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Friday, June 14, 2019

America’s False Religion

J. Frank Bullitt at 'Issues & Insights': Recycling: America’s False Religion

"Though recycling rarely makes economic sense and often burns up more fresh resources than would have been used in making new items, Americans recycled. And recycled. And recycle still."

An old friend from college unfriended me on Fascistbook because I tried to get him to see that truth.

By all means, recycle when it makes economic sense to do so, when the act of recycling does not consume more resources in total than can be recovered. And how does one *know* when recycling makes economic sense? Why, when it doesn't need to be subsidized by using the threat of government violence to take money from you and me to give to the politically-connected few who thereby profit from the scam.

Edit: I recycle aluminum cans. I store them in the basement for 6 months to a year, then toss them in the truck and take them to be recycled. If I fill the truck bed with (grocery) bags of *crushed* cans, I may get about $50 for ... collecting trash in my house for a year. And that's for something that *does* pay for itself to be recycled.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Not whether, but *which*

The question is not whether our laws shall be based upon some religious conception or other, but rather, *which* religious conception shall they be based upon? The question is not whether we shall be a theocracy, but rather *what sort* of theocracy shall we be? That is, toward *which* god shall our laws point?

Remember: "There is *always* a god of the system."

Brett Graham Fawcett at American Thinker:
Fear Theocracy? Bad News: All Politics Is Theocratic

The mistake of those panicked commentators [concerning recent mildly restrictive abortion laws] isn't that they think the ban on abortion is a theocratic move. That's more or less true. What they've missed, though, is that all politics is theological, including theirs.

The debate between pro-lifers and pro-choicers (and among different pro-choicers) has to do with when a fetus becomes a baby with moral rights. In other words, when does a bundle of cells become a person?

How you answer this depends on how you define human nature. This is a philosophical question - one of the oldest ones - relating to that branch of philosophy dealing with ultimate reality, metaphysics. It also touches on ethics, the philosophical project dedicated to answering the question: what are human persons supposed to do?

In other words, despite philosophy's reputation for abstraction and irrelevance, we find that all political beliefs are really philosophical beliefs.
"What they've missed, though, is that all politics is theological, including theirs."

They "miss" this deliberately. The secularists (leftists, "liberals", libertarians, etc) oppose "theocracy" only when the laws are based upon true/actual morality, and thus point toward the only God. One has only to look at what is going on in the world today to grasp that all their blather over the past century about "religious neutrality in government" was a head-fake: they were for "religious neutrality in government" only until *they* gained control and could impose *their* religious-and-moral conception upon the rest of us.

"... all politics is theological ..."

Religion and morality and politics are just different ways to ask, and to answer, the same questions: What do we *owe* one another? What may we *require* of one another? What may we *forbid* one another? What may we *compel* one another? And why? That is, what is the basis/grounding for the answers?

"How you answer this depends on how you define [i.e. 'conceive'] human nature."

And how you conceive human nature follows, inescapably, from how you conceive God.

EDIT 2019/06/01: Here is an article by Raymond Ibrahim, linking to an interesting discussion by two Scandinavian women -- “Deep Spiritual Crisis”: Scandinavian Women Expose the West’s Root Problems

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Time moves on

K T Cat: In 15 Years
"Most importantly, when today's mania fades, do you still have celebrity credentials?"

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Monday, May 6, 2019

A Workable Compromise

Hey, "liberals" and "woke" "Christians", we conservatives and regular Christians have a compromise deal for you --

We'll stop supporting the political party whose main objective is to destroy the world when you stop supporting the political party whose main objectives are 1) to kill babies, and 2) to destroy America.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

I finally "offended" the snowflake leftists on FaceBook

A FB friend linked to this article from not-so Great Britain: [Moslem] Parents suffocated girl, 17, with plastic bag for ‘wearing short-sleeved top’

I commented -- "Welll .... I'm kind of torn. On the one hand, Muzzies murder women for the most absurd/petty things. On the other hand, most Western women dress like tramps because they *are* tramps; and they are tramps because most Western men have been brow-beat into believing that they have no right to expect/demand that women in their lives not be tramps."

And that was just too much for the delicate sensibilities of some damned snowflake leftist.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

"Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord"

I pass a Disciples of Christ church nearly every day. Recently, for Easter, they put up the slogan: "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. (*)"

Now, of course, the Biblical text is: "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." (Psalm 118:26)

And Christ applied this to himself in Matthew 23:37-39 -- "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ " This is a horrible prophesy/curse against "Jerusalem" (i.e. Judaism, the Jews)

But, my point here is not the prophesy/curse that Christ pronounced, but rather the feminist/leftist twisting of the verse itself.

Feminism, like leftism in general, is rebellion against God. It is the attempt to dethrone God ... and claim his place.

To be sure, feminists (and leftists in general) hate men and masculinity. But, they also hate women and femininity. They hate the Image of God, as God created us: male and female; and they hate the Image of God because they hate God.

So eager are "woke" pseudo-Christians to denigrate masculinity (and femininity), that they are now trying to erase the masculinity of Jesus Christ.

(*) Hmmm ... don't they know that 'Lord' is masculine?

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Thesis ... and Antithesis!

Breitbart: Liberal Pulls Gun Because He Allegedly Hated Man’s MAGA Hat

Wait! A "liberal" with a gun? And he (allegedly) pulled it on someone, for no real reason?

No wonder they want to use threat of government violence to disarm us -- they know that *they* are senselessly violent, and "liberals" *always* project their flaws onto others.

The above thought leads to what I think is an insight --

Conservatives, especially if Christian, know intellectually that all human beings are flawed ('sinful' in Biblical terms, "basically bad" in secular terms), and that human nature itself tends toward wickedness, and cannot be "fixed" by any human means: that "this is as good as it gets". YET, conservatives, especially if Christian, tend to assume the best of each new individual they encounter.

On the other hand, "liberals", "know" intellectually that all human beings are "basically good" -- that it's conditions external to the person which "causes" him to do bad things, and that human beings are perfectible if only the "right conditions" can be imposed on them. YET, "liberals" tend to assume the worst of each new individual they encounter.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

What's After Infanticide?

KTCat: What's After Infanticide?
"... isn't the right question. The right question is: What isn't?

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jobs ... and Jobs!

Concerning the "jobs" temporarily furloughed by the government "shutdown" --

All jobs, everywhwere in the world, either generate wealth or consume wealth. Some jobs directly generate wealth. Some jobs merely consume -- destroy -- wealth created elsewhere. And some jobs (such as the ones I have often had) themselves directly consume wealth, but yet are still net wealth *preservers* because they make wealth-generating jobs more efficient or prevent loss (wealth-destruction) elsewhere.

Some jobs which merely consume wealth are nonetheless necessary.

There is no government job, anywhere in the world, which directly generates wealth. So, the two-fold question about any government jobs is:
1) "Does it preserve more wealth than it consumes?"
2) "If it merely consumes wealth, is it nonetheless necessary?"

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

I *told* you is was coming soon to a city near you

Jihad Watch: New York City: Muslim Community Patrol now patrolling Muslim neighborhoods which references this -- New York Post: New York Muslims have a new security patrol group

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