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Posts by The_Reader_David

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  • Land Invasion: Beware the Trap Laid by Hamas [Israel]

    07/11/2014 4:03:19 PM PDT · 29 of 29
    The_Reader_David to Star Traveler

    The analysis of the utility of tanks in urban warfare seems a bit dated. In Iraq, one of the reasons the U.S. took very few casualties in urban warfare was the discovery that tanks are quite effective in dealing with snipers: take fire from a building, bring up a tank and level the building with a shell from its main gun, sniper problem sovled.

  • ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

    07/10/2014 7:17:47 AM PDT · 57 of 61
    The_Reader_David to Viennacon
    Forgive me for being uninformed on this issue, but why did they destroy the resting place of Jonah? Wasn’t he believed to be a prophet in Islam as well?

    Yes, the Muslims claim all the Old Testament prophets (and St. John the Baptist and Jesus) were "prophets of Islam". However, the hard-end Sunni position is that the veneration of places or relics associated with prophets is worship, and thus idolatry, since worship is due to Allah alone. Not all Sunnis take this position (many Sunnis make pilgrimages to the various sites associated with prophets and the Virgin Mary) but the position is within the bounds of normal Sunni Islam.

    Shi'ites, in contrast, have always had a vibrant analogue of the Christian cult of the saints, and erect many shrines to their "prophets" and notable imams.

    The contrast also extends to art. It is only the Sunnis who insist on absolute aniconism. Shi'ites publish illustrated biographies of Mohammed in which the "prophet' is depicted.

    The Hajj itself is the only real exception universally accepted among Sunnis, and it seems that that universal acceptance isn't so universal any more. "Caliph Ibrahim" may well be taking the hard-end Sunni position to its logical conclusion. The Muslims have a prophecy that in the end-times the Hajj will become impossible. I'd always rather fancied that would be because finally the West had enough and nuked Mecca. It could turn out to be instead because the internal logic of Sunni Islam finally destroys the principal object of material veneration among Muslims -- the Kaaba.

  • How Sex is Derailing Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue

    07/09/2014 6:54:53 AM PDT · 28 of 46
    The_Reader_David to lightman

    Yes. But Met. +PHILIP (memory eternal!) was a modernizer — clergy suits instead of cassocks (blessedly I’m in the Diocese of Wichita, where, except when Met. +PHILIP was actually physically present, clergy still wore and wear cassocks), cutting the ektenia before the Our Father out of the Liturgy, and the like. I stand by my assertion that there is general opposition to any attempt to revive the order of deaconess.

  • HHS Official On Flood Of Illegal Immigrants: "Jesus Was A Refugee"

    07/09/2014 6:48:38 AM PDT · 43 of 55
    The_Reader_David to Biggirl

    The only basis for the assertion was Jesus’ sojourn in Egypt as a child — moved from one province of the Roman Empire to another to get away from danger from local authorities. The Holy Family’s decision was more like moving to another state because the local sheriff has it in for you. If they’d decamped to the Persian Empire to get away for Herod, then Jesus would have been a refugee.

  • How Sex is Derailing Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue

    07/08/2014 8:31:16 PM PDT · 10 of 46
    The_Reader_David to marshmallow

    How perceptive. Yes, for us Orthodox, women’s ordination to the presbyterate is a complete non-starter — even if another body confessed the creed without the filioque, held all the doctrines of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, maintained the Palamite understanding of grace, if they ordain women as priests, the Orthodox will not enter into communion with them.

    The diaconate might be another matter. There plainly was an ancient order of deaconesses, but whether they ever functioned liturgically as deacons is a matter of great dispute, and the affirmative position that they did must be tempered with the fact that ancient canons forbid women entering the altar unless the be virgins over the age of 40 or widows living in chastity over the age of 60. There is also general opposition to any attempt to revive the order of deaconess.

