Since Feb 23, 1998
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past - F. Scott Fitzgerald(last line of Gatsby)
We are socialists, we are the enemies of the capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with it's unfair salaries, with it's unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions. - A. Hitler May 1 1927
Life is a business that doesn't cover the costs - Schopenhauer
People ask, Why is there poverty in the world? Its a silly question. Poverty is the default human condition. It is the factory preset of this mortal coil. ― Jonah Goldberg
"When you blame others, you give up your power to change. " Robert Anthony
"You can evade reality, but you can't evade the consequences of evading reality." -- Ayn Rand
In a slum an exploiter is better than a Santa Claus An exploiter forces you to react, whereas a Santa Claus demobilizes you. Max Loeb
Margret Thatcher said, The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money."
The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken
Only government can take a valuable commodity like paper, add ink to it, and make it worthless. Milton Friedman.
"When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both." James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union
"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus
"A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own." -
"Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus." -- Michael Crichton
As Winston Churchill once put it: Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
Heres what C.S. Lewis said about people like Obama:
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
"What we see happening in France and across Europe are the devastating effects of the welfare state. We see a citizenry whose work ethic, morals, power of reason, and grasp on reality have been grievously damaged. They balk at hard work, yet they want to enjoy lives of plenty and ease. Their governments are bankrupt, but they still keep demanding benefits that are impossible to deliver. And while they refuse to engage in hard labor themselves, they see nothing wrong with living at someone else's expense." http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/the_curse_of_the_welfare_state.html The curse of the Welfare State. Vasko Kohlmayer
"These ideas," Don Boudreaux(George Mason University economist) says, "are almost exclusively about how other people should live their lives. These are ideas about how one group of people (the politically successful) should engineer everyone else's contracts, social relations, diets, habits, and even moral sentiments." Liberalism's ideas are "about replacing an unimaginably large multitude of diverse and competing ideas . . . with a relatively paltry set of 'Big Ideas' that are politically selected, centrally imposed, and enforced by government, not by the natural give, take and compromise of the everyday interactions of millions of people."
When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion. C.P. Snow
"Europeans have sacrificed the values and beliefs that ensure survival for comfort and pleasure, a trade-off that can end only in extinction." Bruce Thornton
"If some people had wings and others didn't, and the government wanted to enforce "fairness," soon no one would have wings. Because wings cannot be redistributed, they can only be broken. Likewise, a government edict cannot make people smarter or more capable, but it can impede the growth of those with the potential. Wouldn't it be fair if, in the name of equality, we scar the beautiful, cripple the athletes, lobotomize the scientists, blind the artists, and sever the hands of the musicians? Why not?" Oleg Atbashian
Multiculturalism is a form of political and historical ignorance. Victor Davis Hanson
The elderly have ceased to be human beings and have been turned into a line item in the government budget. Freeper Palmetto Patriot Feb 14/11
Come what may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day. Macbeth
Milton Friedman called the minimum wage a monument to the power of superficial thinking.
Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. -Daniel Webster
"Never in the history of man have we had an object(smartphone) that simultaneously connects us to the world and makes unaware of our surroundings." - deadrock Oct9/13
"Affording 'rights' to those dedicated to ending your way of life(and life) is martyrdom." deadrock
Political correctness has neutralized fight and flight in the western world. - deadrock Aug 30/2014
To: Tailgunner Joe
If you like your plan, you can keep it. That is not a lie. However, it isn't
Oslamas fault that your insurance company cancels your plan. That is the fault of Big Insurance.
12 posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 10:32:00 PM by deadrock (I am someone else.)
I'm just stating what the King will be saying in his defense about keeping your insurance.
19 posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 10:52:02 PM by deadrock (I am someone else.)
THREE DAYS LATER, THE WHITE HOUSE LIES EVOLVE AS I PREDICTED:
Valerie Jarrett ✔ @vj44
FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.
