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That Oh So Slippery Slope

Posted: March 21, 2015 in Miscellaneous
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Why are you people just sitting there watching while we suffer the worst of fates, going down the slippery slope??!!

Why are you people just sitting there watching while we suffer the worst of fates, going down the slippery slope??!!

I was watching the “tele” the other day (sort of….it was on and I was half way paying attention) and there was a discussion of a proposed ban of a type of armor-piercing bullet.  The proponent for not banning the ammo (probably a NRA guy), after hemming and hawing for a bit, said that we shouldn’t allow this ban because if we did, who is to say we don’t ban other kinds of ammo….ultimately all ammo I suppose (see, Obama is not going to take your guns away, just your bullets….so clever).  And that got me thinking, with the same logic being used for not allowing same-sex marriage (because then you would have to allow dogs to marry cats and all sorts of terrible things), that man, EVERYTHING is a slippery slope!   I see it so clearly now!

  • We have established speed limits on our highways and streets.  But it’s a slippery slope.  Soon we’ll have speed limits of 20 mph, then 10 mph, then 5 mph.  You won’t be able to get anywhere!   But but but then we raised interstate speeds from 55 to 65 to 70 mph.  Oh no!  Now it’s going the other way!!!!  It’s going to be 100 mph, then 200 mph, then to ludicrous speed!!!!   Every road will be the Talladega Superspeedway!!!!   Speed limits were a terrible idea!
  • Employers can’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, etc.  Oh what’s next?  Soon you won’t be able to discriminate on the basis of education, experience, and skill set either.  Every job and every promotion will become first come, first serve!  Damn you anti-discrimination laws and the slippery slope!
  • At first only white men were allowed to vote.  But then black men were also allowed to vote.  And then women were allowed to vote too.  You can see where this is going.  It’s only a matter of time before children are allowed to vote.  And then babies!   And then will come the pets.  Then sloths.  Most definitely sloths.  Do we really want sloths electing the next President?  Why oh why did we even allow anyone the right to vote to begin with?
  • We have laws that says you can’t just take property from other people.  Sure, that sounds ok.  But who is to say that next you can’t take property from other people, even if they want to give it to you for exchange of cash?   Oh no, it’s the slope and, yep, it’s slippery!  It would be the collapse of the whole free market system!!!!   Oh no!!!!  How has this not happen yet?  Sure, nobody wants that, but the slope cannot be denied!

It is clear, once you try to establish rules and laws, it’s a slippery slope that can only lead to anarchy.   Better to not establish any rules or laws at all……huh, which is anarchy.  Crap.  This can’t possibly be some logical fallacy.  I’ll have to think on it some more.

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Alabama The Beautiful?

Posted: March 8, 2015 in Miscellaneous
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(Fine Print:  Hearts may be excluded.)

(Fine Print: Hearts may be excluded.)

One of Alabama’s state slogans is “Alabama The Beautiful”.  But lately, whenever I hear the phrase “In Alabama….” in the media, I just cringe because I just know that what is about to follow is not going to be good.  I mean, just look at how Alabama makes the news:

  • In Alabama, the state supreme court ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.  This despite a federal judge’s ruling to the contrary, and despite that the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s request for a stay on the federal judge’s ruling.  In order to keep discriminating against a class of people, the state court is literally trying to overrule federal courts.   I guess given this state’s history, there are expectations that have to be kept?
  • In Alabama, police beat up an Indian grandfather to the point of leaving him paralyzed.  His crime was apparently going for a walk in the wrong neighborhood.
  • In Alabama, the state has the stingiest Medicaid income cutoff in the nation.  If you’re a non-disabled family of 4 that makes over $3,221 annually, well, you’re out of luck.
  • In Alabama, if you lose an arm in a working accident, it’s worth only $48,000 and some change.  The most you can get for lost wages for ANY injury is $11,440 annually.  And if you lose your arm, payments end after four years.  It matters not what your job and training is.
  • In Alabama, there is not a single dam inspector or any safety program at all (the only state not to have one).  But no worries.  There are only, like, 2200 dams in Alabama.  They won’t fail I’m sure (they do fail) because they are built to the highest standards despite the lack of regulation (they aren’t).  It’s only lives and property at the end of the day…pfft, not important.

I could go on and on.  For a state to proclaim itself to be beautiful, it sure does a lot of ugly things.