  • Global warming computer models confounded as Antarctic sea ice hits new record high

    07/07/2014 11:45:14 AM PDT · 16 of 29
    The_Reader_David to AU72

    When someone comes up with a computer model of the earth’s climate that, run with data from, say 1970, gets the subsequent time-evolution of mean global temperature, Arctic sea ice extent and Antarctic sea ice extent correct, without basically putting them in by hand, let me know. I might start caring what computer climate models say at that point. (Or I might not — it’s still an open chaotic dynamical system.)

  • How Hobby Lobby Undermines All Americans' Freedoms (They're flipping their lids)

    07/06/2014 8:47:23 PM PDT · 70 of 96
    The_Reader_David to 2ndDivisionVet

    As one of the writers at NRO noted, the notion that not providing a subsidy for the purchase of a product is equivalent to banning the product is one of the more curious tenets of contemporary liberalism.

  • A map of the "Internet" in June, 1970. Wow, pretty simple.

    07/06/2014 3:19:32 PM PDT · 27 of 41
    The_Reader_David to GeronL

    It was. It was an ARPA-funded project (back before they added the D to the acronym).

  • Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Forming Alliances We Never Thought Possible

    07/06/2014 3:14:30 PM PDT · 12 of 19
    The_Reader_David to mgist

    Actually, the general alliance against Sunni revanchism was inevitable, and has nothing to do with Obama’s foreign policy. It’s just surprising that it seems to be coalescing so quickly.

    Had the Shah of Iran not been one of “our bastards” during the Cold War, resulting in Iranian official anti-Americanism, the Shi’ites would have been natural allies against Al Qaeda, who, like “the Caliphate”, regard them as heretics in some ways worse than kuffar as polluters of Islam. Russia regards them as natural allies against their own (all Sunni) Muslim terrorist problem.

  • Does Something Seem Fishy To You In This List of Gov’t Agency Workers Earning More Than $180,000?

    07/06/2014 2:21:31 PM PDT · 21 of 33
    The_Reader_David to PoloSec
    This does not surprise me, nor, except indirectly does it dismay me. The VA, being essentially a miniature NHS for the benefit of veterans (after the scandals I have to restrain myself from putting scorn quotes around "benefit"), unlike every other Federal bureaucracy, employs a great many hospital administrators, and thus, must compete with private hospitals and other public hospitals for their services.

    What is dismaying is first, that we set up a cabinet-level agency to subject our veterans to the "benefits" of socialized medicine, and second that living in The Era of Bad Stewards, hospital administrators -- ostensibly fiduciaries for the general public, or the shareholders, or for a group of physicians -- have, like their counterparts in commerce, finance and academe, contrived to pay themselves vastly more than the people who actually do the job over which the administrators have fiduciary responsibility.

  • Supreme Court ruling signals trouble for state, Chicago (free stuff in the Constitution)

    07/04/2014 6:53:09 AM PDT · 13 of 19
    The_Reader_David to Scoutmaster

    Everything you say is right and sound until you invoke the economically meaningless distinction between employer and employee contributions to pensions.

    Both percentages are fixed in contracts, so it matters not whether the total compensation package is, say $53,500 plus the cost of health insurance and other non-pension benefits, with the salary being $50,000 of which $1000 is required to be contributed to the pension and the extra $3,500 isn’t considered salary and goes to the pension, or the salary is $53,000 of which $4500 must be contributed to the pension, or the salary is $49,000 and there is a non-salary contribution of $4500 to the pension. The first you decry as the “teachers contribute almost nothing and the tax payers cover the rest,” in the second the teachers would be covering the whole cost of their pensions on your analysis, and in the last the taxpayers would be covering the whole thing on your analysis.

    But this is a distinction without a difference. In each case the taxpayers are paying the teacher $53,500 for salary and pension (plus the cost of other benefits), of which $4500 is deferred compensation going into a pension plan. What is more, in each case, the pension contribution is non-taxable income, so in each case the teacher would get $49,000 in taxable income.