7:07 PM - 28 Oct 2013
AND NOW, A MESSAGE OF TOLERANCE AND PEACE.
Quran (8:12) - I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them
Quran (2:191-193) - And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun(the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.) (Translation is from the Noble Quran) The verse prior to this (190) refers to fighting for the cause of Allah those who fight you leading some to believe that the entire passage refers to a defensive war in which Muslims are defending their homes and families. The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, however, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). Verse 190 thus means to fight those who offer resistance to Allahs rule (ie. Muslim conquest). The use of the word persecution by some Muslim translators is disingenuous (the actual Arabic words for persecution - idtihad - and oppression - a variation of z-l-m - do not appear in the verse). The word used instead, fitna, can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. This is certainly what is meant in this context since the violence is explicitly commissioned until religion is for Allah - ie. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.
Quran (2:244) - Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.
Quran (2:216) - Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not. Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot.
Quran (3:56) - As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.
Quran (3:151) - Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority. This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (ie. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be joining companions to Allah).
Quran (4:74) - Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward. The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for todays suicide bombers.
Quran (4:76) - Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah
Quran (4:89) - They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.
Quran (4:95) - Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home).Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward This passage criticizes peaceful Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allahs eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that Jihad doesnt mean holy war in the Quran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is this Arabic word (mujahiduna) used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind mans protest that he is unable to engage in Jihad, which would not make sense if it meant an internal struggle).
Quran (4:104) - And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain... Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?
Quran (5:33) - The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement
Quran (8:15) - O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journeys end.
Quran (8:39) - And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah Some translations interpret fitna as persecution, but the traditional understanding of this word is not supported by the historical context (See notes for 2:193). The Meccans were simply refusing Muhammad access to their city during Haj. Other Muslims were allowed to travel there - just not as an armed group, since Muhammad had declared war on Mecca prior to his eviction. The Meccans were also acting in defense of their religion, since it was Muhammads intention to destroy their idols and establish Islam by force (which he later did). Hence the critical part of this verse is to fight until religion is only for Allah, meaning that the true justification of violence was the unbelief of the opposition. According to the Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that Allah must have no rivals.
Quran (8:57) - If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.
Quran (8:67) - It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land...
Quran (8:59-60) - And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allahs Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape. Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy.
Quran (8:65) - O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight...
Quran (9:5) - So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them. According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among the religions Five Pillars). This popular claim that the Quran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack. Had they been, then there would have been no waiting period (earlier verses make it a duty for Muslims to fight in self-defense, even during the sacred months). The historical context is Mecca after the idolaters were subjugated by Muhammad and posed no threat. Once the Muslims had power, they violently evicted those unbelievers who would not convert.
Quran (9:14) - Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people. Humiliating and hurting non-believers not only has the blessing of Allah, but it is ordered as a means of carrying out his punishment and even healing the hearts of Muslims.
Quran (9:20) - Those who believe, and have left their homes and striven with their wealth and their lives in Allahs way are of much greater worth in Allahs sight. These are they who are triumphant. The Arabic word interpreted as striving in this verse is the same root as Jihad. The context is obviously holy war.
Quran (9:29) - Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. People of the Book refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. Verse 9:33 tells Muslims that Allah has charted them to make Islam superior over all religions. This chapter was one of the final revelations from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammads companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.
Quran (9:30) - And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!
Quran (9:38-39) - O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place. This is a warning to those who refuse to fight, that they will be punished with Hell.
Quran (9:41) - Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah! That is best for you if ye but knew. See also the verse that follows (9:42) - If there had been immediate gain (in sight), and the journey easy, they would (all) without doubt have followed thee, but the distance was long, (and weighed) on them This contradicts the myth that Muslims are to fight only in self-defense, since the wording implies that battle will be waged a long distance from home (in another country and on Christian soil, in this case, according to the historians).
