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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Before I get to the meat of this commentary, I need to provide background material to the readers. Given the descent of Hollywood movies into indecency, obscenity, vulgarity and cruelty over the last three decades, and because I don’t watch the equally tawdry television or cable programs of about that period of time, my wife indulges me by watching a variety of films and documentaries on DVDs. We have a large collection of movies (that is only exceeded by my collection of books). These films are frequently old and classic movies, but we also amuse ourselves with other genres, including horror and science fiction. A preferred genre is historic or epic films.

Those movies that turn out to be exceedingly good, such as, “Julius Caesar” (1953; with James Mason playing Brutus), “The Eagle” (2011) or “Gladiator” (2000), I review, rate, and add to the list of “Classic Movies and Documentaries" on this website. The comment section where posters can leave comments about the films becomes very active from time to time, and once or twice, we have received notes of appreciation from parents for listing those exceptional movies to choose for their children.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday’s March for Life, 45 years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand, demonstrates how difficult it is to reverse the effects of evil decisions and policies. The fact that complete victory is not immediately at hand does not cause true believers to give up the fight. That’s why thousands will turn out for the 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 

Overturning Marxist or “progressive” policies is a difficult challenge when much of the media and even some prominent members of your own political party are against you. But the economic and financial turnaround under President Trump has already been amazing. Trump’s record of appointing conservative and pro-life judges is also impressive. Some pro-lifers have declared Trump is the most pro-life president in modern history.

Economically, one of Trump’s major challenges is to reverse eight years of Obama selling out our economic base and America’s workers to Communist China. If progress is made here, we may also see progress in other areas, such as reversing the social and cultural breakdown that we see all around us. 

Sensing a confrontation is in the works, Obama in November rushed over to...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Generally I try to maintain a positive attitude. But sometimes I recall the parody of Kipling: “If you can remain calm when those around you are panicking, maybe you just don’t understand the situation.” I’m not saying we have reached that point, but it seems to be getting closer. Consider these news items:

Two U.S. Navy destroyers are involved in collisions with merchant ships in clear weather, resulting in the deaths of 17 sailors. The merchant ships may have been controlled by automatic pilots, but what was the problem on the Navy ships? Did we replace human lookouts with computer screens?

In view of these collisions, plus hostile actions by North Korea and escalating tensions between China and Japan, an admiral is asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region. His answer: climate change.

Car with automatic braking suddenly screeches to a stop unexpectedly, when driver attempts to accelerate before passing slow-moving truck. Fortunately, there were no vehicles behind, or a serious collision would have resulted.

Keyless car ignitions are now common but cause problems, including refusing to...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Somehow but not unsurprisingly the mainstream liberal media has kept under wraps the fantastic Christmas present passed by the House of Representatives on December 6, 2017 for the benefit of citizens who value freedom and their ability to protect themselves and their families outside the homes. We refer to the passage of a major piece of legislation supported by the NRA, the Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Reciprocity Act of 2017, which was approved with bipartisan support by a 231 to 198 vote (six Democrats crossed over and voted with the GOP, while 14 Republicans joined with the rest of the Democrats to oppose it). The bill was sponsored by Republican Congressman Richard Hudson of North Carolina. 

The usual fearmongers, notably Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), accused the House of “passing a stunningly dangerous bill that opens the floodgates to guns” and more gun violence.  In response to Pelosi’s assertion, Rep. Hudson pointed out the nonsense of her remark and explained that recent studies in Florida and Texas had shown that CCW permit holders are not only lawful citizens but even have lower crime rates than former law enforcement officers.*

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Some readers respond to my occasional letters to the editor in The Telegraph (Macon), and regular comments online, by raising questions as to what sort of credentials I bring to my endeavor to address matters of faith, Christianity, religion, etc. A reasonable inquiry: one to which I respond by saying… none.

Well, almost none. That is, I have no formal training or background or certification to point to in any area of theological investigation. My credentials are a settled faith in the articles of orthodox Christianity, as expressed in The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds — a faith arrived at after a lifetime of seeking after the truth. As a simple and lowly lay Christian, I have no agenda other than the promotion of what the vast Body of Believers agrees to, the Mere Christianity written of so eloquently by C. S. Lewis. 

I have tried and tested most of the alternatives, including a callow quasi-atheism, followed by vague varieties of humanism, rationalism, secularism, post-modernism, and muddled forms of mysticism. In short, a spectrum of beliefs that comprise what my late friend Michael Kilpatrick called “Whateverism” — the belief in “something, nothing,...

