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  • Anti-Trump Protester Celebrates Violence Outside San Jose Rally

    06/06/2016 10:55:07 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 21 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 4, 2016 | Jack Davis
    "... an exercise in blame-shifting." A Twitter user going by the name Houdini, who identifies himself as a Black Muslim, has been celebrating his takedown of a white Trump protester during Thursday’s anti-Trump protests in San Jose. Coverage of the man’s self-congratulating publicity on The Gateway Pundit revealed him to be Seyfudin Mohamud, a Somali native who had come to California from Minnesota. He posted selfie videos from the protest, including one in which his clothes match those seen in an ABC News video of violence at the rally.
  • Why [Penn Jillette] Won't Call Out Islam or Scientology ("... because we have families.")

    06/26/2010 1:37:54 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 45 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 06/26/10 | Matt Welch
    Are there any groups you won't go after?We haven't tackled Scientology because Showtime doesn't want us to. Maybe they have deals with individual Scientologists—I'm not sure. And we haven't tackled Islam because we have families. Meaning, you won’t attack Islam because you’re afraid it’ll attack back ...Right, and I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you’re afraid to talk about it—I can’t think of anything more horrific. [...]
  • NYT Hitpiece: In Donald Trump's Worldview America Comes First and Everyone Else Pays

    03/26/2016 12:15:47 PM PDT · by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton · 64 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 3/26/2016 | NYT
    Anyone else see this as THE MAIN REASON Trump is kicking butt?
  • The far-right media have a meltdown

    03/15/2016 4:07:20 AM PDT · by detective · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 14, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin
    Like the Republican Party, the conservative media has now bifurcated. On one side stand blogs, radio hosts and pundits (representing a range of ideological perspectives from the libertarian Reason to old-guard conservatives such as National Review) along with feisty reporters (e.g. Washington Free Beacon) who are candid about their ideological perspective and have been candid about who Donald Trump is and what he is attempting to do (i.e. use the GOP as a vehicle for his Peronist vision). On the other is the hodgepodge of Trump apologists, including Breitbart, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and anti-immigration-obsessed talk radio hosts. Fortunately, the...
  • How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church

    "The church is always more than a school. . . . But the church cannot be less than a school." - Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale historical theologian1 Being an idea-oriented, bookish, and cerebral-type of Christian can have its challenges. Often times, intellectually inclined believers find it hard to fit into their local evangelical church.2 This difficulty usually arises because the life of the mind is not often identified as a high church priority. So, unfortunately too many churches within the broad sweep of evangelicalism are, to use Pelikan’s words, "less than a school." Parts of the evangelical theological tradition have struggled...
  • Ted Cruz For Liberty... Ted Cruz For President

    02/05/2016 10:17:48 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 41 replies
    The Bull Elephant ^ | February 5, 2016 | Robert Kenyon
    The liberty movement must help elect Senator Ted Cruz the next President of the United States. Many of us in the liberty movement saw the handwriting on the wall some time ago, as far as the Rand Paul campaign was concerned. He came in a distant fifth in Iowa, a state many thought he would win a year ago. His polling looked bleak in the other early states, and he was short on resources. He likely could have gone on, but instead, suspended his campaign Wednesday morning. He'll focus on securing re-election to the Senate, which he should easily accomplish....
  • 31 of the Most Interesting Signs at the March for Life

    01/23/2016 8:01:48 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 23 January 2016 | Mariana Barillas
    An enthusiastic crowd showed its support for the pro-life movement by attending the 2016 March for Life despite frigid Friday weather and an impending blizzard in our nation's capital. A number of demonstrators brought their own handmade signs displaying why they choose to be pro-life. The March for Life in Washington, D.C., is held annually on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the country.
  • Irwin Schiff, R.I.P.

