Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some Good Advice From Vox Day

Do you become irritated and agitated when engaging an Atheist? Here's some good advice, much of which I have mentioned here before. It's good to keep in mind.

Maybe the principles could be listed:
1. Atheists cannot win a contest against actual disciplined logic.

2. Generally Atheists use rhetoric, rather than logic; their goal is to "win", not to elucidate.

3. Always "play to the stands", meaning that the actual target is those who are watching and might yet have an open mind. With that in mind, there is no need for anger or dismay: the audience will understand the attack on you and why it is irrational, especially if you point it out calmly.

4. Never expect an Atheist to be convicted by logic; Atheism is an emotional decision and is not influenced by logic.

5. The Atheist is just an unwitting foil in the demonstration of the irrationality of Atheism. Expect nothing of him but irrational attacks, because that is what you will get served up. So prepare to demonstrate to the audience what the Atheist is doing, in terms of calm logical analysis of his claims and attacks. If there is no audience (the stands are empty), there is no point in even talking to an Atheist.

6. Keep doing it as required.

7. Always keep in mind that the Atheist always "wins" a yelling match: that's his intent; he cannot "win" if his position is logically analyzed.
I have sometimes kept a list of issues which a particular Atheist has dodged, and then presented it to him. Sometimes the Atheist will claim to have answered every issue, so I go through that again and again if necessary. Sometimes the Atheists will charge "gishing" and will run for the door. Either way, it is the observer who counts, not the particular Atheist. Don't allow dodging or off ramps: stay on point.

There are some arguments which circle around and around, and those should be ended, with the reason for ending it made clear, and the end brought about definitively and finally.

Learn the principles of rhetoric and be able to recognize the rhetorical tricks. I've been doing this awhile, and even so, I get caught out sometimes. But a quick correction of course always works.

What More Can Be Said?

Headline:
"United States President Barack Obama Bows to Japanese Robot"


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Feds and Animal Welfare



After killing two prize bulls in a pen and digging a burial pit for hiding the Bundy cattle they killed, it's no surprise that the Feds left a slow-death trap behind. This is truly a range war, and it is being fought on the internet as well as on the range. The Leftist government is completely out of control, lawless, and responsible to no one other than the moneyed interests.

The government "cowboys" should be found and prosecuted for animal abuse.

Finally. A State With Spine Shows Up At The Fight.

Headline: Exclusive--Texas AG Abbott to BLM: 'Come and Take It'

The BLM actually is in the business of seizing private property for its own use.
After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action.

“I am about ready,” General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.”

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In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, [Attorney] General Abbott said, “This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country ...And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the State of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the Attorney General of Texas I am not going to allow this.”

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Abbott told Breitbart Texas he wants to make sure the BLM understands that what they appear to be attempting to do is completely illegal. “This is Texas land. It belongs to Texas and the private property owners here,” Abbott firmly stated. “If we have to, we will assert quick and effective legal action to put a stop to it.”

Concealed Carry...

Headline: Cops: Teen Had Loaded Revolver In Her Vagina

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Obama Either Doesn't Believe It Or Doesn't Care About AGW

Headline:
Obama will burn more than 35,000 gallons of fuel on Earth Day, emitting 375 TONS of carbon dioxideObama will burn more than 35,000 gallons of fuel on Earth Day, emitting 375 TONS of carbon dioxide
Maybe a presidential trip to Japan is necessary, who knows? But Obama is known for his monster entourages flying around the world, including his many vacations.

In similar news,
Eco-activists: EPA’s ‘Earth Week’ tour will harm the planet through airline CO2 emissions
Well, the airline would have flown anyway. But the message is weakened.

A More Valid Disaster Warning

Actually there are two types pending: First is the EMP disaster scenario (note 1), both solar and nuclear (natural and enemy). Second is the ongoing war against individual Americans by the US Government, specifically the BLM, which could escalate into a civil war. Either of these are more dangerous than AGW. Note 1. For a fascinating and gripping fictional account, read "One Second After", written by a military historian.