Quran (9:73) - O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination. Dehumanizing those who reject Islam, by reminding Muslims that unbelievers are merely firewood for Hell, makes it easier to justify slaughter. It also explains why todays devout Muslims have little regard for those outside the faith.
Quran (9:88) - But the Messenger, and those who believe with him, strive and fight with their wealth and their persons: for them are (all) good things: and it is they who will prosper.
Quran (9:111) - Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme. How does the Quran define a true believer?
Quran (9:123) - O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.
Quran (17:16) - And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction. Note that the crime is moral transgression, and the punishment is utter destruction. (Before ordering the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden first issued Americans an invitation to Islam).
Quran (18:65-81) - This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with special knowledge who does things which dont seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason (74). However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would grieve his parents by disobedience and ingratitude. He was killed so that Allah could provide them a better son. [Note: This parable along with verse 58:22 is a major reason that honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring (o.1.12).]
Quran (21:44) - We gave the good things of this life to these men and their fathers until the period grew long for them; See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? Is it then they who will win?
Quran (25:52) - Therefore listen not to the Unbelievers, but strive against them with the utmost strenuousness... Strive against is Jihad - obviously not in the personal context. Its also significant to point out that this is a Meccan verse.
Quran (33:60-62) - If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter. This passage sanctions the slaughter (rendered merciless and horrible murder in other translations) against three groups: Hypocrites (Muslims who refuse to fight in the way of Allah (3:167) and hence dont act as Muslims should), those with diseased hearts (which include Jews and Christians 5:51-52), and alarmists or agitators who include those who merely speak out against Islam, according to Muhammads biographers. It is worth noting that the victims are to be sought out by Muslims, which is what todays terrorists do. If this passage is meant merely to apply to the city of Medina, then it is unclear why it is included in Allahs eternal word to Muslim generations.
Quran (47:3-4) - Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord... So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allahs Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives)... If it had been Allahs Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost. Those who reject Allah are to be killed in Jihad. The wounded are to be held captive for ransom. The only reason Allah doesnt do the dirty work himself is to to test the faithfulness of Muslims. Those who kill pass the test.
Quran (47:35) - Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: have the upper hand) for Allah is with you,
Quran (48:17) - There is no blame for the blind, nor is there blame for the lame, nor is there blame for the sick (that they go not forth to war). And whoso obeyeth Allah and His messenger, He will make him enter Gardens underneath which rivers flow; and whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom. Contemporary apologists sometimes claim that Jihad means spiritual struggle. Is so, then why are the blind, lame and sick exempted? This verse also says that those who do not fight will suffer torment in hell.
Quran (48:29) - Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves Islam is not about treating everyone equally. This verse tells Muslims that there are two very distinct standards that are applied based on religious status. Also the word used for hard or ruthless in this verse shares the same root as the word translated as painful or severe to describe Hell in over 25 other verses including 65:10, 40:46 and 50:26..
Quran (61:4) - Surely Allah loves those who fight in His cause Religion of Peace, indeed! The verse explicitly refers to rows or battle array, meaning that it is speaking of physical conflict. This is followed by (61:9), which defines the cause: He it is who has sent His Messenger (Mohammed) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) to make it victorious over all religions even though the infidels may resist. (See next verse, below). Infidels who resist Islamic rule are to be fought.
Quran (61:10-12) - O You who believe! Shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful torment. That you believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and that you strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives, that will be better for you, if you but know! (If you do so) He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, and pleasant dwelling in Gardens ofAdn- Eternity [Adn(Edn) Paradise], that is indeed the great success. This verse refers to physical battle in order to make Islam victorious over other religions (see verse 9). It uses the Arabic root for the word Jihad.
Quran (66:9) - O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be stern with them. Hell will be their home, a hapless journeys end. The root word of Jihad is used again here. The context is clearly holy war, and the scope of violence is broadened to include hypocrites - those who call themselves Muslims but do not act as such. Other verses calling Muslims to Jihad can be found here at AnsweringIslam.org