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  • Straight Talk About the Sex Scandals

    01/21/2018 9:56:53 AM PST · 14 of 20
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to bigbob
    Always thought the phrase “my eyes are up here” was the most clueless thing women say. Even Jimmah Cawtuh looked...

    If you don't want us to window shop, then don't display the merchandise.

  • Support, criticism growing for Memphis megachurch pastor Andy Savage

    01/10/2018 10:01:29 AM PST · 40 of 47
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to Gamecock
    We can forgive.

    Agreed.

    However our forgiveness does not shield the man from legal reprecussions. The Wartburg Watch pointed out that the State of Texas (where the incident took place) does not have a statute of limitations for this particular offence. The guy is still subject to being charged under Texas Law.

    Aside from that, clergy are mandated reporters of real or suspected abuse in Texas and under Federal Law.

    George W. Bush as Governor of Texas forgave Karla Faye Tucker, but still signed her execution order.

    i am often reminded that the Westminster Confession of Faith (OPC Version linked here) addresses the matter of the civil magistrate and states in paragraph 4 that we are subject to civil authorities, in accordance with Romans 13.

    So yeah, forgiven, but still subject to civil investigation.

    Not only this, but the Confession also recognises the limitations of the Church, and Jesus' command to Give therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesar's and give unto God those things which are God's --Matthew 22:21 1599 Geneva Bible-- Specifically, in this case, the church is NOT empowered to do criminal investigations. That is a prerogative of Caesar. This matter should have been reported to the local magistrate when it happened. The church had no business dealing with it. Even a church discipline issue would have been moot once the criminal investigation had been completed.

    He is still disqualified.

    Absolutely. Once violating the requirements for ministers of the gospel, that person is forever disqualified from holding such a position ever again. Actions have consequences as much as our society today --even "Christian" society-- does not wish to admit that.

  • A report that analyzed every minimum-wage hike since 1938 put a bunch of nonsense ideas to rest

    01/06/2018 5:13:44 PM PST · 74 of 96
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to free_life; SVTCobra03
    You don’t like facts huh? Your link leads nowhere like your shite!

    Google is your friend. Here is the correct link. i tested it and it works fine in my browser.

    Not exactly kosher to try and score a point by virtue of the fact that the poster messed up the html href format for this site.

    You don't like facts huh? Maybe you should go back to the DUmpster.

  • Pardon Me, Governor Brown

    12/30/2017 3:14:41 PM PST · 7 of 8
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to Reily

    Thank you!

    You’re the only other FReeper i have seen post the idea of reconstruction for California.

    Then the liberal descendants of Lincoln’s Radical Republicans can feel what it is like to be hoist on their own petard. (Reconstruction didn’t work out so well when the Radical Republicans were in charge of it. The Democrats —at the time the conservative alternative— put an end to it in 1877).

    All that said, i don’t really see any other viable alternative other than reconstruction. These people are so out of step from the constitution that the insurrection and rebellion clause of the US Constitution could easily be invoked.

  • On this date in 1864

    12/21/2017 6:37:36 PM PST · 58 of 118
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to crz
    Exactly. The “wisdom” of Davis helped the southern cause many times during that conflict. You understand that sarcasm? Actually, Grant wrote that in his civil war memoirs.

    Yes, i understand exactly. Actually Toombs or possibly Breckenridge would have been much better Confederate Presidents. i don't minimise Davis' intellectually abilities --he was a pretty smart guy-- but his personality was his downfall. He was simply too thin skinned to handle executive power.

    Another thing Grant indicated through his memoirs. The southern plantation owners and aristocrats failed to face the facts that they could not win that war since they took the working white men away from the fields and left the slave, who could have risen up and caused the collapse of the whole thing. That, and those rich viewed the white dirt farmers that could not afford to own slaves as white trash, fit only for slaughter.

    Let us never forget that the industrialists and financial entities of the North were just as guilty of exploitation. They may have paid a wage to their slaves, but none-the-less, those people were slaves. We are still dealing with the reprecussions of that time and those interests.

    You are no doubt aware of Patrick Cleburn's memorial advocating the recruitment of slaves into the Confederate army. You are probably also aware of it's suppression by the powers that were in the Confederacy. It was actually a pretty good idea. It would have been another nail in the coffin of slavery. But if the South gains an industrial base, who cares aside from the planter aristocracy?

  • On this date in 1864

    12/21/2017 4:58:50 PM PST · 36 of 118
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to crz
    Exactly. Grant feared one General in the whole south and it was NOT Lee. It was Joe Johnston. He feared Joes intention of stretching that war out till the norths copperheads got their way and sued for peace.

    Unfortunately for the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis wasn't real big on listening to his generals, especially Joe Johnston. The two men hated each other (not to mince words on the subject). Constant interference in Johnston's two major commands --Confederate army of the Potomac (Later called the Army of Northern Virginia), and the Confederate Army of Tennessee-- by Davis essentially doomed the Confederacy.

