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  • AP Exclusive: UN to Let Iran Inspect Alleged Nuke Work Site

    08/19/2015 12:01:39 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 20 replies
    AP | 8/19 | George Jahn
    Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the U.S. has denied. The investigation of the Parchin nuclear site...
  • Fascism of the Left

    07/10/2015 12:03:52 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 18 replies ^ | 07/10/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    The Czech writer Joseph Skvorecky once asked the following question: “Has there even been a case in history of a political system collapsing overnight, not as an aftermath of a lost war or bloody revolution but from its own inner rottenness?” To answer the question posed by Skvorecky, one need only observe the current state in which we find our country today. The nation has been debilitated by the onslaught wrought by the left and their totalitarian ideology which has been implemented with little to no opposition from the right. The left has been successful in bringing about their vision...
  • The Nihilism of the Left

    07/08/2015 2:32:59 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 17 replies ^ | 07/08/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    The Czech writer Joseph Skvorecky once asked the following question: “Has there even been a case in history of a political system collapsing overnight, not as an aftermath of a lost war or bloody revolution but from its own inner rottenness?” To answer the question posed by Skvorecky, one need only observe the current state in which we find our country today. The nation has been debilitated by the onslaught wrought by the left and their totalitarian ideology which has been implemented with little to no opposition from the right. The left has been successful in bringing about their vision...
  • I Was a Futurist, Until I Realized There May Not Be a Future

    06/05/2015 9:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post's Green The Blog ^ | June 5, 2015 | Schuyler Brown
    The clock has run out on the climate change debate. It's time for predictions to give way to radical action.For most of my career, I've been a trend spotter, sometimes referred to as a futurist. I've divined trends for companies seeking to innovate; anticipated consumer appetites; and kept pioneering brands ahead of the pack. My work has been a passion, a calling, never just a job. So, it was fundamentally disorienting when I realized recently, I'd lost my feeling for the future.Gradually, over a period of I don't know how long -- months? -- my usually strong connection with intuition...
  • Assad’s Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 – 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria’s nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. […] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the site—a development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • The Girls Cast and Brian Williams Discuss the Premiere’s Shocking Sex Scene

    01/13/2015 6:41:45 AM PST · by CharlesThe Hammer · 54 replies
    Vulture ^ | 1/11/15 | Renatta Sellitti
    Always game to push the boundaries of the portrayal of awkward sex on television, merely a few short minutes into Girls’ fourth season, Lena Dunham managed to up the squirm factor by tossing in some unexpected butt play between Marnie (Allison Williams) and Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). We caught up with the cast (and Brian Williams) at the season four premiere and asked them — as delicately as we could — their thoughts on the soon-to-be-infamous sex scene.
  • Woody Allen's Bleak Vision

    08/12/2014 1:43:48 PM PDT · by cornelis · 36 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/12/14 | Robert Barron
    I was chagrined, but not entirely surprised, when I read Woody Allen’s recent ruminations on ultimate things. To state it bluntly, Woody could not be any bleaker in regard to the issue of meaning in the universe. We live, he said, in a godless and purposeless world. The earth came into existence through mere chance and one day it, along with every work of art and cultural accomplishment, will be incinerated. The universe as a whole will expand and cool until there is nothing left but the void. Every hundred years or so, he continued, a coterie of human beings...
  • This Christmas, Don't Let Them Turn Off the Lights

    11/03/2005 3:33:30 PM PST · by rhema · 38 replies · 931+ views
    Human Events ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    Somehow Christmas seemed darker last year, bereft of its usual radiance. Like a heroic soldier, it was left alone to fend off a platoon of barrages against it. Shots came from many quarters – all contesting the placement of Christmas symbols in public areas. No protests came, however, from Orthodox Jews, nor those who, while not Orthodox, remain traditionally-valued. And that is because this group understands and appreciates the ameliorating influence that religion provides civic life, so long as the religion does not call for, as in the case of radical Islam, the oppression of “infidels.” What better use of...
  • Why evolutionary materialism leads to the unreality of your existence