    10/19/2015 6:00:17 PM PDT · by OddLane · 46 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | October 19, 2015 | Brian Doherty
    Irwin Schiff died on Friday while in federal custody over charges connected with his refusal to pay taxes and his advising others to do so. His public career began as a popularizer of small-government, Austrian-economics-influenced thought with a popular book mostly about the various ways he thought government actions of various sorts harmed citizens called The Biggest Con. He then shifted to become the most famous popularizer, over many books over decades, of the idea that no one legally owes income tax. According to an obituary notice from his son Peter Schiff, who runs the firm Euro Pacific Capital and...
  • Donald Trump is 'Very Good at Losing Other People's Money'

    09/23/2015 3:28:05 PM PDT · by Sam Gamgee · 43 replies
    Reason TV ^ | September 16, 2015 | Jerome Tuccille
    Reason interviewed the first biographer of Donald Trump who has a warning for taxpayers: "[Trump] doesn't do a deal unless other people are putting up the money. He's very good at losing other people's money and preserving his own," explains author Jerome Tuccille. (see video)
  • Bernie Sanders, First Libertarian Socialist?

    09/20/2015 8:12:21 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | 09/15/2015 | Terry Michael
    Ground-breaking research by political science experts (actually me, Googling) reveals that a new breed of American politician has been discovered, the first ever "libertarian socialist." And it has a name: Bernie Sanders. Oxymoronic, you say? Call me crazy, but the senator from the Peoples' Republic of Vermont is at least two-thirds of the way there on the road to free minds and free markets. There are three issue frames in politics. Foreign. Social. Economic. Sanders is as non-interventionist as Ron Paul on foreign policy. He is as pro-choice and pro-gay rights as Yahweh on social issues (Yahweh has come a...
  • The Conservative Anti-Trump Club

    09/09/2015 2:19:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Reason ^ | September 9, 2015 | Matt Welch
    In my post yesterday about the #NROrevolt Twitter rebellion by restrictionist Donald Trump fans against the pro-restrictionism National Review, I mentioned that there was a rich stream of apoplectically anti-Donald Trump commentary emanating from within the conservative media. I thought it might be useful to catalogue some of the vituperative and often entertaining arguments thus far into one place. (For a previous post on Trump's conservative-media supporters, click here.) The following list, encompassing neoconservatives, social cons, and libertarian-leaners, includes Bret Stephens, George Will, Glenn Beck, Michael Gerson, Charles C.W. Cooke, Karl Rove, Jonah Goldberg, John Podhoretz, Kevin D. Williamson, Mona...
  • Donald Trump: Legalize ALL the Drugs [wayback machine]

    09/07/2015 1:58:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 8, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    ".....The reform-minded Trump of decades past is a far more attractive figure than his current incarnation, at least in the eyes of the pro-legalization advocates of today. “Well, I certainly think he had it right in 1990, and what he said then actually seemed to understand the situation,” David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Beast. “My sense is that looking for consistent philosophy or even policies in Donald Trump’s statements is a pretty fruitless exercise.” Boaz also pointed out that Trump recently voiced his support for medical marijuana, and that when asked about...
  • DoJ's Gag Order On Reason Has Been Lifted — But The Real Story Is More Outrageous Than We Thought

    06/22/2015 2:15:06 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 11 replies
    PopeHat ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ken White
    Last Friday the folks at Reason confirmed what I suggested on Thursday — that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, after hitting Reason with a federal grand jury subpoena to unmask anonymous hyperbolic commenters, secured a gag order that prevented them from writing about it. Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch describe how it all went down. Read it. So, the truth is out — and it's more outrageous than you thought, even more outrageous than it appears at first glance. What, you might ask, could be more outrageous than the United States Department of Justice...
  • Department Of Justice Uses Grand Jury Subpoena To Identify Anonymous Commenters ...

    06/08/2015 4:32:55 PM PDT · by Skepolitic · 56 replies
    Popehat.com ^ | 6/8/2015 | Ken White
    The United States Department of Justice is using federal grand jury subpoenas to identify anonymous commenters engaged in typical internet bluster and hyperbole in connection with the Silk Road prosecution. DOJ is targeting Reason.com, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery. Why are the government using its vast power to identify these obnoxious asshats, and not the other tens of thousands who plague the internet? Because these twerps mouthed off about a judge. Last week, a source provided me with a federal grand jury subpoena. The subpoena1, issued...
  • Reasons to Reason: Analytical Thinking is Essential in Policy Debates

    05/13/2015 6:07:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 5/11/2015 | Thomas Doran
    With so many complex policy issues, how do we decide which are worthy of our support or deserve to be opposed? Environmentalism, my specialty, is rife with policy initiatives that are often based on emotional appeal, rather than well-reasoned articulations of facts. As a boy, I read Isaac Asimov’s science fiction classic “Foundation” series that featured psychohistory and symbolic logic. I was fascinated by how the Foundation applied symbolic logic to political documents and treaties to interpret what was really being said. In one situation, the Foundation reduced the fine print of a five-page treaty to two statements: “Obligations of...
  • Pondering Prudence and Its “Parts” – A Reflection on the Sometimes-Misunderstood Virtue of Prudence

    05/07/2015 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Prudence and Its “Parts” – A Reflection on the Sometimes-Misunderstood Virtue of Prudence By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-on to yesterday’s post on the spiritual work of counseling  the doubtful, I would like to say a little more about prudence.Prudence is often misunderstood by those who reduce it to mere caution or reluctance to act. It is true that sometimes prudence indicates caution and that hasty action is seldom prudent. However, sometimes it is prudent to act quickly. Having long discussions about the best way to put out a house fire before acting is not prudent. Quick, expedient action is the...
  • Islam’s Demotion of Reason (Review of Robert Reilly’s 'The Closing of the Muslim Mind.')

    01/17/2015 5:06:13 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 01/16/2015 | FATHER C. JOHN MCCLOSKEY
    A few years ago, Robert Reilly wrote a book that may offer the key to understanding the advance of Islamic terror against the West: The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis. At the heart of Reilly’s book is his argument that the “denigration of dialogue is due to the demotion of reason that took place in the ninth-century struggle between the rationalist theologians, the Mu’tazilites and their anti-rationalist theologians, the Ash’arites. Unfortunately, for those who prefer dialogue, the Ash’arites won.” “The Ash’arites’ position was that reason is so infected by men’s self-interest...
  • Medieval Golden Age, Modern Barbarism (Islam more civilized 800 years ago)

    10/22/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    First Things ^ | ct 20, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    [Medieval Islamic astronomers predict eclipse of the moon] Earlier this year, as conflict raged in northern Syria, two professors, one Lebanese and the other American, both from elite universities in the Washington, D.C. area, passed the long night at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, drinking tea. They pondered the weighty issues of the region: whether the nation-state paradigm was the residue of colonialism or a reality to which nations of the Middle East must conform; American military engagement and its consequences; and, of course, the sources of violent extremism. At one point, the Lebanese professor lamented, “These...
  • At U-M, Sexual Violence Includes 'Discounting Feelings,' 'Withholding Sex'

    09/26/2014 4:30:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | September 25, 2014 | Robby Soave
    The redefinition of the word violence continues among revelations that discounting a sexual partner's feelings and withholding sex constitutes sexual violence at the University of Michigan. The relevant info can be found at the university's "Stop Abuse" webpage: Examples of sexual violence include: discounting the partner's feelings regarding sex; criticizing the partner sexually; touching the partner sexually in inappropriate and uncomfortable ways; withholding sex and affection; always demanding sex; forcing partner to strip as a form of humiliation (maybe in front of children), to witness sexual acts, to participate in uncomfortable sex or sex after an episode of violence, to...
  • Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 9:16:19 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 13 replies
    National Catholic Register | 08/28/2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword? The establishment of an “Islamic State” in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians. There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation? Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in...
  • Let Obama Golf. No President Can Be Mr. Fix-It (and We Shouldn't Let Him Try).

    08/20/2014 6:49:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Reason ^ | August 20, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    "President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard Tuesday evening after spending less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place," Justin Sink wrote yesterday at The Hill. Actually, Obama probably dropped into Washington, D.C., in August--not the most pleasant time of year to visit the swamp that neither Virginia nor Maryland wanted--because he was getting his balls busted from every ideological point on the compass over his absence. Why won't he do something about the unrest in Ferguson and ISIL beheading James Foley? Ummm...What? Exactly? ... The United...
  • Obama and the Age of Reason

    06/18/2014 12:07:59 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 10 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2014 | MosesKnows
    When Will Obama Reach The Age Of Reason? Parents experience great pride when their child reaches the age of reason. The parental pride comes from evidence that their parenting achieved some success. The evidence is the first signs of their child accepting responsibility for their actions. The child’s position evolves from saying my homework got lost To I lost my homework.
  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 9:28:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 18 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | May 20, 2014 | John G. Hartnett
    The big bang is not a Reason to Believe! by John G. Hartnett A response to "A Response to Four Young-Earth Objections to Inflation"1 Published: 20 May 2014 (GMT+10) Astrophysicist Dr Jeff Zweerink works for the Hugh-Ross-led organization Reasons to Believe. He recently wrote the above article. Relevant portions of his words are reproduced (in green) with my comments interspersed. It could hardly be said that the Bible is giving a simplified account of the big bang/evolution history of the universe A remarkable correspondence exists between inflationary big bang cosmology and the Bible’s accounts of the universe’s origin. This is...
  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 9:28:14 AM PDT · by fishtank
    Creation Ministries International ^ | May 20, 2014 | John G. Hartnett
    A pending proposal from President Obama to create a vast new wilderness area on the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing criticism from Republican lawmakers and local law enforcement officials who say it would significantly impede border security. The Obama administration is set to designate a 600,000 acre national monument in south-central New Mexico to be managed and controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, a federal agency. The designated land will be called the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and environmentalists have long-sought the designation. Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, the chairman of a key subcommittee, blasted the plan in a...
  • Rand Paul Doesna t Know Much about Reagana s Budgets

    04/29/2014 12:45:39 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Patrick Brennan
    Ramesh and Reason’s Nick Gillespie have been going back and forth over Rand Paul’s claim (from a number of years ago) that Jimmy Carter was a more fiscally conservative president than Ronald Reagan. Mother Jones collected a series of appearances over the years in which the Kentuckian argues that Reagan’s budget performance, compared with Carter’s, is evidence Republicans don’t really mean it when they claim the mantle of fiscal conservatism. Gillespie argues that Reagan’s deficits means he wasn’t a fiscal conservative, while Ramesh argues (and Nick seems to agree to some extent) that probably a better measure is rate of increases in spending...
  • Feds to Take Over Oregon's Failed $300 Million Health Insurance Exchange [zero enrollees]

    04/24/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2014 | Peter Suderman|
    The state of Oregon received $303 million in federal grants—more than all but two other states—to build and operate a health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, under Obamacare. One of those grants was a $48 million "early innovator" grant for states whose exchanges were intended to serve as models for the nation. The state was among the most enthusiastic about implementing the law, with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber touting both the law and his state's work building the exchange. The state's work on its exchange recieved praise throughout the media, and it was reportedly loved by the Obama administration: In...
  • Does Mozilla Dumping Its CEO Over Prop. 8/Anti-Gay-Marriage Stance = McCarthyism?

