“The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.
“. . . Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.”
You know who said that?
John Adams. Yup.
“Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”- Thomas Paine
September 25, 2012 at 10:57am
There had to have been a better way than that. By my count on the season, so far these idiots have cost the following teams wins:
1) Seahawks (week 1 vs. Cardinals)
2) Ravens (week 2 vs. Eagles)
3) Patriots (week 2 vs. Cardinals)
4) Buccaneers (week 3 vs. Cowboys)
5) Patriots…again (week 3 vs. Ravens)
6) Now the Packers (Week 3 vs. Seahawks)
In addition, they’ve potentially screwed over the following teams:
1) Broncos (week 2 vs. Falcons)
2) Jets (week 3 vs. Dolphins)
3) Vikings (week 3 vs. 49ers)
4) Redskins (week 3 vs. Bengals)
5) Titans (week 3 vs. Lions)
6) Raiders (week 3 vs. Steelers)
There’s gotta be a better way to get the refs back than by giving them all the leverage by continuing to compromise this season.
September 12, 2012 at 7:06pm
Many people peg the Virgin Mary as being between the ages of 12 and 15 when she was married to a 40-something year old Joseph. Does that make Joseph a pedophile?
September 12, 2012 at 7:04pm
Don’t automatically assume all Muslims are stupid. As I posted below, they are responsible for the development of Arabic numerals, AKA the foundation for modern Western mathematics, amongst many other advances and innovations in the world of science. Disagree with them all you want, but they’re most certainly not all stupid.
September 12, 2012 at 7:02pm
You do realize that Muslims laid the foundation for what is now our current system of mathematics, right? They’re called Arabic numerals for a reason.
Just because you disagree with them (as well you should, since radical Islam is just as bad as any other form of radical religion) doesn’t necessarily make them all automatically stupid.
September 2, 2012 at 12:32pm
Please remember that everything is Bush’s fault in this guy’s mind. Everything that has gone wrong under Obama is just an extension of all the horrible things Bush did.
It’s absolutely laughable to watch leftists continue to push all the blame off on Bush in order to keep their guy clean. Wasn’t Obama going to fix everything? Was this not the man who said he was going to lower the level of the seas? I would rather him use his supernatural powers to magically make the debt go away or magically make war a thing of the past, personally.
August 28, 2012 at 6:49pm
Show me one – just one – post on this entire site where Rothbardian says anything about preferring Obama to Romney.
This is the problem I have with so many conservatives on this website. They just assume that libertarians like Obama because they don’t fall in line with the GOP establishment. It’s simple: people such as Rothbardian and myself see Mitt Romney for what he is – a big spending, big government hack who has minimal regard for the Constitution. He and Obama are two sides of the same worthless coin.
As long as the GOP establishment keeps putting up horrid lip-service “conservatives” like Mitt Romney and John McCain, they will continue to not receive my support, just like the Democrats will not receive my vote as long as they continue putting up people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
August 26, 2012 at 12:09am
@ God Fearing Mama:
Will you ever address my actual point? Just because two people bear a passing resemblance to one another doesn’t mean that they are genetically linked. The eyeball test is not a substitute for good old fashioned science.
Until you have concrete scientific proof that Barack Obama is Frank Marshall Davis’ biological son, don’t go around insinuating as much. As a reminder, because you seem to have trouble grasping this, “a lot of people” thinking they look alike is not scientific proof. I said on another post on this article that one does not need to delve into conspiracy theories to criticize Barack Obama. Let’s stick to the issues of substance when discussing the guy, because resorting to garbage arguments like this only makes all of us look bad.
August 25, 2012 at 9:21pm
@God Fearing Mama:
Still waiting for you to show me where the eyeball test is acknowledged as an accurate and scientific way of determining someone’s genealogy.
August 25, 2012 at 2:57pm
FENRIRSULFR is completely correct. If the goal of the war on drugs is to stop people from using drugs and save our society from degeneracy, not only has it failed miserably, it’s failed at the cost of HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Fiscal conservatism can apparently be thrown aside when it comes to saving the world from all those horrible non-violent criminals, eh?
@ Screw Windows:
Are you seriously advocating the execution of drug dealers in the name of “saving our society?” Are you in favor of executing fast food restaurant managers? Porn magazine editors? TV and movie company executives? They’re all producing bad stuff that leads to the “degeneration of our society.” Does your self-righteous, obnoxiously sanctimonious desire to “save our society” extend to them as well? What other kinds of nonviolent offenders fall under your umbrella of needing to have their lives terminated?
PS – I’ve never consumed an illegal drug in my life, I don’t watch or read pornography, and I generally avoid TV and movies like the plague – although I must admit I’m a sucker for a Five Guys burger every now and then.