    07/28/2013 3:57:08 PM PDT · by spirited irish · 220 replies
    Renew America ^ | July 27, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    American Christian author Dr. Frank Turek notes that Cambridge-trained Ph.D. Stephen Meyer's New York Times best-seller, "Darwin's Doubt," is creating a major scientific controversy. Because Darwinists absolutely hate it, Meyer's well-reasoned argument that an intelligent designer is the best explanation for the evidence at hand elicits irrational accusations that Meyers is anti-scientific and guilty of endangering sexual freedom everywhere. (Darwin's Doubt, Turek,, July 09, 2013) Meyer writes, "Neo-Darwinism and the theory of intelligent design are not two different kinds of inquiry, as some critics have asserted. They are two different answers – formulated using a similar logic and method...
  • Beyond Nothingness

    11/05/2012 4:37:44 PM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-05-12 | Skookum
    While Liberals wear the badge of self-righteous compassion on their sleeves, for the world to admire, some of us are looking beyond the hype for an explanation of this Obama philosophy that has trapped us in economic and moral doldrums for the last four years. Obama came to the national stage as a messianic figure; he could fix our problems and bring Americans together. Not even the most deluded Marxists among us are still clinging to that claptrap, but the human animal is resilient and clever, and the Liberal thinkers, as well as the simple minded, are looking desperately for...
  • Secularism in America: Growing American Movement Raises Concerns

    04/24/2012 6:46:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/20/12 | Chaz Muth
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Arianne Gasser of Canton, Ohio, is proud to call herself a graduate student at a prestigious Catholic university, and she also is proud to call herself an atheist. The pride she has in her atheist status is part of what inspired her to travel from the Philadelphia area, where she is enrolled at Villanova University, to Washington in March to join thousands of other atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers for the "Reason Rally," an event that was billed as an assembly to unify secular people nationwide. Carrying a sign that reads, "This is what an atheist looks...
  • A Jeremiad with Statistics: On the Nihilistic Lives of College-Age Americans

    03/12/2012 10:57:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Patheos ^ | 03/12/2012 | By Thomas S. Kidd
    The average American teenager's cultural diet of school, media, sports, and/or church is not preparing them to emerge as morally capable adults. Throughout American history, people have constantly worried about the moral fiber of young people, the next generation. The Puritans turned this worry into a whole new sermon genre, the "jeremiad." Just like the prophets of old, they thundered that the rising generation had turned away from God, become distracted by the things of this world, and gotten mired in sin. If people did not turn back to God, the Jeremiahs warned, judgment was coming.Christian Smith's recent Lost in...
  • Nihilism: Why America and the West are Committing Suicide

    02/09/2012 12:23:01 PM PST · by spirited irish · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Renew America ^ | Feb.9, 2012 | Linda Kimball
    "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27, KJB For fifteen hundred years, Christendom and then later Protestant America, had followed St. Augustine (AD 354-430) in affirming that as all men are the spiritual image-bearers of the transcendent Triune God then it logically follows that each person is a trinity of being — of soul, spirit, and body: "The essence of the human is not the body, but the soul. It is the soul alone that God made in his own image and the...
  • Franky Schaeffer Derides Christianity as “Stupid”

    10/07/2011 1:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Institute on Religion and Democracy ^ | 10/07/2011 | Kristin Rudolph
    Once a self-identified founding member of the American “religious right,” Franky Schaeffer now says that “religion is dumb” and “man made.” Although Schaeffer grew up among some of the most influential evangelicals of the twentieth century, and worked as one of them during much of his adult life, he now believes the Bible is a fraud and that Christianity teaches “misogynistic” practices. Schaeffer, the son of the late evangelical theologian, philosopher, and founder of the L’Abri Fellowship, Francis Schaeffer, discussed his newest book at the Kansas City Public Library on September 27, 2011. His recent book, Sex, Mom, and God:...
  • 'Stingray' Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash

    09/22/2011 8:21:28 AM PDT · by Palter · 44 replies
    For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply "the Hacker." Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device—a stingray—were they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest. Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it's not being used to make a call. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the devices to be so critical that it has a policy of deleting the data gathered in their use, mainly to keep suspects in the dark about their capabilities, an FBI official told The Wall Street Journal in response...
  • Loughner’s On-line Posts Reveal Atheist Nihilism

    01/11/2011 5:51:09 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/11/10 | Breitbart
    Video The murderer, Jared Loughner, is a leftist, atheist, anarchist, nihilist, US hating, government hating, religion hating miscreant. Loughner on the Bible: "Earn money from a great lie" - that doesn't sound like a right winger! A 9/11 Truther!!!! Video puts his internet posts out as evidence.
  • Man leaves behind 1905-page suicide note(the Harvard guy who killed himself on 09/18)

    10/01/2010 4:51:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 90 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 09/28/10
    28 Sep, 2010, 10.15AM IST,PTI Man leaves behind 1905-page suicide note shot himself at Harvard Yard on September 18. His family and about 400 friends received the 1,905-page suicide note in a posthumous e-mail. In the note Heisman wrote that he took his life as part of a philosophical exploration he called "an experiment in nihilism." The lengthy document included 1,433 footnotes, a 20-page bibliography, over 1,700 references to God and 200 references to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Heisman wrote, "Every word, every thought and every emotion come back to one core problem: life is meaningless... The experiment in...
  • Suicide Note Found Online (Drudge title: Man who killed himself left 1,900-page suicide note...)

    09/24/2010 11:46:24 AM PDT · by null and void · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Eric P. Newcomer and Naveen N. Srivatsa
    The man who shot himself on the steps of Memorial Church Saturday morning had published online a 1,905-page document entitled “Suicide Note,” according to his mother. The death of Mitchell L. Heisman, a 35-year-old Somerville resident, on campus was met with shock, and University officials described the incident as “tragic.” “It’s really sad, it was horrible, and these kinds of incidents affect all of us really negatively,” Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds said in an interview yesterday. “This campus is situated in an urban context, and we can’t control these kinds of things.” Born in New York City...
  • “Obama’s Not a Socialist”

    07/23/2010 7:13:58 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 68 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | July 23, 2010 | Bosch Fawstin
    A glimpse of the analysis in Dr. Leonard Peikoff's forthcoming book, The DIM Hypothesis. At the 2010 Objectivist conference/OCON, Dr. Leonard Peikoff was presenting material from his forthcoming book, The DIM Hypothesis, in which he analyzes Western culture and history from the perspective of the epistemological process of integration. I was surprised to learn that, according to Peikoff’s analysis, Barack Obama is not, as I and others have been saying, a socialist or communist. Socialists or communists are examples of what Peikoff calls “misintegration,” or integration by non-rational means. Obama, Peikoff thinks, is anti-ideological, and as such has no...
  • Christ and Nothing (Powerful Essay)

    10/22/2009 3:28:35 PM PDT · by mojito · 2 replies · 429+ views
    First Things ^ | October 2003 | David B. Hart
    As modern men and women — to the degree that we are modern — we believe in nothing. This is not to say, I hasten to add, that we do not believe in anything; I mean, rather, that we hold an unshakable, if often unconscious, faith in the nothing, or in nothingness as such. It is this in which we place our trust, upon which we venture our souls, and onto which we project the values by which we measure the meaningfulness of our lives. Or, to phrase the matter more simply and starkly, our religion is one of very...
  • Demolition Man: Building the Anti-America

