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Constitutional libertarian
Minimalist
Conservationist (not environmentalist)

Matthew 6:33

Take note...those who sow hatred and division will reap nothing but sorrow.

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Dunderhead - a stupid person - in a sentence - "Biden is a dunderhead." Synonyms - idiot · ass...
coalburned comments on Aug 9, 2019:
Thank you for expanding my vocabulary! 😄
“It’s both clear language and in code,” Biden said. “This president has fanned the flames of...
coalburned comments on Aug 9, 2019:
What a low blow. Biden has no class whatsoever. I wonder what his party is thinking right now. Maybe they wish they'd thought of such a ridiculous angle? Or is he an embarrassment to them?
“It’s both clear language and in code,” Biden said. “This president has fanned the flames of...
coalburned comments on Aug 9, 2019:
Biden is trying to force a talking point. While there are pockets of white nationalists, it should only be considered a national problem if you're going to treat ANTIFA the same. Trump isn't a white nationalist. I'm still trying to figure out what he has said or done that supposedly makes him one. Break it down for us, Joe...we don't understand the code. Or perhaps, Joe, you shouldn't conclude that a sick, twisted POS took 22 lives because he's a white nationalist. He took 22 lives because he's a sick, twisted POS. And sick, twisted people have a mental orgasm over the prospect of their actions being immortalized by the ensuing media, FB, and Twitter frenzy, not to mention getting the attention of Congress and POTUS.
A Detroit diabetic was deported to Iraq, where he’d never lived. He died from lack of insulin - ...
coalburned comments on Aug 8, 2019:
Is this more tragic than the number of US citizens with severe mental problems who die every day after being dumped onto streets across the country because they can't afford proper care?
Wow! Jesus Was A Buddhist Monk Named Issa Who Spent 16+ Years In India & Tibet. | Self Develop Shop
coalburned comments on Aug 7, 2019:
From a Christian perspective, this sounds like nothing more than a clever angle to sell a book. Jesus want just a prophet, and he's certainly not than just a part of the spirit of the Lord. That sounds like a fanciful view from someone who didn't actually meet him. Jesus IS Lord, the very essence of God.
Obama blames Trump for mass shootings, like they never happened during his presidency.
coalburned comments on Aug 7, 2019:
Hatred of Trump is such a worn out theme that those who employ it are like bleating sheep, mindlessly folloing a narrative. It would be laughable if not for the fact there a lots of sheep out there.
NRO: Snopes fact checking the Babylon Bee [nationalreview.com]
coalburned comments on Aug 3, 2019:
I love The Bee, too. The thought of Snopes fact-checking them is as funny as some of the stuff The Bee puts out.
Prescient question of the day x2
coalburned comments on Aug 3, 2019:
Great find on Gillibrand!
CNN, reaching new heights of stupid.
coalburned comments on Aug 2, 2019:
Crowder's comeback is priceless. 😄 Stuff like this makes me wonder who CNN considers their target audience. I don't know anyone who would ponder this garbage for even a second.
2018 results, listed below are the top five most dangerous cities in America and how long Democrats ...
coalburned comments on Aug 2, 2019:
Did the source for this mention what type of crimes makes these cities the most dangerous? I'm curious because I spent almost my entire life in KC and StL before moving south. StL has some well known issues, but I'm surprised to see KC that high.
Rep. Collins unloads on Dems and their 'stunts' in Congress
coalburned comments on Aug 1, 2019:
I'd love to see this clip go viral. When will Americans as a whole finally get fed up with lip service?
Sam Seder auditions with the chairman of the Libertarian Party as he explores a bid for their ...
coalburned comments on Aug 1, 2019:
We need Libertarians. We don't need a Libertarian party candidate. Three-way races never end well for conservatives and libertarians.
