Saturday, April 30, 2011

The NDP's Scary Hidden Agenda

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The CBC’s Leslie MacKinnon recently reported on the NDP’s official constitution, a 2003 document that specifies why the NDP exists. It turns out the NDP constitution is itself a hidden agenda.
First, here’s a core statement from the preamble outlining the “principles of democratic socialism” that guide the party:
That the production and distribution of goods and services shall be directed to meeting the social and individual needs of people within a sustainable environment and economy and not to the making of profit; [profits bad, socialism good]
To modify and control the operations of the monopolistic productive and distributive organizations through economic and social planning [think Communism]. Towards these ends and where necessary, the extension of the principle of social ownership…. [nationalization of our golden eggs by the NDP goose]
The New Democratic Party is proud to be associated with the democratic socialist parties of the world and to share the struggle for peace, international co-operation and the abolition of poverty. [guaranteed annual income so no-one is forced to suffer the indignity of having to work for a living]
The above NDP constitutional extract is unfortunately not available on the NDP website. Ms MacKinnon asked about this omission and was told that the party’s constitution is an “internal” document that is only available to members, not to voters who might be interested in NDP principles. 
Good on the CBC for reporting this! Credit where credit's due!

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Quote of the Day: "Conservative Albertans Are Not Conservative Because..."

"Conservative Albertans are not Conservative because we are prosperous — we are prosperous because we are Conservative". -- Letters section, National Post.

The simple, stubborn truth is this: the facts of life are conservative.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jack Layton is Da Man!!!

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Arrived back in Canada just in time to get a Google-sensed ad  from Jumpin' Jack. And Jack told me, Ball Bounces, that he, Jack Layton, was going to hire more doctors and nurses and, wait for this, Jack told me he's going to increase my pension!!! I didn't know Jack had this kind of money, but all I can say is, "thank-you, Jack!". He has my vote!

And that's the way the I-can-be-bought Ball bounces!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

What Do You Get When You Combine Big Gov't, Unions, And A Welfare/Entitlement Mindset?

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What Do You Get When You Combine Big Gov't, Unions, And A Welfare/Entitlement Mindset?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

What Do the NDP and Quebec Have in Common?

What Do the NDP and Quebec Have in Common?

The assumption that someone else will foot the bill.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Poll Results: May vs. Duceppe -- And the Loser Is...

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The Ball Bounces poll asked, if you had to chose, which of the two leaders would you rather see participate in a federal leadership debate, Elizabeth May, representing the Greens with federal aspirations, or Gilles Duceppe, representing the Quebec-only Bloc

70% of you, forced to choose between the two, chose Elizabeth May over Gilles Duceppe (and, based on an earlier poll, no-one wants to see Elizabeth May anywhere near a federal leaders' debate.)

Antipathy towards the Quebec-only Gilles Duceppe participating in federal leaders' debates appears strong -- at least among the readers of the Ball Bounces!

And that's the way the polling Ball bounces.
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Toronto Unions Highly Enthusiastic!! (about opposing privatization)

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The City of Toronto will release a report Monday morning recommending more privatized garbage service, the opening stages in what promises to be a pitched battle between City Hall and its unionized employees in coming months.
Mark Ferguson, head of CUPE Local 416 (which represents the city’s outside workers), disputes that math, adding that several cities throughout North American are currently returning to collection by city workers after private efforts failed to bring any savings.
“I think there will be a high level of enthusiasm from the unions to oppose this,” said Mr. Minnan-Wong. 
Privatization frees over-taxed citizens from the ever-present threat of work-stoppages and strikes by over-paid, under-working unionized workers. I've been on the receiving end of said strikes for both garbage and the TTC. Striking during a deep recession, when most people are just working hard to stay employed, is especially unseemly. Privatization provides a check-and-a-balance against unreasonable, privileged public sector union demands.

Privatization protects the weak from the powerful.

I say, "bring it on".
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I'm One Of The UN's 50 Million Climate Change Refugees

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Way back in 2005, the UN predicted 50,000,000 climate change refugees by 2010.

Well, it's happening.

I'm one of them. I'm down here in Phoenix AZ right now because of climate, specifically global colding, which has been occurring in Canada since, oh, about November.  Right now, I understand there's a bit of a warming trend happening.  We'll be heading north Friday to check it out.

