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  • Yes, Violence Can be the Answer

    03/23/2011 5:13:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 60 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 22 March, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    It was the body slam heard around the world. When some Australian schoolboys decided to videotape themselves bullying 15-year old Casey Heynes, one of them got more than he bargained for. Casey, who had been pushed around and humiliated for years, responded to a punch in his face and other attempted blows by hoisting his tormentor WWE style and introducing him to the pavement. The result was a video that went viral in a way the bullies had never imagined and for a reason they certainly had never hoped: Casey has become a hero worldwide. That is, a hero to...
  • Resistance(KS)

    03/22/2011 5:35:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 14 March, 2011 | Ian Huyett
    We'll always be able to trust the government with a monopoly on force. Cooperate when threatened, and you won't be hurt. The assumptions behind gun control laws are so blatantly and dangerously wrong that it must take some intellect to trick oneself into believing they're true. In December 2000, five friends in their twenties decided to cooperate when Jonathan and Reginald Carr barged into their Wichita home, demanding money. The victims offered no resistance, hoping that the pair would take their valuables and leave. Instead, the attackers ordered the three men into a closet and proceeded to rape the two...
  • Nine countries are on the path to complete atheism.

    03/22/2011 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 25 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/22/11 | Scott Connery
    It seems like the religion in the U.S. is a juggernaut that will be nigh unstoppable in the next decade or two. It's seemingly impossible to get elected without being openly and devoutly religious. George Bush claimed to receive divine commandments on how to perform his job. President Obama has made his church attendance receives plenty of attention too. Some question his sincerity, but no one questions that this is the politically smart thing to do. George Bush famously said that Islam is a religion of peace despite all the evidence to the contrary. 40% of U.S. citizens are strict...
  • The Presidency: Calvin Coolidgeís Political Philosophy

    03/15/2011 9:20:12 AM PDT · by statestreet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    C-SPAN 3 - American History TV ^ | March 13, 2011 | C-SPAN
    Presidential scholar David Pietrusza reflects on the legacy of the 30th president at a symposium hosted by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. Mr. Pietrusza considers the influences that shaped President Coolidgeís political philosophy and why ďSilent CalĒ never wasted or minced words.
  • This Continuum Called Conservatism

    03/10/2011 4:11:01 PM PST · by arderkrag · 7 replies
    Liberals of this day and age, by and large, enjoy labeling themselves as "progressives", implying that anyone who does not agree with their socialist, statist world views is a "regressive" by extension. The liberal party here in the United Sates, the Democrats, describe themselves as a "big tent" party, supposedly able to encompass all views as long as their goal of defeating conservatism is not compromised. The flaws in this design are numerous, though one glaring one stands out - if Democrats are the "big tent" party, why are they also the party that has to have permission from the...
  • Keeping it All in Persepective...

    02/12/2011 3:19:17 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 12, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Take a moment and consider your place†in the bigger scheme of things~ And while that's indeed illuminating (sorry).... †it's†a† big universe with plenty of other stars out there: Jupiter only one pixel on that scale. But this†behemoth†Arcturus†-25x the Sun's size and 110x as bright-is just 5th largest here...our own sun down to a single pixel: The monster above -Anteres- is the 15th brightest star in the sky, and is over 1000 light-years away. Feeling your place yet? Now try to wrap your mind around this: the photo below was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and ultra-deep-field infrared shot of...
  • Hannity & the American right

    02/03/2011 8:23:48 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 15 replies
    Oz Conservative ^ | Mark Richardson
    My interest at the moment is to try to understand more closely the American right. I've delved a little into the politics of a few personalities on the US right. It's not enough to write with great confidence on the topic, and I'm happy for American readers to jump in with their thoughts, but I think it's worthwhile to report on some early findings. If I had to briefly summarise I'd say: The professed political philosophy of leading personalities on the American right is often classical liberalism, i.e. it involves a belief in individual liberty, a small state, low taxes,...
  • What's the difference between a "liberal" and a "progressive?"

