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  • DoJ's Gag Order On Reason Has Been Lifted — But The Real Story Is More Outrageous Than We Thought

    06/22/2015 2:15:06 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 11 replies
    PopeHat ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ken White
    Last Friday the folks at Reason confirmed what I suggested on Thursday — that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, after hitting Reason with a federal grand jury subpoena to unmask anonymous hyperbolic commenters, secured a gag order that prevented them from writing about it. Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch describe how it all went down. Read it. So, the truth is out — and it's more outrageous than you thought, even more outrageous than it appears at first glance. What, you might ask, could be more outrageous than the United States Department of Justice...
  • Department Of Justice Uses Grand Jury Subpoena To Identify Anonymous Commenters ...

    06/08/2015 4:32:55 PM PDT · by Skepolitic · 56 replies ^ | 6/8/2015 | Ken White
    The United States Department of Justice is using federal grand jury subpoenas to identify anonymous commenters engaged in typical internet bluster and hyperbole in connection with the Silk Road prosecution. DOJ is targeting, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery. Why are the government using its vast power to identify these obnoxious asshats, and not the other tens of thousands who plague the internet? Because these twerps mouthed off about a judge. Last week, a source provided me with a federal grand jury subpoena. The subpoena1, issued...
  • Reasons to Reason: Analytical Thinking is Essential in Policy Debates

    05/13/2015 6:07:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 5/11/2015 | Thomas Doran
    With so many complex policy issues, how do we decide which are worthy of our support or deserve to be opposed? Environmentalism, my specialty, is rife with policy initiatives that are often based on emotional appeal, rather than well-reasoned articulations of facts. As a boy, I read Isaac Asimov’s science fiction classic “Foundation” series that featured psychohistory and symbolic logic. I was fascinated by how the Foundation applied symbolic logic to political documents and treaties to interpret what was really being said. In one situation, the Foundation reduced the fine print of a five-page treaty to two statements: “Obligations of...
  • Pondering Prudence and Its “Parts” – A Reflection on the Sometimes-Misunderstood Virtue of Prudence

    05/07/2015 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Prudence and Its “Parts” – A Reflection on the Sometimes-Misunderstood Virtue of Prudence By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-on to yesterday’s post on the spiritual work of counseling  the doubtful, I would like to say a little more about prudence.Prudence is often misunderstood by those who reduce it to mere caution or reluctance to act. It is true that sometimes prudence indicates caution and that hasty action is seldom prudent. However, sometimes it is prudent to act quickly. Having long discussions about the best way to put out a house fire before acting is not prudent. Quick, expedient action is the...
  • Islam’s Demotion of Reason (Review of Robert Reilly’s 'The Closing of the Muslim Mind.')

    01/17/2015 5:06:13 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 01/16/2015 | FATHER C. JOHN MCCLOSKEY
    A few years ago, Robert Reilly wrote a book that may offer the key to understanding the advance of Islamic terror against the West: The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis. At the heart of Reilly’s book is his argument that the “denigration of dialogue is due to the demotion of reason that took place in the ninth-century struggle between the rationalist theologians, the Mu’tazilites and their anti-rationalist theologians, the Ash’arites. Unfortunately, for those who prefer dialogue, the Ash’arites won.” “The Ash’arites’ position was that reason is so infected by men’s self-interest...
  • Medieval Golden Age, Modern Barbarism (Islam more civilized 800 years ago)

    10/22/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    First Things ^ | ct 20, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    [Medieval Islamic astronomers predict eclipse of the moon] Earlier this year, as conflict raged in northern Syria, two professors, one Lebanese and the other American, both from elite universities in the Washington, D.C. area, passed the long night at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, drinking tea. They pondered the weighty issues of the region: whether the nation-state paradigm was the residue of colonialism or a reality to which nations of the Middle East must conform; American military engagement and its consequences; and, of course, the sources of violent extremism. At one point, the Lebanese professor lamented, “These...
  • At U-M, Sexual Violence Includes 'Discounting Feelings,' 'Withholding Sex'

    09/26/2014 4:30:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | September 25, 2014 | Robby Soave
    The redefinition of the word violence continues among revelations that discounting a sexual partner's feelings and withholding sex constitutes sexual violence at the University of Michigan. The relevant info can be found at the university's "Stop Abuse" webpage: Examples of sexual violence include: discounting the partner's feelings regarding sex; criticizing the partner sexually; touching the partner sexually in inappropriate and uncomfortable ways; withholding sex and affection; always demanding sex; forcing partner to strip as a form of humiliation (maybe in front of children), to witness sexual acts, to participate in uncomfortable sex or sex after an episode of violence, to...
  • Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 9:16:19 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 13 replies
    National Catholic Register | 08/28/2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword? The establishment of an “Islamic State” in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians. There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation? Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in...
  • Let Obama Golf. No President Can Be Mr. Fix-It (and We Shouldn't Let Him Try).

