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Posts by tjd1454

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  • Guardian UK: Pope Francis is starting to look a lot like Sarah Palin or Kevin Rudd

    04/23/2015 4:46:05 PM PDT · 22 of 27
    tjd1454 to Pollster1
    There are two real leaders to come

    Chapter and verse?

  • Radiometric Dating: How Rocks Can Look Older Than They Are

    04/12/2015 3:53:33 PM PDT · 23 of 25
    tjd1454 to muir_redwoods

    Feel free to think what you wish, and to inhabit a world of your imagination in which everything that exists somehow spontaneously arose from time + chance + matter. I would suggest that this is the height of irrationality.

    There is a reason why poll after poll shows that after a generation of indoctrination in public schools and throughout our culture, viz, that “macro-evolution is true: discussion over,” only a distinct minority of respondents believe that natural processes are sufficient to account for the universe and all there is in it. It is self-evident that some wondrously great Intelligence stands behind the astounding level of design evident throughout creation.

    The insistence that, like everything else, God must have a cause betrays a false premise: that God is a contingent being like His creation. You first accept your presupposition as true, then smugly conclude that people of faith are hopelessly in error because they do not accept your conclusion. That is known as circular reasoning. You have rejected the eternality of God in favor of the eternal, unchangeable nature of Father Time.

    Similarly, atheist Richard Dawkins argues that an even more sophisticated Being must exist to have created the God who created this universe, and so on ad nauseam throughout eternity. But this argument only stands when one fundamentally redefines the nature of God and then attacks their self-defined caricature.

    The Judeo-Christian worldview holds that unlike His creation, God does not exist within, nor is He bound by, the space-time continuum. He stands eternally apart from His creation and all the space-time limitations inherent within the physical universe.

    You describe yourself as “agnostic”: I suspect that you use that appellation rather than “atheist” because you realize the untenability of confidently asserting that God does not exist. If true, you would be well advised to be open to the reality of God without first insisting that “God” conforms to your preconceptions.

    Long ago the agnostic Herbert Spence dismissed belief in God: “Man has never been known to fly into the heavens to discover God.” Unfortunately, he did not consider the other possibility, that the personal-infinite God has reached down from Heaven to reveal Himself to humankind. That, I would suggest, is precisely what happened, and furthermore that His wonderful acts are recorded in the Bible.

    You might try what many others have done, with life-transforming results: set aside your preconceptions and offer the simple, heartfelt prayer: “God, if you exist, please reveal yourself to me.” Why not give it a try?

  • Radiometric Dating: How Rocks Can Look Older Than They Are

    04/12/2015 10:55:45 AM PDT · 20 of 25
    tjd1454 to muir_redwoods

    Gotcha! Is that what you thought? Did you really think you had posed the ultimate unanswerable objection to the existence of God?

    I unfortunately don’t have time to try to go through all the responses to this old canard. Plus, I’m not a philosopher - here’s a site for starters that does an adequate job. There are probably a hundred others:

    http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/who_created_god.html

  • Radiometric Dating: How Rocks Can Look Older Than They Are

    04/11/2015 7:24:04 PM PDT · 10 of 25
    tjd1454 to Verginius Rufus
    Are we supposed to believe that that is an illusion, that NGC 2903 is much closer, or that it was there 20 million years ago, but that the earth didn't come into being until 4004 B.C.?

    Are we supposed to believe that the universe "somehow" came into existence without any outside Agency, and that the unimaginable complexity of life managed to come into existence solely as a result of time + chance + matter?

    Are we expected to believe that the obvious impossibility of such a proposition is answered simply by injecting huge amounts of time into the process, as if that obviated the self-evident truth that infinite complexity cannot spontaneously arise out of nothing?

    As the teleological argument for the existence of God argues, a design requires a Designer. Or, as the argument for Contingency - which Bishop Coppleston argued with such effect against the atheist Bertrand Russell - states, everything that exists demands a sufficient cause. So the question is: what is the sufficient Cause for the vastness of the universe and the virtually infinite level of complexity found in living things?

