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Game of Thrones, season 7 episode 7, The Dragon and the Wolf

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August 27, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Television

Heinlein on “faith”

In Stranger in a Strange Land, Jubal Harshaw says:

I’ve never been able to understand ‘faith’ myself, nor to see how a just God could expect his creatures to pick the one true religion out of an infinitude of false ones-by faith alone. It strikes me as a sloppy way to run an organization, whether a universe or a smaller one.

As I mentioned previously, Jubal Harsaw was obviously put into the novel to speak the mind of Heinlein himself. And I believe that Heinlein had an important and unacknowledged role in leading many nerdy teenagers into libertarianism and atheism.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 26, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Books

Trump pardons Sheriff Joe

About time he finally uses his pardon power to stick it to the liberals.

I voted for Sheriff Joe back when I lived in Phoenix.

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And Sebastian Gorka resigns. The purge of Bannonites continues.

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11:40 PM Instead of covering the hurricane, CNN talking heads are still having conniption fits that Trump can pardon anyone he wants. I want to see the hurricane!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 25, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Politics

Hurricane prediction

I predict that the mainstream media will use Hurricane Harvey as an excuse to lecture us about “climate change.”

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And the reality: 63 hurricanes have made landfall in Texas since 1851, Harvey will be 64th. Hurricanes are not something that suddenly sprang out of climate change. The number and severity of hurricanes making landfall in Texas during the last 20 years is not higher than average compared to the hundred years before that.

Harvey will be more destructive than normal because of a weather pattern that will cause the hurricane to stall near the coast, causing massive flooding. That’s just a case of bad luck for Texans and is not caused by climate change.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 25, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in News

What people used to think about Islam

Before 1979, Islam was completely off the radar, no one thought that much about it at all. Israel’s conflict was seen as a conflict between Israel and Arabs and not as a conflict between Jews and Muslims. Terrorism was confined to the PLO and the IRA, and PLO terrorism was seen as being related to IRA terrorism and not to Islam.

In the West, it was a time of increasing secularization and it was assumed that religion was not as important as it used to be. Leftists in the West admired the atheist Soviet Union.

What happened in 1979? The Iranian revolution and the beginning of the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

People who considered themselves as having a more sophisticated understanding of Islam than the masses probably assumed that Iran had nothing to do with the rest of Islam, because Iran was Shia and the rest of Muslims (then called Moslems) were Sunni. But that would clearly be wrong. It seems to me that the Iranian revolution inspired a lot of fervor on the part of Sunni, even though Sunni and Shia would fight each other with just as much hatred as they would fight against Jews or Christians.

Of course, the event that really put Islam on the map and made everyone obsessed about it was 9/11. Before 9/11, no one really spent much time worrying about the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Taliban was seen more as a human rights problem than a threat to anyone outside of Afghanistan. I think the first time the Taliban ever got a lot of attention in the American news media was when they destroyed those ancient Buddha statues. (And now, in the United States, SJWs are going after Confederate statues with the same fervor that the Taliban went after Buddhist statues.)

Even though we tend to focus on big events that effect the United States, like the Iranian Hostage Crisis and 9/11, there has been secular trend (secular as in long-term non-cyclical and not secular as in non-religious) dating back to before I was born over which time the Islamic world has been becoming more religious and more extreme. Comparing pictures in Islamic countries from earlier in the 20th century vs. today, you will see a lot more women wearing Hijab, Niqab, and Burka. I never even heard of a Burka before 9/11, but these days I see women wearing them in Manhattan (which is always freaky, it feels like you just walked past a terrorist).

I see no evidence that the secular trend has reached its peak or is about to reverse. Unless a reversal happens, expect worse stuff to happen in the future. Expect more majority-Islamic countries to be taken over by Islamist governments with philosophies similar to ISIS and the Taliban. Expect more Islamic terrorism.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 25, 2017 at EDT am

Posted in Religion

The hierarchy of victimhood

A former Christian who is now an atheist and speaks out against Christianity would surely be considered one of the good guys.

A former Muslim who is now an atheist and speaks out against Islam is considered an “anti-Muslim extremist” spreading “hate.”

However, I would not say that such person is a “liberal.” She is letting her (quite justified) dislike of her former religion get in the way of proper liberal thinking. Victimized groups should never be criticized, not ever.

