Pantology

Religious discrimination in the military.
(Marine Combat Training) 


So I’ve always loved to watch strong defensive teams.  Hence the reason I can’t help but love watching the Ravens and Steelers play in addition to my home-team; the Arizona Cardinals.I also happen to love charts and statistics, so when I saw this post over at “Behind the Steel Curtain" attempting to analyze the defenses of 2010, I couldn’t resist the urge to at least make an attempt at analyzing it over the course of the past decade.
See the full article along with about 12 charts here.

So I’ve always loved to watch strong defensive teams.  Hence the reason I can’t help but love watching the Ravens and Steelers play in addition to my home-team; the Arizona Cardinals.
I also happen to love charts and statistics, so when I saw this post over at “Behind the Steel Curtain" attempting to analyze the defenses of 2010, I couldn’t resist the urge to at least make an attempt at analyzing it over the course of the past decade.

See the full article along with about 12 charts here.

CATO analysts discuss the State of the Union address

Libertarian response to State of the Union and Republicans

Libertarian response to State of the Union and Republicans

This evening, Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict spoke in response to the addresses from President Barack Obama and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Mr. Benedict’s speech may be viewed online here.

A transcript of Mr. Benedict’s speech follows:

Good evening and thank you for your interest in the State of our Union.

My name is Wes Benedict. I’m the executive director of the Libertarian National Committee here in Washington, DC. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace.

Tonight we heard from President Barack Obama and a response from Republican Congressman Paul Ryan.

President Obama says he wants a freeze in non-security, discretionary spending. In the unlikely event that happens, it won’t really matter, because to make a real dent in the deficit, it’s necessary to cut spending on the military and entitlements. The president promised big government in the past, and he delivered. I expect more of the same.

However, Obama has truly been a hypocrite on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a candidate, he promised to end them. Tonight we heard more hollow promises. The fact is, as president, he has kept those wars going, and has greatly escalated the war in Afghanistan. As a percentage of GDP, military spending is higher now than it was during any year of the George W. Bush administration.

Unlike President Obama, Libertarians would bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and reduce the military budget.

On the Republican side, I found Congressman Paul Ryan’s hypocrisy appalling. He claims to want big cuts in government spending. But he didn’t seem to be too worried about cutting spending when Republicans were in charge. He supported the huge Medicare expansion in 2003, and the expensive No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. He supports the expensive War on Drugs. In 2008, he put hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars at risk by voting for the massive TARP bailout, and he even voted to spend billions on the GM and Chrysler bailout.

Just one month ago, Congressman Ryan voted for the tax compromise that included a big increase in unemployment spending, and even extensions of government spending on ethanol.

Republicans don’t want to cut spending — they want to talk about cutting spending.

Congressman Paul Ryan is a perfect example of why Republicans are bad for America.

Republicans’ plans for Social Security and Medicare are little more than a distraction. It’s time for someone to have the guts to tell seniors the truth: You were promised way too much, and now we’ve got to make major cuts. I’m asking retirees to think about the enormous debts piling up on your children and grandchildren.

Libertarians would stop spending billions on bailouts, the War on Drugs, federal education programs, and we would end mandatory Social Security and Medicare.

Today, America is a country that attracts hardworking immigrants from Mexico and around the world, leaving countries that are less free and prosperous. Libertarians welcome these immigrants warmly. But I often wonder if — in 20 years — America will still be a great place to live, or if it will be another declining civilization fraught with poverty and abuse that your children want to leave.

The future of America may depend on the Libertarian Party steering us towards liberty and away from tyranny.

The Libertarian Party is America’s third-largest party, and one of the most successful alternative parties in American history.

We are recruiting bold, principled men and women dedicated to freedom to fill leadership positions and to run for office as Libertarians.

You don’t have to agree with every single Libertarian position to join the Libertarian Party. You can still make a difference and help us move our country towards freedom.

The Libertarian Party has more information at our website, LP.org. Please visit LP.org and join the Libertarian Party today.

Thank you and good night.

Ten words you need to stop misspelling:
A handy guide for the spelling-challenged.

Ten words you need to stop misspelling:

A handy guide for the spelling-challenged.