I'm one of the UN's 50 million persons on this planet displaced by climate, and the UN has so far given me squat. Not even a courtesy call from Al Gore. Will you, dear reader of the Ball Bounces, help?  You can do your part by sending $5 to the Ball Bounces Climate Refugee Fund, UN, NY, NY, USA.

And Al, if you're reading this, you can send me 10. Otherwise, the evil coal and oil companies that fuel our cars and keep us warm in winter will have won.

And that's the way the sunny-sun sun-loving Ball bounces.

Update: click here for 50 mil map, now expunged from UN websites.  h/t Solomon National Post

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

BallBounces Poll: Elizabeth May or Gilles Duceppe in the Debates?

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There's still time to vote in the latest Ball Bounces poll.

I am interested in hearing what you think about this. If it had to be one or the other, who do you think should be in the federal debates -- the leader of the Green Party (which has federal aspirations and seeks to be a national party) or the leader of the Bloc Quebecois (which seeks to represent one region only).
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Earth Has Rights Too; After All, It's Only Human

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Rex Murphy has the latest leftist lunacy in his crosshairs. Saith Rex:
... just this week, Bolivia’s president, Eva Morales, hailed national legislation that would enshrine the “rights of Mother Nature” — human rights extended to earth itself. Pause to marvel at the powers of the Bolivian legislature. May we note that Morales is a James Cameron fan? I think we may.
Vice-President Alvaro García Linera describes the country’s new legislation (“The Law of Mother Earth”) as making “world history. Earth is the mother of all.” He also gushed that the law “establishes a new relationship between man and nature.”
The Earth has rights too; after all, it's only human. Or something to that effect.

Maybe it's, the earth has rights; after all humans are only earth.

At any rate, the movement to grant Mother Earth rights in her own, er, right, may well turn out to be the ultimate expression of environmentalism, darwinian downgradism (we're animals and nothing more, reducible to unplanned molecules in unplanned motion), and feminism (exalting Mother Earth rather leaves Father Sky in the, er, dirt, doesn't it?!).

And then Rex's money quote.
I am growing more and more confident that the number-one threat to the health, safety and future of our planet is the assortment of fanatics who are proposing to save it. They are, as in this farcical Bolivian étude, jettisoning every product of our rationalistic heritage, degrading the advances in reason and science, and regressing to the raw beliefs of those days when, as Milton, wrote “all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones.”
When the conscious creature — that would be Man — condescends to worship the inanimate one — that would be the Stone — the order of things is inverted and undone.
Another great article from Rex.

PS -- I'm pretty sure Rex has had a hair cut since this picture was snapped.

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Notre Dame: Is This The State of American Catholicism? II

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Another bit on Notre Dame.
"(T)his is a loving, caring Jesus," is how the New York Times recently profiled a leading man in a play about abortion written by a Notre Dame grad.
The script dialogue includes a woman asking Christ: "Did you ever say, 'I'm Jesus, and I say that stupid girls who let guys talk them into going to the back seat of their cars have to have babies?' Did you say that ever?"
"No," Jesus replies.
"All you talk about is, be nice to each other!" the woman continues. "You never said nobody's allowed to have an abortion."
The fictional Jesus confirms her assertion.
"So can I? Can I? Can I?" she asks.
"Honestly, I -- I don't really have an issue with it," Jesus tells the girl in the play.
As opposed to the actual Jesus, who truthfully and therefore lovingly said, "except you repent, you shall all perish". Now that's dialogue I can sink my teeth into -- that goes to the depths of my being, the depths of my understanding, it shakes me to the core. The stuff above -- just juvenile froth worthy of a grade-school paper -- yet considered worthy of being profiled in the New York Times!!!

If this is the kind of grad Notre Dame is producing, Notre Dame should shut its doors, immediately. Or, as Jack Layton might put it, hashmark fail!

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Elections Canada: Are All Canadians Equal?

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Apparently not.

Some democracy-challenged Canadians apparently require "special ballots".
The report quotes an Elections Canada official, who said the university has held special ballots before without issue. Special ballots are different than advance polls. They are set up as a way of facilitating the voting process for groups that are often under-represented on voting day, such as students and aboriginals.
Are students and aboriginals intrinsically less able to exercise their right to vote than others? Or just too  indifferent or lazy?

