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Alcohol, public accommodation, and humane approaches to homelessness

Comment posted by Tony on Sep 19, 20:46:

Paul, I started talking to one homeless person who hung out between my office and my subway station. I would sometimes give him a dollar, sometimes a train fare-card, and sometimes take him to lunch. And sometimes nothing but a smile and a handshake. But usually I would at least greet him, and often stop for 2 minutes to talk - from which I learned that he was trying. Trying to get a job, trying to get mental health care, etc. Trying to make money honestly by selling cold water bottles in summer - and t ... [More]

Alcohol, public accommodation, and humane approaches to homelessness

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 19, 16:28:

I have a friend who tells a story of having food thrown at him when he bought it and gave it to a woman demanding cash. The other thing is, if you look at the video, there is literally a _line_ of homeless people, in the midst of whom is the disguised relative. One wonders precisely what is being demanded: Were those who are "caught" by the video supposed to give to _each one_, or would they have received absolution from the allegation of heartlessness if they had given something to some but not others and ... [More]

Alcohol, public accommodation, and humane approaches to homelessness

Comment posted by Paul J Cella on Sep 19, 15:42:

An old friend of mine keeps bus/train tokens on hand to give out to beggars. Definitely better than cash, in most cases. What I do sometimes, when I notice a homeless man outside our local grocery, is buy a sub sandwich and coke for him. The problem with cash, of course, is that it may be converted into booze immediately. Gifts in kind are better. ... [More]

Alcohol, public accommodation, and humane approaches to homelessness

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 19, 15:22:

Tony, you so rightly point to the incredible complexity of the problem. And what this leads to is the further fact that not only will a government program not do all that needs to be done, but a random stranger walking by and looking at the person or wanting to help the person won't do all that needs to be done. Or perhaps even worse, might make matters worse. The random stranger, for all the concern that he might feel, simply *does not know* what needs to be done, and it's a fair guess on his part that th ... [More]

Alcohol, public accommodation, and humane approaches to homelessness

Comment posted by Tony on Sep 19, 13:33:

I have been walking past homeless people on my way to work for 29 years. I perceive a couple of things: (a) there isn't ONE "homeless problem". There are many. Some of them are actually middling poor, instead of destitute poor, and they choose to beg as a way of supplementing whatever other income is coming in. Some of them are capable of working, some not. Some of them are highly communicative, some not. Not everyone out there with a cup or a sign is actually in misery: some are simply out there i ... [More]

Alcohol, public accommodation, and humane approaches to homelessness

Comment posted by Mike in KC, MO on Sep 19, 09:50:

While I don't work with homeless, I do work in C and D class real estate and therefore work a lot with low income/poor. Yes, cheap, powerful alcohol is almost as big a problem as crack and meth, at least in this demographic in my area. ... [More]

New post up about Paley's Horae Paulinae

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 18, 10:02:

It's funny that one can get so excited about a book that _sounds_ so dry, but I really do recommend picking it up and reading it. Since it is divided into shorter sections epistle by epistle, one can dip into it rather than having to read it cover to cover. One can just read what Paley has to say about Colossians or II Timothy, etc. Then, of course, one may get interested in Paley's cross references ("As discussed in number III in Romans...") and go back and read that part. Howson, the editor of the edition ... [More]

New post up about Paley's Horae Paulinae

Comment posted by Paul J Cella on Sep 18, 08:55:

Fascinating. Thanks for bringing careful light to bear on this, Lydia; and many thanks to Paley for his patient, faithful work. ... [More]

The German euthanasia culture and our own

Comment posted by Lauran on Sep 16, 07:58:

"The Good Samaritan had no thought of nor did he actually care whether he could restore working capacity. He was merely motivated by the compassion in alleviating suffering." Such as Mother Theresa, who spent a good deal of time simply sheltering and comforting the dying she found in the streets--her detractors were forever criticizing her and her order for having "wasted" time and money on those too far gone to cure. ... [More]

EDITORIAL: The Speech the President Should Have Given

Comment posted by Tony on Sep 13, 12:22:

Lest we forget the cozy relationship between ISIS and the Syrian rebels in general: As the United States begins to deepen ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a key component of its coalition appears to have struck a non-aggression pact with the group. According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and a number of moderate and hard-line rebel groups have agreed not to fight each other so that they can focus on taking down the regime of Syrian Pre ... [More]

We will not recognize our danger

Comment posted by Tony on Sep 10, 21:05:

Thanks Bill, I got rid of it. For those who are puzzled, Bill is not referring to Ilion's comment, but a spam comment by a different entity altogether. ... [More]

We will not recognize our danger

Comment posted by William Luse on Sep 10, 16:57:

Someone ought to delete the above comment. It's an advertisement for a chain of human slaughterhouses. ... [More]

We will not recognize our danger

Comment posted by Iíon on Sep 10, 12:27:

Rule Britainistan! I'm pretty sure the name will be the Emirate of al-Bion ;) ... [More]

We will not recognize our danger

Comment posted by Sage McLaughlin on Sep 9, 13:39:

