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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Pope Francis, compassion, peacemaking and TIME 2013
Rev. Billy Graham was never named Time’s Person of the Year. The criterion Time Magazine asserts as determinative in choosing each year’s designee is “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.” Pope Francis, announced today as TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year, has declared as his goal each | Read More »
Poverty and free will
Once again, Pope Francis has criticized what he perceives as the excesses of capitalism, offering a challenge that every champion of economic liberty should respond to. In fact, we should be grateful for these challenges. The Pope gives us a whetstone upon which our reason and moral arguments can be sharpened. I don’t mean to be too critical of Pope Francis – whose comments, delivered | Read More »
Tech at Night: FAA admits its electronics rules were groundless. More NSA stuff.
I skipped Tech at Night on Friday because I was preparing for the Extra Life event. Saturday I broadcast video games live for 25 straight hours (one day with the time change, you see), raising over $230 (above my goal!) for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Clearly to do that I needed my sleep, so I went to bed early Friday. Sorry, but it was for a good cause.
Anyway, catching up. NSA listening in on foreigners using Google is part of their job, folks. So if the Germans or anyone else don’t like it, even if they get the traitor Edward Snowden to help them censor and regulate their own Internet, my answer to those nations who don’t like the NSA is still: “Come and take it.”
Though it’s still apparent that the ‘leaks’ coming out such as this about Pope Francis are being crafted (not chosen, crafted) to sound plausible, attempting to push our buttons and play to our prejudices. Snowden’s accusations and ‘documents’ surely include the best fabrications Snowden’s Russian paymasters’ money can buy.
Don’t forget, though: metadata is harmless to collect, as it involves collecting only that data which is already public.
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Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Elizabeth Scalia to discuss her new book, modern idolatry, and the impact of blogging in the faith community.
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Pope Francis denounces unemployment and the pursuit of “profit at any cost”
Pope Francis caused a stir with this Twitter message on Thursday morning: “My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centered mindset bent on profit at any cost.” Some have interpreted this remark as a broad attack on capitalism. Business Insider tells us the Pope might have had a specific situation in mind: Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned as | Read More »
Pelosi, Biden To Visit New Pope
Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and a contingent of others will be attending Pope Francis’s Inaugural mass on Tuesday, March 19th. Some pundits can’t understand why some Catholics have a problem with that.
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St. Patrick, Pope Francis, Obama envy and cabbage
Can the poor afford corned beef, Irish whiskey and the gasoline to go get it on food stamps? After all, they had to give up green Le Sueur brand peas for generic many Saint Patrick Days ago. As delightful a world without snakes and other reptiles may be, Patrick has been honored as the patron saint of Ireland since at least the seventh century for | Read More »
Pope Francis: A Simple Man For A Complex Time
“Preach the gospel and when necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi
I am bad. I am sinful. I am utter, degraded moral filth*. I also exaggerate when I blog and haven’t been to confession lately. I am a living, breathing part of what could be termed as Christianity’s massive free rider problem. I have benefitted tremendously from everything that Christianity has given to the world and not given back even a tithing in return.
To make wretched matters worse; I’m not even Catholic but intend to blog about the new Pontifex Maximus anyhow. To mitigate this somewhat, I intend to accentuate the positive. My initial impression is that he is the absolutely perfect choice to deliver a critical tandem of moral messages. Simple does not equal stupid, complex and modern do not automatically equal good.
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Habemus Papam: What to Expect From Pope Francis
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Michael Brendan Dougherty to discuss the election of Pope Francis, his background serving the poor, and what can can expect from his papacy.
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We Have a Pope
I’m a Presbyterian, but I’d like to congratulate my Catholic friends on their new Pope Francis. He’s from Argentina and chose a whole new name for Pope.He’s already being attacked by lefties for allegedly handing over commies to the right wing junta back in the day. If you think this attack on him makes him more awesome, I’ve learned today that it means you are | Read More »
Death Squad Delusions on the Left
That lefties are accusing the new pope of handing over lefties to the right wing junta for execution makes me adore the new pope.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 13, 2013I put that tweet up earlier today. Suddenly I’m being accused of supporting death squads, dropping people from helicopters to kill them, and many people who support killing kids in the womb are accusing me of | Read More »