  • Armed and mentally ill

    07/04/2014 6:35:34 AM PDT · 15 of 29
    The_Reader_David to DaveA37

    The most important fact the article lays out is the 69% fall in non-fatal “gun crimes”. I’ve heard leftists try to attribute the fall in “gun deaths” to improved trauma care, and while there is some truth in that, the fact that “gun crimes” have dropped precipitously in a period when firearms ownership has become easier and more wide-spread is proof that the left’s analysis of the issue overall is not (as leftists like to claim for their positions) reality-based.

  • Charlie Rangel: It’s hard to distinguish between racist Dixiecrats and the Tea Party

    07/03/2014 4:46:00 PM PDT · 35 of 45
    The_Reader_David to 2ndDivisionVet

    For people whose reasoning ability is limited to reiterating slogans and talking points, distinguishing is a difficult, if not impossible, task.

  • Have Some Fun With Progressives This Independence Day

    07/03/2014 11:03:28 AM PDT · 43 of 47
    The_Reader_David to miss marmelstein

    Ah, but you Latins went soft and started allowing fish and dairy products on fast days. In the East fish is what we put back on the menu to whoop it up when a major feast day falls in a major fast or a Wednesday or Friday, as Annunciation and Palm Sunday always do. (And to think back in the day when we were all in communion you used to be more strict — no katalysis on Saturdays.)

  • Have Some Fun With Progressives This Independence Day

    07/03/2014 6:27:59 AM PDT · 4 of 47
    The_Reader_David to Kaslin

    Actually, this year, Independence Day falling on a Friday will make progressives harder spot. We Orthodox Christians (and the rest of the Christian East, Copts, Jacobites, Armenians, Assyrians and any Uniates who haven’t latinized their fasting typicon) will be off animal products and might be bringing “tofu hockey pucks” to barbeques tomorrow.

    [:-)=====

    (Orthodox monastic smiley)

  • Fed Biz Opp Posting Jan. 2014: Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children

    07/02/2014 7:52:33 PM PDT · 17 of 41
    The_Reader_David to Texas Eagle

    Don’t feel bad. You got the html correctly copied and posted it well, but the government site was plainly using at least css for styling, if not some sort of scripts, so it rendered differently in the context of Jim Robinson’s programming of the FR environment.

    If it used scripts there’s no way to get it to render the same on FR. If it’s just css, if you could get access to the whole directory, you could contrive to copy the style-sheets into the header (though if it took advantage of the “cascading” feature and the page locally overrode a general style, you’d need to do some reprogramming of the css. Unless, that is, JimRob’s programming suppressed html head environment in posts, in which case, no one could have done better. (A screen shot won’t have live links.)

  • The other side of the Hobby Lobby decision: Are corporations considered persons?

    07/02/2014 12:32:30 PM PDT · 4 of 22
    The_Reader_David to SeekAndFind

    More of this nonsense! Neither Citizens United nor Sibelius v. Hobby Lobby turned on the notion of corporations as juridical persons. They are both based on the principle that the owners of a corporation do not give up their political and religious rights simply by dint of having gone into business and filed incorporation papers.

    It is the owners’ rights that are vindicated by both decisions, not the rights of the corporation as a juridical person.

    Now let’s have a suit by a publicly-traded corporation which happens to have a majority of its equity owned by adherents of religions that object to abortion (or contraception in-toto) to extend the same right of religious freedom to its owners. (Of course at the next shareholder meeting they could vote to cover either if a majority share no longer objects.)

