Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sanders Says Making Everything Free Is Key to Efficient Government

Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2016 | John Semmens 

In response to fears that his expansive plans for government will be prohibitively expensive, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (S-Vt) argued that "abolishing money will go a long way toward making government more efficient."
"If people would only stop to consider how time-consuming it is to have to keep track of the flow of money they'd understand the tremendous efficiencies that will be achieved once we do away with it," Sanders imagined. "For the individual, all the headaches entailed in managing money—having it on hand, balancing a checkbook, paying bills—will be eliminated. If you need something you'll just go to a store and pick it up or order it over the phone for delivery. The government will cover all the costs."
"For businesses, cashiers, accountants, and financiers will all be unnecessary, as will security," Sanders continued. "All any business will have to do is move the merchandise delivered to them by the government to locations where customers can pick out what they want. Since profits will also be abolished businesses won't have to file taxes or pay dividends to investors. Government will be the only investor and it's strictly non-profit."
"For government, the IRS will be disbanded, as will the Treasury," Sanders promised. "All resources will be allocated by skilled experts who determine how much of each item is required to meet society's needs. Wasteful expenditures on unneeded frills will be a thing of the past. Each and every person will get exactly what he needs, no more, no less. Instead of people going to work because they have to, they'll go to work because they want to contribute their fair share to the collective well-being of all."
One idea Sanders said he is mulling over is a "universal draft, not just for men, not just for young people, but for everyone. Right now our society suffers from poor allocation of human resources. A lot of people are stuck in jobs for which they are unsuited. If everyone were subject to a draft that would allow the government to ensure that each person is assigned to the tasks that would best serve society. No one would be unemployed. No one would be left in doubt about how he could best be used for the common good. All would be assigned a role on the national team that the head coach (me) and assistant coaches in my cabinet choose for them."
In related news, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve are looking to hasten the removal of cash from our economy. In a closed-door meeting the abolition of cash was urged as a method for strengthening the government's control over the economy. "Lack of faith in the economy has spurred a huge hoarding of cash," admitted one meeting participant. "That's blocking the implementation of the negative interest rates that experts agree are necessary to stimulate spending. If cash were eliminated everyone's bank account could be effectively 'taxed' by negative rates. This would induce people to spend their money before it loses value. A side benefit is that this would also ease pressure on banks and allow them to wiggle out of the bind that reckless lending has gotten them into."

Here's Four Reasons There's A Big Chance Hillary or Bernie Will Be Elected

Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2016 | Doug Giles 

1. Left leaning "Pop culture" and "entertainment" has so destroyed the value of having a traditional family that we've got a stack of un-moored morons that are now actually looking to the State to be daddy and mommy. Hillary's "It takes a village" mantra sounds awesome to the village idiots.
That said, I have one word for the duped dupes who're eye-balling the state as some sort of central parental unit to raise you and yours: Ahahahahahaha. Good luck.
2. Via the public schools, we've now got a veritable army of useful dolts who have a massive entitlement mentality.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you hate your children and America's original intent and future prosperity... send your children to public school. That'll ruin 'em, fo' sho.
3. Speaking of an entitlement mentality, this junk is so cemented into the heads of ubiquitous liberal zombies that they're completely cool with legalized theft in the name of "fairness". This self-same fairness farce is muy appealing to to the multitudinous, lazy, irresponsible, zero accountability weeds who take up space on American soil.
4. In this atmosphere of self-indulgence versus self-reliance, where blame-shifting and envy reign supreme, you're not going to have these me-monkeys looking to vote for someone who promotes self-discipline and delayed gratification on behalf of our future prosperity, security and sustainability. Screw that. They want free stuff and they want it now.
Indeed, with the American deck having been furtively stacked with this pathetic smegma over the last forty-plus years, I believe you shouldn't be too shocked if Hillary or Bernie gets to sit behind the same desk that Bill boinked Monica.
The foundations of a strong work ethic and traditional values have been purposefully and arduously eroded by the Left for many, many moons and, thus, the pump is primed, y'all. The fix could be in. It definitely isn't going to be a cake walk and you're naive if you think it's going to be a sure win.
So, don't think it strange if the Hildebeest or Bernie walks with this thing. Their zombies are amassed.
The lazy barbarians, with their gargantuan entitlement mentalities, are at the gate and they sure as heck don't want to be weened anytime soon from the government teet of mediocrity.
Yes, the once noble goals of innovation, entrepreneurship and competition that used to predominantly characterize Americans, have given way to sloth, handouts and status quo. And it's this sad and sucky spirit which rolls out the red carpet for a whacked totalitarian leader who's hell bent to undermine freedom for the sake of control.

