August 27, 2014 6 Comments
Levelling with Muslims
The view from the Prairie, with an emphasis on Energy
August 22, 2014 Leave a comment
I have a dilemma. I can’t decide if the author that Cassandra is referring to here is dumber than an empty box of rocks, or is an errant knave. or perhaps both. Watch how a fool is separated from his inane verbiage.
It swingeth for thee. In a delightfully entertaining post, Patterico takes on a New Republic author who dishonestly suggests that a legal standard used by 49 of the 50 states is actually some kind of dangerously-out-of-the-mainstream aberration. Even the authors inevitable “correction” continues to misrepresent the facts:The piece still says it’s different in “other states” plural with only a link to Ohio — which is, again, the only state in the union that clearly and consistently puts the burden on the defendant.
The post closes by saying:
Within reason, legal protections for, and presumptions in favor of, policemen acting in the line of duty make sense. Society has chosen to give these men and women guns, after all. And if we expect these officers to put their lives on the line, we owe them some measure of trust and due deference. But trust cannot become a license to kill. We have a word for a situation where killing is the default, where violence is so expected that the burden is no longer on a killer to prove his actions are justified. That word is war. It has no place in suburban St. Louis.
This is arrant nonsense. Killing is not “the default” anywhere in America, and this incident would not be news if it were. Its news precisely because what happened to Michael Brown isnt what normally happens – just as prosecutors not bearing the burden of proof isnt the normal rule in 49 out of 50 states. Patterico continues:
No, the word for a situation where the burden is on the prosecution to disprove self-defense is “America.” With the exception of Ohio and possibly Louisiana in some cases, that is the norm, and it’s hardly a shocking one in American jurisprudence: the burden of proof is on the prosecution. CRAZY!!!!11!!11!ELEVENTY!!
August 14, 2014 16 Comments
You know it is rare in the case of moral men, for an opponent to be so unequivalently evil as to gain condemnation from every responsible statesman, and the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury. In fact, never in the lifetime of living men has the Pope issued a statement calling for the use of armies in a war of suppression. But he has in the case of ISIS.
And so the armies of freedom are gathering right? No they are not. Because in the world of relative humanism evil is the same as good. Any thinking person knows that acquiescence in evil is evil as well, and today, as the United States and Great Britain stand aside in the face of pure evil, we understand why that is so.
There are few thing so despicable as a man who will not defend his weaker brother, let alone his sister and children. This is who Obama and Cameron are. If they were better men they would be cowards, but they don’t even rise to that craven level.
There is a new Trifecta series out, as always, it is outstanding.
In a closely related matter, I understand that the White House has halted resupply to Israel of Hellfire missiles. The reason? Israel’s Army talked to the Pentagon instead of the White House.
I guess we all know what happened to the strawberries, don’t we.
We all know how this ends, don’t we? Pastor Niemöller pretty much said it all
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
And so civilizations die, from the rot within, God help us.
August 4, 2014 4 Comments
OK, I got sidetracked by real life this weekend, and have nothing prepared this morning. Too bad, so sad. :-) But I think I agree with everything said here, and said better than I could anyway. So, read it all, and know that Neo agrees with the AC. Just quit getting so excited about it. Maybe it is the end of western civilization but, in many ways, it don’t matter until we have another plan that we can sell, and so far we don’t.
Originally posted on The Adaptive Curmudgeon's Blog:
I go on periodic “news blackouts”. When bullshit becomes concentrated I take a break. I won’t take bullshit seriously.
Lately the news is particularly contrived. They say there’s a new wrinkle in the endless circular firing squad that is immigration policy. Apparently I’m supposed to hyperventilate. Really? You know what wasn’t on the news today? The NSA tapped my phone. It tapped yours too but I don’t care they tap your phone. Tapping mine is what matters and it’s a sound reason to hate Washington with a white hot incandescent loathing straight from the core of my being. Also the national debt is $17,605,582,943,943.23. The press tells me to freak about a twelve year old from Honduras while the government spends my money in numbers never before seen and reads my e-mails? Bullshit. The press is carefully avoiding eye contact with their pet administration as it runs out the clock.
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July 28, 2014 8 Comments
Like all of you who blog, I always notice and am pleased when somebody follows this blog. Normally I figure they are finding what they want here, and so no particular effort towards them is warranted. And that is, of course, also true for the blogs I follow; if I wasn’t finding what I wanted/needed, I wouldn’t be following.
But, you know, once in a while, somebody follows, whom you really didn’t expect to, and even more rarely they are somebody whose work absolutely enthralls you, although you can rarely figure out how to comment intelligently about it. :-)
So it is today, as I say welcome aboard to one of my favorite authors. I’m glad you are here, dear lady.
July 27, 2014 7 Comments
This is, I think, a very good explanation of why we can’t just ignore Islamism. too often, we Americans especially run digitally on or off, when we need to see gray. We don’t need to conquer and subdue everything but we need to help keep some sort of control over some of the worse ideologies out there.
Originally posted on The Conservative Citizen:
-By Amil Imani -
Seven years ago I wrote an op-ed, explaining why it is urgent that we confront Islamism. Seven years later, the entire world is in complete Islamic hell. With each passing day, Islam gains more power. The lesson is clear. Beware of the “Useful Idiots” who live in liberal democracies. Knowingly or unknowingly, they serve as the greatest volunteer and effective soldiers of Islam. They pave the way for the advancement of Islam and they will assuredly be among the very first victims of Islam as soon as it assumes power.
Why confront Islamism? Because if we don’t it will continue to get more extreme. This is not Islamophobia, as many Muslims and their apologists protest. A phobia is a baseless irrational fear. Detestation of Islamism, the violent form of Islam, is based on irrefutable facts and it is not only rational, it is ethically imperative.
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