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  • Erdogan: Mosul offensive will commence October 19

    09/28/2016 8:22:56 AM PDT · 7 of 24
    qwertyz to TigerLikesRooster

    October Surprise = “victory” in Iraq?

  • Is Trump Wrong about U.S. Trade with Mexico?

    09/02/2016 5:39:39 AM PDT · 24 of 147
    qwertyz to impimp

    The problem is occupational balance — assembly, machining and other production-related tasks tend to be exported. Product design, marketing, PR, finance and sales-related jobs have increased. Furthermore, apart from a few high-growth urban areas, the ladder toward “good-paying” jobs is broken. That’s where the “Make America Great Again” theme is striking home.

  • Hillary: You know, Trump wants you all to be full of hate and fear

    07/29/2016 9:01:43 AM PDT · 20 of 40
    qwertyz to Boogieman

    I think the Botox cheeks — literally, a dead face — didn’t help the deadpan delivery. In future, I think female politicians need to rethink the use of this cosmetic technique. Every laugh, every smile, is zombie like. And the crevice between nose and lips ... a Grand-Canyon-sized disaster.

  • A Deeper Look into Ted Cruz’s RNC Convention Speech

    07/21/2016 4:08:22 AM PDT · 2 of 93
    qwertyz to detective

    Ted’s cold logic:

    If I diss Trump, but ...
    Trump wins, but is a presidential loser = I win
    Trump wins and is a presidential winner = I lose
    Trump loses and Hillary is a presidential loser = I win
    Trump loses and Hillary is a presidential winner = I lose

    If I endorse Trump, but ...
    Trump wins, but is a presidential loser = I lose
    Trump wins and is a presidential winner = Maybe I get offered Department of Justice
    Trump loses and Hillary is a presidential loser = I lose
    Trump loses and Hillary is a presidential winner = I lose

  • Ted Cruz: A Very Small Man ("I thought he was a patriot; last night, he proved he isn't.")

    07/21/2016 3:34:32 AM PDT · 11 of 67
    qwertyz to KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

    Jeb Bush
    Ted Cruz
    John Kaisch

  • Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History!

    05/25/2016 4:33:39 AM PDT · 9 of 681
    qwertyz to WKUHilltopper

    Pope Francis has to be understood in the light of Matthew 11:16-19. He doesn’t have any ability to change doctrine or to establish practices that contradict doctrine, and he knows it. But he also knows that Sexual Revolution 2.0 has made people deaf to what the Church is saying. So he has switched to playing the pipe to get people to tune in. In an odd way — as the lengthy screed above shows — it’s working.

  • Here Are 7 Reasons Why Donald Trump Could Really Win In November

    05/03/2016 6:27:23 PM PDT · 7 of 30
    qwertyz to BenLurkin

    I’m a Pennsylvanian. I’m Catholic. I’m pro-life. And Casey is an embarrassment and an insult. Calling him pro-life is a push-propaganda lie.

  • New Media Landscape Makes National Review's Pursuit to Take Out Trump Pointless as It is Pouty

    01/23/2016 7:42:26 AM PST · 11 of 32
    qwertyz to VanDeKoik

    Buckley’s formula was very simple: support “the rightwardmost viable candidate.” In the general election, that means if it’s Hillary or Trump, vote Trump. In the primary, if it’s Trump or Cruz or Rubio, vote the later. Why go super negative against the only horse you may have to ride?

  • No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservative

    01/15/2016 11:21:39 PM PST · 106 of 195
    qwertyz to Vision Thing

    In the end, the “New York values” strategery to pander to Iowans may cost Cruz the presidency of the nation. It was the wrong way to pick a fight.

  • Pope Francis offers hope to faithless, says atheists can go to heaven

    12/30/2015 3:48:34 AM PST · 526 of 529
    qwertyz to Mr Rogers

    Click-bait content is like a cat — it has nine lives. And old religious click-bait always resurrects itself on Christmas and Easter. Just the other day, a post from the Times of India spawned these Freeper comments: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/3377747/posts

  • Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven [John 8]

    12/29/2015 8:34:05 PM PST · 152 of 174
    qwertyz to maxwellsmart_agent

    In the end, is it just a matter of doctrinal brainpower, of thinking that we have saving faith, that assures our salvation?

