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Blacks and Guns

Please read this:

Yet Vernon believes that African-Americans, of all people, should embrace the right to bear arms, even if they don’t want to carry a gun themselves. “Black people have been programmed to think that self-defense, our defense, is someone else’s responsibility—that good, honest, decent black people have nothing to do with guns, because guns are for white folks, police, and black criminals. I find it to be an absurd notion. The vast majority of gun laws in America have been aimed at trying to disarm black people.”

Education is key to overcoming the fear of the unknown.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Historical Reasons for Ukraine’s Current Crisis

As part of a discussion on Facebook regarding the current events in Ukraine, one person commented,

I don’t even understand why these violent protests are occurring. Is it truly just because of the president’s refusal to join the EU? Images like the ones I’ve been seeing usually come from countries with starvation and government death squads. Is there some other motivation behind these riots that is being concealed?

I lived in Ukraine for two years and have been following the news with interest, just as I did the news of the Orange Revolution in 2004. My response to this comment was as follows:

[Please] do a quick review of Ukrainian history from 900 A.D. to present and you’ll see why maintaining independence from Moscow is important to Ukrainian’s. Kyiv Rus was THE political power in Eastern Europe until the Golden Horde destroyed it. Then, two powers rose from the ashes: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Since that time, Ukraine has been ruled by one or both of these powers. The Poles turning Ukrainians into surfs, the destruction of Kozak (Cossack) identity by Katherine the Great, the genocide committed by Stalin; Ukraine has been fighting for independence and self-directed government for 600 years. That is why the people fight. To turn away from Europe and toward Moscow is to turn away from freedom and toward tyranny. I lived in Ukraine for two years. Their culture, their history, and their language mean a great deal to them. This is about more than the EU and Moscow, this is about the soul and identity of a nation and a people.

If you have had similar questions about these events in Ukraine; if you have been wondering why the Ukrainian people are so outraged by the actions of their government, I encourage you to take the next few minutes and get the Wikipedia version of Ukraine’s history. This will give you enough of an understanding of the depth of history and culture for which the Ukrainian people are fighting.

Russia is nothing more than a bratty child, ungrateful for the gifts of a beloved parent. Russia even went as far at one point in its history to name Ukraine “Little Russia.”

As I said in my Facebook post. These riots, this fighting, is bigger than the EU and Moscow. The outcome of these events is about the soul and identity of a nation and a people.

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

A Nice Email

I received an exciting email today:

Publishing Note

It’s still strange to believe that I’m done with school. To borrow the words of Inigo Montoya, “You know, it’s very strange. I have been in [school] so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.”

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

What Dick Metcalfe Doesn’t Understand

Via Sebastian:

He called for a specifically enumerated constitutional right to be conditioned on a requirement which is not been deemed acceptable for any other right.

That’s why he lost his job. Not because of crazy, extreme gun nuts.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Re: Dennis Prager’s Article

A few days ago I linked to an article written by Dennis Prager titled Judaism’s Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism Rejected Homosexuality.

Dennis Prager then re-tweeted, which caused a flurry of activity (for one of my tweets) and a 31 comment back and forth between two people, @azach79 and @Rx4nails. It is in this post that I seek to address the questions posted between these two, primarily @azach79.

In the article, Mr. Prager describes how Judaism restrained sexual activity for its followers and the positive consequences of this sexual restraint:

The  Hebrew Bible, in particular the Torah (The Five Books of Moses), has done more  to civilize the world than any other book or idea in history. It is the Hebrew  Bible that gave humanity such ideas as a universal, moral, loving God; ethical  obligations to this God; the need for history to move forward to moral and spiritual  redemption; the belief that history has meaning; and the notion that human freedom  and social justice are the divinely desired states for all people. It gave the  world the Ten Commandments, ethical monotheism, and the concept of holiness (the  goal of raising human beings from the animal-like to the God-like).

In so doing, he makes a broad claim that Judaism, and by extension Christianity, are the foundation of Western moral, value, and ethic systems, and thus have done more to impact the creation of modern Western society than any other civilization, including the Greeks and Romans. This appears to be where @azach79 disagrees.

The twitter conversation got off on a tangent and finally ended in

https://twitter.com/azach79/status/418766907500548096

To @azach79 I believe that Mr. Prager would say, “Yes. Ancient sex practices derailed ancient civilizations. Jewish sex practices, monogamy (with few exceptions), fidelity within marriage, establishment of family as the central, or primary, unit in society, leads to social stability and strength. Even the Kingdom of Israel fell when the people moved away from these practices.”

I would support Mr. Prager in that argument. The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints affirmed this position in 1995 in The Family: A Proclamation to the World.

All in all, the essay is not about how the Jews built a larger or more prosperous society than the Greeks or Romans. It is not about how the Jewish math, or science, or philosophy is/was grander than the Greeks or Romans. It is about how Judeo-Christian morals, values, and ethics have done more to influence modern Western society than other ancient cultures and that the primary difference was Judaism’s sex practices.

All I said was that the article was an interesting read.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Out of the Deep

Commenting on why lost worlds fascinate humans: “we live on the edge of drowned worlds and are descended from their inhabitants.”

Give it a read, it’s quite interesting.
http://www.aeonmagazine.com/living-together/lost-civilisations-under-the-waves-still-fascinate-us/

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Words Have Meaning

And that meaning changes over time. Words to not intrinsically have meaning, they only mean what we say they mean. This is what makes the Oxford English Dictionary so unique – it shows how words are used, rather than stating what they mean.

This is why Originalism is so important. A word like regulated has a different meaning, given the context, and a more prominent context depending on the time and place where it is used.

See here for example: More on that Well-Regulated Thing http://feedly.com/e/ciShpY9Q

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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