    Supposing I was walking in the woods and came across an old wristwatch lying on the path. If I began waxing eloquently about the amazing conjunction of just the right minerals in the ground with the injection of energy in the form of lightning strikes, produced the watch, my sanity would be rightly questioned, for everyone knows that anything that show evidence of purposeful design did not come into existence through purely natural forces. And everything from the common housefly to the human body shows an infinite greater level of complexity.

  • Radiometric Dating: How Rocks Can Look Older Than They Are

    04/11/2015 6:53:48 PM PDT · 7 of 25
    tjd1454 to PapaBear3625
    If something is really 100 million years old, instead of 200 million years old, it still invalidates the Creation timeline.

    One could just as easily argue that any methodology that has been found to be off by 100% is unreliable.

    Suppose that the rocks were found to be only 1 million years old, would you use the same argument, viz, that therefore the Creation timeline is wrong - even though the methodology used to discredit it was found to be off by 19,900%?

    All dating techniques other than Carbon 14 which can be historically validated necessarily employ built-in assumptions which - in this case - have already been shown to be wildly inaccurate.

  • Report from Ainkawa Mall, Erbil, Iraq (Displaced Young Christian Iraqi Girl is Asked to Say Somethin

    03/03/2015 3:40:08 AM PST · 4 of 6
    tjd1454 to RginTN

    I have prayed for those precious souls

  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 7:43:40 PM PST · 119 of 439
    tjd1454 to NYer
    As a lifelong Evangelical Protestant with a terminal degree in theology, this is the first time I have seen these two passages connected (the Lord's prayer and Jesus' parable about the unforgiving debtor).

    It seems to me that the argument presented by the author deserves consideration. IMHO many Eternal Security Protestants do not adequately take into consideration passages encouraging believers to "remain in the faith."

    One detects a subtle arrogance not only of "possessing the correct theology" (unlike those Papists) but of a mistaken assurance that one is "eternally secure" and thus can commit any sin with impunity. This is a misguided and frankly dangerous attitude to take.

    This from one who believes entirely in salvation by faith in Christ, "not of ourselves lest any man should boast."

  • Wal-Mart opposes Arkansas 'conscience protection' measure critics cast as anti-LGBT

    02/25/2015 7:08:52 PM PST · 14 of 14
    tjd1454 to MrB
    Remember the whole point of the LGBT agenda IS to violate the conscience rights of Christians, to force them to apostatize.

    Exactly - The Gay Agenda is a frontal attack against Christianity that is succeeding beyond our wildest fears.

    The Mark of the Beast.

  • US energy secretary to join Iran nuclear talks

    02/21/2015 9:59:10 AM PST · 2 of 5
    tjd1454 to Dave346

    Peace in our time

  • Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

    02/16/2015 11:31:06 AM PST · 11 of 12
    tjd1454 to wagglebee; All
    Let this be a warning to those on this forum who have "moved on" from marriage & family issues: "we've lost that battle, let's focus on the really important issues like immigration!"

    Far from a "tangential" issue that "good conservatives can disagree on", traditional marriage & the natural family are the foundation of society. If we lose this issue, it will lead to gulags and unthinkable persecution of people of faith in this country.

    The first step will be removal of tax exempt status for "discriminating" churches (enabled by efforts to redefine "religious liberty" as per the article), followed by draconian penalties and fines that will force churches across the land to close.

    Folks, if these people have their way, it will not be long before YOUR pastor will have to face a stark choice of marrying homosexuals - or face criminal charges, and prison.

    Unfortunately, too many have bought the lie that GLBT activists "only want equal rights", and to "live their lives as they please". To the contrary, they want to stamp out all opposition to their deathstyle - beginning with the churches.

    Do not think that you will escape by distancing yourself from the "reactionaries". Next they will come for you, giving you a stark choice. It is called The Mark of the Beast.

