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Bloviating Zeppelin: A Saturday Night's Leisurely Reflection: Cats, Port Pubs and Population

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

A Saturday Night's Leisurely Reflection: Cats, Port Pubs and Population

Ever try to write whilst a cat refuses to get off the damn laptop keyboard?

My cat -- eh, excuse me, kitten, Mose (after jazz/blues pianist Mose Allison) just won't leave me alone tonight and has taken it upon himself to attempt to delete most of the train photos I'd taken earlier today by walking across a succession of seemingly-random keys primarily revolving around "delete."23----------
Sorry. Cat across the keyboard again. I put him down and he came right back up again, not only onto my lap but thence onto my shoulders, where he is now, purring like crazy. I must admit that his motor, as issued by the factory, is without peer.

Simultaneously, I am listening to a wonderful jazz recording, recently reissued, only 3 days away from its original recording date (though 49, almost 50 years ago) of 11-29-1957. This is the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall. Some reissues are noteworthy for their performance but not the recording itself; this copy, on Blue Note, stands head and shoulders above others for the performance itself and the recording, which has great emphasis on the highs and midrange. You can hear Shadow Wilson really working the cymbals on "Epistrophy."

In any event, I was reading over comments on a recent post and came across that of Rebecca's where she said:

Blo,Great post, and yes it was a setback, not a catastrophe. The GOP nationally is not going down the tubes. I think we are regenerating, and the dems may even find a 'further right' conservative in office in 2008. In 2006 it is highly probable that the liberal republicans will get voted out of office.

For whatever wacky reason (if you can translate the rational linkage, please let me know), that made me think of a recent article I read in the 11-18-05 issue of The Week regarding population.

Yes, yes, I know, The Week can be said to be a large repository of the Left Wing though they would heartily disagree. But I subscribe to a number of what might be termed "left" leaning publications if for no other reason than to discover what the issues and topics of the week have become for a certain thrust of the culture. I receive The Nation, and the UK version of The Economist as well as The Guardian -- though none of this stuff is cheap -- the Economist subscription runs $100 a year (at a discount!) and the other very important magazine (though not leaning necessarily to port) I subscribe to, Janes Intelligence Review, is a paltry $450 a year.

"Go to the library!" I can hear you say now. "Stay away from publications beginning with the word 'The' " (that would necessarily and rudely deal me out of my subscription to The Weekly Standard). Except the library won't have what I want. Nice try, though. All they cover are the Left Leaning MSM and DEM papers. And I can easily crank them up over the internet via sophistry, lies and purposely-skewed demographics I've provided to acquire their passworded access. Depending on which website you choose, I range from a one-legged black lesbian UAW worker named Burt to a displaced transgender homemaker with "Paxil issues" generating less than $30,000 per year.

Go figure.

In any event, on page 15 of issue 234 of The Week, the magazine attempts to explain the difference between what Paul Ehrlich forecasted in his book The Population Bomb and what is occurring today and what may actually occur in the future.

Portrayed in what is a smarmy, "accepting," yet clarion call to those on the left:

Why Are Whites Having Fewer Babies?
Actually, not all whites are. Whites in the West and the South have more babies than those in the Northeast. People who describe themselves as socially conservative are having far more babies than those who consier themselves liberal. The political implications of the phenomenon have already been felt.


In What Way?
The segments of the white population that are growing are in the "red" states, and lean heavily Republican. "Conservative, religious-minded Americans are putting far more of their genes into the future than their liberal and secular counterparts," says Phillip Longman, author of The Empty Cradle. "If Metros don't start having more children, America's future is Retro."


The clear but unstated conclusion here is that, unless the Left gets into the mix, an entire ideology is imperiled -- as the Right will create nothing but future generations of genetic philosphic mutants.

But, my God, think of the conflicting implications: the Left, with its culture of death embracement, abortion, bereft of ideas, may actually have placed itself on the periphery due to something as simple as procreation.

Holy crap!

How ironic is that?

(If you were thinking something like "reap what you sow" -- shame on you!)