Taxpayers lose when the government gives out 'free' stuff- [reason.com]
coalburned comments on Aug 1, 2019:
Every one of these candidates is essentially attempting to buy votes. Pandering for votes isn't a very sophisticated strategy, but right now I think these folks just want to get their name in lights and see how they rank. At some point the question of how all this stuff gets funded will have to be addressed. They can't just say the rich will pay. There has to be a legitimate, workable plan, and if one can't be articulated, they better have something else interesting to talk about. There are some who are naive enough to think the money will magically appear, but fortunately most voters are smarter than that.
Titania McGrath We all know that the word “woman” is offensive because it contains the word ...
coalburned comments on Jul 31, 2019:
But doesn't the x have a sexual connotation? And what about that first name?
FL College doubles down on suspending student due to range pic... [bearingarms.com]
coalburned comments on Jul 30, 2019:
Regardless of opinions about the photo in question, the article makes a good point that I find to be of greater concern...the stigmatizing of people who proudly support the 2nd amendment. The left knows it's easier to change the culture than to change the Constitution.
The President Is Right About Baltimore - The Resurgent
coalburned comments on Jul 29, 2019:
I've posted on this a few times lately. Racism/racist are tossed around so carelessly the days that they are almost meaningless words. Trump was correct about conditions in Baltimore. I wish he would choose better words, but that's how he rolls. But it for sure doesn't make him a racist to call it like it is.
Why Democrat’s obsession with race won’t win them minority votes. [nypost.com]
coalburned comments on Jul 29, 2019:
Alan West is right....the words racist and racism are virtually meaningless today, stripped of their true meaning by those who misuse them in their attempts to manipulate public thought. I think more and more minorities are seeing that Dems are pandering for votes, revealing their belief that minorities are incapable of being self-reliant and independent. Don't be surprised if you see a growing number of minorities to shift to the right.
Too bad there Rob... Rob Reiner has total meltdown on MSNBC as his impeachment dreams slip away......
coalburned comments on Jul 29, 2019:
Reiner's just one more on the left who is so consumed by hatred that he can't think correctly. Let's hope more people realize what Van Drew is driving at...we have bigger fish to fry.
BabylonBee: Trump finally loses Baptist support when video shows him dancing... ...
coalburned comments on Jul 20, 2019:
Lol...I love the Bee Fake news you can trust!
Those protesting Muslim parents are in the right - spiked
coalburned comments on Jul 20, 2019:
Personally, I don't want public schools within a hundred miles of anything that has a moral component. That includes religion, prayer, evolution, creationism, sex ed, and politics. No way I want any govt institution teaching my kids or grandkids right and wrong. And for the record, I'm a Christian. That's right....I don't want God, religion, or prayer in public school. Cuz they'll inevitably f it up.
Libertarianism’s Place In Society Libertarianism as a unifying spirit is only conceivable because...
coalburned comments on Jul 20, 2019:
This is good food for thought. Thanks for sharing. After reading this I agree there are many in power now who seek to force culture to submit to politics. I can't help but wonder how much has already happened, particularly through the courts? I'm also curious how big tech factors in. We live in a world that seemingly can't live without it. That puts a lot of power in their hands.
[washingtonpost.com] This is a whole week old news, but I just don't know how they can talk about...
coalburned comments on Jul 19, 2019:
It was never about the environment. But until people wake up and call BS every time someone tries to use misinformation to their advantage, we can expect a steady parade of bogus stories in our collective newsfeeds.
Sad trend...
coalburned comments on Jul 19, 2019:
Sad indeed. Alan West recently wrote an outstanding article on how the word racist has become virtually useless, like so many other words employees the left uses to avoid respectful debate and marginalize anyone who has a different point of view. Either you agree with them or you get a label.
Willie Horton and the "Squad" Wille Horton was a violent criminal in Massachusetts. In 1974, when...
coalburned comments on Jul 19, 2019:
Interesting take, and I hope you're right.
[cornwallalliance.org] It never was about CO2
coalburned comments on Jul 17, 2019:
Really good article. Thanks for sharing.
[reason.com] The End of the Free Internet Is Near The movement to stifle online expression is ...
coalburned comments on Jul 17, 2019:
Ironic that not long ago there was the battle over net neutrality. Here we are in a battle over a different kind of neutrality. The outcome of this one is more important though.
