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  • EYEWITNESS: MICHAEL BROWN RAN FROM COP CAR, 'DOUBLED BACK' AND CHARGED AT OFFICERS

    08/18/2014 5:09:55 AM PDT · 120 of 141
    sauron to Jim Robinson
    He doubled back?

    He doubled back? DOUBLED BACK?!

    Everyone: Think about it. He doubled back.

    JUST like he did at the convenience store a little while earlier. Same behavior.

    He doubled back on the store clerk, confronting the clerk a SECOND TIME, just as he shortly would do with the police officer.

    He exhibited the same behavior.

    This kid was no angel. He thrived on confrontation, using his large size to intimidate had already become a modus operandi, a regular way of life for him.

  • Ferguson Police to Release Name of Officer in Fatal Shooting

    08/15/2014 5:48:09 AM PDT · 22 of 32
    sauron to Mouton
    In lib speak Nixon could easily be Richard Nixon and by extention a republican.

    BINGO, right on the money. I see you can discern how the other side thinks. :)

  • Alison Camerota on CNN?

    08/14/2014 8:34:01 PM PDT · 17 of 25
    sauron to JohnnyP
    Laurie Dhue! Laurie Dhue! Laurie Dhue! Laurie Dhue! Laurie Dhue! Laurie Dhue! Laurie Dhue! Laurie Dhue!
  • It's Not About the Oil -- It's About the Tiny Rocks

    08/06/2014 4:09:13 AM PDT · 9 of 12
    sauron to Former Proud Canadian
    China has never faced the coming issues before. It will overtax their leadership's ability to adapt (and control the population).

    The leadership will pull a General Galtieri (Argentina's former dictator) and wag the dog...basically distract the public with Evil Vietnam or Evil Phillippines or whatever, and launch (what they will calculate to be) a controllable little war.

    Problem is, China is so big, they that freak everyone out when they do anything at all. They may not be prepared to see a united world react to their little agression, and the whole thing might mushroom up.

  • CALAIS'S ILLEGALS SHOULD BE FERRIED TO BRITAIN SAYS FRENCH IMMIGRATION BOSS

    08/06/2014 3:51:00 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    sauron to expat1000
    Fascinating, and completely normal human reaction of that French official: Blame the ENGLISH for the problem of third world migration.

    If the official blamed the MIGRANTS, there might be violent repercussions. This Deputy Mayor, Mignonet, knows it, the reporters know it, the townspeople know it.

    In the problem solving process, the first step is to identify the problem. Apparently, political correctness disallows Mr. Mignonet to address and complete the very first step.

    Good luck with actually solving the problem, Mr. Minor French Official, it won't get solved the way you're approaching it.

  • Death Valley Was Cooler Than Missoula, Montana On Sunday (Record Summer Low)

    08/05/2014 1:51:19 AM PDT · 14 of 26
    sauron to roadcat
    Hmmph. I've heard it was from a 14th century Spanish novel, and remember it was a Spain that had been occupied for 700 years by the Arabs. Arabic crept into the Spanish language.

    Caliph + fornia An Arab Caliph, a ruler. The novel was about a utopia, and the ship captain named it after such. He had a long voyage, and did a lot of reading, so it was on his mind.

    000

    With regard to the cooler weather in Death Valley (just went there a few weeks ago)--it's been rainy-ish here in Las Vegas, our violent "monsoon" season, so if it rained a bit west of here, there's your answer. Today was an uncharacteristically cool day for us as well. It's just another example of the news media cherrypicking unusual data points to make misleading conclusions.

    Finally, even though I argued against cooling in the preceding paragraph, it probably IS cooling. Lack of sunspots, and all. Sun's been quiet.

  • Pandemic by Design ~ The Ebola Bio-Weapon!

    08/04/2014 10:51:28 AM PDT · 38 of 49
    sauron to agondonter
    You name as many Big Pharma(tm) companies as possible in your first paragraph, but simply citing names without evidence doesn't lend your conspiracy theory any credence.

    Please peddle them elsewhere. Go to Democratic Underground, where it properly belongs.

    We don't want that trash here.

