Posts by Buggman

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  • Hollywood's Race Problem: "It's a White Industry"

    12/11/2014 9:10:28 AM PST · 9 of 98
    Buggman to Borges

    I remember seeing an interview with Dave Chappell a few years after he got out of Hollywood where he pointed out that if you’re a black man in Hollywood, and you’re not Will Smith or Denzel Washington, they’re going to find a way to get you in a dress sooner or later.

  • For 8 years I helped kill unborn babies. How did I not see the truth?

    12/03/2014 5:42:28 AM PST · 7 of 40
    Buggman to rjsimmon

    Agreed, but what I think she’s driving at is that your common abortion mill worker is more likely to be blind than intentionally evil, and therefore needs to be treated as a person who needs to be rescued into the light rather than as a monster to be put down.

  • Bill Cosby’s Media Lynching

    12/02/2014 5:55:39 AM PST · 6 of 63
    Buggman to LeoMcNeil

    You know, Cosby’s been an outspoken critic of gang culture and poverty pimping for years, as well as a figurehead for the classic family among blacks. In other words, and attractive target for the Left.

  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 1:48:30 PM PST · 84 of 103
    Buggman to fishtank
    Already addressed back in post 56. In short, Humphries has refused to do any proper peer review and has continued to sell his book mostly to people who don't know enough to check his math. And I'm not saying that as someone who hasn't bothered to read the book--I have, and while I liked it back in the day, there were always problems with it even from a lay perspective.

    Shalom

  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 12:49:50 PM PST · 73 of 103
    Buggman to MrB
    The Answers in Genesis article is fairly easy to break-down by argument and respond to:

    Argument #1: Speed-of-Light Decay (aka CDK)
    There are literally a dozen different ways to time the speed of light that do not depend on atomic clocks, including the ability to measure the energy--and therefore the speed--of photons at their point-of-origin no matter how far away.

    But there's another much simpler response: E=MC^2. If the speed of light were different in the distant past, we would be able to detect the dramatic (square-function) changes in energy output and/or mass in distant stars. For that matter, even a small increase in C would have resulted in the incineration of Adam by our own sun.

    Argument #2: Time on earth might pass at a dramatically different rate than the rest of the universe
    This is basically just a play on Humphries White Hole Cosmology, which I addressed back in post #56. There are a number of problems with this view that are addressed in the article I linked to, but I'll focus on just one:

    Earth is not the center of our local galaxy, which we know is well over a mere 6000 light-years in diameter. To have the kind of effect that YEC demands, you'd have to have the galaxy rotating around the earth, not the other way around. Morever, we've observed active events like supernovas in our own galaxy at a distance of over 20,000 lightyears, so that invalidates the whole raison d'etre of the theory.

    Argument #3: Assumptions of Synchronization
    This doesn't actually make a difference, since nobody is arguing about how old the universe would seem to be to a photon, and the relative speeds of the galaxies to each other can be measured via red-shift. Moreover, there are certain types of supernovae that have a very distinct time-line in terms of their energy outputs that we use as universal clocks to measure the relative speed of time in distant galaxies.

    So it's true that different parts of the universe have different ages. It's also true that thanks to the finite speed of light, we can watch the whole history of the universe right back to when the light first separated from the darkness--and that history is far older than 6000 years in our local time.

    Argument #4: The Assumption of Naturalism
    It doesn't take naturalistic assumptions to look up, take measurements, and realize quickly that there's no way for the light to have reached us in a mere 6000 years. This argument is just a scare-tactic by the YEC crowd: "If you believe in an old universe, you don't believe in God!" That's utter nonsense.

    Argument #5: The visible universe is larger in radius than the age of the universe
    Already addressed. The continued stretching out of space-time provides a sufficient mechanic to explain this when the difference is 15-17 billion light-years to 13.8 billion years. It is insufficient to explain seeing 15 billion light-years in 6000 years--the speed at which the universe would have to expand would actually rip the atoms to shreds and nothing could ever form.

    As I've said in another post, the problem is not the Bible vs. Science, the problem is an interpretation of the Bible based only on its English translation vs. virtually everything we can observe around us. Those with an ability to read the original Hebrew and understand how it's just plain different from English (very different tenses, for example, which actually resolves the Day 4 problem) generally have no problem at all with an old universe.