One thing that always catches my attention is how few liberals we find commenting in these threads. I guess some racist, anti-"Asian" cat has gotten their tongues. ... [More]

We will not recognize our danger

Comment posted by Truth Unites... and Divides on Sep 8, 13:04:

What would Winston Churchhill say if he saw what his beloved England has become? The Old Lion would have a heart attack. What would happen to Daniel Craig's James Bond if he were to forcibly stop these gang-raping child-molesting Pakistani Muslims? Would he get prosecuted and thrown into jail for doing what was right? Are there any SAS folks who can say "Bollocks to the Muslims. And bollocks to our own government. And bollocks to wimpy PC liberals. We are going to stop these gang-raping Pakistani Mus ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Throat_Warbler_Mangrove on Sep 8, 13:02:

Lydia wrote: "As I said before, you have absolutely no sense of perspective. That's true at multiple levels." Tony wrote: "Dunsany, I am not sure why you have a particular desire to end THEIR marginalization and don't want to extend that to OTHER groups that are, or may be, marginalized. Dwarves are marginalized, are you equally motivated by a desire to protect dwarves and end their social marginalization? What about albinos? Or Flat-Earthers? How about Christian homosexuals: would you support a c ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Nice Marmot on Sep 8, 09:11:

"In my limited experience with the liberal thought police, they genuinely don't even notice when their attempts at enforcing diversity runs roughshod over diverse thoughts." It wasn't always this way with the Left, but this approach to "tolerance" has been attached to them like a virus since the 60's -- what was once a bug has become a feature, and thus is hardly noticed by them, if at all. "we only oppress people who won't bow down and worship diversity by tolerating all points of view." Right: the on ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 7, 20:56:

"Rosenberger and Southworth establish the principle that a state university or college must distribute funds collected by mandatory student fees in a viewpoint neutral manner. State universities and colleges violate the right of free expression guaranteed by the First Amendment if they deny funding to a group because of the viewpoint it advocates, or if they require students to pay into a system whose official policies prohibit religious or political groups from receiving school funding." pp. 10-11 ... [More]

The German euthanasia culture and our own

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 7, 13:20:

Thank you, Paul. You put it well. ... [More]

The German euthanasia culture and our own

Comment posted by Paul J Cella on Sep 7, 07:45:

Hey Mike: Lydia wasn't actually delineating an "area of disagreement"; she was asking you to act like a damned gentlemen and mind your tongue. I think we all agree that deliberately contemplating, out of some reckless notion of autonomy, raising a child without a father is a supreme act of selfish folly. But what in the world does this thread have to do with female promiscuity anyway? You're saying you "lean strongly toward" publicly insulting misguided women with imprecations and maledictions? Monomania m ... [More]

The German euthanasia culture and our own

Comment posted by Mike T on Sep 7, 05:25:

Mike, I actually do appreciate your attempt to curb the language by putting in symbols and what-not, but I'm going to ask you to please dial it back yet another notch and just leave out the allusions to those particularly nasty swear words altogether. Thanks. No doubt one area where we disagree here is that I think a woman who displays that attitude is quite rightly called that particular word, to her face, in front of as many people who know her as possible. A woman contemplating deliberate single motherh ... [More]

The German euthanasia culture and our own

Comment posted by Paul J Cella on Sep 7, 04:26:

That article really is hard to read, but thanks for bringing it to our attention, Lydia. ... [More]

The German euthanasia culture and our own

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 6, 23:30:

Mike, I actually do appreciate your attempt to curb the language by putting in symbols and what-not, but I'm going to ask you to please dial it back yet another notch and just leave out the allusions to those particularly nasty swear words altogether. Thanks. On the substance of your comment, I think that as a matter of the Hippocratic oath there is actually a form of medical professionalism that treats people even when they actually are the cause, through some long-standing bad habit, of their own present ... [More]

The German euthanasia culture and our own

Comment posted by Mike T on Sep 6, 21:27:

But it was interesting to see how the rationale of public dollars was used to excoriate the parents as selfish wretches who cared nothing for the public weal in their desire to see their child live. Of course, as we have seen in other cases, the yen to get rid of the unwanted is not actually confined to cases where public dollars are used. A friend of mine has a very severely mentally handicapped son. He's well into the category that many parents would want to abort if they could prescreen for that sort of ... [More]

We will not recognize our danger

Comment posted by Mike T on Sep 6, 21:12:

Mass hangings in the Rotherham town square seems appropriate. But it's only a fantasy about a country that can't bring itself to hang anyone. Better to aid and abet the eradication of its own culture. Rule Britainistan! Let us not forget that the average Briton was willing to give up their weapons when their government came for them. That right there was the moment when it became obvious that British men had effectively handed over their balls to the state. What is even more appalling is that Cameron's ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 6, 21:06:

Aaaaand, a state university system has apparently just done the very same thing Vanderbilt did: You can't require people to have Christian beliefs (any creedal beliefs at all) in order to lead your Christian group. https://www.mnnonline.org/news/opposition-christians-heading-back-school-matters/ Now we're cookin' with gas. I don't want to hear any more baloney sausage about how this is just a private college, because it isn't. I would be very interested to hear what FIRE's take is on the legal situation h ... [More]