How about snowbirds? We're (sensibly) down in the USA; we're under-represented -- and we're as indifferent and lazy as the best of 'em. Shouldn't we have equal access to "special ballots"? Elections Canada could set them up in local Wal Marts for us. Better still, I would like one set up for me at the local Julio G's Mexican Restaurant at Tatum and Cactus in Phoenix, where we go for double-stamp Monday -- otherwise, I will be under-represented on voting day, and that will be a loss for Canadian democracy.

Do you think that could that be arranged, Elections Canada?  If you set up between 11 am. and 1 pm., you'll catch me, and Julio's will probably spring for chips and salsa.

Ignatieff is making a big deal about a Conservative objection to special ballots and is equating special-access to special balloting with Canadian "democracy".

Sounds more like the promotion of democratic inequality based on selective state-sponsored group-identity politics to me.

The lazy and indifferent should be equal across Canada, from sea-to-glorious-sea, from coast-to-coast-to-coast-to, er border, and even down into the US.

And that's the way the lazy and indifferent Canadian Ball bounces.

Update: A link to Elections Canada Special Ballots

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

How Bad Is The US Deficit?

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How bad is the US deficit?


Under the Obama tax plan, the Bush rates would be repealed for the top brackets. Yet the "cost" of extending all the Bush rates in 2011 over 10 years was about $3.7 trillion. Some $3 trillion of that was for everything but the top brackets—and Mr. Obama says he wants to extend those rates forever. According to Internal Revenue Service data, the entire taxable income of everyone earning over $100,000 in 2008 was about $1.582 trillion. Even if all these Americans—most of whom are far from wealthy—were taxed at 100%, it wouldn't cover Mr. Obama's deficit for this year.
Note that's just this year's deficit -- it doesn't even begin to address the mountain of accumulated debt. The WSJ article concludes:
Mr. Obama ludicrously claimed that Mr. Ryan favors "a fundamentally different America than the one we've known throughout most of our history." Nothing is likelier to bring that future about than the President's political indifference in the midst of a fiscal crisis.
And the band played on.

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Notre Dame: Is This The State of American Catholicism?

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Concerning the recent William Lane Craig (Evangelical Christian Philosopher) and Sam Harris (New Atheist) debate on campus at Notre Dame:
Weeks in advance, the campus lit up with controversy. Neither debater was Catholic, some complained, so the religion of Notre Dame and most of its students wouldn’t have anyone to root for. Others felt that the very idea of a debate like this offends the subtlety and dignity of the questions at stake. Still others simply considered one or both of the chosen debaters an idiot.
An atheist and a Christian debate on campus, and the Catholics don't have anyone to root for? Let's hope the article's author, Nathan Schneider, was off in his reporting.

BTW, Craig mopped the floor with Harris.

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Who Writes Mark Steyn's Headlines?

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Who writes Mark Steyn's headlines -- the Great One himself, perhaps?

They're as good as he is.

Here's a beaut: "Budget Cuts Priced to Clear!"

Nobody does satire like Steyn.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Absent Mr. Iggs

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"Anyone else notice Iffy's hasty exit at the end of the post debate news conference (on CBC The National)? A reporter attempted to ask him about Layton's question regarding his voting frequency and he ran off the stage into Zzuzzanna'z arms. Imagine if Harper had done that." -- Anon, in the Ball Bounces Comments.
Iggy Ignatieff: first absent from Canada; now absent from Parliament. Reasonable question: if elected PM, will you show up?

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

Photo: unretouched photo of Iggy absent from Parliament on the campaign trail(*). Unretouched? OK, it was retouched by the Liberal Party of Canada's Dept. of Spin, Gloss and Photoshopping to remove an errant pinky.

(*)Update: The BallBounces welcomes davehuehn, the person who snapped the splendid Ignatieff photo. His unretouched comments weighing in on my (mis)use of his photo for satirical purposes, below.

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Quote of the Day: "Harper came out smiling like a rose"

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Concerning the Canadian leadership debate: "Harper came out smiling like a rose"-- troupsupport's comment at the CBC site 2011/04/12 at 9:40 PM ET.