    08/09/2009 2:23:21 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 679+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 09, 2009 | Nancy Coppock
    Barack Obama is proving himself to be a destructive nihilist with capitalism, the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the traditional American experience in his crosshairs. In today's American culture there are other sorts of nihilism. Pop culture nihilists much more common, comprising a virtual demographic segment of self-satisfied know-nothings. Destructive nihilists are rarer, but more fearsome. They believe western civilization is so corrupt that wholesale destruction is the only solution. Nihilism, while easily abused by the casual thinker, is actually both political, and in a thunderingly empty way, deeply spiritual. Russian author Ivan Turgenev's character Bazarov explains in Fathers...
  • Clyde and Bonnie Died for Nihilism

    07/31/2009 4:15:40 AM PDT · by metesky · 18 replies · 2,923+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July/August 2009 | Stephen Hunter
    By far the movie’s gravest insult to posterity, however, is its treatment of the Texas Ranger captain, Frank Hamer, who may (or may not) have been instrumental in bringing them down. As seen in the movie, Hamer (played by Denver Pyle in an uncharacteristically dour performance) is a kind of harsh Puritan ideologue, so righteous that when Bonnie (whom Dunaway has made us love) flirtatiously poses for a funny snapshot with him, he spits savagely in her face. He considers her so morally tainted that he is sickened by her. Then later, like a serpent in a garden, he coos...
  • Roger Kimball: The End of Art (Profound Essay)

    12/27/2008 12:54:23 PM PST · by mojito · 129 replies · 3,099+ views
    First Things ^ | July 2008 | Roger Kimball
    Nearly everyone cares—or says he cares—about art. After all, art ennobles the spirit, ­elevates the mind, and educates the emotions. Or does it? In fact, tremendous irony attends our culture’s continuing investment—emotional, financial, and social—in art. We behave as if art were something special, something important, something spiritually refreshing; but, when we canvas the roster of distinguished artists today, what we generally find is far from spiritual, and certainly far from refreshing. It is a curious situation. Traditionally, the goal of fine art was to make beautiful objects. The idea of beauty came with a lot of Platonic and Christian...
  • Liberalism and the two roads to nihilism

    12/06/2008 7:13:47 AM PST · by svcw · 7 replies · 522+ views ^ | March 7, 2007 | Fred Hutchison, RA analyst
    Leo Strauss (1899–1973), the father of Neoconservatism, predicted that liberalism must give way to relativism and that relativism must eventually give way to nihilism. My last essay discussed the world view of liberalism and the intellectual and psychological causes of its decline. This essay will introduce the subject of nihilism and track the two main routes by which liberals can change into nihilists.
  • Obama advisers say bin Laden can appeal to U.S. courts

    06/17/2008 1:39:36 PM PDT · by WesA · 63 replies · 136+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 06/17/2008 | Bill Sammon
    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Barack Obama's foreign policy advisers said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden, if captured, should be allowed to appeal his case to U.S. civilian courts, a privilege opposed by John McCain. Responding to questions from The Examiner, Sen. John Kerry and former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke said bin Laden would benefit from last week's Supreme Court decision giving terrorism suspects habeas corpus, the right to appeal their military detention to civilian courts. “If he were to be brought back,” Clarke said of bin Laden, “the Supreme Court ruling holds on the right of habeas corpus.”...
  • Advent: of what?

    12/07/2007 1:35:34 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies · 98+ views
    DavidWarrenOnline ^ | 12/2/2007 | David Warren
    According to American media reports (and what could be more reliable?) the hottest gift items for pre-school children in this year's Christmas buying season are: cellphones, laptops, digital cameras, and MP3 players. A New York Times item directs us to the “hottest toys list” at, and such products as the Easy Link Internet Launch Pad from Fisher-Price; and an exercise bike for toddlers, connected to a video game. The theme of, “get the kid staring at a screen,” runs right through the chart, and since the screens are interactive, let me take this opportunity to warn medical professionals to...
  • Apathy U

    11/27/2007 11:55:30 AM PST · by bs9021 · 17 replies · 90+ views
    Campus Report ^ | November 27, 2007 | Emily Mullin
    Apathy U by: Emily Mullin, November 27, 2007 “Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” The quote was said by one of our most famous founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. And although it was spoken over 200 years ago, the message is still applicable today. The world has changed slightly since the time of Thomas Jefferson, and so has the youth of America. Young people now live in a sort of bubble, a controlled environment called college. We permeate our brains with information five days a week and our livers with...
  • Another Theory of Relativity

