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Do "God's not Dead" next!!
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As a rule, capitalism is blamed for the undesired effects of a policy directed at its elimination. The man who sips his morning coffee does not say, "Capitalism has brought this beverage to my breakfast table." But when he reads in the papers that the government of Brazil has ordered part of the coffee crop destroyed, he does not say, "That is government for you"; he exclaims, "That is capitalism for you." (Mises)
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It would be nice if we had sufficient support to refuse to participate. But there are too many people who feel the need to vote for a candidate - any candidate. More than that, who need to vote for whatever trash the party they have apparently sworn allegiance to has put up - because surely he must be better than the trash the "other side" has put up.

And so the downward spiral continues...
Howard Schultz urges fellow business leaders to refuse to give money to political campaigns.
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Warning - this video is filled with uninformed pontificating. Including the standard ignorance spewing forth from an Actor's mouth. (In this case, including a really hilarious attempt to use "paternalism" when he clearly doesn't understand what it means.) Oh - and there's some swearing too, if that bothers you.
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No one seems willing any more to say "I don't know", they all have an opinion on everything except their ignorance.
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Love this guy.... Jack just consistently hits them out of the park, time after time.
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Hilarious anti-history about the history of programming languages. #perl   #php   #python   #ruby   #haskell   #fortran   #lisp   #cobol   #basic   #scheme   #pascal   #prolog   #smalltalk   #ada   #javascript   #java   #scala  
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TED TALKS provides a platform for some of the most fascinating minds to share their passions and progress. In 2013, hundreds of new ideas...
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In which I dare to contradict not only Hitchens, but Wilson as well...

"These range from the irredeemably paranoid and contemptible efforts to pin responsibility for the attacks onto the Bush administration or the Jews, to the sometimes wearisome but not necessarily untrue insistence that Islamic peoples have suffered oppression. (Even when formally true, the latter must simply not be used as nonsequitur special pleading for the use of random violence by self-appointed Muslims.)

Underlying these and other attempts to change the subject there was, and still is, a perverse desire to say that the 9/11 atrocities were in some way deserved, or made historically more explicable, by the many crimes of past American foreign policy....There was always some "intellectual," however, to argue in each case that the policy of Tony Blair, or George Bush, or the Spanish government, was the "root cause" of the broad-daylight slaughter of civilians. Responsibility, somehow, never lay squarely with the perpetrators._ (Christopher Hitchens, in Slate)

"[Hitchens] nails those who tried to blame the attacks on “the Bush administration or the Jews.” And for those who held up a simplistic tit-for-tat blowback explanation, Hitchens dutifully pulls their shirts over their heads and rolls down their socks." (Douglas Wilson, on thegospelcoalition.org)

Unfortunately, I think Hitchens overreached, and Wilson was prematurely triumphant. (I think Wilson was dead on otherwise by the way, how amusing it is to see someone like Hitchens try to use words like 'Evil' as if they make any sense in his worldview.)

I agree that in a sense, the blame lies squarely with the perpetrators. Regardless of what anyone else did, they made a choice to commit the acts of terrorism, and they are responsible for the deaths that resulted. Yet I find it continually irritating that everyone likes this simplistic answer, and has no interest in understanding what really motivates a person to being willing to perpetrate this kind of act.

These were not your typical yokels. They were able to take a plan, stick to it over a period of time, including being able to learn to fly sufficiently well to accomplish their aims. This is a group of at least semi-intelligent people we are talking about. We should take a very honest look at what factors made it possible to recruit people to do this kind of evil. I grant that there is an aspect to Islam that lends itself to this sort of thing, but the plain reality is that there are over a billion Muslims in the world. If that were the key part we should be seeing a lot more of this than we do.

Meanwhile, even the most minor sympathetic look at what life has really been like for people in Muslim nations over the last 50 years yields a very easy explanation. We let the media dictate what happens over there by what they choose to report, but looking at the government's official released information (forget classified or theoretical) reveals a far more sobering reality. Surely we can at least humanize the Muslims long enough to realize they aren't that much different than us, and aren't any more happy with our meddling that we would be if say, China were to suddenly start meddling in our affairs, selling weapons to our enemies to use against us, launching missiles into our cities, etc.

After a generation of this, some of us might even be willing to take some drastic action. Is it really so hard to understand how our actions created an environment that made this possible? And once we do understand, should we really just shrug it off in an effort to make sure the "blame" goes to the right place, while we continue to create an environment ripe for more of the same with our foreign policy, learning nothing from it?

Even in our domestic laws we have the concept of "creating a public nuisance". The idea (in this context) that it's possible through your actions to create a situation that would result in harm to other citizens. If you leave your keys in your car with a sign that says "Free Joy-Rides" and someone takes it and kills someone you're guilty too of . We recognize this in our law - but apparently not in our foreign policy, and according to some (like Hitchens and Wilson) I guess that's the way it should be.

For my part, I choose to hold all parties responsible - recognizing that as long as we continue in this type of foreign policy we will continue to create rich recruiting environments for more terrorists.
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This is almost exactly the point I was trying to make in the thread on +Phillip Johnson's repost of MacArthur the other day, but said much better.
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Aren't you glad you have the government to protect your food? To make sure that your ice cream is made from pasteurized milk, or better yet - uses pre-made "ice cream mix", and that there are no real strawberries in it, but just strawberry syrup? Thank heavens there are tax-feeding fun-sucking mindless bureaucrats around to protect me from real food.
A few years ago, Kris Swanberg, having been laid-off from her job as a Chicago Public School teacher, remembered she received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift. TheChicago mom fished it out of
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You know, this presentation might be at least a little compelling if it actually came from him, instead of being a cleverly written speech someone else wrote for him that he had to read from the teleprompter. Perhaps it might help too if there was any genuineness in this speech at any of the key points. Instead, at those points that were most right, (like God not being a member of any political party) he seemed almost surprised at what he was reading.

Like most politicians, he'll say whatever it takes, and Rick in particulr knows his only real hope of taking the republican ticket is to sway the gullible evangelicals (who are sadly, way too much of the majority of that self-identifying group). People who to our great shame tend to barely have a concept of history that lasts 10 minutes, let alone six years.

I would like to think "Christian voters" had learned something from Bush and his similar antics, but I'm not so foolish and gullible myself as to think they actually have. I'm sure this calculated maneuver will give Rick the boost he was hoping for, and maybe enough to subject us to another four+ years of government expansion and rampant spending increases.

All because somewhere along the way, Christ's command to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves got muddled into "be as foolish as sheep and have the memory of a goldfish".
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He would do better to study what it is to be a christian instead of just spouting scripture that sounds good and saying that God loves you.

Even Satan believes in God. Perry doesn't mention any of the accountability of scripture at all. This is nothing other than incomplete feel-good christianity.

On another note: this isn't politically correct, but I don't know of any military members who have died defending our freedoms in a long, long time.
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To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have the power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of no effect. (John Owen)

"Behold Your God!" is the most gracious command and the best gift of the gospel.  if we do not see Him and savor Him as our greatest fortune, we have not obeyed or believed the gospel. (Piper)

Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness. (Thomas Paine)

There is one good thing about Marx: he was not a Keynesian. (Murray Rothbard)

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government. (Thomas Jefferson)

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. (Walter Scott)

Believe it or not, yes, this is an introduction.  If you read these and still aren't sure I'm the guy you're looking for, you're probably not looking for me.  :-)

(The one possible exception to this is that I am also actively involved in Unix, Development, Email and Operations work, and pretty much all things "geek", so if you're looking for me from one of those communities you're probably still in the right place. )
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