  • BREAKING: Israel Supporters Evacuated From Front of White House Under Police Protection

    08/02/2014 12:36:58 PM PDT · 19 of 94
    sauron to kristinn
    How quickly America has turned, calling Good Evil and Evil Good.

    My father taught me that Israel was an ally of the USA, and had never asked for help, other than materiel. That the USA had always, and would always, support Israel. Of course, we were a Protestant (conservative, not liberal Protestant) family, so we were fairly typical in our beliefs.

    He's spinning in his grave today: Moslem demonstrators OUTSIDE OUR WHITE HOUSE? And they CHASE OFF PRO-ISRAEL demonstrators?!

    This can't be happening. Not here. Not in America. No....

  • Is Angela Really Frau Ribbentrop? I Doubt It, But We Spy Just to Make Sure

    07/31/2014 2:30:33 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    sauron to No One Special
    So typical of Germany: sell out someone ELSE'S country to benefit your own.

    E.g., while the Czech delegation was kept a-waitin' in the hallway, the Brits and Germans were redrawing Czechoslovakia's boundaries, then emerged from the meeting room, doors finally open, to announce to the Czechs how it was a-gonna be.

    Then, they did a Dirty Deal(tm) with Stalin to decide how they would divide Poland.

    Now the Germans are doing another backroom deal. Their hands are dirty once more. Can't they refrain from this behavior, or are they unable to?

    Sure, this deal secures Germany's energy supply, much of which comes from the East. But this is, FRANKly (pun intended) cowardly behavior you might expect from the French.

  • 32 nations back Judaism’s Yom Kippur as UN holiday

    07/31/2014 2:14:19 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    sauron to Olog-hai
    Tellingly, the democracies of Europe were absent from that list.

    There are 57 Muslim nations. None were on that list--perhaps Albania and Nigeria, but then they both have large Christian populations, and perhaps they're in power at the moment--but you don't see any support from countries you might expect.

    I guess Europe would like to support it (would they?!) but their large Muslim minorities might get a bit restive were they to do so. Sad, because we owe so much of who we are not only to ancient Greece, but to ancient Israel. Very sad.

    Expect this to get BLOCKED in the U.N. just as the Darfur* military action/aid got blocked in the U.N.--the Moslem voting bloc of 57 nations will stop it cold in the General Assembly.

    *Darfur was blocked by the Moslems, who were using jet fighters to strafe black African farmers to clear them off the land the Muslims wanted. And worse. Normally, the world would have done something, but not against an influential voting bloc like that.

    The U.S. declared it a "genocide" (yet, oddly, Bush never was credited for this) and was prepared to act in concert with other governments, but the UN would never vote to declare it a "genocide," and so they claimed they could not act. Now you know the REST of the story!

  • Tribe: Remove ‘halfbreed’ from Montana place names

    07/31/2014 2:01:38 AM PDT · 26 of 37
    sauron to nathanbedford
    I agree with you.

    I might even go one un-politically correct step farther: Since the place names being mentioned occur on federal/state land (i.e., owned and administered by Americans, and not non-Americans, that is, Indians) we get to name creeks, mountains, etc., what we will without paying any regard to what the Injuns tell us.

    And in return?

    They get to name their creeks, and rivers, and mountains and we will not presume to tell them what they allowed to name 'em.

    I mean, fair is fair. And we can play the PC game and intrude into their culture as much as they're intruding into ours.

    That's how I feel about all this crap. Sorry if I've offended, by I'm sick and tired of watching my culture, the culture that allowed us to leave bootprints on the Moon, being sullied by cultures that would still been barking in worship OF the Moon had we not come to justly dominate them.

    They should all be glad we didn't eat 'em. Some cultures do that, ya know. ;)

    Instead, we gave 'em space travel, the ballpoint pen, Mozart, and drive-through pharmacies. I'd say they did pretty well on the deal.

  • Obama: A Country Without Rule of Law 'Will Not Succeed'

    07/29/2014 1:16:40 AM PDT · 32 of 45
    sauron to sauron
    Now that I've said all that, I want my ring back.

    It's MINE.

  • Obama: A Country Without Rule of Law 'Will Not Succeed'

    07/29/2014 1:14:42 AM PDT · 31 of 45
    sauron to Nachum
    What stands out to me?

