Monday, December 31, 2012

"Humans May be the First Generation of Advanced Life in the Milky Way" (Today's Most Popular)

"Humans May be the First Generation of Advanced Life in the Milky Way"

Fermi's Paradox resolved!

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Oliver Stone: ‘US has become an Orwellian state’

Oliver Stone to RT: ‘US has become an Orwellian state’ — RT:

RT: It took both of you almost five years to produce this series. And in it you have a chapter called Obama: Management of a Wounded Empire. You give a harsh critique of the Obama administration. What in your eyes has been the most troubling aspect of his presidency, Oliver? 

Oliver Stone: I think under the disguise of sheep’s clothing he has been a wolf. That because of the nightmare of the Bush presidency that preceded him, people forgave him a lot. He was a great hope for change. The color of his skin, the upbringing, the internationalism, the globalism, seemed all evident. And he is an intelligent man. He has taken all the Bush changes he basically put them into the establishment, he has codified them. That is what is sad. So we are going into the second administration that is living outside the law and does not respect the law and foundations of our system and he is a constitutional lawyer, you know. Without the law, it is the law of the jungle.  Nuremburg existed for a reason and there was a reason to have trials, there is a reason for due process – ‘habeas corpus’ as they call it in the United States. 

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Britain's gun crime rate doubles after ban

Joyce Lee Malcolm: Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control -
Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time. Moreover, another massacre occurred in June 2010. Derrick Bird, a taxi driver in Cumbria, shot his brother and a colleague then drove off through rural villages killing 12 people and injuring 11 more before killing himself.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Belmont Club » White Lightning

Belmont Club » White Lightning:

'via Blog this'

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Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review

Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review:


Committee to Improve Research Information and Data on Firearms
Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V. Petrie, editors

Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


Washington, D.C.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

73% of Jobs Created In Last Five Months are Government Jobs

73% of Jobs Created In Last Five Months are Government Jobs:
While the media pants with exhilaration over a dip in the unemployment level that was created by over a half-million people giving up and dropping out of the workforce, a deep-dive into the employment numbers also reveals that it's mainly government workers benefitting [sic] from what meager job growth we are seeing. Over the last five months, 73% of all jobs created were government jobs. Moreover, the unemployment rate for government workers plunged to 3.8% in November -- which is considered full employment.

Even though deficits rule the day at every level of government, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 847,000 new jobs created since June, a full 621,000 were government jobs. In November alone, 35,000 new government jobs were created.

In other words, as the labor participation rate plummets to a thirty year low -- which means we have fewer taxpayers -- we're not only increasing the number of taxpayer-funded jobs, but the government is using the creation of these jobs to juice the employment numbers in a way that makes it look as though the job situation is actually improving.

Naturally, none of this would be possible without a compliant media working overtime to bring out the pom-poms and cover up what's really going on.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Liberalism's willful utopian ignorance

Comedian: Liberal comics 'don't want to make fun of Obama because they feel that it will weaken him' | The Daily Caller:

“Modern Liberalism is a utopian ideology that is predicated on the notion that, since mankind lost paradise when Adam and Eve ate from the apple of knowledge, then mankind can return to paradise if only we’d all just ‘regurgitate the apple’ and give up all knowledge of right and wrong,” Sayet told  TheDC. 
“The notion is that, if we can eliminate the quest for what I call ‘the better,’ then there’d be nothing for people to disagree about. If people didn’t disagree about things, then they wouldn’t fight and, if they didn’t fight, then of course they’d never go to war. Peace on Earth — in fact, paradise — can be achieved, they’re convinced, if only they could eliminate the quest for the better.”
Which helps illuminate what Winston Churchill meant when he said that socialism, the modern liberals' passionate goal, is "the equal sharing of miseries."

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How the Welfare System Punishes Work

When Work Is Punished: The Tragedy Of America's Welfare State | ZeroHedge:

"...the single mom is better off earnings gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045" -- Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reduced Religious Vitality, Our Nation, and the 2012 Election

Reduced Religious Vitality, Our Nation, and the 2012 Election - Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD):

But the Sea of Faith is receding in America. We are hearing “its long, melancholy, withdrawing roar" (to quote Matthew Arnold). Its withdrawal is applauded by the “nones” (those without religious connections) and the more ardent secularists, who voted spectacularly for Obama. They want a public square denuded of religion and  private life shaped by unfettered desire. Our weakened religious culture will produce virtue for some time yet, but how long before we tumble headlong into the abyss of our possibilities?

