Archive for March, 2009

Dr. Mahathir to Star in Yet Another Sandiwara Sequel (or Maybe Just a Rerun)

March 31, 09

Here we go again! More lives than Jason of Friday the 13th.

DraMaMotiv

Above is #45 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters.

First Dr M quit the premiership… Then he withdrew his resignation.

Then he quit for real, this time really really one.

Then he quit UMNO (and blamed Badawi for it).

Then he was thinking about rejoining UMNO.

And now he has announced that he will rejoin UMNO for sure.

What to say but Drama laaaaaah, Dr M!

From The Star 31 March 2009:

Mahathir’s announcement to rejoin Umno welcomed

KOTA BARU: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has welcomed the announcement by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he would rejoin Umno.

He said the veteran statesman’s readiness to rejoin Umno showed that he loved the party.

“Umno’s doors are always open to Tun and he can be an adviser to the new leadership of the country,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Dr Ahmad Zahid was here yesterday to receive the Ahli Yang Kehormat Yang Pertama (Seri Paduka) of the Jiwa Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Mulia (SJMK) award, which carries the title “Datuk”, in conjunction with the 59th birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan, Tuanku Ismail Petra Sultan Yahya Petra at the Istana Balai Besar.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Mustapa Mohamed described Dr Mahathir’s intention to rejoin Umno as a good sign for the unity of the Malays.

Mustapa, who is Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, said he hoped Dr Mahathir would rejoin Umno soon to help strengthen not only the party but also the Government.

Meanwhile, PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa said Dr Mahathir’s announcement would have little impact on the three by-elections on April 7. — Bernama

Drama laaaaaah, Dr M!

All That This Non-Bumiputera is Saying…

March 31, 09

We don’t object that Islam is the official religion or Bahasa Melayu is the official language. We don’t object to the sultans as our rulers even though they historically have never been.

What we object to is when we try our hardest in our studies or workplace, we are pushed aside to make way for lower-performing individuals who happen to fit requirements for the quota. Why are our best efforts wasted? Why are we made to feel that people would rather our skills and talents be taken overseas instead of building up Malaysia?

Think about it… What benefit does it bring to THE NATION when underperformers are automatically advanced? And worse, encouraged to not bother trying their best because they are entitled to an easy life? How does that benefit Malaysia as a whole?

What we object to is when people mock and curse our culture or beliefs, they are applauded; but when we talk about theirs, we are thrown into jail.

Think about it… If all the Chinese and Indians and Caucasians etc. were to 100%-and-forever acknowledge Malay superiority tomorrow… Wouldn’t the main criteria for becoming a leader in UMNO – protecting Malay rights – suddenly be useless in lifting up the Malays and the nation? (Actually, it would be just as useless as it is now!)

All I’m saying is, if certain people OF ALL RACES in Malaysia don’t start picking up the slack, our nation will be left behind as the world rapidly globalizes. What do we have, really, that other nations do not have? Especially if we do not even have a work-hard, ensure-quality mentality?

Think about it… If all the Chinese and Indians and Caucasians etc. were to disappear suddenly tomorrow… How would that suddenly make Malaysia ready to face China, India, the European Union and the USA in the global market?

Wouldn’t there still be a huge wealth disparity between the UMNOputras/well connected Malay businessmen and the farmers/fishermen/FELDA families/kampung villagers? How would the nation’s problems be amazingly, mysteriously solved?

What use would be UMNO’s ‘Malay Rights’ mentality when everyone in the nation is a Malay?

Do you really think that the other nations of the world will accept ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ as a valid excuse to take it easy on Malaysia and give her underperforming, low-quality, low-output citizens ‘quotas’ in the survival-of-the-fittest world economy?

Or would Malaysia be just another ‘Middle Eastern’ nation… An oil-rich Islamic country of homogenous race, where the commoners lack education and live in poverty while the privileged upper class live in luxury and send their children to overseas schools? To put it another way, would Encik Ali still be a poor teh tarik seller while Encik Najib lives first class in a Putrajaya mansion?

Ask yourself this question, and think about whether the non-Bumiputeras are the real issue and the real problem to solve here.

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FOOTNOTE: Historically, dictatorships and non-sustainable repressive regimes have always required an ‘enemy’ to focus the people’s unhappiness against, so that the people are distracted from the fundamental injustices and the root causes of national problems.