    Obama is quick to mention civil rights. Human rights. Rights that can be expanded, redefined by the State, and used to divide people against people (e.g., rights of the child versus the parents kinda thing).

    What he does not mention, this "expert" on the law?

    PROPERTY RIGHTS

    The only nations in history that have sustained stability and demonstrated excellence in scientific innovation, as well as provided for their own people the highest standard of living are those that guarantee property rights.

    Jefferson had originally penned "...the right to life, liberty, and property [pursuit of happiness]" and more people should know this.

    We have a President who does not understand that property rights form the core of human rights--if the State can't take your property, if you neighbor can't take it--then you are truly free.

    All these fluffy do-goody national constitutions the over 180 nation-states have, the wonderful and oft-touted "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" are mere high-sounding WORDS without the backing of a system of accessible courts that will, without bribery and corruption, defend a citizen's right to own property.

    Someone should tell Obama this. 'splain it to the Genius.

  • Synagogue Vandalized in Miami Beach

    07/28/2014 4:25:34 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    sauron to DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
    Yona Lunger, a volunteer patrol member...

    It's come to this? That one must patrol one's synagogue or church (our own church was recently vandalized) in AMERICA?

    We don't allow this behavior in Mordor.

  • A Word About Orthodox Apologetics

    07/25/2014 11:56:07 AM PDT · 15 of 30
    sauron to don-o
    I've heard it said that we, as Christians, ought to act in such a manner that others, at a distance, should be able to infer that we are Christian from our actions alone.

    If we did this, stoic and quiet testimony such as was advocated in the article (i.e., witness by quiet example) would indeed be more powerful as it would be supported by our actions.

    Btw, the article may have a good point, but it DOES go against my very nature of reasoning that Christianity is logical and natural.

    I was raised Protestant, but became Orthodox through our apologetics discussion group. We only meant to "kick the tires," but it just kinda worked out that way.

    Btw, I would caution both Protestants and Orthodox to be very careful in dialogue with each other. You will unwittingly talk past each other with your different vocabularies. You may not realize it, but you ARE NOT light years apart, you are *very* close, philosophically.

    Much closer than you would think. ;)

  • 'The Hobbit 3' News: Sauron to Return and Defeat the White Council in 'There and Back Again?

    07/25/2014 2:06:16 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    sauron to Perdogg
    I just couldn't let this topic go by without some sort of comment.

    It is, after all, ALL ABOUT *ME*.

  • What's so unique about Christianity ? CS Lewis answers

    07/23/2014 9:36:23 AM PDT · 4 of 56
    sauron to xzins
    Very good post.

    It describes something that I was once taught that (just about) said the same thing: That every other religion is about man trying to elevate himself in some fashion to godhood, usually through some stepwise process, but Christianity is God reaching down to man, and all we must do is accept the offer of His hand.

  • Stockton Bank Robbers Had "Total Disregard for Human Life": Police Chief

    07/19/2014 12:32:06 AM PDT · 10 of 18
    sauron to nickcarraway
    As I read the story, I kept saying to myself "this isn't your common bank robbery...this isn't American violence, this sounds much more like MEXICAN violence...."

    Mexican-style violence is coming, folks. Arm up. Train. Teach your kids.

    HAVE kids. That's even more important. Have kids.

  • Unhinged MSNBC Host: Sarah Palin Made ´Treasonous Accusations´ Against Obama

    07/09/2014 5:35:59 PM PDT · 45 of 75
    sauron to Nachum
    An attack on the REPUBLIC, the nation, can be an act of treason. Criticism of one man, the President, is not.

    Or are we as far along as Germany already was in 1938?

  • Imagine a world without Organized Atheism

    06/23/2014 10:15:00 PM PDT · 73 of 84
    sauron to 2ndDivisionVet
    Almost all of those men were raised either Catholic or Protestant, save for the Vietnamese individual and Mao. /p ...and every one of them held Christianity in contempt, and turned their back on it. And killed Christians, sent them to Gulags, re-education camps, and on and on.... /p You, uh, weren't trying to IMPLY that these guys' behavior was IN LINE with Christianity, were you?! I may have misunderstood. Or maybe...I didn't.
  • 4 Lies the Church Taught Me About Sex

    06/14/2014 11:40:32 AM PDT · 26 of 68
    sauron to Gamecock
    People have an incorrect view of what Christianity teaches about sex.