  • Oh No! Ted Cruz Was Once Ticketed for an Unopened Case of Beer

    01/14/2015 10:58:23 PM PST · 2 of 41
    tjd1454 to 2ndDivisionVet

    Well there goes his political career...

  • How Christians Will Know They Can Join Hands With Rome

    01/01/2015 6:21:32 PM PST · 73 of 326
    tjd1454 to editor-surveyor; Secret Agent Man
    Yeshua loved to divide the truth from the babble

    And He will judge the nations - not you or I

  • How Christians Will Know They Can Join Hands With Rome

    01/01/2015 5:23:57 PM PST · 56 of 326
    tjd1454 to Secret Agent Man
    No offense but the debates about this here are mostly pointless as they devolve into snipe to be corrected contests.

    Each side feels the other is unorthodox and until Christ returns there’s going to be division. Of course share beliefs and help questioning people, but this kind of thing here usually just makes the trenches deeper.

    You hit the nail on the head. Christians need to stop their sniping at each other and support each other against a common enemy - which only benefits from the infighting.

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/16/2014 8:16:49 PM PST · 91 of 91
    tjd1454 to UCANSEE2
    McDonald's settled out of court with the woman who spilled coffee on her lap, and sued because she didn't understand that the coffee might be hot. Were they guilty?

    The dynamics of a corporation sued by a customer for spilled coffee and Cosby being accused of rape by some 25 women and counting, are I would think rather different.

    First off, as a moral offense, spilled coffee is not anywhere near comparable to rape.

    Regarding culpability, I suspect a good case could be made that the MacDonalds franchise was indeed "guilty" of serving too hot coffee. As with most corporations, MacDonalds apparently felt that the negative publicity was not worth the fight.

    Individuals, however, are not primarily concerned with turning away customers and the accompanying loss of day-by-day sales. Individuals are primarily concerned about their personal reputation, and it is highly unlikely that someone with the vast financial resources as Cosby would not fight his accusers.

    Cosby has suffered the humiliating loss of prestige with the cancellation of his long-standing associations with Institutions of higher learning, not to mention the cancellation of television projects. Think of how complete the loss of any remaining shred of reputation would be should he be convicted in a court of law of rape. No, an innocent man would spare no expense - and Cosby has millions to spare - to protect his name and reputation.

  • All Animals Go To Heaven, Says Pope Francis

    12/11/2014 8:47:44 AM PST · 80 of 212
    tjd1454 to Resolute Conservative
    I wish I had that kind of quick turn around when seeking references

    Try this online Bible lookup site with a zillion translations:

    https://www.biblegateway.com/

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/08/2014 9:46:32 PM PST · 68 of 91
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    Your long, detailed post raises again the all-important question: why did BC pass up the chance to appear on a nationally-broadcast hour-long program about the charges against him? He should either have gone on the program himself to rebut the charges (an innocent man of his stature and self-confidence would have no fear of confronting the women), or at a minimum send his slick, top-drawer lawyers to destroy the women's case.

    "He didn't want to dignify them with a response..." That's nonsense. The man's entire career and reputation are at stake. IF he is innocent, he must spend a few million of his vast fortune to defend himself so that "sexual predator" does not appear in line 2 of his obituary.

    I suspect the points you raise are not as strong as you imply, for if they in fact prove that the women are lying, BC and his lawyers would by now know that better than anyone, and would not have hesitated to appear on the CNN program to refute them and express their outrage that their client has been subjected to false claims yada yada. Good heavens - these professional fast-talkers would have the hosts and the women themselves shedding tears of sympathy for poor maligned Dr. Huxtable.

    This kind of back-and-forth debate with opposing viewpoints occurs every day on CNN. What prevented BC from sending his lawyers in to earn their chops and at least get in some punches?

    BTW the program was re-aired later in the evening, and may well be aired again.

