Photo USS Barry fires Tomahawk cruise missiles

USS Barry fires Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn

MEDITERANEAN SEA (March 19, 2011) Seen through night-vision lenses aboard amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15), the guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) fires Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. This was one of approximately 110 cruise missiles fired from U.S. and British ships and submarines that targeted about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

Odyssey Dawn

Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathanael Miller/Released)

From the Official U.S. Navy Imagery Photostream

How do you know that creationism is myth?

Question from Alan Wilson Coleman – “Is there any one point that causes you to know that creationism is myth?”

Why yes Alan, there sure is. You can mark that point at reason, common sense, and established scientific fact. You’ve heard of these? For example, I know for a fact that the earth is round rather than flat. It does not matter if there are groups of people who insist that the earth is flat still to this day.

In the same way, I know that the earth is not six thousand years old, despite the many mythologists who insist that it is. Any politician that is a young earth creationist does not have the psychological cahonas to hold political power.

In case you thought I was just being sarcastic: “The mission of the Flat Earth Society is to promote and initiate discussion of Flat Earth theory as well as archive Flat Earth literature.” http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/

creationism-150x150Along the same lines of thinking, we have the Creation Museum: “The state-of-the-art 70000 square foot Creation Museum brings the pages of the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form.” http://creationmuseum.org/

The earth is round, took more than six days to form, and is very old. If you refuse to recognize these facts, you are being willfully militantly ignorant. While science does not have all the answers, it most certainly has better answers than Bronze Age Mythology. And that is exactly what creationism is.

There is a long and well documented history of Christianity’s forced retreat back into the shadows at the hand of scientific discovery. The mythologists’ story begins in the Garden of Eden, does it not?  What had man done? He had eaten from the tree of knowledge! Translation: Science as original sin! What is the moral meme of the story? – “Man shall not know.”

As Nietzsche so elegantly wrote: “It is all over with priests and gods if man becomes scientific – Moral: science is the forbidden in itself – it alone is forbidden. Science is the first sin, the germ of all sin, original sin.”

The Vision Quest: From Jesus Christ to Jerry Garcia

StreetWisePundit’s MadCast Radio Political Podcast:

The Vision Quest – From Jesus Christ to Jerry Garcia

evangelicals-150x150Having a peak experience does not attest to the veracity of a doctrine. Peak experiences are universal events that are innate within the human psyche.

Some call these experiences of transcendence Enlightenment, some Nirvana, some Samadhi, and some the Holy Ghost.

The story depicted in the New Testament of Christ’s journey out into the wilderness is part of a long tradition of Yoga Science.

Wrong Trayvon Martin Photo on Facebook

Wrong Trayvon Martin Photo On Facebook

The neo-Nazis over at Stormfront were the first to start passing off this photo of one, “Trayvon Martin,” in an attempt to show that the now deceased Trayvon Martin was some sort of gangster. Judging from many of the comments, I guess some folks are literally attempting to justify a possible murder – on their way to church!

One small detail I must point out; this photo that is being passed around on Facebook and right-wing blogs, is NOT the same Trayvon Martin who was gunned down by George Zimmerman.

I’m just waiting for someone to tell me that, while the photo may be fake, the story is still true. Ugh… Conservatives have a way of never letting things like facts get in their way.

UPDATE 10:24 am: Breitbart.com blogger Dan Riehl has now admitted that “it doesn’t appear to be the same Trayvon Martin.”

Listen to these people:

“Oh look. We didn’t have to dig too deep for recent pics of Trayvon. Not the sweet, innocent 10 y.o. Trayvon the MSM’s shoving down our throats. Looks like T-von was nothing more than a skittles toting, punk-a$$ gangsta wannabe. Hmm. Funny we haven’t seen these pics plastered all over MSNBC and CNN yet…”

Jennifer Bias Woooooooah…he has a picture of himself in his boxers showing and *gasp* MIDDLE FINGERS TOO?! Oh noes! We’ve been hoodwinked! He definitely deserved to be shot for walking around in a neighborhood. /sarcasm. Seriously? This is all the other side can come up with? So sad.

Brien Bowers pretty much. There were also witnesses that saw him on top of the shooter beating on him. So. Where is that in the news? They post a pic of him when he was younger trying to make everyone feel sorry. Well might want to find out exactly what he was doing and what he was up to when he got shot.