We will not recognize our danger

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 5, 18:44:

Well, not all young men want to rape girls, C. Matt. I'd even say most do not. A robust concept of the fallen nature of man does not have to be quite that cynical. ... [More]

We will not recognize our danger

Comment posted by c matt on Sep 5, 16:14:

I am beginning to see the appeal of Islam to young American males: strict physical demands (prayer 5 times a day on your knees, fasting) in exchange for releasing the inner beast with divine approval to rape and pillage. Compared to the effete progressivism of 21st Century America (which constantly derides them), it would be a miracle if Islam doesn't conquer by 2030. ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Tony on Sep 5, 14:48:

It is true that I have no use for traditional forms of Christianity (indeed, I despise them) but my support of such policies is primarily motivated by my desire to protect LGBT individuals and end their social marginalization. Dunsany, I am not sure why you have a particular desire to end THEIR marginalization and don't want to extend that to OTHER groups that are, or may be, marginalized. Dwarves are marginalized, are you equally motivated by a desire to protect dwarves and end their social marginalizati ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 5, 14:12:

What about an organization that said they don't hate blacks, but refused to allow them serve as leaders because of some perceived inferiority? For that matter, I can imagine a black student group that allowed only black group leaders. A Black Student Caucus or something is after all a student group devoted to a particular racial identity. Or a Thai student group for homesick Thai students that doesn't allow Caucasian American leaders. It's quite simple to imagine student groups that have particular ethnic ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Dunsany on Sep 5, 13:16:

What about an organization that said they don't hate blacks, but refused to allow them serve as leaders because of some perceived inferiority? The Mormon church was like that until fairly recently, for whatever that's worth. >Did it ever even occur to you, Dunsany, that plausibly _all_ of the activities of such Christian groups concern homosexual acts only indirectly at most Of course, but the important thing is the message being sent. Civil society needs to send the message that opposition to LGBT peop ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 5, 11:14:

Did it ever even occur to you, Dunsany, that plausibly _all_ of the activities of such Christian groups concern homosexual acts only indirectly at most? E.g. Bringing a speaker to campus to talk about, say, the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, or sponsoring a debate between an atheist and a Christian over the truth of Christianity. ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 5, 11:12:

Because organizations that require either their membership or even just their group leaders to refrain from homosexual acts are obviously groups of thugs or nuts, equivalent to the KKK or neo-Nazis, that cannot possibly provide sufficient educational or intellectual value from their activities to offset the danger and harm they present to homosexual students on campus./sarc ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Dunsany on Sep 5, 10:49:

At some point intellectual debate has to take a backseat to the lived experiences of students. Do I think Jewish students should have to deal with Neo-Nazis organizations that deny the holocaust? Nope. What about black students and the KKK? Not a chance. There may be some intellectual value to allowing such groups to exist on a campus, but there is a much greater value in sending the message that opposition to to gays, blacks, and other marginalized minority groups is unacceptable. It is true that I have no ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 5, 10:33:

Which just shows that you are so narrow-minded yourself that you have zero understanding of the value even of associations such as clubs (which are not public accommodations, even) that have a traditional sexual ethos as part of their defining raison d'etre. You apparently think there could be some value to clubs that have opposition to meat-eating or war as part of their raison d'etre. Just not associations that have traditional sexual purity as part of their raison d'etre. Presumably your rule would exc ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Dunsany on Sep 5, 10:14:

Yes, just ban any club that discriminates against gays. That doesn't mean that clubs wouldn't be able to restrict membership in other ways. Sort of like how under current US law a business that is classified as a public accommodation can't refuse to serve blacks but can refuse to serve someone not wearing shoes. ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 5, 08:52:

I said that they should simply ban anti-gay organizations entirely. Yeah, well, that presumably applies to clubs. Look, I even think that a vegetarian club could add something to the atmosphere of a college, even though (quite understandably) it would not allow a meat eater to be the President. Or a pacifist club that would require that its leaders be pacifists. And I am neither a vegetarian nor a pacifist (needless to say.) ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Dunsany on Sep 5, 07:38:

I agree that the clubs rule is stupid, remember? I said that they should simply ban anti-gay organizations entirely. ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Tony on Sep 5, 07:20:

In my limited experience with the liberal thought police, they genuinely don't even notice when their attempts at enforcing diversity runs roughshod over diverse thoughts. When you carefully and without anger or attack point it out to them, you get 2 responses, depending on the character of the person: one is mild discomfort that they were being so insensitive as to oppress a point of view (yours), and then they take steps to undo their oppression (maybe not very good steps, but they take a shot at it). T ... [More]

The zero-sum game extends to "creedal discrimination"

Comment posted by Lydia on Sep 4, 21:33:

It would be a little more obvious what is going on here if they just refused to allow student clubs that even _claim_ to be Christian. But that would be even more obviously discriminatory, and its incompatibility with anything remotely like diversity of ideas would be displayed in neon letters a mile high. So this is neon letter a half-mile high. "You can have a Christian student organization. It just has to be so completely undefined that its entire leadership can be composed of atheists. It has to be so p ... [More]