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/08/2014 7:09:59 PM PST · 66 of 91
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    The victims describe how it has affected their lives: families, marriages, work, nightmares... One stated that this case is about "the abuse of power, mistrust, and betrayal."

    Someone on the program quoted former special prosecutor and legal analyst Nancy Grace: "Are all of these people lying, and one person is telling the truth? Or are all these people telling the truth, and one person is lying?"

    Another alleged victim, former model Nancy Dickinson is being interviewed. She describes the "denial" she went through after her assault, and suffering post-traumatic stress.

    In my view, it is frankly hard to imagine any reason why these women would go on national television to describe such alleged assaults other than they happened as described.

    CNN invited BC and/or his legal counsel to appear on the show to give their side, or to provide a statement. They did not respond to the request.

    This was an hour-long show discussing the story which was heavily advertised. It seems to me that, at a minimum, BC should have sent his lawyer to offer a rebuttal to the allegations?

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/08/2014 6:41:14 PM PST · 65 of 91
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    Five women are being interviewed now, none of which knew any of the others. None have asked for (or received) money from BC.

    Also discussed in the program: in 2005 he settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money. At that time there were 13 "Jane Does" who had given depositions and were prepared to testify regarding similar assaults.

    In my view settling out of court is often an indication of guilt, as someone like Cosby would have unlimited resources with which to destroy the credibility of any accusers in court. Also of note, each of the five women say they did tell others at the time, but were told no one would listen to them. One of the women was told by her boss to keep her mouth shut: "You do know that Cosby is Hefner's best friend?" Of course, it would have been better if they would have gone directly to the police - that question hasn't been asked yet.

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/08/2014 6:06:30 PM PST · 63 of 91
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion

    CNN is airing a devastating expose of Cosby. Well worth watching.

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/08/2014 11:01:53 AM PST · 57 of 91
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    If BC could manage to get a grand jury to acquit him I would be the first to apologize for suspecting that there might be something to the twenty-some women who have come forward with accusations.

    However, given his record of settling out-of-court and paying off his accusers rather than facing a jury of his peers, I somehow doubt he will attempt to go to court to clear his name

  • You Will Live Forever

    12/08/2014 10:57:58 AM PST · 34 of 37
    tjd1454 to Elsie
    The Mormons have created an 'answer' to it with their 'Forever Family' stuff.

    A clever ploy indeed. I chose to believe the Bible rather than inveterate womanizers like Joseph Smith and his successor Brigham Young.

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/08/2014 10:07:31 AM PST · 45 of 91
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    This whole “war on women” thing...

    Do you seriously think you are taking a stand against the "war on women" by defending someone who may well be a lifelong serial rapist?

    Earth to butterdezillion: The "war on women" dehumanizes and demeans women, making them into chattel - the property of men, to be used for their pleasure and then discarded (like some religions teach and practice) - i.e., the very thing that BC is accused of doing.

  • You Will Live Forever

    12/08/2014 10:00:34 AM PST · 23 of 37
    tjd1454 to GYPSY286
    how could it be “paradise” for me if my family members are’nt there?

    That is a good question. In our heart of hearts we want - need - to be where love is. The family was designed to mirror God's love for us - and hopefully it does. But when family members are living in rebellion against God, there is no true love. Perhaps you have already experienced this in their rejection of you along with your faith. Would we want to spend eternity in a place where there is no love? Let us not forget that Hell is not populated with those who earnestly desire to love and serve God (desperately wishing for another chance to do so), but by those who are eternally confirmed in their rejection of Him. We could never be happy among those who hate God.

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/08/2014 9:31:58 AM PST · 41 of 91
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    Of course, if Cosby has to be quilty because of the larqe number of (unsubstantiated) accusations aqainst him

    There you go again - determined to defend kindly "wouldn't hurt a fly" Dr. Huxtable, as you have on other threads...