    1. Sex is MEANT to be enjoyed. (Which is precisely WHY it is made to be so enjoyable in the first place. It's supposed to be enjoyable.)

    2. Sex is meant to be the reward at the CULMINATION OF A RELATIONSHIP. Not at the start of one, where, once experienced, everything is likely to be downhill from there. We are first supposed to enjoy each other's company, get to know the person first. Hold hands. Learn to enjoy that. Then hugging, other stuff, frolicking in the fields, etc. If you begin with the culmination, the hand-holding and frolicking can't be as interesting, because they don't lead to the, eh, uh...culmination part. ;)

  • Ukip’s Farage on course for poll breakthrough

    05/23/2014 1:26:28 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    sauron to dfwgator
    I've been watching everything I can on YouTube. Saw the latest interview, by radio, with Nigel Farage. Interview was early this very week.

    The interviewer was hard on him, very hard, even unfair. There's been nothing but BIAS thrown at him, hate, and slander. Nigel deftly bats it aside, and stays on message.

    What a great speaker. What a great LEADER. Wish we could borrow him for four years. He's TEA Party, 100%.

  • So this is how liberty dies

    05/22/2014 11:50:55 AM PDT · 7 of 27
    sauron to Starman417
    Think about the level of CONTROL this offers: All any government doctor need do to remove you forever from game play is to make a notation in your records that he's concerned about your psychological well-being (for your own good).

    BAM!

    > No firearm ownership.

    No air travel.

    Other rights curtailed. You'll be lucky not to wind up in a medical concentration camp....

    Don't put it past THIS administration (or future ones?) not to lock up political opponents in this way, remove them from participation in society, exactly the way the USSR did.

    Do not forget that the Alinskyites once said we'd have to kill (what was it?) 10-25 MILLION people in order to affect their change. Only THEN would America bend to their will.

    Heck, all that makes my regime in Mordor seem like benevolent rule. ;)

  • China and Russia Fail to Reach Deal on Gas Plan

    05/21/2014 1:35:26 AM PDT · 6 of 11
    sauron to Corporate Democrat
    Well, China and Russia have a 50 year Treaty O' Friendship.

    How like a socialist: Signed pieces of paper to cement a true, genuine, heartfelt relationship.

    Just like the USA had to sign with Canada to reciprocate our friendsh--what? We didn't? How can we be f-f-friends without a signed TREATY?

    Because there's fake friendship and real friendship.

    Don't forget that Russia and Germany signed treaties, too, and violated the heck out of 'em in WW2. If you have to sign a treaty with a country...it's probably not worth the paper it's written on.

    By the way...for those of you following this flim-flam relationship between Russia and China: Watch what Putin says. I Googled some of his speeches. You know what? It was just what I suspected: They're AFRAID. Afraid of China's rise.

    Google his speeches, anything with Putin present in China, addressing any Chinese audience, delegation, whatever, it's always the same.

    Each sentence contains a reminder to the Chinese of why they're SUCH GOOD FRIENDS. Best buddies.

    The Russians also have another trait: As tough as they are, as tough as they proclaim to be, they're scaredy-cats. They really are. They were afraid of the Germans. Now, they're afraid of the Chinese.

    But they're not afraid of the USA. That's because, in their hearts, they know we're not warlike.

    It's not unlike someone abusing their spouse, their family, or their friend, but being obsequious to a bully. There is a fundamental understanding that the USA will not hurt Russia, so they feel free to fly bombers around Guam and up to the California coast and bracket Hawaii with their ICBM test, etc., etc.

    Vote for me as President, and I'll get us into a two-front war by the end of the week, and we'll be winnin' both!

  • China blames U.S. for stoking tensions in South China Sea

    05/10/2014 9:45:34 AM PDT · 2 of 7
    sauron to shove_it
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry blamed the United States on Friday for stoking tensions in the disputed South China Sea by encouraging countries to engage in dangerous behavior....

    SIMPLIFIED TRANSLATION: USA, stop supporting these weak little neighbors of ours, so we can dominate them!

