Karl Marx in the 18th Brumaire of Napoleon said history repeats itself first as farce then as tragedy. Seeing the events of Kabul and of Afghanistan in general one wonders if the end whenever it came would be different. And I am here asking myself whether in another 10 years we will not see the same scenes playing out in semi occupied Iraq?
But in all the madness, there is still room for laughs. It seems everyone who joins the Afghanistan WhatsApp group always left; the soviets lefted, the brits, the French and now the Muricans. Maybe next we will see Afghanistan left the group too. One can hope.
I am no expert in Asia politics; geo or otherwise but one hopes these fellows can determine how their future will be. Seeing people falling off planes trying to flee is sad to say the least.
When heaven is beckoning?
A Texas family who taught their brood nothing because, you guessed right, the rapture is coming will have their day in the state’s supreme court.
In a earlier ruling against the family, the judge said in her ruling
“No parents have ever prevailed in any reported case on a theory that they have an absolute constitutional right to educate their children in the home,”
and I hope the supreme court justices share her views.
But maybe Texas is just a crazy place or it has crazy people. You must recall this old news article from 2012 in which the Republican platform on education was
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
And to cheer you all up, Ben Carson does seem to agree with what most of us think, that is, a big majority of Americans are stupid. In his own words
[..]Everything was perfect. Except the underestimated the intelligence of the American people. The people are not as stupid as they think they are. Many of them are stupid. Okay. But I am talking about overall.
this is batshit crazy.
How do you manage to have a justice of the Supreme Court who believes the devil is actively
getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.
and then continues to say
Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.
Scalia believes in the Devil and ‘very much suspects’ some friends of his are homosexual –