DEATH SENTENCE for Tom my Robinson, sent to maximum security prison, better known as a “jihadi ...
coalburned comments on Jul 17, 2019:
This is about as wrong as it gets.
If you see someone wearing wearing Nike's.. Kick their ass.. Key their car.. Egg their house.. Save...
coalburned comments on Jul 11, 2019:
Wow...a rather entertaining and elightening thread in response to what I suspect was a tongue-in-cheek OP. You definitely won't see me wearing Nikes. They're crappy shoes!
Equality I used to think that a lot of the problems in our lives, and in society in general, ...
coalburned comments on Jul 4, 2019:
Awesome post. Nuff said...
Sky Views: What happened in Alabama is like an episode of The Handmaid's Tale | US News | Sky News
coalburned comments on Jul 2, 2019:
I live here, and I was appalled by what this young woman has to face. Some are crying foul that the shooter walked, but the grand jury determined her actions were consistent with Stand Your Ground laws, so I don't have a bone to pick there. But this young woman chose to have her baby. She didn't choose abortion. If she had, the result would be the same...the tragic death of an unborn child. Someone please explain to me why the willful termination of an unborn child is ok, but the unplanned, unwanted, accidental killing of the unborn is manslaughter.
ANTIFA mob viciously assaults journalist Andy Ngo at Portland rally... [reason.com]
coalburned comments on Jun 30, 2019:
Uh, news flash to all cities that offer a safe haven for pieces of garbage like antifa to exercise their hate. Your turn is coming. It's only going to get uglier as Nov 2020 draws closer.
NAZI's are left wing, moron
coalburned comments on Jun 29, 2019:
People love using the N-word because it grabs attention or because it's an easy way to label someone you want to portray as evil or vile. It's becoming a useless term. Frankly, I couldn't care less what Ms Barking thinks about anything.
Is it antithetical for a Libertarian to win an election? Why is it that Libertarians who intend to ...
coalburned comments on Jun 29, 2019:
Because Democrats would never run a candidate who espouses limited government. Libertarian ideals align more closely with the Republican party.
Watching msnbc for the debate pregame. The gushing is palpable.
coalburned comments on Jun 27, 2019:
Any tingles up the leg?
If you're not a little liberal when you're young , you have no heart. If you're not conservative ...
coalburned comments on Jun 27, 2019:
I'm not sure about the second part. I do know a few older folks who use their brain and are still liberal. But the first statement is so true, and if you don't think that's why the Left wants to lower the voting age to 16, think again.
[youtu.be] Do you want your weather forecast to include opinions on climate?
coalburned comments on Jun 26, 2019:
No. In context it's meaningless, regardless of your view on climate change.
Welcome to Chicago, MF. [thedailybeast.com] Better on you than in the drink.
coalburned comments on Jun 26, 2019:
I like his response. Can you imagine the outrage if one of Obama's daughters was treated the same?
Whaaat?! DOCUMENTS DETAIL ISRAELI MISSILE DEAL WITH THE SHAH - The New York Times
coalburned comments on Jun 26, 2019:
I was in the Air Force when the Shah was in power. We had Iranian military working next to us every day learning how to use equipment we were selling them. It was a very different world. This article doesn't surprise me that much. To answer your question, other countries can only be trusted to the point where their survival is threatened.
Bernie Sanders wants to cancel all student debt and make college free, at a cost of $2.2 trillion......
coalburned comments on Jun 25, 2019:
The Democratic leadership has to be squirming right now. It's so obvious that candidates are pandering for votes. The party has to be concerned at this point that as candidates try to one-up each other, anyone with half a brain is going to see through the craziness.
Ames, Iowa Public Library Hosts 'All Age' Drag Queen Performance - Children Give Out Cash Tips ⋆ ...
coalburned comments on Jun 22, 2019:
I'm speechless. This is so wrong it seems impossible for it to happen in this country. When I see stuff like this I'm reminded that every sin comes with prepackaged consequences, some of which might not be realized for years to come. I can't imagine how this will play out for the kids and parents involved.
