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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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  • Why Doesn't the World Imitate the U.S.? (American "cutthroat capitalism" is a good thing)

    10/30/2012 2:51:55 AM PDT · by Cruz · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10/30/2012 | Randall Hoven
    What makes some nations wealthy and others not? One way to address that question is to look for patterns: what do wealthy nations do that non-wealthy nations don't? Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/why_doesnt_the_world_imitate_the_us.html#ixzz2Am0gfo62
  • Obama Supporters Rally Around Anti-Mormonism

    10/25/2012 3:54:15 PM PDT · by lbryce · 254 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 25,2012 | Anne Sorack
    What would you think if you were told that the most bigoted, intolerant, hateful, and xenophobic political messages this election cycle are being spread by Obama supporters? From ridiculing and disrespecting the Mormon religion to spreading secretly taped videos recorded by an Obama supporter in a Mormon church, those on the left are sanctioning this particular form of bigotry because it’s all for the cause: Obama. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the media, where pages upon pages have been devoted to Romney’s religion. Vicious, anti-Mormon rhetoric, ramping up in the final days leading up to the election, has...
  • We have not lost a generation to liberalism

    10/29/2012 1:12:54 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 9 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 29, 2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    ***SNIP*** This bright young go-getter said what struck him most during the debate was Obama saying the rich should pay more. He thought, "Why? Why should people be punished (http://www.newsmax.com/Reagan/Obama-Class-Warfare-Romney/2012/07/12/id/445147) for working harder?" My waiter went on to say, "The problem with my generation is that too many of them think they are entitled. Entitled should be erased from their vocabulary." Folks, I wanted to give that kid a bear hug right there in the middle of the restaurant. Instead, I was extremely generous with my gratuity. Upon handing him cash, I said, "Thank you for not being a liberal."...
  • Barack Hussein Obama: What’s in a Name? Sometimes a name tells you all you need to know.

    10/29/2012 6:57:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/29/2012 | David Solway
    There is a troubling hint of something very un-American about the American president. I am not alluding to the birther controversy but rather to something in the presidentÂ’s character, attitudes, personal aura, and worldview. He could just as well have been born in Podunk or Dogpatch and yet an un-American flavor would still cling about him. A little while back I tried a thought experiment with an American friend still partly dazzled by the presidentÂ’s populist dexterity and acclaim. I asked him to recite the names of a dozen presidents at random, ending with POTUS 43. He proceeded: George...
  • Why I Am Pro-Life

    10/29/2012 3:58:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | October 28, 2012 | Thomas Friedman
    HARD-LINE conservatives have gone to new extremes lately in opposing abortion. Last week, Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party-backed Republican Senate candidate in Indiana, declared during a debate that he was against abortion even in the event of rape because after much thought he "came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." That came on the heels of the Tea Party-backed Republican Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois saying after a recent debate that he opposed abortion even in cases...
  • Insurers nervous over prospect of a Romney victory (Lib psychotic break)

    10/28/2012 9:36:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 15 replies
    ABC/Yahoo ^ | 10/28/12
    You'd think health insurance CEOs would be chilling the bubbly with Republican Mitt Romney's improved election prospects, but instead they're in a quandary. Although the industry hates parts of President Barack Obama's health care law, major outfits such as UnitedHealth Group and BlueCross Blue Shield also stand to rake in billions of dollars from new customers who'll get health insurance under the law. The companies already have invested tens of millions to carry it out. Were Romney elected, insurers would be in for months of uncertainty as his administration gets used to Washington and tries to make good on his...
  • Class warfare in 1948? You bet your life on it. Please watch this.

    10/28/2012 6:57:09 AM PDT · by yoe · 6 replies
    Gather ^ | 1948
    What can a cartoon, produced in 1948, teach us today that's of any value? You'd be very surprised! Pay close attention! Keep in mind this was done in '1948'. Keep telling yourself that as you view it.
  • Dem Recriminations Begin

    10/26/2012 8:10:14 AM PDT · by pabianice · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/26/12 | Taranto
    Blame Early and Blame Often Voting has already begun, so why not recrimination too? "What's welling up in America's ruling Democrats is not yet a full-throated scream of desperation," observes commentator Neil Macdonald, who is Canadian and therefore a neutral observer. "But as Samuel Johnson famously remarked, the prospect of being hanged in a fortnight concentrates the mind wonderfully." True, as Macdonald says, "for the most part, Barack Obama's supporters are still clutching the cloak." Mitt Romney is only slightly ahead in most national polls, Obama clings to a slender lead in Ohio (though Josh Jordan argues at National Review...
  • Greek Orthodox priest abducted in Syria is found dead

    10/26/2012 7:14:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 25, 2012
    BEIRUT -- A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian government and the Vatican news service reported Thursday.The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered  in the Jaramana district  of the capital, reported Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news service. The site was not far from the area where he was kidnapped by an “unidentified armed group" last Friday, the agency said.The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been “horribly tortured.” The official Syrian news service...
  • Catholic couple rescues 1,400 Chinese orphans

    10/26/2012 6:07:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | October 26, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    A nurse holds an orphan with a cleft lip. Courtesy of Little Flower Projects. Beijing, China, Oct 26, 2012 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An American couple living in China for 15 years says their success in rescuing over 1,000 medically-fragile orphans is due to totally relying on God, especially during trying times. “You really have to have an absolute dependence on God that the money's gonna show up when you need it and that you're going to stay out of trouble,” Brent Johnson of the organization China Little Flower told CNA Oct. 17. Founded in 1998, China Little...
  • Anthropologist 'confirms' Apple is a religion

