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It’s tragic that a bedroom community of San Antonio experienced today a death toll almost half of that which occurred in the city of Chicago just last month. The 53 deaths in Chicago, while less than the mass shooting in Vegas, go largely unaddressed by the left leaning national media. Chicago’s worst monthly death toll this year, June, exceeded the Vegas shooting toll by 27 souls lost. Again, this is almost never addressed by the left because I’m convinced the thinkers in media care more about symbolism and socialism – and the disarming of the citizenry necessary to impose socialism – than they care about the actual lives involved. Of course this is rationalized to the point of convincing one’s self it’s for other, nobler reasons. But when push comes to shove I believe it boils down to cold, hard logic for them. What they believe is the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

Socialism in the former Soviet Union took tens of millions of it’s own citizen’s lives in “peace” time. It’s ironic that almost 20% of millennials today view the Soviet Union favorably, and many more view Communism in general favorably. They’ve come to this under the socialist teachings of leftist educators such as former Communist terrorist Bill Ayers who was a primary contributor to common core, and Howard Zinn who started the Marxist apocryphal anti-American history movement which dictates most of the contents of school history texts today, etc.

This really is a values issue. Many of those in leadership on the left who want gun control don’t truly believe in morality apart from class warfare. They believe God is unknowable, or even that belief is God is some kind of tragic psychosis. In the end they cannot condemn murder apart from some form of arbitrary rationalization. Who is to say that will to power isn’t noble, even if the one wielding power has to “crack a few eggs” to “make an omelette”. Isn’t that survival of the fittest?

Well, I have a solution to the problem of mass shootings in America these days.

1. Bring back voluntary recitation of the Regent’s Prayer in public schools every day

2. Bring back the pledge of allegiance in public schools every day

3. Bring back voluntary posting of the Ten Commandments in public school rooms

4. Immediately stop all welfare programs which reward or encourage fatherlessness in poor communities until such time as the programs are amended to encourage two parent homes with a father and a mother. Having a father and a mother in the home is the number one indicator of future mental and financial success for children, and a number one indicator of future adherence to the law

5. Immediately do away with the Howard Zinn “history from below” (i.e., anti-American socialist propaganda) model of history in public schools, and re-implement true American history and civics. Teach the founding principles.

6. Teach money management in schools. Every child should come out of their education with a strong dislike of debt and a strong affinity towards hard work and saving

7. Do away with draconian gun laws and encourage hunting and knowledge of self-defense. This goes hand in hand with encouraging having a father in the home

In short, we need to go back and do the things we’ve done in previous generations before leftists did away with Judeo Christian morality, the same leftists who today act shocked that people are getting used to hearing of mass murders in our communities.

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The downfall of the city of Detroit over the last 50 years has been the subject of much discussion.  For example there was the time Stephen Crowder did a drive through of Detroit to document that much of the city is in a shockingly run down condition –

Here is my response to someone online who was recently trying to imply that the destruction in some inner-cities such as Detroit has been the result of racial inferiority.

All sorts of folks with all sorts of features are involved with all sorts of cultures. Drawing a line around skin color is an unscientific way to define a “race” because:

1) For ever variation of human feature you will find some individual, some family, who is exactly in-between so that you may never draw a line and say, “here is where the ‘x’ race begins”, or, “here is where the ‘y’ race ends, etc.

2) Every person is the result of endless migrations by endless families across the earth. For example, the average person from Latin America has ancestors from American first nations, from Africa, from Spain, and through Spain from Italy (Romans), Arabia (Moors) and even Northern Europe (Goths). How could anyone begin to classify such a person as being a separate “race”? Every group of people on earth has a similarly intertwined history. My family is from middle England so I have Irish, Scottish, Britain, Scandinavian, Norman and French. And that’s just on my Father’s side (which also includes, more recently, Montana Niitsitapi “Blackfoot” Indian, which flows through my very European looking veins).

3) Genetic science has recently proven the existence of a progenitor “Mitochondrial Eve” from whom all people are descended. Even science backs up the idea that we are all simply human beings.

4) Drawing a line around skin color would be like drawing a line around height. Imagine saying that, “from now on everyone who is 5’7″ to 5’8″ is a separate race – the Mid-Heighters!” Ridiculous. It is no less ridiculous to insist that someone is a separate race because of iris color, shoe size, double-jointedness or whatever their melanin happens to be.

I believe this is a solid response to racism.

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DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE SOCIALIST

Joe gets up and the government dictates what he works at and how he does his work. If he’s lucky then they only take 60% of his income and he’s in a lottery to get one of the rare cars in circulation in several years. The day Joe turns 61 he develops cancer. He is put on a waiting list and by the time he gets in to see a government doctor it’s too late. He could be saved with aggressive treatment at that time, but care is rationed and he’s too old. Before he turns 63 there is ~no more~ JOE SOCIALIST. The end.