    “... we cannot be sure if we are loving God, although we MAY HAVE GOOD REASONS FOR BELIEVING that we are, but we can know quite well if we are loving our neighbor.”
    -St. Theresa of Avila (my emphasis)

    “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.” (1 Jn 4:7-11)

    St. John’s short letter is very good at keeping together Christ’s divinity, His redemptive sacrifice, and our response of charity — a unity eloquently expressed by Pope Francis:

    “In the Old Testament, the requirement to be holy, in the image of God who is holy, included the duty to care for the most vulnerable people, such as the stranger, the orphan and the widow (cf. Ex 22:20-26). Jesus brings this Covenant law to fulfilment; He who unites in himself, in his flesh, divinity and humanity, a single mystery of love.

    “Now, in the light of this Word of Jesus, love is the measure of faith, and faith is the soul of love. We can no longer separate a religious life, a pious life, from service to brothers and sisters, to the real brothers and sisters that we encounter.

    “We can no longer divide prayer, the encounter with God in the Sacraments, from listening to the other, closeness to his life, especially to his wounds. Remember this: love is the measure of faith. How much do you love? Each one answer silently. How is your faith? My faith is as I love. And faith is the soul of love.”
    (10/26/14)

  • Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven [John 8]

    12/29/2015 7:40:54 PM PST · 150 of 174
    qwertyz to holden

    No offense was intended. We see through a glass darkly. We’ve only begun to THINK about God’s mercy. Let’s consider ...

    “... for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.”
    -Rom 2:14

    In Romans and in Acts, St. Paul clearly shows that God’s mercy is not limited by an absence of understanding or the presence of mistaken thinking (as opposed to willful error) about God due to our sin-darkened intellect. Rather, our ignorant state stirs the Holy Spirit to dispel error through evangelism ... “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness [d]through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

    Regarding Hebrews 11, where do you see the patriarchs “did not achieve the Salvation of Christ”? The text says “they did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.” What was promised was Christ. Christ’s incarnation completes or perfects the faith that saved them without seeing or fully comprehending how salvation would be accomplished.

    [At Christ’s birth, everyone rejoices that the promised Savior is finally present. This child is the Lamb of God who will take away the past sins of David, Moses, etc., and our sins in the future. Note Mary’s rejoicing of Him who will “perform the mercy promised to our fathers.” And Zechariah’s rejoicing: “He promised to show mercy to our fathers: and to remember his holy covenant.” And Simeon’s rejoicing: “My eyes have seen your salvation.”]

    Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ at the Mount of Transfiguration. Surely, they did achieve the salvation of Christ — a free gift given to them in spite of not having the clear, incarnational, Trinitarian thinking you and I may have.

  • Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven [John 8]

    12/29/2015 6:44:56 PM PST · 148 of 174
    qwertyz to caww

    “... for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.”
    -Romans 2:14

  • Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven [John 8]

    12/29/2015 1:17:32 PM PST · 80 of 174
    qwertyz to MrB

    THINK for a minute — Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. And his last prayer was: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

    What does all this mean for pagans and Buddhists and atheists who have never heard about Christ, or having heard, do not know enough to believe? Did the Son of God’s prayer go unanswered for those who do not know what they are doing because of ignorance?

    His mercy draws everyone to eternal life. Not everyone responds (to believe otherwise is the heresy of universalism). Some respond thinking that they need no mercy, from God or from anyone else (that’s the heresy of Pelgianism).

    Then there are those who respond without full knowledge of what they are doing. “Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison?”

    This saying illuminates the spiritual status of those who do not believe in God due to innocent ignorance. If they respond to Christ in one of His “distressing disguises” (Mother Theresa’s phrase), then Jesus says He counts it as a response to Him. They are not getting into heaven without Christ, they are getting into heaven by receiving Christ in disguise.

    “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    In conclusion, the Pope is just reiterating basic Catholic doctrine in harmony with Scripture — but using his provocative modern-media sauce to get the attention of everyone — atheists and Christians — to THINK about God’s gifts of Mercy and Sanctifying Grace.