Advice columnist tells father to evict daughter from his house for owning a gun... [ammoland.com]
coalburned comments on Jun 22, 2019:
The dad says he locks his bedroom door at night because he doesn't know what his daughter might do? Sounds like he has bigger issues than her owning a gun.
Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, Then Cancels Military Action
coalburned comments on Jun 21, 2019:
Trump cancelled plans in response to top Dem's calls for restraint? I doubt it. I don't think he had any intention of pulling the trigger. I think he wanted to send his own message.
I came across the statement that Islamophobia and antisemitism are words that prevent the criticism ...
coalburned comments on Jun 18, 2019:
Antisemitism may or may not be intended to discourage criticism. It's often an accurate descriptor. Islamophobia, along with all the other "-phobias" are silly labels that have found their way into the language as a way to shame or marginalize opposing viewpoints and shut down meaningful dialog.
You vote your way into Socialism but have to fight your way out it.
coalburned comments on Jun 18, 2019:
That's a serious understatement there. I fear there are many who don't understand how true that is.
Stop Treating the Government with Respect. [reason.com]
coalburned comments on Jun 18, 2019:
I respect our FORM of government. I have zero respect for the ideologues who have hijacked it for their purposes, fueled by hatred between opposing parties, which now threaten the freedoms we take for granted.
How victim mentality is pushing women toward socialism... [thelibertarianrepublic.com]
coalburned comments on Jun 18, 2019:
Good article. Makes me wonder how many other subtle messages are finding their mark, pushing other "victimized" or "oppressed" groups toward socialism. And adding fuel to the fire, the left is holding up the Nordic countries as socialist models when in fact they aren't. True socialism is not a good thing.
Brian Clyde: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com
coalburned comments on Jun 17, 2019:
There you go...another deranged gun in the hands of your average American citizen.
I came across the following statement in someone's article: "The basic driving force behind all ...
coalburned comments on Jun 17, 2019:
I wouldn't disagree, but I think it's an over-simplification. You'd have to delve into why they dislike the current state of affairs, and I doubt we have enough time or space here for that discussion. My simplified view is that there are forces out there that crave power, dominance, and wealth. You can't maintain control over millions (billions?) of people unless you consolidate it at the government level. Take a look at most Progressive causes and see if there are any that don't lead to expanded govt, both in size and degree of control. Every one of us knows the old adage; power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If we let the govt grow large and give it great control over our freedoms, those freedoms will inevitably cease to exist. And getting them back will be next to impossible. A few simple examples will demonstrate their unwillingness to part with their gains. Can you imagine getting Congress to give itself a pay cut? How about term limits? Would they curb spending and give the taxes back to the people? The government doesn't give back what it gets without a mighty struggle.
Christianity is under ATTACK in Australia - YouTube
coalburned comments on Jun 17, 2019:
While the carnal side of me wants to cry foul and fight back, the Spirit reminds me that Jesus predicted that his followers would be persecuted. Persecution takes a variety of forms, but maybe we should be thankful. The church doesn't grow much during times of prosperity because...well, we all understand human nature. We grow and become stronger under adversity. So does the church. Persecution isn't necessarily a bad thing from God's perspective. I think it saddens him, but he sees the potential for good to flow from it. I know it sounds odd to be thankful for times like these, but we've collectively brought them on ourselves, and if we submit to God's plan, these could be truly great times from his point of view.
Hate speech is subjective. Any study of philosophy and logic would lead one to this conclusion as ...
coalburned comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Well said. Most hate speech claims are nothing more than contrivances aimed at shutting down open dialog and free speech.
Is it Nurture or Nature?
coalburned comments on Jun 15, 2019:
The man doth protest too much, methinks. Yeah, gotta give him a 10...
If the Government Doesn't recognize a religion , does that mean it recognizes Atheism by default?
coalburned comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Do you mean if the govt doesn't recognize a religion? The answer would be No.
Caught a 30 day FB “Hate Speech” ban for calling British Politicians stupid.
coalburned comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I'd love to see FB collapse under the weight of it's own stupidity. What a waste of digital space.
