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Monday, 22 August 2016

22 August 2016. A Point to Ponder… Heroes Never Act in a Vacuum

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Remember that heroes never act in a vacuüm… they act in response to objective reality and morality. You’re never “your own hero”… heroism is something that others grant to recognise someone’s adherence to a higher calling…

BMD

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22 August 2016. Pogo Redux… “We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us”… DON’T Enable the Duopoly

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Look at this cover… it’s proof that the “conservatives” and Chilly Hilly are on the same page. Do you truly want to vote for that? I’d say this, “The USA has thousands of victims from drone strikes in the Third World. Did VVP do the same?” Yes… did VVP do likewise? He did NOT… ergo, American conservatives lie on that… so, what else are they lying about?

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I saw this on FB:

By any reasonable definition, Democrats are now the more conservative of America’s two parties. They are more interested than Republicans are in conserving America’s international relationships, cultural norms, and political and economic institutions as they are.

Here is the article referenced.

Let’s keep it simple… the Democrats and Republicans are simply two sides of the same rotten Neoliberal coin. The worst of the lot are those who label themselves “liberal” and “conservative” (“progressives” aren’t far behind, though). It’s now at the point where there isn’t a tuppence-worth of difference between Rod Dreher and Hillary Clinton. NONE. Have a care with “conservatives”… they’re either liars or dupes. Look at the National Review cover… they’re ready to endorse Hillary. As for “Libertarians”, they’re nothing but anarchists in three-piece suits. They want to empower the rich and powerful, in hopes that some of the scraps may fall their way. The present American political apparat is broken. I have no bloody idea what shall replace it in the end. The country runs by itself… but that can’t persist. Power DOES abhor a vacuüm. Either the oligarchs or the people will win. Clinton, Trump, and Johnson are the candidates of the oligarchs. Stein is the candidate of the people. Yes… there are nutters amongst her backers… but one can put up with that far more easily than oppression from the One Percent. There’s no perfect faction or candidate.

Your vote does count. Vote for Stein…

BMD

22 August 2016. What are Martyrs?

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The 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya are true Martyrs in the Church sense. That is, they died precisely because they were Christians and they showed great courage and endurance until the end. The Royal Passionbearers aren’t Martyrs… the Church rejects that. The Imperial Family didn’t die because they were Christians… they died because they were the Imperial Family. Passionbearers are those who suffer an unjust death at the hands of enemies and who show Christian forbearance unto the end. There is no “ranking” involved in being a Martyr or a Passionbearer. They’re equal. However, the terms recognise a difference in the objective reality of how the subject met their death. In the one case, they died because they were Christian. In the other, they met an unjust death in a Christian manner. It’s clear to all but the most pigheaded rightwing apologist that the Imperial Family didn’t die for the Faith… they died as they were representatives of a particular social and political order. To call them Martyrs is to blaspheme Martyrdom and spit on the Church’s Judgement.

Martyrdom is what it is… the Imperial Family aren’t Martyrs (it’s equally true that Lenin didn’t order their deaths… ROCOR rightwing lies to the contrary notwithstanding). Have a care… there are charlatans and poseurs afoot…

BMD

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