Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weird comment of the day

Over at the Washington Post, there is a rather pathetic article entitled "Why are we in this debt fix? It’s the elderly, stupid." In response, a commenter agrees with this "angel of mercy" with the following:

MarkMacDonald:
Thank you Mr. Samuelson for stating flatly what I have believed for many years: seniors are eating the seed corn of the future and there is no end in sight. I am 54 years old and have made a commitment not to live longer than 70. I will work as long as I can and have no desire to retire at all. We all know that the elderly are by far the wealthiest group of Americans and yet their demands on current and future generations are insatiable: they want to retire earlier and the expect more assist...See More
7/29/2011 8:37:59 AM EDT

Some of the responses to this weird comment asked the same question I had. How is he going to carry out his "commitment" not to live longer than 70? It's an odd thing to say and I wonder if he is really thinking through what he is saying? It's easy to say you will do something rash like this when you are not actually 70 but I wonder when the time comes what his thought process will be? And why should anyone else want such a depressing end? I know people who are 70 who can run circles around younger people, why should they be the target of such blatant prejudice and hate?

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Washington Times: "States no longer wedded to idea of alimony for life" (Link fixed, thanks!).

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Is Michelle Obama trying to kill me?

I have a post up at the PJ Lifestyle blog asking "Is Michelle Obama trying to kill me?" that looks at the new changes to Happy Meals. Go take a look at it and read the comments --some are quite entertaining as well as insightful.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ed Driscoll at PJ Lifestyle: "The no kids-allowed-movement is spreading."
I was at a law conference last night where there was a reception for the Federalist Society, a group of libertarian and conservative legal scholars. I have been to this reception a few times over the years and this year seemed to be the biggest turnout yet (though maybe some were just there for the free food and drinks). I spoke with a number of bloggers, including David Bernstein, from the Volokh Conspiracy and author of Rehabilitating Lochner: Defending Individual Rights against Progressive Reform and one of my favorite books You Can't Say That!: The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Will women ask to see men's biceps before having sex?

I read this article in the New York Times (via Hot Air) entitled "Scientific Advances on Contraceptive for Men." This paragraph caught my eye:
Of course, women may have to trust that their partners are using birth control, as men do now. But at least one method, hormone implants, visibly bulge from a man’s bicep. “Guys like it because they can show it off,” Dr. Amory said. “Proof that the male is contracepting"...

So there is one method of birth control--the implant--that is visible and lets women know that the man is really using birth control. Wouldn't it also be helpful for men if women had something similar? Instead of just having to trust that a woman is taking pills, shots, etc., a guy would be able to see something tangible.

I actually like the idea of male birth control because it gives men more control over their reproductive lives. Right now, they simply have to "trust" that their sexual partners are using birth control. I wonder how women will feel when they have to do the same? At least if the guy is using an implant, it will show. But men? No such luck.

And honestly, wouldn't the feminists be all over it if women had to show the same kind of transparency? Hypocrites.

Should teens have sex at home?

Stephen Kruiser at PJ Lifestyle linked to an article over at the NY Times entitled "The Sleepover Question." The article was written by Amy Schalet who is a professor and author of a forthcoming book Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex. Schalet seems to think that Americans could improve their family life if they let kids have sex at their home:
Would Americans increase peace in family life and strengthen family bonds if they adopted more accepting attitudes about sex and what’s allowable under the family roof? I’ve interviewed 130 people, all white, middle class and not particularly religious, as part of a study of teenage sex and family life here and in the Netherlands. My look into cultural differences suggests family life might be much improved, for all, if Americans had more open ideas about teenage sex. The question of who sleeps where when a teenager brings a boyfriend or girlfriend home for the night fits within the larger world of culturally divergent ideas about teenage sex, lust and capacity for love.

What's your take?