In short, our economic mess is a product of our social disorder, which in turn has much to do with our weakened religious vitality. This all cannot be blamed on Obama, but his victory was enabled by it. At the very least it is a symptom of it. What to do about it?  One response might be the Epicurean: build a wall around your little castle to keep out the din of decay and enjoy the small pleasures of life. Another might be to hope for and participate in a religious renewal. Jonathan Edwards, “America’s theologian,’ argued that human flourishing in history was dependent on religious revival fueled by the movement of the Spirit. The First Great Awakening—in which he vigorously participated—issued in the movement for independence from Britain. Maybe a new awakening can save us from our decline. 
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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Marine Corps Propaganda Machine

Never Faithful; The Rivalry Between our Army and Marines « The Populist:

Written in February 2006, a history since World War I and a hard look at how the Marines botched the Iraq War. Badly.

In Fallujah and Najaf, inexperienced Marine units picked fights with insurgents, and in both cases ended up handing the enemy a strategic victory. Their failure to recapture Fallujah made the city a rallying cry for Islamic militarism worldwide, (that is until the second US assault rendered Fallujah uninhabitable). The Marine’s botched attempt to capture Muqtata al-Sadr has only strengthened his hand.

Today there are 23,000 Marines in Iraq, out of a total 138,000 U.S. Armed Forces personnel. Marines are 17 percent of our total force, yet they have suffered 29 percent of all U.S. casualties; 530 of the more than 1,820 U.S. service personnel killed in Iraq. The Marine’s aggressive tactics combined with a lack of armored firepower has proven lethal, their bravery notwithstanding.

The United States Marines pride themselves on being better than the US Army. They are harder, more gung-ho, and they possess some magic that enables them to do things the US Army can’t do. If this is not true, (as recent events in Iraq suggest), then there is no reason for a separate Marine Corps.

President Harry Truman once stated that Marines; “Have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin’s.”

Saturday, November 3, 2012

RealClearReligion - Idolatry of the Enlightenment

RealClearReligion - Idolatry of the Enlightenment:

Jurgen Habermas, one of the leading philosophers in the world, advocates (admittedly at a higher level of sophistication) the position staked out by Steinberg. He argues, accordingly, that the only people who should be allowed around the table of political discussion in contemporary societies are those who accept the presumptions of the Enlightenment. Thus religious people, representing some of the most ancient intellectual traditions in the West and relying on the work of such geniuses as St. Paul, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Henry Newman, John Wesley, and G.K. Chesterton, would not be allowed Habermas's table. Nor for that matter would William Lloyd Garrison, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, or Mohandas Gandhi. One wonders how neither Habermas nor Steinberg can see that the Enlightenment view, though obviously valuable, is hardly identical to Reason tout court. 
Utterly congruent with this idolatry of the Enlightenment is Steinberg's sneering relegation of religion to the arena of hobbies and harmless avocations: "Life is a long time and you have to fill it somehow, and adhering to the various tenets of Lutheranism or Baptism or Seventh Day Adventism is not inherently a worse use of your time than, oh, knitting colorful afghans or playing John Madden Football or anything else." Though the Christian tradition essentially created the culture of the West, though it invented the university system, and though it gave rise to Dante's Divine Comedy, Aquinas's Summa Theologiae, Chartres Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Bach's cantatas, and the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and T.S. Eliot, it is, according to Mr. Steinberg, the intellectual equivalent of knitting an afghan! Trust me when I tell you that whatever matrix of thought produced that conclusion ain't identical to "sweet reason." It is in fact something peculiar and sectarian indeed. 
The relegation of religion to the private realm is, of course, an aggressive move, for it is designed to exclude religious people from the political and cultural conversation. Basically, Habermas and Steinberg and their fellows are saying to religious believers, "While you play at your little hobbies, we rationalists will take care of serious matters." In the face of this act of violence, believers should engage in non-violent resistance, entering the public arena with the language of the Bible and the great tradition on their lips, as did our forebears Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. Pace the secular ideologues, it is altogether possible for religious people -- especially those who believe in the divine Logos -- to have a logical conversation.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The problem with "life is universal"