My cat just put himself to bed -- it's almost 10 PM.


Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 27 05

Hey Blo Zep: Cute post! I love your allusions to your cat all the time. I like cats too, except the pesky death ray allergies they give me :( I have seen those stats on birth rates. And in Western European countries, the same thing is happening. Yes, reaping what one sows is the operative term here. As they told me at SF State, the more educated one is, the less likely they are to become a parent. Geesh! That is so skewed! You would want the educated to have kids and pass down those genes, and frankly I am happy that the red staters are having kids because maybe our country will have a semblance of decency!!! And I already told you that I am unsure if I can even have kids! But if I can, I will ! You also pointed out something important too: How the data was interpreted. The data clearly shows decreasing birth rates among a certain segment of the population. Yet you saw how they spun it! How disturbing; yes your DEM post summed it up best: Defeatest Elistist Media indeed!!! Hey, have a nice day and I hope Thxgiving went well for you and your dad (if you were with him:)) and your cat:)

Sun Nov 27, 08:58:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 27 05

Oops, I forgot to mention what wonderful taste you have in music! My sister does a lot of jazz standards and some new stuff. Although her website is somewhat rudimentary, there are some soundbytes there. The site is I think you have inspired me to do another post on music (in some capacity) :)

Sun Nov 27, 09:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Why, thanks! I'm still astounded at that great 1957 recording! And yes, the "spin" is interesting particularly in lieu of the unwritten line: "only uneducated dolts are having kids -- uh oh, that doesn't bode well for Libs."

Dad went to San Diego to visit my brother and his family, and I worked. But the turkey was still good!

Mon Nov 28, 05:24:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Oh, and thanks for the site!!

Mon Nov 28, 05:25:00 AM PST  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

I'm convinced. Your cat should vote. I think this is already legal in Illinois.

Hey, I need your input on a pressing problem on my blog.

Mon Nov 28, 10:03:00 AM PST  
Blogger Robert said...

This reminds me of a classic SF story by Kornbluth, called
"The Marching Morons", written back in the '50s (IIRC) in which the writer extrapolates a demographic trend already evident at the time - namely, that the less education people have, the more children they tend to have.
Conversely, those with more education tend to have fewer children.

Of course, no trends in real life are straightline, but for literary purposes, Kornbluth imagined "what if this continued for, say, another two hundred years or so?"

Mon Nov 28, 10:34:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Robert: Good point. What if? I think we can all do the logical extension.

BWH: Don't tell anyone, but my cat is already registered in Massachusetts. What's up with your blog?

Mon Nov 28, 11:03:00 AM PST  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Very good point. I have actually thought of this before. The left supports abortion, gay rights, etc. All things that do not result in pro-creation so it only seems to reason that their numbers would eventually decrease.

Mon Nov 28, 12:49:00 PM PST  
Blogger Revka said...

I just re-read my comment on the other post. You are right.. Where did that come from? That didn't connect at all.. Sheesh, I am losing it. Maybe i was on auto pilot from all the idiotic responses from libs i have to KEEP REPEATING in order for them to get it. Sorry.

Tue Nov 29, 08:55:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Rebecca: No problemo. I haven't posted recently because my day job is REALLY getting in the way of blogging -- I'm-a so confoosed my own self.

Wed Nov 30, 05:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger Revka said...

Speaking of confoosion.. lately, it seems as though our boys are going nuts, so I haven't had a lot of time to blog, but make myself so i can keep somewhat 'sane'.. ha!

Wed Nov 30, 11:57:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Rebecca: If you're like me, it can be pretty frustrating, because I very much enjoy writing and seeing my writing in print, and reading subsequent comments. I find blogging very compelling.

And not having the time to devote precisely the amount of energy I wish to blogging results in serious discomfiture. I hate that!

That's one reason, Mahndisa, I admire you: you have a prodigious amount of posts, tons of readers and commenters, salient and interesting viewpoints and thoughts -- where do you EVER find the time? My time management, I think, both sucks and blows.

Thu Dec 01, 06:20:00 AM PST  

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