You can see it in Nazi Germany’s demonizing of European Jews, the Middle East’s demonizing of Israel and America, North Korea/Venezuela/Cuba’s demonizing of America, and Taliban/Hamas/Al Qaeda’s demonizing of Israel and America and Jews and Westerners and non-Muslims and anything they define as un-Islamic.

Even if all the Jews and Americans and Westerners and whoever else they don’t like were wiped off the face of the Earth, would all their problems be solved? Would all their social ills be cured?

Not half likely. All they would do is find a new enemy to focus the people’s hate against. For more on thie concept, see Two Minutes Hate and The War.

Now put that concept in a Malaysian context… Would all the nation’s difficulties disappear if the non-Bumiputeras were deported or wiped out?

(And for a glimpse at the answer to that question, see what Michael Chick has to report about Pariaman got rid of its ‘pendatangs’).

Quick Facts That Debunk Hysterical Global Warming Claims

March 26, 09

Join the Global Warming is Unfactual group on Facebook!

Take the quick poll question!

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WHAT IS ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING?

Anthropogenic global warming theory is the idea that human activities that release carbon dioxide are causing the Earth’s temperature to rise drastically.

Anthropogenic global warming theory has the following assumptions:

1) Carbon dioxide is the main cause of rising global temperatures
2) The main source of this carbon dioxide is from human activities
3) The temperature rise will be quick and large
4) The temperature rise will cause massive devastation and disaster
5) We must act now to stop the release of carbon dioxide

But that is only one side of the story. Have you ever heard, seen or read the other side?

The following collection of facts all come with citations and links. They are but the tip of the not-melting iceberg of data that refutes global warming junk-science.

Read on and ask yourself:

What do the following FACTS mean for purported human-caused global warming?

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WORLDWIDE WEATHER

- Meanwhile, on planet Earth, the oceans have been cooling since 2003. (Source: NASA)

- Sea ice is growing at the fastest rate ever recorded. (Source: Arctic Research Center)

- Arctic ice is back to 1979 levels, meaning no net melting has occurred in 30 years. The graph below is resized smaller, but see the jagged lines? That’s the levels of ice – fluctuating a bit, but always around the same amount over 30 years. (Source and full size graph: Daily Tech)

- Perhaps the recent fears that the Arctic was melting is due to the fact that scientists undermeasured the amount of ice by 500,000 square kilometers (the size of California!) because of a satellite sensor glitch. So much for careful and accurate science! What else have they miscalculated thus far? (Hint: See the SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS section later on) (Source: Bloomberg)

- Antarctic ice is at highest levels ever recorded and still expanding. The purple shaded area shows the record ice cap growth this year in Antarctica. (Source: The Australian, Heartland Institute)

- Here’s some visuals of just how much more ice and snow there is in Antarctica over 20 years. The structures below were on ground level in the mid-1960s; by the time the photos were taken in the late 1980s, they are already almost completely buried by the additional snow! And Antarctic ice is at record high levels today, 30 years onwards. (See the very purple picture on this page.) (Source: The Next Ice Age – Now!)

The electrical transmission towers above are 115 feet tall. Of that, 85 feet of height has been buried.

The above construction crane was used to build those tall towers!

- The year 2008 saw colder temperatures across the United States. (Source: National Climatic Data Center)

- It snowed in Saudi Arabia during their coldest winter in 30 years. Yes, you read that right – it snowed in the DESERT KINGDOM! (Source: Arabian Business.com, photo from Watts Up With That? collection)

- It snowed in Iraq for the first time in 100 years. (Source: Agence France-Presse)

- In 2009, it snowed in the United Arab Emirates for the second time in history. When was the first time? In 2004! (Source: Associated Free Press and Terra Daily)

- China had its coldest winter in 100 years. (Source: Reuters)

- Pakistan had its coldest temperatures in 70 years. (Source: The Indian Express)

- Australia had its coldest summer in 50 years. (Source: Bloomberg)

- Mumbai, India had its coldest winter in 40 years. (Source: India News)

- Takijistan, formerly part of the Soviet Union, had its coldest winter in more than 25 years. (Source: npr)

- Record cold in Vietnam. (Source: Earth Times)

- Rare snowfall occurred in Jerusalem, Israel. (Source: BBC)

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CARBON DIOXIDE

It is claimed that the more carbon dioxide is put into the atmosphere, the hotter the planet gets. But is this what the data shows?