"Panspermia" is the name of a hypothesis that living organisms have traveled, and still do,  "between planets and even between star systems." But not so fast
But the problem, and the potential paradox, is that if evolved galactic panspermia is real it’ll be capable of living  just about everywhere. There should be stuff on the Moon, Mars, Europa, Ganymede, Titan, Enceladus, even minor planets and cometary nuclei. Every icy nook and cranny in our solar system should be a veritable paradise for these ultra-tough lifeforms, honed by natural selection to make the most of appalling conditions. So if galactic panspermia exists why haven’t we noticed it yet?
And so the Fermi Paradox still goes unanswered.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Let’s not be shy about the afterlife - Telegraph

Let’s not be shy about the afterlife - Telegraph:
"Yet if one listens to the lectures and discussions of Dr Peter Fenwick, it becomes apparent that Dr Alexander’s is not an isolated experience. Dr Fenwick is a leading neuropsychiatrist who is an authority on near-death experiences, and has written a book called The Art of Dying which advocates the importance of “a good death”. Studies led him to conclude that near-death experiences occurred in a percentage of patients who had undergone cardiac arrest and had no pulse rate, heart rate or brainstem reflexes prior to their resuscitation. He described the discovery “that people have mental states which are present in the absence of brain function” as of “astonishing” importance to science. It has, he says, opened up a discussion on the nature of consciousness and even “the potential for a continuation of life after death”."
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

A quick guide to Leftism

Paterson’s Field Guide to the Left | John C. Wright's Journal:

This is a brief synopsis of the minds of Leftists everywhere, describing the things that hold Leftists in common. It's a good starting point. I would add two items. First, Leftists are angry people. They tend to be inherently angry and they focus their anger on people who are contented. Second, they are totalist in outlook.
They operate within distinctive parameters of a “theology of Armageddon — a final battle between good and evil” –  in which the stakes are nothing less than universal salvation. As outlined in Eric Hoffer’s classic, The True Believer, such movements have mastered the art of “religiofication,” that is, converting political grievances into messianic aspirations and “practical purposes into holy causes.”
Read the whole thing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The rise of the religiously disengaged

RealClearReligion - Stirring Up More Nones:

Sometimes the headlines miss the point. For instance: "Losing our religion: One in five Americans are now 'nones'
It's a report on the latest survey by the Pew Research Center. In "Nones on the Rise," Pew says that almost 20 percent of Americans now say they are of no particular religion -- the so-called "nones." Which is an amazing jump of almost five percent in only five years. 
So the headline isn't wrong. But I'd suggest a better headline would be: "Distilling our religion: Americans either doubling down or opting out." Because drilling down, it looks like more of the remaining Americans who say they are religious are very religious. While the folks who were nominally attached to some particular church have decided to give that up.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Afterlife exists says top brain surgeon - Telegraph

Afterlife exists says top brain surgeon - Telegraph:
Afterlife exists says top brain surgeon
A prominent scientist who had previously dismissed the possibility of the afterlife says he has reconsidered his belief after experiencing an out of body experience which has convinced him that heaven exists. ...
"I've spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigous medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold as I myself did to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us. 
"But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it."
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Three ways science contradicts naturalism

Three ways that the progress of science conflicts with naturalistic speculations

Almost every atheists' dream about an entirely naturalistic nature and purely materialist reality of the universe turns out to have very little scientific support. Quite the opposite, in fact.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Leap of faith – Texas church invests big in new service, young pastor - The United Methodist Reporter

Leap of faith – Texas church invests big in new service, young pastor - The United Methodist Reporter:

St. Andrew was venturing into uncharted territory.
The church was taking a risk—but not one that the affluent suburban church urgently needed to take. Founded 26 years ago, St. Andrew had grown rapidly in its first two decades, building a beautiful building with a gleaming steeple on its sprawling, grassy campus. Average weekend attendance now hovers around 1,600, making St. Andrew one of the 100 largest United Methodist churches in the U.S. Financially, it’s healthy.
In the last five years, however, growth leveled off. While there are young families on the membership rolls, many weren’t showing for worship. In fact, the average age of worshippers is 57—same as that of the denomination. ...
After a year and a half of research and planning at St. Andrew, things started happening.
In February, a proposal was put before St. Andrew’s charge conference to add a new contemporary worship. The meeting was unusually well-attended, with 350 people present.
Mr. Nixon spoke to the gathering and shared the story of The Loft. Mr. Rasmussen shared his experiences by way of a video.
“When we launched Cornerstone, we had to make some hard decisions,” Mr. Rasmussen told the St. Andrew members. “One was, how much of your energy and resources are you going to invest upfront to support this? And we just made the decision that we were ‘all in.’ We were going to put our money where our heart and our passion was. And it has certainly borne fruit.”
At St. Andrew, the vote was taken. Not one person voted “no.”