  • The Autowende Is Here: Electric Cars Are The Next Trillion Dollar Industry

    11/25/2015 6:21:53 AM PST · 59 of 95
    qwertyz to Cringing Negativism Network

    * And cold weather in the Northeast and Midwest severely limits battery capacity and performance (See this Consumer Reports article —http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/02/winter-chills-limit-range-of-the-tesla-model-s-electric-car/index.htm — only 176 miles on a full charge in 45 degree weather! Heaven knows the range at 10 degrees.)

    * And, of course, in a traditional coal plant,
    only about 35% (45% in “supercritical” coal plants) of the energy in the coal ends up as electricity at the other end of the generator, minus 6% in distribution and transmission losses to get to the plug in a Tesla Supercharger station.

    In other words, there is no global environmental benefit to electric cars — although an electric car would reduce smog in Southern California. And startup torque is nice.

  • MASONS&VATICAN: Synod Fathers believe the spirit of "the illuminati" is in the Instrumentum Laboris

    10/11/2015 1:43:54 PM PDT · 8 of 15
    qwertyz to MARKUSPRIME

    Today’s “naturalistic” understanding of marriage — the monstrous concept that gave birth to the Supreme Court’s “homosexual marriage” fantasy — was a Masonic idea that Leo XIII warned about:

    “21. What refers to domestic life in the teaching of the naturalists is almost all contained in the following declarations: that marriage belongs to the genus of commercial contracts, which can rightly be revoked by the will of those who made them, and that the civil rulers of the State have power over the matrimonial bond; that in the education of youth nothing is to be taught in the matter of religion as of certain and fixed opinion; and each one must be left at liberty to follow, when he comes of age, whatever he may prefer. To these things the Freemasons fully assent; and not only assent, but have long endeavoured to make them into a law and institution. For in many countries, and those nominally Catholic, it is enacted that no marriages shall be considered lawful except those contracted by the civil rite; in other places the law permits divorce; and in others every effort is used to make it lawful as soon as may be. Thus, the time is quickly coming when marriages will be turned into another kind of contract - that is into changeable and uncertain unions which fancy may join together, and which the same when changed may disunite.”

    Source: http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_18840420_humanum-genus.html

  • Someone Is Lying About the Pope’s Meeting With Kim Davis

    10/04/2015 8:38:43 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    qwertyz to Romulus

    Roscia is low level compared to Lombardi. A simple search establishes the facts: 1) the nuncio arranged for the Pope to meet with Kim Davis, among others, 2) the Pope did indeed met with her — as described by Fr. Lombardi below. Later on the plane back to Rome, the Pope pointed out the obvious moral principle that government employees have consciences and the right to use them. Here’s Lombardi’s statement from the Vatican Radio site:

    “The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:

    “Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.

    “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.”

  • Boy Scout leaders vote to end ban on adult homosexuals(Makes a great place to help raise your son)

    07/13/2015 5:18:50 PM PDT · 27 of 56
    qwertyz to silverleaf

    This turns Jamborees and summer camps — which host multiple Scout units — into a parade opportunities for “out” homosexuals. No Scout should be subjected to this travesty.

  • LGBT group backed by Cardinal to march in London’s huge ‘gay pride’ parade

    06/27/2015 8:25:20 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    qwertyz to tflabo

    “They feel marginalized by society” while backed by the Prime Minister, LGBT education ambassadors in each borough, and a huge parade that include many of the biggest names in business, Law, education, charity, and media. They include Barclays, Scout Association, Ministry of Defence Civil Service, Armed Forces, Starbucks, Transport for London, Amnesty International UK, NSPCC, Bernardos, Metropolitan Police, Amazon UK, United States Embassy, UK Council for Psychotherapy, Bank of England, Houses of Parliament, National Union of Teachers, Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Buzzfeed, HSBC, Facebook, LinkedIn, BP Oil and Gas.

  • Music chief for Pope Francis' Phildelphia Mass quits in dispute with Archbishop Chaput

    06/02/2015 4:51:30 PM PDT · 15 of 27
    qwertyz to Falconspeed

    There are facts missing in this story:
    1) Romeri served Rigali at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
    2) Rigali is moved to Philadelphia Archdiocese and named a Cardinal in 2003
    3) Romeri follows Rigali to Philadelphia in 2010*
    4) Just a year later, Cardinal Rigali resigns under the sex abuse cloud and Chaput takes his place
    5) Artistic tension ensues between the Capuchin ArchBishop Chaput and Romeri.

