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2009 December 2 Leave a comment

>It looked not so much as if Christianity was bad enough to include any vices, but rather as if any stick was good enough to beat Christianity with.

G.K. Chesterton

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2009 November 3 2 comments

>My parents told me there aren’t any ghosts. They told me there aren’t any goblins. They only told me those things once, though. They tell me there isn’t a God every week. There must be a God.

Irina Ratushinskaya, age 9.

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2009 October 5 6 comments

>The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome becomes bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.

Cicero, 106-43 BC

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2009 August 4 Leave a comment

>Never put passion before principle; even if win, you lose.

Miyagi (Karate Kid)

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>Is the glass half full or half empty?

2009 July 23 5 comments

>This question always bothered me. My answer was neither.

I realise this is a question about our tendency towards optimism or pessimism. I can be both, though tend more toward pessimism. But I also consider myself logical, so that in any given situation I try to identify the likely outcome. Though I admit that if I am called to see my boss I assume (or fear) it is for correction which it almost never is.

But back to the glass. I didn’t see the question as legitimate. And it isn’t. The answer is neither.

The glass is half full if it is in the process of being poured into, and half empty if it is in the process of being drunken from.

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2009 July 2 2 comments

>The thing I don’t like about socialists is that they are dead to shame. They see nothing wrong with begging, nothing wrong with robbing, nothing wrong with being a tax-eater rather than a productive member of society. They see nothing wrong with a man not providing for his family, nothing wrong with breaking up families, nothing wrong with exploiting the poor for political gain, nothing wrong with dishonor. Instead they spend their time consumed with mock-outrage at honest men who make an honest living.

John C. Wright

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>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

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2009 May 11 1 comment

>…prosperity foregone is invisible. In other words, we can never tell how much richer we would have been

Walter Williams

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2009 April 14 3 comments

>Never confuse the will of the majority with the will of God.

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2009 March 1 2 comments

>To expect to learn anything about important theological problems from Richard Dawkins or Daniel Dennett is like expecting to learn about medieval history from someone who had only read Robin Hood.

Rodney Stark

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2009 February 7 Leave a comment

>Trying to thwart powerful interests by creating more power elsewhere has a very unfortunate history.

Carl V Phillips

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2009 January 1 2 comments

>If we follow our own trail, at the end, where are we? But following Waengongi’s trail, at the end we come to his place. He has made us a place where we all can live happily and in peace.

Mincaye

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2008 December 24 Leave a comment

>As we have a high old time this Christmas, may we who know Christ hear the cry of the damned as they hurtle headlong into the Christless night without ever a chance.

Nate Saint

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2008 December 6 Leave a comment

>God will judge justly those who have mistreated me. If they have made some deal with God which means they are not punished, that is fine with me. I’ll give up revenge for what God has offered me.

joel bethyada

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>The only test of any analysis is its truth

2008 November 9 2 comments

>I am currently reading America’s Great Depression by Murray N. Rothbard. He makes an interesting comment concerning critiques of Austrian economic theory. If it was included in the first edition, this comment was made in 1963:

Hayek believes that Mises’s theory is somehow deficient because it is exogenous—because it holds that the generation of business cycles stems from interventionary acts rather than from acts of the market itself. This argument is difficult to fathom. Processes are either analyzed correctly or incorrectly; the only test of any analysis is its truth, not whether it is exogenous or endogenous. If the process is really exogenous, then the analysis should reveal this fact; the same holds true for endogenous processes. No particular virtue attaches to a theory because it is one or the other.

I found this reminiscent of the intelligent design debate. My substitutions bolded.

Evolutionists believe that intelligent design theory is somehow deficient because it is non-naturalistic—because it holds that the generation of genetic information stems from interventionary acts rather than from acts of the organism itself. This argument is difficult to fathom. Processes are either analyzed correctly or incorrectly; the only test of any analysis is its truth, not whether it is naturalistic or non-naturalistic. If the process is really non-naturalistic, then the analysis should reveal this fact; the same holds true for naturalistic processes. No particular virtue attaches to a theory because it is one or the other.

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2008 November 6 Leave a comment

>Socialism is an easy disease to catch.

Madeleine Flannagan

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2008 October 6 1 comment

>The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Herbert Spencer

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2008 September 3 1 comment

>Often, people do not avoid the Bible, they just avoid you with a Bible in your hands.

C. Michael Patton

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2008 August 3 Leave a comment

>You cannot find out what Napoleon did at the battle of Austerlitz by asking him to come and fight it again in a laboratory with the same combatants, the same terrain, the same weather, and in the same age. You have to go to the records. We have not, in fact, proved that science excludes miracles: we have only proved that the question of miracles, like innumerable other questions, excludes laboratory treatment.

C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock

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2008 July 20 Leave a comment

>Let’s put it this way. Human lives are so short from God’s perspective that He seldom has any desire to artificially shorten them.

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