A “freakonomics” style look at the NFL Draft.

sirmitchell:

Hey random Facebook idiot, don’t you think God would have given you a working brain if he were truly amazing?

Notice this was posted Sunday at 11am, I bet she was told this at church and found it so inspiring she had to share it with the world.

sirmitchell:

Hey random Facebook idiot, don’t you think God would have given you a working brain if he were truly amazing?

Notice this was posted Sunday at 11am, I bet she was told this at church and found it so inspiring she had to share it with the world.

'If, while in a town, a man happens to meet a woman who is engaged to be married and he has sex with her, take them both to the gate of the town and stone them to death: the girl, for not having cried for help in the town; the man, for having violated another man’s wife. You must banish this evil from among you.’

'But if, while out in the country, a man happens to meet a girl engaged to be married, and seizes her and rapes her, the rapist alone must die. You must do nothing to the girl. She has not committed a sin worthy of death, for she may have called out for help without anyone coming to her rescue.’

'If a man happens to meet a virgin woman who is not engaged to be married, and he seizes her and rapes her, but is caught in the act, he rapist must pay the girl’s father fifty silver shekels.  She must marry the rapist, because he has violated her. And so long as he lives, he may not divorce her.’

Deuteronomy 22:23-29

This is your “word of God” and the basis of all the world’s morality?

Update:
The notion that these rules (and the other ridiculous ones riddled throughout the text) do not apply to Christians, because Jesus formed a new “covenant” is ridiculous.  If the text is the indefectible word of god, you can not take bits and pieces and say that some are no longer valid.
To quote the Bible,
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." - James 1:17

xcapnedwardx:

iseenerds:

Euthyphro’s Dilemma summed up nicely

Every once in a while Plato would write something with which I can actually agree. Here’s one of such things.

xcapnedwardx:

iseenerds:

Euthyphro’s Dilemma summed up nicely

Every once in a while Plato would write something with which I can actually agree. Here’s one of such things.

A fun read!

Here’s the section on evolution:

  • The word theory in the theory of evolution does not imply doubt from mainstream science regarding its validity; the concepts of theory and hypothesis have specific meanings in a scientific context. Whiletheory in colloquial usage may denote a hunch or conjecture, a scientific theory is a set of principles that explains observable phenomena in natural terms.[148][149] Evolution is a theory in the same sense as germ theorygravitation, or plate tectonics.[150] (See Objections to Evolution.)
  • Evolution does not claim humans evolved from monkeys,[151] chimpanzees[152] or any other modern-day primates. Instead, fossil evidence has shown that humans and monkeys share a common ancestor that lived about 40 million years ago.[153] This common ancestor diverged into separate lineages, one evolving into so-called New World monkeys and the other into Old World monkeys andapes.[154] Humans are included in the Homindae family of apes, which also includes chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. Similarly, the common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees, which lived between 5 and 8 million years ago, evolved into two lineages, one eventually becoming modern humans and the other splitting again into chimpanzees and bonobos.[151] Thus, one cannot consider any present-day monkeys or apes as reflecting how humans “used to look” or behave. All extant animal groups have evolved over the same amount of time.
  • Evolution is not a progression from inferior to superior organisms, and it also does not necessarily require an increase in complexity (see evolution of complexity). A population can evolve to become simpler, having a smaller genome, but devolution is a misnomer.[155][156]
  • It is a common misconception, even among adults, that humans and dinosaurs (in the ordinary sense of the term) coexisted. According to the California Academy of Sciences, around 41% of U.S. adults mistakenly believe they co-existed.[157] The last of the dinosaurs died around 65 million years ago, after the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event, whereas the earliest Homo genus (humans) evolved between 2.3 and 2.4 million years ago.
 

thereisnogod:

iseenerds:

In reference to this segment if you did not catch it

A child knows how they work.  What an idiot.
F-U-C-K  Y-O-U-R  G-O-D

thereisnogod:

iseenerds:

In reference to this segment if you did not catch it

A child knows how they work.  What an idiot.

F-U-C-K  Y-O-U-R  G-O-D

ageofreason:

Creationism

ageofreason:

Creationism

Government’ s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it; If it keeps moving, regulate it…and if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw