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Posts by MWS

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  • The Death of Thomas Cranmer

    02/06/2015 2:50:59 PM PST · 8 of 11
    MWS to NRx

    An interesting article, but a slight correction — this particular post was about Thomas Cranmer, not Thomas Cromwell.

    Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More... seems almost everyone in that whole bloody affair was named “Thomas.” ;)

  • Orlando woman, 80, ordained as first female priest in central Florida

    01/20/2015 4:30:47 AM PST · 76 of 80
    MWS to Citizen Zed

    If they’re going to play dress up and pretend to be Catholic priests, the very least they could do is learn how to wear the vestments right.

  • Calls to election judges a 'serious attempt to disrupt' voting

    11/05/2014 4:43:13 AM PST · 9 of 17
    MWS to afraidfortherepublic

    Crooked political games in Chicago? I don’t believe that for a second.

    ... c**p. Just broke my sarcasm tag.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM ROBINSON!

    11/05/2014 4:40:15 AM PST · 285 of 289
    MWS to Jim Robinson

    Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. Robinson. As someone who has been visiting this site off and on for going on fourteen years (usually lurking), I cannot begin to express my appreciation for all that you do.

    Here’s looking forward to many more!

  • Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar

    10/17/2014 8:05:52 AM PDT · 11 of 80
    MWS to luckystarmom

    I seriously just love how our idiot president’s first impulse in dealing with this potential crisis is to set someone up to blame in case things go to hell.

  • Ron Klain to be Ebola czar: report

    10/17/2014 8:00:53 AM PDT · 109 of 132
    MWS to sunmars

    It’s all about setting up point men to blame when everything goes to hell for this lousy president.

  • Modernism = Darwinism

    06/14/2014 6:26:13 AM PDT · 55 of 59
    MWS to Zionist Conspirator; piusv

    What part of, “some parts are literal, some parts are not,” are you not quite getting? How can one be an “anti-literalist” when one believes large chunks of Scripture are indeed to be understood literally?

    Your insistence on putting words in my mouth and your implications that I hold beliefs that I don’t is getting quite dull.

  • Modernism = Darwinism

    06/12/2014 7:37:54 PM PDT · 23 of 59
    MWS to Zionist Conspirator

    I’m sorry to hear that... you’ve been on FR for quite a while.

    I really hope you’ll be able to be back soon. :-\

  • Modernism = Darwinism

    06/12/2014 6:13:11 PM PDT · 20 of 59
    MWS to Zionist Conspirator; piusv

    I never argued that there is no “patristic consensus” on creation vs. evolution. That would indeed be nonsensical historical revisionism. I actually don’t care much about the “evolution vs. creation” argument — all that matters to me in that regard is that God created the world and everything in it and man betrayed Him. I’m otherwise rather agnostic on the matter. My response was aimed more at what appeared to be an assertion on your part that one either accepts all of scripture literally or none of it. Parts of it are literally true, other parts are metaphor, still others allegory and poetry. You responded earlier in a manner that led me to believe you understood that, so I dropped the matter. I only respond now because I don’t care to be accused of making arguments I didn’t make.

    Also, just to be perfectly clear, I certainly don’t look down my nose at you or other brothers and sisters in Christ who accept creationism. Any Christian who believes his brother to be “trailer trash” due to a non-essential belief deserves the latter title more than the former. I came to Christ as a result of my loving grandmother, who certainly believed in creationism herself. I never saw a need to argue with her about it. I simply take issue with the assertion that one MUST embrace it or one is not a faithful Christian; whether you accept it or not is between you and God as far as I’m concerned.

  • Modernism = Darwinism

    06/12/2014 6:40:49 AM PDT · 13 of 59
    MWS to Zionist Conspirator

    Everything within the Bible is God-given Truth. Some of it is expressed literally, some metaphorically, some allegorically, and some of it is poetic. It is all “literally true”, but it is a mistake to interpret everything literally. We interpret the Virgin Birth literally because it has always been understood to be so; we are not bound to understand the creation account in a literal sense because, from the earliest Christian centuries and before, there has never been consensus to that effect even among the most orthodox of believers. The notion of, “The Bible Says It, I Believe It, That Settles It,” without a firm and extensive understanding on a wide variety of scholarly subjects relating to the Scriptures, its languages, and its historical contexts is fraught with the potential for grievous error.

    I’d offer, in fact, that this is a large part of the reason why the Church traditionally limited authorization to read the Scriptures among those who otherwise might have had access to read them. Even the original Protestant Reformers did not view the Bible as a simplistic and literal work to be read without extensive knowledge of language, history, and traditional interpretations. The idea of Book, Believer, and Holy Ghost arose somewhat later.

    Even Sola Scriptura, properly understood, does not reject the role of tradition in this sense.

    Modernism itself is not the rejection of the notion that the entirety of Scripture must be interpreted literally. Indeed, the idea that the whole of Scripture must be interpreted literally is a modern innovation by noble souls who wished to counter the errors of modernism but who were not fully aware of its nature. Modernism, at its core, is the rejection of tradition as the primary lens through which Scripture must be viewed. It is tradition that teaches us which parts of Scripture are literal and which are metaphor. Tradition has never insisted the creation narrative to be literally true, at least not in terms of the particular details it lays out. That the world was created in seven literal days is far less important than the overall message — that God created the world and all that is in it, that God created Man in His Image, and, perhaps most pertinent to our current condition of all, that man repaid God by sinning against His Command and, as a result, has lost God’s amity and is repaid with the wages of suffering, death, and further sin.

    I’d offer that to embrace Biblical Literalism, while certainly well intentioned, is to accept the Modernist world view implicitly because, in essence, it plays by Modernism’s rules.

    All this said, while Catholics are at liberty to believe in evolution, Catholics are absolutely not at liberty to embrace a purely atheistic model of evolution that allows for no role of God in the creation of Life or in the special creation of Man in His Image. Christians are not at liberty to deny the reality of the fall, even if they interpret the narrative of the snake and fruit as something emblematic of something more mysterious and profound. Acknowledgement that a story might simply be a finger pointing at the moon is not permission to ignore the finger or not to ponder the object of its attention.

  • This Kentucky Restaurant’s New ‘No Tipping’ Policy is Genius

    06/09/2014 3:36:56 PM PDT · 115 of 189
    MWS to discostu

    I think that’s an excellent counterpoint. I do think, however, that I’d be a lot more inclined to do something about Bob much quicker if I’m directly paying him $10 hr/ 20% of sales than I would be if I’m only directly on the line for a couple bucks an hour. True, he’s hurting business both ways, and under either system he’ll probably get the axe sooner or later if he doesn’t shape up, but Bob is far more directly accountable to me if I’m the only one paying him for what he does.

  • This Kentucky Restaurant’s New ‘No Tipping’ Policy is Genius

    06/09/2014 3:16:34 PM PDT · 104 of 189
    MWS to miss marmelstein

    Very true. My point was merely that I see movement away from tipping culture as being less about acquiescing to Eurotrash and more about embracing something that was traditionally American and reflective of our better times.

    I will add, however, that, considering the fact that it IS the current custom and waiters DO depend on their tips for the livelihoods, I think that people who refuse to tip (and to tip well when warranted) are the absolute scum of the earth.

  • This Kentucky Restaurant’s New ‘No Tipping’ Policy is Genius

    06/09/2014 2:52:34 PM PDT · 86 of 189
    MWS to Responsibility2nd

    I’d offer that, under a system without tips, poor waiters would be far more likely to be fired than is currently the case.

    I don’t run a restaurant, but if I did, I would probably be willing to pay a couple dollars an hour to a waiter who did the bare minimum. The lack of tips would (hopefully) send the message that the waiter needs to shape up or move on. I’d probably also be less likely to hear about it, as customers who feel they can take their frustrations out directly on the waiter will probably be less likely to register a complaint. Most people like to avoid confrontations when such is possible. They’re probably less likely to blame the restaurant quite as strongly as would otherwise be the case — it was the waiter at fault, after all, and the waiter had already been punished.

    Without tips in place, however, I’m put in a position where I have to treat my employees exactly the same as any other business with untipped workers. If a waiter is of a particularly poor quality, I’m more likely to hear about it as customers have no alternate recourse. It’s probably only going to take a few complaints until I’m less than thrilled about paying that person $10 an hour. I’m thus put into a place where I’d be more inclined to let them go ASAP. It also potentially will cost me more business, as if customers can’t take their grievances out on the waiter, they’re probably more likely to take it out on the restaurant directly by not coming back.

    Hey, I could be (and probably am) wrong but it’s food for thought.

    As I pointed out already, tipping is actually the innovention here in the US and was avoided for a long time precisely because it carried connotations of old world aristocracy. It only began being practiced in America around the time of Prohibition, where a reduction in booze sales made it necessary to suppliment waitstaff earnings.

  • This Kentucky Restaurant’s New ‘No Tipping’ Policy is Genius

    06/09/2014 2:16:06 PM PDT · 42 of 189
    MWS to miss marmelstein
    I'm suspicious that this is just another way to get more European.

    Oddly enough, that's actually backwards. Up until the 20th Century, tipping was generally rejected here in the US, largely because it was considered an old world custom. It was introduced in large part as a way to suppliment the incomes that resulted from the loss of revenues due to prohibition.

    The Europeans are actually emulating the practice that was common here for the best chunk of our history.

  • Can Bowe Bergdahl Be Tied to 6 Lost Lives? Facts Are Murky [NYT Attacking Veterans Families]

    06/06/2014 4:50:35 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    MWS to SoFloFreeper

    A pitiful attempt by the administration and its apologists to change the discussion.

    The issue whether six lives were lost as a result of Bergdahl’s desertion, while certainly important, is not central to the discussion at hand. The key matter here is that Obama illegally traded five top Taliban officials for a low ranking deserted and broke the law in the process, all to appear a “hero” and change the subject from the failures administering the VA. There is reason to believe that a CIA operative was outed as a direct result of this.

    Obama and his cronies keep parroting the line that we have a principle in this country that we don’t leave soldiers behind. They seem to be forgetting that we have an even more fundamental principle which trumps even that — we don’t negotiate with terrorists. We also don’t, for that matter, support so-called “leaders” who commit treason to cover their backsides.

  • US Secret Service seeks sarcasm-spotter for Twitter

    06/04/2014 3:24:50 AM PDT · 2 of 21
    MWS to markomalley

    That sounds like a great plan.

    I really do wonder what brilliant idea these geniuses will come up with next. What a wonderful use of our limitless resources at a time when money is plentiful and the country is more united than ever.

    This is definitely shaping up to be the greatest administration ever.

  • Negotiating With Terrorists

    06/03/2014 1:54:27 PM PDT · 4 of 9
    MWS to Kaslin

    What I want to know is this: how many good men were injured or killed putting those scumbags behind bars in the first place? What about those who will die now that they are free? And what about those who will be injured or die when we have to capture them again?

    Obama didn’t only trade five monsters for one captive of questionable value. He potentially traded the lives of countless other servicemen as well.

  • Read General Dempsey’s Stunning Statement on the Bergdahl-Taliban Swap

    06/03/2014 12:30:14 PM PDT · 12 of 51
    MWS to jazusamo

    It’s not just the six who died trying to find Bergdahl... I’m curious to know how many died in our efforts to capture the commanders in question. Their lives were worth something too.

  • Please Pray for my Mother.

    11/25/2013 9:29:16 AM PST · 7 of 45
    MWS to CJ Wolf

    She has my prayers... I wish you and your family all the best as we approach the holiday season.

  • Condition of our Republic – NUCLEAR OPTION

    11/25/2013 7:12:37 AM PST · 9 of 12
    MWS to Col Vit

    The importance of filibusters for political nominees cannot be emphasized enough, as much as the left will try to downplay it through the next election.