Jennifer Bias Police told him not to engage him (not that I’m all for listening to the police, but this is common sense…if you see someone you don’t recognize and this is a “neighboorhood watch” scenerio, don’t take matters in your hands unless your life or property are in danger…911 call anybody?). You’re still talking about someone who was armed vs a kid who was not.

Jen G West He’s just a kid. Kids do lots of stupid stuff, they don’t deserve to die for it!

Gov. Rick Scott (R) Florida weighs in on Trayvon Martin’s death and reveals more about the state’s investigation.

As I posted earlier this week, Anderson Cooper did a very interesting segment on the George Zimmerman 911 call, and the possible racial slur. Gary Tuchman explores a crucial part of the 911 call George Zimmerman made to police before Trayvon Martin died.

While we’re on the subject, here’s a photo of Ron Paul with Don Black, founder of the neo-Nazi site Stormfront, at the Values Voter Presidential debate in Fort Lauderdale on September 17, 2007.

UPDATE 12:32 pm:

It gets even better: Dan Riehl makes a huge mistake in the post that I took a screenshot of below, in assuming the top photo to be the original – it’s not.  If you follow the link to the article at the Miami Herald, read the caption underneath the photo:.

A photo of Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie was used on banners and signs carried by protesters in New York City on March 21, 2012. MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES

Well, guess what? The photo Dan Riehl assumes to be “the original,” is actually a photograph of a low resolution copy of a picture on a protest sign.

Dana Loesch, ‘Photoshop Expert,’ on Trayvon Martin and the Miami Herald

Here’s Dana Loesch on her radio show employing some weapons-grade ignorance by blindly running with this false information, while actually accusing the Miami Herald of Photoshopping the photo! Wow! It’s not Photoshop, pictures of pictures of pictures, can alter color.

UPDATE 12:42 pm: Dan Riehl has posted a rebuttal to his critics:

“I pointed out that some media outlets appear to prefer using an image of Trayvon Martin that has been altered in a manner that makes him appear to be much lighter in skin color than he actually was. Said image has been enhanced to make him look so much lighter, even his facial features appear altered at that point.”

“…By seeming to prefer using a lighter image of Martin to further fuel the story line that he was a total innocent in the encounter and Zimmerman is guilty before all the facts are clear, my concern is that they feel that making Martin look less black in the eyes of the their readers, somehow makes him look less guilty of something.”

Mr. Dan Riehl is being quite disingenuous on several points: First, Dan Riehl is basing his altered image theory on pure speculation; speculation that is based on his FALSE premise that the top photo is the original, when in fact, it’s a photo of a photo of a photo – not the “original,” as Riehl claims in his post. Riehl clearly thinks the copied photo is the original, and closer to the actual color of Martin. Riehl never makes mention of this fact in his rebuttal. He offers zero as far as evidence to support his twisted theory that the photo has been altered to make him look more white.

Next, Dan Riehl speaks in foggy approximation, saying in one breath both that the media merely “prefer[ed]” using a lighter image, while at the same time claiming the image has been outright altered, as the title “AP Running Photoshopped Image Of Trayvon Martin” clearly states (The AP photo is the actual original). However, Dan fails to provide evidence to support his theory.

UPDATE 8:05 pm:

The mistaken Trayvon Martin photo that is being circulated online keeps growing; now Michelle Malkin’s ‘news’ site Twitchy, has posted the bogus FB photo

UPDATE 9:42 pm

Ok folks, just to put an end to this Trayvon Martin photo thingy. Here’s a screenshot of the neo-Nazi website Stormfront. They have been putting out fake quotes, photos, and information for many years. The latest is this Trayvon Martin photo that Stormfront posted – only it’s the wrong Trayvon Martin. It was then picked up by the big blogs like, Michelle Malkin, who later pulled the photo after discovering that it was fake. Still, many on the right are passing several versions of this fake photo like wildfire.

My conclusion thus far: Both sides are in full-blown crazy mode. On the left we have the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world, who, as Shelby Steele once said, make fortunes off of racism; they love racism, they roll around in racism, because… they smell the money.

Then, on the political-right we have a full spectrum of crazy, from outright racism, to a deluge of fake photos and false information. Meanwhile, neither you, nor I, nor anyone else has enough information on what happened before, in between, or during this incident to make a judgment call.

UPDATE 3/26/2012, 4:50 pm:

Some new details: Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin

While no one has enough details to make any definitive conclusions concerning what exactly happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, here’s what I think happened in general terms: Trayvon Martin was probably up to some sort of no-good and looked suspicious (i.e., a young man acting sheepishly). George Zimmerman, being an overzealous wannabe cop, engaged Trayvon Martin despite requests from 911 dispatch authorities NOT to follow Martin.

