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  • Making Sense of Today's World

    05/18/2015 7:56:41 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 10 replies
    5/18/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    Maybe someone can explain this. Making sense of this can't be easy. The question is whether or not it can be done and even greater, whether it should. How did society come to a point in which a person can sue for forced abortions on minority children and be lauded as an advocate? Isn't this something that anyone on the most basic of levels, and I'm talking real basic over here, should find loathsome and disgusting? At the same time, a person who says that the life of a potential or developing baby is worth more than that of a...
  • Poor Little Rich Women

    05/18/2015 1:15:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Times' Sunday Review ^ | May 16, 2015 | Wednesday Martin
    WHEN our family moved from the West Village to the Upper East Side in 2004, seeking proximity to Central Park, my in-laws and a good public school, I thought it unlikely that the neighborhood would hold any big surprises. For many years I had immersed myself — through interviews, reviews of the anthropological literature and participant-observation — in the lives of women from the Amazon basin to sororities at a Big Ten school. I thought I knew from foreign. Then I met the women I came to call the Glam SAHMs, for glamorous stay-at-home-moms, of my new habitat. My culture...
  • Newton's Telescope and Hubble - Objectivity #16 (VIDEO)

    05/12/2015 7:44:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 4-20-2015 | Objectivity
    With the 25th anniversary of The Hubble Space Telescope fast approaching, Brady and Keith look at a priceless artefact - Sir Isaac Newton's very own reflecting telescope.
  • Exactly a Yard - Objectivity #19 (VIDEO)

    05/12/2015 7:25:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 5-12-2015 | Objectivity
    Brady and Keith look at some of The Royal Society's collection of standard weights and measures - including a particularly special one that even Keith had never unpacked before!
  • 1 womb, 2 dads: Judge rules man must only support one twin, report says

    05/07/2015 2:52:50 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    NJ.com ^ | May 7, 2015
    PATERSON — The man who was believed to have fathered twin girls in Passaic County actually only fathered one of them, according to a precedent-setting ruling by a Superior Court judge. It's the first paternity case in New Jersey and only the third nationwide to feature two different fathers for a set of twins. Judge Sohail Mohammed ruled that a man identified only as "A.S." was off the hook for child support payments to one of the twins after DNA testing determined he fathered one with 99.9 percent certainty but could not have been the father of the other.
  • A "Gift" That Keeps On Taking

    05/05/2015 1:05:16 PM PDT · by Ohioan · 10 replies
    http://www.truthbasedlogic.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | William Flax
    Almost everyone has heard the phrase, "a gift that keeps on giving"; a reference to a charitable undertaking that encourages beneficiaries in the direction of self-reliance & personal responsibility. Such a gift is likely to involve recognition of important aspects of human nature--a concept or concepts that encourage individuals to identify & employ actual talents--that inspire beneficiaries to solve real problems, rather than look to others to solve those problems for them.
  • A Nation of Sharecroppers, the "Rental Society" ~ Vanity

    05/01/2015 12:43:00 PM PDT · by GraceG · 24 replies
    Is it just me or does it seem to me that inthe last 10 years maybe longer that the overwhelming pressure in society is to become a "rental" based economy vs. an "ownership" economy? We see this everywhere, from local businessees offering leasing options for people wanting to buy items like TV's, Furniture, and Appliances, to propsals being made in government to collect "taxes" on miles drven on cars. Over a hundred years ago, Property taxes were the first step to establishing the idea that one doesn't even truly own the land under thier own feet that they may have...
  • Former slave testimonials

    04/08/2015 8:17:16 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 88 replies
    Ohio Historical society ^ | 4/8/2015 | Ohio Historical society
    Last night I stumbled across a collections of interviews conducted in the 1930s with blacks who had been born into slavery. They're kind of hard to read since they're written as the words were spoken with a heavy southern black accent. Most interesting to me is the lack of anger from these former slaves. In fact, some spoke quite fondly of their former owners. At worst, they spoke with indifference of their former owners. None of this matches the rage filled narrative of today with the endless claims of payment due.
  • Princeton professor’s study : What the Average Citizen Wants Doesn’t Matter,

    04/07/2015 5:13:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    One of the ongoing discussions on this website is the degree to which the government is you and me, the citizenry, us. Many people hold that when we pay taxes – for instance – we are really just paying back into society, of which we are a part. We are contributing to the coffers of the great American village. Taxation isn’t theft because who is taking the money? The government, which is elected by and composed of citizens. It’s all just a big circle. We’re just paying ourselves. I even had a neighbor tell me once that he actually “enjoyed”...
  • Why Politicians Need Science (Science as an ideology)

    04/06/2015 9:37:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | April 4, 2015 | Michael Shermer
    Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential ticket, thinks, like many conservatives, global warming isn’t happening. As he said on Seth Meyers’ talk show on March 16, “Satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years there’s been zero warming, none whatsoever.” It’s no surprise that Cruz picked that figure: 17 years ago was 1998, an “El Nino” year, when global temperatures were artificially elevated after which they returned to their normal gradually increasing rate. When you look at all the data published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (not just the cherry-picked data that...
  • The Data Proves Marriage Matters

    03/28/2015 9:09:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Back before self-esteem spirit animals and pre-nup voodoo dominated the contents of free-form wedding vows, we had simple yet robust odes like ‘in sickness and in health’ and ‘for richer or poorer.’ The true magic of those words lies in their claim that the deepest reserves of sacrificial love can still be tapped when life’s trials are the most daunting. But there is another angle to consider when ‘for richer or poorer’ is weighed and measured in light of modern data. When it comes to viewing marriage as a kind of lottery ticket, richer stands out as a safe bet....
  • Can Family Breakdown in Low-Education America Be Reversed? Maybe

    03/27/2015 8:34:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Our kids, at least many of them, are not doing very well. The reason, writes Harvard professor Robert Putnam in his just-published "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis," is the "two-tier pattern of family structure" that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s and continues to prevail today. Starting in the late 1960s, rates of divorce, unmarried births and single parenthood rose sharply among all segments of society. About a decade later, they fell and leveled off among the college-educated, who almost entirely raise their kids in Ozzie-and-Harriet style families today (except that Mom usually works outside the home). Among...
  • Can Christianity Survive the Sexual Revolution?

    03/26/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 26, 2015 | STEPHEN BASKERVILLE
    When was the last time anyone heard a sermon that condemned the evils of fornication, or adultery, or cohabitation, or divorce, or bearing children outside wedlock (let alone homosexuality)? Controlling these sins is a core Christian value. At one time a preacher could be expected to devote extended attention to these sins. And he could be expected to condemn them unequivocally. Yet today, even as the social and economic fallout from precisely these practices becomes ever more glaring and serious, pastors and priests seem ever more determined to avoid discussing them.Of course, the dowdy old parson long ago became the...
  • The prescience of Pat Moynihan

    03/20/2015 2:58:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | 7:57pm | George F. Will
    Perhaps the decisive factors in combating poverty and enabling upward mobility were not economic but cultural — the habits, mores and dispositions that equip individuals to take advantage of opportunities. This was dismaying because governments know how to alter incentives and remove barriers but not how to manipulate culture. The assumption that the condition of the poor must improve as macroeconomic conditions improve was to be refuted by a deepened understanding of the crucial role of the family as the primary transmitter of the social capital essential for self-reliance and betterment. Family structure is the primary predictor of social outcomes,...
  • Why Moral Values Matter

    03/18/2015 9:23:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/18/15 | Alan Caruba
    Morality may be ignored, but it never ceases to provide the foundation and guidelines for a healthy society. “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” —John Adams (1735 - 1826), second President of the U.S.A. It’s hard to consider the success of the book and film “Fifty Shades of Grey” without...
  • Emoticon Masks

    02/20/2015 10:57:23 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 9 replies
    Thegrommet.com ^ | 1-20-15 | me
    Emojis have become a cultural phenomenon, and now you can bring the fun to a face near you.
  • The Star Spangled Banner rendition by Madison Rising (Vanity)

    02/15/2015 1:23:31 AM PST · by A Navy Vet · 9 replies
    myself | February 14, 2015 | A Navy Vet
    I recently saw the end of some TV show where a band called Madison Rising did a great new rendition to the Star Spangled Banner. As a muscian and a rocker it touch me and I just want to share it with all Patriots.
  • Heidelcast: When Marriage Is Decoupled From Nature

    02/13/2015 6:02:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Heidelblog.net | 2/12/15 | R Scott Clark
    .....we are taking a brief hiatus from our series on the moral law to talk with one of my favorite authors, Stella Morabito, about an article she published in The Federalist, “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Vomitorium.” This is a striking essay worthy of your time and attention. Regular readers will recognize Stella’s name from the HB. She appears regularly in the Heidelquotes. She’s widely published (e.g., in The Federalist, The Washington Examiner, and The American Thinker). She’s been an intelligence analyst, studying aspects of Russian and Soviet politics including communist media and propaganda. She’s a...
  • Police: Man charged with murder for unintentionally shooting girlfriend in drive-by

    02/10/2015 4:13:15 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 12 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | John Counts
    Allysha Tomlin may not have been the intended targeted when she was shot to death in Superior Township early Sunday morning, investigators said Tuesday. David Gordon. Police say the 23-year-old was killed when a man she was in a relationship with, 20-year-old David Gordon, shot up her apartment trying to hit Tomlin's on-again-off-again boyfriend and the father of her 2-year-old twins. Gordon was arraigned on an open murder charge, as well as two weapons-related felonies, at the 14A-1 District Court Tuesday, according to police. Officials originally anticipated the arraignment was going to take place Wednesday, when a second person believed...
  • Enough With the Gruesome Abortion Articles

    02/09/2015 1:20:15 AM PST · by PittsburghAfterDark · 63 replies
    Vanity | February 9, 2015 | Self
    I know this thread and topic is going to go over like a lead balloon but I have to say it. The constant, prevalent and gruesome pro-life themed articles are really becoming a nuisance to this long time reader and occasional poster. This is not a call for a pro-choice viewpoint, I'm not advocating that personally and realize that will, thankfully, never happen here. However there becomes a point when preaching to the choir about the horrors of abortion in heinous detail either visually or in writing just becomes disgusting. I frequent this site overnight and scanning from top to...
  • Vatican to Offer Haircuts, Shave, Showers to Rome's Homeless

    The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis' charity office said. The Vatican announced last year that it would provide shower facilities in St Peter's Square for homeless people. Bishop Konrad Krajewski told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire on Thursday that it would also offer haircuts and shaves when the services start on Feb. 16 in an area under the colonnade of the square. Krajewski, whose official title is the pope's almoner, said barbers and hairdressers would volunteer their services on...
  • Hump-Day Humor

    01/21/2015 5:35:58 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 January 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • 19 Gorgeous Photos That Perfectly Capture Life In The South

    01/01/2015 5:09:53 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 72 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Dec. 30, 2014, | Gabriel H. Sanchez
    Photographer Eliot Dudik captures breathtaking images in a beautiful region of South Carolina known as the “Lowcountry”.
  • Cheer up: The pessimists are wrong and America's future is bright

    12/30/2014 1:30:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 29, 2014 | Dan Hannan, MEP
    How do you think 2015 will be for you? If you’re typical, you’ll be pessimistic; and, if you’re typical, you’ll be wrong. Only 21 percent of Americans agree with the proposition that “life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us” — 76 percent disagree. Well, barring some unforeseeable calamity — what Nassim Taleb would call a “black swan,” or Donald Rumsfeld an “unknown unknown” — the 76 percent are mistaken. The next generation of Americans will lead healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives than the present one. That sentence could have been written at any...
  • NYC takes on 'man spread'

    12/23/2014 11:18:27 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 33 replies
    amNewYork ^ | Kerry Cavanaugh
    ""Manspread" - the habit some male NY subway riders have of spreading their legs beyond the confine of their hips to take up two, or even three, seats - is a source of increasing irritation for polite riders concerned about the comfort of others."
  • VIDEO: Japan is so much better than Americans at shopping lines

    11/29/2014 7:27:20 PM PST · by rjbemsha · 15 replies
    Vox.com ^ | 28 Nov 2014 | Max Fisher
    If you are an American, then odds are you are spending some significant chunk of today [Black Friday] fighting your way through unpleasant, stressful, and chaotic shopping lines. There's a better kind of line. And it's in Japan. Watch this time-lapse video of patrons lining up at Comiket, a regular comic book festival in Tokyo, and just marvel at the order of it all. (They're lining up to enter the festival, one chunk of people at a time.) The experience looks easy, even downright pleasant, and most amazing of all appears entirely self-organized. I challenge you to find a single...
  • Michael Phelps sex scandal: Troubled Olympians girlfriend was born a man!

    11/20/2014 3:51:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Radar Online ^ | 11/19/14
    Before he checked into rehab in September, Michael Phelps was having a steamy affair with much older blonde, Taylor Lianne Chandler. But the most shocking aspect of their relationship wasn’t the 12-year age difference. RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal that Chandler, 41, was actually born a man! Chandler, born David Roy Fitch, tells Radar in an exclusive interview that she was an intersex baby.
  • New Poll Shows Large Number Of People Will Jump At Chance To Have Microchip Implant

    11/17/2014 8:09:54 AM PST · by Maudeen · 77 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | November 17, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    According to a survey by tech giant Cisco Systems, about a fourth of professionals ages 18 to 50 would leap at the chance to get a surgical brain implant that allowed them to instantly link their thoughts to the Internet. The study was conducted on 3,700 adults working in white-collar jobs in 15 countries. Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/November17/171.html#CRwG8spidOWI60L4.99
  • Team Save USA: Raul Ries / Ben Carson Oct 2014: 1. Repentance 2. New Leaders 3. Speaker 4. Senate

    10/17/2014 10:50:07 PM PDT · by Golden Gate · 5 replies
    Friday October 17, 2014 | Golden Gate
    (Please read before posting.) Informed people know that it is going to take more than just a team of new leaders to save the USA, if it is still possible. It is being said that repentance needs to begin with the Christians, with the Church. Of course, the importance of repentance is relevant to all people. The next purpose of this article is to encourage the American people to see the need for electing the right leaders in all levels of our American government. Responsible citizens are focused on campaigns and the pending results of this November election. When considering...
  • The Gay Bullyboys Want You Jailed

    09/26/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 26, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    A goofy guy named Adam Weinstein writing for a goofy website called Gawker has called for the jailing of those who deny global warming. Weinstein says, “there is the body of purulent pundits, paid sponsors, and corporate grifters who exploit the smallest uncertainty at the edges of a settled science.” Those who disagree with Weinstein on a scientific and political point are criminally negligent and should face not just fines but even prison.As goofy as he is, he’s not the only one.Just this past weekend serial adulterer Robert Kennedy Jr., who may have driven his second wife to suicide—and...
  • Peter Thiel on Twitter and pot, Google, Uber and gay CEOs

    09/17/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by illiac · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/17/14 | Matthew J Belvedere
    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is famously outspoken and sharp-tongued, and on CNBC on Wednesday he did not disappoint. In a "Squawk Box" interview.Thiel trashed Twitter, Uber and Apple, among others, "Twitter is hard to evaluate. They have a lot of potential. It's a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there. But it's such a solid franchise it may even work with all that," the co-founder of PayPal and early Facebook investor said.
  • The Great Society: In Ferguson, MO

    08/27/2014 5:20:39 PM PDT · by grumpa
    Off Grid Blog ^ | August 26, 2014 | Off Grid Blogger
    Welcome. We have arrived in the Great Society foisted on us by liberals from FDR to LBJ, who holds title to the vision. It is marked by: •a race-based underclass with 13-18% black unemployment and 109 million people overall on welfare across the country • broad disrespect for the legal process and institutions such as the church •lawlessness in school classrooms and on our streets •75-80% of the homes in the ghettos with children are fatherless As we slouch toward Gomorrah, there is a segment of our society—increasingly affecting all of our culture—that has no concept of objective moral values...
  • 20 minutes after launch, hobbyist’s drone finds man missing for 3 days

    07/31/2014 8:29:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 41 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 07/25/2014 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Model aircraft able to do what dogs, volunteers, and helicopters could not After authorities spent three days searching for a missing, elderly man in Wisconsin, a hobbyist launched his personal drone in a volunteer search effort and was able to locate the lost individual 20 minutes post launch. During the initial search phase, authorities used dogs, helicopters, and employed local volunteers to comb the Fitchburg countryside in search of Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. David Lesh, a drone enthusiast who uses his personal model aircraft to make videos for his skiing and snowboarding business, was in town...
  • Duty, Ability, and Rights