55% of women prefer socialism to capitalism... [thefederalist.com] Assuming that poll is even ...
coalburned comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Given the number of sigle moms who bust their butts to support their family in a predominantly two-income society, I don't find 55% in favor of socialism to be surprising... if it's true.
Have you been brainwashed by watching Youtube videos by Conservative-leaning commentators (including...
coalburned comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Three words...New York Times...and my cynicism meter pegged all the way to the right.
Been in Twitter jail for 10 months and do not miss it a bit.. Twitter can suck it.
coalburned comments on Jun 6, 2019:
I deleted my account and haven't even noticed. Twitter has become worthless
The legalisation of abortion infuriates many people because abortion means killing lives. I ...
coalburned comments on Jun 6, 2019:
Naomi, I think we all understand that the euthanizing of unwanted animals is bothersome to you. You're not alone. But unless you are putting animal life on the same level as human life, saying that animal euthanasia is as bad as abortion is an emotional position. Don't get me wrong, I think pretty much everyone agrees that putting animals down simply because they are unwanted is sad and tragic. But it's no where near the level of taking a human life. And I don't know about you, but I find it pretty odd that animals that are euthanized die quite peacefully, while abortion, particularly at later stages of pregnancy, is absolutely barbaric. Again, I understand your argument here, and I wholeheartedly agree that animal euthanasia is sometimes done for lousy reasons. But comparing it to abortion isn't the way to solve the problem. The only way that argument flies, in my opinion, is if you think animal life is on the same level as human life. For reasons I've stated elsewhere here, that is most definitely not the case.
Berntado doing berntado things.
coalburned comments on Jun 5, 2019:
I wonder if Bernie has considered for one moment the level of hypocrisy he displays.
Fun Imaginary game. If you had the power to implement 3 changes to law...What would they be?
coalburned comments on Jun 5, 2019:
1. Term limits for all Congressional seats 2. Media Accountability Act. I like @PaulBuckingham suggestion better than what I was thinking, so let's go with that. 3. This would be difficult to define, but I'd like to see| a law that automatically penalizes anyone who brings a frivolous lawsuit that is thrown out of court. The problem, of course, is defining what constitutes frivolous. Judges could make the determination, but that would likely lead to a lot of inconsistency. But maybe just the threat of penalty would deter many who are just up to no good. Maybe penalize the lawyers who take on those cases, too.
Who are the Dems mad at today and what is the crisis that will end the Republic as we know?
coalburned comments on Jun 5, 2019:
Like every day, they're mad at everyone who disagrees with their enlightened and infinitely wiser world view, and would have the audacity to call them on their.....man, I'm in a mood tonight. Their crisis of the day is probably global warming...there's a new report out of Australia. Couple of guys trying to convince people that not only will our beloved Republic come to an end, but human life won't exist after 2050 if current conditions persist.
The legalisation of abortion infuriates many people because abortion means killing lives. I ...
coalburned comments on Jun 4, 2019:
Let's stick with apples-to-apples comparisons. Animals are created by God, but not in God's image. Huge difference.
[liveaction.org] ‘Dark day’: Illinois lawmakers pass abortion bill far worse than New ...
coalburned comments on Jun 3, 2019:
I don't care which side of the fence you're on...I don't know how anyone can see this as anything but barbaric. Evil deeds have serious consequences, but it appears many are blind as to what constitutes evil. I fear the U.S. is going to be judged harshly, yet few will see the connection.
How do you respond to someone that is against Trump because he will not start a world war?
coalburned comments on Jun 2, 2019:
I know this is a serious question, but you can't reason with someone who wants war. Why would any normally person want that? Maybe that's how I'd respond.
All Mueller all the time.
coalburned comments on Jun 1, 2019:
Mueller is a calculating weasel. The collusion case was so contrived that the only way he could relieve himself of his contempt for Trump was to play to the Left's penchant for fabricating their own version of the truth. He knows they'll harrass Trump from now until he wins in 2020.
