Friday, February 6, 2015

Why Science & Religion Are Compatible

...for what its' worth, I agree w/Klavan & Whittle's perspective: I believe science and religion are compatible; just go back and look at all the scientists, both in the West and in other parts of the world, who were able to balance the demands of science and religion...where they wrong? I don't think so.

Founder's Quote, 6 Feb. 2015

That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangements of the powers of society, or, in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the laws, is the best of republics. - John Adams, Thoughts on Government — 1776

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Seared Music: The Clash - "Rock The Casbah"

.with all due respect to a certain member of the Wober Discussion Community: go rock the casbah, 'ya Mohammedan savage!

Anti-Vaxxer Movement Fueling Measles Outbreak In California health officials continue to fight the current measles outbreak in California and several other states, let's thank the anti-vaxxer morons whose actions have helped bring a once-all-but-eliminated childhood scourge back....for what its' worth, they ought to be made to read Roald Dahl's poignantly tragic letter about the death of his daughter Olivia from complications of measles and then try to say with a straight face that children don't need to be vaccinated from the measles.

Founder's Quote, 5 Feb. 2015

Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God... Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments. - John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law — 1765

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Seared Music: Garbage - "Stupid Girl"

...remind me once again why most music nowadays can't be like it was back in the 70's, the 80's and even the 90's...

NBC Anchor Recants 2003 Iraq War Tale

I'm of two minds when it comes to NBC News anchor Brian Williams' recantment of a 2003 Iraq War story he and NBC News has long told as truthful....on the one hand, it further shows how far the mainstream media have fallen when one of the Big 4's lead anchors can pretty much lie about something for over a decade and not get called on it 'til now. On the other hand, this doesn't surprise me; most Americans still blindly follow the Big 4 for their news, which also says something about how dumb the American people can be at times...

Founder's Quote, 4 Feb. 2015

Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand....The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. - John Adams, letter to Zabdiel Adams — 1776

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Seared Music: Judas Priest - "Metal Gods" light of today's horrific news from the Middle East - specifically, the burning alive of that Jordanian pilot at the hands of ISIS - this is almost a perfect song to listen to, for after what those savages did to that brave Jordanian pilot, you almost wish that the metal gods of today would dispense some very harsh judgments on those pig-loving savage cretins...

ISIS Burns Jordanian Pilot To Death...Jordan Vows Revenge On Killing

There used to be depths to which no person, you'd think, would ever stoop to...apparently, those depths have been reached in a most horrific manner:
Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive in a cage, a killing that shocked the world and prompted Jordan to vow an "earth-shaking" response.
A Jordanian official said the authorities would swiftly execute several militants in retaliation, including an Iraqi woman whom Amman had sought to swap for the pilot taken captive after his plane crashed in Syria in December. (Reuters)
Yeah, you read that right...apparently, the Mohammedan savages actually burned a person alive...not even the Nazis' at the height of their horrendous time on Earth even went that far with prisoners they captured on the battlefield...and it has royally pissed off the Jordanians:
Jordan will execute Wednesday an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death row and other jihadists after having vowed to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State jihadists, an official said.
"The sentence of death pending on... Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi will be carried out at dawn," the security official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. (Yahoo News)
Ace of Spades said it best: Jordan: Hey, You Know How You Demanded We Release a Female Terrorist Prisoner In Exchange for Our Downed Pilot? And Then You Burned Him to Death?
Well Tomorrow at Dawn We Execute the Terrorist Bitch.

Nationwide & The Left's Nanny-State Mentality

You know, the more I think about Nationwide's abysmally stupid, asinine and just downright awful Super Bowl ad - i.e. "the dead kid commercial" - the more I'm convinced that Nationwide is being run by buzzkillers drafted from the ranks of the Deluded Left; after all, what else would explain the rationale except to simply deaden the mood - no pun intended - on Super Bowl night. To put it thusly,
The modern left’s ideology is one big Nationwide ad. Submit to our practices or your kids will die. (The Wilderness)
But it goes back to a long-held belief I've had for years in regards to the Nanny State and that is that there are some in this country who will not be satisfied until every American is force-fed, bubble-wrapped and helmeted six way from Sunday, all in the name of protecting us from every possible bad thing out wonder people are depressed; you'd be too under the circumstances.

