Tag Archives: philosophy

  sure fine whatever

Texas Gun Fanatics Only Did A Few Crimes, What’s The Big Deal?

More guns just means more freedom
We are simple, trusting folk, so when people tell us they want to liberalize gun laws out of fealty to the Constitution and a love of personal freedom, we totally buy it. So thoroughly guileless are we that we don’t even question their motives when a number of them have criminal records that put them afoul of the laws they’re trying to repeal, as is the case in Texas. So what, a petty criminal can’t love freedom too? Read more on Texas Gun Fanatics Only Did A Few Crimes, What’s The Big Deal?…
  Still More Lies From The Pit Of Hell

Sundays With The Christianists: How Western Culture Got All Satanic

Image dimensions: 700 X 666 -- we swear it just worked out that way
Welcome to part 2 of our exploration of Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West, by Colorado radio preacher Kevin Swanson, whose goal in this book is to explain just how Western Civilization was destroyed by just about everything that we commonly think of as Western Civilization — and which was, moreover, mostly inspired by Satan. As we said last week, in Swanson’s view, the pinnacle of Western culture begins and more or less ends with the Bible, and literary works that are 100% in keeping with Biblical precepts — for instance, he thinks that Augustine’s Confessions and Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress are a pretty good basis for all the literature classes you’d ever need. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: How Western Culture Got All Satanic…
  run away! run away!

Philosophy Professor On Dealing With Open-Carry Advocates: Don’t Be Here Now

He was all about the killin'
We have a brand new social-media nerdcrush, and it’s for Jack Russell Weinstein, professor of philosophy and director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life at the University of North Dakota. He wrote a couple of blog posts about how, from a philosophical standpoint, people may want to respond to the presence of “open carry” advocates who come into a restaurant to show everyone how wonderful guns are. His answer? “It is rational to be afraid of someone with a weapon, especially if you know nothing about them.” And therefore, one appropriate response would be to remove yourself from the restaurant as quickly as possible, even without paying first, if necessary. Needless to say, he is not popular with the open carry crowd. And now he’s got a couple of videos, because philosophy is for everyone, even YouTube commenters. Read more on Philosophy Professor On Dealing With Open-Carry Advocates: Don’t Be Here Now…
  u mad bro?

Help Stop Gay Marriage: Don’t Stuff Your Face So Much

The homosexxers have had a great run lately. With the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the end of DOMA and 17 states permitting the homosexxicans to get all gay married, it’s been all rainbows and glitter for the last couple of years. But, it’s time to give it up and just go back in the closet. The Family Foundation of Virginia has caught on to your equality-related scheme and they are ready to put an end to it. By fasting. You know those gays, they just hate seeing people go without food. Oh wait, isn’t that grandmothers? Crap, someone better let the Family Foundation know they’ve gotten confused. And maybe bring them some cookies. Betcha a cookie would help them out with that twist they’ve gotten in their knickers. Read more on Help Stop Gay Marriage: Don’t Stuff Your Face So Much…
  be afraid

Fancy Book-Writing Man Explains Why Zombie Ayn Rand Will Never Die

Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul, by Gary Weiss, is a good read even if you are fully, horribly aware that Rand’s fevered visions of utopian feudalist capitalism are even now being advanced as mainstream “principled” conservative economic thinking. (This would be OK if “Another French Revolution!” was the mainstream left-liberal position.) It’s good because it takes us through the looking glass to meet actual people who have been influenced by Rand — some powerful, others obscure; some true believers, others who just think that “Who Is John Galt?” is a cool thing to write on the t-shirt they wear when they’re yelling about taxes. It’s good because it’s written in a conversational voice, one that says “Between you and me, I don’t get these people either, but let’s explore them together.” It’s good because yr favorite Wonkette mommyblog is name-checked on page 108. Read more on Fancy Book-Writing Man Explains Why Zombie Ayn Rand Will Never Die…
  Let Them Eat Derp

In Case You Forgot, Rick Santorum Has Important Thoughts About Freedom

Discarded philosopher-statesman Rick Santorum’s latest column at World Net Daily is about Freedom and the taking of it by Barack Obama. Naturally, it’s a veritable Journey concert of brain-dead paleo-conservative greatest hits: We are Free Americans because our values are having guns, being hetero-sexing Christians, drowning Obamacare in the sink, and Taxed Enough Already! Yes, all of this stopped being terribly funny a while ago, but here’s the thing: Rick Santorum’s rote regurgitations distill a certain dangerous strain of American political “thought” that remains influential. Hell, they might even influence how people think and talk about politics, so what choice does yr Wonkette have but to think up new ways to eviscerate the simpleton “philosophies” that underpin them? We will do it real good, we promise. PLUS: Rick Santorum invents a new form of punctuation! Read more on In Case You Forgot, Rick Santorum Has Important Thoughts About Freedom…
  Part 15: Scary Thinkers Whose Books Are Dangerous (Or Would Be If Anyone Still Read)

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Ward Off Dangerous Modern Thinking

Greetings, Heathens! Welcome to another voyage into Homeschool America, via our 10th-grade textbook, World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, and its staunch opposition to anything ungodly, and of course to most of the modern era. Last week, we learned why science is not really scientific (because no Jebus, duh); this week, we’ll see just how many other aspects of modern culture can be demonized in a few short pages! Let’s start with philosophy! Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Ward Off Dangerous Modern Thinking…
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David Brooks: I Read A Book In College And Consider It Relevant To Current Events

Gather round, ducklings, for David Brooks would like to commence his Tuesday lesson: “When I was a freshman in college, I was assigned ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’ by Edmund Burke. I loathed the book.” You’ll never believe this, but later in life, he grew to like the book. This bears all the trappings of a trenchant political column. Read more on David Brooks: I Read A Book In College And Consider It Relevant To Current Events…