- Historical data shows that temperature always rises first, followed 800 years LATER by carbon dioxide levels. This is the REVERSE of what global warming theory claims. (Source: Six respected climate and environment scientists)

- Carbon dioxide, for all the hype and panic, forms only 0.0383% of the entire atmosphere. That is to say, in every 2611 buckets of air you collect, you will only collect 1 bucket of carbon dioxide. (Source: Wikipedia on carbon dioxide concentration)

- Meanwhile, how much carbon dioxide is released in a year? The amount of CO2 being released by humans is only 3.4% of all CO2 emissions!

According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, only 1~2% of the atmosphere is made up of greenhouse gases. Of that amount of greenhouse gases, only 3.62 percent of it is carbon dioxide. Of that amount of carbon dioxide, only 3.4% is emitted by human activity.

So humans contribute only 0.28% of the greenhouse effect. What does this tiny little number actually mean? To put it another way, in every 40,624 buckets of atmosphere, human activities will only add 1 single bucket of carbon dioxide every year.

And we are supposed to ‘save the planet from global warming’ by halting this 3.4% of 3.62% of 2% of the atmosphere of human carbon dioxide emissions? Even if all human activities were immediately stopped tomorrow, 96.6% of the carbon dioxide would be totally unaffected! (Source: National Center for Policy Analysis, pages 5-8)

- How does this tiny amount of carbon dioxide claimed to cause global warming? Supporters of global warming scaremongering say that carbon dioxide absorbs a particular wavelength of radiation from the surface of the Earth, which would otherwise escape off into space. Thus, carbon dioxide traps this radiation and heats up the planet.

However, the wavelength of radiation carbon dioxide has been shown to absorb is actually so narrow, it is already mostly absorbed by other gases such as water vapor! (Source: Page 13 of this PDF or first graph here)

What is more, once carbon dioxide and other gases absorb this radiation, then adding more carbon dioxide does not have any effect – the radiation is already being absorbed in full. (To visualize this, imagine a flashlight beam being blocked by pieces of black paper. Once there is are enough pieces of black paper to block the beam totally, adding more pieces does nothing. All the light is already being absorbed.)

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SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS

The IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) claims that a ‘consensus’ of scientists agree that global warming is a real and urgent danger. They are basically saying that ‘all’ serious scientists believe in global warming.

But what does the science actually show?

- 100 + 400 + 650 + 31000 prominent scientists DENY global warming claims. (Sources: Science and Public Policy Institute, Senate Minority Report, Telegraph Newspaper UK)

- The American Physical Society offers mathematical proof that the IPCC’s calculations on global warming are WRONG. (Source: Christopher Monckton, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher)

- How is temperature measured, anyway? NASA uses ground-based measuring instruments. However, many of them are placed in REALLY STUPID LOCATIONS where they are exposed to a lot of temporary heat. Examples: Hot car parking lot, air-conditioner hot air vent, barbeque grill! Don’t you think this affects the temperature measurements? (Source and more photos: here, here and here)

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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH AND PUBLIC OPINION

Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth has been a major influence in getting people to believe that global warming is destroying our world.

- But did you know that this film has been found to have at least 35 major scientific errors? (Source: Science and Public Policy Institute)

- This caused the British High Court to officially rule that the film was unscientific, and may only be shown to schoolchildren if the film’s one-sided political slant is clearly stated to them. (Source: Investors Business Daily)

- An Inconvenient Truth portrays the Antarctic as warming up, with the Larsen Ice Shelf melting away. However, it does not deem to mention that this part is only 2% of the Antarctic, while the rest is COOLING. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

- What about the ‘poor, drowning polar bears that are going extinct’ that Al Gore and others love to bring up in order to pull at our heart-strings? The truth is, there are 5 times more polar bears today than 70 years ago (25,000 today versus 5,000 in 1940). And the polar bears featured in the photo below? Not in any fear, suffering or danger of drowning! Basically, Al Gore either lied or was ignorant. (Source and citations: This article, and polar bear numbers from Polar Bears International)

- In fact, more and more people began thinking that global warming is OVER-EXAGGERATED since around the time An Inconvenient Truth was released! (Source: Gallup poll)

- With an entire two thirds of those polled not believing it is caused by humans! (Source: Rasmussen Reports)

- While global warming is currently the UTTER LOWEST AND LEAST IMPORTANT concern on people’s minds! (Source: Pew Research Center)

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AL GORE

Maybe global warming panic is losing momentum because Al Gore – the foremost outspoken champion of stopping global warming – has proven to be a huge hypocrite when it comes to not releasing carbon dioxide.

