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Our Make-It-Up World

David582 Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 8:38 AM
The Obama administration has given the conclusive argument to one of the matters at issue in H.G. Frankfurt's charming little philosophical treatise "On Bullsh*t": bullsh*t is a greater enemy of truth than lying. Any reader with the misfortune to not know what I am talking about should do a Google search with Frankfurt and the unexpurgated title of the little books as the search terms and read the pdf of the book that comes up. (Alas, fans of other search engines, only Google actually puts the free pdf of the text "above the fold" in their search results -- and no, that assertion is not bullsh*t, I check the other five I have installed in my browser.)
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Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?

David582 Wrote: Jul 25, 2014 2:53 PM
In answer to Buchanan's questions: How then can we explain the clamor of today's U.S. foreign policy elite to confront, isolate, and cripple Russia, and make of Putin a moral and political leper with whom honorable statesmen can never deal? What has Putin done to rival the forced famine in Ukraine that starved to death millions, the slaughter of the Hungarian rebels or the Warsaw Pact's crushing of Czechoslovakia? The answer is that Putin has restored Orthodox Christianity as the state ideology of Russia. So long as Russia was Soviet, the West had a sizable faction willing to cut them slack, if not outright support them. Putin's Russia is now the most forceful advocate of the importance of Christianity to European culture, the Vatican aside, and the only place where the restoration of Christian influence is part of the legislative agenda. The fault-lines in the Ukraine are largely between Orthodox and Uniate, with the non-canonical "Kiev Patriarchate" Orthodox joining the other side. Russia is vilified for upholding the Orthodox Christian understanding of marriage and sexuality in its civil and criminal law, and for resisting the wonders of EU-style multiculturalism in which every religion except Christianity must not be offended, every culture expect European must be celebrated, and any defense of national distinctiveness or critique of Islam is immediately tarred at "far right" and equated with Naziism. American foreign policy since the Clinton administration has been actively anti-Orthodox Christian, and of those beating the war-drums vis-a-vis the Ukraine, Sen. McCain's pravoslavniphobia* is so extreme that he behaved offensively to Orthodox Christians testifying before a Senate committee about the humanitarian disaster facing Christians in Syria at the hands of the Muslim rebels McCain wants us to arm. *Irrational fear or hatred of Orthodox Christians, esp. Slavic Orthodox Christians
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One Nation Under Drugs

David582 Wrote: Jan 13, 2014 3:59 PM
So Townhall, supposedly a conservative website, is voicing support for one of the baleful gifts the "Progressives" gave us the first time that was their preferred name: opiates were first banned in 1914, then it was alcohol in 1919, the marijuana in 1937, all under "Progressive" Democrats. Even if Nixon renamed it "the war on drugs", the whole effort was brought to us by the same folks who gave us the income tax, direct election of senators, and the state-Ponzi-scheme that is Social Security.
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