Scalia (79), you can die just like that even though you appeared healthy the day before.
3. This is a gift to liberals and a horrible blow to conservatives. Obama gets to replace him with a liberal Justice. The 5-4 conservative majority (Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Alito and Roberts being the conservatives) has just vanished. Even if a Republican wins the election, it’s too late. Prepare for massive liberal rulings like haven’t been seen since the 1960s. For starters, forget about any chance that the Supreme Court will find Obama’s executive orders on immigration to be unconstitutional.
Rationally we should be drafting women. Women claim to be men’s equals, and equals don’t get defended. Equals have to carry their own weight, and in this case carrying their own weight means being drafted and sent to die in case of war. If we’re going to do this liberalism, we should do it right. Allowing women into the military but not drafting them is one of those unprincipled exceptions that Zippy likes to talk about. If women are allowed in the military like men, then they should drafted like men.
(And no, to unseeing tradcons, this is not men cowering behind women, women enthusiastically pursue equality).
I hold you in my arms- so perfect!
I wish I could paint it: the smoothness, the glint, the moment,
But oils are not my craft.
Cut in dressmaking is like grammar in a language.
– Charles James (1906-1978), fashion designer.
I stumbled upon this interview with author Anita Brookner. It’s a haunting interview particularly these few passages:
In Hotel du Lac you say that you prefer the company of men to that of women. Which brings me to ask you about your relation to feminism.
I prefer the company of men because they teach me things I don’t know.
One might say, to paraphrase Sartre, l’homme c’est l’autre?
Exactly. It is the otherness that fascinates me. As for feminism, I think it is good for women to earn their living and thereby control their own destinies to some extent. They pay a heavy price for independence though. I marvel at the energy of women who combine husbands, children, and a profession. Anyone who thinks she will fulfill herself in that way can’t be realistic. The self-fulfilled woman is far from reality— it is a sort of Shavian fantasy that you can be a complete woman. Besides, a complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in. The ideal woman, on the other hand, is quite different: She lives according to a set of principles and is somehow very rare and always has been. As for the radical feminism of today, the rejection of the male, I find it absurd. It leads to sterility. They say it is a reasoned alternative, but an alternative to what? To continuity?
My 2 yr old hugs me and squeals: Mama you’re a heart!
The National Review has a new editorial complaining about the answers from Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio on Selective Service registration during the Republican debate on Saturday. They frame this as men cowering behind women for protection in Only a Barbaric Nation Drafts Its Mothers and Daughters into Combat
Men should protect women. They should not shelter behind mothers and daughters.
This is all part of the fantasy which has brought us to the situation we find ourselves in. The problem isn’t that men are cowering behind women. The problem is that men are cowering in front of women. The idea that sending women into combat will lower the number of casualties for men is pure fantasy. Adding women to combat roles will increase, not decrease the number of men wounded, captured, and killed in future battles. The National Review touches on this fact in their editorial, but…
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I’m an INTJ I have been told that I’m apathetic, blunt, quiet, determined, stubborn, proud. INTJ (and ENTJ) women are rare:
At times I have a hard time reconciling my rather masculine personality with my femininity and I’ve sometimes wished I had a more classically feminine personality. I get overwhelmed with too much emotion and that can be difficult when raising children. I need a lot of alone time which is also difficult when raising children. I find women hard to relate to. I tried going to a Catholic homeschooling group and was so out of place. The women were classics: soft, loving, endearing, kind, patient, most were outgoing and chatty. While I was: hard, introverted, private, blunt, analytical, logical. In comparison I just felt, well, manly.
More MBTI thoughts:
female INTJ writers:
Jane Austen (love)
Ayn Rand (hate)
Ursula Le Guinn (love)
Flannery O’Connor (love) Interestingly she thought Ayn Rand’s writings were trash stating in a letter: I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail.
Famous INTJ women : Jodie Foster, Julie Stiles, Annie Clark, Ashley Olsen, Maria Shriver, Angela Lansbury.
Do opposites attract?: I married an ISTJ who sometimes scores as an INTJ. I really can’t imagine myself with any other personality type. Although I’ve read INTJ and INFP are a common match.
know your children’s personality types: It is useful when parenting. The Temperament God Gave Your Kids was helpful.
“…once a woman is drafted and inducted, and knowing that military occupation specialties might not be voluntary, how will military authorities stop her from getting pregnant to avoid combat or any other hazardous duty? Will she be sterilized? Or forced to consume birth-control pills or accept implants? And what will the penalty be if the military can prove a woman draftee did indeed get pregnant to avoid her duty?”
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