    08/20/2014 6:49:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Reason ^ | August 20, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    "President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha's Vineyard Tuesday evening after spending less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place," Justin Sink wrote yesterday at The Hill. Actually, Obama probably dropped into Washington, D.C., in August--not the most pleasant time of year to visit the swamp that neither Virginia nor Maryland wanted--because he was getting his balls busted from every ideological point on the compass over his absence. Why won't he do something about the unrest in Ferguson and ISIL beheading James Foley? Ummm...What? Exactly? ... The United...
  • Obama and the Age of Reason

    06/18/2014 12:07:59 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 10 replies
    Vanity | 6/18/2014 | MosesKnows
    When Will Obama Reach The Age Of Reason? Parents experience great pride when their child reaches the age of reason. The parental pride comes from evidence that their parenting achieved some success. The evidence is the first signs of their child accepting responsibility for their actions. The child’s position evolves from saying my homework got lost To I lost my homework.
  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 9:28:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 18 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | May 20, 2014 | John G. Hartnett
    The big bang is not a Reason to Believe! by John G. Hartnett A response to "A Response to Four Young-Earth Objections to Inflation"1 Published: 20 May 2014 (GMT+10) Astrophysicist Dr Jeff Zweerink works for the Hugh-Ross-led organization Reasons to Believe. He recently wrote the above article. Relevant portions of his words are reproduced (in green) with my comments interspersed. It could hardly be said that the Bible is giving a simplified account of the big bang/evolution history of the universe A remarkable correspondence exists between inflationary big bang cosmology and the Bible’s accounts of the universe’s origin. This is...
  • The big bang is not a Reason to Believe!

    05/20/2014 9:28:14 AM PDT · by fishtank
    Creation Ministries International ^ | May 20, 2014 | John G. Hartnett
    A pending proposal from President Obama to create a vast new wilderness area on the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing criticism from Republican lawmakers and local law enforcement officials who say it would significantly impede border security. The Obama administration is set to designate a 600,000 acre national monument in south-central New Mexico to be managed and controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, a federal agency. The designated land will be called the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and environmentalists have long-sought the designation. Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, the chairman of a key subcommittee, blasted the plan in a...
  • Rand Paul Doesna t Know Much about Reagana s Budgets

    04/29/2014 12:45:39 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Patrick Brennan
    Ramesh and Reason’s Nick Gillespie have been going back and forth over Rand Paul’s claim (from a number of years ago) that Jimmy Carter was a more fiscally conservative president than Ronald Reagan. Mother Jones collected a series of appearances over the years in which the Kentuckian argues that Reagan’s budget performance, compared with Carter’s, is evidence Republicans don’t really mean it when they claim the mantle of fiscal conservatism. Gillespie argues that Reagan’s deficits means he wasn’t a fiscal conservative, while Ramesh argues (and Nick seems to agree to some extent) that probably a better measure is rate of increases in spending...
  • Feds to Take Over Oregon's Failed $300 Million Health Insurance Exchange [zero enrollees]

    04/24/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2014 | Peter Suderman|
    The state of Oregon received $303 million in federal grants—more than all but two other states—to build and operate a health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, under Obamacare. One of those grants was a $48 million "early innovator" grant for states whose exchanges were intended to serve as models for the nation. The state was among the most enthusiastic about implementing the law, with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber touting both the law and his state's work building the exchange. The state's work on its exchange recieved praise throughout the media, and it was reportedly loved by the Obama administration: In...
  • Does Mozilla Dumping Its CEO Over Prop. 8/Anti-Gay-Marriage Stance = McCarthyism?

    04/07/2014 9:12:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | 04/07/2014 | Nick Gillespie
    So last week, Mozilla, the mission-based makers of lagging web browser Firefox, fired its newly appointed CEO Brendan Eich after the dating site OK Cupid publicized Eich's donation to Prop. 8, a California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the Golden State.As I wrote here and for Time: Now that we’re well past a subsistence economy, we live in a world of largely symbolic exchange, where we don’t simply choose something because we’re hungry or naked but because we want to make a statement about what sort of person we are, what sort of taste we possess, and what...
  • An Obituary For Our Dear Friend, "Common Sense"

    02/23/2014 11:01:37 AM PST · by OneVike · 17 replies
    TRC Magazine Facebook Page ^ | 2/22/14 | Steven W. McReynolds
    Obituary Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: * Knowing when to come in out of the rain; * Why the early bird gets the worm* Life isn't always fair and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by a simple, sound financial policy and a good reliable strategy toward life. * Don't...
  • A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments

    01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude cannot be had in many matters as well as lesser degrees that remain a firm confidence as to the facts in a matter.On Monday there was...
  • Reason and Emotion(1943)

    11/15/2013 8:31:52 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1943 | Walt Disney
  • Did Obama Lie for the Same Reason That Al Gore Lied?

    11/06/2013 5:59:17 AM PST · by MosesKnows · 21 replies
    11/6/2013 | MosesKnows
    Did Obama Lie for the Same Reason That Al Gore Lied? Al Gore’s position that man is the primary cause of global warming caused Gore to justify lying to the people because of the importance of his opinion. As I listened to Obama lie about his lies, I wondered if Obama applied Al Gore’s rationale to allow Obama’s mind to excuse his lie. Al Gore used the words “over-representation” when he lied. However, Al Gore never emphasized his lies by adding the word “period” to assure the people of the correctness of his lie. Al Gore said, in an...
  • The HealthCare Mash: a first rate Halloween "tribute" to ObamaCare

    10/31/2013 1:07:42 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/31/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    The original Monster Mash appeared in 1962. Fifty one years later a classical song is used to describe a classic governmental assault and screw up.