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First, I’m not sure why silly issues like the Pledge of the Allegiance or worrying about which stores are saying “Merry Christmas!” during the holidays creates such a big furor among Americans. Really, who gives a shit? They’re trivial issues, usually brought up by zealots who think they have the inside track to righteousness and a monopoly on moral values. What it does, however, is provide a smoke screen to block debate and stop Americans from thinking about significant issues like the national debt, illegal immigration, a failing educational system, the trade deficit, the cost of health-care, etc. and the politicians who do nothing about them. “Hell, who cares if the country is broke, a school in California isn’t saying the Pledge of Allegiance!” says Joe Sixpack when the corrupt company he works for hands him his check that is losing value every year.

In any event, if more people knew why The Pledge was created in the first place, maybe more of them would stop reciting it.

The Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy and read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” However, Bellamy stated that the purpose of The Pledge was to teach obedience to state as a virtue.

Can you believe that? It’s a sickening concept, but the snake oil salesmen in Washington love it when their servants obey. Obedience to the state isn’t a virtue, is the antithesis of freedom, liberty, and the beliefs of the Founding Fathers, and is sheep like behavior. I, for one, won’t be lead to the slaughter.

It’s interesting that I found this story as I had an experience this past Saturday regarding The Pledge, which I’ll write about tomorrow.

California Students Ban Pledge of Allegiance – AOL News

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 11) – Student leaders at a California college have touched off a furor by banning the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings, saying they see no reason to publicly swear loyalty to God and the U.S. government.

The move by Orange Coast College student trustees, the latest clash over patriotism and religion in American schools, has infuriated some of their classmates — prompting one young woman to loudly recite the pledge in front of the board on Wednesday night in defiance of the rule.

“America is the one thing I’m passionate about and I can’t let them take that away from me,” 18-year-old political science major Christine Zoldos told Reuters.

“The fact that they have enough power to ban one of the most valued traditions in America is just horrible,” Zoldos said, adding she would attend every board meeting to salute the flag.

The move was led by three recently elected student trustees, who ran for office wearing revolutionary-style berets and said they do not believe in publicly swearing an oath to the American flag and government at their school. One student trustee voted against the measure, which does not apply to other student groups or campus meetings.

The ban follows a 2002 ruling by a federal appeals court in San Francisco that said forcing school children to recite the pledge was unconstitutional because of the phrase “under God.” The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the ruling on procedural grounds but left the door open for another challenge.

“That (‘under God’) part is sort of offensive to me,” student trustee Jason Ball, who proposed the ban, told Reuters. “I ‘m an atheist and a socialist, and if you know your history, you know that ‘under God’ was inserted during the McCarthy era and was directly designed to destroy my ideology.”

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I have had the privilege to debate a lady recently who chastised me for my use (and advocacy) of logic and reason when drawing conclusions about various claims. In her rant, she stated that people who thought creatively  would suffer “under my regime” as I would “squash them like a bug,” which I interpret to mean that I allegedly stand in opposition to anyone who doesn’t use reason and logic as the method of choice for truth discovery, investigation, and in constructing paradigms.

When she made the remark, it occurred to me like a lightning bolt from the heavens that creative thinking should never supplant critical thinking because creative thinking is not a method; it’s expression. Critical thinking is the method we use in making determinations, while creativity is used in the expression of those determinations.

All of this came about due to my rebuttal of her claim that the afterlife exists because it’s “too radical [of an idea] to dismiss.” My argument consisted of saying that a statement like that isn’t based on reasoning, logic, scientific investigation, etc., and is mainly an intellectual flight of fancy. Moreover, I stated that most people offer some reference when making a truth-claim, either by appealing to authority (argumentum ad verecundiam) or even utilizing something as shallow as anecdotal evidence, but at least they’re offering something.

Never in  all of my years had I heard someone say that something must be true because the idea was “too radical to dismiss.” That concept is devoid of all reason and shifts the veracity and validity of claims to the level of absurdity rather than to the arena of scientific and independent investigation. My frustration led me to say “If we apply the same logic, we also have to confirm as true that sticking a hot poker in your ass during sexual intercourse produces heightened orgasms” because the idea is “too radical to dismiss.” After all, it’s a radical idea, is it not?

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I don’t think there’s anyway Justin escapes the wrath of the Jewish community abroad and those in Israeli proper after titling his new article “A Jewish Hitler – The rise of Avigdor Lieberman.” Justin presents a sound argument (as always) against such an unlikeable member joining the Israeli government, but also illustrates the similarities between previous National Socialist policies of the 40’s era and the one’s advocated by Lieberman. Yet it’s not the content of the opinion piece that will draw scorn and ridicule from both Jews and those that support Judaism’s political and religious claims of being chosen by God for favoritism (a racist-religious doctrine if there ever was one), it will be because Justin chose the specific title he did. It’s a shame that so many readers won’t get past the headline; a sad indictment of our species really. Prepare for the hysteria.

A Jewish Hitler?
The rise of Avigdor Lieberman

by Justin Raimondo

With the entry of Avigdor Lieberman into the government as deputy minister for “strategic threats” – essentially in charge of preparing for war with Iran – Israel makes a qualitative step toward a regime that increasingly resembles, in all its essentials, a rogue state, and, I might add, potentially a very dangerous one.

Lieberman’s views are notoriously racist, and his rhetoric is invariably violent. He called for the execution of Israeli Arab members of the Knesset who met with Hamas or didn’t celebrate Israel’s Independence Day. His party, Yisrael Beytenu (“Israel is our Home”), accuses Israeli Arabs of “dual loyalty” on account of their ethnicity, and advocates the complete separation of the Israeli and Arab populations in Palestine – in effect, forced transfer. Lieberman and his followers vehemently oppose the peace process, support the militant settlement movement, and are proud partisans of ethnic cleansing.

In 2002, Lieberman averred that he wouldn’t flinch at ordering the IDF into the occupied territories on the West Bank for 48 hours, an operation designed to “Destroy the foundation of all the [Palestinian] authority’s military infrastructure … not leave one stone on another. Destroy everything.” Civilian targets included: that same year he also argued the Israeli air force should bomb all Palestinian commercial centers, including banks and even gas stations.

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