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The scary realities of self-defense

Bayou Renaissance Man: The scary realities of self-defense:

Read and heed. As I used to tell my troops, "You won't need your weapon until you need it real bad."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gay marriage and the Future of Marriage

George Weigel:

In public policy terms, the Catholic critique of “gay marriage” reflects the Catholic idea of the just state. Rightly understood, marriage is one of those social institutions that exist “prior” to the state: prior in terms of time (marriage existed before the state), and prior in terms of the deep truths embedded in the human condition. A just state thus recognizes the givenness of marriage and seeks to protect and nurture this basic social institution.

By contrast, a state that asserts the authority to redefine “marriage” has stepped beyond the boundaries of its competence. And if that boundary-crossing is set in constitutional or legal concrete, it opens up a Pandora's box of undesirable results. For if the state can decree that two men or two women can make a “marriage,” why not one man and two women? Two women and two men? These are not paranoid fantasies; the case for polyandry and polygamy is now being mounted in prestigious law journals.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Fed is Sailing Deeper Into Uncharted Waters

We Are Sailing Deeper Into Uncharted Waters | RealClearPolitics:
I believe that with each program we undertake to venture further in that direction, we are sailing deeper into uncharted waters. We are blessed at the Fed with sophisticated econometric models and superb analysts. We can easily conjure up plausible theories as to what we will do when it comes to our next tack or eventually reversing course. The truth, however, is that nobody on the committee, nor on our staffs at the Board of Governors and the 12 Banks, really knows what is holding back the economy. Nobody really knows what will work to get the economy back on course. And nobody—in fact, no central bank anywhere on the planet—has the experience of successfully navigating a return home from the place in which we now find ourselves. No central bank—not, at least, the Federal Reserve—has ever been on this cruise before.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Philosopher Defends Religion | New York Review of Books

A Philosopher Defends Religion by Thomas Nagel | The New York Review of Books:

The gulf in outlook between atheists and adherents of the monotheistic religions is profound. We are fortunate to live under a constitutional system and a code of manners that by and large keep it from disturbing the social peace; usually the parties ignore each other. But sometimes the conflict surfaces and heats up into a public debate. The present is such a time. 
One of the things atheists tend to believe is that modern science is on their side, whereas theism is in conflict with science: that, for example, belief in miracles is inconsistent with the scientific conception of natural law; faith as a basis of belief is inconsistent with the scientific conception of knowledge; belief that God created man in his own image is inconsistent with scientific explanations provided by the theory of evolution. In his absorbing new book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, Alvin Plantinga, a distinguished analytic philosopher known for his contributions to metaphysics and theory of knowledge as well as to the philosophy of religion, turns this alleged opposition on its head. His overall claim is that “there is superficial conflict but deep concord between science and theistic religion, but superficial concord and deep conflict between science and naturalism.” By naturalism he means the view that the world describable by the natural sciences is all that exists, and that there is no such person as God, or anything like God.
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Will science make atheism untenable?

Natalie Wolchover: Will science one day rule out the possibility of atheism?

It's amazing how many people think that science has shown there is no God. This is the stringent claim of the New Atheists. But to the contrary, more and more research and experimental science is yielding results that cannot be reconciled with the main tenets of scientific materialism (scientism), and these results are being gained by scientists who are not much concerned with theism/atheism in the first place.

Also relevant: 6 Reasons Why Evolution Isn't A Sure Thing and "Lawrence Krauss debates “A Universe From Nothing” with an astrophysicist"

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Perils of the Hookup Culture

Perils of the Hookup Culture:
As Sax specifies, the hookup mentality -- prevalent among even some very young people but especially among university students -- dictates that casual sexual encounters involving absolutely no expectation of relationship, or even psychological engagement, are perfectly acceptable. Sax, a psychiatrist specializing in family therapy, learned of the hookup world from the veritable army of young women suffering from depression and anxiety who were streaming to his office. And through the figure of Charlotte Simmons -- an innocent girl from North Carolina who utterly lost her way morally and psychologically at a prestigious university where casual sex and drugs were far more important than learning -- Wolfe showed the debilitating effects of this self-absorbed and hedonistic culture.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Science and Christianity are essential to one another

The Rev Dr John Ogden, former Head of Computer Science, University of Reading (UK), has a curiously-headlined essay: Science and Christianity are incompatible.

