Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Secularists Assault on Religion and Traditional Values brings Mental Illness

Last week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told a University of Notre Dame Law School audience that attacks on religious liberty have contributed to a moral decline that’s in part manifested by increases in suicides, mental illness and drug addiction. Barr said that our moral decline is not random but “organized destruction.” Namely that “Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.

The attorney general is absolutely correct. Whether we have the stomach to own up to it or not, we have become an immoral people left with little more than the pretense of morality. The left’s attack on religion is just the tiny tip of the iceberg in our nation’s moral decline. You say: “That’s a pretty heavy charge, Williams. You’d better be prepared to back it up with evidence!” I’ll try with a few questions for you to answer.

Do you believe that it is moral and just for one person to be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another? And, if that person does not peaceably submit to such use, do you believe that there should be the initiation of force against him? Neither question is complex and can be answered by either a yes or no. For me the answer is no to both questions. I bet that nearly every college professor, politician or even minister could not give a simple yes or no response.

A no answer, translated to public policy, would slash the federal budget by no less than two-thirds to three-quarters. After all most federal spending consists of taking the earnings of one American to give to another American in the form of farm subsidies, business bailouts, aid to higher education, welfare and food stamps. Keep in mind that Congress has no resources of its own. Plus there’s no Santa Claus or tooth fairy that gives Congress resources. Thus, the only way that Congress can give one American a dollar is to first, through intimidation and coercion, confiscate that dollar from some other American.

Such actions by the U.S. Congress should offend any sense of moral decency. If you’re a Christian or a Jew, you should be against the notion of one American living at the expense of some other American. When God gave Moses the Eighth Commandment — “Thou shalt not steal” — I am sure that He did not mean thou shalt not steal unless there is a majority vote in the U.S. Congress. By the way, I do not take this position because I don’t believe in helping our fellow man. I believe that helping those in need by reaching into one’s own pocket to do so is praiseworthy and laudable. But helping one’s fellow man in need by reaching into somebody else’s pockets to do so is worthy of condemnation.

We must own up to the fact that laws and regulations alone cannot produce a civilized society. Morality is society’s first line of defense against uncivilized behavior. Religious teachings, one way of inculcating morality, have been under siege in our country for well over a half a century. In the name of not being judgmental and the vision that one lifestyle or set of values is just as good as another, traditional moral absolutes have been abandoned as guiding principles. We no longer hold people accountable for their behavior and we accept excuses. The moral problems Attorney General William Barr mentioned in his speech, plus murder, mayhem and other forms of anti-social behavior, will continue until we regain our moral footing.

In 1798, John Adams, a leading Founding Father and our second president said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” I am all too afraid that a historian, writing a few hundred years from now, will note that the liberty Americans enjoyed was simply a historical curiosity. Then it all returned to mankind’s normal state of affairs — arbitrary abuse and control by the powerful elite.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Is America Becoming Sinicized

A little over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy of Mao Zedong, who died in 1976.
The results of Deng's revolution astonished the world. In four decades, China went from a backward basket case to the second-largest economy on the planet. It lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese into the global middle class.
Deng's revolution came at a cost of terrible environmental damage, the rampant destruction of local communities and continued political repression. A more efficient economy empowered dictatorship.
Abroad, China systematically violated every tenet of international trade and commerce. It stole copyrights and patents. It ran up huge trade surpluses. It dumped products at below the cost of production to hook international customers. It threatened critics with boycotts, divestments and expulsions. It manipulated its currency. It demanded technology transfers from companies doing business in China. It created a vast espionage network in Western countries to steal technology. And it increasingly bullied and threatened its Asian neighbors.
Such criminality abroad and such repression at home was contextualized and mostly excused by Western nations.
U.S. foreign policy toward China seemed to be based on the belief that the more China modernized and the more affluent its citizens became, the more inevitable Chinese political freedom would be.