    11/06/2007 2:03:16 PM PST · by bs9021 · 9 replies · 77+ views
    Campus Report ^ | November 6, 2007 | Malcolm Kline
    Another Theory of Relativity by: Malcolm A. Kline, November 06, 2007 Relativists, beware. The professors who tell you that “Everything is relative” probably fail to relate how destructive an idea that is. In an interview with Hillsdale College’s Imprimis magazine, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas noted “the connection between relativism, nihilism, and Naziism.” “The common idea that you can do whatever you want to do, because truth and morality are relative, leads to the idea that if you are powerful enough, you can kill people because of their race or faith,” Justice Thomas explains. “So ask your relativist friends sometime:...
  • “The Closing of the American Mind” at 20

    11/02/2007 2:56:53 PM PDT · by Aristotelian · 15 replies · 107+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | November 2007 | James Piereson
    It has now been twenty years since the late Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind, his bestselling broadside against the ideas and conceptions that animate the contemporary university. The general theme of Bloom’s book is encapsulated in the subtitle: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students. . . .The Closing of the American Mind has been interpreted as one of those influential salvos in the cultural wars of recent decades between reformers and traditionalists on the campus and between conservatives and liberals in the society at large. . . . Bloom...
  • [Bitpig] Science Fiction And The Future: So What?

    10/03/2007 1:31:45 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 57 replies · 795+ views ^ | 2007.10.03 | Bitpig [B-Chan]
    Science Fiction has a lousy record of predicting the future. In the 1930s, for example, it was widely held that by 1970, toga-clad descendants of the Depression Generation would be living in giant art deco cities full of speeding Dymaxion Cars and dining on food pills. In the '50s and '60s, it was rocket belts and atomic-powered flying cars we were supposed to be enjoying by 2000. And today? In almost every extrapolation of the future I've read lately, the ultimate fate of mankind is uploading -- the transference of consciousness from biological to digital substrates. Such uploads, it is...
  • Diversity, Nihilism, and the Anti-Rational Mind

    08/22/2007 3:52:40 AM PDT · by Renfield · 14 replies · 792+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8-22-07 | Garr Wolf
    Contemporary Western society is tumbling further and further into the abyss of undifferentiated mediocrity. Much of the blame is due to the ideology of Diversity, which exploits a nihilistic, anti-rational strain in our culture. The world is now divided into two zones: the zone of culture, and the zone of Diversity. In the former, which still covers most of the planet, there is true culture, organic and deeply rooted. It is also exclusive, to a greater or lesser extent. Even where the territory is shared, one is cognizant of the fact that the cultural space is divided into two or...
  • Brain-Damaged Man "Awakened" After Six Years of Semi-Consciousness

    08/02/2007 11:41:30 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 488+ views ^ | August 2, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Brain-Damaged Man "Awakened" After Six Years of Semi-Consciousness By Elizabeth O'Brien NEW YORK, August 2, 2007 ( - A severely brain-damaged man who was in a minimally conscious state for six years has recently regained new levels of awareness and physical capabilities after receiving electrical brain implants. The unnamed 38-year old man had his head repeatedly kicked during a mugging in 1999 and was left unable to talk or move properly. In addition, he was kept alive on a feeding tube.In a study led by Dr. Nicholas Schiff of Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York, researchers...
  • Let's roll this juggernaut back (Ideology DownUnder NZ)

    07/07/2007 10:09:49 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 16 replies · 570+ views
    The Dominion Post (New Zealand) ^ | 6 July 2007 | Chris Trotter
    Let's roll this juggernaut back FROM THE LEFT - CHRIS TROTTER - The Dominion Post | Friday, 6 July 2007 It was one of the many extraordinary acts of heroism which ennobled the dreadful slaughter of 9/11: the storming of the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93. Realising that their Boeing 757 airliner was about to be used as a massive cruise missile against either the White House or the United States Capitol building, some of the passengers decided to try to overpower the terrorists who had hijacked their flight. One of those passengers, Todd Beamer, communicated the details of...
  • Backward, atheist soldiers!