Keyword(s): Christianity, religion

Saturday, December 30, 2017

After examining and witnessing the ever-expanding war of destruction of the founding principles of individual liberty, I have concluded there are two basic groups of intellectuals battling each other — those who use as the foundation for their beliefs a world of illusion and those who reach their conclusions based on reality and objective truth. Post-modernism is the philosophy and worldview most responsible for the dilemma we face today. When the foundation of one’s belief — namely, the view of the world one uses to formulate belief systems and eventually political systems — is based on pure illusions formulated in what can only be described as degenerate brains, one must expect social chaos and eventual societal collapse. We see this, for example, with the idiocy of transgender insanity. No rational mind would believe that one could just willy-nilly decide whether one is male or female in defiance of biological certainty. Some have, with all seriousness, claimed that half of their body is female and half male, and that this formulation can change with time. The really shocking thing is that these people are listened to, as if they have some momentous assertion to formulate....

Friday, December 22, 2017

President Trump, every Republican senator, and the GOP majority in Speaker Paul Ryan’s House just put the future of their party on the line.

By enacting the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration, the heart of which is cutting the corporate rate from 35 to 21 percent, Republicans have boldly bet the farm.

They have rewritten America’s tax code to reflect their belief that cutting taxes on the private sector will produce the prosperity they have promised. If it happens, the GOP will reap the rewards, if not by 2018, then in 2020.

Democrats, as the Party of Government, egalitarian and neo-socialist, have come to see their role as redistributing wealth from those who have too much — to those who have too little. For, as men (and women) are born unequal in ambition, ability, talent, energy, personality and drive, free markets must inevitably produce an inequality of results.

The mission of Democrats is to reduce those inequalities. And as the very rich are also the very few, in a one-man, one-vote democracy the Democratic Party will always have a following.

Winston Churchill called this the philosophy of failure and the gospel of envy....

Keyword(s): Democrats, taxation, taxes, Trump

Saturday, December 16, 2017

New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is spearheading a McCarthyite purge of sexual harassers from Congress, throwing the nation’s capital into turmoil. What counts as sexual harassment? Good question. Men accused of boorish gestures or vulgar remarks face the same disgrace as outright rapists. And never mind if the accusations lack proof and the accusers remain anonymous.

Consider the charges dredged up again this week against President Trump. You heard them last year when he was campaigning for president. One accuser, Jessica Leeds, said that more than 30 years ago Trump groped her on a plane. But reporters were not able to confirm the flight, date or even year the incident was supposed to have occurred and couldn’t track down one witness to support her story.

The same was true with the other accusers. No facts.

No wonder the public dismissed the claims and elected Trump.

Monday, Leeds and two other accusers reiterated their old, unsubstantiated charges at a press conference. In response, six Democratic senators, including Gillibrand, are calling for Trump to step down from the presidency. It’s as if the #MeToo movement lessens the standard of...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Science requires an ambient of academic freedom that entails the free exchange of ideas, ideas that can be tested in the laboratory and eventually rejected or accepted by the rigorous scientific method. But how can dissenters be heard when medical journals have established a monolithic wall of censorship, excluding ideas different from those espoused by the smug leaders of “organized medicine” and the medical editors appointed as the guardians of truth? Difference of opinions and the freedom to express them are essential to intellectual discourse. But academic freedom is perverted and scientific truth is replaced by political ideology when only one side of an issue is allowed to be heard. This is essential what has happened over several decades with intolerance of opposite views by the public health establishment and the practice of censorship by the major medical journals in the debate over firearms. 

Unlike the criminological literature that have compiled data on both sides of the gun and violence debate, the public health establishment and the medical journals, have never published, to my knowledge, one major study or review article discussing the beneficial...

Monday, December 4, 2017

In a recent editorial “Death by gun violence — A public health crisis,” twelve editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) lobbied, or rather lambasted, Congress for not dealing with gun violence as a public health issue and guns as viruses that need eradicating. But the editorial was laden with misconceptions and a number of glaring errors. For example, consider the following claim:

“Guns do not make individuals, their families, or homes safer and they result in far more deaths to loved ones than to an intruder intending to cause harm.” To support this statement the editors cited a notorious article by public health researchers Arthur Kellermann and Donald T. Reay published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 1986.

Unfortunately for the medical politicians of JAMA, who should know better, that NEJM article has been heavily refuted, and the statement that guns in the home are more likely to result “in the death of the loved ones rather than the intruder,” has been specifically and thoroughly disproved by a number of independent investigators, including Professor Gary Kleck of Florida State University and criminologist Don B....