...conservative lawmakers are promoting a wide range of social legislation designed to rein in sex and unshackle the Koran
From new limits on sex education classes to penalties for living in
sin, the proposed laws would remake Iran's public life in myriad
ways. They would sanction prayer in public schools, subsidize religious
schools and allow the Koran to be taught in school.
One bill purports to help women make “the transition from work to
home.” Another wants the legislature to recognize “a Muslim God” as
the deity for most Iranians.
“It’s time to get back to the basics,” [she] said. “Our country has
been hijacked by liberals. We’ve had people with left-wing ideas
pushing us away from what made Iran strong.”
I have to confess, I've edited this, but only slightly. See if you can work out what I have changed by comparing it to the original.
More here, showing the depths to which legislators appear to be willing to sink (and their appalling standards of literacy).
Sex education belongs primarily in the home. Since it involves the body, the physical part belongs in a medical doctor’s office. Since it involves morals, the spiritual part belongs in churches.
Have you seen the logical flaw yet? That's right - sex education belongs in the home - except that is the bit relating to the body - and of course the moral bit which belongs in church. Now tell me please - what is left?
These are the people who complain about Islamic fundamentalism! These are the people who complain about teaching Darwinism! These are the people who call themselves the leaders of the free world!
Sad to say I have had my first significantly negative experience with Firefox with this upgrade. From the Firefox forum it appears to suffer badly from memory leakage. This may be related to my problem where after a few minutes online it simply stops working and won't even restart after closing it down. I don't have the time at the moent to investigate fully and from the Firefox forum it looks as if there is no definitive fix yet anyway, so for the time being I've reverted to an earlier version. Has anyone else managed to get it working consistently?
A Job Centre in Bolton demanded that "friendly" be removed from a job ad on the basis that it discriminates against the unfriendly - "enthusiastic" and "motivated" have also been victims of similar bans. While my personal view is that these words do little harm (or good. Does anyone ever decide not to apply for a job they want because they read "motivated" and think "good point, that's not me"?), the minor furore this caused showed how ridiculous this stuff is.
A spokesman for the Department that oversees Job Centres felt the un-friendly ruling was going too far but then blasted herself in the foot with both barrels by saying they have guidelines against using personality traits "so if an employer wants someone who is 'bubbly and vivacious", we would get them to use other words to get the message across".
Leaving aside the fact that the line between "bubbly and vivacious" and "friendly" is wafer thin, and someone's eaten the wafer, what is the point of demanding that you get exactly the same message across but use different words? It's like being hit by "friendly fire" - it may sound nicer but still hurts like hell!
This sounds like the stuff of Urban Legends, but unfortunately it also has the ring of truth...
As a freelance photographer, Ben Hider carries his camera with him just about everywhere, and so it was on Friday, as he was heading to the train station in White Plains he stopped to snap some beauty shots on the flags in front of the court house. That's when his trouble began.
Ben Hider, Photographer: "Three police officers ran at me, immediately, telling me to stop where I was."
And that's exactly what Ben Hider did. He even showed the court officers the pictures he took and offered to delete them. Moments later they escorted him inside the courthouse for two hours of questioning.
A spokesman for the office of court administration admits the officers were out of line.
David Bookstaver, Office of Court Administration: "Yes, they went too
far. Picture taking in itself is not suspicious behavior, detaining
someone for two hours for taking pictures was wrong and we've
apologized to Mr. Hider for what happened."
The New York State Supreme Court Officers Association strongly
disagrees with that assessment and instead blames the office of court
John McKillop, the union president, told us: "There is no
policy anywhere in the unified court system, in New York City or
Westchester, dealing with this and officers are left to fend for
Probably nothing has done so much harm to the liberal cause as the
wooden insistence of some liberals on certain rough rules of thumb,
above all the principle of laissez-faire.
Hayek, "The Road to Serfdom" p.18 U of Chicago Press 1972
Far from advocating a "minimal state", we find it unquestionable that
in an advanced society government ought to use its power of raising
funds by taxation to provide a number of services which for various
reasons cannot be provided or cannot be provided adequately by the
Hayek, "Law, Legislation, and Liberty" 1982
I am the last person to deny that increased wealth and the increased
density of population have enlarged the number of collective needs
which government can and should statisfy.
Hayek, New Studies