Speaking as a disabled veteran of the culture wars,

I wholeheartedly endorse everything Frank J. Fleming talks about in this article, 5 Rules for Victory in the Culture War.

I watched “Christian culture go from something that was *almost* accepted by the mainstream (The Jesus Freak movement) into something that is openly derided and mocked by the trendsetters and culture mavens of our society. At some point along the way, we Christians decided we wanted to sell 10,000 records that said things in our language rather than sell 100,000 records that challenged others to believe in God.

Hopefully, by following Frank’s rather, er, frank advice, the culture of conservative independence can learn from the mistakes that Christians have made in the past.

 
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March 30th, 2015 by exurbankevin

A Tea Party Wedge into Silicon Valley?

Kudos to Orrin Hatch for taking the message of free markets to those who thought that Obama was pro-free enterprise and are now jaded enough to try something new, like freedom.

Small to mid-size companies are attractive targets to patent trolls because they don’t have the resources to defend themselves in court. And no fledgling company can ever expect to attract investment dollars if it’s mired in costly patent litigation. Indeed, patent trolls are crippling growth across all sectors of our innovation economy—from small businesses to America’s largest companies.

Freedom. It’s a beautiful thing.

 
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March 16th, 2015 by KevinC

Not to rain on your free-speech parade, but…

Just about a year ago, the Nigerian Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped, raped and sold into slavery an entire school of 12-15 year old girls, due in large part to their Christian faith.

The reaction from the Obama administration was swift and self-righteous: It immediately asked millions of Twitter users to express their outrage over Boko Haram’s barbarity and show their solidarity with the kidnapped girls by using the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag on Twitter.

And it was a rousing success: People all around the world felt better about themselves, knowing that they had typed eighteen characters into a text box as a way to make a courageous stand against the rape and subjugation of underage girls.

Rosa Parks would be proud.

Shockingly, all of that self-gratification did wonders for the self-esteem of rich white liberals, but did nothing to free the kidnapped young girls. All the girls from the Chibok school are now dead or trapped in the hell of “marriages” to radical Islamists.

And believe it or not, it gets worse than that. Last Friday, while some free speech advocates were talking a stand against shooting editorial cartoonists (and perversely, some professional journalists were taking a stand against free speech), Boko Haram casually, and with malice a forethought, shot up an entire village and killed up to two thousand people.

That’s right, 2000 (or more) innocent lives lost. This is the worse terrorist attack since 9/11, and yet few people have heard about it or seem to care. What is it with Democratic Presidents ignoring genocide in sub-Sarahan Africa, anyways?

I digress.

Getting outraged over the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine is a good thing, because it’s making people realize the greatest threats to our social freedoms don’t come from some bluenose Puritan Christian carrying a Bible, but rather from an Islamic jihadist with a suicide vest carrying an AK47.

Get outraged, but get active, because when we have foes who would use more than just words to eliminate free speech, free speech must be defended with more than just words.

 
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January 16th, 2015 by exurbankevin

Let Me Give You A Hammer.

Hammer

Let me give you a hammer.

It’s my own hammer. A regular carpenter’s hammer, nothing special, but it is mine, and I like it.

I’m giving you my hammer because I need you to build a bridge for me. It’s a very useful and very needed bridge, and building it will be beneficial to you, me, and thousands of other people.

You say “Fair enough, but after the bridge is built, I get to keep your hammer, because it can be used to build other things that you, me, and many, many other people need.”

I like this deal because all it costs me is my hammer, and not only do I get the bridge I need, I’m going to be getting other cool and useful things for me as well. So I let you keep the hammer, and you build a bunch of great and wonderful things.

But that hammer is now no longer under my control, and I soon find out that it’s being used to build a lot of things that I don’t like, things that go against my best interests and the interests of my community.

It’s not my hammer anymore. I’m not the one who is swinging it. I’m not the one who determines where or when the hammer will fall.

Worse yet, I find out that hammer has a claw on the other end, a claw that is very useful at tearing things down and ripping things apart, a claw that is eventually used to rip apart all that I hold dear. The hammer that I gave you to build something great has now become the instrument of my destruction.

Laws are hammers.

Use them only if you are sure the power to wield them will stay in your hands.

 
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January 5th, 2015 by exurbankevin

I hate wasting good stuff on an away game.

Michael Bane went off on Obama/Holder/Sharpton/et al’s current machinations to re-make America in their own image, and I chimed in.

Walter Russell Mead’s work on the death of the Blue social model has been outstanding and the guide post I’ve used these past two years. The elaborate social/cultural machinery of the technocrats have built of the past 100 years is falling into disrepair, and we’re going thru a period of social upheaval not seen since the days of the 19th/20th century Anarchists, and the Chartists before that.

Yee-haw!

We are self-sorting ourselves into Blue America and Red America. The U.S. has one of the most internally-mobile populations in the world (I’m certainly proof of that!). Unlike Europe, where your birthplace is your destiny, if  you don’t like your life in your part of America, you can easily and fairly painlessly move to someplace new. Yes, there are pockets of poverty where this is harder to pull off than others, but I know people of who have moved out of some of the poorest urban and rural places in this country and re-made their lives to great success. Simply put, when F. Scott Fitzgerald said “In America, there are no second chances”, he was lying through his teeth. America was founded by second-chance people, was defended by second-chance people and it will be second-chance people who will make it great once again.

