The Self Imposed Exile of Christianity

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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A few days ago, a friend sent my an article explaining the grim fate of traditional Christianity in Great Britain, as seen through the eyes of “Rev. Peter Sanlon, a young vicar in the Evangelical wing of the Church of England.”

Sanlon argues that, “What British Christians are living with today, American Christians will almost certainly be living with tomorrow,” and adds that being, “Christians in the West today is a lot like passengers on the Titanic – refusing to believe that the ship is sinking.”

But the Christian ship is fast taking on water, as it dilutes its message and core beliefs in an effort to attract, or merely conform to the secular norms of the day. The mantra of, “We must be more inclusive,” are like gaping holes in sides of the Christian Titanic. “The iceberg that has ripped open the Church is composed of not frozen water, but three things. Radical sexual gender ideologies, Islam and governments’ totalitarian instincts.”

He sees the folly in compromise of ones values and core beliefs, while many insist that it will do no harm to give a little. Or even compromise by omission, as in: “… one Church of England bishop told me that he ‘personally believed the Bible’s teaching on sexuality – but I can’t say so in public for fear of upsetting people.’” Yet it is we that believe in those teachings who are mocked like so many Chicken Littles when we posit the “slippery slope” argument. read more

Video Podcast – Florida Gun Law Trashes Bill of Rights

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Florida governor Rick Scott signed the school safety bill into law. Let us be frightened. It will allow certain school staff to conceal carry on school grounds and that’s good. The only safe school is a hardened school. However, we need to come up with a “softer” way to describe it – other than “hardened.”

Unfortunately, it also spends recklessly with its arbitrary allotment of $300 million for mental health programs, school resource officers (because they did such a good job last time), and safety upgrades.

The biggest problem with this law is as Glenn Beck recently described it – the law nullifies one Amendment of the Bill of Rights for all persons in Florida under the age of 21. This should never be allowed to stand, under any circumstances.
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Innovation Born of Necessity

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I am firmly against excessive tariffs. I’ve made that crystal clear on a number of occasions. Reasonable tariffs on imported goods are well… perfectly reasonable. At our founding, it was the source of federal government funding. Reasonable import tariffs (imposts) and duties covered the cost of operating the small federal government budget. It paid for the labor and clerical work of the importation and inspection process. As the feds were responsible for little else constitutionally, tariffs were an adequate funding system.

But these days, tariffs could not hope to cover the cost of operating the federal leviathan. They are now more a measure of protectionism worldwide. And I agree that on the world stage, America has allowed itself to be taken advantage of. Other nations expect America to charge minimal import tariffs and duties for the goods they export to us, but few reciprocate.

Nations like China do in fact take advantage of us. They expect us to treat them fairly, but often charge exorbitant tariffs on products we ship to them. And that’s assuming they accept our exports at all. In many cases, they simply do not. They don’t wish to compete with American imports on their own soil. For a long time, it has been rather one-sided.

And for just as long, the American government has put up with inequity, afraid to make waves. Enter President Trump. read more

Creepy AI Can Mimic Your Voice Within One Minute

The Chinese answer to Google can now clone your voice using AI after hearing you talk for just one minute.

Baidu, who created this creepy technology, says it could also be used to create personalized digital assistants and automatic speech translation services.

Deep Voice learns which sounds go with a text as well as the quirks of how someone communicates, creating you a robot-self indistinguishable from how you really talk.

Although this voice-copying technology might be amusing it also has serious implications, as users can essentially poach part of someone else’s identity. 

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Dems Built in Excuse for Possible Election Loss

from IBD:

Dems Get Ready To Blame Russia If They Don’t Take The House In November

Democrats expect that fierce anti-Trump sentiment will sweep them into power in the House, if not the Senate, this November. If that fails to happen, they are already preparing their excuse: Russian meddling.

 Just as in 2016, Democrats — as well as various political pundits — are certain of victory.

“Democrats may have already won the House,” declared the news site Axios this week, citing four reasons the election was a lock. read more

A Real Second-Amendment City

from Gary Demar at

City With Mandatory Gun Ownership Has One of the Lowest Crime Rates

The anti-Second Amendment crowd is on the warpath again. I live just a few miles from the most pro-gun city in the United States – Kennesaw, Georgia – where gun ownership is mandatory. It’s not the “Wild West” like some people predicted it would be when city officials passed a mandatory gun ownership law.

Eleven years ago, “the city of Kennesaw was selected by Family Circle magazine as one of the nation’s ‘10 best towns for families.’ The award was aimed at identifying the best communities nationally that combine big-city opportunities with suburban charm, a blend of affordable housing, good jobs, top-rated public schools, wide-open spaces, and less stress.” read more

China’s Horizontal Skyscraper

Raffles City Chongqing's "horizontal skyscraper" is named the Conservatory and measures 300 m (984 ft)-long
Raffles City Chongqing’s “horizontal skyscraper” is named the Conservatory and measures 300 m (984 ft)-long(Credit: CapitaLand)

China boasts more than its fair share of impressive engineering feats, including the world’s second-tallest skyscraper and the highest bridge. We can soon add highest skybridge to the list too, courtesy of Moshe Safdie’s Raffles City Chongqing project, which is currently under construction in southwest China. read more