What does " Uncle Tom" expression represent?
coalburned comments on Jun 1, 2019:
It's a derogatory label, which to me represents the lowest form of human expression. Unfortunately that wasn't one of your options, so I didn't vote. 😁
The New Colossus "The New Colossus" is a sonnet that American poet Emma ...
coalburned comments on May 31, 2019:
In context, the words still apply. We don't need to mess with our monuments.
Biden pledges to defeat National Rifle Association... [bearingarms.com] If Biden is able to ...
coalburned comments on May 30, 2019:
And what does defeating the NRA accomplish? Oh, I hope this guy gets the nomination.
Why a free society cannot transform wishes into rights... [thelibertarianrepublic.com]
coalburned comments on May 30, 2019:
That's a good article. Sheds an interesting light on the perilous side of human nature. I hope others take time to read it.
Lib progressives who learned about white privilege became less sympathetic to poor whites... ...
coalburned comments on May 30, 2019:
Try talking white privilege to small-town, rural America. It'll be a short conversation.
How could anyone say with any certainty or accuracy that another person DID not commit a crime? ...
coalburned comments on May 29, 2019:
Mueller's choice of words was interesting to say the least. My gut tells me they were a cowardly, calculated device to make sure Trump remains embroiled in this nonsense as long as possible.
I’m curious about something. How many of you have cut off friends or family over political ...
coalburned comments on May 29, 2019:
I've never cut off friends or family over politics because that runs completely counter to what it means to be a friend. I have, however, stopped following people on FB for posting hateful rants that show a serious lack of intellectual honesty. I'm fine with violent differences of opinion. But keep it respectful, and show that you actually think about things rather than regurgitating a bunch of check boxes I've heard a dozen times.
Another question - how many of you feel you were born in the wrong country or even the wrong ...
coalburned comments on May 29, 2019:
I think most people experience that. It reveals something about your personality, your world view. Probably pretty healthy as long as you don't mourn your reality.
Kirsten Gillibrand says she wouldn't detain illegal immigrants at border, would free them into US......
coalburned comments on May 28, 2019:
Anyone want to guess what her take would be if those immigrants represented Republican votes?
As technology makes things easier and easier for people, will people inevitably become weaker ...
coalburned comments on May 28, 2019:
Not sure about cognitively, but I believe it has already happened, sometimes to a large degree, where physical and emotional health are concerned. People love the time saving advantages and significant efficiencies technology affords, but we don't seem to have a good explanation for why we're more socially detached and less physically active, even though we theoretically should have more time for those activities.
Dem 2020 platform
coalburned comments on May 28, 2019:
Pretty much captures it, although that name tag could also read MSM. There are many on the right when don't like Trump personally, but our economy is doing very well, which is the key to winning the presidency.
Democrats in multiple states still pushing to abolish the Electoral College... ...
coalburned comments on May 28, 2019:
What angers me about this movement is the fact that it's so contrived. Anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty knows that this issue would never have been raised if Hillary was in the White House. And we all know with 100% certainty that this issue wouldn't see the light of day if CA, NY, and IL voted majority Republican.
This environmentalist says only nuclear power can save us now... [reason.com] Nothing about ...
coalburned comments on May 25, 2019:
I agree fully with both of you. Our power requirements are massive and will only continue to grow if we shift from fossil fuels. Nuclear is the safest, cleanest, and best bang for the buck.
Medicare for all would eliminate American's choices in health coverage... ...
coalburned comments on May 25, 2019:
Unless I'm missing something, Sanders' plan isn't Medicare. It's government control of your health.
Do you think there should be a place for "silence" within "freedom of speech"? Do you think we ...
coalburned comments on May 24, 2019:
Without context, I don't understand how freedom to keep my mouth shut isn't a given.
Climate change quotes not often heard in media [standard.net] "We've got to ride this global ...
coalburned comments on May 23, 2019:
Yep...climate change hysteria has been carefully manufactured to make a case for global economic control. I'm not a climate change denier. But I'm not gullible enough to think the world will come to an end if we don't take drastic measures. The Earth has warmed before, and it has cooled before. Time for folks to chill...pun intended.