    To put it another way, the Hebrew can be read in a YEC way and an OEC way equally well. Why not then use the information God has made available to us in his other direct creation--the universe itself--to break the tie?

    Shalom

  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 12:10:11 PM PST · 69 of 103
    Buggman to Resettozero; Gideon7
    I would argue that if you have a sequence of events (as you do on days 1-6), you have time. However, it is true that until Adam, there's no reason for the Bible to track time in human units.

    And without going into too much detail at the moment, I would point out that the original Hebrew words for "day," "morning," "evening," etc. have somewhat different ranges of meaning than you might assume from the English translation. As a matter of fact, as my ability to read the Hebrew has increased, so has my comfort with Old-Earth Creationism.

    Shalom

  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 11:31:51 AM PST · 65 of 103
    Buggman to MrB
    Who’s to say that the rest of creation wasn’t perfect as well (it was).

    Indeed it was. How would an Old-Earth Creationist perspective be a problem for that?

    We’re seeing light coming from far more than the “Big Bang” estimation of the age of the universe as well, so that isn’t a valid argument.

    Actually, it is. The reason we can see light coming from 15 billion light years away when the universe is only an estimated 13.8 billion years old is because it has continued to stretch out, just as Scripture predicted. Basically, the fabric of space-time itself isn't constrained by the speed of light, so light that began travelling when the size of the universe was smaller effectively travels from further away by the time it reaches us.

    As far as the “lying illusion”, I’ve addressed that as well. God told us exactly what happened. How is that “lying”?

    We currently track the detonation of super-novas in distant galaxies. If we see a star explode in Andromeda, 2 million light-years away, and the universe is only 6000 years old, that means that the star we just saw explode never even existed. Therefore, anything further than 6000 light-years away would have no actual existence and the appearance of a universe beyond that point would be a deliberate deception on the part of its Creator.

    Shalom

  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 11:23:23 AM PST · 62 of 103
    Buggman to Resettozero
    Then someone said to me, you're going to checkmate God?

    I would argue that discerning what God says about his own actions is hardly "checkmating" him.

    No longer do I try to limit God in my daily walk of faith in His Firstborn Son Jesus Christ who said “My Father is working until now, and I am working,” for which He was accused of blasphemy.

    Yeah, but look at the context: Yeshua (Jesus) was accused of sinning by healing on the Sabbath. His response is that God himself does indeed "work" on the Sabbath, since the world continues to exist and children continue to be born, and that therefore doing what was obviously another (if more blatant) miracle from God could hardly be considered a sin.

    That point remains true whether we're talking about the weekly Sabbath or God's cosmic Sabbath.

    Are you an Israelite in whom there is no guile?

    My own Jewish heritage is muddled at best. However, my wife and therefore my children are Jewish (and my son was circumcised on the eighth day by an Orthodox rabbi) and I have chosen to say to her, "Your people shall be my people."

    Are you a believer yet in Jesus Christ as Lord of all Creation?

    Yes.

    Are you part of "the latter rain" that was foretold?

    I know about six different ways Joel 2:23 has been interpreted, so you'd have to be more specific before I could answer in truth.

    Shalom

  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 10:46:06 AM PST · 58 of 103
    Buggman to Resettozero
    Agreed, but the character of his creative acts has changed, and works mostly through natural processes, like fertilization and mitosis. That doesn't mean that God has ceased to be in charge, just that he isn't creating ex nihilo or by directly forming new creatures. The few exceptions to this have been small-scale and for the purposes of establishing his covenants.

    This is why speciation, which previously happened at an average rate of one new species per year for the past several hundred million years, suddenly stops when Man appears on the scene: The sixth day of creation ended, and God entered his period of rest, which will in turn end when it comes time to create a new heavens and a new earth.

    Shalom

  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 10:40:17 AM PST · 56 of 103
    Buggman to afsnco
    I actually have his book. Unfortunately, he's never been willing to submit his work for peer-review, which makes me suspicious about his own confidence in his math. Conner and Ross wrote up a good rebuttal of it here: The Unraveling of Starlight and Time.

    It's too bad. When I first read it, I wanted it to be true, but you have to be willing to follow the testable evidence.