    10/25/2012 1:44:23 PM PDT · by Paradox · 27 replies
    ZDNet ^ | October 25, 2012 | Charlie Osborne
    Think religion, think ritual: history, perhaps sacred writings, proscribed sets of moral laws, and potentially a sacrifice or two. There are plenty of organizations and cultures around the world that claim they adhere to a certain set of beliefs, but could adoration and a cult following for a technology firm be the next step? The University of British Columbia's Dr. Kirsten Bell believes that much of the aforementioned applies to Apple. After observing launch videos, and recently attending the iPad mini launch for TechNewsDaily, the social anthropologist said that Mac fandom has some strikingly similar parallels between a religion or...
  • City of Springfield out of options on Obama/Biden bill

    10/24/2012 12:30:40 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The State Journal-Register ^ | Oct 23, 2012 | DEANA STROISCH
    Springfield’s budget director says the city is out of options to be reimbursed for expenses associated with hosting then-Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign stop in the fall of 2008. “Short of suing the campaign, which isn’t really going to do anything — it would drag on forever — there’s really nothing we can do,” said Bill McCarty. “We’ve tried.” Obama introduced his running mate, Joe Biden, at the Old State Capitol in August 2008. About 160 police officers and nine civilians helped provide protection for Obama’s visit, according to an invoice from the city. Obama’s presidential campaign was sent a...
  • Chef Broke The Law By Cooking Healthy Food

    10/23/2012 9:06:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 23, 2012 | Jon Rappoport
    Annika Eriksson, a long-time Swedish chef revered for her school lunches, has been squelched. Has she made errors? Are her meals contaminated? Has the quality of her ingredients slipped? No, none of the above. The trouble stems purely from the fact that her meals are too good. Yes, you read that right. She’s exceeding expectations. She bakes fresh bread every day. She offers 15 different vegetables at lunchtime. She knows it pleases the students to have choices. This is her crime because, you see, other schools don’t have the same benefits in the Falun district in Sweden. (This is called...
  • UNC drops term ‘freshman’ in favor of ‘gender inclusive language’

    10/23/2012 8:29:59 AM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 32 replies
    The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has removed the word “freshman” from official university documents, citing as their reason an attempt to adopt more “gender inclusive language.” We are “committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community,” reads a statement administrators sent to Campus Reform on Wednesday.
  • The Passing of George McGovern: A Liberal Who Got Mugged

    10/22/2012 3:42:44 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 22 October 2012 16:11 | Bob Adelmann
    Monday, 22 October 2012 16:11 The Passing of George McGovern: A Liberal Who Got Mugged Written by Bob Adelmann George McGovern, known for his ultra-liberal stance on issues of his day, passed away on Sunday, October 21st, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at age 90. Active in promoting liberal programs almost from the first, McGovern was convinced that government could be used as an instrument to improve society, especially in providing food for the poor in America and around the world. He saw the American government and the United Nations as tools to promote sustenance for...
  • Hillary At Social Media Summit: "Anyone can be a Diplomat -- Just Hit Send!"

    10/22/2012 10:36:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10-22-12 | Penny Starr
    In a video address to the Social Good Summit in New York City on Sept. 22, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said technology makes it possible for “anyone” to be a diplomat. “We are living in a moment when anyone can be a diplomat,” Clinton said. “All you have to do is hit send.” The three-day summit was held during U.N. Week and was sponsored in part by the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking...
  • Philosopher, secular humanist and religion skeptic Paul Kurtz dies at 86 in New York

    10/22/2012 10:01:05 AM PDT · by Joseph Harrolds · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 22, 2012
    Paul Kurtz, who sought to debunk psychics, astrologers and anything related to the paranormal, has died. He was 86. The secular humanist philosopher died Saturday at his home in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst. His death was announced Monday by the Center for Inquiry, which he founded. His family isn't releasing the cause. Kurtz founded the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and The Skeptical Inquirer magazine, which advocates relying on science and reason to examine everything from alien sightings to homeopathic remedies. He also was a well-known voice for the idea that decisions and behavior should be guided by science and...
  • Argentina: How to Destroy a Rich Country

    10/22/2012 7:04:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/22/2012 | By Mike Konrad
    The next election may determine where America is headed -- to a restoration of its greatness, or to a retreat into the obsolescence of history. Before one casts a vote, an example stands before us of a country that made the wrong choice, warning us what to avoid. The country is Argentina, chiefly unknown to most Americans, apart from its creation of the tango . This ignorance on our part is inexcusable, since Argentina resembles an America that went awry. Argentina's are astounding. Argentina is a little less than half the size of continental United States, with a climate that...
  • Being pro-life doesn't make me any less of a lefty

    10/21/2012 8:22:45 PM PDT · by oneprolifewoman · 19 replies
    New Statesman ^ | Mehdi Hasan
    Listening to fellow pundits on the left react with rage and disbelief to the support by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, for halving the abortion time limit to 12 weeks, I was reminded of the late Christopher Hitchens. “[A]nyone who has ever seen a sonogram or has spent even an hour with a textbook on embryology knows that emotions are not the deciding factor [in abortions],” wrote the Hitch in his column for the Nation magazine in April 1989. “In order to terminate a pregnancy, you have to still a heartbeat, switch off a developing brain . . . break...
  • RYMB Romney you magnificent bastard, tear 'em up!(Vanity)

    10/21/2012 7:14:48 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 18 replies
    Good bottle of wine has me in a mood tonight! Let's go Ronmey, chew the fraud up!!