    04/07/2014 9:12:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | 04/07/2014 | Nick Gillespie
    So last week, Mozilla, the mission-based makers of lagging web browser Firefox, fired its newly appointed CEO Brendan Eich after the dating site OK Cupid publicized Eich's donation to Prop. 8, a California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the Golden State.As I wrote here and for Time: Now that we’re well past a subsistence economy, we live in a world of largely symbolic exchange, where we don’t simply choose something because we’re hungry or naked but because we want to make a statement about what sort of person we are, what sort of taste we possess, and what...
  • An Obituary For Our Dear Friend, "Common Sense"

    02/23/2014 11:01:37 AM PST · by OneVike · 17 replies
    TRC Magazine Facebook Page ^ | 2/22/14 | Steven W. McReynolds
    Obituary Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: * Knowing when to come in out of the rain; * Why the early bird gets the worm* Life isn't always fair and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by a simple, sound financial policy and a good reliable strategy toward life. * Don't...
  • A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments

    01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude cannot be had in many matters as well as lesser degrees that remain a firm confidence as to the facts in a matter.On Monday there was...
  • Reason and Emotion(1943)

    11/15/2013 8:31:52 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1943 | Walt Disney
  • Did Obama Lie for the Same Reason That Al Gore Lied?

    11/06/2013 5:59:17 AM PST · by MosesKnows · 21 replies
    11/6/2013 | MosesKnows
    Did Obama Lie for the Same Reason That Al Gore Lied? Al Gore’s position that man is the primary cause of global warming caused Gore to justify lying to the people because of the importance of his opinion. As I listened to Obama lie about his lies, I wondered if Obama applied Al Gore’s rationale to allow Obama’s mind to excuse his lie. Al Gore used the words “over-representation” when he lied. However, Al Gore never emphasized his lies by adding the word “period” to assure the people of the correctness of his lie. Al Gore said, in an...
  • The HealthCare Mash: a first rate Halloween "tribute" to ObamaCare

    10/31/2013 1:07:42 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/31/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    The original Monster Mash appeared in 1962. Fifty one years later a classical song is used to describe a classic governmental assault and screw up.
  • Thinking Clearly About Profiling

    07/28/2013 11:16:22 AM PDT · by Alex Baker · 21 replies
    RealityBatsLast ^ | July 27, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    THERE IS NOTHING MORE PAINFUL FOR ME AT THIS STAGE IN MY LIFE THAN TO WALK DOWN THE STREET AND HEAR FOOTSTEPS AND START TO THINK ABOUT ROBBERY AND THEN LOOK AROUND AND SEE IT’S SOMEBODY WHITE AND FEEL RELIEVED. REVEREND JESSE JACKSON NY TIMES, 12-12-93 Profiling is a very unsavory activity, we are told. There are marches against it and laws against it. Let’s consider what profiling is, starting with the definition of three terms relevant to the discussion : SNIP Here are some observable facts: 1. Rapes are primarily committed by men. 2. Major terrorist attacks, worldwide, are...
  • Debating Abortion 101: The Best Way to Expose Logical Fallacies

    07/17/2013 5:45:55 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    LifeNews ^ | July 17, 2013 | Josh Brahm
    In my last post I talked about something I’ve been noticing recently, that people, especially pro-life nerds like me, are tempted to talk about logical fallacies all the time in conversation. There are several dangers to this. I’ve argued already that the first danger is accusing somebody of a logical fallacy when they didn’t actually commit one. If you dedicate yourself to educating yourself on what the logical fallacies actually are before bringing them up, you will be a more effective debater. But there’s a good, better, best aspect to exposing logical fallacies while creating good dialogues with people. I...
  • The End of Reason: Does the phrase "faith Begins Where Reason Ends" make sense?

    07/15/2013 7:51:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Free Thinking ^ | 07/12/2013 | Andy Uyboco
    There is an oft-quoted phrase in Christian circles that goes “faith begins where reason ends” and I’m perfectly fine with that statement as it is. The problem I have is that a lot of people who use this phrase to defend their faith do not really go to the end of reason. They stop short of the end, refusing to take reason past a certain point, and declare that faith is now the operative agent. I, myself, have been guilty of this many times in the past. When I reached a point when I wasn’t able to understand some theological...
  • Psyche, Nous; Faith and Reason: The Classic View