    Shalom

  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 9:17:32 AM PST · 45 of 103
    Buggman to MrB
    He was tall and fully formed, sure, but under closer examination would have proven to be brand-new: No scars, callouses, evidence of internal damage, genetic decay, etc.

    The universe, on the other hand, exhibits many evidences of being billions of years old. Just to begin with, we're seeing light coming from far more than 6000 light-years away, and we know from over a dozen ways of testing it, as well as the ramifications of E=MC^2, that it's speed hasn't changed.

    To say that the universe is only 6000 years old is to say that God deliberately created a lying illusion. I don't buy that.

    As far as what Jesus said, the Genesis narrative is clear that God's works of creation ended with Adam and Eve, not began with them. Ergo, "beginning of creation" must likewise refer to the earliest age of creation being finished, not to day 1, and therefore has no effect on whether we read days 1-6 as being 24 hours or long ages.

    Shalom

  • How Revolutionary Were the Ancient Christians' Views on Sex?

    11/21/2014 5:34:44 AM PST · 38 of 46
    Buggman to Westbrook

    Please do. I’m trying to turn it into a meme. ;)

  • Evolutionary Cosmologies: Religious Endeavor to become like God

    11/20/2014 11:41:16 AM PST · 13 of 29
    Buggman to spirited irish
    The serpent-powered Ouroboros with its astral planes or multiverses is well-known around the world in its' many ancient and modern occult traditions.

    Yeah, there's a reason for that: They're all looking at the line of the Milky Way, with the bulge of the galactic center looking like a serpent's head biting its own tail.

    Shalom.

  • How Revolutionary Were the Ancient Christians' Views on Sex?

    11/20/2014 7:04:06 AM PST · 20 of 46
    Buggman to xzins
    The seeds of Jesus' view of monogamous marriage was present at creation, so I've no doubt that it is out of Judaism. That's not to say that Jews practiced it any better than do Christians.

    I never claimed otherwise. :)

    The contribution of Christianity is evangelism/proselytism, an activity Jews were reluctant to pursue for whatever reason.

    Absolutely agreed--and something I routinely point out to my more stuck-up Messianic brethren. Paul's genius wasn't in creating monogamy, but in his ability to communicate an Oriental religion to a Western audience, along with carefully discerning which commandments were universal for all mankind vs. those created as cultural markers for Israel.

    Shalom!

  • How Revolutionary Were the Ancient Christians' Views on Sex?

    11/20/2014 6:13:40 AM PST · 11 of 46
    Buggman to xzins

    It was revolutionary in the way it spread through the Gentile world, but Paul’s teachings of course came out of Judaism. A minor nit to pick, but it’s annoying how many Christian articles ignore that.

  • Norway Group Demands Jews Out of Kristallnacht Memorial

    11/14/2014 8:43:05 AM PST · 43 of 45
    Buggman to Eleutheria5

    God, in His infinite wisdom, has prepared a special and particularly hellish punishment for the Europeans who would rather have Muslims in their countries than Jews. It’s called, “Give them exactly what they asked for!”

  • Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

    11/11/2014 1:56:40 PM PST · 45 of 77
    Buggman to BlackVeil; GeronL

    My daughter met one of those kids in the hospital. It struck me as an extreme form of Manchausen-by-Proxy on the part of the parents—and utterly sick that they found a doctor to go along with mutilating a minor. And I’m sure they all wondered why the kid was in and out of the psych ward on a regular basis.

  • Catholicism, evolution and young earth creationism

    11/11/2014 8:43:57 AM PST · 26 of 78
    Buggman to Zionist Conspirator

    What, Hashem can heal a barren womb in a 90-year-old and create life from scratch, but that He would mark the Messiah with a miraculous conception is just too much to believe?

  • Catholicism, evolution and young earth creationism

    11/11/2014 8:37:08 AM PST · 24 of 78
    Buggman to Zionist Conspirator

    Sadly, not everyone does. I’ve been having these discussions a lot with my oldest daughter lately.

  • Catholicism, evolution and young earth creationism

    11/11/2014 7:23:33 AM PST · 9 of 78
    Buggman to Alex Murphy
    4.“There is no compelling reason to read Genesis literally, but there is a compelling reason not to read it literally.”