  • Dad Arrested for Speaking Up About Pornographic Content in Required Reading for 9th Graders

    05/06/2014 9:12:42 PM PDT · 28 of 87
    sauron to massmike
    Always it's the New England states.

    Overriding parental rights, schools assuming too much authority surreptitiously, not letting parents in on the brainwashing of our children. Taking away gun rights. Taxing the people into oblivion.

    No offense to those Freepers from the NE corner of the contiguous states, but I'd rather live in India than live in that region. I'd have more freedom.

    Btw, I live in the SW. We still have some vestige of freedom here. For a while....

  • Oklahoma Satanic Monument Revealed: Have a Look

    05/05/2014 7:28:21 AM PDT · 58 of 83
    sauron to cripplecreek

    It has been said that in R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

  • Russian Propaganda Is Taking Over Online Comment Boards

    05/04/2014 11:53:42 PM PDT · 5 of 40
    sauron to WhiskeyX
    I'm glad you posted this. I've seen it everywhere.

    Even here, on FreeRepublic.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton receives Illinois award

    05/04/2014 2:37:25 AM PDT · 3 of 18
    sauron to Cincinatus' Wife
    Good read. I copy-pasted it (and the link) for my son. He's 21. I'm using great posts like this to illuminate his mind to the deception in this world.

    Horowitz is always great.

    Thanks.

  • Why Science Does Not Disprove God

    04/28/2014 10:42:35 AM PDT · 48 of 86
    sauron to sauron
    “When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in.

    By Hawking's OWN standard...he's not making sense.

    Let's apply the same standard, shall we?

    There was no time for the cosmos to spontaneously create itself, because Time didn't exist before the Cosmos would have tried to bang itself into self-existence.

    Gotcha, Hawking. ;)

  • Why Science Does Not Disprove God

    04/28/2014 10:38:49 AM PDT · 47 of 86
    sauron to Kartographer
    FACEPALM on behalf of the revered Stephen Hawking. How could he have blown it sooo badly? (Because he's fallible.)

    “When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in.

    God existed before Time, independently of it. Hawking's fundamental assumption is that the Creator is BOUND by his own creation--the universe and time.

    Wrong assumption. The Creator is not bound by Time, which is His own creation.

    Again, the River (cosmos) cannot be higher than its Source (God).

  • Why Science Does Not Disprove God

    04/28/2014 10:32:46 AM PDT · 46 of 86
    sauron to TexasGator
    God is above proof. Science makes no attempt to prove/disprove God.

    BINGO!

    By definition, God must be.

    We can deduce that he must exist outside and apart from our Universe. Why?

    He's older than it. He predates it. He's larger than it, more powerful than it. He is not bound by Time.

    The River (universe) cannot be higher than its Source (God).

    Given the parameters above, how can we devise instrumentation that would directly measure God?

    We can only use the instrumentation made of the stuff of the universe to measure the stuff OF the universe. Kinda hard to measure the Creator when He isn't bound within it to be measured, made of stuff which we CAN measure. ;)

  • Memphis Imam Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi: Muslims Have a Right to Kill and Steal From Christians

    04/28/2014 10:16:40 AM PDT · 32 of 48
    sauron to Regulator
    Good, then we infidels have the right to round them up, corral them, bring in the cattle cars, transport them, and even EAT them if such is our pleasure.

    I guess we're living in a world where every group gets to do whatever it would like to every other group.

    Seems Muslims are only well-behaved when they're scared of the majority group.

    LET'S ALL HELP THEM BEHAVE!

  • Report: Aging equipment, faulty phones at missile command [they use floppy disks....]

    04/27/2014 5:37:49 PM PDT · 11 of 35
    sauron to Jack Hydrazine

    At least it wasn’t a cassette tape drive.

    Man, that was the livin’ end, back in the day. So hi-tech.

    Sequential access FTW!

  • Ukip surges into lead in European election contest: Poll gives Nigel Farage's party 31% support

    04/27/2014 1:05:25 PM PDT · 35 of 40
    sauron to cripplecreek
    Years ago, I spoke with a guy from Europe...he said America opposed the EU because--get this!--because we're envious that they would become larger as a economical/political force than the USA.