Scientists have discovered how to 'delete' unwanted memories

The Telegraph ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | The Telegraph 

Are there any memories you'd like to permanently remove from your head?
Or what if you could alter unpleasant memories so they're no longer upsetting? Or create entirely new memories of events that never occurred?
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but according to a new documentary that premiered in the US this week, scientists have discovered how to do just that - and more.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...

He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

Conservative Tribune ^ 

He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago It's Time To Listen.

St. Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the most revered philosophers and theologians of any era. A 13th-century Dominican friar, his works include the “Summa Theologica” and several groundbreaking commentaries on the works of Aristotle.
Over 750 years ago, he also had some prescient words about the spread of Islam, shared via Breitbart. In his work “Summa Contra Gentiles” — in which he argued for the truth of Christianity against other religions — he blasted Islam as a carnal, brutal religion which seemed to place earthly pleasures above spiritual awakening.
Christianity, Aquinas pointed out, spread through the miracles of Jesus Christ and his followers. Islam, on the other hand, spread through more worldly means, such as a fulfillment of the flesh.
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Muhammad “seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us,” Aquinas wrote. “His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure.”
Needless to say, that didn’t lead to the most pious sort of converts.
“In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men,” Aquinas wrote. “As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity.”
That’s why, according to Thomas Aquinas, “no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning.”
The Prophet Muhammad.
Who, then, spread the word of Islam? This may sound familiar to you.
“Mohammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms,” Aquinas wrote, “which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.”
Muslims “were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms,” Aquinas wrote.
Aquinas also pointed out that very little of Islam was new or particular to the religion; the majority of the Quran was borrowed from Christianity and the world of mythology, with just enough added to make it an attractive faith for the worldly and greedy, Aquinas wrote. However, to Christians, Muhammad’s work “perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law,” Aquinas wrote.
Aquinas also engaged in a little bit of dry, 13th-century humor about Muhammad, saying that it was “a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity.”
“It is thus clear that those who place any faith in his words believe foolishly,” he concluded.
Keep in mind that Thomas Aquinas lived closer to Muhammad’s time in the seventh century than to our time, yet all of what he said about Islam still rings true.

Can Republicans really block Obama’s Supreme Court nomination for a year? Probably.

Washington Post ^ | February 13, 2016 | Amber Phillips 

Come January 2017, Republicans have a chance at controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.
So it stands to reason that Republicans have very little incentive to even consider President Obama's suggestion for who should replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday.
There's some historical precedent for them to do just that. A hazy rule dating back decades that congressional experts say is really more of a tradition suggests senators of the opposition party of the White House can oppose some judicial nominations in the months before a presidential election
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...

9 Things You Should Know About Justice Antonin Scalia (1936–2016)

The Gospel Coalition ^ | 2/13/16 | Joe Carter 

1. ...Scalia (nicknamed "Nino") was born on March 11, 1936, in Trenton...
2. After graduating from Harvard Scalia worked for a law firm in Cleveland...
3. In 1977 Scalia resumed his academic career at...the University of Chicago Law School (1977–82)...
4. Scalia was the first Italian American to serve on the Supreme Court...
5. Scalia was known for his wit and humor....
6. Scalia subscribed to a judicial philosophy known as "originalism." ...the Constitution should be interpreted in terms of what it meant to those who ratified the Constitution in 1788, and is often contrasted with the Constitution as a "living document" that allows courts to take into account the views of contemporary society....
7. Scalia was an adamant and vocal opponent of "judicial activism," particularly when it was used to circumvent the democratic process on social issues....
8. Prior to his death, Scalia had been the longest-serving justice on the current Supreme Court.
9. Scalia was a devout traditionalist Roman Catholic (one of his sons is a Roman Catholic priest). In an interview in 2013, the New Yorker asked him, "Isn't it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?" Scalia replied,
You're looking at me as though I'm weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It's in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.
(Excerpt) Read more at thegospelcoalition.org ...

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