    In other words, it’s a case of very bad timing leading to very good people at cross purposes.

    * “In a way, I’m following (Cardinal Justin) Rigali,” the former archbishop of St. Louis who now leads the Philadelphia archdiocese, Romeri said. “I’m really looking forward to working with him again.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch July 21, 2010.

  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 7:19:36 PM PDT · 18 of 47
    qwertyz to Fai Mao

    There was an East vs. West/Humanistic vs. Orthodox split among Quakers (in 1827), so when George Fox College began in Oregon in 1885, it was founded by the more evangelical Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends.

  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 7:17:45 PM PDT · 27 of 119
    qwertyz to ealgeone

    “Early church rejected these” ... Really? Usually it takes several years for someone to study the extant writings of the early Church Fathers. If you were making an unfounded assertion (I never do =), well ... it’s never too late to see what they really said at:
    http://www.ccel.org/fathers.html

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 7:04:57 PM PDT · 52 of 356
    qwertyz to Iscool

    See post 51 for my reply. Assertions don’t make arguments. Otherwise, I’m happy you know so much about the early Christians and Newman. It takes several years to read through them (not counting the years to learn Greek and Latin).
    For those who want to hear the early Christians in their own words, go here: http://www.ccel.org/fathers.html

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 6:55:55 PM PDT · 51 of 356
    qwertyz to daniel1212

    The subject of this thread was whether or not the bread and wine of Holy Communion becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ. You did a bait and switch saying “RC scholarship provides evidence contrary.” That link leads to a different rant on a different subject. I recommend sticking to the anti-Eucharist subject. Learning what and why billions of Christians have believed the doctrine of the Real Presence for nearly 2000 years is a worthwhile project. Why?

    1. The Holy Spirit just might have guided them into the truth — just as Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).

    2. Apostle Paul had a definite plan to make sure his successors got the proper interpretation passed along without error: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2Tim 2:2)

    3. Peter emphasized that the authority to interpret Scripture does not rest solely with the individual: “no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation.” (2Peter 1:20)

    Frankly, you don’t sound like a Protestant. Are you a Jeh. Witness? A Protestant usually brings up Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia into their anti-Eucharist argumentation.

  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 4:23:03 PM PDT · 27 of 356
    qwertyz to Campion

    The problem of interpreting Jesus words rests with the Apostles and their successors, and they aren’t biting on the “symbol only” theory.

    1. Apostle Paul — partaking of Communion unworthily is to be “guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord” (I Cor 11:27). In what way does a symbol entail personal examination (vs. 28) to avoid guilt? A symbol in itself doesn’t command that level of personal scrutiny and the consequence of sin — unless it is the sign of Jesus Christ’s real presence in the bread and wine.

    2. Ignatius of Antioch (as a child, heard Apostle John) — “they do not admit that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, the flesh which suffered for our sins and which the Father, in His graciousness, raised from the dead.”

    3. Justin Martyr (150 AD) — “For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God’s Word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.”

    4. See many more here — http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/father/a5.html

    Conclusion: No argument for the “symbol only” theory gained any following among Christians for a 1000 years, and then only after an individualistic interpretation theory took hold in Germany under Luther that ran counter to Scripture: “The Church is the pillar of the truth.” (I Tim 3:15)

    I like to see this kind of fire-spewing anti-Eucharist rant. That was me a few a years ago, before I converted. “To be deep into history is to cease to be Protestant” — John Henry Newman

  • Evangelicals & the Eucharist (Part 1)

    01/28/2015 2:19:12 PM PST · 11 of 428
    qwertyz to RnMomof7

    Congratulations on your hard work digging up these quotes. The problem is the underlying assumption that there is NOT an authoritative interpreter guided by the Holy Spirit to discern the truth of the matter. Is Cousin Billy Bob and Uncle Fred in 2015 really able to understand the mind of the Church 2000 years ago? Or is there a body (a shepherd, if you will) passing down the authentic Tradition about the Eucharist’s meaning?