    06/22/2007 9:07:12 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 141 replies · 4,032+ views
    WORLD Magazine ^ | June 30, 2007 | Marvin Olasky
    Books: Notable anti-religion and anti-Christian books of the past year—particularly Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great—make something out of, well, nothing. Nineteenth-century novelist Gustave Flaubert used to joke about archaeologists discovering a stone tablet signed "God" and reading, "I do not exist." His punch line had an atheist then exclaiming, "See! I told you so!" These days, nothing stops atheistic caissons from rolling along the bookstore aisles. Maybe that's because atheists on average have small families and lots of discretionary doubloons jingling in their pockets. Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation (Knopf), Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell (Penguin), and...
  • Philly City Council Ends 79-Year Boy Scout Lease Over Refusal to Accept Homosexual Leaders

    06/01/2007 5:08:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 56 replies · 1,551+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/1/07 | Gudrun Schultz
    PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 1, 2007 ( - Philadelphia City Council voted yesterday to end a nearly 80-year-old lease held by the Boy Scouts local branch over the group's adherence to a national policy banning actively homosexual leaders. The ongoing dispute pitted the Scouts' Cradle of Liberty Council against homosexual activists over the organization's refusal to adopt an official policy welcoming homosexuals into leadership. The City, under pressure by activist groups, wants the Scouts to either alter the organization's policy or start paying market rent for the use of the historical Beaux Arts building, where the Scout headquarters has been...
  • George Soros And The Problem Of The Radical Jewish Non-Jew (On The Importance Of Patriotism Alert)

    02/26/2007 9:25:11 PM PST · by goldstategop · 29 replies · 992+ views ^ | 02/27/2007 | Dennis Prager
    What do Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Noam Chomsky and George Soros have in common? They were/are all radicals, born to Jewish parents, had no Jewish identity and hurt Jews (not to mention non-Jews). The term "non-Jewish Jew" is generally attributed to the Jewish historian Isaac Deutscher, who wrote an essay by that name in 1954. The term describes the individual who, though born a Jew (Judaism consists of a national/peoplehood identity, not only a religious one), identifies solely as a citizen of the world and not as a Jew, either nationally or religiously. Once the walls of Jewish ghettos broke...
  • Cultural suicide by Europe and the Democrats (long)

    11/03/2006 7:57:08 AM PST · by Jakarta ex-pat · 26 replies · 914+ views ^ | 3/11/06 | Fred Hutchinson
    This essay asks two questions: Are Europeans in the throes of passive cultural and political suicide as they ignore the threat of fanatical Muslims in their communities? And if so, have the leaders of the Democratic Party in America joined the Europeans in sleepwalking towards a precipice? My main source for answering the first question is a book review titled Suicide of the West, by Theodore Dalrymple which appeared in the Clairmont Review of Books, Fall 2006. Dalrymple reviewed three books in pursuit of his theme of the "Suicide of the West" — namely, Why the Continent's Crisis is America's...
  • Is God dead? Atheism finds a market in U.S

    10/18/2006 5:25:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 499 replies · 5,081+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/18/06 | Michael Conlon
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A fresh wave of atheistic books has hit the market this autumn, some climbing onto best-seller lists in what proponents see as a backlash against the way religion is entwined in politics. "Religion is fragmenting the human community," said Sam Harris, author of "Letter to a Christian Nation," No. 11 on the New York Times nonfiction list on October 15. There is a "huge visibility and political empowerment of religion. President George W. Bush uses his first veto to deny funding for stem cell research and scientists everywhere are horrified," he said in an interview. Religious polarization...
  • Is God dead? Atheism finds a market in U.S