    I'm going to argue with this one: There is every reason to read Genesis literally as it is written in the original Hebrew. YEC may be the only way to read the English translation literally, but the Hebrew is more ambiguous. "Day" (yom) can also mean any long but finite period of time. "Evening" (erev) comes from a word that means "a mixture" (arav and is probably the closest Biblical Hebrew term to our idea of entropy or chaos. "Morning" (boqer) on the other hand comes from a verb (baqar) which means to till a field, to tend a flock, to discern and sort--in other words, to put into order.

    On the issue of the sun, moon, and stars being created on day four--no they weren't. The verb "let there be" is yihi, from hayah, "to exist," and means simply that the object becomes manifest in a certain context, not that it didn't exist before.

    For example, when Naomi found out that Boaz had protected Ruth, she said, "May he be (yihi) blessed." Obviously, she's not saying that blessing never existed before, or even that Boaz had never been blessed before. She was simply asking that God's blessing be manifest upon Boaz in that particular situation, as a reward for his kindness.

    When the fourth day goes on to say, "And God made" the lights of heaven, the verb "made" is ya'as, the imperfect form of asah. This has two significances. First, though the imperfect form is used throughout the narratives as a literary device, it's also how you would put a word in the past completed action. In other words, the verse can just as easily be read, "And God had made" the sun, moon, and stars.

    Second, it's significant that the passage uses "made" instead of "created" (bara, or yivra in the imperfect tense). When the Bible says "created," it means the creation of something that has never existed before, whereas something that is "made" is manufactured in the form of something that has existed. That's why the animals are "created" on Day 5, and then "made" on Day 6. (This is Gleason Archer's interpretation, not mine, by the way.)

    So take all that together: The heavenly bodies had already been made before Day 4, but were only then manifested to the surface of the earth as the atmosphere became more transparent. This is the interpretation of the rabbis of the Talmud, btw (b.Hagigah 12b if you want to look it up).

    But more interestingly, the author of Genesis makes the prediction that the sun, moon, stars, planets, asteroids, and comets visible to his naked eye would not be the first heavenly bodies God ever created--a prediction that we can only now, thousands of years later, prove.

    Finally, the problem I have with evolution is not religious, but scientific. Evolution predicts that we should see some original lifeform, then a split into two or more species, then the development of genera, families, and only after a long period of time, different phylums. The Cambrian Explosion shows just the opposite: Nearly all the phylums appeared all at the same time.

    That's evidence of top-down design, not bottom-up evolution. Evolution may well have played a role, but there's distinct evidence of direct interference by the Creator in history.

    Shalom

  • 'Gay men are more misogynistic than straight men': Charmed actress Rose McGowan blasts gay community

    11/06/2014 6:52:03 AM PST · 34 of 68
    Buggman to CodeToad
    They are not “gay”, and, in fact, they are rarely actually ever happy.

    Exactly. One of my brothers is homosexual, and while he's a really nice guy and I trust him with my kids (it helps that he's mellowed considerably as he's gotten older and no longer makes being "gay" the centerpiece of his identity), I've also watched him grow more and more miserable with homosexual politics over the years.

    When I or my very Evangelical parents hang out with him and his "gay" friends, we inevitably hear a litany of abuse and rejection as we get their backstories--and every one whose backstory I've gotten has a molestation somewhere in there. The same is true of a transsexual friend; he spent years insisting that being molested by his uncle hadn't affected him, right up to the point where he suddenly decided that he was really a woman.

    The point is that no homosexual just wakes up and decides to be gay out of the blue. You're dealing with traumatized and hurting people, whether because of a predator or abuser in their past, or due to some other mental/emotional factor. Society first marginalized them, then turned around and told them that their molesters were right: they were just born this way.

    So, they feel the shame and self-loathing of the molested, but swallow the lie that it's only because "society"--or to be more specific, Christians--are judgmental. Small wonder that they lash out: They just want to be released from the shame and misery that they've carried their whole lives.

    In short, they've been trapped by a lie that keeps them from the One who could actually release them.