    Finally, there is the problem of consequences. If the Eucharist is just a symbol, its abuse shows disrespect, but little more. For Paul, however, the consequence was grave: “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”

    This is not how one talks about a symbol.

    Keep up the good work — but understand that for many, it’s the first step to converting to Catholicism. (”To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.”—Cardinal John Henry Newman)

  • Obama proposes free community college program

    01/09/2015 3:52:26 AM PST · 33 of 67
    qwertyz to nathanbedford

    The economic escalator is broken. Graduates at any level have a tough time getting a job that moves their career forward. So instead of fixing the escalator by lifting the burden on small businesses, the elites throw cake (free health care, free college) at those stuck on the lower steps. The challenge to conservatives is to get this socialist paradigm unstuck exactly at a time when more and more people stuck at the lower levels are more dependent on the freebies.

    This is not going to be easy.

  • It's baaaaaack!

    12/14/2014 10:14:22 PM PST · 41 of 49
    qwertyz to Unam Sanctam

    No guessing needed about Catholic doctrine — just check out the Catechism online at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/epub/index.cfm

    In brief: Grace — Christ’s divine life in our soul — is essential for salvation (by grace you have been saved), which is infused into the soul usually through the sacrament of baptism (Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins), which may be experienced as a baptism of desire or martyrdom in unusual circumstances. The supernatural life of charity grows by means of other sacraments — confirmation, the Eucharist, confession, anointing of sick, sacramental marriage, — as well as works of mercy. In fact, physically receiving Communion is obligatory only once a year (the so-called Easter Duty).

    Accompanying Charity are the theological virtues of Faith and Hope. Thus, Catholic theology points to an objective transformation of the soul, a New Birth, worked out in the Church, the Bride and Body of Christ.

    Because sacramental marriage intertwines with everything else, the Pope is calling for a re-examination of remarriage — which becomes adultery when the previous marriage has not been annulled. The question facing pastors is if someone FEELS sorry about their state and wants to amend their life (repent), what ACTIONS of repentance return the soul to an OBJECTIVE STATE OF GRACE — and what is the Church’s role in this reconciliation.

    These are very complex questions that impact a person in time and eternity. Given the high number of remarried Catholics, the Pope wants the Bishops to work on an answer — and starting out, it hasn’t been pretty.

  • US adds 321,000 jobs in November, the most in nearly 3 years

    12/05/2014 7:36:22 AM PST · 14 of 25
    qwertyz to CodeToad

    Source?

  • Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola

    10/12/2014 4:16:37 AM PDT · 52 of 315
    qwertyz to BCW

    This is one of the best scoops in Free Republic history. Thanks for doing the legwork. This has huge implications for air travel. It’s a very inconvenient truth.

  • Family Synod: Welcoming Gay Son’s Partner a ‘Model for Evangelisation’, Couple Says

    10/06/2014 5:36:46 PM PDT · 17 of 79
    qwertyz to Pollster1

    I’m afraid the Bishops are once again being cajoled to set aside their natural repugnance at sexual deviance. Many listened to psychological counselors instead of their gut and put abusing priests back into parishes. Pray they don’t make this same mistake again by giving homosexual “partnerships” a quasi-moral status under the guise of “new evangelism.” It’s repugnant!

  • Europe is in an epic depression — and it's getting worse

    08/15/2014 6:49:52 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    qwertyz to William of Barsoom

    Bernake set up a weak dollar, which gives our products a price advantage in Europe — and gives European companies with a line of credit incentive to buy companies here instead of investing there. It’s simply amazing how the world’s money class can milk U.S. monetary policy.

  • Vocal Fry and Rush Limbaugh

    08/14/2014 11:42:23 AM PDT · 48 of 54
    qwertyz to SierraWasp

    Hilary has been using that clickity low bass tone — makes her sound like a very, very important person.