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/07/2014 6:53:50 PM PST · 114 of 117
    tjd1454 to SteveH
    In any case they are minors and minors are presumed not to have enough judgment to make informed decisions about their own welfare placing the burden of responsibility of caring for their welfare in the hands of accompanying adults,

    Correct. By definition a minor is incapable of granting informed consent. The excuse "they should have known better and got what they deserved" betrays a heartless callousness. And yes, any adults present should have protected them from sexual assault.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/07/2014 6:46:09 PM PST · 113 of 117
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    I haven’t seen even ONE person on this forum defend Bill Cosby - including myself.

    IMHO there are Freepers on this and other threads about the BC scandal who are doing just that. They evince a dismissive and scornful attitude towards the alleged victims while showing sympathy for what they imagine to be a fellow "conservative".

    How about some respect for the young women who report being raped?

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/07/2014 6:39:54 PM PST · 112 of 117
    tjd1454 to UCANSEE2; SteveH
    So.... they WILLINGLY followed Cosby to the Playboy Mansion. Do you think they knew what the Playboy Mansion was 'all about'?

    Whatever the girls did or did not know about the Playboy Mansion is irrelevant. The same could conceivably be said about innumerable bars, rock concerts, and many social event.

    The only question that needs to be answered is whether or not BC sexually assaulted the complainants.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/07/2014 6:33:30 PM PST · 111 of 117
    tjd1454 to UCANSEE2
    WHY, after having been allegedly raped, would they return for more of the same, night after night?

    The Stockholm Syndrome is also difficult to understand, but the fact remains that sometimes people who are abused and even held against their will have a totally irrational emotional response where they temporarily identify with their tormentors.

    The operative question is whether Cosby engaged in sexual relations with women against their will, or in other cases forced himself upon women who were drugged and thus unaware or otherwise incapacitated.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/07/2014 6:23:14 PM PST · 110 of 117
    tjd1454 to SteveH

    Agreed. Someone got the girls in. There must have been enablers who assisted Cosby with meeting underage girls.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 9:40:58 PM PST · 88 of 117
    tjd1454 to ansel12; butterdezillion

    Thanks for posting the news. I do not know if Cosby is guilty of the allegations. Everything I have learned confirms that the man is guilty as sin. IF SO, I and - I am sure - many others take a measure of pleasure in the “speed bumps” that have been placed in the man’s life; namely the loss of the prestige and honor that he has for so long coveted and taken for granted. The Scripture says: “The sins of some men go before them, the sins of others follow after.” Unlike many others whose offenses are not revealed in this life, at least Cosby has been granted the opportunity to reflect and hopefully feel remorse for whatever he has done, and to make amends.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 9:08:56 PM PST · 86 of 117
    tjd1454 to arthurus
    If it was so bad she should have made the charge when it meant something.

    You are blaming your daughter instead of the monster who violated her.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 9:05:37 PM PST · 85 of 117
    tjd1454 to SteveH
    ...that makes the problem larger than Cosby himself.

    Good point. There were enablers who share in the guilt of any wealthy or powerful predator. I count among these none other than the bizarrely-esteemed-even-among-conservatives Hugh Hefner. At least one of the alleged victims was an underaged girl who Cosby assaulted at the Playboy mansion. People there - and nothing goes on at the mansion that Hefner does not permit - knew what was going on.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 8:59:18 PM PST · 84 of 117
    tjd1454 to ansel12
    Cosby supports Obama and called the republicans racists.

    Cosby was also involved in promoting the Tawana Brawley rape hoax.

    Cosby is a republican hating democrat.

    Exactly. Yet the man makes a few comments about black men pulling their pants up and earns the undying admiration of some Freepers.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · 76 of 117
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    The claim of Cosby being this horrible monster only emerged in 2005, 6 months after he angered the NAACP and leftists

    So it took the "anti-Bill conspiracy" a whole SIX MONTHS to get their act together and organize the campaign against him? Probably innumerable meetings and sub-committees to decide upon the right strategy?

