A Discovery Channel world

RWN is down with suckling etiquette:

You can tell it’s a relatively slow summer when breast feeding starts to become a topic of interest in the blogosphere. First it was Vox Popoli and now The Corner.Well, never let it be said that a relatively unimportant non-political subject was discussed on political blogs without John Hawkins chipping in his two cents….

To me, breast feeding is the much less awful equivalent of the handful of 70 year old guys at the gym I used to go to, who, unlike anybody else there, seemed to always be walking around the locker room completely naked. Sure, it’s a locker room and you’re allowed to do that, but that doesn’t mean you should.

I’m quite confident that I’m on the correct side of this debate, in no small part due to the speed with which the breastfeeding irgundwo und uber alles crowd was reduced to diagnosing psychosocial disorders on the part of everyone who disagreed with them.

But it doesn’t really matter why people don’t like you doing something around them. The point is, they don’t, so don’t do it around them. Despite my own inclination towards the occasional verbal vulgarity, I try to avoid indulging myself around people who are less linguistically casual when I am in public or on their turf.

Today, I found myself sitting ten feet away from a pair of bead-wearing hippy revivalists who were making out as if the sidewalk on the corner was the girl’s basement couch. It took some self-control to resist the urge to walk over, unzip my pants and start taking a piss right next to them.

Hey, what’s it to you, man? Just doing my thing, dig?

Alternatively, perhaps I should have engaged in some chest-beating primate display, bared my teeth, driven away the lesser male and mounted her right there on the sidewalk, all the while shrieking like a rabid chimpanzee on meth.

China’s little whore

The Communists make Microsoft their bitch:

Microsoft’s new Chinese internet portal has banned the words “democracy” and “freedom” from parts of its website in an apparent effort to avoid offending Beijing’s political censors.

Users of the joint-venture portal, formally launched last month, have been blocked from using a range of potentially sensitive words to label personal websites they create using its free online blog service, MSN Spaces.

Three words. Opera. OpenOffice. Linux.

The next RAW

The Virgin Queen elucidates an intriguingly insane theory of Jesus Christ:

Because Jesus had such an extraordinary amount of spiritual and physical Divine energy in His body, He was able to make use of this final dispersion of consciousness to literally transform time and space in a fundamental way. I believe that He directed all of His intention and will towards transforming that final release of energy into a new and permanent state of reality. And because this overwhelming energy and Divine presence was channeled and purified through the nervous system of a physical body, it “filtered” the abstract and overpowering love of G-d into a personal kind of love that could be understood and accessed by other human nervous systems during prayer and meditation.

He reached His most complete Enlightenment and understanding of His own nature and Man’s nature just as He died. He died in a moment of total love, forgiving His murderers and all of mankind. His vision was filled with the purest and most powerful compassion that transcended what any mere man could have achieved. To call this an archetype is not to reduce Christ to a mere literary construct — it is closer to Carl Jung’s concept of archetypes as essential “shapes” in the collective unconscious that everyone responds to on a level deeper than rationality is able to take us. The crucifixion was the ultimate Archetype writ large across the canvass of time, space, and all levels of reality simultaneously.

I knew I liked this girl. And this little quote doesn’t do her train of thought justice; by all means, go read it in its glorious completion. If only she didn’t lack an obssessive interest in sex and psychotropic drugs, I’d say we were witnessing the emergence of the next Robert Anton Wilson.

Her theory of the dead transdimensional Christ leaves out a few minor things, such as the problem of evil, the witnesses to the Resurrection and the wildly improbable rise of Christianity itself, but to be honest, I’m far more interested in reading the original thoughts of a creative mind than be forced to slog through the mindless regurgitated pap expressed so vehemently by many of my fellow evangelicals.


Difster blogs on liberty:

Over the years I have noticed that most people really don’t understand
the core principles of liberty. There is no higher ideal to aim for in
this life than to secure liberty for ourselves, and by extension our

There are three core principles of liberty:

1. I belong to myself and everything that I own belongs to me. No
one has the right to deprive me of what I own without my consent.
2. I can do as I please so long as it does not interfere with the
liberty of others.
3. Anyone who deprives others of their liberty should be punished
in a manner worthy of the violation but with solemn respect for
justice and mercy.

If there could ever be such a thing as world peace, the principles
outlined above would usher it down aisle where it would be wed with
prosperity unlike the world has ever seen.

We do require some government and where none exists, it will spring
up. Government, wherever it exists should be heavily shackled and
released only to perform a very narrow function. When government is
out exercising its power, there should be men of honor and valor,
armed and waiting to subdue it at the slightest provocation.

The more government we have, the less freedom we have because
government always tends toward tyranny. The corollary to this is that
as the population to be governed grows larger, the opportunities to
oppress increase. China should serve as a sterling example of this.
Here in the United States, cities such as Los Angeles, New York and
Chicago are living laboratories of this principle.

I should not have liberty because the government grants me liberty. I
should have liberty in spite of the inevitable attempt of government
to deprive me of it because it is my due. With that in mind, I should
not willingly engage in activities that deprive others their liberty.

In his letter to the church at Galatia, the Apostle Paul exhorts them:
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing
firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians
5:1, NASB). In context, we must realize that this verse addresses the
slavery of sin and obligatory religion compared to having spiritual
freedom through Jesus. I would encourage you to read Galatians
chapters 4 & 5 and think of it as a model for our civil liberties. Pay
close attention to Gal. 4:13-14: “For you were called to freedom,
brethren; only do not turn your freedom in to an opportunity for the
flesh, but through love, serve one another. For the whole law is
fulfilled in one word, in the statement ‘You shall love your neighbor
as yourself.'” These chapters should still be applied to their
intended use, I’m referring to them here as a type and shadow of our
mortal liberty.

It is apparent that our liberties are being eroded on a local, national and global level. We are well on our way toward global governance. The not-so-secret conspirators are claiming power over more and more aspects of our lives. Students of the Bible already know how bad it’s going to get before the end. What we don’t know is when it ends. In the mean time, we must educate those who are ignorant of the principles of liberty and be a shining example of it to our families, friends and communities. Taking up the cause of liberty is much like the work of preaching the Gospel; it requires personal sacrifice and the willingness to stand by your principles in the face of severe opposition. If you aren’t willing to do it, don’t expect anyone to do it for you.