December 31, 2015

The SBC Has a Problem With Racism

There are racists within the Southern Baptist Convention. I'm not talking about the usual suspects, though. No, I'm not referring to the small-town deacons who quietly escort black folks out the door on Sunday morning while encouraging them to "try the church down the road." Yes, that sort of thing still goes on, and it is a terrible sin. It is not, however, what prompted this blog post.

What concerns me at the moment are the white-guilt manipulators among the SBC power elite—men like Russell Moore, Ed Stetzer, and Thabiti Anyabwile. I'm sick of their politically correct agenda and all the sycophants who go along with it, and I stand fully behind those like J. D. Hall who call them out for their unhelpful rhetoric (link).

My Favorite Books of 2015

I read quite a few books in 2015, many of them published this year. Of those books, the following were my ten favorites. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
  1. Battlefield America: The War on the American People by John W. Whitehead
  2. The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung and Don Clark
  3. By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission by Charles Murray
  4. Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators by Jay Nordlinger
  5. Knowledge and Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga
  6. The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens, and Mysterious Beings by Timothy Dailey
  7. The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen
  8. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  9. The Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser
  10. Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective by Thomas Sowell 

Honorable Mentions:
  • Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by Michael D'Antonio
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
  • SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day
  • Urban Legends of the New Testament: 40 Common Misconceptions by David Croteau
  • Why Trust the Bible? by Greg Gilbert

Some Thoughts on The Big Short and Sound Economics

If you want to watch an entertaining film about the financial crisis, then watch The Big Short. If you want to actually understand what caused the financial crisis, then skip it and read a book by an Austrian economist. 

TBS pushes the leftist party line by blaming big business and calling for more government regulation. What the filmmakers never tell you, though, is that the real reason the banks gave all those bad loans is because they were forced to by government regulations designed to increase home ownership. Was there greed, fraud, and malfeasance involved too? Sure. But the big banks were only able to get away with it all because they knew they'd get a government bailout in the end. Does that sound like a free market to you? It's not. It's the fascistic combination of big business and big government that has been the norm in the U. S. for over a century now. Because leftists misunderstand economics so badly, they are actually calling for more of the thing that caused the crisis (government regulation) while blaming the one thing that could prevent another one (free market Capitalism). 

One other criticism: I was really hoping the four leads (Pitt, Gosling, Carell, and Bale) would share a scene together, but they didn't. The four of those guys on screen together really would have been something special. 

December 30, 2015

How Pro-Life Is the GOP?

C. Jay Engel:
The abortion issue is one that GOP politicians use to manipulate people into supporting the party and putting hope in politics. Abortion is wrong. Period. Let no one doubt my position on this. But in my estimation, the GOP emphasizes this in such a way so as to leverage it to put their own into power. Not only was nothing done about abortion when the GOP had Congress and the Presidency during the Bush years, but it just so happens that so-called “pro-life” candidates are horrific on the war issue and have supported murderous crimes that are arguably just as evil as abortion. Moreover, supporting a politician “just because he is good on abortion” has led to all sorts of socialism that came directly from the GOP’s policies. Of course, we should never support a candidate who supports ending the life of unborn children; but we must always consider how a politician’s correct position on one issue can lead to the state gaining power overall as we continue to elect those who support the expansion of the state. (link)

December 28, 2015

But I Was Just Following Orders . . .

When it comes to man's law, legality and morality are two separate things. They often align with one another, but they contradict one another quite often as well. Those who use the legality of immoral actions to justify said actions will not have a leg to stand on before the Judge of the universe. On Judgment Day, the phrase "I was just following orders" will be about as helpful as it was at Nuremberg. You'll have to look elsewhere for your get-out-of-Hell-free card. That goes for cops too. A badge does not grant its wearer extra rights, nor does it exempt one from the requirements of God's law (link).

December 26, 2015

The No-Fly List Is the Problem

According to progressives, individuals on the no-fly list shouldn't be able to purchase firearms. It's just common sense they say. I think a lot of people will probably fall for this tactic. What they don't realize, unfortunately, is that the no-fly list is the problem (link).

December 23, 2015

Want to Avoid World War 3?

Then you should probably support a presidential candidate who can get along with Vladimir Putin . . . like Trump (link). While the rest of the Republican candidates (with the exception of Rand Paul) are busy agitating the start of another world war, Trump has been advocating a less aggressive foreign policy (though not without some inconsistency and a lot of bluster).

December 07, 2015

Hollywood Blowback?

Did recent box office disappointments result from the obnoxious comments of a few out-of-touch movie stars?
Arrogant, big-mouthed, divisive Hollywood blowhards took a massive hit at the American box office this weekend. The highly-anticipated fourth and final chapter of “The Hunger Games” should have been bullet-proof. But after star Jennifer Lawrence used the film’s publicity tour to trash Christians and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, “Mockingjay – Part 2″ is under-performing in a way no box office analyst had predicted.

“The Night Before,” an R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen, the same big-mouthed bigot who lashed out with a “F*ck you!” to Republican Ben Carson last month, is looking like an outright disaster, as is “Secret In Their Eyes,” which was supposed to be a comeback (and Oscar) vehicle for Republican-basher Julia Roberts. (link)

December 04, 2015

The Problem with Transhumanism

Wesley J. Smith:
I’m sorry: Even if they took your brain at the moment of death and froze it solid, you’d still be dead with a brain preserved in [a] cryogenic tank. If they removed your brain before death, that process would kill you and you’d just be dead with a brain in [a] cryogenic tank. Restoring the brain later to function on an artificial body? Please. (link)

December 02, 2015

Another Example of Leftist Totalitarianism and Hypocrisy

The governor of New York recently ordered the removal of subway ads for Amazon's new alt-history series The Man in the High Castle:
Fascism is so bad that the ruling authority needs to decide what commercial speech is acceptable in public spaces? The governor ordering the ads pulled is exactly the kind of government control the show warns about.

Yet the Associated Press, which would have approximately no trouble connecting the dots between government control of artistic and commercial speech and a fictitious TV show about the dangers of totalitarianism if a conservative had made the order, can’t even manage to put this information in the lede of its story? (link)

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