- His home uses 20 times the energy as a standard American home, even while he tells us to conserve energy for the sake of the planet. (Source: Tenessee Center for Policy Research)

- Sorry! That information is outdated. His home now uses 22 times the energy as a standard American home! (Source: Tenessee Center for Policy Research)

But don’t worry! Al Gore tells us to slow the advance of global warming by reducing our carbon output, but if we cannot do so personally, we can still buy carbon offsets – pay money to plant trees, support solar power, etc. So he too buys carbon offsets to make up for his polluting lifestyle.

- Guess who owns a carbon offsets company? Al Gore himself. He is the founding partner and chairman of Generation Investment Management LLP. (Wikipedia entry here)

- And where does he buy his carbon offsets from? From his own company. (Source: WorldNet Daily)

- Thanks to this marvellous scam, Al Gore has earned $35 million in profits at our expense. (Source: Bloomberg)

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IN CLOSING

And remember: 34 years ago, the world was panicking about GLOBAL COOLING! (Source: Newsweek from 1975)

DO YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS HAPPENING AND THAT HUMAN-RELEASED CARBON DIOXIDE CAUSES IT?

SPREAD THE TRUTH!!

Dueling Analogs: All Your Bailout Are Belong to Us

March 23, 09

All your bonus are belong to us

Click the comic snippet above to go to full comic. Explanation for video game reference at here, with another political spoof at lol here.

Steve Napierski is understandably tinkled off with the latest round of (predictable) Democrat flip flopping.

He might be even more annoyed to learn that Congress itself protected those AIG bonuses in the first place – through FOUR rounds of legislature.

And that the top DemCongs* like Chris Dodd and even Obama himself received tens of thousands in campaign contributions from AIG.

Cockroaches only ever scuttle noisily for cover while feigning outrage when the light is shone upon them. Oops, I shouldn’t disparage cockroaches – they don’t put on fake outrage.

*DemCong – Democrat of Congress, a play on the term Vietcong.

An Inconvenient Truth FAILed to Convince People About Global Warming

March 17, 09

Apparently, it had the opposite effect:

Inconvenient Truth FAIL

See also:

 

 

 

 

Way Cool Video – Rent and Fire Heavy Guns!

March 13, 09

Woah! Only in America baby! It’s O.F.A.S.T.S. – the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show (more pics there)!

Check out the clearer video hosted at Moonbattery.com.

Or go direct to the link at G4TV.com!

Screenshot excerpts of the vid:

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show

Now don’t you wish you could be doing that instead of just playing Left 4 Dead?

Obama Gets an ‘F’ on MSNBC Poll (At Least 59% of Polled)

March 11, 09

Quick, head on over to THIS LINK on MSNBC and tell them just what you think of President Obama!

Here’s where the poll stands currently:

F stand for fail!

Here’s a hint for what score to give him:

A full 32% of Americans in a proper poll have a Strong Disapproval rating for President Obama.

Note, however, that MSNBC doesn’t state that earlier letters of the alphabet mean a better score… Meaning that come tomorrow, they could just as well claim in a headline that PRESIDENT OBAMA RECEIVES TOP GRADE FROM 59% OF POLLED!

Via Moonbattery and The Jawa Report.

The Silent Scream – Ultrasound Video of a Baby Being Brutally Aborted

March 11, 09

The Silent Scream is an anti-abortion video that – through the use of real-time ultrasound – shows the actual process of aborting a 11-week old fetus in all its terrifying detail.

The website is at silentscream.org, where you can download Quicktime files of the video.

Excerpts from the video description information:

Dr. Bernard Nathanson’s classic video that shocked the world. He explains the procedure of a suction abortion, followed by an actual first trimester abortion as seen through ultrasound.

The viewer can see the child’s pathetic attempts to escape the suction curette as her heart rate doubles, and a “silent scream” as her body is torn apart.

Three-dimensional depiction of the developing fetus, from 4 weeks through 28 weeks. Display and usage of the abortionists’ tools, plus video of an abortionist performing a suction abortion.

The abortionist was quite skilled, having performed more than 10,000 abortions. We discover that the resulting ultrasound of his abortion so appalled him that he never again performed another abortion.

The clip begins with an ultrasound of the fetus (girl) who is about to be aborted. The girl is moving in the womb; displays a heartbeat of 140 per minute; and is at times sucking her thumb.

As the abortionist’s suction tip begins to invade the womb, the child rears and moves violently in an attempt to avoid the instrument. Her mouth is visibly open in a “silent scream.” The child’s heart rate speeds up dramatically (to 200 beats per minute) as she senses aggression. She moves violently away in a pathetic attempt to escape the instrument.

