Thursday, April 17, 2014

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‘Democratic Socialism, the Great Utopia of the Last Few Generations, Is Unachievable’

By Mike Gray The title quote is from F. A. Hayek in his The Road to Serfdom. Over on RenewAmerica, Frank Maguire has initiated a series of articles dealing with the rise and subsequent development of that which is now called progressivism with the original foundations in Fascist, National Socialist (NAZI), and Communist manifestations of Socialist-Collectivist-Statism. He leads with … the enthusiastic pronouncements of those who were (are) true believers in Socialist planning and advocates of collectivism instead of personal liberty. I will, later, quote some renowned “liberal” scholars who glorified State Planning until they actually lived amidst it and …continue reading

Cracking Up — ‘A Great Little Popcorn Flick’

At the LA Times, Susan King offers a short review of a classic sci-fi sleeper: It’s a wonder that baby boomers don’t have constant nightmares after growing up in the 1960s. Every day, you didn’t know whether the world was coming to an end. Growing up in Miami during the Cuban missile crisis, I lived in constant fear thanks to the classroom drills that sent us under our desks with images of mushroom clouds in our heads. Then there were all those doomsday movies such as Fail Safe and Dr. Strangelove where error or insanity sent the missiles flying. And …continue reading

Gnostic-in-Chief?

On WorldNetDaily (WND), Ellis Washington shows us how a first-century religious heresy is intimately connected to twenty-first-century politics: Regarding American liberalism, pick any utopian socialist – from Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ, Clinton, Carter, Obama, to the useful idiots of atheism, feminism, gay rights, civil-rights activists, the labor and teachers’ unions – and you will find a person who thinks his knowledge base (politics) is superior to virtue; that the Bible is a collection of myths that isn’t to be taken literally; that moral relativism holds that all religions lead to “god” and that no religion is better (or worse) than any …continue reading

‘Why Orthodox Darwinism Demands Atheism’

In his decision in the controversial 2005 Dover Area School District case, a clueless district court judge concluded—among many other things well outside his purview—that there’s no contradiction between Neo-Darwinism and theistic belief. But in an article at AiG, Jerry Bergman amply demonstrates how wrong His Honor was: Many, if not most, eminent biologists openly disagree with [the judge] and have expressed this disagreement in the strongest terms possible. Just about every one of the scientists who would differ with the judge are evolutionists: “Evolution substituted a naturalistic explanation of cold comfort for our former conviction that a benevolent deity …continue reading

Free Will vs. Determinism and the Unborn

Dominic Statham at CMI calls our attention to a recent NAS paper that trips over the ancient free will vs. determinism controversy, proclaiming views that reflect thinking which is diametrically opposed to the teaching of the Bible. They deny any sense of the appropriateness of retribution and are a wholesale rejection of the concepts of sin and righteousness. In his paper, the author, Anthony Cashmore unequivocally asserts that we are nothing more than a bag of chemicals. Consciousness and freewill, he claims, are no more than illusions: “The reality is, not only do we have no more free will than …continue reading

Those Unspeakable Truths about Illegal Immigration? Victor Davis Hanson Speaks Them

On Pajamas Media, Victor Davis Hanson notes six aspects of illegal immigration—those proverbial eight hundred pound gorillas in the back of the room—that corrupt media, public officials, businessmen, and clergy studiously avoid talking about: 1) Why the Sense of Exemption? …. the unspoken assumption of the advocates of open borders (or at least of those who feel that illegal aliens should be exempt from federal immigration statutes) [is that] historical grievances have made enforcement of the law rather debatable …. 2) The Great Paradox …. It all makes little or no sense, other than the emotional anger at the paradox …continue reading

Evolution—You’d Think That After a Century of Torture Somebody Would Admit the Truth

Brian Thomas at ICR reports that “100 Years of Fruit Fly Tests Show No Evolution”: Fruit flies, with their short generation times and only four pairs of chromosomes, presented prime testing ground for evolution. In laboratories worldwide, they have been subjected to all manner of mutation-inducing phenomena, including hosts of chemicals and radiation treatments, to try and accelerate evolution-mimicking mutations. After all this, fruit flies should have certainly exemplified evolution by now. But they haven’t. …. mutating (through substituting, deleting, or duplicating) developmental genes like HOX has only ever yielded a dead fly, a normal fly (if the mutation happened …continue reading

Are You Sane? You May Soon Be the Only One Who Is

Reuters, a not altogether reliable news agency, reports that the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is being revised now for publication in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), could devalue the seriousness of mental illness and label almost everyone as having some kind of disorder.  Citing examples of new additions like “mild anxiety depression,” “psychosis risk syndrome,” and “temper dysregulation disorder,” they said many people previously seen as perfectly healthy could be told they are ill. The implications of this, as the National Center for Policy Analysis points out, could be …continue reading