Here Comes Polygamy

We have a court decision in Utah that throws out the ban on polygamous cohabitation (but not bigamy that is a result of deception) based on the similar court case wherein the Supreme Court stated that it was unconstitutional for a federal law to define marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman.  Slippery slope arguments against redefining marriage appear to be born out.  Slippery slope arguments are frequently considered a logical fallacy but not always.  Marriage will come to mean whatever someone says it means going forward and therefore meaningless.

The toleration of polygamy is a terrible idea.   Long term it will lead to many males being social outcasts and high status males acquiring “harems”.  History has shown polygamous societies to be unstable. The building of civilization is slow but collapse comes quickly.

From emotion music
From music emotion
From emotion poetry
poetry of emotion
emotion of music
Music and words
They are lovers
Wandering hand in hand
Living and dying
in the emotive mesh
of our lives

Road to Oblivion: Marine Edition

It is not surprising that the Marine Corps are postponing the 3 pull-up minimum for female recruits.  This is in keeping with Wright’s Unreality Principle.

The three pullups is already the minimum required for all male Marines. Now the Marine Corps has postponed the plan, and that’s raising questions about whether women have the physical strength to handle ground combat, which they’ll be allowed to do beginning in 2016.

The fact is women can work their way up to 10 pullups by training.  If three is the minimum it should be the minimum.  There should be no difference in standards for men and women for any job in the military period.

They said they delayed the pullup requirement to avoid losing not only recruits but also current female Marines who can’t pass the test.

Making your affirmative action numbers is a higher value than physical standards.  What next will they change their motto?  It makes me grind my teeth to think they will be putting women into combat and placing other men’s lives at risk for their social experiments.  I can predict with 100% accuracy that they will propagandize the performance of women in combat the way they have for early female fighter pilots who came in under lower standards.  Realize that flying a jet requires less physical strength than ground combat (at least until you lose hydraulics or your engine) and with respect to flying women have advantages over men, e.g., able to withstand higher g forces.

When I was in, there were still quite a few Vietnam vets on active duty.  In situations of close quarters combat, the smaller Vietnamese men were no match for the bigger, stronger, faster, Americans.   We should not sacrifice combat effectiveness for career enhancement.

You hide your crazy
in deep places
Until circumstances
come and dig it out
like badgers
looking for prairie dogs
And as you have aged
Your strolls down memory lane
Became athletic events
Dodging the bad memories
Look
You still want affection
Everyone knows that
They’re just too busy
Seeking their own.
The nurse will push back to your room
Here, before you go
Take this cup of disappointment
Refills are free.

Malleability of Sexual Orientation

I wrote a while back in a speculative post on the nature of human sexuality. I used the metaphor of language.  You could always learn to speak other languages but your first would always be latent.  This metaphor matched what I witnessed growing up.   Two different friends were straight, bi-sexual, then became exclusively gay.  It was a slow process spanning about eight years each.  When I wrote that post I had no idea that research had been done.

The University of North Carolina’s National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health surveyed 10,000 teenagers and found that the vast majority of sixteen-year olds who reported only same-sex sexual attractions reported only opposite-sex sexual attractions one year later.*

It is not surprising.  I think that over time one’s sexual identity becomes tightly intertwined with their self-image and becomes difficult to alter — difficult but not impossible if one so desires.