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Star Trek’s Liberal Messages

From Ed Brayton’s “Dispatches from the Culture Wars” blog:

From a post by Mike Potemra at National Review Online:

Coincidentally, I have over the past couple of months been watching DVDs of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show I missed completely in its run of 1987 to 1994; and I confess myself amazed that so many conservatives are fond of it. Its messages are unabashedly liberal ones of the early post-Cold War era – peace, tolerance, due process, progress (as opposed to skepticism about human perfectibility).

Wow, how….liberal those messages are. But if this conservative admits that peace, tolerance, due process and progress are “liberal messages” then doesn’t that also mean that war, intolerance, arbitrary authoritarianism and regression are conservative messages? Nice to see that admitted to so openly.

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Thank God…

(Updated: The original image seems to have been removed.)
Link: Jasper Schuringa

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Afghanistan Then and Now

Two pictures of the same location in Kabul, Afghanistan. The first one was taken 40 years ago.

(Click the image to see a larger version.)

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The Rapture

I recently saw a blog comment talking about the importance of Christian Evangelism because the end of the world was near.

Ugh. I remember growing up thinking that Jesus was going to return any day now. When I was growing up, there was a period of time when rapture movies were popular in the local churches. You’d go and watch these movies at church with names like “A Thief in the Night”. Funny the things you can find on YouTube:

I remember being around second or third grade, coming home from school, and noticing that my parents weren’t home. I was genuinely afraid that the rapture happened, and I was left behind. My Christian school-teacher had a bumper sticker on her car that read “In case of rapture, this car will be left unoccupied”. Now, it all seems so cult-like. It reminds me of fears the Heavens Gate followers had of missing the UFO behind Hale-Bop, or the fears the Branch Davidians had of leaving the compound, for fear that they wouldn’t be raptured up to heaven with David Koresh. But, it was a part of my Christian fundamentalist worldview.

Oddly enough, American Dad had a recent episode revolving around Stan and Francine missing the rapture. (The creator, Seth MacFarlane is an atheist, by the way.) Enjoy.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

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What would have happened if Mother Mary had been covered by Obamacare? What if that young, poor and uninsured teenage woman had been provided the federal funds (via Obamacare) and facilities (via Planned Parenthood, etc.) to avoid the ridicule, ostracizing, persecution and possible stoning because of her out-of-wedlock pregnancy? Imagine all the great souls who could have been erased from history and the influence of mankind if their parents had been as progressive as Washington’s wise men and women! (Source)

Hm. Ignoring the whole ‘angels appeared to mary to tell her about her pregnancy’ thing, I don’t think this is so much about “Obamacare” as it is about legalized abortion and the money to afford an abortion. Obviously, the only ‘solution’ is to outlaw abortion, or make sure teenage mothers are so poor that they can’t afford abortions.

Also, I wonder why this argument can’t also work as an argument against legalized contraception:

What if that young, poor and uninsured teenage woman had been provided the federal funds (via Obamacare) and facilities (via Planned Parenthood, etc.) to [get contraceptives and] avoid the ridicule, ostracizing, persecution and possible stoning because of her out-of-wedlock pregnancy? Imagine all the great souls who could have been erased from history and the influence of mankind if their parents had been as progressive as Washington’s wise men and women!

Sounds like a good argument for outlawing the use of tax dollars for contraceptives and for making contraceptives illegal — who knows how many ‘great souls have already been erased from history’ because of contraceptives? The Democrats are making war on the unconceived, an oft-forgotten segment of the unborn population!

For that matter, imagine the number of great souls who have been erased from history and the influence of mankind because of sexual abstinence. Clearly, abstinence is robbing mankind of so many great souls. What’s that pro-lifers? A woman should be allowed to do what she wants with her own body? What a topsy-turvy world we live in.

We should outlaw abortion, outlaw contraceptives, outlaw abstinence, and outlaw homosexuality* (*it doesn’t lead to conception, and therefore, robs humanity of great souls).

I also enjoyed this quote:

In short, while President Obama was accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, the Democrats in Congress drove a sword through the womb of the unborn.

Drove a sword through the womb of the unborn? Perhaps he meant the wombs of their mothers? Oh, and the fact that “driving a sword” seems to imply forced abortions mandated by the state.

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Going Rogue Review

Amazon’s number one “most helpful” review of Sarah Palin’s book:

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The Dangers of Pokemon

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