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I believe that Islam is in the process of being reformed, but not in the direction that Ayaan Hirsi Ali wants. The reformation that’s happening is that Muslims are discovering the literal words of the Koran, and the Hadiths which tell the story of Mohammed’s life, and that’s leading many Muslims to change their beliefs to be more like those of ISIS and the Taliban.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 24, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Religion

Trump being Trump, without Bannon

In his Arizona rally, promised that the wall would be funded, or else, and he tripled down on his Charlottesville comments and attacked the media which very much deserved being attacked, because they they made out like Trump was the next Adolf Hitler because he truthfully pointed out that Antifa was as much to blame for the violence as KKK and Nazis whom he did condemn.

The good news here is that Trump doesn’t need Bannon to be the anti-immigration and anti-political-correctness guy we voted for.

Unfortunately, Trump will probably go back to the White House and let the globalists actually run things while he watches cable news and tweets.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 24, 2017 at EDT am

Posted in News

Racist American Museum of Natural History, part 5

In the Hall of African Peoples. Here is what the block of text, to the left of the helmet and chainmail, reads:

JIHAD – THE HOLY WAR

When Islam swept across North Africa in the 7th century, jihad was considered a sacred duty. It was religious fervor that helped push the holy wars not only up into Europe but right down the West African coast. North Africa long remained a religious battleground; relics of the Crusades, still found, testify to the threat posed to Europe in the Middle Ages. After the initial religious zeal subsided, though, the basis of Islamic expansion changed from war to trade. Traders still proselytized, but the new African Muslim converts retained many traditional customs and beliefs and, for instance, did not relegate women to the inferior status accorded to them by some orthodox Muslims. The ultimate power of Islam still lies in its adaptability, the lack of internal schism, and in the sense of superiority it instills in its converts.

Can you believe that?

1. It says that Islam spread in the 7th century through holy war. I thought Islam was a religion of peace?

2. It says that the Crusades happened because of “the threat posed to Europe in the Middle Ages” by Islam. So the Crusdes were a justified response to an Islamic threat, and not just blind religious hatred on the part of Christians?

Racist! Racist! Racist!

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Commentary: The paragraph wouldn’t have been written that way today, but I think this room dates back to the 1960s, and no one changed any of the exhibits in 50 years. To the Museum’s credit, every change they make is obviously very carefully considered and not done willy-nilly.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 23, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Art

Racist American Museum of Natural History, part 4

In the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians.

First of all, the name of the hall is racist, it’s Native Americans, not Indians!

However, it’s racist that this hall exists at all. Why are statues from ancient Greece and ancient Rome at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while statues created by Native Americans are housed here, next to animal dioramas? This is an example of the racist disregard for the art or non-Western cultures.

Furthermore, how were these artifacts obtained? At best, the museum ripped off the Native Americans by purchasing them for far below their fair value, and at worst they were stolen by white men. Some of these artifacts are sacred to their religion and it’s sacrilege to display them as curiosities of a “primitive” culture. Everything in this hall should be returned to the Native American tribes to which they morally belong.

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I hardly made anything up, most of this was on the website of the SJWs who had a protest against the Teddy Roosevelt statue.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 22, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Art

The Nutty Professor (1963)

I can’t believe I’ve never watched this movie before.

Jerry Lewis stars as buck-toothed extremely near-sighted sub-Omega dork chemistry professor Julius Kelp. After six months of lifting weights and having zero gains, Professor Kelp puts his chemistry skills to good use and invents a potion that turns him into Buddy Love, a good-looking sharply-dressed alpha-male jerk who’s also a lounge singer.

But alas, the effect of the potion only lasts a few hours, and he always turns back into the dorky college professor at an inopportune time.

As Buddy Love, he is able to become the boyfriend of the most beautiful student in his class, played by January 1960 Playboy Playmate of the Month Stella Stevens. Blonde-haired Stella has a surprisingly deep voice for the 1960s, almost like Demi Moore.

Everyone in the movie is white! You don’t see that anymore in movies.

This movie is extremely predictable, therefore it’s not giving much away to tell you that Stella winds up liking Professor Kelp more than she likes Buddy Love. As if that would actually happen in real life. In case you were wondering for how long “rom-coms” have been showing beta males (in this case a sub-Omega male) winning the girl with beta game, it has been going on since at least 1963.

Well, I think I’ve seen enough Jerry Lewis movies, but now I’m curious about Stella Stevens. I understand she had a starring role in Girls! Girls! Girls! as one of Elvis Presley’s love interests. But when I tried to search for “Girls Girls Girls” on the internet, all I found was porn.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 22, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Movies

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