What Zimmerman said, we don’t know. He could have been screaming racial slurs at the top of his lungs, or, he could have just been following Martin – we just don’t know. Whatever Zimmerman did, apparently Martin responded by kicking Zimmerman’s ass. There are reports that Martin was pounding Zimmerman’s head off the ground. Zimmerman, being unable to physically gain the upper hand, shot and killed Martin.

The cool thing is, we can have this conversation without ever mentioning race. All we need are the facts of the case, access to the rule of law, and a proper sense of justice.

To claim that Zimmerman “had no right what so ever to shoot and kill” Martin, is to assume that no one has the right to kill – period. The most basic of human rights is the right of self-preservation, i.e., the right to self defense. To forfeit this right, is to forfeit all others.

Did Trayvon Martin’s shooter use slur in 911 tapes?

Did Trayvon Martin’s shooter use slur in 911 tapes?

Last night CNN’s Anderson Cooper did a very interesting segment on the George Zimmerman 911 call, and the possible racial slur. Gary Tuchman explores a crucial part of the 911 call George Zimmerman made to police before Trayvon Martin died.

Jeffrey Toobin explains why it’s significant to the case. A warning, some of the language you’ll hear is offensive. It’s uncensored because it is evidence, and bleeping it could make it even harder to hear anything.

White Guilt: Culture of Victimization

WHITE GUILT: CULTURE OF VICTIMIZATION

I’m a white guy, so I am not supposed to be making any observations or critiques concerning black culture. To do so would mean that I am a racist that hates black people. I’ll confess up front, in order to save my Liberal critics their valuable time. I do not like many aspects of the modern black victim culture. I find it to be destructive, uninspiring, and a major problem within our society. Please notice that I did not say I don’t like black people. I take people one on one, and I am speaking about certain aspects of a certain segment of black culture, and I am not making broad sweeping judgments concerning all black people or all of black culture.

What I am addressing is the culture of victimization. I am speaking about that segment of black culture that refuses to step off the plantation, and criticizes blacks that do as Uncle Toms, or “house niggers.” I notice that when a black person achieves success, it is said by some that they are not representative of the “true” black community. I see two different black communities in our society today. One where blacks have taken hold of all this great land has to offer, and one that continues to blame their situation on white people.

Shelby Steele, who is a black man, published a book earlier this year that I consider one of the best books I have read on this topic. The title is, White Guilt, how BLACKS and Whites Together DESTROYED the Promise of the Civil Rights Era. His insights cannot be easily brushed aside or discarded if you truly care about race relations.

While Shelby’s book focuses on the civil rights movement, the concept can be applied to any number of issues. The problems of Liberal philosophy, the worshiping of weakness, the victimization of people, and the valuing of diversity over excellence have the same outcomes no matter what issue they are applied to. Ideas are universal. Ideas have consequences.

The main thrust of his insight is that the slogan “black power” in reality has no power. What started out as a movement toward self empowerment turned into nothing more that pan handling off white guilt. Therefore it became disempowering, stifling, and divisive.

Shelby points out that in the beginning of the civil rights movement many whites were involved. That was until they were thrown out of the movement by black militants.

Shelby points out that for him, the only time he experiences racism is when he is around white Liberals who continually see him as a victim. These white Liberals believe that without their social programs, that continually lower the bar for blacks, poor Shelby would have never made it.

Shelby tells the following story that I think clearly shows the result of lowering standards rather than demanding excellence. It is in the heart of every man to be the best that they can be. Liberalism destroys people in their worshiping of weakness rather than propagating of excellence.

“If a young black boy cannot dribble well when he comes out to play basketball, no one will cast his problem as an injustice. No one will worry about his single-parent home, the legacy of slavery that still touches his life, or the inherent racial bias in a game invented by a white man. His deficiency will be allowed to be what it is- poor dribbling. And he will be told to “tighten his game,” which simply means to practice more. Very likely he will his peers will taunt him mercilessly, and even adults will give him no hugs to assuage his self-esteem. Very likely he will live through all this without the consultations of a father. Moreover, the standard of excellence for dribbling will be so high that many will not reach it and nothing less than virtuosity will satisfy it. When and if he meets this standard, he will be told “you bad” even by his competitors. This expression, of course, means its literal opposite: that he has as last earned entrée’ into a fraternity of nothing other than excellence. Surely he will feel proud of himself as a result.