    10/19/2006 7:39:10 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 885+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/18/06
    A fresh wave of atheistic books has hit the market this autumn, some climbing onto best-seller lists in what proponents see as a backlash against the way religion is entwined in politics. "Religion is fragmenting the human community," said Sam Harris, author of "Letter to a Christian Nation," No. 11 on the New York Times nonfiction list on October 15. There is a "huge visibility and political empowerment of religion. President George W. Bush uses his first veto to deny funding for stem cell research and scientists everywhere are horrified," he said in an interview. Religious polarization is part of...
  • On the Square [Implications of Advancing Homosexual Agenda]

    06/22/2006 10:05:08 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 7 replies · 427+ views
    First Things ^ | June-July 2006 | Joseph Bottum
    --Snip--The removal of Robert Smith is thus an early-warning sign. Unless things change in ways now quite unforeseeable, it will not be very long before the principle of traditional Western morality that homosexual conduct is immoral will be contrary to the public policy of the United States. As this new public policy takes hold, it will filter through the law and society just as other anti-discrimination norms have. Adherence to the new policy will be a de facto requirement for holding public office, and, as private entities adopt the policy as they have other anti-discrimination norms, people adhering to the...
  • Troubled teens: Hitler king of Israel

    06/15/2006 9:18:36 AM PDT · by Alouette · 16 replies · 861+ views
    YNet ^ | June 15, 2006 | Natasha Mozgovia
    Call for help: High-risk teenagers, mostly new immigrants, use swastikas, racial slurs to convey their emotions; draw pictures of wounded ultra-Orthodox man saying ‘Hail Hitler’ and another calling for 'death to Jews.' Educators: Using Nazi symbols became most effective way of protest for them The repeated cases of swastikas spray-painted in synagogues and in public places, which naturally caused a storm all around Israel, do not surprise education experts who work with new immigrant high-risk teens. Nazi symbols and anti-Semite slurs have become the main and most effective means of protest against the injustice they feel they are subject to...
  • The Adversary Culture: The perverse anti-Westernism of the cultural elite

    02/25/2006 7:00:43 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 44 replies · 1,392+ views
    The Sydney Line ^ | 2/11/06 | Keith Windschuttle
    Address to: Summer Sounds Symposium Punga Cove, New Zealand February 11 2006 For the past three decades and more, many of the leading opinion makers in our universities, the media and the arts have regarded Western culture as, at best, something to be ashamed of, or at worst, something to be opposed. Before the 1960s, if Western intellectuals reflected on the long-term achievements of their culture, they explained it in terms of its own evolution: the inheritance of ancient Greece, Rome and Christianity, tempered by the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the scientific and industrial revolutions. Even a radical...
  • Frist: Gov't Unwanted in End-Of-Life Cases

    01/29/2006 10:06:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 392 replies · 5,059+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/29/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who took a leading role in the Terry Schiavo case, said Sunday it taught him that Americans do not want the government involved in such end-of-life decisions. Frist, considered a presidential hopeful for 2008, defended his call for further examinations of the brain-damaged Florida woman during the last days of a bitter family feud over her treatment. Schiavo was in a persistent vegetative state. The case became a rallying point for right-to-life advocates, an important segment of the Republican Party. It also drew interest from those supporting the right to refuse life-sustaining medical...
  • Canadian court lifts ban on ‘swingers’ clubs (Group Sex OK in Canada!)