    Everyone agrees that the MSM stopped protecting Cosby, but to claim that a conspiracy involving 20+ women is afoot is grasping at straws.

    One allegation? Absolutely the accused is innocent until guilty. Two or three: yes, he deserves his day in court, yada yada. But there comes a point when the accusations begin to pile on, and 20+ is a huge red flag.

    I repeat my question: what is your spiritual discernment telling you about Cosby? Can you seriously claim that in your heart of hearts you believe the man is innocent?

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 2:19:36 PM PST · 69 of 117
    tjd1454 to butterdezillion
    to: butterdezillion

    from: "bucko"

    My apologies for the mistaken observation that your posts give the impression of someone who is primarily interested in defending Cosby.

    Perhaps you could clarify something: one would think that a woman would naturally sympathize with women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted. Surely you understand better than most men the complex emotional dilemma that a young woman would face especially in an age when sexual-assault victims had a much more difficult time making their case. It was a time when victims faced the humility of being examined by male officers, and whose testimony was often not taken seriously.

    Cosby was at the height of his career, and was viewed as virtually unchallengeable. Who would dare make such an accusation against Dr. Huxtable?

    Surely you understand (better than us men) the tremendous emotional barriers to "going public" and facing the inevitable public ridicule, even after having suffered in silence all these years. For as you know, time does not heal all wounds.

    It is by no means true that Cosby is left with no way to combat the accusations. If he was seriously interested in clearing his name, he could waive the statute of limitations and go to court to rebut the allegations. If I were him (and I am not), I would spare no cost - of my $400 million fortune - to clear my name. What is a few million in lawyer's fees to a man like Cosby?

    I certainly agree that "Only the Lord knows" the full truth, but we are also instructed to use our God-given spiritual gift of discernment. And what is your discernment regarding the now more than twenty women of varying walks in life who are accusing Cosby of rape?

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 1:49:59 PM PST · 67 of 117
    tjd1454 to UCANSEE2
    When human beings find a method that allows them to repeat questionable sexual activities, they tend to keep doing it.

    No more true than with regard to morally-corrupt Hollywood. We all know stories about those who use their power and influence to take advantage of others sexually and otherwise. And with those around them covering up their behavior, it continues unabated until one unimaginable day when it all comes crashing down - the Day of Judgment.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 1:43:00 PM PST · 66 of 117
    tjd1454 to UCANSEE2
    the point was that 'the left' helped him keep his deviancy from the public up until he dared speak up 'against' the President and the 'black' community.

    No argument with the first part, but Cosby did not speak out against Obama but rather made very public remarks in support of him.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 1:40:02 PM PST · 65 of 117
    tjd1454 to stephenjohnbanker

    I seriously doubt that more than twenty women would conspire together - unknown to each other - to accuse an innocent man. It is much more likely that there is at least some substance to the accusations. IMHO the odds are that there are even more women with similar stories.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 12:07:12 PM PST · 57 of 117
    tjd1454 to caww
    the lady "friends" who accepted his advances long before finding their pants down.

    Did you not read the news reports? Or do you agree with the Muslims that it is women themselves that are the guilty party because they entice men with their libidinous ways?

    These were not prostitutes. In EVERY case the woman was either in some way drugged or he brutally forced himself upon them.

    Their only fault was that of some on this forum, who apparently think that kind, fatherly Dr. Huxtable would never do such a thing.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 11:53:58 AM PST · 56 of 117
    tjd1454 to stephenjohnbanker
    But this is also about a man reputedly worth 400 million. Ignore this at your peril.

    It is certainly possible that some of the women are hoping for a financial payoff. However, since the statute of limitations has long expired (except for one case where it may still be active on a technicality), it is difficult to see how that could be a motivation.

