....D-California (LA, etc), Taiwan-born, colonel in the Air Force Reserve - JAG, proud anti-Trump Progressive...
who is a cookie-cutter progressive idiot wallowing in sins that are affront the Church and a stain on his immortal soul, DARED the Church, and by extension Our Father who art in Heaven, to punish him for his various political stances he values over his faith and which are directly contrary to the Word.
This is AGGRESSIVELY stupid and anti-Christian. Literally shameful. And people let him know, by the hundreds.
But noted Catholic conservative writer Emily Zannoti REALLY handed it to him, with simple stated plain truth.
And from my own observations places that are full of people like Ted Lieu such as the Middle East, North Africa are seeing death on a massive scale via terrorist attacks, no vaccine there yet for COVID, but the death is creeping closer and closer to places where Ted is that are run by Dims such as Chicago, and numerous recent mass shootings all over never seen before here in this country in 2021 because of corruption also never before seen here by the party in power (the Dims headed by his fraudulency Biden) it is ALREADY getting dangerous for you here Ted. Your prayers for deliverance will not be Heard when the time comes, Ted.
A girl I dated in 1965 took me to meet her priest. He checked my school records at ST. John of the Cross from 1945-1948 and told her I never made my first Holy Communion and that I was not a practicing catholic.
[AmericanThinker] Critical Race Theory opponents are the new Tea Party, a grassroots phenomenon all over the country, mobilizing both activists and people with political background at all to oppose the teaching of race-hatred. There is nothing quite as powerful in exciting passions in adults as a threatening their children. And make no mistake: Critical Race Theory harms children deeply, teaching Blacks that they are victims and can't succeed on their own, and teaching non-Blacks that they are born evil.
Watch this parent absolutely obliterate Critical Race Theory at an Illinois school board meeting:
[PJMedia] Voddie Baucham Jr., a well-regarded author, Christian intellectual, and pastor, might have ended up a statistic. Raised by a single mother in South Central Los Angeles, which was then in the throes of the crack epidemic, Baucham could very well have been just another tragedy in a long line of sad stories about kids who grow up in the hood, fatherless and hopeless. Critical race theory proponents, who have infiltrated nearly every aspect of our culture, would say that no one could blame Baucham if he’d ended up jobless, homeless, or in prison. The movement—which sorts all humans according to their immutable characteristics and ranks them in hierarchies of oppression or victimhood—would claim that Baucham was born a victim simply by virtue of his skin color.
Instead, he became a standout Division I football player and went on to earn a pile of degrees that space does not permit me to list. He’s written scores of books, pastored a church, and is currently dean of the School of Divinity at African Christian University in Zambia. His new book, Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe (Salem/Regnery), is not only a repudiation of Marxist critical justice theory, but also a warning to the church about the growing divide between two Christian camps: one that relies wholly on scripture as a source of truth, and a second that relies on a dangerous, unbiblical ideology—one that Baucham calls a cult (more on that in a moment).
Baucham defines and explains critical justice theory—a broader term that encompasses more than just race—by prodigiously citing the writings of its proponents, using an earthquake as a metaphor for the "seismic shifts in the evangelical landscape," a fault line, if you will. From the very first chapter of this excellent book—a must-read for anyone who wants to understand critical justice theory—Baucham insists that ethnic tensions are not the problem, nor are political divisions. Rather, the problem is social justice versus biblical justice, the former being "incompatible with biblical Christianity."
Mr. Baucham is a bit out there for my taste, but he clearly knows whereof he speaks on this subject, and deserves full respect for pulling himself up by his bootstraps instead of letting the common excuses drown him.
Jack McDevitt is well known to fans of science fiction novels that use the human race’s spread across the galaxy as the backdrop for adventure. One of McDevitt’s series of books is the Alex Benedict stories. It’s said that Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek series was "Wagontrain to the stars," and it’s fair to consider the Benedict books as "Jim Rockford travels the galaxy."
Alex is an antiquities dealer, and in the year 11,000 (by our time, not theirs, as our calendar is one more lost antiquity in these stories), there are a lot more antiquities out there to find, recover and sell. Alex loves a mystery and he brings that hunger to his work. Mankind is spread out over portions of the Milky Way, encountering new opportunities, new problems, and finally, intelligent galactic neighbors, a telepathic, not entirely friendly race known to most humans as "the Mutes." In the distant future, much of the distant past has been lost. At one point, Alex muses "Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what Lincoln looked like? What his voice was like?" This is a jolt for the reader, realizing that history we consider well known now can be lost in the future.
Alex’s right hand is superluminal pilot Chase Kolpath. It turns out human women have a physiological advantage over men at flying faster than light ships and Chase handles the Artificial Intelligence equipped Belle-Marie like she was born to it. As her mother was also an FTL pilot, maybe Chase was born to it. In one episode, Chase is flying a different ship and the AI tells her, "You are the only human I have ever met that makes me wish that perhaps I was human myself." The issue of whether AIs are being treated by humans as second class citizens is a recurrent theme in these stories, and in one case, Belle takes control of the situation in a HAL like manner that leads to historic changes in how most humans view and interact with AIs.
