One of many reasons I would never consider the open carry of a handgun here in Ohio – where it is perfectly legal to do so – is that I simply do not trust the police to respond appropriately to my doing so.
It would take a very special person to accept the VP position under Donald Trump.
First of all, the person has to be able to stomach Donald Trump. ….
[The whole thing is a short, serious, and deliciously snide piece, on the Veep possibilities. (There's also a bit of snark from YrsTrly.)]
A fundamentalist Christian will board a plane, fly to Africa and open an Ebola hospital. A fundamentalist Muslim will board a plane and fly it into a building. There is a difference.
A fundamentalist Christian and a fundamentalist Muslim will both believe in the literal existence of the Garden of Eden, so I would prefer neither of them to be teaching the local high school biology course. I would, however be perfectly relaxed were either to be teaching maths, French or Art.
However the existence or otherwise of the Garden of Eden in not an issue of morality. While I would be happy for a Christian, any Christian, to teach my children the difference between right and wrong, on that issue I would keep a Muslim away from them with a pitchfork.
Eleutherophobia is the fear of freedom. According to the bible, the fear dates back to the time of Moses. Eleutherophobia is very commonly suffered by slaves throughout the history, because many of whom may not know how to do right things when alone. Many sufferers think that it would require more responsibilities in order to be free and could panic if they do something wrong.
Symptoms of eleutherophobia include suspicion of others, a sense of servitude, nausea while thinking about freedom, social anxiety, tremors, difficulty of breathing and weeping.
Overcoming this fear requires understanding what freedom means and how it can provide personal and corporate liberty. A therapist can help manage the fear by explaining the prospects of freedom, and usually, your response has a lot to do on how you view these prospects. Changing the logic response and the fear response may follow.
All of my life I have heard the left suggest that conservatives want to control what goes on in my bedroom. Meanwhile the left has infiltrated every room of my house as well as my garage.
–Commenter “czechlist,” at WUWT
Nothing changes, from the dawn of time it has always been starvation, death and deprivation. Except in the few places and times where an outbreak of Enlightenment ideas and free-market principles has broken out and managed to survive, for a time, the sure oppression that inevitably follows, usually egged on by a baying mob.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck.
Socialism’s basic premise is that the value of anyone’s life is found only its contribution to the social good. No individual life has value in and of itself.
–Commenter Pat Frank, at What’s Up With That
I think that, in the end, there is something that unites all conservatives, which is that they are pursuing something they love. My view is that the Left is united by hatred, but we are united by love: love of our country, love of institutions, love of the law, love of family, and so on. And what makes us conservatives is the desire to protect those things, and we’re up against people who want to destroy them, and it’s very simple.
Roger Scruton, as quoted by Jay Nordlinger, National Review 9 Nov 2015
This is a question we have all asked, time and again, but truly, what is it about media celebrities which leads them to believe that any of us, other than maybe OK! Magazine readers, give a toss about their opinions on any topic at all?
In sum, Samuel Jackson knows nothing about Christianity, Islam, medieval history, the Reformation, Vietnam, the Troubles, or American police departments, and the only people who would take his thoughts (or lack thereof) seriously are those who know even less. The dumb lead the dumber.
In other words, he’s one good rant away from a MSNBC anchor gig.
“They say [disapprovingly] that we were Cold Warriors. Yes, and a bloody good show, too. A lot of people weren’t Cold Warriors — and so much the worse for them.”
As quoted by Jay Nordlinger in “Robert Conquest — An Appreciation,” republished Sept. 15, 2015; originally publ. Dec. 9, 2002. Brackets in the Nordlinger quote.
Let’s put it this way… the State has finally decided that we are only temporary custodians of our money and property, and that it can confiscate or redistribute it as THEY think fit.
It’s taken Labour’s weird collection of narcissistic loons, stunted students, never-was-never-will-bes, old school socialists and shiny neo-socialists fighting like demented rats in a transparent sack for the BBC even to mention that there might just be some small amount of trouble up at t’ mill.
I must admit that I’ve always been puzzled how the BBC and Guardianistas could claim that their respective oracles weren’t biased, given the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
I’ve finally come to the conclusion that they live such socially narrow and insulated lives that they genuinely believe this to be true. Such an “echo chamber” existence is not restricted to the internet, but can be found amongst the organic polenta of Islington high street.
Loyalty to bad commitments leads to moral incoherence.
–David Horowitz, “The Two Christophers”
Between the state, which is hugely generous with impossible promises, and the general public, which has conceived unattainable hopes, have come two classes of men, those with ambition and those with utopian dreams. Their role is clearly laid out by the situation. It is enough for these courtiers of popularity to shout into the people’s ears: “The authorities are misleading you; if we were in their place, we would shower you with benefits and relieve you of taxes.”
And the people believe this, and the people hope…
Frédéric Bastiat, The State, 1848.