    The filibuster that Democrats arbitrarily decided to nuke existed to prevent presidents from pushing through radical nominees simply because they had bare majorities in the Senate. The reason it had not been used for most of this nation’s history is because presidents, for the most part, recognized this and had the sense not to push their luck.

    This all changed, of course, during the Bush Administration, when increasingly radical Democratic senators began to see it as a tool to block nominations which, in saner times, would have been completely acceptable. When Obama took office, Republicans responded in kind to nominations which were actually quite radical. Democrats, being the hypocrites they are, cried “obstructionism!” and “partisanship!” and here we stand.

    Make no mistake, with the nuclear option having been exercised we will begin to see radical nominations the likes of which would have been rejected out of hand in the past. The Democrats have declared war and Republicans would be fools to cooperate with them ever again after this.

    (Unfortunately, they are and they will.)

  • PROGRESSIVE PROFESSOR URGES WHITE MALE STUDENTS TO COMMIT SUICIDE DURING CLASS

    11/25/2013 6:14:42 AM PST · 93 of 138
    MWS to ilovesarah2012

    He himself is real but I’m rather certain this interview, along with the quote attributed to the guy, is satirical.

  • Mark Zuckerberg: Immigration Reform One of the 'Biggest Civil Rights Issues of Our Time'

    11/24/2013 1:33:51 PM PST · 10 of 72
    MWS to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’m so glad I deactivated mine. I really don’t miss it.

    I’d delete it entirely but, well, that involves actually going back.

  • Iranian President Rouhani: 'Iran's nuclear rights recognised'

    11/24/2013 5:35:04 AM PST · 7 of 73
    MWS to Oldeconomybuyer

    Hey, nothing makes a criminal armed with a knife easier to deal with than letting him leave to go get his gun, right?

  • Did LBJ kill JFK?

    11/23/2013 7:55:38 AM PST · 24 of 84
    MWS to ilovesarah2012

    Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.
    Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don’t have men killed.
    Michael: Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?

  • Did Martin Luther believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary? (Tipping R.C. Straw men)

    11/22/2013 5:41:54 AM PST · 182 of 198
    MWS to Wyrd bið ful aræd; metmom

    They that are in health need not a physician, but they that are ill.

    Grace is that salve that makes damaged souls whole despite the weakness of the flesh. Why would one which is already whole need that which has the sole purpose of healing?

    Luke 1:28 appears to be referring to “grace” as in terms of “favor”, such as when a king “graces” you with his presence. Gabriel’s announcement has less to do with her and her status as the sole sinless human being on earth prior to that point and more to do with the fact that she has been favored with the honor of being the Theotokos, should she choose to accept it.

    This in itself is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon any of God’s creatures and it is of a greater dignity than even immaculate conception or even living a life without sin — she was “graced” with the honor of carrying the Lord of all Creation in her belly. On account of this alone ought all generations call her blessed.

    The dignity of that honor and the magnanimity of God in granting it is actually lessened by the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception rather than strengthened — if Mary was entirely without sin, even from conception, then she somehow “deserved” that honor (at least above all other creatures) and God was simply giving her something more due to her than to the rest of us. The alternative, however, is a God who bestows even the highest honor possible in all creation to those who certainly don’t deserve it, even to sinners whose due by their natures is His wrath. The honor involved in the latter scenario is infinitely greater than that reflected in the former. The pauper’s daughter who is made the prince’s bride is honored far more greatly than the daughter of the duke.

    Yes, God could have created Mary sinless but mercy and glory most certainly could not be considered greater than it would be under the alternative, which would be far more reflective of an infinitely merciful and glorious God. Nor did God “require” a vessel spotless from her creation to be mother of His Son — a God who can make one sinless from creation can most certainly destroy sin completely and utterly while we are in the midst of our lives. That is, after all, the very thing that we as Christians believe God to do for us.

