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Liberal Paradise Prisons

Andrew:

Nailed it.

Originally posted on Asylum Watch:

Frankenstein Government carried the following quote yesterday from Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. Sheriff Joe understands “liberalism”.

A “Liberal Paradise ” would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only Law Enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does indeed exist …… It’s called prison.

It shouldn’t be difficult for the average person to understand that the more a government does for its citizens, the less they are allowed to do for themselves.

Life, liberty, and property rights are what we conservatives/libertarians believe to be important. All we want from governments is that they protect those rights. Ah but, all those things Sheriff Joe listed are very alluring to the average person and that is why we are in the minority. Of the 50 to 55 million people who…

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Dear Society: Kids Cry, Deal with It

Andrew:

The rare compromise that does not dilute the virtues of either position.

Originally posted on The Matt Walsh Blog:

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Alright, everyone. I know we can’t agree on everything. Or most things. Or anything. I know this world is full of strife and contention, controversy and division. I get it.

This is what it means to live on a mortal planet populated by the fallen hordes of sinful, prideful, vengeful beings. We argue, it’s what we do. And, honestly, I guess that’s good for business. I make a living writing about ‘controversial’ topics. What would I do if I lived in a land where nobody argued about anything? The good news is that if I found myself in a place of that sort, I’d presumably be in Heaven. But the bad news is that I’d be really hard up for blogging topics.

In any case, as much as I appreciate a good ol’ fashioned, knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out online cyber-brawl, I think it’s time we retire a few of these debates.

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If This Goes On

Andrew:

Every word.

Originally posted on According To Hoyt:

I’ve been listening to If This Goes On in audiobook while I clean the house.  I still think that Heinlein was right about the coming theocracy – that is he was right about the theocratic impulse that he saw in the American people.  I see it too.  It’s what I’ve referred to in the past as Americans being, in the community of nations, the Aspergers kid who takes things seriously, things that no one else accepts as written/said.  This has a good side, such as a lot of us taking things like the Constitution very seriously, and a bad side, such as people taking the whole multiculti thing seriously.  (The rest of the world might parrot it, but no, they don’t take it seriously.)

The problem was that Heinlein was a man of his time – as we are all men and women of our time, and it would be…

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On the Question of Human-Hobbit Interbreeding

Matt Yglesias asks an interesting question: “If Elves, Hobbits, and Men can interbreed in Middle-Earth, aren’t they the same species?

I’m not sure if the ability to breed entirely defines a species (as Yglesias mentions, we interbred with Neanderthals, and I still think they’re classified separately, though some say otherwise), but I’d call it a strong indicator. So let’s take a look at the interbreeding possibilities in Tolkein’s universe, one-by-one.

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Film Review: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Andrew:

This actually looks interesting…

Originally posted on Variety:

Even Gordon Gekko looks like a veritable lap dog compared to Jordan Belfort, the self-proclaimed “Wolf of Wall Street” whose coked-up, pill-popping, high-rolling shenanigans made him a multi-millionaire at age 26, a convicted felon a decade later, and a bestselling author and motivational speaker a decade after that. Now, Belfort’s riches-to-slightly-less-riches tale has been brought to the screen by no less a connoisseur of charismatic sociopaths than Martin Scorsese, and the result is a big, unruly bacchanal of a movie that huffs and puffs and nearly blows its own house down, but holds together by sheer virtue of its furious filmmaking energy and a Leonardo DiCaprio star turn so electric it could wake the dead.

Arriving six weeks past its original November release date and still showing signs of editing-room haste, “Wolf” should ride a high want-to-see factor and generally admiring reviews to solid holiday B.O., though its length and…

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December Comic Book Post: No, Batman is not Fascist.

I picked up the new Three and The Star Wars yesterday. They’re pretty awesome, but I’m saving my discussion of them for a later post.

Today I’m going to pick up a gauntlet cast down last month, and talk about Superman: Red Son, which will dovetail nicely into this piece by Chris Yogerst in the Atlantic, “Stop Calling Superheroes Fascist”.

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Saul Alinsky & Westboro Baptist Church

Andrew:

The possibility that the WBC is punking us doesn’t really seem that far-fetched. Especially given the recent tweet in support of Obama.

Originally posted on Eyes That See:

If you’re like me, you’ve had a hard time understanding Westboro Baptist Church.

They are portrayed as fundamentalist Christians who are making a stand against homosexuality.  Nothing unusual so far, right?  The extremely unusual part is that they picket funerals of AIDS victims holding signs that say “God Hates Fags!”

But apparently picketing the funerals of AIDS victims was not extreme enough for them, so they moved on to picketing military funerals.  They say that military deaths are the just wrath of God against people who fight to defend a nation that accepts gays.  In recent news, Westboro Baptist Church has said they will picket the funeral of one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing as well as a memorial service for the victims of the explosion last week at a West, TX fertilizer plant. More of the just wrath of God against our gay loving nation, according…

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Feral Labortards II: before there was outrage, there was hubris.

Andrew:

A reminder from the Great South Land that all political victories are temporary and contingent.

Originally posted on The mind is an unexplored country.:

Labor smashed. Seats made marginal if not lost outright.

The Greens likewise losing favour with the voters.

This is not the world the leftwits planned to inherit. As the following predictions show, Kevin Rudd’s victory in 2007 warped their vision of the future somewhat.

Tim Blair unearths Steve Biddulph’s picture of Green Socialist Utopia:

By 2014, we will have a struggle between a new left and right – Labor and Green – and the issue will be simply how green, how to balance the need for a much simpler and more communal kind of life, with the need to give people comfort and amenity now. This issue will continue to define life for the rest of this century… In a way that seems unthinkable to us now, 2007 may mark the end of the Liberal Party itself. It won’t happen overnight, but just watch it happen.

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Why I sued Hollywood on behalf of unpaid interns everywhere

Andrew:

Worth the read. Internships are a hazy area of labor. Are they really worth it?

Originally posted on Quartz:

When Fox Searchlight Pictures‘s $300 million-plus grossing “Black Swan” sought to control its production budget, in part by staffing with unpaid intern labor, it was contributing to the normalization of a practice that has no defensible basis in ethics or law. It took advantage of people’s desperate need to distinguish their résumés and the acceptance of this commonplace if peculiar fact of the youth labor market. Somewhere along the way, a laudable idea that work experience could have academic merit metastasized into an ad hoc free-for-all in which there is little consistency in policy (whether among employers or colleges), little governmental enforcement, and every reason for exploited young workers to cross their fingers and hope that they’re expected to labor for free for only a brief period.

People who defend unpaid internships are defending a notion of what they think unpaid internships should be, rather than what they are. A…

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Mere Christianity

Andrew:

Modern Apologetics 101.

Originally posted on hogewash:

merechristianityIn 1941 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, C. S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. More than half a century later, these talks continue to retain their poignancy. First heard as informal radio broadcasts on the BBC, the lectures were published as three books and subsequently combined as Mere Christianity. C. S. Lewis proves that “at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice,” rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations. This twentieth century masterpiece provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

I keep a copy in the Kindle app on my phone.

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