Candace Owens resigns from Turning Point USA. The reasons are not quite clear yet - apparently, ...
coalburned comments on May 16, 2019:
If TPUSA pressured her to resign because of these comments, she should be happy to leave. Could be any number of reasons, though. She's a smart woman. If she has too many irons in the fire, this is a good move.
Because I get told at least once a week I MUST be a socialist if I am a Christian or I am a fake ...
coalburned comments on May 14, 2019:
Those who claim that Christianity and socialism go hand in glove are grasping for straws. Acts 4 records acts of charity that could be considered socialist, but the voluntary sharing of everything you own is a far cry from forced redistribuion of wealth. Sharing wealth in order to further the kingdom of God is light-years removed from government control of how our wealth is to be used.
UK gov’t begins taking kids away from parents who won’t go along with gender ‘transitions’ ...
coalburned comments on May 13, 2019:
Government overreach doesn't get much worse.
Alyssa Milano Calls For ‘Sex Strike’ Until Women Have ‘Legal Control’ Of Their Bodies | The ...
coalburned comments on May 13, 2019:
This is a bit off topic, but if it wasn't for her rants going public, I would have no idea who Allysa Milano is. I know she's an actress, but I couldn't tell you one thing she's done.
I like Lindsey Graham more and more as time goes by. [youtube.com]
coalburned comments on May 13, 2019:
Because I've always associated him with the swamp, I haven't given him much credence in the past. As time goes by, especially in these toxic times, I find him to be a voice of sanity and reason.
Listening to the youth of American denigrate Free Speech is very concerning. One of our most basic ...
coalburned comments on Apr 30, 2019:
My question is, are they the norm, or are they simply the current news darlings? A loud minority as @MickeyRat put it. If they are or are becoming the norm, that is concerning indeed. My hope is that the ones we hear about are simply yearning for attention or are impressionable and just following suit.
I have been asked lately to prove from the Bible Jesus is God. This is why it is important to have ...
coalburned comments on Apr 26, 2019:
It sounds like you're dealing with a skeptic. Most of them I've encountered don't want to do any heavy lifting, but would rather put the burden of proof on you, then poke holes in your arguments. The simplest reference is John 1:1-4, which says clearly that the Word (Jesus) is God. I don't know if that constitutes "proof". I suppose it depends on whether or not you consider the Bible to be authoritative.
Do you know the exact date you came to faith? I often hear Christians discuss the moment that they ...
coalburned comments on Apr 26, 2019:
No, I don't. I know some people can, but I suspect most of us don't. I used to feel like something was wrong because I couldn't pinpoint a date. I remember when I was baptized, which is actually more meaningful to me. Your salvation experience is totally unique because God's plan for your life is totally unique. Your experiences, upbringing, temperament, family dynamic, education, how you heard the gospel and how you responded to it are unquestionably one of a kind. Consider, too, that hearing the gospel and believing it don't equal salvation. I don't remember a time when I didn't believe Jesus is who he says he is and that he died so we might have eternal life. But I can assure you I spent many years unsaved. It wasn't until I changed my view of sin that everything changed. Don't compare yourself and your testimony to anyone else's. The only thing people need to hear is how your life was without Christ, and how is it now.
Is suicide ever okay?
coalburned comments on Apr 26, 2019:
I'm not sure what you mean by ok. Do you mean is it moral? Sensible? Responsible? It would be easy for me to say it's never ok, that there is always hope, that help is near, and better days are ahead. I believe all those things. But I've never been utterly hopeless, helpless, or so depressed that ending my life seemed like a better option.
New study finds GND would have no impact on environment, would dismantle industry [dlvr.it]
coalburned comments on Apr 26, 2019:
I'm not sure anyone takes the GND seriously. Not even those who crafted it (no, I don't think AOC came up with it). Which begs the question, what is the real purpose? This article alludes to a couple of possibilities. I can't help but wonder if they're leading with the ridiculous, knowing it'll never fly, hoping to settle for something far less that would still amount to full-fledged socialism.
