"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out." - William Tecumseh Sherman

Name: The General
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Saturday, January 29, 2005
  Name Change...
I've decided to change my pseudonym from Tecumseh to The General - I prefer the sound of it. I can't take credit for the idea though - and if you're reading this now (you know who you are), my thanks for unintentionally suggesting it to me!
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 12:46 AM
Friday, January 28, 2005
  Blogging Forecast...
My blog will be hibernating for the next two weeks or so, as I have external commitments that simply require too much time. I will be blogging sporadically in the interim, but the volume won't pick up until after 2/12/2005.

In the meantime, you may find me over at the Objectivism Online Forum; my user name is The General.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:06 AM
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
  George Reisman
has a new essay on the Mises Institute website: Classical Economics vs. The Exploitation Theory. It's somewhat long and technical, but pregnant with economic brilliance. Definitely worth your time to "chew" it.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:28 AM
  Cox and Forkum - Balancing Act
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 12:38 AM
Monday, January 24, 2005
  The Inaugural Address
Contemporary History covers all the essentials of the "shipwreck".
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 9:36 PM
Sunday, January 23, 2005
  Theocracy Watch
For those of you who think that the fears of a Christian theocracy in America are far-fetched, I suggest that you look at the storm clouds that are brewing over the horizon. Yesterday marks the 32nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, upholding a women's right to terminate her pregnancy. I have always celebrated this decision, in spite of the faulty reasoning that it was based on.

But not everyone shares in my revelry; the title of Michelle Malkin's post sums up the opposition to women's freedom: NEVER FORGET: 43 MILLION LOST LIVES.

I just blogged about this a few days ago, but let's go over it one more time. No child has ever died as a result of an abortion. If there is to be any mourning for the loss of human life, then it should be for the women who died due to complications of the abortion procedure. And while we're at it, let's not forget the countless women, who died or were maimed by quacks before abortion became a legal procedure.

This is one of the most important issues of the day, all the more so because the religious right is attacking it so vigorously, and are not meeting any strong opposition. As I've noted before, few supporters of abortion will make the case that the fetus is not a human being. They concede this point to the anti-abortionists, and have thereby implicitly conceded the argument. If the fetus is a human being, then it is murder to have an abortion. It would literally be no different than a mother hiring a hit man to execute her toddler. The intellectual bankruptcy of the "pro-choice" movement, coupled with the frenzied display of mangled fetuses by the conservatives (which do bear a superficial resemblance to the human form), are slowly winning this issue over, by default. The "supporters" of a woman's right to choose abortion sit by silently, while the right adds up the "body" count; all the while, a woman's right to choose an abortion is slowly eroding (as in the recent ban on partial birth abortions).

Unless a proper defense is mounted, the right to abortion will soon be overturned. When the Supreme Court made its ruling in Roe v. Wade, the conservatives were stunned; it was literally a bolt from the blue to them. But they have since shaken off that paralysis, and are now mobilized. Unless the "pro-choice" movement follows suit, it will only be a matter of time before the conservatives are victiorious.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 2:41 AM
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