That is certainly not what he concludes. I preached on this topic last Sunday and will again this Sunday. Ogden's piece is good. Read the whole thing.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Human DNA isn't junk after all

New peer-reviewed paper in Nature falsifies Darwinian junk DNA prediction
Here’s biologist John Timmer to explain the orthodox Darwinian view of DNA from 2007:
Personally, I fall into the “it’s all junk” end of the spectrum. If almost all of these sequences are not conserved by evolution, and we haven’t found a function for any of them yet, it’s hard to see how the “none of it’s junk” view can be maintained. There’s also an absence of support for the intervening view, again because of a lack of evidence for actual utility. The genomes of closely related species have revealed very few genes added from non-coding DNA, and all of the structural RNA we’ve found has very specific sequence requirements. The all-junk view, in contrast, is consistent with current data.
Problem is, a study reported in Nature, one of the most highly respected scientific journals in the world, is that at least 80 percent of the human genome is active and the other 20 percent probably is to a very high proportion.

One of the planks of the evolution platform is that
... because the genome of an organism has been cobbled together through a long, undirected evolutionary process, the genome is a patchwork of which only limited portions are essential to the organism. Thus on an evolutionary view we expect a lot of useless DNA.
But there is very little "useless DNA." So to preserve this plank of evolution theory, biologists are going to have to figure how evolutionary processes managed both to preserve functional DNA while shedding "junk" DNA, and what were the gene-pool survival advantages of doing so.

Good luck with that.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The racist history of the Democrat party

Democrats are ruthless at concealing their party's long, sordid history of racism. But facts are facts.

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Monday, September 3, 2012 Social Security system's ocean of red ink : Democrats Deny Social Security’s Red Ink:
But the fact is that Social Security has now passed a tipping point, beyond which the Congressional Budget Office projects that it will permanently pay out more in benefits than it gathers from Social Security taxes. The imbalance is made even larger this year by a one-year "payroll tax holiday" that was enacted as part of last year’s compromise on extending the Bush tax cuts. The lost Social Security tax revenues are being made up with billions from general revenues that must all be borrowed. The combined effect is to add $130 billion to the deficit in the current fiscal year.
What will end Social Security as we know it? The answer is, "Social Security as we know it."

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Secular religion explained

Bookworm Room » President Obama’s church is the Chapel of (Progressive) Democracy:

Transcript at the link.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Franklin Roosevelt, Christian Theocrat

Who knew that FDR was such a rabid right-wing, Bible thumping theocrat? 

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How do you know a light bulb is a light bulb?

There is only one test that matters. It must emit light. And so: One Cʘsmos: Don't Look a Gift Cosmos in the Mouth:
So you cannot "prove" Christianity in the usual way; it cannot be illuminated from the outside, because it illuminates everything else, from the inside out.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Could be both, not either

Reporters pretend they’re confused about rape: "Either reporters are pushing an agenda supportive of abortion rights or they’re idiots. "

There is no reason to have to choose. These are not mutually-exclusive possibilities.

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Out of Mani, the Won

Out of Mani, One -

An explanation of the Manichean world view of the Left, which today includes all of the Democrat party. As I put it here:
This is an administration that seems reflexively to personalize and demonize opponents rather than deal with opposition to policy. The White House staff, from the president down, seems to think of themselves as children of light and the opposition as children of darkness. This is, of course, literally a religious word view, and worse, an apocalyptic one that moves inexorably toward a decisive showdown when the children of light crush their enemies absolutely.
It may work in Chicago, but how soon, as James Taranto asked in the Wall Street Journal, will Mr. Obama understand that following the Rules for Radicals is not governing?
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Friday, August 24, 2012

New Statesman - Atheism+: the new New Atheists

New Statesman - Atheism+: the new New Atheists:
Less than a week old in its current form, Atheism+ is the brainchild of Jen McCreight, a Seattle-based biology postgrad and blogger at the secularist Freethought network. She has called for a "new wave" of atheism on that "cares about how religion affects everyone and that applies skepticism to everything, including social issues like sexism, racism, politics, poverty, and crime." 
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Atheists are good at insults

Robert Hutchison, "Why I Secretly Root for Atheists in Debates..."
In the process, I made a shocking discovery. It turns out that the atheists are really, really good at insults but are actually quite poor debaters. The atheists insult Christianity, Judaism and religion generally with a nastiness that is almost breathtaking. They belittle. They demean. They insinuate. But the one thing they don’t do is offer intelligent arguments that disprove the existence of God. 
In fact, they don’t actually reason at all.
There seems to be a common thread among materialists: they do not seem to understand that their entire world view sits atop nothing but fog.