    01/16/2011 3:25:29 PM PST · by thecodont · 63 replies
    Bruce Reyes-Chow Blog ^ | 1/15/2011 | Bruce Reyes-Chow
    While I am sure that there are some seriously good snarky answers to this - and feel free to leave them if you want - I am seriously trying to figure this one out. Dictionaries haven't helped and haven't really found a good socio-political one. I've wondered about this many times as I often think that many of the frustrations I have with politically and theologically like-minded folks are rooted in subtle differences between what it means to be a "liberal" or a "progressive." Sure, this could all be semantics and no person is one-dimensional, but in church, politics and...
  • The Coming Gun Battle to Keep & Bear Arms

    01/11/2011 4:00:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 10 January, 2011 | Paul Gallant, Joanne Eisen and Alan Chwick
    Scottsdale, AZ --( U.S. gun-owners are now entering a global battle of conflicting ďnormsĒ about possession of weapons. We believe that the American norm of civilian possession and judicious use of weapons creates the safest environment for our families and neighbors. But to the firearm-prohibitionists, achieving the international norm of civilian disarmament assures the best way to a peaceful society. John Bolton, former United Nations Ambassador, defined the ďnormingĒ process as using international organizations to create global standards or ďnorms.Ē When we look at the array of proponents championing the global norm Ė e.g. the UN, the vast majority of...
  • New House Is Government By Abstraction (Gigantic Barf Alert!!!)

    01/06/2011 4:54:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 6, 2011 | Left wing dipstick lunatic E. J. DIONNE JR
    Edmund Burke, one of history's greatest conservatives, warned that abstractions are the enemy of responsible government. "I never govern myself, no rational man ever did govern himself, by abstractions and universals," Burke wrote. "A statesman differs from a professor in a university; the latter has only the general view of society; the former, the statesman, has a number of circumstances to combine with those general ideas." Alas for all of us and for American conservatism in particular, the new Republican majority that took control of the House on Wednesday is embarked on an experiment in government by abstractions. Many in...
  • Ezra Klein: Honest lefty

    01/01/2011 6:27:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies ^ | 31 December, 2010 | Don Surber
    1. Blogger Ezra Klein went on MSNBC and said the Constitution is a hundred years old and hard to understand. Apparently, this drew flak. 2. Then he blogged at 11:55 AM on Thursday: ďÖMy friends on the right donít like to hear this, but the Constitution is not a clear document. Written more than 200 years ago, when America had 13 states and very different problems, it rarely speaks directly to the questions we ask it. The Second Amendment, for instance, says nothing about keeping a gun in the home if youíve not signed up with a Ďwell-regulated militia,í but...
  • Is There a Cure for Liberalism?

    12/30/2010 9:45:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 19+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 29, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    Yet another study says biology may lurk in our political beliefs. Maybe! There‚Äôs another of those studies out there, that purports to show a biological difference between liberals and conservatives. People normally respond to ‚Äúgaze cues,‚ÄĚ or the direction that another person is looking, by glancing to see what caught that person‚Äôs attention. The new study, to be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, finds that liberals respond much more strongly to such cues than conservatives. The finding is the latest in a series of clues that liberals and conservatives may be subtly different...
  • God and Rocks, Barbers and Haircuts.

    12/13/2010 4:43:02 AM PST · by ^ | 12/10/10 | David Shedlock
    Can God build a rock big enough that even He canít lift it? This is a foolish question tempters and amateur atheists ask. Their intent is not to ask whether ďomnipotentĒ is the best theological term to describe Godís power, but to tempt believers to question Godís existence. This is not an existence-of-God problem. It is really just a ďtrick questionĒ of the same sort when one asks a righteous man if he has stopped beating his wife. That question contains an unproved premise and therefore cannot be answered ďlogicallyĒ. Another example from philosophy illustrates the real problem. Suppose...
  • Islam as Victor of Western Value Relativism

    11/21/2010 11:30:01 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 6 replies
    Politically Incorrect ^ | Michael Mannheimer
    The clash of civilizations, the collision between cultures, forecast by Samuel P. Huntington, has long since become an obvious fact in modern-day Europe, finding its clearest expression in the confrontation of Islam with the remnants of European Christianity. This collision not only is echoed in form of terrorist attacks but also in form of a bitter fight of ideals between two systems of values that could hardly be more opposed to each other, namely the archaic-totalitarian value system of Islam and the one represented by post modern European Enlightenment.
  • The War Between the Implicit and the Explicit