But if this boy’s problem is reading or writing rather than basketball, white guilt will certainly prevent even a modified version of this natural human process from occurring. Career hungry academics will appear in his little world, and they will argue that his weaknesses reflect the circuitous workings of racism. His reading and writing problems will be seen to follow from countless racial and psychological determinism that make it impossible to ask that he and his family be fully responsible for overcoming these problems.

 

The boy will not be asked to truly work harder, nor will he be guided in the mastery of sentence structure, parts of speech, and verb tenses. No one will righteously insist that he speak correctly. Yet he will be an object of abstract compassion for everyone. And permeating his classroom, like a stalled weather pattern, will be a foggy academic relativism in which scholastic excellence is associated with elitism, and rote skill development with repression. Yet just beyond the window of his classroom, on the pockmarked basketball court with the nettles and bent hoop, another weather pattern prevails. On that court almost nothing is forgiven, and he will be “blamed” and held entirely responsible for all his deficiencies. And all through the torpor of the day structured to spare his feelings around reading, writing, and arithmetic, he will long to be on the other side of that window, where everything is asked of him.” Pg.66-67

Shelby gets to the heart of the problem of Liberal philosophy. Not only on the issue of race, but across the board. Liberalism is an attempt at de-hellenization. The universal value of excellence is a fundamental principle that dwells in the heart of all of humanity. It is this principle that Liberalism seeks to destroy. Liberalism is evil masked within the cloak of good intentions.

We can easily move from the issue of race in America to the war with radical Islam, and find the same flawed philosophy prevailing in the mind of Liberals. To Liberals, Muslims are victims and are not to blame for their violence any more than it is the fault of the young black student that he cannot read or write. American white supremacy is the cause of the violence in Iraq, and the cause of illiteracy within the black community.

The Pope puts forth the premise that religion should not be spread through force of violence, Muslims respond by acting like animals. Liberals give the Muslims a pass while condemning the Pope for his inflammatory words. Conservatives insist that people compete to bring out the best, Liberals lower standards producing even more illiteracy, then turn around and blame Aristotle.

When will radical Muslims ever be held to account for their actions? Why is it always someone else’s fault that people suffer? Even more important, when will Liberals awake to the fact that their philosophy causes more of that which it claims to alleviate?
Liberalism is a worldview that destroys whatever it touches no matter what the issue. Whether it is blacks in America, the environment, or Islam, the Liberal mind chooses to worship weakness, propagate victimization, and invert the reality of the nature of man. Shelby Steele has produced an excellent work that I highly recommend people of all political persuasions take the time to read and seriously contemplate. His insights might not be politically correct, but they are in alignment with reality.

Weiner Admits to Sending Twitter Weenie

Rep. Weiner has now admitted to sending the pictures. But he says he’s not going to resign. Many blogs were attacking Andrew Breitbart, including Little Green Footballs. Charles Johnson has refused to apologize for defending Weiner while helping to propagating the attacks upon Breitbart.

Rep. Weiner Admits to Online Relationships, Says He Won’t Resign

In a shocking press conference, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted to conducting online relationships with six women over the past three years, and that he did indeed tweet a photo of himself to a woman in Seattle. He says that his claims that his twitter was hacked were a “hugely regrettable mistake.” Weiner apologized to his wife, family and supporters and said that he had no intention of resigning.

From Charles’s Johnson’s LGF:

And I’ve been getting a flood of hate mail, much of it demanding that I “apologize” for something. So here’s my official response to this demand:

Not a freaking chance. If Weiner admits to sending the pictures in question, I’ll be surprised and disappointed, but I’m never going to apologize for calling it as I see it.

And I’m certainly never going to apologize for pointing out that Andrew Breitbart is a sleazy fraudster, with a well-documented and very tawdry history of deception.

UPDATE: Here’s some of Johnson’s comments from his own blog:

This first comment, from an LGF reader, will give you an idea of how sure Charles was that Weiner was innocent.

119 Zathras
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 1:22:46pm
re: #55 Charles
Perhaps Weiner’s people are giving Breitbart the rope he needs to hang himself?

55 Charles
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 1:11:54pm
Rarely have I felt this disgusted. Why are Weiner’s people letting Breitbart do this? Tell that clown to get away from the mic. [Because he was correct Charles]

72 Charles
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 1:14:35pm
Nope – Weiner did schedule the conference, and he’s reportedly about to speak.