The abortionist’s suction tip begins to rip the baby’s limbs from its body, ultimately leaving only her head in the uterus (too large to be pulled from the uterus in one piece). The abortionist attempts to crush her head with his forceps, allowing it to be removed.

In an effort to “dehumanize” the procedure, the abortionist and anesthesiologist refer to the baby’s head as “number 1.” The abortionist crushes “number 1″ with the forceps and removes it from the uterus.

Women are victims, too. They haven’t been told about the true nature of the unborn child or the facts about abortion procedures. Their wombs have been perforated, infected, destroyed, and sterilized. All as a result of an operation about which they they have had no true knowledge. NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) and Planned Parenthood are accused of a conspiracy of silence, of keeping women in the dark about the reality of abortion.

Finally, Dr. Nathanson discusses his credentials. He is a former abortionist, having been the director of the largest clinic in the Western world.

I’ve included the Youtubes of the video below. The following is a summary of what each video part contains.

Part 1 is an introduction to what abortion actually entails.

Part 2 explains how the abortion instruments are actually used on the fetus – cutting off and crushing its head.

Part 3 is the ‘highlight’ of the series. Video of an ultrasound taken while the baby is being murdered in its mother’s womb. Towards the middle of the video, you see the fetus bucking and kicking, trying desperately to escape as the abortionist rams the implement into the womb and eventually kills the child.

Part 4 has abortion statistics (current modern statistics are 1.2 million abortions per month worldwide) and gruesome images of the leftover body parts of murdered aborted fetuses. If you don’t care to see dead and dismembered babies (with human faces), don’t watch.

Part 5 wraps up, and has images of a beautiful fetus… Contrasted with another image of a murdered abortion victim.

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Another Person Who Doesn’t Know Christian Theology Mangling Genesis to Bash With

March 10, 09

I see this all too often, especially in my email discussion group – someone with the barest of shallow or skewed knowledge about Biblical narratives attempting to use it to bash Christians with.

It’s amazing, really, how lazy some people are when it comes to reading through all three chapters at the beginning of the Bible detailing the Creation and Fall of mankind before going off on some wild, unhinged rant.

So, often enough, I try to correct it.

I’m not sure of the full context of the following – whether it is Ayn Rand’s own views, or merely the views of a character in the book (John Galt himself I suspect), or Brad DeLong’s own understanding of the nature of man before the Fall (and by the way, not all Christians are fiscal Conservatives, and vice versa) – but I’m providing the mainstream correction for this gross misinterpretation/misinformation nonetheless.

(But is there really anything wrong with emulating the best parts that we admire in a person, while rejecting what we don’t agree with? After all, I don’t see Obamessiah worshipers who long to be like their idol carrying around teleprompters wherever they go. Snark!)

So here it is, a snippet from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, via Brad DeLong’s Grasping Reality with Both Hands, ostensibly used to chide Conservative Wingnuts: John Galt Is Not a Christian.

What is the nature of the guilt that your teachers call his Original Sin? What are the evils man acquired when he fell from a state they consider perfection? Their myth declares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge — he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil — he became a moral being. He was sentenced to earn his bread by his labor — he became a productive being. He was sentenced to experience desire — he acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment. The evils for which they damn him are reason, morality, creativeness, joy — all the cardinal values of his existence. It is not his vices that their myth of man’s fall is designed to explain and condemn, it is not his errors they they hold as his guilt, but the essence of his nature as man. Whatever he was — that robot, in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love — he was not man…

Here are the counters for each of the fallacies I noted:

1) Their myth declares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge — he acquired a mind and became a rational being.

Adam and Eve had rational minds and the ability to make independent decisions before the Original Sin. How could the serpent manipulate Eve’s logic to trick her into eating the fruit, if she had none to begin with?

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” – Genesis 3:1

What the Fall accomplished was to make mankind clever in his own mind – a self-assured smarty pants, but in no way wise.

2) It was the knowledge of good and evil — he became a moral being.

The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil did not merely grant the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. It was the presumptuousness of being the authority that decides what is right and what is wrong, i.e. replacing God.

As the serpent said to Eve: “Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:5

What the Fall accomplished was to make mankind wholly immoral – by raising himself over and rejecting God as the definer of ethics and morality (sound familiar, moral relativists?)

3) He was sentenced to earn his bread by his labor — he became a productive being.

Adam was already given the responsibility to work the earth before the Fall.