PS, in a weird twist of fate people give their lives trying to escape socialism (which keeps guns and guard towers facing their own people), but the economy of socialism collapses because social planners run out of other people’s money to spend. The walls come down and people are politically and economically free. But Joe’s grand-daughter, who has never known need in her life, goes to a modern university funded with dollars from economic freedom, using money earned by her parents and other taxpayers, and is indoctrinated into socialism by theorists and radicals living off the fruits of a free market, wearing Levis and Nikes, drinking Starbucks and using iPhones, in the last enclave on earth where anyone could still believe in socialism – a Western nation that became rich through the blessed opposite of socialism.

 

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In a recent headline scientists are now hopeful that a new experiment happening at a large collider may give them a glimpse into a parallel universe. The story is at: http://secondnexus.com/technology-and-innovation/large-hadron-collider-scientists-hope-make-contact-parallel-universe

Multidimensional theories of self-generating universes (and theories of self-generating life) are at this point not science but philosophy attached to science.  For example, the theoretical work of Hawking is entirely philosophical, not scientific, in so far as it proposes things beyond science and beyond detection or proof.  Hawking’s work is also philosophical in that it arbitrarily projects a single religious world view – blind-faith Metaphysical Naturalism – onto evidence and facts which could equally (and arguably better) be considered support for Design.  It is also philosophical because it deals with singularities – events which only occur once and can therefore only be directly (scientifically) understood in terms of evidential proof and historical proof. We have only ever observed a single universe, appearing to be governed by principles of relativity and finely tuned to support the existence of stars, galaxies and life.

What scientists are doing in making a prediction of observing parallel universes would be directly analogous to proposing in 1977 that if Pluto had a moon it would be proof of the existence of green unicorns, and then when Charon was proven to exist in 1978 saying, “Hah, we were right! Green unicorns do exist!”

There’s definitely more we need to understand about the quantum world of physics but I tend to reject the basic Copenhagen “spooky” view of matter because that view still has it’s roots in belief about measuring equipment and not about matter itself. Obviously particles interact at a distance but the mechanism is entirely unknown at this point.  And string theory up to this point has really just amounted to a bunch of conflicting hearsay, as any honest quantum physicist will tell you.

The bottom line is that part of the reason many modern quantum physicists want to have blind faith in alternate universes is because they desperately want the findings in their field to match their Socialist, Metaphysical Naturalist intellectual ideology.

And the findings simply don’t.

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Recently progressive comedian Bill Maher expressed the view that progressives have won the culture war, and took the same opportunity to refer to the Bible as a “dumb book”:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/23/bill-maher-tells-twitter-liberals-to-calm-down-the-culture-war-is-over-and-we-won/

Here’s the reality:  Judeo Christian values have been winning the culture wars for 2,000 years and show no sign of stopping.

The Christian church is, “an anvil that has worn out many hammers,” and Judeo Christian values (the Ten Commandments) are the basis of the modern Western understanding of ethics and law.  If you don’t believe that, try going out and killing someone in the U.S. for any reason other than self defense.

The Roman Empire tried to redefine marriage.  It didn’t last.  I mean the Roman Empire.

Every generation rejects the values of previous generations and thinks, “Ah, this time, we’ve finally gotten it right!”  But the only consistent value systems that have lasted over centuries are systems directly tied to major world religions or religious philosophies.  And only one of those value systems gave birth to the highest level of individual liberty and prosperity in the history of the world.  It eliminated slavery.  It gave women power to vote and represent themselves legally.  It wound up saving Europe and the world from expansionist tyrannies on three separate occasions.

I’m not talking about enlightenment Humanism – on the contrary, Humanism originally sought to eliminate some “races” through eugenics and to this day tries to divide people into arbitrary groups, plundering one for the profit of another, but really taking the money to enrich it’s own leaders.

No, what led directly to a 5,000 year leap was the idea of constitutional republic grounded in Judeo Christian values.  It was Christians who believed that God is separate from creation and that nature could be looked at and studied objectively apart from myth.  It was Christians who popularized the radical idea that secular governments should not impose a state religion.  It was Christians who led the effort to abolish slavery.  It was Christians who won women the right to vote (the fight was led by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union).  And it was Christians who led the civil rights struggle of the 50’s and 60’s.

Everywhere Humanism and subsequent collectivism has been tried, it has led to servitude and poverty.  Individualism and Judeo Christian values have led to freedom and prosperity.  Most people who grow up in the U.S. simply cannot appreciate how special and rare this is in the history of the world.

Sadly, progressives like Maher want to muzzle free speech and attack people who don’t agree with them.  They have declared war on America and American values.  They want to enforce collectivism and uniformity of thought under the threat of law.  They want to put their fellow citizens in tyranny under social planners that wield the atheist equivalent of “Divine Right of Kings”.