FWIW, here's a question we should be asking our media ad-betters: whatever happened to Super Bowl commercials like this?

Founder's Quote, 3 Feb. 2015

Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason. - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack — 1735

Design E2: The Green Apple

...watching this video on sustainability when it comes to architecture, it reminds me that, contrary to popular opinion, it is possible to build for sustainability while adding economic benefits into the, it can make for interesting architectural discussions...

Monday, February 2, 2015

Seared Music: Madness - "Our House"

...if there isn't a more appropriate song for this Saturday's Merseyside Derby between Everton F.C. and my beloved Reds' of Liverpool F.C., I don't know what is...

SC Legislator Asks Potential Judicial Candidate If They Believe In God..Among Other Things

...what part of the U.S. Constitution - in particular, the provisions on separation of church & state and no religious test - does SC State Rep. Jonathan Hill not understand?
A South Carolina lawmaker is fielding accusations of violating the U.S. Constitution after sending judicial candidates a questionnaire asking their legal opinions on controversial topics and the nature of their relationship to God.
According to The State, Republican state representative Jonathon Hill issued a 30-question survey last week to candidates currently campaigning to become judges in South Carolina. Judges are elected by legislators in the Palmetto State, and while the survey itself was enough to raise eyebrows, Hill has garnered staunch criticism for the nature of his questions: among other controversial inquiries, the survey asked candidates how they would approach a case where a woman sued for equal pay, whether or not they would perform a same-sex marriage, and whether they have a “personal relationship” to God.
“Do you believe in the ‘Supreme Being’ (SC Constitution, Article VI, Section 2)?” one of the questions read. “What is the nature of this being? What is your personal relationship to this being? What relevance does this being have on the position of judge? Please be specific.”
Another question asked candidates how they would respond to attacks on LGBT people in South Carolina, where there are currently no hate crimes laws on the books. “In a case where someone was assaulted because he was gay, would you consider it a ‘hate crime’ and increase the penalty?” the question read. (Think Progress)
Thankfully, state officials with the SC Judicial Merit Selection Committee squelched the state rep's questionnaire by reminding him that potential judges were forbidden by the state's Code of Judicial Ethics from answering the questions included therein as doing so would pre-judge - no pun intended - a potential judge's decision-making in certain cases. Its' also a blatant attempt to inject religion into the judiciary as well, but what do I know....I just believe in things such as the Constitution, civil rights, religious freedom (which does include religion from freedom), etc.,etc.,etc.

Oh...and in case you were wondering what questions in particular caught the JMSC's eye:

  • What religious or community organizations are you actively involved in, if any?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the argument that homosexual marriage is a “right” protected under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, which would render S.C.’s 2006 marriage amendment unconstitutional. Please explain why.
  • Will you make prayer and religious displays (such as the Ten Commandments) a part of your court? Please explain why or why not.
  • Would you perform a homosexual marriage, either voluntarily or involuntarily?
  • Do you believe unborn children have rights? If so, how would those factor in to your decisions as a judge?
  • Given a case where a local gun restriction ordinance was being challenged, would you uphold the ordinance or strike it down? What factors would play into that decision?
  • If a woman sued her employer because she was paid a lower rate than her male coworkers, would you rule in her favor or not? Please explain why.

Founder's Quote, 2 Feb. 2015

I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good, become honorable by being necessary. - Nathan Hale, remark to Captain William Hull, who had attempted to dissuade him from volunteering for a spy mission for General Washington — 1776

Tom Brady Songified..."Those Balls Are Perfect"

First off, congrats to the New England Patriots for winning Super Bowl XLIX over the no-class hacks from Seattle...but here's a comedic reason to love New England:

...there are simply no words here....none, whatsoever.
H/T to Ace of Spades