    As for the infinite honor granted to Mary in bearing the God Himself, how far does this honor go? The same gospel author, eleven chapters later (in Luke 11:27 - 28), goes on to mention an incident where this very matter was brought up. “And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck.”

    Our Lord’s response? “Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.”

  • If You Like Your Food, You Can Keep Your Food

    11/14/2013 7:51:31 AM PST · 23 of 48
    MWS to SJackson

    It would be a mistake to assume that this is an undesired result of Obama’s policies, of course.

    When the problem gets bad enough, the demagogues on the left will start blaming “greedy food producers” for the skyrocketing costs. The Democrat masses will cry out for government to do something and Obama & Co. will have to come to the rescue with an “Affordable Food Act” to “save the American people.”

    Fast forward to the next government shutdown. Suddenly, it’s not just access to open air memorials that are being denied to the American people, but vital health care and food... all because we were suckered into putting all our eggs in one basket (if eggs will even be legal at that point...). Is this a future we REALLY want for this country?

  • U.S. Bishops plan letter to address ‘epidemic’ of pornography

    11/13/2013 4:53:47 PM PST · 3 of 5
    MWS to rarestia

    Speaking as a 32 year old Catholic who has wrestled with the same things (including, unfortunately, my own Catholic faith... most likely as a result of this very blight), I couldn’t agree with you more. Well said.

  • Obamacare’s 2014 ‘crisis’: Democratic incumbents ‘are starting to panic

    11/13/2013 9:12:55 AM PST · 63 of 63
    MWS to tobyhill

    With the increasingly widespread opposition to Obamacare on both sides of the aisle, I would love to see a retrospective poll on last month’s shutdown gauging public opinion on who was in the right and who was in the wrong (with properly worded questions, of course).

    I really think that now might be the time to start placing proper blame for that whole fiasco where it really belongs.

  • Man Lost in Wilderness for 3 Months Saves Himself with Gut-Wrenching Decision

    11/13/2013 8:32:10 AM PST · 75 of 134
    MWS to techcor

    Now that I’ve had time to think about it, the whole thing is coming together.

    It’s actually his girlfriend’s dog. He just moved in a few months ago and had been eying that delicious thing for weeks. One day, while his housemate was out, he saw his chance and decided to take his yummy friend out on a little hike. There was no bear, there were no rations — he concocted all of that so he could spend a few days feasting in succulent puppy heaven.

    His plan backfired when he got lost after taking a very wrong turn. Unfortunately for him, no domestic dogs happened along during his plight and he really was in quite bad shape when he was finally found.

    The lesson in all this is that no matter how appetizing Rover might look on a given day, few people have been done serious harm by showing proper restraint in matters of the stomach.

  • Man Lost in Wilderness for 3 Months Saves Himself with Gut-Wrenching Decision

    11/13/2013 7:58:25 AM PST · 61 of 134
    MWS to JRandomFreeper

    Of course one can.

    Judging from what we know of this guy already, however, do you really think *HE* had the sense or means to do that?

  • Man Lost in Wilderness for 3 Months Saves Himself with Gut-Wrenching Decision

    11/13/2013 7:52:42 AM PST · 55 of 134
    MWS to techcor

    Oh, of course, but I’m not sure it would stay “good” very long without refrigeration...

  • Man Lost in Wilderness for 3 Months Saves Himself with Gut-Wrenching Decision

    11/13/2013 7:44:09 AM PST · 47 of 134
    MWS to MWS; driftdiver

    “Three weeks” should have been “three months.”

    The guy supposedly survived three months off of that dog.

  • Man Lost in Wilderness for 3 Months Saves Himself with Gut-Wrenching Decision

    11/13/2013 7:41:33 AM PST · 41 of 134
    MWS to driftdiver

    Exactly.

    I can see doing it when you’re approaching, say, the two-week mark and haven’t seen any other possible sources of food the entire time. This guy, however, didn’t survive three weeks off of eating that dog alone — there obviously was other food in the area and he obviously figured out how to get it. I wouldn’t imagine dog meat stays good very long when you don’t have a freezer.