    However, i would not be willing to trash Lee on the subject. He and Johnston reached many of the same conclusions, and advocated for many of the same strategic initiatives. The difference was that Davis rejected those initiatives when proposed by Joe Johnston, and accepted them when proposed by Robert E. Lee.

    The bottom line is that the War Between the States was a matter of most wars --Rich Man's War, Poor man's fight.

    It was a case of two aristocracies at odds with each other. Both supported one form or another of "slavery".

    In defence of Jefferson Davis, He was somewhat of an enigma. The man wrote extensively about the need for the south to industrialise (while he was a US Senator), which would have certainly doomed the institution of slavery in the south. He opposed succession (as did his vice President, Alexander Stephens), and had remarkably enlightened views (for the era that he lived in) and behaviour toward slavery, and in particular his own slaves.

    Had Johnston been left in command on the outskirts of Atlanta instead of being replaced by Hood, Sherman would still be trying to take it away from the Confederacy. Sherman would have had to expose his flank to the Confederate Army of Tennessee in order to move on Savannah. Not smart against a general the caliber of Joe Johnston.

  • Linux laptop-flinger (System76) says bye-bye to buggy Intel Management Engine

    12/04/2017 2:10:32 PM PST · 27 of 27
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to dayglored; ShadowAce; swordsman

    Sounds as if this is an issue with Intel CPU’s and not a particular operating system. Have sent out a ping to the Mac List as well. IIRC, Mac uses Intel Processors.

  • Nobody Wants to See your D*X! — A Guide to Handling your Newfound Wealth and Influence

    12/03/2017 6:14:33 AM PST · 10 of 24
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to Vlad The Inhaler

    Of course she neglected to say that the community as well as the tax base of that community exists ONLY because of “my factory” and the wages it pays to the members of that community who work at “my factory” as well as the peripheral businesses that supply the workers at “my factory”.

    Where do supposedly educated people come up with and/or believe this kind of Communist bull$#!+?

  • Progressive Evangelical Pastor Says He Shouldn't Have Imposed His Pro-LGBT Announcement on Church

    11/23/2017 7:16:54 PM PST · 61 of 62
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to Gamecock
    And that’s why I think church rule by a plurality of elders is important.

    These men decide where the money goes every year. In our church the members then put the final stamp of approval on the budget.

    You left out one important part of Presbyterian polity and government old friend...

    The Teaching elders (pastors to those who are not Presbyterian or Continental Reformed)DO NOT have input into their salary/benefits/allowance package. The usual practise is that they are not even present at the time the congregation votes on those issues, and a ruling elder (Layman) moderates that part of the congregational meeting.

    This has been standard Presbyterian polity for centuries.

  • Senators Visit Afghanistan, Slam Trump Administration For Lack Of War Strategy (Squaw make war talk)

    07/04/2017 8:50:54 PM PDT · 24 of 50
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to JohnBrowdie
    afghanistan is a huge pile of rocks and a big crowd of cavemen. it’s too prehistoric to “win”; it can only be “managed”, and you do that by dropping bombs and turning bad guys into drone splatter.

    Let's go even further: There is nothing in that place worth the price of an American bomb or bullet, let alone the live of a single American.

    We need to get the hell out of that place, let the b@$+@rd$ kill each other off --like they've been doing for thousands of years-- and focus American Blood and Treasure on real problem areas.

    i can't think of any nation that Light-in-the-loafers Lindsey Graham wouldn't invade.

  • UN Warns Trump – US Can Be Replaced, Cough Up The Cash

    07/02/2017 9:03:21 PM PDT · 69 of 87
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to madison10

    What makes you think they’d go there? It’s pretty d@mned COLD there, there aren’t much in the way of comforts, and it just might cause the UN to disband. Win, Win, Win.

  • UN Warns Trump – US Can Be Replaced, Cough Up The Cash

    07/02/2017 8:31:49 PM PDT · 62 of 87
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to madison10

    Venezuela my @$$. Howzabout Antarctica? After all, it’s internationally owned. i’m sure that the penguins that live there would enjoy the company.

  • Australian Cardinal, a Top Adviser to Pope, Is Charged With Sexual Assault

    06/28/2017 9:55:44 PM PDT · 39 of 47
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to NRx

    Just heard about this on BBC world service. i think the whole thing is bull$#!+. The convincing issue was an absolute denial from the Cardinal in question. You DON’T see that from somebody who is guilty.

  • Benedict XVI Receives the New Cardinals, and Speaks with Them in Various Languages

    06/28/2017 9:49:25 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to Redmen4ever
    I must also say that Barack Obama is pretty good with a foreign language himself, English.

    He's also fluent in Indonesian. Besides that, even if you believe the "born in Kenya" version of Birtherism, Kenya was a British colony at the time, and the native language would have been English. No foreign language there.

    DISCLAIMER: i still despise everything that Obama stood for, but have no wish to trash the man, and wish him a long, happy, and prosperous life...The democrats got too much mileage out of two dead Kennedy brothers.