    That's what he thought.

    I laughed. I tried to explain to him that we weren't at all insecure. I questioned why he thought he had to turn against, or at least compare the EU to, America. (That showed that it was they who were insecure, and had that chip on their shoulder.)

    So, he put it bluntly: why are so many Americans opposed to the EU?

    I told him it wasn't a strong united European economy we feared. It was the very charter of the EU, its founding documents, statements by its leaders. At its founding core, there was no basis, nor defense of, individual human rights at the same level in which they exist in our Bill of Rights.

    It was the potential for future dictatorship that we opposed, and we Americans were warning them they were marching too quickly, blindly, into the arrangement.

  • Ukip surges into lead in European election contest: Poll gives Nigel Farage's party 31% support

    04/27/2014 12:57:02 PM PDT · 32 of 40
    sauron to RushIsMyTeddyBear

    I’ve watched that one more than a few times.

    The look on dishrag bank clerk Von Rompuy’s face probably made the fine (was it €3,500?) worth every penny.

    Who ever heard of Von Rompuy, anyway? Farage noted. (Now, that’s scary: An MEP hadn’t heard of the guy they were installing to lead them? What Master does he serve?!)

    Add to that we have the fact that Baroso was a Maoist, and there is video on YouTube where a younger Baroso (I call him Baboso = drooling idiot) was leading a college demonstration of Maoists. And he’s also helping lead the EU.

    Can’t make this stuff up.

  • Ukip surges into lead in European election contest: Poll gives Nigel Farage's party 31% support

    04/27/2014 12:49:43 PM PDT · 31 of 40
    sauron to UKrepublican

    Hey, when you’re done with Nigel...could we borrow him on this end of the Pond?

  • Ukip surges into lead in European election contest: Poll gives Nigel Farage's party 31% support

    04/27/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT · 7 of 40
    sauron to UKrepublican
    Whooo-hooo!

    I've seen (I think) every speech Nigel Farage has given in the last 10 years. Thannks, YouTube.

    I've love it if more Freepers would watch them. UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) ***IS*** the analogy to the TEA Party.

    He's an eloquent speaker, and a sharp wit. Watch it, if only for that.

    The character assassination techniques employed by some of the British media echo the same techniques employed against the TEA Party, conservatives, some republicans, and, most especially, Sarah Palin.

  • The strange tension between theology and science

    04/25/2014 3:47:38 PM PDT · 29 of 80
    sauron to Zeneta
    Would you rule out the possibility that God created the universe with time/light in place ? Does “Dark Matter/Dark Energy”, need to exist ? Do you know why it’s called “Dark” ?

    As the Creator, he could have. Do I think he did? Hell no. It's not logical. Yet...it almost appears that way, doesn't it? Something for us to explore, and that's not a bad thing, is it?

    Does dark matter/energy *need* to exist? Apparently, it does. Life has taught me that things exist for a reason. Our problem: we don't understand the reason. Again, life and history teaches us to be patient, we'll figure it out. We used to think we didn't need tonsils. We used to cut out stomachs over and over again to "cure" an ulcer.

    Yes, I know why it's called "Dark." It's virtually undetectable using any instrumentation and sensing we currently have available, as it doesn't interact with anything in a significant way, or at all. Were you being condescending in asking me that, or serious? ;) (I already know.)

  • The strange tension between theology and science

    04/25/2014 3:38:28 PM PDT · 26 of 80
    sauron to Berlin_Freeper
    Wow...WOW!

    This answers (and asks) some Big Questions.

    Thanks for the link.

  • The strange tension between theology and science

    04/25/2014 3:18:26 PM PDT · 22 of 80
    sauron to BigEdLB
    I'm Christian, and I believe in a 13 billion year old universe.

    Where's the conflict?! Oh, there's conflict if we believe in a [little] God.

    Looking up, seeing the universe of galaxies, filaments/galactic walls and voids, the large scale structure of the universe...I believe in a Great Big God.

    As an edification pastor once explained in class, "The river cannot be higher than its source," when comparing the universe to God. The Creator must be larger than, exist prior to, exist outside of and beyond, the universe.