    His dog saved his life once. That “second time” was pure selfishness on his own behalf.

  • Man Lost in Wilderness for 3 Months Saves Himself with Gut-Wrenching Decision

    11/13/2013 7:28:16 AM PST · 20 of 134
    MWS to driftdiver

    The human body can survive three weeks without food. This guy went three days. I guess it’s hard when you’re used to stuffing your mouth with potato chips on the couch at the slightest signs of hunger.

    Coupled with the fact that this guy obviously didn’t bring a gun with him into an area he was told was dangerous, I’m thinking this guy was a libbie out to “be one with nature.”

    When push comes to shove, libs have no attachments or loyalties beyond saving themselves. That’s why you don’t want one watching your back.

  • Dad calls cops to teach 19-year-old son a lesson, cops kill the kid

    11/09/2013 9:06:02 AM PST · 57 of 195
    MWS to MWS
    Obtuse comment or purposeful propaganda.

    Probably the latter.

    Probably sarcasm.

    Second line was meant to be italicized as well.

  • Dad calls cops to teach 19-year-old son a lesson, cops kill the kid

    11/09/2013 9:04:43 AM PST · 56 of 195
    MWS to ifinnegan; centurion316
    Obtuse comment or purposeful propaganda.

    Probably the latter.

    Probably sarcasm.

  • Mother 'tried to sell daughter, FOUR, for sex to a man she had met.....

    11/02/2013 7:08:44 AM PDT · 30 of 31
    MWS to Morgana

    Looking back at what I wrote, however, you are correct — it wasn’t right of me to make assumptions about the child’s father himself. I really wasn’t trying to but I was tired and it came out completely wrong. I guess what I was trying to get at was that one would imagine that a prostitute would be very protective of her “work phone”, particularly when there was something that incriminating on it. If the father was in a relationship with the woman without knowing she was a prostitute, he most likely wouldn’t even know it existed, not to mention be able to get his hands on it. If he were aware that the mother was a prostitute, I was somewhat surprised that he was in his daughter’s life at all, or that he allowed his daughter to be around her. The fact that he was able to get a hold of that phone, especially at that time, seemed odd to me.

    Mind you, I believe that events might very well have played out like the story says — I didn’t mean to imply it was unlikely. It’s just that part of me wonders whether the tip to legal authorities came from a different source.

  • Mother 'tried to sell daughter, FOUR, for sex to a man she had met.....

    11/01/2013 8:41:34 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    MWS to Morgana

    The emphasis was meant to be on, “just happened to acquire the phone” right at that fortuitous moment just a day before the crime was supposed to take place.

    I’m not saying it didn’t happen that way. I’m just pointing out that, if information were to be acquired through NSA surveillance (which we know for a fact happens) and was passed to law enforcement (which we also know for a fact happens), this is the type of cover story that would likely be offered.

  • What is Uniquely Good about Western Civilisation Derives from Christianity

    11/01/2013 7:53:12 PM PDT · 7 of 12
    MWS to Enza Ferreri

    Excellent post and well said. Thank you for sharing!

  • Mother 'tried to sell daughter, FOUR, for sex to a man she had met.....

    11/01/2013 2:29:20 PM PDT · 24 of 31
    MWS to Morgana

    Lock them both up and throw away the key.

    Part of me wonders, though — What are the odds that the girl’s father (the type of man who had a daughter with a prostitute, mind you) just happened to acquire the phone just before the crime was about to go down? It’s paranoid, of course, but that sounds more like a cover story for information acquired through telecommunication surveillance than something that actually happened.

  • New Dell Laptops Stink Like Cat Urine

    11/01/2013 2:10:39 PM PDT · 15 of 34
    MWS to Revolting cat!

    That tends to be my solution for most computer problems...

  • New Dell Laptops Stink Like Cat Urine

    11/01/2013 1:54:38 PM PDT · 7 of 34
    MWS to Still Thinking

    Nevermind the smell.