Supposedly a free-market China would drop its communist past to become a Westernized democracy such as Japan, South Korea or Taiwan. Once China fully joined the family of successful, law-abiding nations, it would empower Western freedoms and help create a stable international order.
None of that came close to happening.
There was never evidence that China wished to end communism -- other than to allow some market reforms designed to strengthen its dictatorial rule and its influence overseas.
If in the past Chinese communism impoverished its own citizens but left the world mostly alone, now it has enriched more than a billion people at home and terrified 6 billion abroad.
Far from a newly rich China becoming Westernized politically, the West and the rest of the world are more likely to become politically repressive like China.
Westerners, who apologize when Islamists kill cartoonists and journalists for supposedly insulting Islam, do not say a word when China puts a million Muslims into re-education camps, bulldozes Islamic cemeteries and shuts down mosques.
Loud human rights lions in Europe turn into kittens when it is a question of Chinese organ harvesting, forced abortions and sterilizations, and the jailing and execution of dissidents.
American environmentalists demand a radical shutdown of the current fossil-fuel-based U.S. economy. They say little about greenhouse gas emissions from China, the biggest polluter in the world by far.
Outspoken NBA athletes and hip Hollywood celebrities damn the Second Amendment, curse their president and boycott states they find politically incorrect. But they become abject cowards when it comes to China.
Loud college students who disrupt campus speakers and forbid free speech never say a word about the horrendous human rights record of China. They ignore strident Chinese expatriate student supporters on campus.
College deans who weigh in on global morality say nothing about Chinese gulags or crackdowns against Hong Kong.

Why are we becoming more like China than China is like us?
China has the world's largest consumer market. Corporations get rich outsourcing their factories to take advantage of its cheap labor. They all compete for lucrative markets of television viewers, tech consumers and students.

Western intellectuals always romanticize lethal communists as misguided idealists rather than stone-cold authoritarians. Mao is still a hero to many in the West despite his liquidation of some 50 million people over his violent career.
China does not fool around. Beijing does not just threaten neutrals, rivals and enemies, but uses its economic clout -- and no doubt soon its growing military power -- to force acquiescence. An appeasing world is terrified about what a huge military and economic colossus of 1.4 billion people will soon be able to do to its critics.
A non-diverse and abjectly racist China plays the victim card brilliantly. It often claims that as an Asian nation it suffers racial bias from the Western white establishment. China always channels the victimization myth that supposedly oppressed nonwhite peoples cannot themselves be oppressors.
All these reasons and more explain why there wasn't a single major Western politician who warned the world of a frightening, Chinese-dominated future -- one in which the West turned into China rather than China into the West.
The single figure who finally issued such a warning, brash Donald Trump -- without prior military or political experience -- was as loudly and publicly damned as he was privately and quietly admired for doing so.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Top 50 Death Metal Albums

  1. Altars Of Madness - Morbid Angel
  2. Human - Death
  3. Scream Bloody Gore - Death
  4. Seven Churches - Possessed
  5. Unquestionable Presence - Atheist
  6. Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious - Carcass
  7. Blessed Are The Sick - Morbid Angel
  8. Pierced From Within - Suffocation
  9. Left Hand Path - Entombed
10. Cause of Death - Obituary
11. Legion - Deicide
12. Mental Funeral - Autopsy
13. Like An Ever Flowing Stream - Dismember
14. Nespithe - Demilich
15. Heartwork - Carcass
16. Slaughter Of The Soul - At The Gates
17. Individual Thought Patterns - Death
18. Clandestine - Entombed
19. Focus - Cynic
20. World Downfall - Terrorizer
21. Deicide - Deicide
22. Slowly We Rot - Obituary
23. Covenant - Morbid Angel
24. The Bleeding - Cannibal Corpse
25. Morbid Visions - Sepultura
26. Leprosy - Death
27. Symphonies of Sickness - Carcass
28. Harmony Corruption - Napalm Death
29. None So Vile - Cryptopsy
30. Here In After - Immolation
31. Severed Survival - Autopsy
32. My Arms, Your Hearse - Opeth
33. Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse
34. Symbolic - Death
35. Tales from A Thousand Lakes - Amorphis
36. Consuming Impulse - Pestilence
37. The Gallery - Dark Tranquility
38. Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation
39. Piece of Time - Athiest
40. Horrified - Repulsion
41. Close To A World Below - Immolation
42. The End Complete - Obituary
43. Jester Race - In Flames
44. Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
45. Slumber of Sullen Eyes - Demigod
46. Onward to Golgotha - Incantation
47. Dark Recollections - Carnage
48. Crimson - Edge of Sanity
49. Abducted - Hypocrisy
50. Obscura - Gorguts