  • Elton John: Jesus Would Approve of Same-Sex Marriage

    06/29/2014 7:05:29 PM PDT · 79 of 119
    The_Reader_David to nickcarraway

    Actually, the expansion of “marriage” beyond the classical meaning shared alike by Jews, Christians, Buddhists, pretty much all pagans (yes, even those who were into buggery as a pastime were scandalized by Nero “marrying” a eunuch), is one of the few things that the left fancies to be mercies Jesus would approve of that we can be absolutely certain on the basis of the plain words of Scripture that He would not approve: Our Lord’s comments on marriage are grounded in biology — “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

  • ISIS Declares New Islamist Caliphate Militant Group Declares Statehood

    06/29/2014 1:43:07 PM PDT · 2 of 28
    The_Reader_David to Enlightened1

    And if this report is true, who have they proclaimed as Caliph?

  • World War I's next phase?

    06/28/2014 9:07:06 PM PDT · 5 of 8
    The_Reader_David to Paladin2
    France would be better off with governance by the Germans. Just sayin’.

    I thought that was the point of European integration. (^_^)

  • Six Californias proposed inititive - details and map

    06/28/2014 5:04:52 PM PDT · 18 of 26
    The_Reader_David to EveningStar

    I think the folks pushing this idea fancy that two of the new states would be reliably Democrat, two reliably Republican and two toss-ups (both as regards the Senate and Electoral College), figuring that this could get the needed approval from Congress.

    I score it as one reliably Republican, two reliably Democrat and three toss-ups. It would definitely be a net boon for the right in Presidential elections, but the effect on Congress would be more dubious.

  • Why liberals should stop trying to ‘help’ black Americans

    06/28/2014 4:56:56 PM PDT · 26 of 28
    The_Reader_David to 2ndDivisionVet

    Every ‘Rat politician running for national or state-wide office (okay, maybe not for Secretary of State in states where that is an elected office) should be asked publicly and repeatedly to enunciate an “exit strategy” for the War on Poverty.

  • Was Einstein wrong all along? Controversial theory suggests the speed of light is SLOWER...

    06/28/2014 12:59:38 PM PDT · 24 of 74
    The_Reader_David to BenLurkin

    Absurd over-sensationalistic headline. I guess if 20th century physics were arising in a context of 21st century journalistic sensationalism, we’d be treated to headlines like “Newton Wrong Speed of Light Finite!” and the like.

    Everyone reasonably conversant in physics knows that both general relativity and quantum mechanics must both be “wrong” in the sense of being only approximately correct, since the real theory of physics must be both relativistic and quantum mechanical, and general relativity is a classical theory, while we are only able to do the calculations of quantum mechanics in a non-relativistic background.

    I wonder how much of the anomalies the speculative surmises of “dark matter” and “dark energy” are supposed to address can be fixed just by quantum corrections to general relativity. Beyond the massive neutrinos there may be no mysterious “dark matter” at all, ditto for “dark energy” since we still need what Einstein meant by a “grand unified theory” incorporating both gravity and the other forces in one description. And a description which must be quantum mechanical. It you want an “Einstein was wrong” headline, the really important basis for one came a while ago when it was confirmed that physical reality violates Bell’s Inequalities, and therefore cannot be describe by a classical local hidden variable theory of the sort Einstein thought should underlie and replace quantum mechanics.

  • WWI and the Second Fall of Man

    06/28/2014 7:25:04 AM PDT · 21 of 28
    The_Reader_David to lightman
    There is a recent book about the post-WW I division of the Ottoman Empire by the victorious powers. (ISIS keeps a clear memory of it as a historical grievance -- hence the triumphalist pictures of "the end of Picot-Sykes" as they called bulldozing the berm that marked the Syria-Iraq border.) I've never read it, but the title is marvelous: A Peace to End All Peace.
  • Professors Suddenly Don't Like ObamaCare Either

    06/28/2014 7:20:46 AM PDT · 21 of 29
    The_Reader_David to Zakeet

    Don’t have too much schadenfreude. A lot of us in the professoriate knew that Obamacare was a train-wreck from the very beginning — a lot of us in math, the sciences, economics, engineering and business are on the right (from “center-right” to just plain right, the latter mostly folks who grew up under Soviet-style Communism and recognized Obama for what he is from the moment he burst onto the national stage) — and could see the consequences by which our less wise colleagues in the humanities and social sciences (other the economics) are now being surprised from before the passage of the accursed law.