    It is in my view highly unlikely that some twenty women who did not know each other spontaneously decided to go public about the same kind of traumatic assault with accounts that were frighteningly similar, revealing a cunning modus operandi.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 11:33:47 AM PST · 53 of 117
    tjd1454 to caww
    Hollywood has been and always will be a cesspool of sexual perverts

    Absolutely agree - which means that Cosby was a part of that depraved culture. Why then are so many in this forum steadfastly defending him? Do they really believe he is Dr. Huxtable?

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 11:27:05 AM PST · 52 of 117
    tjd1454 to E. Pluribus Unum
    It is entirely possible that the media and leftist elite has thrown Cosby under the bus. However, I suspect that the scandal began to "grow legs," making it impossible for his depraved lifestyle to be covered up any longer.

    It is noteworthy that a British publication, The Daily Mail, was the first newspaper to publish the accusations. Only after the story became too big to ignore, with an increasing number of accusations, did U.S. news outlets begin to cover the scandal.

    In any event, the question remains as to whether or not the man is guilty of heinous crimes against women. As I earlier suggested, the sheer number of accusations from disparate alleged victims would require an unbelievable level of orchestration if it were indeed a "conspiracy" against the man.

  • Bill Cosby Seeks to Dismiss New Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    12/06/2014 11:01:44 AM PST · 47 of 117
    tjd1454 to ansel12; UCANSEE2; stephenjohnbanker; E. Pluribus Unum; Bubba_Leroy; butterdezillion; vette6387; ...
    ...your republican hating, Obama supporting, Tawana Brawley rape hoax promoting Bill Cosby...

    Spot on. It is disappointing to see so many on this thread who are apparently unable to separate the real Cosby from his television persona.

    It is inexcusable to give the man a "free pass" for his appalling behavior simply because he made some comments about black men pulling their pants up, at the same time ignoring his loudly voiced admiration for Obama and disdain for the Tea Party, etc.

    All this nonsense about a "leftist conspiracy" to bring down a supposed "conservative". At last count more than twenty women have come forward with allegations. Twenty women from widely varying walks of life who have no direct connection with each other other than having been raped by the same monster.

    Of course, the reputations and motivations of some of the women may be questioned. But more than twenty? The old adage applies: Where there's smoke, there's fire. In this case a veritable forest fire.

    I have one question for the hypocrites on this board who are defending Cosby: how would you have responded if it was YOUR daughter? Yes, YOUR daughter who made a deeply regretted, terrible choice to get anywhere near the man and was too ashamed and intimidated and terrified to go public with rape allegations against an immensely powerful Hollywood divinity like Cosby back in a day when she would have been scorned and ignored (as indeed happened to many of the women).

    Would you still be stoutly defending a sexual predator?

  • Far from being an heroic deed, it is a most cowardly act. (Brittany Maynard ends own life)

    11/03/2014 3:36:30 PM PST · 34 of 121
    tjd1454 to Salvation
    She chose not to follow the example of Christ by joining her suffering to his on the Cross.

    I agree. The callousness of so many - even on this board - towards such a brazen act is a symptom of our evil age.

    We must not judge her - judgment is for God alone. But why did she not fight bravely to the end in hopes of a cure or a relapse of her disease? Did she not want to spend whatever time she had left with her husband and family?

    Also troubling is the fact that she sought publicity for herself and became a "poster child" for an ungodly cause (euthanasia).

    It is disappointing that some on this thread apparently do not realize that by accepting what this young woman did we are just a few short steps away from places like the Netherlands, where thousands (over 4,000 last year - and Holland is a small country) are euthanized each year.

    The Daily Mail reports: "One in thirty deaths in Holland are now from euthanasia," and: "Mobile death squads to kill sick and elderly in their own homes leads to surge in suicide rates in the Netherlands."

    No doubt some here will applaud knowing that so many are being "relieved of their suffering" each year, and are no longer a financial burden upon society.

  • Despite Pentagon Objections, Fox News Will Air Interview With SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden

    11/02/2014 8:49:36 AM PST · 44 of 55
    tjd1454 to MeshugeMikey

    My guess is that this is all about not antagonizing Muslims.

