An Addendum To My Pastor’s Sermon Today

    An Addendum To My Pastor's Sermon Today

    Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  As expected, my pastor did not speak on the subject.  Although I know him to be a man that values the sanctity of life, he has never given a full sermon on it.  If I had to guess, I’d say the reason has something to do with politics.  My church is what is referred to as a “mega-church” | Read More »

    Douglas Ruskkoff And The Luddite Left

    Wow! I thought I was the political reactionary. When did Archie Bunker register as a moss-backed Democrat and start work at some predictably Lysenkian font of mainstream media bed-pan wisdom? This apparently took place because Progressive jet-fuel geniuses have just now figured out that a free-flow of information will make it harder for them to control what people are currently thinking or what they say.

    I’ve just read an example of this Progressive Neo-Reaction in a Politico Magazine article entitled “How Technology Killed The Future.” Author Douglas Ruskkoff, like the PTSDed space marine in the movie “Aliens” tells us its game over. He explains the nature of our ineffable damnation below.

    The result for institutions—especially political ones—has been profound. This transformation has dramatically degraded the ability of political operatives to set long-term plans. Thrown off course, they’re now often left simply to react to the incoming barrage of events as they unfold. Gone, suddenly, is the quaint notion of “controlling the narrative”—the flood of information is often far too unruly.

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    The Christophobia Business Model Suffers A Condign Setback

    You know what I think is really nice and special? I mean nicer and even more special than a venti Pumpkin-Spice Latte at Starbucks? The fact that A&E values creativity and would never encourage hate. Oh, and the fact that they are now swell enough people to forgive Phil Robertson for publicly stating that he believes homosexuality is a sin. They want this done as fast as possible now that people have reacted to their “infinite hiatus” of Mr. Robertson from his TV Reality Show Duck Dynasty.

    And it gets even better. A&E tells The Hollywood Reporter what their true values are.

    As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect.

    It’s generally instructive to notice that members of the entertainment industry stop behaving like a ravening orc tribe and develop a rare case of the core values when they suffer an exaspirated extirpation at the hands of an utterly disgusted public. Now the obvious question here becomes how can people who stand for the saccharine-sweet pieties of post-Christian post-modernity possibly be compared to a cannibalistic pack of orcs. That answer is simple. The chritophobic bigots of American Popular Culture are like Cotton Mather without a copy of The Gospel handy.

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    There is No Synthesis For Christians With The Torquemadas of Tolerance

    I’ll fess up to being a few hundred volumes behind on my Approved Smart Guy™ reading list. If it gets any worse, I won’t be one of The Quiz Kids anymore. One that I can say proudly I’ve caught up on is Bobo’s In Paradise by David Brooks. This book, more than anything I’ve read, makes intelligent use of the intellectual compost referred to euphemistically as Marxian Analysis. Unfortunately, like all other Marxian Analysis, it has its limits as far as describing the real world.

    By fortunate happenstance, Marxism isn’t overly fond of private property; intellectual or otherwise. This preference allows the Marxist to hotwire The Hegelian Dialectic and go for epistemological joyrides over surreal terrain. Brooks so endeavors. He describes the Bourgeois-Bohemian (Bobo for short) as a Synthesis between the Bourgeois (Thesis) and Bohemian (Anti-thesis). He then goes further to claim that this union of Bacchus and Prometheus is a stable configuration that will define American high culture over the next few passing decades.

    Brooks has a quick-footed wit that avoids paradox and fallacy the way Adrian Peterson weaves a broken field towards the end zone. However, his project is limited by the same problems that lay to nines canonical believers in overdetermining history such as Marx, Hegel, and Oswald Spengler. Not everything is evolutionary. Some things are canonical and binary. They exist or they don’t exist. They equal 1 or they equal zero. They are categorically discrete and there is no uncountable infinity between these two states. A synthesis between 1 and 0 equal to 0.425 is not a logically possible member of the subset.

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    WWGO – December 18, 2013

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    Today’s topics include nuclear power, cronyism, weird “journalist” questions, and Duck Dynasty.

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    Why China Will Inherit The Moon.

    “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered. They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.”

    Vladamir Putin

    So in the bizarre, Post-modern, Post-Cold War world, the authoritarian President of the oligarchic glob formerly known as the CCCP just gave us a lot of useful knowledge free of charge. Perhaps it was his way of thanking the NSA for all interesting things that he learned about America from Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. Whether we realize it yet or not, Mr. Putin just explained to us why China can reach the moon, while the United States of America no longer has that level of national will.

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    Sunday Morning Open Thread: SNL Cold Open

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    Sunday Morning Open Thread featuring video from last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open sketch. Remember the sign language faker at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial? He’s back!

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    The Politics of Football

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the Mike Shanahan and RG3 saga at the Washington Redskins, the will he won’t he retirement of Mack Brown and if Nick Saban will leave Alabama to coach for the University of Texas.

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    The Monster In The Mirror: Dark Enlightenment On Why People Hate The West

    I can see the merit of gaining a reasonable comprehension of why people would willing let themselves be subjected to vile indignity until more explosives could be inserted as a suppository for when they blew themselves up in our general vicinity. The unsentimental former Soldier in me considers the mundane obvious. More explosives equals higher P(h)*P(k)*. Quaint; but this doesn’t quite give us the whole story.

    Somebody has to actually be willing to accept a truly uncivilized level of personal depravity and denigration to earn that higher P(h)*P(k). Can you think of anyone that you actually know and interact with that you hate that much? Can you imagine any enemy of non-biblical proportions that you would hate that much on general principles? When our enemies are willing to suffer vile and repulsive things so that they can blow us up; then they see something terrible when they look upon us. I can only reach the logical conclusion that we have quite the image problem. When you are given the gift to see yourself as others see you, you will quite probably encounter The Monster in The Mirror.

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    Has Nihilism Finally Popped Pop Culture?

    What do Pop Stars do these days to be original? They typically are far more cynical than original, so they do what worked for the last 100 years – Épater la bourgeoisie. Yet today; that totally isn’t working. People are less than fascinated when Miley Cyrus demonstrates her favorite bedroom positions on teddy bears. They could care less what Kanye West believes that George W. Bush thinks about Black People. That Kanye’s new sexual toy, Kim Khardashian is one biblical dragon-ride short of being The Harlot of Babylon is not of much interest to the average American.

    So the pop-artist experiments, deconstructs and having hit bottom, longs for a sharper shovel. The music, film and filth cease to have any meaning at all. It becomes all Épater la bourgeoisie, all the time. Somewhere in their deluded, fame addicted brains, these people have to know that Johnnie Rotten and the Sex Pistols did it first and did it better.

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    WWGO – December 9, 2013

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    Today’s topics include rap generals, weiners and willies, terrible toys, banks, Satan, and the Christmas Wars.

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    WWGO – December 7, 2013

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    Today’s topics include: Lewis and Clark, Greg Gutfeld, Immigration, climate, zombies, and of course, baby names!

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    WWGO – December 6. 2013

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    Today’s topics include tornadoes, wrecking balls, Obama selfies, Will Ferrell, and Christmas Trees!

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    WWGO – December 5, 2013

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    Today’s topics include Obamacare, fast food, millenials,.canards, hobbit sex, and KILL IT WITH FIRE

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    WWGO – December 4, 2013

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    Today’s topics include global warming, truthiness, physical specimens, and @exjon’s little patriot.

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