  • WWI and the Second Fall of Man

    06/27/2014 9:47:55 PM PDT · 9 of 28
    The_Reader_David to se99tp

    In Orthodox Christian thought “the one who restrains” who must be removed before the (last great) Antichrist can be revealed was the Emperor — be it the Roman Augusti (as the Emperors East and West were called from Diocletians reforms until the Empire fell in 1453) or their successors, the Tsars.

    World War I and its aftermath swept aside every possible claimant to the Imperial Throne of Rome: the Tsars of Moscow, the “Third Rome”; the Kaisers, successor to the “Holy Roman Emperors” following on Charlemagne’s attempt to revive the office of Western Augustus; and the Ottoman Sultans, who, when it suited them, styled themselves as Muslim Roman Emperors, ruling from Constantinople (it was only Ataturk’s Turkish Republic which formally changed the name of the city to the popular Turkish nickname “Istanbul” — a corruption of the Greek eis ten politas).

  • Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws

    06/26/2014 1:36:44 PM PDT · 42 of 64
    The_Reader_David to maine yankee

    Okay, if they’re private corporations, not government agencies, then they have no authority to enforce the law, and when they conduct a raid, they are armed burglars and should be treated as such.

  • WAR ON WALL STREET: Obama Appoints Anti-Business Activist Head of DOJ Division

    06/26/2014 6:09:25 AM PDT · 15 of 20
    The_Reader_David to RginTN

    This may actually count as evidence in the case some make that Obama is a covert Muslim: one characteristic of Muslims is their stunning ingratitude toward non-Muslim benefactors.

    Obama wouldn’t have been elected without the 2008 financial crisis — the issue in the 2008 election before the crash was energy independence, which is why McCain picked an up-and-coming oil state governor to be his running mate — and has benefited massively from donations from Wall Street. Now it’s time to bit the hand that fed him.

  • The Tuesday List - Top 10 Greatest Scientists Of All Time

    06/24/2014 7:39:44 AM PDT · 21 of 56
    The_Reader_David to Scoutmaster
    Newton definitely belongs on the list, and after consideration, I'll grudgingly put him in the top spot. However, I'm given to pointing out to my calculus students that I'm not sure which of the inventors (or discovers, depending on your favored philosophy of mathematics) of the calculus was more brilliant. They both produced the calculus to do physics. Newton then blundered off and did physics, giving us the "clockwork universe" of classical physics. Leibniz started worrying about the relationship between the observer and the system observed -- the very thing that Newton got wrong and which in two different ways undid his classical physics at the turn of the 20th century both as it applied to the very large and very fast (relativity) and the very small (quantum mechanics) -- and instead wrote The Monadology.

    But Aristotle? With his physics in which arrows fly straight then suddenly fall straight down when they run out "impetus"? How could he get that wrong??? He was the tutor to Alexander the Great and surely saw arrows flying in their parabolic arcs as the approximately correct physics Newton gave us predicts. He wasn't blind like Homer, how did he get that wrong? He also got quantification over empty families wrong in his formulation of logic

  • Central American migrants are on a word-of-mouth exodus to the U.S.A.

    06/21/2014 6:30:17 PM PDT · 5 of 60
    The_Reader_David to FreeAtlanta
    It's life imitating art, but the fictional precedent is Jean Raspail's Camp of the Saints.
  • Welcome to Vancouver's gender-neutral pronoun wars

    06/19/2014 5:21:34 PM PDT · 20 of 29
    The_Reader_David to rickmichaels

    There were hints that this rubbish was coming even before my father passed away in 2005. Despite not being given to cussing, he always held the correct nominative gender-unspecified pronoun was s/h/it. I suppose the objective case would be her/im/it and the possessive her/is/its.

  • Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase (It's Bi-partisan!- RINO's are the worst!

    06/18/2014 7:21:07 PM PDT · 25 of 51
    The_Reader_David to Red in Blue PA

    I can see a Northeastern ‘Rat being for this, or even an urbanite from either party who suffers from the delusion that what’s good for his city is good for the country, being for this, but what the h*ll is a Republican from Tennessee doing backing this misbegotten pile of rubbish?

  • American Medical Association Says Gender is Imaginary

    06/18/2014 9:33:01 AM PDT · 51 of 84
    The_Reader_David to SeekAndFind

    And this is why the relevant category separating people in athletic competitions, bathrooms and the like is sex not gender (which was originally a grammatical notion until the left decided to use it as a Newspeak word for sex or whatever their social engineering would like to replace sex with as suits them at the moment).

  • Is it okay for a Christian to get a tattoo?

    06/18/2014 9:22:09 AM PDT · 43 of 149
    The_Reader_David to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
    The Bible is pretty clear on the topic.

    What is there to discuss?

    What's to discuss is that it's not a prohibition of the Old Covenant law which is reiterated in the New Testament (as the prohibition on pornea, for instance, was both by the Council of Jerusalem and by St. Paul in his letters) as incumbent on gentile converts. Do you check those labels to make sure you're not buying linen-wool blend clothing? (I actually saw some for sale, and noted that the designer had deliberately cut pious Jews out of his potential market.)

    The Copts have a custom involving tattoos very much in keeping with the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit: they have a cross tattooed on the back of their hand or the inside of their wrist: a very in-your-face witness of belonging to Christ considering their homeland is ruled by Muslims. I find it very hard to object to the Coptic practice.

  • No Mitt, No Problem: Fan Catches Home Run Holding Baby at Giants-Rockies Game

    06/16/2014 8:33:27 PM PDT · 24 of 25
    The_Reader_David to nickcarraway

    “Journalists” do seem to have grammar problems these days.

    Plainly the headline writer meant ...Fan Holding Baby Catches Home Run..., since what he wrote glosses as you had it, that the home run was holding a baby, or (I’m not sure whether more or less absurdly) that the fan caught a baby who was holding a home run (reading the present participle having home run as its object and functioning as an adjective).

  • Surprise! The Vegas Cop Killers Weren't So Right-Wing After All

    06/16/2014 8:11:24 PM PDT · 17 of 23
    The_Reader_David to Perdogg

    Hardly surprising. One does not drape fallen enemies with one’s own flag. Plainly they were some sort of leftist nitwits who think the Gadsden Flag is symbolic of whatever they thought police officers stand for these days.

    It is hard to fathom the depth of such delusion considering the critique by Tea Party adherents of the police-state apparatus being built in the U.S.

  • US-made Stinger missiles have likely fallen into ISIS hands, officials say

    06/16/2014 5:33:21 PM PDT · 53 of 85
    The_Reader_David to Genoa

    Would that it were a Neo-Assyrian Empire that was being built! The Assyrians, such as remains of them, are Christians (albeit Nestorians), and are are being driven from their homes by ISIS (although not yet slaughtered, as ISIS is busy now dealing with the Shi’ites whom they know will fight them, rather than folks they can reduce to dhimmitude at their leisure if they’re still around when the dust clears).

  • Why Big Business Fears the Tea Party: Dave Brat driving corporate America to the Democrats'

    06/16/2014 4:10:44 PM PDT · 25 of 48
    The_Reader_David to BobL
    2) Big business DOES NOT CARE which party provides that labor, although they’d prefer Republicans since we’re better on taxes and overall regulations.

    Actually I think you are mistaken: Big Business actually likes regulation and high taxes, provided they have loopholes by which to avoid paying the latter (which established large corporations generally do). Both create an impediment to new competitors entering the market. Big Business -- run by professional managers, rather than its owners, the actual capitalists -- is at heart fascist, not capitalist.