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Andrew Yang: Bernie’s And Warren’s ‘Wealth Tax’ Would Be Disastrous

We all know that Democrats want to redistribute the ultra-wealthiest Americans’ money through mass taxation. It seems everybody on the left who is running for the presidency thinks a “wealth tax” is a good idea. But, there is only one candidate who explains why this tax would never work. Andrew Yang, political outsider, is against a wealth tax more because it would be impossible to enforce, not necessarily that it would kill industry.
Here is what CNBC’s John Harwood asked Andrew Yang:
The Republican economists I talked to who praise the efficiency of what you proposed contrasted it with the wealth tax that Sanders and Warren have talked about. They say it just won’t work, won’t raise the money, will trigger a lot of evasion. There are measurement problems. Do you think the wealth tax is a bad idea?
Here’s what Yang responded with:
I think the wealth tax is an idea, in spirit, that makes sense, given the wealth distribution. But in practice it would have massive implementation problems. There would be capital flight, wealthy people would renounce their citizenship. And the bigger problem isn’t even the money. It’s the annual inventorying of their assets. The truly wealthy in this country have zero interest in submitting to an annual audit of all of their assets. They barely know what all their assets are. And the last thing they’re going to do is report them every year and then pay a toll. So you would have massive compliance problems. And to me there are better ways to make this economy fair, though I understand the spirit of it and the intent of it. But I agree that it would be somewhere between problematic and a disaster in practice.
To be clear, the government taking people’s money to redistribute it amongst the masses is never a good idea “in spirit.” In fact, it is called socialism and it kills the human spirit. But, at least Yang is realistic enough to understand a “wealth tax” could never actually work out

This Whistleblower Complaint Sure Is Reading Like The Steele Dossier

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Wednesday told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum he believes the whistleblower complaint filed against President Donald Trump for a call made with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “reads like the Steele dossier.”
“We learned about this three weeks ago on a late Friday night press release that was multiple pages long, about a paragraph long,” Nunes said about the whistleblower complaint.
Nunes comments come after it was learned that Schiff knew about the whistleblower’s complaint a month before it was brought to the Intelligence Committee.
“We got that, Republicans receive that, what on Earth is going on here. All of you in the press office, why is this being pumped up as big,” he said. “A few days later after a briefing, Schiff briefs us a little bit on this and claims he doesn’t know exactly what this is, but it must be really important.”
“Those are just two sets of facts that clearly he’s trying to pump up and promote this story. And that we find out that, yeah, because his staff knew about it ahead of time,” he said. “The thing not clear is when did they actually find out about it. We still don’t have a date, when did the whistleblower start talking to the Democrats of the Intelligence Committee? It would’ve been very easy to just tell us. He had multiple opportunities to tell.”
According to Nunes, there are similarities between how the dossier was written and how the whistleblower complaint was written.
“From reading the complaint, this person is a supposing intelligence officer. Intelligence officers are trained to not have only first-hand sources, but multiple first-hand sources that can corroborate the evidence. So this intelligence person knows this. That’s not what is in the complaint,” Nunes said. “It’s all hearsay. There’s no first-hand evidence. To me, this is somebody — I don’t even believe this whistleblower wrote this complaint because it’s written in a way that reads exactly like the Steele dossier, which, for your viewers, I think they know, the Steele was a Clinton bought and paid for.”
“The president says today Adam Schiff had a hand in writing that actual complaint. But is there any evidence to back that up?” MacCallum asked.
“No, but it looks like from at least the stories that were written earlier about this, okay, that are from known Russia hoax writers, journalists, then retweeted out by Democrats on the committee, that we learn the Democrats on the committee knew about it, so it has all the markings of the Russia hoax,” Nunes explained. “Certainly, don’t forget, the whole explanation how the regulations got changed a week before the whistleblower came in and actually didn’t get changed online until they were asked by the press, I think the IC IG — I suspect that he had to know something too.”
The dossier, which was put together by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, was unverified and used to obtain a FISA warrant. The dossier ultimately lead to spying on Donald Trump’s campaign for alleged collusion with Russia. Special Counsel Robert Mueller ultimately declared a collusion did not take place