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Bill Cosby is Innocent

Ours is an era which craves monsters, which needs demons we can all rail against in an attempt to drum up a feeling of collective moral purpose, however fleeting it might prove. And the pesky exacting standards of the justice system – which are exacting precisely because we used to take very seriously the process […]

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Io sto con Putin

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The Long, Slow Collapse

Why we don’t notice civilization collapsing.  

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Coercion Dolled Up As Civil Rights

From Brendan O’ Neill’s excellent analysis: This is what explains both the peculiarly speedy and strikingly authoritarian way in which gay marriage has been adopted by governments across the West who otherwise care little for freedom and choice – because officials recognise in it the opportunity to push further their instinctive hostility towards traditional communal […]

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The New Fanaticism

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/chicago-bans-plastic-bags_n_5241854.html http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/Five-myths-about-e-cigs/14980#.U2fio8JOXug http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/obama-botched-oklahoma-execution-calls-review http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/25301892-418/school-officials-are-no-fans-of-gun-ban-signs.html#.U2fjTcJOXug http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/same-sex-marriage-coercion-dolled-up-as-civil-rights/14967#.U2fl8MJOXug Martin Luther referred to theologians who wanted to separate the Holy Spirit from the Word of God as “fanatics” or “enthusiasts.”  Among these he counted Andreas von Carlstadt, a fellow professor at Wittenberg who took to smashing images and stained glass while Luther was holed up in the Wartburg translating the New […]

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And in the master bedroom there’s a poster of Che.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/obama-spokesman-jay-carney-decorates-home-with-soviet-propaganda-posters/ http://www.washingtonian.com/mom/features/balancing-act/   Yep.  What red-blooded American family doesn’t want their kitchen, laden with the abundance of the capitalist west, presided over by a poster of a glowering Soviet peasant?  Just think how much better they must have eaten on the collective farms. Besides, haven’t we always been at war with Eastasia?

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Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money.

Spengler asserts that democracy is simply the political weapon of money, and the media is the means through which money operates a democratic political system. The thorough penetration of money’s power throughout a society is yet another marker of the shift from Culture to Civilization. Democracy and plutocracy are equivalent in Spengler’s argument. The “tragic comedy […] . . . → Read More: Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money. . . . → Read More: Death Rattles of a Civilization, part 2. Media, Democracy, Money.

A Civilization’s Death Rattle

….Decline is also evidenced by a formlessness of political institutions within a state. As the “proper” form dissolves, increasingly authoritarian leaders arise, signaling decline. The first step toward formlessness Spengler designates Napoleonism. A new leader assumes powers and creates a new state-structure without reference to “self-evident” bases for governance. The new régime is thus accidental […] . . . → Read More: A Civilization’s Death Rattle . . . → Read More: A Civilization’s Death Rattle

The Log in the Eye of American Christians About Marriage, Sex, and Babies

Below is an excerpt from a Wikipedia article on Jonathan Ned Katz, an “LGBT historian” who argues that “heterosexuality” and “homosexuality” are categories invented in the 19th century.  Prior to that, the “traditional” view was to see sex as primarily for the purpose of procreation, rather than pleasure.  As a result, according Katz (or at […] . . . → Read More: The Log in the Eye of American Christians About Marriage, Sex, and Babies . . . → Read More: The Log in the Eye of American Christians About Marriage, Sex, and Babies

Scalia: Opponents of Homosexual Marriage Judged “Enemies of the Human Race”

  From Justice Scalia’s dissent from the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):   “But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to con- demn, demean, or humiliate other […] . . . → Read More: Scalia: Opponents of Homosexual Marriage Judged “Enemies of the Human Race” . . . → Read More: Scalia: Opponents of Homosexual Marriage Judged “Enemies of the Human Race”