  • The strange tension between theology and science

    04/25/2014 3:12:49 PM PDT · 21 of 80
    sauron to gleeaikin
    Christianity has always supported inquiry and the spread of knowledge. It has been a way to understand the Divine.

    Did you know that 105 of the first 107 colleges founded in the American Colonies were Christian?

    Did you know that the reason why we can read today--the idea of a public education, which started with "hornbooks" (Google it) was because it was an expectation of Protestants that every person should be capable of reading, thinking, and understanding?

    So many misconceptions stem from television and the bias from today's college professors.

    The fact is, Christianity advanced knowledge. No other religion did the same. It is no coincidence that Europe came out on top, scientifically. It wasn't dumb luck. It was the influence of Christianity encouraging exploration and understanding, which was considered to be an essential part of a thinking mind.

    Most of our history books contain more than a little anti-Christian bias....

  • Justice Dept. may seek $13B from Bank of America

    04/25/2014 11:55:32 AM PDT · 21 of 26
    sauron to Adder
    The banks have probably calculated it's easier to cave to Obama's demands rather than fight. Less costly, in terms of dollar payout.

    Still...if I were in charge, I'd spend $22B on commercials beating Obama and the Democrats over the head on the attacks on banks dating back to the late 1980's by the Dems--so-called "redlining" and the threats to regulate the banks unless they made more (bad) loans to minorities to increase home ownership, as well as raising public awareness about the effect of the Community Reinvestment Act and various congre$$ional threats were made to induce more (bad) bank lending to those who could never hope to repay their loans.

    Spend the money in a fruitless, in-yer-face, stick-it-in-your-eye show of force--yes, banks have money, and we have corporate free speech rights (thanks to Citizen's United) and we're gonna do some muscle flexing.

    So back off, Barry!

  • UKRAINE Simon Ostrovsky: ‘I Had It Pretty Easy, Because I Was Let Go’

    04/25/2014 11:27:06 AM PDT · 6 of 6
    sauron to UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Out of a quirk, an accident, or a mis-click while 'net surfing on YouTube, I stumbled onto Ostrovsky and VICE News.

    I watched about two dozen of their reporting episodes. DAMN, they're better than what we got from any MSM outlets, and even better than Fox!

    If you guys haven't seen 'em, watch 'em. Ostrovky's reporting Ukraine has been nothing short of courageous--which is why we're not getting them from our MSM. Our reporters are chickensh*t and don't speak Russian/Ukraininan, but Ostrovsky does.

    Ostrovsky will walk right into a polling place. Or an angry crowd. Or approach the military checkpoint. But not in any kind of a provocative way, mind you, but with gentle courtesy.

    He's not a tough reporter. He's a quiet kinda guy. Hence, why I attribute courage to him. Very professional; he doesn't demonstrate bias, but tries to be even-handed.

  • 'Heaven Is for Real' Movie Generating Divided Christian Opinion

    04/24/2014 10:22:18 AM PDT · 18 of 49
    sauron to dangus
    Not all agree. Christian TV producer and author of over 30 books Steve Wohlberg argued that the movie promotes an unbiblical view of heaven by suggesting that a person's dead relatives are already there.

    "There's one major problem," Wohlberg wrote on Thursday. "Neither the Old or New Testaments teach anywhere that our dead relatives are floating around in heaven waiting to talk to us. Instead, they 'sleep' (1 Cor. 15:51)

    This guy is wrong.

    SLEEP ≠ DIE

    I recall, from my hermeneutics class, that in the time of King James (and the Bible translation of the same name) it was uncouth to say "die" and instead they used the word "sleep."

    Even in Biblical times, they often would say that a person sleeps in the Lord instead of saying he's dead.

    Some Bible translations do a better job than KJV; BlueletterBible.com has them. There are a myriad of other scholarly sources.

  • Syrian Jihadis ‘Take Aim’ at Christian Toddler

    04/22/2014 4:52:13 PM PDT · 5 of 26
    sauron to SJackson

    Savages.

    We have been at war with Islam since its inception, 1,400 years.

    The only thing that’s kept them at bay has been superior European technology. They sat on Spain for 700 years. Twice, they threatened the heart of Europe: Vienna. (And both times it was AFTER Columbus!)