  • Soccer: Part Deux

    07/03/2014 10:24:14 AM PDT · 33 of 101
    qwertyz to waredbird

    Someone missed a decimal point. That’s 6.2 miles = 10K

  • Elliot Rodger, Santa Barbara mass shooting suspect, "My Twisted World" manifesto

    05/25/2014 2:26:30 PM PDT · 41 of 44
    qwertyz to SamAdams76

    “My Twisted World” reveals many inciting issues in this kid’s life. But when it appears to take a demonic turn, one can only pray “St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle ... “:

    DEPERSONALIZED VIEW OF HIS OWN BIRTH:
    “My mother and father had been married for a couple of years before my mother became pregnant with me. In fact, her pregnancy was an accident. She had been taking pills to prevent pregnancy, but when she visited my father on one of his film sets, she fell ill and the medication she took for that illness thwarted the effect of the anti-pregnancy pills, and so their lovemaking during this period resulted in my life.”

    TRAUMATIC DIVORCE:
    “I asked her if she and father would ever divorce. She said it would never happen” and then a few months later “she and my father are getting a divorce.”

    This unexpected divorce was followed by his father’s remarriage to a disliked step mother, multiple nannies, court appointed visitation arrangements, moving from house to house — perhaps as many as 20 domiciles in as many years.

    STRUGGLE TO FIND IDENTITY:
    He vows to “mold myself into the coolest kid,” then he bleaches hair at 9 or 10.

    PUBERTY CRISIS:
    “Childhood is fun, but when a boy reaches puberty a whole new world opens up to him…a whole new world with new pleasures, such as sex and love. Other boys will experience this, but not me, it pains me to say. That is the basis of my tragic life.”

    PORNOGRAPHY AND MASTURBATION:
    His early, traumatic exposure to pornography was followed by pornographic fantasy and regular masturbation (”I usually masturbated at least every other day”)

    RETREAT INTO VIRTUAL REALITY:
    He takes”sanctuary” in video games…”I didn’t want to grow up.” Later: “I could literally play the game for every waking minute. And so I did.” “That was the life I wanted. A life of pleasure and sex.”

    SEXUAL GUILT TURNS TO REPUGNANCE:
    “Sex…the very word fills me with hate.” He is reacting to a culture of 14-year-olds bragging about sex, including hearing an audio tape between a 9th grade boy and girl Crespi CARMELITE High School having sex. He feels: “I just didn’t care anymore. I hated that school. I didn’t think about my future. The only thing I gave any serious thought to was my WoW character.”

    CONSIDERING VIOLENCE AS BASIS FOR IDENTITY:
    “Infamy is better than total obscurity.”

    SENSE OF ABSENT FATHER:
    “When I think about it, he was always absent from my life. When my whole world took a downward spiral into darkness after I hit puberty, he never made any effort to save me. He just didn’t care.”

    FETISHIZING FEMININITY
    “The power that beautiful women have is unbelievable. They can temporarily turn a desperate boy’s whole world around just by smiling…. to feel her love! That is what I want in life. Instead, I had to watch other men experience my idea of heaven while I rot in bitter loneliness.”

    NEW AGE SELF-TALK:
    “I am more than human. I am superior to them all. I am Elliot Rodger… Magnificent, glorious, supreme, eminent…Divine! I am the closest thing there is to a living god. Humanity is a disgusting, depraved, and evil species. It is my purpose to punish them all… I am not meant to live such a pathetic, miserable life. That is not my place in this world. I will not bow down and accept such a horrific fate. If humanity will not give me a worthy place among them, then I will destroy them all. I am better than all of the them. I am a god. Exacting my Retribution is my way of proving my true worth to the world….”

    DAMNATION:
    “I look at the human race and I see only vileness and depravity, all because of an act known as sexuality… I wasn’t the one who struck first … But I will finish it by striking back. I will punish everyone. And it will be beautiful. Finally, at long last, I can show the world my true worth.”

  • Dinesh D'Souza: 'I Was Trying to Help ... I Did It in the Wrong Way'

    05/24/2014 11:26:13 AM PDT · 23 of 33
    qwertyz to SeekAndFind

    Point is: the opposition often successfully uses personal flaws to attack principles.

    D’Souza brought a lot on himself—purported shack up with a married honey before they were divorced.(see: http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/dinesh-dsouza-resigns-as-president-of-the-kings-college/)

    I really like the guy, but he wasn’t really ready for big league baseball, much to my surprise.

  • Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy?

    04/26/2014 12:36:47 PM PDT · 29 of 48
    qwertyz to 1rudeboy

    Blue Light Special on a warm water sea port and arable farm land!

