My friend Evan pointed out some surprising facts last week.  At least they were surprising to me.  Did you know that PETA has killed thousands of animals?  That is, at least according to this source (and it does cite its sources).*

Here are some more facts:

—According to PETA—this is a quote—“Silk Production Causes Painful Death for Insects”.  Ergo, “Don’t buy silk....”

—Another PETA Web site admonishes us, “don’t buy wool.”  (Evan says, “ask any shepherd what happens to a sheep that doesn’t get sheared for the summer”.)

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From study materials on the rules of ethics for lawyers:

“The Rules require that a lawyer preserve the decorum of a tribunal by refraining from yelling, table pounding, and flamboyant acts such as scattering papers all over the floor....”

Dishonor upon Dishonor

November 6, 2009

Mark Steyn has a couple of quick thoughts on what looks like the growing trend of Muslim “honor killings” in the multicultural West—diversity is strength, don’t you know; just one more thread in our rich multicultural tapestry—and, apropos, on yet another double standard in the news media.

Update (October 1st, 2014):  For whatever reason, the two links to Mark Steyn in NRO’s The Corner above seem to have been disconnected.  One of them, or at least a related post, is here:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/232016/honor-and-shame-mark-steyn

Excerpt:

I’ve noted this phenomenon many times: See, for example, here at NR, “Noor Ignored”, “Watery Graves”, “The Stranglehold of Political Correctness”, and “Headless Body in Legless Story”. But nothing changes. Multiculturalism trumps feminism, and so the media accept a two-tier sisterhood in which Muslim girls are run over, stabbed, strangled, drowned and decapitated for wanting to live like the women they read about in The New York Times and The Washington Post. No matter how novel or arresting the details of a story are, the PC blinkers go on immediately. As Miss Chesler adds:

In 2009, the gruesome beheading of Aasiya Z. Hassan was covered only five days later by the New York Times—and then mainly to explain that Islam had nothing to do with it and that anyone who believes to the contrary is misguided or prejudiced.

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The Death of Liberty

November 3, 2009

In the formerly free West, liberty dies a little at a time.

From the U. K.’s Daily Mail, via Mark Steyn: The British government literally took a couple’s children away from them “over fears they would also become clinically obese”.  First of all, the parents aren’t even that fat; look at the picture.  But even if they were: What?  Since when does the government of a liberal democracy have the power to do that?  It’s tyranny, and it’s cruel.  God be with those parents, and their children.

As Mark Steyn says, one gets the impression that everything (including even children, apparently) is implicitly understood to belong to the state (as in Communism), lent out to the parents only at the state’s pleasure.  Read the rest of this entry »