Hey guys, it's been cool to see our group grow by more than one hundred members in just a month!...
coalburned comments on Apr 25, 2019:
Good luck and be safe!
The Federalist had a good article about the IDW movement. Stop assuming the Intellectual Dark Web is...
coalburned comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Dear Lord, I hope no one views IDW as a political movement. That perception would guarantee we'd be infested by the very people we're trying to escape. Let's hope the diversity we see here makes it clear that it's a community of individuals who simply want to exchange ideas and intelligent dialog without the idiocy we see in virtually every other social platform.
This message on the Gospel is a good example of traditional Evangelical preaching in contrast to ...
coalburned comments on Apr 22, 2019:
I used to listen to Paul Washer and John McArthur quite a bit. I also relied quite a bit on desiringgod.com when searching for answers to perplexing questions. However, I've almost completely rejected Calvinism. Oddly, I often find value in the messages of Piper, McArthur, Washer, et al...I just don't rely on them for my theology.
So after reading Ben Shapiro's new book: Shapiro makes a strong case that true libertarianism can't ...
coalburned comments on Apr 20, 2019:
If by true libertarianism you mean the only role of government is to establish and enforce laws that protect the citizenry, he's right. The difference between limited authority and no authority has a definite moral component. The problem then is who gets to make the rule? Whose moral code?That's a scary proposition. Which explains why you don't find many 100% true libertarians.
I believe in absolute free speech but I also believe America was better off when we agreed to a ...
coalburned comments on Apr 20, 2019:
I understand exactly what you're saying. The problem is, who decides what is morally acceptable, and when do we cross the line into censorship? I'm afraid the answer, which is increasingly difficult to maintain today, is a strong family unit. The gradual collapse of the family over the past couple of generations is, IMO, the reason we see the garbage we do. The best you can do is model the kind of behavior you want your kids to exhibit. Other than feed them, educate them, and keep them safe, that's our only jobs as parents.
Can't believe there are actually videos on YouTube trying to claim that Ted Lieu did NOT try to ...
coalburned comments on Apr 20, 2019:
This is something we will see from now on, thanks to technology. Instant news, the ability to send out edited and misleading information, and the thin line between censorship and properly vetting information that is spread online...these things are here to stay. It's more important than ever to exercise extreme caution when digesting the news. Lieu and Nadler are both despicable. Like so many others, they have no moral boundaries when it come to consolidating power, which they do by pushing the ethical envelop as far as possible in order to gain mindshare, which translates to votes. And in this country, votes=power.
Are we at spiritual warfare?
coalburned comments on Apr 20, 2019:
We've been engaged in spiritual warfare for thousands of years. My question is, are we in a period of judgement, seeing the effects of steady moral decline?
Converting to Islam
coalburned comments on Apr 18, 2019:
Convert? No. Absolutely not. If I didn't have any particular set of beliefs and was forced to choose, I suppose I'd have to find out what I was getting into first. But it's easy to say that now. If I was in my teens, 20s, or 30s, might be a different story.
Let me set the tone here: I voted Libertarian, for Gary Johnson, in 2016 because I wasn't too fond ...
coalburned comments on Apr 18, 2019:
I'm inclined to agree for the most part. I've read several first-person accounts that describe a much kinder, relatively low-key individual. Certainly more modest. The problem I have is that the public sees the public Trump. Maybe he's crazy like a fox, but I wish he would tone down the antics, especially the Twitter grandstanding. Maybe it's just because I'm an old fart.
Some "conservatives" are now attacking Jordan Peterson for not being "manly" enough, for wearing his...
coalburned comments on Apr 12, 2019:
Calls to mind a book I read many years ago titled "The Hidden Value of a Man." In it they talk about the two "swords" every man wields. The silver sword: protector, provider, competitor, etc. The gold sword: compassion, caring, empathy, kindness.... Sadly, many men leave their gold sword in it's sheath most of the time. Sounds to me like Jordan has a good grasp of when and how those swords are to be used.

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