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. – Genesis 2:15

The difference after the Fall is that his labour would now involve toil and trouble.

Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food. – Genesis 3:17-19

What the Fall accomplished was to actually decrease mankind’s productivity! What do you have to say to that, John Galt?

Also compare what Jesus Christ did for the majority of his lifetime on Earth, as quoted by I cannot now remember who: The sanctity of work is this: That God came to this world, and made furniture.

4) He was sentenced to experience desire — he acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment.

Once again, casual (read: shallow and childish) readers get confused by the parts about being naked and probably are misinformed by wild conjectures that the original sin was sex. (Philip Pullman is guilty of this as well.)

Reproduction, and by extension procreation and just plain sex, were instituted by God Himself as something pure and holy long before the Fall:

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. – Genesis 1:28

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. – Genesis 2:24-25

Question: Do you feel shameful and abashed when naked in front of your spouse? Well, neither did Adam and Eve. They were also unabashed to be naked in front of God, who after all created them in all their anatomically detailed glory.

So why did Adam and Eve cover themselves up after they had sinned?

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden,and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” – Genesis 3:7-10

It was because they no longer had the full trust and intimacy with God that they had enjoyed before.

It is only sexual contact outside marriage that is sinful. Please update your Medieval Era datafiles with the latest patch before attempting to play Bible Critic Online.

5) Whatever he was — that robot, in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love — he was not man…

Typical. Citing the temptation of the Forbidden Fruit, and later on in the same rant lamenting mankind’s ‘lack of free will’. Do tell me how ‘robots’ which can only follow pre-programmed orders can decide to disobey a direct order not to eat the forbidden fruit.

The irony here is that the very existence of the Forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden is due to the need for a way that mankind can actively choose to disobey God.

Imagine if God had said, “Hey man and woman! Y’all are free to disobey Me with your free will I’m giving you and all, hear? ‘Cept that, I won’t give you any way to actually do it. Have fun now!”

The end result of that would be like something explored in Ultimate Fantastic Four.

Just for the information of the uninitiated, free will is a HUGE thing in most Christian denominations. It’s so big, that God let Adam and Eve reject Him and His ways. It’s so big, that God still lets billions of people reject His last chance offer of reconciliation through Jesus Christ instead of using His omnipotent power to force everyone to be saved and join Him in heaven – despite the fact that God “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

CONCLUSION:

To paraphrase the passage from Atlas Shrugged: In the Garden of Eden, he existed with mind, with values, with labor, with love — he was man.

Man had a different nature once – you only have to imagine humanity with all the good qualities we see today, but none of the bad ones, and you’d be able to grasp just what kind of utopian society Eden and the future redeemed world must be like.

It’d be like the result of Marxism if people weren’t naturally selfish b*stards, i.e. actually successful!

And yes, the early Christians in Acts were technically Socialists and even Communists…

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. – Acts 2:44-45

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs, eh? But as you can see, each of them gave up their personal possessions for the Greater Good willingly and without coercion.

And they worshiped the perfect God of all creation, not some self-aggrandizing, man-is-god, original-sin, utterly and predictably fallible diktat-ors.

That is how a church can raise $19 million in one day from 22,000 people… And also why people are balking at the Tax Raiser in Chief’s mandatory redistribution of wealth.

If Conservatives and Christians are presented with a cause they can believe in, you don’t have to twist their arms – the giving will flow all on its own.

After all… Conservatives outgive Liberals when it comes to charity, while top rich Democrats routinely avoid paying the very taxes they want to impose on us hapless proles. Which is perhaps why President Obama sees fit to discourage charitable donations by reducing their tax deduction.

UPDATE: Well, this piece about Ayn Rand explains it.

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See also related at The Golden Compass – Attacking A Misportrayal of Christianity (And How to Refute the Attacks).

Scott Gets Credit for Obama Phone FAIL on Michelle Malkin’s Blog

March 10, 09

Thank you Miss Malkin! I had given up hope that my creation of the lol would ever be credited, but the alert Michelle Malkin actually noticed my email and/or trackback and/or comment amidst her hundreds of messages, and has now publicly credited me plus a link!

Obama Phone Fail

The minor formatting issue on my name destracts from my joy not! And nowadays I always put a little watermark of sorts on my creations.

Made with the excellent free graphics editor software, GIMP by the way. Try it out yourselves – it takes a bit of getting used to if you’re more familiar with Photoshop.

I still have no idea of the chain of passing-alongs that led to Michelle Malkin stumbling across the Obama Phone FAIL though.

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