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If it says “Made in China” and includes fur, you might want to check your moral compass before purchasing.

Lest we go too far falling all over ourselves to welcome China into the first world, here’s a news item on the area where culture and economics intersect. Cheap ain’t always worth the price (and everything that PETA investigates is not misguided).

Not for the squeamish. Seriously.

Don’t click to read the rest unless you have a solid existential position vis a vis pure evil.

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Guest Post By Nancy Matthis at ADMC

The election of 2008 promises to be an all-out battle throughout the country for the soul of America. Will we continue to be a nation of individuals who pride themselves on personal responsibility? Or will we keep sliding deeper into increasing government entitlement programs (and meddling) on the path to socialism?

The answer will largely be determined by the outcomes of the 435 hard-fought Congressional races throughout the United States. And in many of those races, the margin of victory or loss on average may be less than three percent. Which is to say that illegal aliens may decide the future of our democracy.

Our voting processes are deeply flawed. For quite some time the problem of voter fraud has been discussed, but tolerated. The website Illegal Aliens US comments:

Those ‘undocumented’ are actually ‘highly documented’ with fraudulent documents our government readily accepts.

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Between the phony fireworks display and the little girl miming her lines there appears to be a lot of chicanery on the part of the socialist dictators in Beijing. There is fear in China. The people, wisely, fear their government. Government fears the people. This is socialism in the age of the internet.

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As of about 10 minutes ago, China is lapping the world with 35 gold medals – the US is second with 19. The US is slightly ahead in overall medals, 65 to China’s 61.

Apart from their five impressive golds in gymnastics and diving, the Chinese have accomplished the remarkable and clever achievement of dominating “sports” that no one knows are part of the Olympics, outside of the Olympics are only played in backyards and bars, and are never televised under any circumstances. These include table tennis, badminton, air pistol, jarts, mens bocci, throat tromnet, rock skipping and caps.

It is disappointing the US has floundered in track and field so far. No places in the womens’ marathon or 100 meter, or mens’ 1500 meter – all of which we were expected to at least have a decent showing in. But the good thing about track and field is it is still a pure meritocracy and “judges” have no role in determining the winners, so the highlight events of the next week should have less of a WTF factor (N. Korean lands on her knees and still wins gold, at the expense of Alicia Sacramone, among numerous ripoffs dealt by the judges this Olympics).

Supposedly after tonight’s pea-shooting finale the Chinese will have practically no presence the final week of the games so maybe we’ll catch up a bit.

Double standards. People inherently know they are wrong. If one person in my classroom gets a break on a grade, then all the people in the class get the same break. You don’t have double standards.

The police should not have double standards either. If someone performs some act that for one person is illegal, then it should be illegal for all people that perform that same act. In a constitutional sense, it is equal protection under the law. Bill Clinton should not be above serving time if that is what people have happen if they lie under oath. If someone breaks into a house and starts shooting, they should be held accountable for it. Evidently that is not the case for police that presume to be “doing their job” and “following procedure”. I tend to support the police, at least when they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. They of all people should know the law and what is and is not appropriate use of force. They of all people should know that ignorance of the law is no excuse. The individual officers involved in this should be held personally liable–not the department, the officers.

The present situation has come about because of immunity from prosecution for government officials doing things “in the line of duty.” The bad that the immunity was designed to prevent has become less of a problem than the bad it has generated. We (the people) initiated the policy of not prosecuting officers because we rightly felt that the police would be hesitant and at a disadvantage when they are in an explosive situation. The problem is that the police have gone to the opposite extreme.

If this was the only example, it would not be such a bad thing–especially if it had been a single offending officer and not a group of officers (not even one of the officers tried to stop his fellow officers?) But this is not the only incident where police have held a total disregard (or total ignorance) of the law. I do not think it is just me, but these things are happening more often. Some of it I can attribute to “brothers in arms” psychology that exists among police. These guys are “out there” and a lot of the people they meet are “the bad guys.” The problem is that they also need to understand that nobody is perfect, including themselves, and they need to hold themselves to the same standard they hold anyone else. That double standard thing.

I’ve been told (by someone I respect greatly) that nobody is going to follow the moral compass I hold. That is true. Even I do not completely pass muster on my own moral compass. But that does not mean the compass is wrong–it means we do not measure up. You don’t change the definition of 2+2 in order to make it so more people pass 1st grade. You keep the definition the same and you train the children that they must know the definition in order to pass. The standard stays, and those that do not pass the standard are judged by it.

Eliminate double standards.

Brian Withnell

P.S. While I think the protections the law affords for government officials ought to be removed, I do not believe more than a handful of police out of the thousands we encounter would find they would be subject to prosecution (even the prosecutors should be held responsible for their actions!) The vast majority of police are good people, but you don’t put in place protection for the rotten apples because the majority are good (which is the same about laws against murder–the vast majority of people do not commit murder).

Bjorn Lomborg is the author of the book ‘The Skeptical Environmentalist‘, this is an seminal work and I recommend it to everyone.  Lomborg is meticulous and backs up each claim carefully both with tables and graphs as well as multiple citations to a host of sources. His work has survived multiple reviews from decided hostile sources.  The book provides over a 100 pages of both web links as well as book references in its bibliography.  Many of these links are to the U.N. documents of the source studies regarding Global Warming Studies, Poverty, Energy etc.  Regardless of what you think of Lomborg’s conclusions, his book can at least provide you with sources from which to from your opinion.

The following presentation was made by Lomborg at a TED conference.  TED stands for Technology-Entertainment-Design, it has hosted both Lomborg and Gore and each has made his point at the conference.  Among the scores of other speakers are Steve Jobs, Burt Rutan, and Stephan Hawking, some of the entertainers invited are Yo Yo Ma and Bono.  The conferences are annual, and the talks cover everything from education to the state of African economies to the technology behind the Wii system.

Interestingly, Lomborg has asked Gore to debate Global Warming, Gore has declined, which is both a shame, for the public would benefit from such a debate, and cowardly on Gore’s part.

The left is using this issue as an anvil on which to hammer away our freedoms.  This is an issue about government control over our lives, not human survival.  Is global warming a problem?  Possibly.  There are anecdotal stories to support both sides of this argument.  Overall global temperatures are falling this year. Still, currently the evidence does point to a warming trend.

The weather varies from year to year (big surprise!), only 20 years ago the threat of Global Cooling was the bogey man. Is Global warming  caused by man?  Possibly.  However with other planets in the solar system warming up one can then wonder what is the effect of the Sun on our weather.

According to the U.N. report the sea level will rise but the change is inches (0.17 m/4.3 in), not feet as claimed by Gore. Is global warming our biggest problem? No, we have bigger fish to fry.

Hat Tip to Suburbanite for reminding me.

Tom Mabe, we are not worthy ….