The year in Fully Myelinated

WordPress does a pretty cool infographic summarizing blog stats for the year.  My 2015 edition is here.  It’s always funny to see which posts stand the test of time.  Would have never guessed that my top post for 2015 was 2013’s post (mostly just an extended quote) on why potato chips taste so good.  It also features top commenters and suggests I thank them.  Not a bad idea.  Thanks Jon K, R. Jenrette, Mika, Ohwilleke, and yes, even RBGAct whom I never agree with :-).  Anyway, thanks to all of your for making my blogging worthwhile in 2016.

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The anti-government terrorists in Oregon

Amazing what you can get away with in this country if you are a white person.

Kleiman:

Something more than 100 “militia” loons, including two of the leaders of the Bundy Ranch confrontation, have now taken over a federal building in rural Oregon in support of the demand that two ranchers convicted of arson on federal land not go back to prison after a federal appeals court found their original sentence to have been below the minimum provided for by law.  They are asking like-minded people to come join them, bringing weapons, and have announced that they plan to occupy the building for “years.”

The Obama Administration seems to have a much stronger hand to play in Oregon than it did in Nevada, where the Governor, the Sheriff, and a large part of the local populace supported the seditious conspiracy.Oregon has a Democratic governor, and the folks around the town of Burns – even including the two convicted arsonists – seem to want nothing to do with this publicity stunt. Of course it’s crucial to avoid a shoot-out, but it’s equally crucial to assert the rule of law. There’s no need here to repeat the back-down in Nevada, and the ringleaders need to go away for long, long time.

It’s also crucial that Republican politicians – most importantly, the Presidential candidates – be forced to take a stand for or against acts of lawless violence. And that’s not something the President can or should try to manage alone. Everyone needs to speak out, and keep speaking out. [emphasis mine]

And the New Yorker:

Cartoon

“We’re not terrorists; we just want what any true patriot wants: to take down the United States of America.”

Photo of the day

Thanks to SM for sending along this cool gallery of “awe-inspiring photos.”  I don’t like to use uncredited images, but this is a pretty fun one (I actually tried to find the photo credit, but this one seems to be all over the internet without attribution):

]Perfectly Timed Dogbird

“Perfectly Timed Dogbird”

 

Scalia: God hates Jews (and loves the Clemson football team)

In case you missed Scalia’s latest comments on church and state.  Most of it was stuff I’d heard before, eg., :

He told the audience at Archbishop Rummel High School that there is “no place” in the country’s constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence.

“To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition. Where did that come from?” he said. “To be sure, you can’t favor one denomination over another but can’t favor religion over non-religion?”

Okay, fine.  Debatable points, but whatever.  Here’s whet so disturbs me:

He said God has been good to America because Americans have honored him.

Scalia said during the Sept. 11 attacks he was in Rome at a conference. The next morning, after a speech by President George W. Bush in which he invoked God and asked for his blessing, Scalia said many of the other judges approached him and said they wished their presidents or prime ministers would do the same.

“God has been very good to us. That we won the revolution was extraordinary. The Battle of Midway was extraordinary. I think one of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor. Unlike the other countries of the world that do not even invoke his name we do him honor. [emphasis mine] In presidential addresses, in Thanksgiving proclamations and in many other ways,” Scalia said.

“There is nothing wrong with that and do not let anybody tell you that there is anything wrong with that,” he added.

Ugh.  The problem with this theology is how quickly it becomes problematic when you give it just a little thought.  Most simply, the obvious corollary is that God is not good to those who do not honor him.  I don’t see how this theology does not lead to the logical conclusion that God punished the Jews with the Holocaust because they insufficiently honored him.  Meanwhile, what do you make of thoroughly secular nations such as Denmark, Norway, etc., full of happy, prosperous people?  And I guess all Dabo Swinney’s extremely public Christianity must be why Clemson is playing for the national title next week.  I guess all those other football coaches who thanked Jesus after victories just didn’t mean it as much.

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