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Allan R. Bevere: Science and the Eschatological Challenge to Theology (Part 2)

Allan R. Bevere: Science and the Eschatological Challenge to Theology (Part 2):

The universe is indeed moving toward nonexistence in and of itself. Christians must understand that. Polkinghorne writes, "It is not for theology to deny the validity of science's 'horizontal' extrapolation of present physical process, but theology can point out the limited character of the prediction, in that it necessarily fails to take into account the 'vertical' resources, not accessible to scientific thinking" (p. 146). The natural evolutionary process is no cause for optimism. Left to its own processes, the history of the universe will end in futility. There can be no denying this.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

The Church of England's Finest Hour?

The American Spectator : This Could Be Its Finest Hour:

The Church of England defends traditional marriage reverently, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. ... 
It's also true than in a secularizing country, the Church of England (unlike U.S. Episcopalians, who mostly just resent more numerous evangelicals) appreciates the threat to religious liberty under a regime of imposed same sex marriage. How would the established church disallow what the civil law requires? The church may have to disestablish, especially if it desires any continued leadership over global Anglicans. 
British media quoted church officials dismissing government plans as "'half-baked,' ‘very shallow,' ‘superficial' and ‘completely irrational.'" Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Archbishop of York John Sentamu only slightly more diplomatically lamented that government proposals "have not been thought through and are not legally sound." The church's official response rejected the government's push with vigorous, point-by-point rebuttals.

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The Charts That Doom Obama

The Charts That Doom Obama | Power Line

Would be nice if most voters actually considered charts like these. But I take the same tack here as on Romney's tax returns or pretty much any other election "issue:" I think the great majority of people who will actually vote have already made their minds up. There are precious few of the mythical Undecideds left to persuade.

So these charts do not, per se, doom Obama. They illustrate why Obama is already doomed.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

How to destroy Christianity

Flatland Apologetics: How to destroy Christianity:

Yep, that would do it.

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Science and Eschatology, Part 1

Eschatology is the theology of the end of things. In the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, eschatology means the "end of the present age" or the end of the present order of things. That is to say, the future time when God's plan for the universe is finally brought to final fulfillment.

Some eschatologies hold that the present order is wiped away entirely and a completely new order is put in place. Others hold that the present order is redeemed and transformed into the new order.

In either case, modern astrophysics poses a challenge because it holds that the universe has perhaps 100 billion years or more to go before it runs out of steam. So we need not look skyward for the hand of God swooping down anytime soon.

And so this: Allan R. Bevere: Science and the Eschatological Challenge to Theology (Part 1)

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Phoenix bans church from giving away water to thirsty festival goers | National News - Kentucky News Network

Phoenix bans church from giving away water to thirsty festival goers

You have to be licensed to give away free bottled water. The latest episode in the nation's compliance officer employment programs.

normblog: How the 2012 Olympics changed the world

normblog: How the 2012 Olympics changed the world:

(1) From now on there will be much less litter. People will value every trip to the bin as part of their training routine.
(2) There will be less crime, and for the same kind of reason; everyone will be so busy training. Who would even think of a robbery, to say nothing of a (says nothing of it)?
(3) There will be a huge step forward towards social equality. This is because everyone will be so attached to the idea of a level playing field that they'll think of themselves lying down on one next to their very rich or very poor compatriots, and feel they are all of similar height.
(4) The homeless will no longer be with us. Give everyone a bicycle and they'll spend their nights cycling around. Their bikes will be their homes.
(5) Flooding will cease to be a problem. Why? On account, you suggest, of the increase in swimming? Forget about it; the Olympics have been far more radical than that in their transfomative influence. Those whose homes are flooded will simply pole-vault out of them on to the high ground.

The mighty eagle