April 7th, 2012


Levi Johnston: congrats on baby no 2!

Levi Johnston has impregnated another girl from Wasilla, Alaska: 20-year-old Sunny Oglesby, a teacher whom he’s been dating a year. Levi is also the papa to three-year-old Tripp, his kid with Bristol Palin. What potent sperm he has! Source. But that's not all. Mr. Johnston is 22 months past due in child support payments. According to court records, Levi is required to pay $1,750 a month (!?!) -- which means his outstanding balance is $38,500. As for why Bristol hasn't attempted to enforce the order -- via wage garnishment or otherwise -- Bristol's attorney tells us, "We forbore pursuing child support collection in the (perhaps naive) hope that Mr. Johnston would do what men are supposed to do and pay his support obligation voluntarily." Source.

Heh, not likely. Personally I think Bristol isn't pushing this because Mr. Johnston has dirt on the Palin family he's not revealed. While this is something of a never-ending soap-opera for political junkies, this personal story happens all the time across the country. Teenagers get romantic and physical, baby gets made, two individuals don't have any real parenting or life skills up to the task, father who can't take care of the child, it goes on and on. I find this story a very timely one in our current national debate about women's rights and birth control. But I do wonder if Levi Johnston knows what a condom is.

On topic: Those famous 6 Killer Apps

Yeah, I know. Niall Ferguson and all that. He's immensely popular, very eloquent, and he can destroy any opponent in an instant. I get it. But does it mean he's right about these 6 Killer Apps?


"Niall Ferguson asks why it was that Western civilization, from inauspicious roots in the 15th century, came to dominate the rest of the world; and if the West is about to be overtaken by the rest.

Ferguson reveals the killer apps of the West’s success – competition, science, the property owning democracy, modern medicine, the consumer society and the Protestant work ethic – the real explanation of how, for five centuries, a clear minority of mankind managed to secure the lion’s share of the earth’s resources.

The Killer Apps: Competition / Science / Property / Medicine / Consumerism / Work.

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I just want to say at the outset that my point in this post is not to rehash the Trayvon Martin case again. The point is to highlight the problem with believing the media with no reservations.

NBC fires producer over edited Zimmerman 911 call

The recording aired on NBC's "Today" show on March 27, when the audio viewers heard suggested that Zimmerman volunteered to police, without provocation, that Martin was black: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black." But the tape had been edited, and the portion where the 911 dispatcher specifically asks Zimmerman if the person in question was "black, white or Hispanic," was deleted.

This editing specifically changes the connotation and meaning behind the Zimmerman's words and makes him out to be actively profiling rather than just answering a simple question. This is the kind of thing the media should not be doing. I'm glad that NBC pursued this and took care of it, but the point remains that it happened and it tainted public opinion. Now ask yourself how likely is it that it was discovered in this case simply because it's a high profile case and how often does it happen in other cases where it isn't discovered?

(Yes, I know that they claim it was accidental, but it doesn't really matter if it was or not. The problem remains either way.)