Having seen “blue colonization” up-close and personal in Arizona, where the town of Prescott is now populated primarily by refugees from California, I tend to subscribe that the people leaving the hellholes of Blue states are the ones who don’t like it there, and want a change. Despite all the influx from the west, Prescott is no more liberal now than it was 20 years ago; the liberals of California tend to go to places like Portland or Seattle where their views can be reinforced.

The question is, what will replace old-school Progressivism? Are we going through the French Revolution, or the American Revolution? God help us if it’s the former.

That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

 
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December 27th, 2014 by KevinC

Confederate Flag Musings

I was at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix a few days ago checking out various firearms and other items on display. Such expositions are a great place for freedom-loving people to conduct business and support their civil right to bear arms. However, there were a few displays of one particular symbol of subjugation and rebellion that made me angry.

The Confederate flag.

First, let me tell you that this is a flag that I hate. Yes, I used the word hate because of the history behind it. The Confederacy, their leaders, and their flag are a shameful part of American history that should serve as a cautionary tale to future generations. The CSA seceded from the USA in order to continue slavery in Southern states and to expand it into the New Mexico Territory. The Confederate flag is the flag the South fought under.

Second, the Confederacy was run by the Democrat Party! When you hear the term “Solid South” it means entirely (white) Democrat Party political leaders. This party supported the continuation and expansion of slavery, which caused a new party (Republican) to emerge  in 1854 that was opposed to slavery. The Democrats in the south decided to secede from the USA and fought under the “Stars and Bars” until the Civil War ended.

What got my attention was one vendor displayed the Confederate flag next to the American flag. What was worse, it was at the same height! All this at an event which celebrates one of of our civil rights, the Second Amendment. Given the history of the Confederacy and it’s denial of civil rights, this is an odd juxtaposition. What’s more, my guess is the exhibitor wasn’t a registered Democrat and doesn’t believe that black people have less rights than non-blacks.

And yet the Stars and Bars flies at a gun show…

This is foolishness on display and it hurts those of us who believe in civil rights. As Alfonzo Rachel says in this piece, waving the Confederate flag sabotages the message that conservative, pro-gun citizens want to get across. When educated, professional people like myself see the Stars and Bars, I want to distance myself from it. That same holds true for black vendors and attendees at the show who cherish freedom as much as anybody else.

Time to lower the Confederate flag and put it away for good.

 
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December 10th, 2014 by exurbandoug

First, the good news…

The LAPD is arresting dozens of members of the Mexican Mafia.

Federal prosecutors announced a sweeping indictment Wednesday morning against the Boyle Heights-based street gang, which they say has “deep ties” to the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

At least 38 members of the Big Hazard gang were indicted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statutes, federal officials said. In addition to the 25 who were arrested Wednesday and five being sought, one suspect was killed over the weekend, and seven were already in custody.

Now, the bad news.

Anyone want to bet that not only will they not be convicted, they’ll also get amnesty and/or citizenship?

Me neither.

 
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December 10th, 2014 by KevinC

He knows if you are sleeping, or drinking a Big Gulp

He knows if your gun’s ok, so be good for 5 bills’ sake.

Baltimore to offer $500 if you squeal on your neighbor’s illegal guns.

In an effort to reduce violent crime, Baltimore officials and Metro Crime Stoppers are giving $500 rewards for tips that lead to illegal gun forfeitures.

If a tip leads to a felony gun arrest, the tipster could receive another $500 officials said Tuesday under one of the five billboards around the city they plan to use to advertise the yearlong program.

No word yet if this is the billboard they’re planning on using for this program.

big_brother_sm

 
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December 3rd, 2014 by exurbankevin

Another tradition soon to be lost

It is traditional for ex-Presidents to stay out of the spotlight after their term(s) in office are over and let the next President have his/her shot at things without someone second-guessing their decisions.

Does anyone REALLY think that our current Narcissist-In-Chief will follow that tradition, rather than jump into the spotlight and try to make the story all about him?

Me neither.

Update:

Why is Sharpton in the White House? Simple. Obama is looking for tips for his post-Presidency. Obama started out as a  “Community Organizer” and that’s where he’ll finish as well. With consistent sky-high approval ratings in the black community, he’s going to be a kingmaker among Democrats for years to come.

 
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December 3rd, 2014 by exurbankevin

I have seen the future of academia, and it is North Korea

Keep this article in mind the next time someone tells you that the “science” of global warming is settled because “95% of scientists agree it’s so, therefore, it must be so”.

It was the fall of 2011, and I was teaching English at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea. Two hundred and seventy young men, and about 30 teachers, all Christian evangelicals besides me, were isolated together in a guarded compound, where our classes and movements were watched round the clock. Each lesson had to be approved by a group of North Korean staff known to us as the “counterparts.” Hoping to slip in information about the outside world, which we were not allowed to discuss, I had devised a lesson on essay writing, and it had been approved.

I emphasized the importance of essays since, as scientists, they would one day have to write papers to prove their theories. But in reality, nothing was ever proven in their world, since everything was at the whim of the Great Leader. Their writing skills were as stunted as their research skills. Writing inevitably consisted of an endless repetition of his achievements, none of which was ever verified, since they lacked the concept of backing up a claim with evidence.

We are entering a dangerous time in the West, when the principles of scientific research that have allowed us to take a preeminent role on the world stage are falling prey to the superstitions and creeds of multiculturalism, relativism and post-modernism.

I have the feeling we’re going to miss scientific inquiry once it’s gone…

 
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December 2nd, 2014 by exurbankevin