    You don’t have to be rolling in dough to know ... now’s the time to fill your shopping cart!

  • This is how much Microsoft charges the FBI for your info

    03/23/2014 9:47:29 AM PDT · 2 of 22
    qwertyz to markomalley

    It’s growth area—no wonder MSFT stocks are at record highs!

  • Luther: The Infallible Church Declared The Contents of Scripture

    03/08/2014 4:39:18 PM PST · 21 of 32
    qwertyz to boatbums

    Never heard Luther quote before, but have heard 1 Timothy 3:14–15:

    “I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

  • The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

    02/03/2014 8:35:13 AM PST · 20 of 47
    qwertyz to nascarnation

    Mainstream restaurant food prices have increased to the point that upscale establishments become an option — if you’re going to blow a wad anyway, why not dine like the elite?

  • McDonald's sees fewer customers, sales disappoint

    01/23/2014 7:47:41 AM PST · 55 of 174
    qwertyz to HamiltonJay

    McD is a volume business that caters to down-and-outer (welfare), quick-grab, and budget customers. “Dollar” menu items appear during recessions and disappear during recoveries. High-end menu items are window dressing to up-sell customers who have extra change. But with so many great options, they can’t keep customers who are moving up the food chain from moving out.

  • 'Yes We Eat Grass and We're Proud of It,' Say Congregants

    01/11/2014 2:52:46 PM PST · 23 of 50
    qwertyz to Irenic
    And then, the church opens a branch in Colorado:
  • Gathering Strength For U.S. Manufacturing: Whirlpool Moves Production Of Washers To Ohio From Mexico

    01/09/2014 8:09:10 AM PST · 21 of 44
    qwertyz to bigbob

    Thanks — without reading the whitepapers, I assume the combination of flat-line wages plus easy money to finance robots on the production side and low-interest financing on the consumer side is helping out.

  • Google's drive into robotics should concern us all

    12/29/2013 6:55:08 PM PST · 37 of 45
    qwertyz to phalynx

    Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, is right on schedule—2029 reverse engineering of human brain will be completed, and in 2049, Ray downloads himself into a robot — eternal life, materialist version!

  • Morality and economics, Pope Francis, and Rush Limbaugh

    11/30/2013 4:58:20 PM PST · 20 of 124
    qwertyz to vladimir998

    Apparently Michael Novak isn’t on Rush’s speed deal. Pity. Also, here’s why Fr. Neuhaus is sorely missed.

  • HealthCare.gov: Let's chat about the "Create Account" user experience.

    11/14/2013 10:21:55 AM PST · 7 of 7
    qwertyz to GSWarrior

    Dialed 1 800 318 2496.

    The response:

    “Sorry, your call can not be completed as dialed. Please check the number and dial again.”

  • HealthCare.gov: Let's chat about the "Create Account" user experience.

    11/13/2013 4:44:27 PM PST · 1 of 7
    qwertyz
    "Wait a couple days"?

    How about a couple centuries?

    Have a great day!

  • "On Creative Minorities": Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on how Christians can survive godless cultures.

    11/02/2013 7:02:58 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    qwertyz to yldstrk

    Just saw an article at http://www.ionainstitute.ie/index.php?id=3276 that births in Ireland are below replacement level.

    I think I’ll have to watch this hopeful video again soon.

  • "On Creative Minorities": Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on how Christians can survive godless cultures.

    11/01/2013 7:02:47 PM PDT · 2 of 9
    qwertyz to qwertyz
  • "On Creative Minorities": Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on how Christians can survive godless cultures.

    11/01/2013 7:00:57 PM PDT · 1 of 9
    qwertyz
    See this video by Rabbi Sacks, retired Chief Rabbi of the U.K., for "Plan B" for Christians living in post-modern America.

    Reflecting on the future of Europe, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger foresaw Christians becoming "creative minorities” there. Rabbi Sacks sees hope, however, in American's attempt to keep the public square open for God -- but growing conflict suggests that it will behoove Christians to learn the spiritual and cultural survival mode of Jews. Very, very helpful and hopeful ideas!

    Here's the video: http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/10/on-creative-minorities)