  • Bale Calls Moses 'Schizophrenic,' 'Barbaric'

    10/27/2014 6:06:16 AM PDT · 69 of 84
    Buggman to This Just In
    Well, you know, "Anyone who dresses up as a bat clearly has issues."
  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 9:30:37 AM PDT · 164 of 224
    Buggman to xzins

    And of course during the Bush vs. Kerry campaign, it was pretty much a choice between Bonesman A and Bonesman B.

  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 8:54:07 AM PDT · 150 of 224
    Buggman to xzins
    I remember the stories of the WMDs coming up towards the end of the Bush admin. The reason given that they had suppressed them was that they didn't want every terrorist in Iraq targeting the convoys they were using to extract them. When the announcement was made, the press just dropped the issue rather than admit fault.

    Though it was always wierd to me that the Bush admin didn't go around tooting its own horn on this. But then, nothing about the GOP's tactical decisions at the time made sense. Maybe you're exactly right--this was a planned handover of power to the Dems to get certain agendas pushed through. It's disheartening, but it certainly fits the known facts.

    Shalom

  • The Destruction of Mecca

    10/01/2014 9:24:48 AM PDT · 27 of 50
    Buggman to C19fan

    Odd Fact: The Ka’aba is 666 nautical miles from the Temple Mount. Make of that what you will.

  • Greenfield: Science is for Stupid People

    09/30/2014 6:36:08 AM PDT · 18 of 39
    Buggman to Louis Foxwell

    That was one of the best reads I’ve had all week. Please add me to your ping list.

  • Seeking a Same-Sex Marriage Case Fit for History

    09/23/2014 8:46:10 AM PDT · 17 of 20
    Buggman to Beagle8U
    Actually, the combination of "same-sex marrige" and polygamy could be abused hilariously: Groups could go out and create a vast network of interlinking "marriages" and then sue for spousal rights to whatever service they want to share.

    Heck, I think all churches should immediately start working on that: "We're all the Bride of Christ, so we're all married, and you're discriminating against our religion if you disagree!"

    That aside, just wait for the divorce statistics. They should be a source of great fun as well.

  • Pope Believes WWIII Has Begun, Jews In The Past-Christians At Present

    09/23/2014 8:10:27 AM PDT · 19 of 20
    Buggman to Revel

    Huh. We probably ought to make it a point to carry a few pics and videos in our smartphones to show to people. They’ll still try to deny it, but let the imagery sink in anyway.

  • Ancient 'moon god' monument unearthed in Israel

    09/19/2014 5:32:56 AM PDT · 46 of 48
    Buggman to apillar

    The one worshiped as “Allah” today went by a different name in Biblical times: Baal, who was known as Zeus to the Greeks.

  • One in 88 Minnesota drivers will hit deer this year

    09/16/2014 11:37:35 AM PDT · 29 of 51
    Buggman to skeptoid
    *SLAM*
    "D'OH!"
    "A deer!"
    "A female deer!"
  • Egyptian Political Scientist: Jews Must Return the Gold They Stole from Egypt during the Exodus

    09/04/2014 6:34:10 AM PDT · 94 of 95
    Buggman to SunkenCiv

    Sure. Just as soon as the Arab Muslims return Egypt to the Copts.

  • Israel Bans Water Fluoridation

    08/26/2014 5:53:05 AM PDT · 13 of 34
    Buggman to VitacoreVision
    Unfortunately, everything about the Lancet study beyond the abstract is hidden behind a hefty paywall, so there's no way to see methodology, etc. However, the Harvard study that the article is citing basically said, "Look, we had to use Chinese studies because we've never done a comprehensive study on this subject in the West, and they have so much junk in their water there's no way to isolate the flouride's effect." So claiming that the Harvard study supports their thesis against flouridation is just a tad disingenous.

    Having said that, I'd be fine if we dropped flouridation from our water tomorrow. There are plenty of avenues to use it dentally without risking ingestion. Just my two cents.

  • Pentagon Fires Back At Critics of 'Police Militarization' Program

    08/21/2014 7:59:35 AM PDT · 22 of 40
    Buggman to Foundahardheadedwoman
    They won't need to create much of anything. When our economic laughably-so-called "policies" result in massive hyper-inflation and the sudden loss of both jobs and government "safety nets," they'll have the chaos they need. Just look at what happens when the EBT system goes down for a few days.