    We need a crusade against them. Solve this issue forever. 1,400 years? Let’s not leave the problem for the next generation.

    That’s how I feel.

  • Yes, Of Course That Was Rape on Last Night’s Game of Thrones

    04/21/2014 5:27:38 PM PDT · 29 of 47
    sauron to nickcarraway

    I have read the series by George R. R. Martin. There are many misconceptions held by those who haven’t read it.

    Some thoughts:

    1) Margaret Whomever, in her article which kicked this discussion off, needs to GET OVER the fact that a rape was shown on TV. Rape, like sh1t, happens. Rape happens. In medieval times, it happened a lot.

    2) I was offended by the sodomy in that same episode, the same sodomy that wasn’t even mentioned by the liberals, who only saw the heterosexual (though incestuous) rape.

    3) Much of the show depicts (like the book) the ugly and brutal nature of life in that fictional (but historically-themed) place and time. Again, get over it.

    4) A CALLOUT TO HBO: Sick. You are sick. You are perverting GRRM’s books. Twisting them around, adding and subtracting from the plot in ways that mere editing would entitle you. Best example: One might think that Game of Thrones was a series of novels depicting, 40% of the time, acts of homosexuality. It is not. HBO keeps introducing the disgusting practice.

    5) For those of you who have not read it, because one thing or another has turned you against it: PLEASE, please ignore what you have been told, or seen on TV on the HBO perverted version, and read the series for yourself. It’s equal to JRR Tolkien. (I’ve never held any fantasy anywhere near to equality to JRRT. I’m 53, so I’ve read a fair amount of fantasy authors.)

    Please don’t bash the books based on a negative impression of HBO’s (Hollyweird’s) twisted version of the series. You’re only cheating yourself out of reading some very good stuff.

    Few books are worthy of my time as a re-read.

    Only those books that have an intricate plot, complex characters, and a sense that—perhaps?—I have missed something can cause me to pick them up again. This would be one such series.

    As far as the pleasure of reading it, I’d give JRR Tolkien the nod for us beautiful use of the English language, as well as the sense of a Christian spirit throughout his work, although he denied it, I think it flowed from him quite unconsciously.

    Martin used short, direct sentences. It’s not as “beautiful” as JRRT’s, but paints powerful images, and each short sentences propels the characters forward. It’s wonderful in a different sense than JRRT. Alas, there’s no sense of God in his work, but it’s not anti-Christian, either: It’s sort of...pre-Christian? Pagan, in a fantasy sense. As if Christianity may one day come and take root, but it hasn’t just yet.

    I wouldn’t regard GRRM’s work in the same light as Tolkien’s , at least, not in that regard.

    But do read it, you will not be disappointed. The books pick up in a sense of urgency, they GET BETTER, and the first one should tell you there more goodness to come.

    Yes, I’m an apologist for the series. I love it that much.

    Just give it a chance. ;) If I can convince just one person to read it, I will have done my Good Deed and spread some joy.

    You know I loved Tolkien. Don’t doubt it. I chose my screen name to honor him.

    Sauron

  • KEENE: Familiar refrains from Britain’s ‘Tea Party’

    04/18/2014 8:33:08 AM PDT · 2 of 7
    sauron to Siegfried X

    Thanks for posting this.

    I doubt that very many Freepers, here in early 2014, have even heard about UKIP.

    For those freepers who haven’t: TREAT YOURSELVES TO SOMETHING GOOD. Watch *any* YouTube video of Nigel Farage.

    A man as eloquent as Daniel Hannan.

  • 10 Discoveries Unexplained By Science (video)

    04/18/2014 6:12:56 AM PDT · 18 of 20
    sauron to chessplayer

    THANK YOU, Chessplayer.

    I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. One that visually shows the relative motions of galaxies in our region.

  • UNICEF launches ‘Mr. Poo’ mascot in India to curb public defecation

    04/16/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT · 31 of 51
    sauron to sauron
    Oh, yeah. Floating corpses, dead cows floating by, piles of sh!t on the banks, trash, debris, flies...and people BATHE and DRINK from that river!!! <-- Triple exclamation point is permissible here.

    Here's the link: Shameful and Lazy!