August 25, 2012 at 2:37pm
@ God Fearing Mama:
Yeah, because if two people bear a passing resemblance to one another they must be related. My father was mistaken for Robin Williams at a restaurant one time…does that mean Robin Williams is my real biological father?
August 25, 2012 at 2:35pm
1) Birthers love to claim the “clearly defined parameters” of natural born citizenship as defined by the Constitution in Article II, Section I, but the line about both parents needing to be US citizens doesn’t exist. If you had actually read the Constitution you would have known that.
2) Even if Obama falls under British citizenship, he’s still a US citizen, being born in Hawaii and all that.
3) “Law enforcement” being “racist old sheriff who has committed massive ethics violations and presented absolutely no evidence that can’t easily be disproven at a press conference after wasting $10,000 a day of taxpayer money to send his posse on a trip to Hawaii.” If that’s law enforcement, we’ve got some thinking to do.
There are so many better reasons to be critical of Obama. Why don’t you focus on those instead?
August 3, 2012 at 8:16pm
Good job of addressing Brother Winston’s actual points. You really got him this time…
…that is, when you aren’t making factually inaccurate statements.
August 3, 2012 at 8:13pm
@ Brother Winston:
I think the reason so-called “conservatives” like Allen West is the same reason they like Joe Arpaio: they’re both good at (and enjoy the attention they get from) playing the role of “the tough guy.” Never mind that neither of them are Constitutionalists or truly in favor of smaller federal government – they just puff their chests out and make a lot of noise!
Now, West is actually right on this one; Obama’s presidency has consisted of doing nothing but blatantly violating the Constitution in the name of “progress” or whatever, and he is undeserving of his title. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m just going to go blindly throwing my support behind another guy who also has no regard for the Constitution just because he has an R next to his name.
August 3, 2012 at 5:25pm
Stay classy, USPatriot.
August 3, 2012 at 12:12pm
Well seeing as the actions of neoconservatism are essentially big-government totalitarianism from the right, I don’t exactly know why any self-professed “conservative” would be particularly excited about being labeled as such in the first place.
Think about it. What did George Bush (and his political buddies) do to reinforce the ideas of a smaller, less invasive federal government? The only thing I can think of is the tax cuts. Other than that, he:
1) Expanded federal spending on the blueprint for socialized medicine that is Medicare
2) Expanded spending on a bloated and unnecessarily centralized Department of Education
3) Started multiple wars under the guise of “spreading democracy” in an area of the world that has no desire for democratic reform, all at the cost of billions of dollars and thousands of lives
4) Brought about the first bank bailout and the early stages of the TARP program
5) Created the most blatant breach of the 4th Amendment in history – you may better know it as the “Patriot” Act
Shall I continue? Basically, what it boils down to is that people who claim to be real conservatives should be horrified if they get slapped with the “neoconservative” label, as it is representative of a political school that has absolutely nothing to do with the limited-government principles they supposedly espouse.
August 3, 2012 at 11:01am
Perhaps because that’s not what neoconservatism represent anymore in the post-Bush era?
July 22, 2012 at 6:17pm
@ Democrats Are Evil:
Isn’t the whole point of this story that we’re not paying for her children anymore?
July 22, 2012 at 12:17pm
Amen to both Ben and Athynz. Obviously this is not the best way to go about supporting your kids, but at the same time I have to applaud her for doing something to take her life into her own hands as opposed to just sitting around and having you and I pay for her kids. As long as she’s not inflicting harm upon anyone else in the process (and sorry GENOPTIMUS, but all the hypothetical families that are supposedly being ripped apart don’t count), what’s it to me (or anyone else, for that matter)?
Plus, if you truly believe in God, you know that her judgment will come eventually, so why is it that you feel the need to be the judge and jury? Are you somehow putting your own level of perception on par with his? Isn’t that just a little bit arrogant and assumptive on your part?
Then again, you’ve probably already written me off as just another atheist liberal immoral porn hound hell bent on destroying our society (none of which is true), so I guess my opinion doesn’t really count.
July 21, 2012 at 5:16pm
Actually, I’ll make one last point. People love to claim Ron Paul is a racist because of what somebody else wrote in a newspaper that he was barely involved in. Let’s take an example of the same thing that leftists like to use that I’m sure bothers you plenty: Romney being blamed for Bain outsourcing jobs when he was only tangentially connected to the company during their outsourcing.
Romney should not be blamed for Bain’s outsourcing for the same exact reasons that Ron Paul should not be blamed for what his newsletters put out. By the way, I bet you were unaware that Ron Paul delivered interracial babies at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in many places. Would a racist do that? I’m inclined to believe the answer to that is no.