    That’s just Windows.

  • Woo hoo!! Escaped from the hospital and home again!! Free at last!! [FReepathon thread XXVII]

    11/01/2013 12:04:50 PM PDT · 10 of 415
    MWS to Jim Robinson

    Welcome home, JimRob! May God grant you a swift and safe recovery!

  • He’s no Truman: It seems the buck doesn’t stop at Obama’s Oval Office desk

    10/24/2013 11:52:05 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    MWS to Hoodat

    The failure of Obamacare, the IRS scandals, Fast & Furious, Benghazi... these things were all the fault of other people. But killing bin Laden — everyone knows he all but killed that SOB with his own bare hands!

    It must be fun when you’re in charge of Obamaland. You get to take all of the credit for what your underlings accomplish and take none of the blame when any of it goes wrong.

  • What if ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ is Wrong?

    10/20/2013 1:46:29 PM PDT · 86 of 480
    MWS to alexander_busek

    Without going into whether Pascal’s position had merit or not, it should be pointed out that his wager was never intended to be a stand alone argument, but rather was the culmination of an entire proto-existentialist apologetic for Christianity that he laid out in his Pensées. Taken within its proper context, the dichotomy it offers is perhaps a bit more valid. I personally doubt, however, that Pascal would have ever shown the lack of sense to offer up that particular argument on its own.

    That is not to draw contention with the dismissal you offer (which is valid given this context), but rather as an important tidbit I find is sadly often overlooked by both sides in these debates.

  • I've Had Enough, GOP. You're A Bunch of Pathetic Losers.

    10/16/2013 8:07:19 PM PDT · 65 of 190
    MWS to Kenny

    Sadly, it pretty much already IS 100% Dems.

    Every time this happens, a bunch of us get up in arms and talk about needing a 3rd party. Then someone invariably suggests that we let cooler heads prevail and do our best to take over the Republican Party next time around, to make it our own. We get a strong forward momentum until we stand right on the brink of finally being able to push our agenda through — and the establishment heads of the party, whom we are never able to come close to unseating, always stab us in the back, causing the cycle to repeat.

    When do we finally say, “Enough is enough”?

  • Sacrebleu! ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets

    10/16/2013 7:12:16 AM PDT · 10 of 18
    MWS to kimtom

    But...but...but... Obama said that if he became president he would make the Executive Branch more transparent! /sarc

  • North Andover teen punished for being designated driver

    10/16/2013 4:42:04 AM PDT · 6 of 17
    MWS to SoFloFreeper

    This is the type of nonsense that is the unavoidable result of the “It-Takes-a-Villiage” philosophy and the Nanny-state school system that has been promulgated throughout our entire society. In saner times, this would have been a parenting issue and none of the school’s business in the first place. Liberals don’t see schools as being institutions of learning, but rather as tools for tools for social engineering. The all-encompassing schools of their youth are intended to teach our children to bow before the all-encompassing government that awaits in their future.

  • Why Don’t You honor Mary?

    10/15/2013 5:35:11 PM PDT · 58 of 124
    MWS to MWS; Dallas59

    I will add, of course, that whenever I read threads like this one or see the term “Theotokos/Mother of God” used in a way that is meant to cast glory onto Mary, I am reminded of Luke 11:27 - 28.

    Any honor due Mary has less to do with whether she physically bore our Lord and more to do with whether she listened to the word of God and obeyed it. I personally believe she did so in a manner worthy of the highest praise... but, as I am not Catholic, I believe this is a point best left to Christian liberty rather than an essential point of that gospel that saves souls.

  • Why Don’t You honor Mary?

    10/15/2013 5:17:24 PM PDT · 56 of 124
    MWS to Dallas59

    The term “Mother of God” is a loose translation of the term, “Theotokos” — God-bearer.

    It is more a statement about the One who was in her womb (the Son, who was both fully man and fully God) than it is about herself (no one believes that she is, say, the source of God Himself).