In their adventures, Alex and Chase recover the legendary space warrior Christopher Sim’s flagship (A Talent for War), unravel the disappearance of the FTL space yacht Polaris (Polaris) and help rescue the interstellar Capella, a ship lost for years in hyperspace after an experiment gone wrong (Coming Home). In this amazing future, politics and media shenanigans are all too familiar. The human race has broken the speed of light and learned to interact with non-human intelligence, but still needs to gossip, connive and make costly mistakes. At every step, it’s Alex’s idealism and urge to solve a mystery focused by Chase’s practicality and savvy piloting that moves the stories along.
If I have any complaint about these books, it’s that the supporting characters are often drawn a little thinly. The other side of that coin is the interactions between the humans and the Mutes are at times spine tingling. The concept of a species that can read our minds is unsettling and provocative in McDevitt’s presentation. The Mutes are not confused or tormented by the mental hubbub around them. They have it totally under control. Still, they can’t best their human counterparts.
The recurrent characters are all well fleshed out and drive the stories effectively.
In the end, you want to root for Alex and Chase just as you want to root for the crew of the Enterprise. I think that’s what any healthy sci-fi reader hopes for from our future selves in a hostile galaxy. I know it’s what I want from the sci-fi I’m willing to read. I’d like to visit Skydeck and take a trip on the Belle-Marie myself.
Jack McDevitt has written more than 20 science fiction novels and dozens of short stories. His other big series is the Pricilla Hutchence books. He’s a repeat Nebula Award winner.
[Spectator] In his motion for a new trial, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, through his attorney Eric Nelson, made an obvious point. Quoting case law, Nelson reminded the court of "the prosecutor's inherently unique role in the criminal justice system, which mandates that the prosecutor not act as a zealous advocate for criminal punishment, but as the representative of the people in an effort to seek justice."
Had the State prosecutors set out to honor this mandate and seek justice, they would not have presented the medical evidence they did. In fact, they would not have charged Derek Chauvin with second-degree murder or charged his colleagues as accomplices.
Prosecutors knew they had a problem. To make the murder charge stick in the Chauvin case, they had to secure an "asphyxia" diagnosis from a physician.
If justice were the goal, prosecutors would have taken two critical steps to assure that the medical testimony supported the charge of murder. The first was to run a controlled experiment to see if Chauvin's actions could possibly have resulted in the death of George Floyd. The second was to make the court and the defense aware of the potential compromise of its star medical witness, Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker.
Dr. John Dunn did run such an experiment, and he made a video of the same. Dr. Dunn comes well credentialed. He is a former member and chair of the medico-legal committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians, board certified in legal medicine, and co-author with a pathologist of a chapter on forensics for a text published by the American College of Legal Medicine. He has followed the case from the beginning, studied the videos, and reviewed Floyd's autopsy report.
Thanks Badanov. Certainly I had learned the most of it, but a wonderful diversion and excellent refresher. Stressful family times around Casa Cesare these days and I sure appreciate the chance to leave it behind for a bit.
[American Thinker] There are three types of "science" -- good science, bad science, and political science. Perhaps some of the recent confusion and conflict occurs when rational, ethical, and honest people assume others use good science when, instead, dishonest and nefarious people often use bad science or political science.
During the recent COVID outbreak we have repeatedly been told to follow their "science" and trust the experts even though their science changes at a rapid pace. COVID came from bat soup. COVID may have leaked from a lab. "Classified report with early support for lab leak theory." Wear masks. Masks are not effective. Reports and revisions; more reports and more revisions ad nauseam.
If we ignore bad science and political science, perhaps we can see how the gullible are deceived about COVID and many things associated with it. But how could so many Americans be so gullible? We know that, as Lincoln reputedly said, "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." But are there tactics that allow you to fool most of the people most of the time?
What if there were a well-established body of science for brainwashing and well-established techniques to achieve predictable results? The CIA believed it was possible, when it developed Project MKUltra in the 1960s, to discover ways to brainwash people. Merely mentioning MKUltra sounds like a tinfoil hat conspiracy theory but the fact is that the project did exist.
Taxpayers funded the research as a national security issue. As the Smithsonian Magazine explained, in 1950, journalist Edward Hunter coined the term "brainwashing" to describe the way in which Chinese people were turned into mindless Communist Party members. The term became common currency in 1953 as the American military men held captive in Korea began confessing to all sorts of crimes against humanity, and "5,000 of the 7,200 POWs either petitioned the U.S. government to end the war or signed confessions of their alleged crimes. The final blow came when 21 American soldiers refused repatriation."
Brainwashing was now seen as a national security priority. Indeed, the same Edward Hunter who coined the phrase, was a propaganda specialist working for the CIA, as he admitted in congressional testimony:
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.