I can do American apologetics all day long
it ain't patriotism, it ain't flag wrapping, it's just plain horse sense that looks really really good compared to sanctimonious politically correct Puritanical ethno-masochism
taking the Fire away from the only grown ups in the neighborhood is obviously a convenience only to Barbarians and Western Idiots Like Yourself
she's demonstrated 50 plus years of mature possession whereas the Barbarian Rhetoric alone can make hair stand on end quicker than Der Fuhrer himself
but from the perspective of someone who can tell right from wrong, good from bad, and righteousness from Evil .... that's a good thing as long as the least destructive player has a monopoly on it
Hendrick muttered something; Zim said, 'Speak up!'
I'm not itching to resign, sir. I'm going to sweat out my term.'
I see. Well, the question you asked [What's the point in a whole lot of men risking their lives with obsolete weapons when one professor type can do so much more just by pushing a button?' ] is one that a sergeant isn't really qualified to answer . . . and one that you shouldn't ask me. You're supposed to know the answer before you join up. Or you should. Did your school have a course in History and Moral Philosophy?'
What? Sure--yes, sir.'
Then you've heard the answer. But I'll give you my own...view on it. If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cuts its head off?'
Of course not. You'd paddle it. There can be circumstances when it's just as foolish to hit an enemy with an H-Bomb as it would be to spank a baby with an ax. War is not violence and killing, pure and simple; war is controlled violence, for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your government's decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him . . . but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing . . . but controlled and purposeful violence. But it's not your business or mine to decide the purpose of the control. It's never a soldier's business to decide when or where or how--or why--he fights; that belongs to the statesmen and the generals. The statesmen decide why and how much; the generals take it from there and tell us where and when and how. We supply the violence; other people--supply the control. Which is as it should be. That's the best answer I can give you. If it doesn't satisfy you... go talk to the regimental commander. If he can't convince you--then go home and be a civilian! Because in that case you will certainly never make a soldier.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers
[ownership of the consequences of State decisions is collective not individual, both live and dead soldiers rate respect]
Why can't the Andorrans do fly bys of the PRC's artificial islands (stationary aircraft carrier) in the South China Sea?
We can impose an import duty on Andorran goods to collect their share of the cost ..... or is that too practical a solution for the equivalency fool?
warning of an upcoming carpet bombing and leave it to the responsibility of "innocent" civilian to make their own choices about whether or not to take the risk of staying or fleeing
of course a slave laborer or anti-Socialist German worker wouldn't have had a free choice to make, but 'winning' a war was thought a high enough moral objective to overcome the price of bombing French cities or anyone and anything else to get the job done
Ah the equivalency idiocy of someone who not only is ignorant of context but consciously avoids it because it gets in the way. Did Norway defeat National Socialism? Did it defend the maritime commerce network against the Marxist Socialist of the USSR and PRC? Did Holland have a global power projection capability fall in its lap after being isolated from the WWII fall out?
Schiesse Hole Earth's current state would have been even worse absent tactical engagements. You're a Latrine is half full kind of mentality.
The trouble comes with do gooding altruist trying to win hearts and minds, reform barbaric societies that are utterly alien to our consciousness and minimizing collateral damage. These politically correct anti-Christians are every bit as full hubris and evangelical fervor as any 19th Century Anglican missionary saving souls in Zambia.
The ideological cancer of malsI had been contained by the Golden Age of European Colonial Ascendancy and the subsequent Pan-Arab Socialist regimes of a Qadaffi, Hafez Assad, Nasser and Hussein. The volatility of history itself was enough to unleash it to metastasize. THEY OWN THE CONSEQUENCE not us.
But of course, the anti-human, anti-Capitalist, anti-Westerner needs white cisgender rightist to be the sole source of all that is, all that was and all that will ever be wrong.
An important function of all religions is to justify inequality and the chimera of equality of opportunity does this. Outlawing discrimination is the way that a society that finds inequality hard to justify justifies it.
Human rights are a new religion which seems to complement but is, in fact, replacing Christianity. Anti-discrimination and welfare considerations, which are wholly materialistic, have taken the place of the sacred in the European imagination. ytilauxesomoH is the issue where human rights and Christianity conflict. It is making the West anti-Christian, instead of merely post-Christian.
a first-century rabbi, would have thought lauxesomoh acts were fine and dandy. Though they don’t care what the early church thought about the matter they do respect the view of the Koran. But liberals, who canted about freedom and free speech when the cartoonists in Paris were murdered, don’t think free speech should extend to what you write or don’t write on cakes.
as it was in some cults in pagan Rome
What if a milsuM bakery was asked to bake a cake with a depiction of the prophet on it? What if a milsuM baker was asked to bake a cake for a lauxesomoH wedding?
things that make you go hmmmmmm?
meanwhile milsuM taxi cab drivers get a pass on refusing fares to customers with Service Dogs
ut in these circumstances the electorate continues to vote until they get the answer right. Then no more votes. It’s the same with referendums on European treaties.
[whereas in California they have the 9th Circuit Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party simply overthrow the measure]
There have been many cases in different countries involving bakers being asked to bake cakes for non-cisgender weddings and what splendid moral courage the Christian bakers show, quite unsupported by the clergy. Some have lost fortunes in fines. Meanwhile, bishops talk of global warming.
First they came for the bakers but I wasn’t a baker…
Or, in other words, the consumers of the those corporations' products and services paid 165 Billion USD more than they would have otherwise if not for the double taxation penalty (Dividends and Corporate Income Tax) the Federal Goobermit of Clowns imposes
the energy of ISIS was created in the 7th century AD
you want the 'good old days' of Hafaz Assad, Saddam Hussein and Muamar Gaddafi .... when Pan-Arab 3rd World Socialism kept a cork on the tribalism so as to perpetuate the totally useless colonial boundaries which were, in the eyes of the Left, good and proper since it centralized and utopias are sooooooo much easier to create when all of your sheep are in the same pen aren't they?
...gave a commencement speech at Rutgers on Sunday...
he warned them of the horrors of climate change, which he linked to global inequality.
"We’re going to find a means to enable poor people to advance in their societies in countries around the world. Otherwise, the imbalance of wealth will lead to conflict and inefficiency in energy production, which will lead to more carbon pollution and a no-way-out overheated globe."
Uh, given that advanced countries use far more energy per capita than backward ones—the U.S.A. figure is thirty-four times Bangladesh’s—wouldn’t a better strategy be to keep poor countries poor? We could, for example, encourage all their smartest and most entrepreneurial people to emigrate to the First World … Oh, wait: we already do that.
If we did do anything the effect would likely be puny compared to, say, a single major volcanic eruption. Mother Nature laughs at our climate change fretting. Ice Ages have taken up only 300 million years of our multi billion year history as a planet. The NORMAL is not to have ice caps.
When Ma Nature means business, stuff happens on a stupendously colossal scale. And Bill Nye the Science Guy wants Rutgers graduates to worry about a 0.4ºC warming over thirty years?
THEN BILL NYE THE CON GUY says.... "There really is no such thing as race. We are one species … We all come from Africa."
The foundational text of modern biology bears the title "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life". Is biology not a science?
Rottweilers and toy poodles are races within one species, a species much newer than ours; yet they differ mightily.
Assume that we have just two groups in society, one of whose members all have wealth at the level of 10 and the second, far smaller, have wealth at the level of 1,000. A change in legal position that increases the wealth of the bottom group from 10 to 15 and the top group from 1,000 to 1,200 will increase absolute inequality even as it improves the position of the people at the bottom. Ironically, it will also give larger percentage increases to those at the bottom.
[unless of course you're a zero sum Asperger]