Friday, September 18, 2015
...would someone please remind the head of the Catholic Church that one of a Christian's core obligations is to protect their fellow man by whatever means are necessary; indeed, as written in John 15:13, Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
As Jesus himself once pointed out in Luke 22:36, if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. Now, if the Man Above is suggesting that you should always try to defend yourself against evil in this world - pardon my French here - but who the hell are we to say no, Pope Francis?
As long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families. As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families. - John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson — 1814
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of enquiry will produce liberality of conduct; that mankind will reverse the absurd position that the many were, made for the few; and that they will not continue slaves in one part of the globe, when they can become freemen in another. - George Washington, draft of First Inaugural Address — 1789
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
There's a George Orwell quote here somewhere (among other things)....you can watch the video at the Christian Science Monitor link (here's additional stories on what happened courtesy of Google News) but the gist of it was: the then-police chief of Surf City, N.C. was fired for calling the hate group known as #BlackLivesMatter a terrorist group in a Facebook posting...when the eventual firestorm arrived, the town leaders there threw the chief under-the-bus rather than defend his remarks.
To quote George Orwell....
...there's also one other quote, from the Michael Crichton novel Rising Sun that comes to mind here (in regards to the comments themselves)...."So, they even monitor our backhaul now.." ..the fact that that police chief was fired - read, "forced to resign" - should serve as a chilling reminder of how far we've fallen in regards to the 1st Amendment and free speech.
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers. - John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law — 1765
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
[D]emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. - James Madison, Federalist No. 10 — 1787
Monday, September 14, 2015
...see, the difference between how the Left views the idea of "trickle down economics" and how the Right views it is...is that the Left views it as spreading misery all-around, while we conservative believe that the economic pie is not a zero-sum pie but an ever-expanding pie that all Americans have the opportunity to partake of...
...and boy, did it backfire.
(Reddit r/Conservative: George Takei's "Companies You Should Avoid If You Support Gay Rights" Post Backfires...Big Time.)
Backstory: Over the weekend, former Star Trek alum and LGBT activist George Takei posted on his Facebook page an article about which companies people should avoid if they support gay rights. Now, we all have companies we won't support over gay rights (one that comes to mind for me is Mozilla from when they hired Brendan Eich a few years ago) but at the end of the day, we're all individuals and we should be able to choose where we spend our dollars. Now, the reason people reacted to the Takei post as they did above was because for many w/in the Deluded Left's Gay Activist Wing - of which Mr. Sulu is a big part of - one of their targets is fast-food retailer Chick-Fil-A over their founder & CEO, Dan Cathy remarks opposing same-sex marriage, remarks he made a few years ago.
Now, one might ask: wait..you oppose Mozilla over the same thing, yet you're giving Chick-Fil-A a pass? Yes, for this reason: unlike Mozilla, whose former CEO not only spoke out against same-sex marriage but also contributed monetarily to said cause, Mr. Cathy has never contributed monetarily to anti same-sex marriage groups or individuals and has actually made steps in the other direction, moving towards a more inclusive business environment for LGBT individuals. In other words, to my way of thinking, he recognized that his remarks would have a backward effect on his business and is making steps to atone for those remarks...unlike Mr. Eich.
Yet, to the Gay Activist Wing, this is not enough...to which I would say: Horse-puckey. As long as I can remember - and I say this as a member of the LGBT community - I've never felt uncomfortable at any Chick-Fil-A I've ever visited, from back when I was in college at UNCC to the years they've had a restaurant in the Morganton area, I've always felt welcome (it helps when you know a few of the people working there...wink, wink!) and the customer service is great. Yet, to Mr. Takei's way of thinking, I shouldn't spend a dime there...which makes me ask this question to Mr. Sulu:
...who the hell died and made you arbiter of where I spend my money, sir?