Smoky Joe, JD, in Defense of Freedom
Charity will replace taxes. A thousand points of light. Faith-based Initiatives. Compassionate Conservativism. Through moral re-education we will introduce ordered liberty to our youth. Family values will prevail with no child left behind. Mel Sembler is more than a rich man, a contributor to Republican candidates, or an Ambassador, he represents the very best that social conservatives have to offer.
Posted by The Happy Tutor
Bless me Father for I have sinned.
I pretended to be a Fool and praised David Horowitz, after he libeled my friends by innuendo, aligning them with terrorists, and set them up for the Freedom Pens. Then I pretended to be a Knave and embraced him as a brother. Then I pretended to a morally insane Person of Substance and acknowledged his many years of loyal service. I did all this, Father, knowing it would incite him to anger and draw upon him public scorn and contumely, making of him a public laughingstock, that he might desist, and others might desist from following his example.
Subject to your correction, Father, but I feel that I am working in the line of Christ, and his Pilgrims, Erasmus and Swift, walking the way of the cross in Christian humility and helping sinners (aren't we all) like Horowitz do the same. My goal is not to wound, but to heal, not to disparage, but reform. He has a soul to save and many will suffer from his linking liberals to terror unless he comes to his senses. So, I offer my face to his fist, this cheek and that, that I might save him and those, even you, Father, who might otherwise come in the end to Freedom Pens.
I do not volunteer eagerly and would defer to you Father and those paid and trained to teach the word of God. But in my experience the Church (since the days of Daniel Berrigan, William Sloane Coffin, and Martin Luther King) has retreated from defending virtue to managing worldly cost and benefits, building congregations at best complacent and at worst filled with passionate hatred. It falls then to us the lay people, without special warrant, to do the job for which you were trained, not merely to preach to the confirmed a mild gospel, as if the Cross were easy to bear, but to advance public ethics in a dark time in the name of Christ, regardless of the cost.
If we can call no man Fool, Father, can we at least without sin, impersonate Folly who calls a Fool, "My Fellow Genius?"
If being inoffensive is the greatest of virtues, at least of style, how then do we not palter with evil? ("The lukewarm he spews from his mouth.")
I await your counsel and penance. I seek instruction in public virtue through your words and by your example. How would you, a man of the cloth, with all the powers and public standing that confers, reform a man like David Horowitz, or would it require a miracle? For you to have jurisdiction, would he have to join your congregation? Or could you get him reconciled where he stands long distance via blog or email? Or, does it require God's direct intervention to soften a hardened heart, before anything can be done by anybody?
Posted by The Happy Tutor
From Catallexis, would a futures market in Terror actually have worked? Morally repugnant or not, would it have predicted terror attacks? Or would it have been rigged and gamed (much like the real market)? Be interesting know who would have regulated the Terror Futures Market, would we have had Wolfowitz, say, as the Elliott Spitzer cracking down on insider Terror Trading? Would those who used insider info, to cash in on death and destruction, have gone to GITMO?
Reminds me of the old life insurance joke. What is the difference between an actuary and an Italian actuary? An actuary can tell you how many will die. An Italian actuary can tell you who, when, and how.
Posted by The Happy Tutor
The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. Intended for use against rioters, it is meant to leave victims unharmed. But pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. And they fear that the technology will be used for torture.
That being said, I can see both sides, can't you?
Congratulations, everyone who’s made another dime from blogging. Bless you, everyone who’s in it for love of words and images and links. And peace be with us all.
Thank you, Father. Who says Christians are other wordly? There is no 'outside' of Wealth Bondage.
Posted by The Happy Tutor
AKMA on moderation in speech and action. If only he would let me add the links to his post. Surely we cannot reform the immoderate without riducle and shame? The message of Christ is lost on so many of those who preach it, shaking their jowells, squinting their cunning piggy little eyes, and shaking their fist in the Holy Name of Jesus. Can the safe trope of "a plague on both houses," meaning immoderates of both left and right do justice to the abuse of religion in politics, for wordly and often vicious ends? Won't we in the end have to engage a Church militant? (I wonder what Dean Swift would have said to that?) The utter loss of the Cross is an example with few contemporary imitators. Today's winners glory in dragging the losers through the mire.
Can we moderately reason hardened sinners, often preachers in their own right, with enormous congregations, into decency, humility, and virtue? Doesn't our own experience repeatedly show that behavioral change among sinners often requires negative reinforcement when they stray? Even the shepherd must carry a Crook, to snag the errant lamb? Couldn't the High Church do something to reform the Low? Like actually make an effort to recover Jesus from the uses to which he is put? Is it too late for the stake? (Or are we afraid that mounting the scaffold we would find ourselves the main attraction.)
Of course, all the same, I know you are right. May your virtue spread by stubborn example. Even to me. Thanks. And, may the utter loss of the Cross fall on shoulders other than yours or mine. If we keep our voices down, and make moderate conversation this cup may yet pass from us.
Free Speech Means Money or it Means Nothing
Liberal foundations spent tens of millions gagging my free speech with so called campaign finance reform. How the fuck am I supposed to express myself without sending money? You think politicians listen to ideas when they come inside an empty envelope? They don't give a shit unless you grease their palms. The only way to be heard in DC is to let Dead Presidents do the talking for you.
Horowitz! C'mere, Sweetie, Pew Foundation: Mamma's got a job for you. Yes, baby, I know. You like running errands for Mamma. Work yourself into a rage and bring me the head of Rebecca Rimel. You may do what you like with the carcass. Just don't muss the hair do.
Round up any liberals who object and throw them in the Free Speech Pens, until they give me $10 million each in ransom money or pledge to vote Republican. I am tired of screwing with these people. Freedom will not tolerate fucking dissent from Pew Charitable Trusts or anyone else. Dumb liberal bastards. What does it take to get through to these people? I mean d'huhhh. You have heard of Special Renditions, people? Give me one good reason not to kick your head in.
Love America? Love me. I fucking own it.
Posted by Joseph McPatriot
Crumpling this kid's ticket to see Bush? Should have crushed his head. A lot of these so-called "Democrats," are really just liberals in sheeps clothing. The last thing we need are terrorist sympathizers in the same stadium as Bush. I took his name and turned him over to Horowitz for processing. You should have seen the look on the kid's face.