Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Knockout punch?

This is supposed to be a "gotcha" meme, one of the favoured weapons in the arsenal of internet atheists. These internet atheists are fond of claiming that Adolf Hitler was a Christian. At the time he said this, Hitler would not take power for four and a half years. One can look at both his private and public statements, and find both pro and anti-Christian rhetoric coming from the same mouth.

To his distorted mind, true Christianity was corrupted by the apostle Paul, and Jesus Christ was not Jewish, but Aryan. Hitler sounded sympathetic to Christianity and courted churches out of political expediency. But had Nazi Germany won the Second World War, he would have eliminated the churches altogether.

The fact of the matter is that the atheist claim that Hitler was a Christian does not stand up to historical scrutiny, as any reputable scholar will affirm. Their work is a far more reliable source of information than a selective quote in a meme.  


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Motor skills

Today the AFL released its fixture for the 2016 season. One innovation is that there will be no games in the week before the finals. This is a great idea, because it's one way of giving all teams a better chance of being competitive.

As sports commentators have observed, recent AFL premierships have been won by the same handful of teams. In recent years, the NRL premiership has been won by a different team every year. This shows that teams in the NRL are more evenly matched than those in the AFL.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Serious time

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticised for directly implicating Amin al-Husseini, then the Mufti of Jerusalem, in the Final Solution. Whilst the Mufti shared the Nazis' antisemitism, there is no evidence to support these claims. However, it is well documented that Nazi Germany had plans to exterminate the Jewish population of Palestine, had its North Africa campaign succeeded,




Friday, October 23, 2015

Life imitates art

The other day I watched the HD version of Independence Day (1996), Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's star-studded alien invasion of Earth popcorn movie extravaganza.

As I think about next year's American presidential election and the current field of candidates, I think about Bill Pullman's character in that movie, the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore. Insofar as he is young and idealistic, Whitmore was described as being by reviewers at the time as being "Clintonian." Plainly speaking, he was partially based on then President Bill Clinton, who was running for re-election at the time.

Bill Clinton's enemies unfairly smeared him as a Vietnam War draft dodger, but allegations of his philandering turned out to be true. By contrast, Whitmore is a retired Air Force pilot who served in the 1991 Gulf War, a faithful husband, and a loving father. He proves his worth by rising to the challenge of defeating a global threat.

It's almost a pity that a man of Whitmore's calibre is not a candidate. Just over a year from election day, there is no candidate in the current field who has captured the imagination of the American public. Hillary Clinton will probably be the Democrat nominee, but the Republican field is too crowded. It's anyone's guess who the eventual nominee turns out to be. I just wish the oxygen thieves would drop out and improve the chances of those who actually have a chance of winning, and are actually capable of doing the job.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Where's Luke Skywalker when you need him?

Here it is; the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. All I know is that it's set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and that as well as some returning characters from the original trilogy, it has some new heroes and villains in it.

It will be released on December 17, which is just under two months away. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to avoid reading spoilers. There will be battles with explosions, and lightsabre duels. People will die. There will be surprise revelations. That's all I need to know.

Joey come lately?

United States Vice President Joe Biden may or may not be about to declare that he is running for the Presidency next year. If he does, it will add an interesting dynamic to the race. The Democratic field will have more than one viable candidate in it. Hillary Clinton will have some serious competition.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Verbal jousting

As a general rule, as far as possible I try to avoid watching political interviews. They try my patience. Sean Hannity's interview with Luis Miranda, DNC Director of Communications is a case in point. Rather than answer Hannity's questions, Miranda rattled off his pre-prepared talking points.

Part of this was pushback against Hannity's at times abrasive interviewing technique, but to me Miranda seemed smug. He gave a glowing assessment of the Obama Administration's economic record, as well as that of previous Democrat presidencies.

Telling porkies?

The news media has unanimously declared Hillary Clinton to be the winner of Tuesday night's CNN Democratic presidential candidate debate held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If Ben Shapiro is to be believed, she has been somewhat elastic with the truth about her record as First Lady, Senator for New York, and Secretary of State. I'm all for calling her to account, but I'd like to see the other Democrat candidates subjected to similar scrutiny on Breitbart.