  • Koch urgency: Conservative network fears closing window

    06/26/2017 10:26:22 PM PDT · 26 of 27
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to MrEdd
    That makes them uniquely pure libertarian party representatives.

    No, it does not. The Party actually has articulated it's stand on issues. The Koch Brothers are attempting to co-opt the party's stand on those issues.

    Because libertarianism as praciced by people forming it into a political organization (as opposed to libertarianism the ideology) has always been filled with so called leaders yanking it very sharply to the Left. Certainly as far back as Ayn Rand.

    Absolute nonsense.

    Incidentally, Rand hated Libertarians. She was never a part of Libertarianism. While many of her ideas were appropriated by the Party, Rand was never a part of the party. Her philosophy of Objectivism, is in many ways anathema to Libertarianism.

    Nice try though.

  • Koch urgency: Conservative network fears closing window

    06/26/2017 10:11:19 AM PDT · 22 of 27
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to Moonman62

    It is true that David Koch was once the Libertarian Party vice Presidential Nominee, but it is not true that the Koch Brothers are pushing a Libertarian agenda.

    It is closer to the truth to say that they are trying to co-opt the Libertarian Party for their own agenda.

  • The Fight to Free Army Sgt Derrick Miller – Imprisoned for Life for Saving Lives

    06/22/2017 10:25:58 PM PDT · 39 of 81
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to seekthetruth

    one question, and one question only: Did this conviction come from a Civilian or Military court?

    i think that the original jurisdiction powers of the Civilian courts needs be removed, and returned to the Military court system. IIRC, this was an “innovation” of the Bush 43 Administration. It hasn’t worked out well in practical terms.

    Of course even in my day, the Federal courts had appellate jurisdiction over Military cases, and this should remain as it was.

    Second, military prosecutors should be screened, and a great many of them (especially those trying to make a name for themselves) should be removed from the JAG staff.

    A TRUE STORY:

    i worked with a friend who had a son in Iraq. The boy ended up shooting in Iraqi kid who was picking up an AK-47. He was charged. This young man had two Bronze Stars (with Valor Devices) and a Purple Heart.

    He was charged with two other members of his platoon.

    The Judge in charge of the case was a Brigadier General with a Special Forces combat patch (worn on the right shoulder part of the sleeve), had three Silver Stars, and Three Purple Hearts. He was not happy.

    The prosecutor was a First Lieutenant.

    The Judge looked over the paper work and scowled.

    He immediately ordered the court room cleared, and went off record and stood the prosecutor at Attention...the term is “Locked his heels”.

    This is an accounting of the General/Judge’s statenemt:

    “Lieutenant, are you out of your F#@k!ng mind? Have you ever been in combat, or fired your weapon outside of a rifle range?

    If you EVER bring $#!+ like this into MY courtroom again, I’ll toss your @$$ in jail. DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?”

    The Judge then brought back all who were cleared out by his earlier order, and went back on record, and made the following comment: “I FIND NO MERIT TO THESE CHARGES. CASE DISMISSED!”

    My friend’s son was on his third combat deployment.

    END OF STORY.

    We need some common sense and combat experience in the JAG office. There is a big difference between Sgt. Derrik Miller and Lt. William Cally, and it isn’t just their colour.

    If this was a civilian Federal Court, we need to remove the primary jurisdiction of said Federal Courts so that this kind of travesty does not EVER happen again.

    This of course assumes that we are being told the entire story.

  • Trump says China tried but failed to help on North Korea

    06/20/2017 10:35:56 PM PDT · 23 of 36
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to TigerLikesRooster
    Trump has been had by China. China has had no intention of doing it in earnest. It will stay this way as long as U.S. fails to deploy enough sticks(clubs) to beat China on the head.

    i have to tell you Tiger, that i really don't understand China's thought in this case.

    China does business with South Korea, LOTS of business. It is good business, and trouble with the pesky North Koreans would immediately upset that business.

    It does look to me as if President Trump has invasion plans in the works. North Korea needs to disappear as a nation/state. Forget regime change. While as a Libertarian, i don't see value in getting involved with somebody else's problems, these guys have been a problem for us and some valuable allies for a long time. It is past time for them to go the way of the Dodo bird.

    Care to give us some insight in why China would stick it to South Korea in order to prop up a mad man who offers nothing to China?

  • Don’t be so quick to dismiss Trump’s coal mining initiative

    06/19/2017 10:00:26 PM PDT · 5 of 11
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to DIRTYSECRET

    Send her a freepmail and tell her that. She’s a member here, but hasn’t posted for a while.

    Caution though: She’s a Western PA girl. Not sure you could handle her.

  • Three greatest female vocalists ever?

    06/12/2017 4:54:54 AM PDT · 450 of 453
    Calvinist_Dark_Lord to dfwgator

    So did her mom before the breast cancer. Did you ever see the album cover of her with the melting ice cream cone?

    Minnie was a once in a century phenomena with her voice.

    i linked a video earlier in this thread of her enunciating words in the whistle range. NOBODY can do that today, or could do it back then. Most women can’t even reach that range.