September 10th, 2010

Patriot Day.....

"It will never be known what acts of cowardice have been committed for fear of not looking sufficiently progressive." -- Charles Peguy

Throughout the past decades the Left has waged a systemtic campaign to undermine the very principle of Patriotism in this country.....the Left-Wing Academic Hacks have launched at nonstop onslought of propaganda portraying America (and sometimes Israel) as the root of all evil in the world....some have gone so far as the say that America "had 9/11 coming" or "deserved it".....

Today is the day for reflection and to think about these ingrates and lowlives who disparage the Best Damn Country in the Universe.....in Thomas Jefferson's words, "The Empire of Liberty" that has constantly sought to spread LIBERTY, CAPITALISM, AND DEMOCRACY throughout the world....

But there are many who think American values such as personal responsibility and the free market are rotten to the core.....even more don't think there are any core America values....In the words of GK Chesterton....."Tolerance without convictions is the same as apathy"....the Left attempts to use their propaganda to paint America in the worse possible light and to a great extent that have succeeded in diminishing Americans conviction that America is a GREAT COUNTRY and STANDS FOR SOMETHING....instead the Left would like to turn America into a cosmopolitan "multicultual" fantasyland that stands for nothing....

We must recognize what America stands for....and we must realize that the threat of Islamofascism is real and opposes everything America stands for....Freedom of Speech cannot coexist with a religion whose followers threaten those who they believe mock their religion with physical violence.....Freedom of the Woman cannot exist with a religion that treat women like chattel......America is a Capitalist Democracy, not a backwards theocracy like Iran....

America is a force for good in the world....the ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan will prove to have been worth it.....Oppression breeds disease, and it is that disease that brought us 9/11....the backwardness of ideologies such as Islamism and Marxism....Rogue states like Iran must be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons...

And for those who think that PATRIOTISM, pride in America and believing that America is worth preserving and defending and loyalty to one's nation rather than sympathizing with terrorists, is an outmoded concept, the great GEORGE ORWELL has some words for you....

"To this day it gives me a faint feeling of sacrilege not to stand to attention during ‘God save the King’. That is childish, of course, but I would sooner have had that kind of upbringing than be like the left-wing intellectuals who are so ‘enlightened’ that they cannot understand the most ordinary emotions."

"It is all very well to be "advanced" and "enlightened," to snigger at Colonel Blimp and proclaim your emancipation from all traditional loyalties, but a time comes when the sand of the desert is sodden red and what have I done for thee, England, my England? As I was brought up in this tradition myself I can recognise it under strange disguises, and also sympathise with it, for even at its stupidest and most sentimental it is a comelier thing than the shallow self-righteousness of the left-wing intelligentsia."

HA!!! Well said George.....no doubt youd be on our side if you could see what the Left has devolved into these days.....remember,the biggest cowards are often the ones who refuse any loyalty to their country,because they are often the ones without loyalty to anyone but themselves,no matter what claims to "cosmopolitanism" they might make.....
Godzilla, default

Thoughts on rationalism and science:

One common set of arguments that keeps recurring in religion v. science debates is that science is based on empirical reality where religion is based on faith. The truth is rather more complex for both. In the case of religion, religion was originally "My gang's gods yay, your gang's gods boo." The idea of religion as having a separate view of metaphysics was true only insofar as the initial purpose of religion was to define cultures in certain spaces and to link the patterns followed by said culture then with true antiquity.

In science's case, which is where the main focus of this post is, there is much made of science's empirical verifications. Which is fine. Except that most of that requires advanced mathematics to understand on the cosmic scale and on the minute scale it requires a broader vision than most people actually have time for or care for.
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So to be blunt, science often works with things that most people have neither the time nor the ability to research. Especially these days it often involves specialized mathematics and/or jargon that makes it inaccessible to most people, and amateurs are less able in most areas to contribute than they once were.

This does not represent a weakness of science, but it does, however, bring to mind an important point I think needs be stated and is in fact worthy of discussion-scientific empiricism means mostly that scientific discoveries can be independently tested and if not validated by repeated experiments discarded altogether. For those who claim that religious revelation based on texts written thousands of years ago is equally empirically verifiable, how does one do *that* for religion, and by what process is it that the religious discard mistaken assumptions of theology if indeed it proves some are?

To clarify-"religion" here is taken to mean the fundamentalist movements of the present day that hold that the Quran/Bible/Vedas/Tripitaka/Nihonji represent the literal window into the most fundamental secrets of the Universe far in excess of what the visible Universe itself records. It does not refer to more liberal sects and/or to those subsets of the aforementioned religions who do not in fact believe that there is a clash of the two.

Just as science, here, refers to the scientific method.
Da Good Book

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So nearly every Catholic church in Belgium was found to be involved in sex abuse. Children as young as two years old were abused, and there have been at least thirteen suicides by victims. It's a bad situation.

Of course, the Pope and the Vatican are pissed. Pissed at the Belgians for the temerity of enforcing the law, of course. A spokescardinal called the detention of bishops during the raid "serious and unbelievable", and compared it to the practices of communist regimes. Harsh!

Here's the deal: let's be generous and say the problem is worst in Belgium because they're irreligious heathens, and only half or a quarter of Catholic churches in other countries have priests molesting children. Why is it wrong to blame Catholics - let alone Christians as a whole - for protecting the molesters instead of policing those in their faith, yet many feel it's OK to blame all Muslims for the actions of a few (which we celebrate tomorrow by drinking beer)? But in the end, can we really blame the Catholics for obeying the Bible?