    They know they've run the country into the ground (through deliberately evil decisions or through short-sighted stupidity really doesn't matter at this point), and they know they couldn't stop it if they wanted to at this point. So they've done the next smartest thing: Placed the assets needed to keep their brand of order on the ground.

    Not that I doubt that a few deliberate agitators will be involved--but at the most they'll just be the spark. We the people have laid the tinder for decades now.

  • Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is a ‘Mental Disorder’– Sex Change is ‘Biologically...

    08/20/2014 1:58:01 PM PDT · 74 of 122
    Buggman to jazusamo

    This one is definitely going in the file. Thanks!

  • Anti-Semitism and its limitations

    08/15/2014 8:51:47 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Buggman to ConservingFreedom

    Anti-Zionism IS anti-Semitism: “Oh, we love Jews . . . as long as they know their place.”

  • Shoppers Use App To Boycott Israel In Grocery Store Aisles

    08/07/2014 9:55:58 AM PDT · 35 of 47
    Buggman to SJackson

    My two year old loves his hummus. Guess it’s time to go buy a bunch for him. Thanks for the reminder!

  • PIV is always rape, ok? (Idiocy. Pure and simple.)

    08/06/2014 9:30:49 AM PDT · 69 of 87
    Buggman to servo1969
    In their case, they seem to develop Stockholm Syndrome instead--though to be fair to the Arabs, a friend of mine who lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years says that they do a marvelous job of making a safe environment for their kids. (And despise the Palistinians for using their kids as weapons, btw.) The kind of wounding you're seeing here tends to come from abuse at a very young age.

    That, and it takes American feminism to turn one (or a few) men's abuse into a life-long hatred for 1/2 of the earth's population.

  • PIV is always rape, ok? (Idiocy. Pure and simple.)

    08/06/2014 5:52:19 AM PDT · 34 of 87
    Buggman to Maceman
    Agreed. Women like this see their abuser in every man they meet and genuinely can't understand that for women who have never been abused, or those who have but have been through the therapy to overcome it and forgive the one who hurt them, men aren't the enemy, and not all sex is shameful.

    Sad indeed.

  • Contemporary Christian Music's Sinking Witness: Lack of depth and reverence to the Almighty

    08/04/2014 9:55:40 AM PDT · 106 of 344
    Buggman to Salvation; C. Edmund Wright
    Yeah, just about as self-centered as, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want . . . "

    Oh, wait . . .

  • Crumbling Freedom: (Colorado) Cake Artist Sent to 'Reeducation'

    07/29/2014 8:46:34 AM PDT · 28 of 163
    Buggman to xzins
    And that needs to be quoted over and over again.

    Also, we need to deliberately hire homosexual signmakers to make signs for our protest rallies . . . and sue them if they discriminate. Just to get the opposite test case on the table.

    Shalom.

  • Kristallnacht In America

    07/28/2014 11:30:08 AM PDT · 21 of 25
    Buggman to jpsb; saleman
    It's a combination of things:

    1) A deeply-held suspicion that Evangelicals are only being friendly with the intent of converting Jews to (in their view) an alien religion and culture. That, and the secular Jews just plain don't understand Evangelical enthusiasm and think they're a bit nutty. It doesn't help that they perceive Evangelicals as only being fair-weather friends to Israel, since so many expect the Rapture to happen before they're actually forced to put their skins where their mouths are.

    2) For the non-religious, a combination of suspicion about religion in politics and replacing religion with politics.

    3) A long-standing committment to social justice--and being convinced that voting Dem is the best way to bring that about.

    4) As one rabbi in Jerusalem explained to me, Jews have a long history and a long memory . . . but all too often that means fighting the last war long after the enemy has changed.

    5) Peer pressure from friends and family. If everyone around you thinks that conservatives are all Richard Nixon, you tend to believe it.

    6) Concentration in the urban areas and academia which are largely leftist.

    There are a lot of other factors, but those six are the big ones as I understand it.

