Monday, February 26, 2007

Some Notable Quotes

“Public money devoted to payment of religious costs, educational or other, brings the quest for more. It brings too the struggle of sect against sect for the larger share or for any. Here one by numbers alone will benefit most, there another. That is precisely the history of societies which have had an established religion and dissident groups. It is the very thing Jefferson and Madison experienced and sought to guard against, whether in its blunt or in its more screened forms. The end of such strife cannot be other than to destroy the cherished liberty.” - Justice Wiley B. Rutledge, Dissenting Opinion, Everson v. Board of Education, 1947

“Children are the prize to the winners in the second great civil war. Those who control (emphasis mine) what young people are taught
and what they experience – what they see, hear, think, and believe – will determine the future course for the nation.”
- James Dobson, Children At Risk: The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Our Kids, Word Publishing, 1990, p. 35
(Coauthored with Gary Bauer)

“Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man” – Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order.

“Without question in my mind, the greatest danger to our moral perspective and to the family and indeed to the
nation is the homosexual activist movement.... Homosexuals want it all. They want everything.… They want it all,
and what’s scary about it is they’re getting it all.” - James Dobson, Address to the Family Research Council Washington Briefing, March 15, 2001 (reported in the May 2001 Church & State)

Now, read that last quote again and substitute the word
“Christian(s)” for “homosexual(s)”.

Excerpted from

Basic Psychological Mechanisms: Neurosis and Projection – Simon Sheppard

2a. Freudian Projection

The following is a collection of definitions of projection from orthodox psychology texts. In this system the distinct mechanism of projecting own unconscious or undesirable characteristics onto an opponent is called Freudian Projection.

  • "A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits."
  • "The externalisation of internal unconscious wishes, desires or emotions on to other people. So, for example, someone who feels subconsciously that they have a powerful latent homosexual drive may not acknowledge this consciously, but it may show in their readiness to suspect others of being homosexual."
  • "Attributing one's own undesirable traits to other people or agencies, e.g., an aggressive man accuses other people of being hostile."
  • "The individual perceives in others the motive he denies having himself. Thus the cheat is sure that everyone else is dishonest. The would-be adulterer accuses his wife of infidelity."
  • "People attribute their own undesirable traits onto others. An individual who unconsciously recognises his or her aggressive tendencies may then see other people acting in an excessively aggressive way."
  • "Projection is the opposite defence mechanism to identification. We project our own unpleasant feelings onto someone else and blame them for having thoughts that we really have."

    Quiz: How many of those bullet items above apply to Mr. Dobson?

Friday, February 23, 2007

Don't Do it! I Warns Ye!

Don’t go here, or you might wind up like this guy. To find out where the writer, Fernley Phillips, lifted the concept, go here, and here, and here.
Why does Hollywood have to take everything to Spookytown? And why do they always have to add a steaming shovelful of Christo-Satanic mythology? Zero points for originality gang.
For those in a hurry, Wikipedia has this to say about the Illuminatus! Trilogy:

“The popularity of the word "fnord" and the 23 enigma can both be attributed to the trilogy. It remains a seminal work of conspiracy fiction, predating Foucault's Pendulum and The Da Vinci Code by decades.”

I think we can safely add “The Number 23” to that list. I think I’ll go and re-rent “A Beautiful Mind” now.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Oh Why Not?

Another sighting. The Mystery of The Famous Kristine Harley deepens....

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Change of Pace, but Worth the Time.

Last week, “Selected Shorts”, a program carried by NPR, did a reading of “The Debt”, by Edith Wharton. If you missed it and are not familiar with the story, I recommend it. It was written in 1910, but holds up well. To say more would be to spoil the experience.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Confusion of Ideas 201

Alternate title: What the Anarchists are right about.

I've been tailgunning some anarchists lately, mainly because I think they're naive and their world view is every bit as simplistic as the Communistic one. In other words, I think they have underestimated the perfidy of the Human Race, taken as a whole. While they probably aren't all right, they certainly aren't all wrong either. Here's some things we probably agree on. I say "probably" because I won't presume to know what they are thinking until they tell me. They tend to hate that.

World hunger is not an agricultural problem, it's a political one.

Q. What makes a refugee a refugee?
A. Denial of citizenship.

NOT the solution:

"I'm like anyone else on this planet -- I'm very moved by world hunger. I see the same commercials, with those little kids, starving, and very depressed. I watch those kids and I go, 'Fuck, I know the FILM crew could give this kid a sandwich!' There's a director five feet away going, 'DON'T FEED HIM YET! GET THAT SANDWICH OUTTA HERE! IT DOESN'T WORK UNLESS HE LOOKS HUNGRY!!!' But I'm not trying to make fun of world hunger. Matter of fact, I think I have the answer. You want to stop world hunger? Stop sending these people food. Don't send these people another bite, folks. You want to send them something, you want to help? Send them U-Hauls. Send them U-Hauls, some luggage, send them a guy out there who says, 'Hey, we been driving out here every day with your food, for, like, the last thirty or forty years, and we were driving out here today across the desert, and it occurred to us that there wouldn't BE world hunger, if you people would LIVE WHERE THE FOOD IS! YOU LIVE IN A DESERT! YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT! NOTHING GROWS OUT HERE! NOTHING'S GONNA GROW OUT HERE! YOU SEE THIS? HUH? THIS IS SAND. KNOW WHAT IT'S GONNA BE A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW? IT'S GONNA BE SAND! YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT! GET YOUR STUFF, GET YOUR SHIT, WE'LL MAKE ONE TRIP, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO WHERE THE FOOD IS! WE HAVE DESERTS IN AMERICA -- WE JUST DON'T LIVE IN THEM, ASSHOLES!" - Sam Kinnison
They turn those U-Hauls back at the border, Sam. It's a form of slavery.

Aw Crap!

They're making me move to Gloggler. I knew the day would come, but I was hoping to hold out a little longer. I might have moved sooner, but the, "This site contains secure and non-secure items. Do you want to see the non-secure items?" bullcrap nag message pissed me off. I either have to live with this crap every time I want to post a comment, or change my browser security settings. Unacceptable. I have spared my readers this annoyance until now. Time to weigh my options. Didn't anyone who moved to "Beta" tell them it sucked?