    11/03/2010 1:37:42 AM PDT · by Gomer1066 · 1 replies
    The Intellectual Activist ^ | November 2, 2010 | by Robert Tracinski
    In the first five parts of this series, and particularly in Part 5, I presented a new theory of history and the role of philosophical ideas in history. This article presents the theory behind that theory, discussing the deeper epistemological issues that are raised by the rest of the series. To begin, let me briefly summarize the essence of my theory. I have argued that the standard Objectivist theoryóthe view that a culture is changed by explicit philosophical ideas propagating downward from the ivory tower to the specialized sciences, to art, to the man on the streetóis incomplete. This "top-down"...
  • My Life as a Felon

    11/02/2010 12:59:02 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 36 replies
    Today, I am a felon. Why? Because I broke a law; I willfully and purposefully broke it by taking a firearm with me to vote. Under state statute 7-30-2.4 it is prohibited for someone to take a firearm onto school grounds. The text thereof reads as follows: 1.         Unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises consists of carrying a deadly weapon on school premises except by:             a.         a peace officer;            b.         school security personnel;            c.         a student, instructor or other school-authorized personnel engaged in army, navy, marine corps or air force reserve officer training corps programs or state-authorized hunter safety training instruction;            d.         a person...
  • Should gun owners have their heads examined?

    10/21/2010 4:27:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 October, 2010 | David Codrea
    "Prospective gun owners would have to pass a mental health test before being granted a firearms licence under recommendations submitted by a NSW coroner," the AAP story on World News Australia tells us. Why? After inquiring into the self-inflicted shooting death of a man during a confrontation with police in Sydney, Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon found the licensed gun owner had posed a "very great danger" to many unsuspecting people...An inquest, in November 2009 and March 2010, heard police evidence that the man intended to kill numerous people at random on the day he visited Eastwood Mall. That's pretty...
  • Islamic Influences on John Locke

    10/20/2010 6:50:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Musalman Times ^ | 13 October 2010
    To understand John Locke one has to understand what was going on internationally. He was born in an era of ascendant Islam. On the eve of Locke¬ís birth the Ottomans Murad IV (r. 1623-40) was the ruler of the Ottomans. As a young man Locke may have heard stories about the reign of Sultan Ibrahim (r. 1640-48). But Locke¬ís major years saw Mehmed IV (January 2, 1642 ¬Ė January 6, 1693) reigning a largest Ottoman empire. In 1658 Greek mainland and islands fall under the control of the Ottoman Sultan. The Turks were knocking on the gages of Vienna in...
  • Islam is the Problem not Muslims

    09/19/2010 7:28:17 PM PDT · by Rebam98 · 20 replies ^ | 9/19/2010 | Amber Pawlik
    This is part one of a two part series on Moderate Muslims. Both articles are only 2 pages long. (Part two is linked.) Combined, they argue that while moderate Muslims should not be looked at as the enemy, they are not our hope for peace either. To attain peace, Islam must be met by an equally strong or stronger, better, rational philosophy.
  • Dross in Yet Another Islamic 'Golden Age'

    09/05/2010 6:48:38 AM PDT · by Omikronos2100 · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 5, 2010 | Andrew G. Bostom
    The myth of a golden age of rational Islam plays a critical role in maintaining the somnolence of America's establishment in grasping the implacability of political jihad. Currently (see here, reviewed 9/2/10 at The National Review Online), the Mutazilites, typified by the Abbasid Muslim rulers al-Mamun (r. 813-833) and al-Mutasim (r. 833-842) are being lionized as avatars of the kind of "rationalist freethinking" which might have spared both Muslims and non-Muslims from the consequences of traditionalist Islamic irredentism. These views are a contemporary re-packaging of idealized portrayals initially put forth by Heinrich Steiner in 1865, and reiterated afterward by late...