    12/21/2005 12:20:39 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 232 replies · 3,223+ views
    MSNBC & Reuters ^ | December 21, 2005
    OTTAWA - Group sex among consenting adults is neither prostitution nor a threat to society, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Wednesday as it lifted a ban on so-called “swingers” clubs. In a ruling that radically changes the way courts determine what poses a threat to the population, the top court threw out the conviction of a Montreal man who ran a club where members could have group sex in a private room behind locked doors.
  • Trio of Oregon cases before high court

    11/25/2005 8:10:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies · 1,332+ views ^ | 11-25-05 | Peter Wong
    Trio of Oregon cases before high courtTaking arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court carries high pricePETER WONGStatesman JournalNovember 25, 2005Oregon will have the rare distinction of having the U.S. Supreme Court hear three cases originating in the state within a year.------snip----------More than a month ago, in a case that has drawn wide attention, five lawyers from the state Department of Justice defended Oregon's assisted-suicide law against a challenge from the federal Department of Justice.------snip----------On Dec. 7, lawyers will argue for the state in a death-penalty case.------snip----------In the spring, lawyers will argue about the rights of foreigners in criminal cases that...
  • Eggs and Ethics - Buying eggs is OK, Lying is not.

    11/25/2005 3:59:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 967+ views
    Reason ^ | November 25, 2005 | Ronald Bailey
    Buying eggs is OK, Lying is not. Woo-Suk Hwang, the South Korean stem cell pioneer resigned yesterday as head of the World Stem Cell Hub collaboration. The reason for his resignation is that Hwang's lab used eggs donated by two of his junior research scientists. In addition, Hwang discovered that other eggs used in the research were not donated, but had been purchased by another collaborator. In 2004, Hwang achieved the breakthrough of creating the first cloned human embryos and deriving stem cells from them. This advance is a step toward the day when researchers can create transplantable cells and...
  • Public TV Outlet Battling Christian Network

    11/25/2005 4:53:49 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 42 replies · 1,639+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2005 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- For more than 30 years, public television station KOCE has dedicated coverage to Orange County in a media market otherwise dominated by the news and glitz of nearby Los Angeles. But the small station is now battling in court to prevent Daystar, one of the nation's largest Christian networks, from taking over its airwaves. The conflict began in 2003, when the Coast Community College District decided to sell KOCE-TV to the KOCE Foundation, the station's fundraising arm, over competing bidder Daystar. Daystar Television Network sued, claiming its bid should have been selected because the sale...
  • DREAM Act Introduction Represents Positive Step in Addressing Real Immigration Reform, Says FIRM

    11/21/2005 10:24:16 AM PST · by ncountylee · 41 replies · 940+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 11/21/2005
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement of support for the DREAM Act from FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement) -- the Most Diverse Nationwide Grassroots Immigrant Rights Coalition: In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation, Sens. Hagel (R-Neb.), Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lugar (R-Ind.) joined five Republicans and six Democrats to introduce the Development, Relief for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, right before the start of the holiday season, traditionally a time for family and reflection. The DREAM Act permits undocumented high school graduates who immigrated to the U. S. as minors and who have lived in the U.S....
  • President Putin awards the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church

    11/24/2005 11:42:29 AM PST · by lizol · 47 replies · 613+ views
    Intefax ^ | 23 November 2005
    President Putin awards the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev, November 23, Interfax - Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Victor Chernomyrdin presented Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine with the Order of Honour in recognition of his services in the development of religious and cultural traditions and consolidation of Russia-Ukrainian relations. As the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has reported on Wednesday, Chernomyrdin noted in his speech the outstanding role that Metropolitan Vladimir played in the spiritual revival of the Ukrainian and Russian peoples and consolidation of friendship and cooperation between the two fraternal nations. Russian...
  • [Oak Ridge] School paper pulled by officials

    11/23/2005 9:41:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies · 698+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/24/5 | BOB FOWLER
    OAK RIDGE - All 1,800 copies of the Oak Ridge High School student newspaper have been confiscated by school officials and won't be distributed to students, Superintendent Tom Bailey said Wednesday. An article explaining birth-control methods and a two-page feature about tattoos and body piercing, complete with photos of students displaying their body art and piercing, prompted the move, Bailey said. School officials made the decision late Tuesday to yank the latest issue of "The Oak Leaf'' from circulation at the recommendation of Principal Becky Ervin, Bailey said. "The action of the principal was totally appropriate,'' Bailey said. "I would...