    07/29/2014 12:34:41 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 2 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 27 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    These terms -- duty, ability, and rights -- are often conflated, as a result of French and American influences. In this show, I break down the differences between them, how they relate, and how they should be respected on a practical level, all within the Christian context. LISTEN ON YOUTUBE.(Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary:I start with quotes from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Abraham Lincoln, then transition into the corrupted philosophies found in American and French history. I define the terms, then lay out how they can be applied, especially in the case of anti-Christian persecution in the Middle East. I...
  • Arnold, Maryland

    07/05/2014 4:58:51 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 68 replies
    Neighborhood.com ^ | 5 July 2014 | napscoordinator
    Everyone bashes Maryland so I wanted to show folks where I live in Maryland and PROVE that it is NOT a communist state. Read every word before you call me a liar.....lol. Arnold is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 23,106 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Arnold is the 47th largest community in Maryland. Housing costs in Arnold are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don’t compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in...
  • When Man is the Measure of All Things

    07/02/2014 2:03:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 2, 2014 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The distinguished political philosopher Leo Strauss was supposed to have said that the only two things in life really worth talking about are God and politics. That’s because at a most fundamental level they are inextricably intertwined. A skewed notion of the very nature of God and whether man acknowledges him—or tries to substitute himself for God—is at the crux of the turmoil, fanaticism, and destructiveness of the politics of our day and of much of the last hundred years.This is seen well in two books of the last decade. Robert R. Reilly’s The Closing of the Muslim Mind...
  • Self-Esteem, Anti-Competition and Victimhood Society Created Elliot Rodger

    06/27/2014 4:44:36 AM PDT · by IndianaJax · 11 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 06/25/14 | Rob Binsrick
    Much has already been written about Elliot Rodger and his horrific acts of murder in Isla Vista, California last month. And some may wonder why an economic policy writer would take up such a subject. But one must remember that economics is a study of human behavior, generally about financial decisions but also the underlying reasons behind those decisions. Many have speculated that Rodger was simply a troubled kid, suffered from depression and/or was just pure evil. I personally do not share that view. I believe that there was a reason why Rodger became the person who he was because...
  • Chelsea Clinton tried to care about money but couldn't

    06/23/2014 8:30:18 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 89 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 6/23/14 | Leslie Larson
    The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-secretary of state Hillary Clinton explained in a new interview why she left lucrative professions and opted for working with her family’s philanthropic foundation. ‘I was curious if I could care about (money) on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t,’ she said.
  • Woman Attacked With Bat At Fort Smith Walmart (Video)

    06/22/2014 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Main Street · 70 replies
    5NewsOnline ^ | June 19, 2014 | Aubry Killion
    [Editor's note: Warning: this surveillance video contains graphic content that some may find disturbing.] A River Valley man is behind bars after police said he attacked a woman with a baseball bat at Walmart on Sunday night (June 15). Fort Smith police said the incident happened at the Walmart on Rogers Avenue. Police said a man identified as Corey Mosley got a running start and struck a woman identified as Ashlyne Rogers in the head with a bat inside the store. “I couldn’t be happier based on the situation of how she’s doing and holding up,” said the victim’s father...
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Transgenderism

    06/22/2014 2:33:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 6/17/14 | Joe Carter
    Transgenderism has been a frequently discussed topic over the past few weeks. On May 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board ruled that Medicare can pay for the "reassignment" surgery sought by the transgendered. A few days later Time magazine's cover story on the "transgender tipping point" declared the social movement is "poised to challenge deeply held cultural beliefs." And last week the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest Protestant denomination, overwhelmingly passed a resolution titled “On Transgender Identity.” Since the topic will be coming up for some time to come, here are nine things you should...
  • "Lessons Not to learn in School"

    06/12/2014 6:30:42 PM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    Physics.gmu.edu ^ | R. J. Riggins, Rice University
    Things NOT to Learn in School by R.J. Riggins modifications made by H. Geller] Do not -- repeat -- do not learn these lessons. If we're teaching you these things, we're sorry. If you've learned any of these already, forget them fast, before you get out of school! 1. YOU ONLY NEED TO GET A 70 70% is NOT OK. 70% stinks. Name one occupation in which it is OK to be right only 70% of the time. What job lets you be totally wrong three times out of every ten -- and keep your job more than a week...
  • How New Media Are Destroying Our Lives

    05/30/2014 3:25:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | May 30, 2014 | Tom Hoopes
    Plato worried that the new media called “writing” would ruin our memories – and he was right. “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks.” Martin Heidegger and other philosophers worried that the typewriter would make our thinking more mechanical. They were right, too.Each new medium has diminished man a little – radio made us expect to be entertained all the time; television hurt our ability to concentrate...
  • Why should we accept the hell of other people’s kids?