    05/29/2013 3:16:41 PM PDT · by betty boop · 19 replies
    self | May 29. 2013 | Jean F. Drew
    Psyche, Nous; Faith and Reason: The Classic View By “classic view” we mean to denote the epochal legacy of ancient Greek philosophy, and the epochal genius of thinkers who could and did “isolate” psyche as a bona fide constituent of Reality. Instantly, there seems to be two problems. How is “Reality” to be defined? Who’s doing the “defining?” For answers to such questions, we must have access to Nous. This incredibly compact Greek word is usually translated into English as Reason. But the Greek nous carries other meanings as well: c.f., reason; mind; intellect; self-reflective consciousness; logic; creative will; truth....
  • 20 Questions Liberals Can't Answer

    04/20/2013 6:23:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2013 | John Hawkins
    "It is not enough for the insecure left to deem a position wrong; if it’s merely wrong, it needs to be argued about, and it can’t survive that. It must instead be morally abhorrent, so that the zealot reacts to the toxin of questioning much like a jogger coming across a decomposing body on the side of the road — it must be internalized that the correct response to such a horror is to retch, and faint, and call the authorities post-haste. This is how the leftist faith protects itself from the infection of doubt. (Meanwhile, of course, patting...
  • On the Splendor of God's Truth

    11/21/2012 1:45:27 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 21, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Splendor of God's Truth "Through Faith We Come to True Knowledge of God and Ourselves" VATICAN CITY, Nov. 21, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We go forward in this Year of Faith, bearing in our hearts the hope of rediscovering how much joy there is in believing and of finding the enthusiasm to communicate to all the truths of the faith. These truths are not a simple message about...
  • A well thought out response by a man pointing out what Obamacare truly is!

    11/14/2012 2:50:07 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 8 replies
    A well thought out response by a man pointing out what Obamacare truly is. Spread the word!!!! EVEN THOUGH ROMNEY ISN'T PRESIDENT WE WILL REPEAL THIS LAW!!!!!! (J) Free Home for any who will take it I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the successful passing of the recent health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued: They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard the young man exclaim, “Isn’t Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he...
  • The Principle of Contradiction: 8 things everyone should know

    10/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 15 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 10-04-12 | TFP
    What is the principle of contradiction? In a nutshell, it’s this:  a thing cannot be and not be at the same time.  Saint Thomas Aquinas shows that not even God can deny the principle of contradiction, the absolute law of the order of being, because it is impossible for God to will the absolutely impossible (Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, chap. 84). Father Garrigou-Lagrange gives us eight principal reasons, based on Aristotle, for defending the necessity and real validity of the principle of contradiction. They are briefly: 1. To deny this necessity and this validity would be to deprive words of...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Says Cops Should Go On Strike Until Americans Give Up Their Guns

    07/25/2012 7:51:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Reason ^ | 7-24-12 | mike riggs
    We've been hearing a lot of that recently. Earlier this year, The New York Times reprinted a Department of Justice press release and slapped this lede on top of it: “As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: Rising numbers of police officers are being killed.” Bloomberg and The New York Times are both wrong: In 2008, ten times more civilians regular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps. In 2011, 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, cops shot and killed 54 suspects...
  • Washington's Finest Moment

    07/06/2012 9:02:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    For all the talk of incivility in the Nation's capital, the last week has restored my faith in the basic decency of the people who live there. Although the storm that hit Washington and the surrounding area June 29 has not received as much national attention as hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters usually do, the human toll has been high. In the Washington metro area alone, five people died in the storm and more than 20 have died subsequently from the heat, as hundreds of thousands suffered days without electrical power. But through it all, most people have behaved...
  • Live at Rally Saturday - Reason & Repeal Obamacare Rally

    03/24/2012 8:34:26 AM PDT · by lward99 · 3 replies
    Times247 ^ | 3/24/2012 | Times247
    Dueling rallies in D.C. - should be fun to watch
  • Monckton’s Schenectady showdown