That's better than Ignatieff, Layton, and Duceppe, who all came out smelling like a Cheshire cat.  
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Monday, April 11, 2011

File "B" for Bonkers: Home-Made Lunches Banned From School

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Now, you can only eat government-approved lunches, because governments cannot trust parents to do the right thing.
Fernando waved his hand over the crowd and asked a visiting reporter: "Do you see the situation?"
At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.
Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.
"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."
Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring "bottles of soda and flaming hot chips" on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common. (h/t Drudge).
Ah, the misplaced morality and velvet glove of leftist "government knows best" totalitarianism.

Kids: you can have sex with anyone, anytime, anywhere; just don't plan on scarfing down on a soda and flaming hot chips afterwards -- that would be wrong.
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Budget Follies: Eight Days In April, Or, Why The US Is Doomed

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The eight days leading up to the US budget agreement were days of intense politicking, back-and-forth concessions, and hard-nosed bargaining.  Out of it all came an agreement that chopped a full 38.5 billion off the budget. Obama grinned and lauded it as historic. Leaders from both parties had found common ground and "acted on behalf of our children’s future".

Problem is this. In those same eight days,  actual US debt rose by $54.1 billion.  And, since the start of 2011, actual US debt has risen by $653.4 billion -- equivalent to 16 years of 2011 budget cuts.

If saving 38 billion protects America's children, what does over-spending by 653 billion do to them?

I know, I know. The budget is an annual, on-going thing, so, cutting it is good, and the current spending levels are a one-time (actually, two-time) spend-fest designed to get the country moving. But, debt is debt. And there's only so many tax-payers to go around. Already, a vast number of Americans pay no federal tax -- usually the ones who insist on a generous federal government. And a mere 8% of Americans pay 60% of the entire tax bill (these are the "rich who pay no taxes").

So where's the money going to come from to finance this debt (paying it off is out of the question)? There just aren't enough rich guys to go around.

Civil unrest in America when the debt chickens come home to roost and the politicians demand sacrifice on the part of all Americans -- the unionized, the government-pensioned, the government-entitled, as well as the ordinary wage-earner -- and not just the wealthy?

Don't count it out.

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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Welfare Muslims and the Accommodating West

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No need to plot the overthrow of the West. The West is plotting its own demise -- thanks to delusional leftist social policies.
One Iranian immigrant to Sweden expressed astonishment at his new country’s policies: “In Sweden my family encountered a political system that seemed very strange. The interpreter told us that Sweden is a country where the government will put a check into your mailbox each month if you don’t work. She explained that there was no reason to get a job.”
The statistics from Norway are even more shocking. According to a University of Oslo study, “non-Western immigrants” are ten times as likely to be on social assistance as native Norwegians.
In Germany, Muslims are four times as likely to be receiving welfare as non-Muslims. 

A lot of the spending involves welfare fraud. Apparently honesty, one of the bedrock judeo-christian virtues upon which our society was built, is not highly valued among the followers of Mohammed.

Couple this with the fact that Muslims are having babies and we are not, and if even half this article is true, we are in deep doo-doom.

Remind me again why multiculturalism is considered a good thing for Canada and the West?
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Friday, April 08, 2011

Hide The Decline: "The Carbon Gravy Train"

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"The Carbon Gravy Train".

The above phrase, used in the article, tells you just about all you need to know about global warming alarmism.

An Aussie scientist 'fesses up.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

British Muslims For Israel

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"British Muslims For Israel"

No, you have not vectored into some bizarre alternate universe; you are still bouncing with The Ball on terra firma.


I guess these guys are a foil for "Jews For The Destruction of Israel".
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Quote of the Day: "People who don’t believe the Bible..."

"I find that people who don’t believe the Bible are more impressed with the Bible when I start by arguing with the scientific evidence." -- Wintery Knight.

An interesting take on apologetical method by the Wintery One discussing J. P. Moreland article on the scientifically-validated deleterious effects of promiscuity.

From a preaching point of view, the approach would be the opposite, i.e., preach the word, and illustrate by scientific confirmation.