    This is one reason the Koch brothers are so exceptional -- they run their own closely-held corporations, and thus think like capitalists rather than professional managers, and take pro-market positions politically as a result, rather than "pro-business" positions which more often than not expand state power to get a short-lived market advantage.

  • "Intersting" Noob falls for classic blunder and gets the ZOT! Ted Cruz Gives Up His Canadian Citiz

    06/11/2014 9:12:03 PM PDT · 23 of 154
    The_Reader_David to Sam Troy
    Are you certain that Cuban law provides for jus sanguinis citizenship in the case of a child born to one Cuban parent in the absence of jus solis citizenship?

    Not all countries do. Some require such children to be naturalized.

  • Human Tide of Children Sweeps Across U.S. Borders

    06/11/2014 5:28:02 PM PDT · 32 of 64
    The_Reader_David to Oldeconomybuyer
    Well, despite the NSA pushing hard to boost 1984 and Planned Parenthood's support for Brave New World it's looking more and more the the race for the dystopian future will be won by the long-shot Camp of the Saints.
  • Al-Qaida Establishes Islamic Caliphate across Syria, Norther Iraq

    06/11/2014 1:36:36 PM PDT · 30 of 36
    The_Reader_David to Mount Athos

    To the headline, I reply. Really? Who is the Caliph?

    Obviously the news out of western Iraq and eastern Syria is bad, but calling a region that has fallen under the control of an armed band intent on enforcing its vision of Sharia as “Caliphate” is at best imprecise and at worst misses the point that the Sunni world is the chaotic hell-hole it has become in part because there is no Caliph, no central religious authority who could put a stop to every Abudul, Mohammed and Omar from setting up his own blood-soaked interpretation of Shariah.

  • Why the tea party should favor immigration

    06/11/2014 12:08:22 PM PDT · 94 of 142
    The_Reader_David to illiac
    ...sensible immigration reform with border controls...

    I believe the whole debate is over the import of the word "sensible". Some folks fancy that permitting many (if not all) people currently in the U.S. illegally not only to have their presence regularized in some way, but essentially handed Green Cards after a little bureaucratic hassle and put on their way to becoming citizens, is sensible. Others think that tougher enforcement of existing immigration law, including quick deportation of anyone in the U.S. illegally is sensible.

    I suspect what is really sensible is somewhere in between. (Personally I like "Red Card" proposals -- a way of granting permanent legal status to remain in the U.S. to some non-citizens that does not put them on a track to citizenship. We can quibble over who should be entitled to such status, but it blunts all the left's humanitarian arguments and would be a way of stopping chain-immigration through family reunion resulting in lots of new 'Rat voters.)

  • How Long Before the Founding Fathers’ America Disappears?

    06/11/2014 11:55:20 AM PDT · 56 of 62
    The_Reader_David to demshateGod

    You don’t think state nullification will lead to violence — somehow I don’t think when the State Troopers or local sheriff’s department stop some bunch of Federal enforcers (say the EPA for the sake of argument) from enforcing some law or regulation that the Feds won’t reply with armed force.

  • ‘The door is always open’: Celibacy for priests not unchangeable dogma, Pope Francis says

    06/11/2014 11:49:58 AM PDT · 67 of 116
    The_Reader_David to stremba

    Under the ancient canons still in force among the Orthodox (and the Uniates), bishops must be celibate from their consecration forward — either ordained to the priesthood unmarried, ordained to the priesthood married and subsequently widowed, or (a very rare circumstance, though it applied to Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow) a married man who, together with his wife, by mutual agreement has taken monastic vows either before or after his ordination to the priesthood. (There is a very beautiful but rarely used rite in which spouses agreeing both to take monstatic vows bid farewell to each other before both entering their respective monasteries.)

    One of the Ukranian Orthodox bishops in Canada is a widower and has a son who sits as a Justice on the Canadian Supreme Court.