    03/12/2012 8:31:51 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 33 replies · 1+ views
    WUWT ^ | March 10, 2012 | Justin Pulliam
    Schenectady, NY - THE NEWS that Lord Monckton was to give his “Climate of Freedom” lecture at Union College in Schenectady, New York, had thrown the university’s environmentalists into a turmoil. The campus environmentalists set up a Facebook page announcing a counter-meeting of their own immediately following Monckton’s lecture. There is no debate about global warming, they announced. There is a consensus. The science is settled. Their meeting would be addressed by professors and PhDs, the “true” scientists, no less. Sparks, it seemed, were gonna fly. Traveling with Lord Monckton on the East Coast leg of his current whistle-stop tour...
  • Narcissism and the culture war

    03/10/2012 1:28:50 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3-8-12 | Fred Hutchinson
    The culture war might be likened to fighting a war against a coalition of powers. Imagine WWI-style trench warfare on a long front. In the center of the enemy lines are the forces of moral relativism. These forces oppose the idea that there is a universal moral law. On one flank are the forces of the sexual revolution, including gays, feminists, adulterers, the promiscuous, and the pro-abortion folks. On the other flank are the cultural relativists, and multiculturalists. This camp opposes the ideas of truth, beauty, and intrinsic quality. It seeks to suppress the literary, philosophical, and artistic heritage of...
  • Pat Robertson: "It's time we stop locking up people for possession of marijuana..."

    03/07/2012 10:40:18 PM PST · by MetaThought · 115 replies
    Reason ^ | March 6, 2012 | Mike Riggs
    Pat Robertson, America's longest-serving eschatological bigot and spiritual leader, took to the airwaves of the 700 Club last week and denounced the war on weed, as well as liberals, all of whom write laws in a "punitive spirit." Putting aside the fact that Robertson has, on occasion, invited God to smite people people of abominable politics and preferences, this time he is making (some) sense: We here in America make up 5% of the world's population, but we make up 25% of jailed prisoners... Every time the liberals pass a bill -- I don't care what it involves -- they...
  • Voice of 'Black' Reason

    02/20/2012 3:20:39 AM PST · by BeauGalt · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | Kevin Jackson
    Mr. Jackson is a voice of reason, in a sea of confusion, and rabid racism...
  • The Muslim-Catholic Forum: Can You Name the Animals?

    12/11/2011 5:11:14 AM PST · by Sherman Logan · 36 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | SATURDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2011 | Robert Reilly
    Late last month, twenty-four Catholic and twenty-four Muslim leaders, scholars, and educators met on the east bank of the Jordan River for the second of the two Catholic-Muslim Forums, inaugurated by Benedict XVI in 2008 to encourage dialogue between the world’s two largest religions. How much can be gained from such encounters is hard to say. But the extremely astute Fr. Samir Khalil Samir has said, “dialogue is better than indifference and reciprocal silence.” The forum’s subject was “Reason, Faith, and Mankind,” a highly important topic. King Abdullah saluted the participants: “the forum is the outcome of ongoing initiatives to...
  • Reason and Faith (From An Old Debate-Updated)

    09/18/2011 6:55:01 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 1 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 9-18-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    …I want to insist that there is not a single item in Christianity, upon which our souls’ salvation depends, that is only “probably” true. In each case, the evidence supplied is sufficient to establish conclusive proof regarding the truth of the Christian faith. This is not to say, however, that such a case is psychologically compelling, so that one could not reject the evidence. That would be an abuse of free will. I do argue, however, that one can be absolutely certain (intellectually) of such matters as the existence of God, the deity of Christ, the inspiration of the Bible,...
  • Reason TV Battle for the California Desert: Why is the Government Driving Folks Off the Land

    08/25/2011 10:58:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/25/11 | Reason TV
    <p>The Antelope Valley is a vast patch of desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, and a segment of the few rugged individualists who live out there increasingly are finding themselves the targets of armed raids from local code enforcement agents, who’ve assembled into task forces called Nuisance Abatement Teams (NATs).</p>