They are the ones trying to drag this country backwards.

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A friend of mine posted a quote by Peter Singer on Facebook recently and I composed a response.  I thought it would be a good idea to share both here.

The quote from Peter Singer was:
“The capitalist economic system, regarded by the classical economists as natural and inevitable, is an alienated form of human life. Under capitalism workers are forced to sell their labour . . . to the capitalists, who use this labour to accumulate more capital, which further increases the power of the capitalists over the workers. Capitalists become rich, while wages are driven down to the bare minimum needed to keep the workers alive.”

My response was:
“Ever wonder why the same people who believe Capitalism will sell them the rope to hang itself (Vladimir Lenin) also believe that religion is the opiate of the masses (Karl Marx)?  Ever wonder why everywhere you have communism and collectivism take root you also have persecution of the church?  Herb Titus, famed lawyer, graduate of Harvard Law, and head of a couple of law schools himself, addresses the logic behind Peter Singer’s quote about Capitalism in his book ‘Biblical Principles of Law’.  In the section on Fault, he talks about Lincoln Steffens, a man [a century ago] who would go around to major cities in the late teens and early 20’s lecturing to civic leaders about corruption.  Steffens would teach that church leaders are wrong, because in the Bible Adam blamed the woman, the woman blamed the serpent and church leaders stop there.  ‘The devil made me do it.’  But the real problem, Steffens would share, was the apple of temptation.  Remove the temptation and you would remove the problem.  Capitalism with it’s economic incentives, he believed, was the problem.  Lincoln had visited the young Soviet Union and praised it because he believed it would produce the most general prosperity and be the least corrupt system of any on the earth.  He famously wrote, “I have seen the future, and it works!”  Of course we know the Soviet Union became one of the least prosperous, most corrupt systems on earth.  The problem wasn’t the apple of temptation, and good church leaders don’t blame the serpent.  The problem is mankind and sin nature.  In the same way, the problem with economics is not the incentives of Capitalism, it’s the corruption of mankind.  The idea that mankind is flawed and needs checks and balances is classically called the concept of Natural Law, or to put it differently, the law of mankind’s nature.  Natural Law and the English Common Law both looked to Biblical Law as the rule for controlling mankind.  The final six Ten Commandments were considered the rule for keeping mankind in check.  Inherent in this was also the idea of just rewards – each man is individually responsible for their actions, and reaps blessings or curses as they exercise individual liberty.  The Enlightenment – Marx, Freud, Darwin and Kant – turned this idea on it’s head.  They believed man was simply and only a product of genetics and his environment.  Mankind doesn’t really have freewill because everything we do is pre-determined by chemicals and stimulus.  As such, individuals are not responsible for their actions, society is.  All of society must pay for the wrongdoing of each individual.  And so Enlightenment thinking embraces the concepts of societal insurance, central [social] planning and the idea that good of the collective takes precedence over individual life, liberty and property.  At the heart of this is the belief that if we can just change mankind’s environment, we can change mankind.  If we can just remove the apple of temptation, we can experience Eden once again.  It’s the age old lie, ‘ye shall be as God’.  But the problem is not the environment, the problem is sin.  The problem is us.  And to the degree that secularists stop holding individuals accountable for individual actions and instead try to deal with society as a collective, a nation experiences increasing uncertainty and injustice both in the economy and in the courtroom.  Herb Titus’ treatment of this subject is brilliant, and is online at:  http://www.lonang.com/curriculum/5/s51.htm

The exchange reminded me of President Regan’s Address before the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal in Lisbon on May 9, 1985

President Regan said:
“…Yes, democratic Portugal has faced political problems and social problems and economic problems, and, no, democracy, particularly in its earlier years, does not always go smoothly.  But this is true of any nation and especially any democracy. In my country, we’ve learned over and over again that democracy can only work when it is judged not in the short run but over the long term, when we keep in mind the principles upon which it is based and remember how right Winston Churchill was to remind us that democracy truly is the worst form of government, except for all the others.  The essential truth at the heart of Portuguese and American democracy is our belief that governments exist for the sake of the people and not the other way around. And this belief is based on an essential insight of our civilization—the dignity of man, the value of the individual. My own nation’s forefathers justified our revolution with these words in the Declaration of Independence: ‘… all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’  Well, it is this trust in the individual—the right to speak, to assemble, to publish, and to vote, even to walk out—that is the meaning of democracy. Our democratic governments are not built on the proposition that the people are always right; indeed, within the structure of our governments there are safeguards against the whims or passions of the majority. But democratic government is built on the proposition that there resides in the common people an uncommon wisdom, that over the long run the people and their right to political self-expression are the best protection against freedom’s oldest and most powerful enemy—the unchecked growth and abuse of the power of the state…”

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