  • How Long Before the Founding Fathers’ America Disappears?

    06/11/2014 10:01:53 AM PDT · 31 of 62
    The_Reader_David to rktman

    It’s been gone since the 16th and 17th Amendments were ratified. Or, if you don’t think that change was radical enough, since Wikard v. Filburn was wrongly decided.

    The only question now is how long before it’s too late to revive the Founding Fathers’ America without a violent revolution — and the answer will become clearer after the next two election cycles. (Not that the revival can be done in a few election cycles, just if they go the right way it will still be feasible, if they go the wrong way, it will soon be time to reach for the cartridge box because soap, ballot and jury will have failed.)

  • ‘The door is always open’: Celibacy for priests not unchangeable dogma, Pope Francis says

    06/11/2014 9:12:59 AM PDT · 12 of 116
    The_Reader_David to Biggirl

    Yes, but neither the Orthodox nor the Eastern Rite Unitates (nor for that matter the Monophysites nor the Nestorians) permit priests to marry. Married men may be ordained to the priesthood (with the wife’s consent), but priests (or, for that matter deacons and subdeacons) may not marry after ordination without being laicized.

    Permitting priests (or even deacons or subdeacons) to marry (as opposed to married men being ordained to the priesthood) would actually be an impediment to reunion with the Orthodox.

  • Tweaking the GOP, Obama signs memo to expand student debt relief; endorses Democratic bill

    06/10/2014 8:38:31 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    The_Reader_David to Sacajaweau
    They do belong in the VA business. How's that going?

    Actually, I'm not sure to what extent they belong in the VA business -- creating a miniature NHS to serve veterans (or not as seems to be the case too often, hence the scandal) does not seem to be the optimal way of caring for returned warriors.

    Veterans would be better off having really solid health insurance tenable at any medical facility or doctor's office plus access to a few special-purpose medical facilities specifically geared to dealing with the after-effects of combat, including both physical injuries and PTSD, and other veteran-specific medical and psychological needs (survivor-guilt for not having gone into combat and exotic infections from war zones come to mind), run by the DOD, than having a whole cabinet-level agency devoted to veterans' medical care (plus whatever else counts as "veterans affairs").

  • Miss USA Contestants Blasted for Actually Giving Reasonable Answers This Year

    06/10/2014 7:47:14 AM PDT · 37 of 55
    The_Reader_David to SeekAndFind

    I think you’re overlooking the real significance of “teach men not to rape” and of the whole leftist reaction to Ms. Sanchez remarks.

    She gave a sensible response to the question with “sexual assault” given its normal English denotation. The left uses “rape” and “sexual assault” in elastic Newspeak versions which always carry the connotation of the English word or phrase, but with fluid denotations, allowing them to apply the condemnation properly applied to what the English word denotes to other things as suits their political expediency. (Think of the way they use “racist”.)

    Misreading body language and kissing a woman who does not want to be kissed is no longer the “stolen kiss” of romantic poetry, but (when it suits the left) “sexual assault”. The twentieth century practice of college practice of women taking a bit of “dutch courage” before giving away their virtue now becomes the basis of a claim of “rape” against the young man who takes up the offer (should the woman regret it in the morning). Neither of these instances of the Newspeak “sexual assault” is reasonably addressed by having an advanced level in a martial art, and neither of them is what normal, sane, English-speakers mean by “sexual assault”.

  • California Bill Brings Government Into the Bedroom

    06/09/2014 5:16:41 PM PDT · 36 of 39
    The_Reader_David to pabianice

    Funny, I thought one of the left’s talking points was keeping the government out of the bedroom.

  • Bernie Sanders Blames Koch Brothers for Pressure on Shinseki to Resign

    05/30/2014 11:06:48 AM PDT · 20 of 46
    The_Reader_David to PJ-Comix

    I guess the Koch brothers have now replaced Sarah Palin in the role of Emmanuel Goldstein.