  • Marriage Group Backs Liberal Dem over Gay Republican

    10/29/2014 11:04:05 PM PDT · 31 of 78
    tjd1454 to River Hawk
    I don't relish the end of the good old GOP, but if it no longer is the party "of the people" but has become the party of elites who trample on the moral sensibilities of the members, then so be it.

    What will happen is a 3rd party that espouses the principles that the GOP was supposed to stand for will arise and draw millions of votes, losing most races. But it might win a few, enough to build upon. It will be a long-haul no doubt, but there is no other way if the two major parties are carbon copies of each other.

  • Marriage Group Backs Liberal Dem over Gay Republican

    10/29/2014 10:28:13 PM PDT · 25 of 78
    tjd1454 to Mariner; Jim Robinson
    Scott Peters is a committed communist and Obama supporter.

    Get this: neither I - nor I suspect many others on this board - are about to yield to subtle pressure to vote for a pro-gay marriage GOP candidate because "the alternative is so much worse."

    Marriage (between a man and a woman - do we really have to define it here?) is the bedrock of society. There is NO MORE VITAL issue than protecting the family. If the pro-gay synmpathizers on this board think we should reward a soul-less Republican party that chooses to ignore the vast majority of its members in order to appease a radical 2% of GOP gay activists, they are sadly mistaken.

    Do such people not see where this is going? Have they not seen the lawsuits and heavy fines and civil actions being taken already to suppress those who attempt to support traditional marriage?

    If the elitists within the Republican Party succeed in blocking a plank supporting traditional marriage, mark my words: MILLIONS OF GOP VOTERS will walk away, resulting in the well-deserved end of the party.

  • The Rabbi and the Friar (an unlikely friend remembers Father Benedict Groeschel)

    10/28/2014 11:53:43 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    tjd1454 to presidio9

    Wonderful article! I just mailed the link to a childhood Jewish friend of mine - we’ve kept in touch through the decade and get together for lunch when I’m in town.

  • The Rabbi and the Friar (an unlikely friend remembers Father Benedict Groeschel)

    10/28/2014 11:53:41 PM PDT · 4 of 6
    tjd1454 to presidio9

    Wonderful article! I just mailed the link to a childhood Jewish friend of mine - we’ve kept in touch through the decade and get together for lunch when I’m in town.

  • I Knew a Priest Who Could See the Dead

    10/25/2014 10:57:55 AM PDT · 123 of 426
    tjd1454 to millegan
    I am currently writing a book entitled "Paranormal Conspiracy" for a major Christian publishing house, due out next summer. A few thoughts:

    First, the Bible forbids all occult practices, which involve various ways of attempting to communicate with the dead but actually involve trafficking with evil spirits.

    Does this include praying and asking God to tell my daddy who died that I love him? No, IMHO.

    I have heard many stories of people who had visions of their loved ones, etc. These individuals are not "involved in the occult" and were not using occult means to contact the dead. Their brief glimpses of their loved ones, totally unexpected, was a source of comfort to them in a time of grief. I would not "build a theology" on such occurrences, nor would I "go on the lecture circuit" proclaiming my experience - and I certainly would not advocate that anyone seek further contact with their dead loved one.

    I am open to the possibility that such unsought experiences MAY be an example of God's mysterious ways: "As high as the heavens are above the earth, so are God's ways above our ways."

    The priest's subsequent abandoning the Church and his wife for the homosexual lifestyle raises a huge red flag regarding his alleged experiences. If the priest had a good and holy reputation, I would be more inclined to consider him a reputable witness.

    I note a Protestant/Catholic divide on this issue, with the Protestants tending to be more hard-line that any such experience is "demonic." I come very much from that tradition, and understand it, but also appreciate the Catholic point of view (I in fact earned my Ph.D. in Theology from a university with Jesuit affiliations).