And the beat goes on...

h/t Dan Hannon for pointing out the mis-attribution of the quote in the original post.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Breaking News: Elizabeth May Snubs Geek Who Invites Her To The Prom

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This breaking story has everything: a spurned lover, a pirate, a rhinoceros, a communist, a small pond, fear of contagion, and a gun registry issue.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May has been invited to a party leaders’ debate but likely won’t attend — a coalition of small or fringe political parties are hosting their own public forum this month.
“We are not one of the small, fringe parties.... We do not group ourselves in with them,” said Kieran Green, a Green Party spokesman.
The apparent snub from the Greens disappoints political rivals.
“I think that’s absurd,” said Shawn Vulliez, spokesman for the Pirate Party, which seeks to reform copyright and information laws.
“If they don’t participate they are just shooting themselves in the foot. The Green Party is not significantly ahead of the Pirate Party right now – they’ve never had a seat in Parliament.”
“Do they think we’re contagious?” asked Serge Grenier, spokesman for the Rhinoceros Party. “This is a missed opportunity for them.”
And Vicki Gunn, spokeswoman of the Christian Heritage Party, said: “Whether they have to play in a small pond or not, surely it is better than not playing in any pond.”
The “Other Parties Discussion” is tentatively scheduled for April 23 at York University in Toronto
First Elizabeth cries foul for not being invited to the prom, and then, when she's invited by the pimply geek, she suddenly has to wash and dry her hair that evening.

Oh, well. As Herself might say, "It's my Party and I'll dry if I want to".
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Air Canada's Really, Really, Really Lame Contest Video

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Dear Ball Bounces,
Air Canada is your springboard to the world, and never more so than right now. Our Win the World contest is back and better than ever: there are over 3,000 instant prizes and eleven Grand Prizes up for grabs.
For people with nothing better to do than watch a young couple prance around on their computer screen for ten minutes while Air Canada a) inquires into your vitals, and b) bombards you with advertising.  The two worst bits -- spend 5 minutes on the first screens and up at the top right it says 1 of 8. One of eight??!! How long does it take to enter a stupid contest??!!  The second: at the end of it all, it says, Play Again. Play Again?? Are you kidding me?  The third worst bit -- the music in the opening intro. Hit the mute key before your brain meltsszzz.

Some advertising agency took itself way, way too seriously.

Do not, I beg you, do not click on this link.

Win the World with Air Canada.

I warned you.

OK. Am I right? Or is this contest video, I don't know, edgy, playful, etc. Let me know if I'm seriously wrong.

And that's the way the should-I-prance-about Ball bounces.

PS -- Air Canada: if I win the contest, all is forgiven; you da greatest!

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Monday, April 04, 2011

New BallBounces Poll: "Turning Our Backs On Quebec"

“Denying our aspirations, indifferent to our interests and opposed to our values, the Conservatives have permanently turned their backs on Quebec.”

Whose words are these?

Don't forget to vote in the latest BallBounces poll, with an accelerated, election-paced three-day best-by date!
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Friday, April 01, 2011

Quote of the Day: "The theory of evolution is just an extension of the spontaneous generation of life theories from the 1700's"

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"The theory of evolution is just an extension of the spontaneous generation of life theories from the 1700's". -- J Joensuu, from the Comments, here.

It is certainly true that the TOE is rooted in 19th cc. philosophy and 19th cc. science. More specifically, the theory of evolution, or, at least, Darwin's version, which is the Authorized Version, is the result of seeking purely naturalistic explanations for the cosmos. It is a theory intelligently conceived and designed to get rid of a certain Designer.

Ya just can't get a way from design.

This doesn't mean it isn't true. It's just good to identify the genesis of an idea -- it may give you an indication of an idea's blind-spot, and it does. Modern-day darwinists hold to the materialistic assumptions of darwinism like a dog to a bone -- in spite of the evidence to the contrary.

There is some truth to biological evolution, but it is not a sufficient cause, or sufficient reason, for life in its grandeur and wonder. And it certainly isn't a sufficient cause for... me -- self-conscious, rational, creative, desire-laden, wondering and wonder-filled man.

BTW, the blog article, A Positive, Testable Case for Intelligent Design, is a good one.
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Breaking News: Quebecers Don't Hate Alberta

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Quebecers don’t hate Alberta according to a poll released Thursday by a Montreal-based think-tank trying to deepen a relationship between the two provinces rife with “bad blood.”
Why would they? Alberta subsidies keep proud, independent Quebec afloat.

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"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"