11th Doctor: Hey, I’m the Doctor. I was here to help and you are very, very welcome.

Doctor Who Closing Time 2011

Stacy McCain’s series “Sex Trouble” has been a tour de force that exposes radical feminism for the narcissistic pity party that it is.  For that reason alone it is worth your time.

But in today’s installment there is a paragraph that should be read by every person in America who has no idea what their ancestors have gone through, who have never been REALLY hungry (and I don’t mean just missing one meal) and never had to deal with war, disease and disaster as a way of life, read and learn:

You can read the whole thing, because (a) you have an expensive computer in front of you, (b) you’re sufficiently well-educated to be able to read at college-level and (c) you have nothing better to do with your time than to read a Jessica Valenti column, which tells you that (d) you’re living in a prosperous industrialized society. Congratulations!

The “whole thing” refers to a piece by Jessica Valenti that he demolishes in his own classic way, but the point in that paragraph can’t be overstated.

If you are reading his piece or this one, you are in a position that most humans who ever lived could only dream of and enjoying comforts and abilities that most people alive will never see.

Because the perspective of most people comes from experience and few actually read history most will see their comfort and abilities as a their birthright rather than something that was only achieved by the hard work of giants that came before them.  It’s a reason to cheer as St. Paul said to the Philippians:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

If the people of our country understood where they came from and how good we have it then perhaps we would as a nation be more joyful, and perhaps less medicated.

 

43 student teachers disappeared four months ago in Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Now Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says there is “legal certainty” they were murdered,

As to why they were killed, Tomás Zerón de Lucio, the head of Mexico’s Criminal Investigations Agency, said it was a case of mistaken identity. In other words, the criminal group accused of executing the students thought they belonged to a rival gang, also operating around the town of Iguala where the students were last seen.

So far, one one has been identified, which the head of the Criminal Investigations Agency blames on how the remains were disposed,

“The dental remains found in what was the middle of the fire show that the temperature reached 1,600 degrees Celsius (2,912 degrees Fahrenheit), which dehydrated, decomposed, intervened and fused the remains. This makes it impossible to extract DNA samples, even with the most advanced technology,”

Considering how cremation of a dead body is carried out at a temperature ranging between 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit in a controlled chamber that is not subject to humidity, wind, and other exterior or environmental factors, this raises more questions.

Indeed, the students’ parents reject the government’s theory, and are accusing the government of trying to close the investigation.

The case has generated a great deal of controversy, as there are contradictory statements from witnesses, but lack of definitive forensic evidence.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto declared yesterday,

“I’m convinced that we should not remain trapped in this instant, this moment in Mexico’s history, of sorrow, of tragedy and pain. We just can’t dwell here,”

which of course is very convenient for him.

For people like myself, the Iguala case shows Mexico as a failed state when it comes to justice and the rule of law – not a country one wants to maintain an open border with.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

The Biggest winner from this blizzard is Charlie Baker

One of the things that happen if you are a GOP member in Massachusetts is you come equipped with a pair of horns by the media.  It  takes great timing, an extraordinary event,  or a bad Democrat candidate for them to disappear.

Baker won election thanks to good timing and a bad Democrat and this blizzard, right at the start of his term, constitutes both good timing and an extraordinary event for him.

This blizzard plays to all of his strengths, a problem to be solved, a steady hand in a crisis and a fellow who is normal.

That’s Charlie Baker all over.

Even more importantly people who would normally never see these qualities in action couldn’t help but see them as his press conferences where regular and necessary TV.

This images and the narrative of his strengths are now firmly in the mind of the voters, even the low info ones and it will take an awful lot to get it out.

The question is, once we’re all dug out will those in the political game realize it and act accordingly?