155 Charles
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 1:26:18pm
Well, he’s copping to it. Game over. [Yes Charles, your game is over]

This is classic! A reader mentions that Charles was wrong about his yfrog theory, and Johnson has the balls to tell the reader, “you don’t know what you’re talking about.”… Ug… Charles will now start deleting people like crazy – just watch!

457 Charles
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 2:02:29pm
re: #448 Buck
Except for the part that it is easy to find out the yfrog email address.
No, Buck. That was absolutely true. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

596 Charles
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 2:33:04pm
So when is Andrew Breitbart going to apologize to Shirley Sherrod for trying to destroy her reputation with a fraudulent video? [The same time you come clean about running with a false story]

Was Hitler A Christian?

Note: All of the quotes below come from my personal books and are not copy and paste from some other blog. Please feel free to use them, for they are not mine, but- a link back would sure be appreciated. Thanks, Madcap:>)

The short answer is no, Hitler thought Christianity to be an “absurdity.” But, Darwinism did indeed find a home in the thinking of the Nazis. Eric Voegelin describes Hitler as mixing the thoughts of Heraclitus with those of Social Darwinism, even though the ideas are in conflict. From Voegelin:

“Now the absurdities a Hitler struggles with here, and which continually arise in the debate on such questions-even among very famous men-are not new. Rather it is a problem that Plato treated fully in the dialogue on the sophists, the Gorgias, where he also deals with the representatives of the right of the stronger.” Voegelin, Hitler and the Germans, p. 146

Albert Einstein“Being a lover of freedom, when the (Nazi) revolution came, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks…

Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.”

Arthur C. Cochrane, The Church’s Confession under Hitler(Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1962), pp.40, 108,

Hitler:
“You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion.Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?”
Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich,p. 115

Hitler:
“The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science… All that is left is to prove that in nature there is no frontier between the organic and the inorganic.[so,final reduction to the material basis.] When understanding of the universe[as something caused materially.] has become widespread, when the majority of men know that the stars are not sources of light, but worlds, perhaps inhabited worlds like ours, the the Christian doctrine will be convicted of absurdity. The man who lives in communion with nature necessarily finds himself in opposition to the Churches, and that’s why they’re heading for ruin-for science is bound to win.” Voegelin, Hitler and the Germans, pp.124-125

In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote:

“Everyone who believes in the higher evolution of living organisms must admit that every manifestation of the vital urge and struggle to live must have had a definite beginning in time and that one subject alone must have manifested it for the first time. It was then repeated again and again; and the practice of it spread over a widening area, until finally it passed into the subconscious of every member of the species, where it manifested itself as instinct.”

Hitler found in Darwin the scientific justification for the extermination of the Jews. He did not find it in Christianity, for he found that the, “heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity.” From Table Talk, night of July 11-12, 1941, pp. 6-7

Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy

The Occult Conspiracy, is an English language documentary regarding the occult influences and history of the Nazi Era, (pre, during and post) in Germany. New evidence has suggested that Nazism was not just a political movement but an occult religion with Hitler as the Messiah

Hitler’s Public Propaganda

The following quote is often used to claim that Hitler was a Christian. In light of all the evidence it is obvious that statements such as these are far more rethoric than an embrace of Christian teaching.

“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before in the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice…. And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people…. When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom to-day this poor people is plundered and exploited.

-Adolf Hitler, in his speech in Munich on 12 April 1922

Video: Want to Help Kill Minorities? Planned Parenthood Will Accommodate You

This is an exposé on YouTube’s banning of the Planned Parenthood Exposed video!

Using abortion as a form of birth control is just not right. This is a great video that uncovers the truth about the racist history and motivation behind Planned Parenthood. Pay special attention as to how YouTube attempted to ban this video….

Video: TSA – New Jersey Legislators Take on the TSA

New Jersey Legislators Take on the TSA

Outstanding job ACLU! These machines should be used on people that are suspicious, that have become questionable characters, not everyone. See, sometimes even liberals can do good. “-)

Also, while I do not go along with Alex Jones and his many conspiracy theories, credit should be given to him, and Matt Drudge,  for bringing this issue into the public spotlight.

Senator Michael J. Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren) and Senator James Beach (D-Camden) today announced they will present resolutions to the Senate and Assembly calling on the U.S. Congress to end TSA screening procedures requiring full body scans and pat downs at U.S. airports Their action comes in response to widespread concerns over privacy and radiation, as well as reports of inappropriate conduct by TSA agents during the screening process.