    05/08/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by relictele · 98 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 08 May 2014 | Amanda Craig
    Is there anyone on the planet who wouldn’t pay to avoid travelling with other people’s children? A survey has found that almost 70 per cent of travellers think planes should have child-free zones. Half of those would pay up to £63 extra to fly without children, especially on long-haul flights. I can see what they mean. Flying back from Italy recently, I had my back so thoroughly bruised by a small, restless boy that if King Herod were standing in the European elections, I’d almost be tempted. Under normal circumstances, I like children – an eccentricity which has led to...
  • Selective Outrage when It Comes to Racism

    05/02/2014 12:14:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Linda Chavez
    Racism is ugly, no matter who is spewing it. But there does seem to be a double standard when it comes to public outrage on the subject. It was less than a week after LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments to his girlfriend in a private conversation became public that he was banned for life from NBA games and venues, fined $2.5 million, and on the verge of being forced to sell his team. But when a Democratic congressman engages in racist, public name-calling of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the reaction is muted at best. First, let's be...
  • Unpreaching the Gospel It's What We're Doing by Staying Silent on Abortion

    05/01/2014 2:33:48 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 7 replies
    BreakPoint ^ | April 30, 2014 | Rolley Haggard
    A recent article in “World” Magazine titled “Still-silent shepherds” summarized the top reasons evangelical pastors give for not preaching against abortion. Among them is that “preaching on the issue might politically stigmatize the pastor or politicize the pulpit, scaring seekers off.” Aside from the fact that such reasoning is purely pragmatic—concerned with results (what works) rather than principle (what's right)—it is also severely problematic in three of its underlying assumptions: One, that pulpits should avoid moral issues with controversial political overtones; Two, that silence is justified on issues that may “scare seekers off”; Three, that ignoring issues like abortion won't...
  • The New Age of Gay Mr. Manners

    04/30/2014 5:25:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    The times they are a-changing in ways even Bob Dylan didn't foresee. I have an early childhood memory riding my bike and coming across a discarded booklet on proper social etiquette. It had the perfunctory rules. Gentlemen always open doors for ladies. Stand when a lady comes in the room. And so on. But the one I remember vividly is this: A lady always extends her hand first in greeting. Why? Fifty years ago I could understand the concept, but even then, I thought it was a bit much. Today that rule's been abandoned. Who decides these things anyway? Miss...
  • How Privileged Are You? (checklist)

    04/12/2014 12:51:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | April 10, 2014 | Rega Jha and Tommy Wesely
    Check(list) your privilege.
  • Anyone seek The latest episode of Rake?

    04/07/2014 5:33:08 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 12 replies
    Me | 4/7/14 | The Louiswu
    Did anyone see the latest episode of Rake where the lead character, a lawyer, made a case for the acceptance of beastiality, and won, clearing his client of wrong doing?
  • The Expert...a short comedy sketch.

    04/05/2014 5:06:42 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 20 replies
    You Tube ^ | Lauris Beinerts
    The Expert...Someone sent me this and I thought it was well worth sharing. Enjoy!
  • Nostalgia, The Good Old Days – Who Needs Them?

    04/01/2014 8:51:27 AM PDT · by jxb7076 · 79 replies
    jxb7076
    Nostalgia, The Good Old Days – Who Needs Them? America needs a visionary for the future! During the past, and recent presidential election we hear the all too familiar suggestion of “returning to the good old days.” Every candidate talk about returning America to a sense of values. I don’t know about you but each time I hear, or heard that suggestion I get a little queasy in the stomach accompanied by a little bewilderment, confusion, and absolute disgust! Whenever I hear the suggestion I often wonder exactly what period in time they want to take us back to! Could...