Archive for July, 2009
Conservatives on the Supreme Court, particularly Thomas and Scalia, have criticized transnational jurisprudence as not being amenable with legitimate judicial precedent as Koh maintains, but argue that citing foreign decisions as legal precedents threatens American sovereignty.
As a noun, orient means East. As a verb, it means to align someone or something to the East. Could it occur to any of those idiot savants that Mecca is in a generally Easterly direction from the crash site? What natural structure or element of the crash site “orients” it toward Mecca? Was there a prominent sign or directional arrow etched into the earth? was Flight 93 flying toward Mecca when it crashed? Is the crash site “oriented” by anything other than the design of the monument?
To refuse to take part in committing an injustice is not only a moral duty; it is also a basic human right. Were this not so, the human person would be forced to perform an action intrinsically incompatible with human dignity, and in this way human freedom itself, the authentic meaning and purpose of which are found in its orientation to the true and the good, would be radically compromised. What is at stake therefore is an essential right which, precisely as such, should be acknowledged and protected by civil law.
A state of ignorance among the population is required for any self-destructive system of government to work. It must be presentable to an ignorant people. It cannot work if the people are educated and aware of their history, as well as the realities in life. John Adams on the Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law in 1765 stated, “Liberty cannot be preserved without the general knowledge among the people.”
There is just so much to understand about how a national healthcare system would work that most Americans will never understand it… until it is too late and we are saddled with this horror from hell! It is time, actually it is past time, for all Americans who love freedom, to write, call, fax, telegram, or e-mail their Congressperson and Senators and urge them to fight against a National Healthcare Program bill that will suffocate the remaining freedom we have as Americans. There is not a minute to lose.
Liberals have a two channel imbalanced perception of morality that is out of sync with all traditional world cultures that developed into advanced civilizations. They are for all their noble intentions unable to value the aspects of morality that are required to maintain order in civilization. Not only do they not place importance on these three “conservative” moral foundational values (Ingroup/loyalty, Authority/respect and Purity/sanctity) but they are actively hostile to and destructive of these values.
There is probably nothing that pleases our libertine left more than a social conservative’s fall from grace. Just witness the predictable feeding frenzy that ensued when South Carolina governor Mark Sanford confessed to marital infidelity. Why, so voracious are his critics that a Google search for Sanford’s name in parentheses and the word “hypocrite” yields 20,600 of their pages.
The May 5 blacklisting of Savage is suspiciously close to – and I believe connected with – a lawsuit Savage filed in mid-April against Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano over a DHS report suggesting U.S. military veterans could be targeted by right-wing extremists. Furthermore, Savage has been the most vociferous critic of the socialist policies of the Obama administration, and we know how defensive and petulant President Obama can get when he is criticized.
It’s not that long ago that former President George W. Bush was being characterized as a dimwit. In truth, because he was not a smooth talker, he often came across as less than a deep thinker. I am not sure the job requires a deep thinker because those who fit that description often turned out to be a disaster. The job’s best description is “leader.”
Wayne’s last picture, The Shootist, was about the title character (they called them “shootists” or “assassins,” rather than “gunfighters”), “John Bernard Books.” Like the man playing him, Books has outlived his time, is dying of (prostate) cancer, and wants to go out with as much dignity, and as little pain as possible. But his reputation as a legendary shootist, who has killed 30 men, keeps getting in the way.