  • The Corruption of Peer Review Is Harming Scientific Credibility

    07/28/2014 5:58:53 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    Buggman to MosesKnows
  • U.S. and Qatar Declare War on Israel

    07/28/2014 5:39:35 AM PDT · 21 of 22
    Buggman to mgist

    Bump for reading when I’m back off the clock. Looks like a very nice bit of research.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu Had to Tell John Kerry "This is Not Vietnam"

    07/22/2014 5:25:39 AM PDT · 66 of 67
    Buggman to Right_in_Virginia
    "Can you point me to something from the New Covenant?"

    Why would that matter?

  • Weekend Must-Read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

    07/21/2014 8:50:51 AM PDT · 27 of 49
    Buggman to servo1969

    Excellent article. Can’t wait to print it out and go back over it later.

  • Glitch or Censorship? Connecticut school blames software for selective blocking conservative sites.

    07/18/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT · 11 of 19
    Buggman to falcon99

    Yeah, but on the plus side, they’re making this stuff forbidden fruit for a bunch of teenagers. Because that always works.

  • There’s something very ugly in this rage against Israel

    07/18/2014 5:27:42 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    Buggman to servo1969
    Because the very existence of Israel proves that only two religions in the world could possibly be true: Judaism, and the form of Christianity that admits that the Jews are still God's chosen people. To the Muslim, the Sikh, as well as (in the West particularly) the atheist, the agnostic, the New Ager, the Hindu, the neo-pagan, the Luciferian, the Buddhist, the Shintoist, the animist, the shaman, the practitioner of Voodun, and the supracessionist Christian, the very existance of Israel is an intolerable reminder that there is an Eternal God who plainly stated thousands of years ago that He would bring Israel back into the Land where He has placed His holy name . . .

    . . . and that when He did, the time would be short for His final judgment on all mankind.

    Shalom

  • Why is Chuck Norris trending in Argentina? (Chuck Facts Alert)

    07/10/2014 7:14:44 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    Buggman to Salvavida

    Chuck Norris once killed a vampire with a steak. No, I didn’t misspell that.

  • The real reason liberal churches are losing members

    06/27/2014 2:25:22 PM PDT · 23 of 31
    Buggman to Tax-chick
    Christianity doesn't have dietary laws or dress codes, either. Those are easy, legalistic fillers that may let a person evade the complete reformation of your heart, mind, body, and soul that is true Christianity.

    So when God Himself gave dietary laws and dress codes in His Torah, He was giving His people something weak and wicked?

    God gave us rituals and cultural commandments not as a replacement for inner transformation, but as stepping stones for the young and spiritually immature and as a way to bring body, soul, and spirit together. This is why even Christians recognize the New Covenant sacraments of Baptism and Communion to be graces rather than "legalistic fillers," and why most Christians around the world have developed their own traditions and rituals--catechisms, confirmations, hymns, creeds, confessions, and ceremonies.

    Now, I agree that any of these can become a substitute for a true, living, and transforming faith/faithfulness. On the other hand, so can "feel-good faith." The solution is not to avoid them like the plague, but rather to see them as what they are: tools, a means to an end, the end being the true and living Messiah (Rom. 10:4).

    Shalom

  • Why the Arab World is Caught in an Emotional Nakba, and How We Keep it There.

    06/27/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · 19 of 33
    Buggman to dangerdoc; HiTech RedNeck
    Interesting philosophical inquiry... since the gospel of Jesus Christ solves the problem of being unable to endure a humiliating ordeal, even one that is undeserved, in order to effect a change to the good.

    Christianity is an offense to the concept of honor. Our God, the very God that spoke the world into existence, took on the form of man, lived in that form with all the indignities of flesh then allowed himself to be stripped, beat, mocked then killed hanging on a cross with criminals.

    Exactly. J.P. Holding points out that you really can't understand the Bible unless you understand the honor/shame paradigm. However, it is through the Messiah that God ultimately works the process of breaking down human pride (the craving for worldly honor) and the fear of shame. He did so by taking the same that we rightly feel and placing it all on Yeshua (Jesus) on the Cross, while taking Yeshua's proper honor as the unique Son of God and gifting it to us.

    In addition, I would argue that the giving of the Spirit has transformed society gradually away from honor/shame and to an inner awareness (conscience) of right and wrong. One of the challenges we face today is that we've come to take conscience for granted and don't realize how little a role it plays in most cultures, whether you're talking about Arab culture, Asian culture, or black street culture.

    Shalom