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    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    Three states out of how many? Looks cherry picked.
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Buddhism and Eastern Asceticism Compared to Orthodox Christian Asceticism By Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex It is unfortunate that there is widespread confusion, not to mention delusion, in the inexperienced, whereby the Jesus Prayer is thought to be equivalent to yoga in Buddhism, or ‘transcendental meditation’, and other such Eastern exotica. Any similarity, however, is mostly external, and any inner convergence does not rise beyond the natural ‘anatomy’ of the human soul. The fundamental difference between Christianity and other beliefs and practices lies in the fact that the Jesus Prayer is based on the revelation of the One true living and personal God as Holy Trinity No other path admits any possibility of a living relationship between God and the person who prays. Eastern asceticism aims at divesting the mind of all that is relative and transitory, so that man may identify with the impersonal Absolute. This Absolute is believed to be man’s original ‘nature’, which suffered degradation and degeneration by entering a multiform and ever-changing earth-bound life. Ascetic practice like this is, above all, centered upon the self, and is totally dependent on man’s will. Its intellectual character betrays the fullness of human nature, in that it takes no account of the heart. Man’s main struggle is to return to the anonymous Supra-personal Absolute and to be dissolved in it. He must therefore aspire to efface the soul (Atman) in order to be one with this anonymous ocean of the Suprapersonal Absolute, and in this lies its basically negative purpose. In his struggle to divest himself of all suffering and instability connected with transient life, the eastern ascetic immerses himself in the abstract and intellectual sphere of so-called pure Existence, a negative and impersonal sphere in which no vision of God is possible, only man’s vision of himself. There is no place for the heart in this practice. Progress in this form of asceticism depends only on one’s individual will to succeed. The Upanishads do not say anywhere that pride is an obstacle to spiritual progress, or that humility is a virtue. The positive dimension of Christian asceticism, in which self-denial leads to one’s clothing with the heavenly man, to the assumption of a supernatural form of life, the Source of which is the One True, Self-revealing God, is obviously and totally absent. Even in its more noble expressions, the self-denial in Buddhism is only the insignificant half of the picture. In the mind’s desire to return to its merely ‘natural’ self, it beholds its own nakedness in a ‘cloud of divestiture’. But at this point there is a grave risk of obsession with itself, of its marvelling at its own luminous but created beauty, and worshipping the creature more than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). The mind has by now begun to deify or idolize its self and then, according to the words of the Lord, ‘the last state of that man is worse than the first’ (Matt. 12:45).
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    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    I was looking for this, and I believe Amash made a mistake to allow this code a threat to law. The apparent miniscule ramifications of the amendment are minor enough that I am not angry it got overlooked, but appearances are deceiving, and the way law works once a code is written it is cross referenced out into everything else in new law, and when bills are written to "clean up" old laws. The bill died, a danger was averted, and I hope Congressman Amash will be more careful with the walnut inside a mustard seed trick in the future. Lord knows I am sure I let a couple get by. They are hard to spot as they fly by at mach 2.
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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    I think this is what people are really worried about. Now it's just an EO, but that would have made it US Code. Once it is US Code, it will propagate everywhere. This ends up with the President writing legislation, which is upside down and bass-ackwards. Thank goodness the bill died.
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    How would they even know? Nobody asked and nobody told.
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    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    I used a Jaz Drive. Presumably it still works but I haven't touched it in like 10 years.
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:02 AM
    I keep threatening Mrs. AF with a Country Squire wagon.
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  • GunnyFreedom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:51 AM
    Yeah, no kidding. Security was a joke. Clearly they didn't get anything like what they paid for.
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  • GunnyFreedom's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 04:51 PM
    A lot of people do not understand that Trump is not anti establishment, he is just an Oligarch swimming outside his lane. Some people are made to be puppets and some people are made to be puppeteers. One of the puppeteers has decided to run as a puppet. The establishment wasn't angry because they were afraid he would destroy the system, the establishment was angry because he is swimming outside his lane, which is kinda rude. This fits the pattern of such easy acceptance by some of these now, and such bitter rejection by the extreme end of the philosophical neocons, who do not always walk in lock-step with the oligarchy.
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    05-26-2016, 04:42 PM
    I don't understand why this is a bad thing. The tech works, and it adds a layer of security. Who is going to have the ability to read/write 8" floppies just laying around outside the security perimeter? Sure, modernize the stuff you need to, but why not keep the "key" on an 8" floppy forever? Will make it awful hard for an outside force to steal the codes or seize control over the missiles. ETA: I'd rather keep the codes on an 8" floppy which almost nobody can read, than a USB thumb drive which basically anyone can.
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    05-26-2016, 04:37 PM
    Lo Ratzach means "do no murder," with ratzach a word specifically for "unrighteous killing" as opposed to "righteous killing." The KJV translation "Thou shalt not kill" is an error of degree, possible of ignorance and possibly of intent.
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    05-26-2016, 04:34 PM
    If I am talking to someone who is trying to speak English, I do not speak their language, and they appear to be having trouble, I will speak more slowly and annunciate as clearly as possible (not shout lol) and watch them to try to go at their pace. One of my pet peeves is when working with a remote in India or Bangladesh and they make no effort to annunciate at all, and then get frustrated when you do not understand what they are saying.
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    05-26-2016, 04:26 PM
    It's a legit peeve, if you run into someone who is not a native English speaker the LEAST you can do is use proper grammar and avoid colloquialisms. Talking is not a "let's see if I can confuse this guy" game. It is an attempt to communicate. Why would someone sabotage their own attempts to communicate by using broken English when talking to someone who may have English as a second, third, or even fourth language? I mean, I was always a stickler for using perfect and proper English when I was younger, and it was only when I became older that I really recognized the merits of participating in a common dialect, and allowed some of my English to break down in a controlled manner. However, whenever I talk to someone who is not fluent in English, I take special care to perfect my grammar syntax vocabulary and pronunciation in the hopes of achieving the best most efficient and clear communication possible. I mean, isn't that the actual goal of like 90% of all communication? Not the goal of the content, but the fact of communicating in the first place. To be clear and well understood? Sure the intent of some communication is to conflate and confuse, but that's rare and occurs under circumstances very unlikely in an ice cream shop.
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    05-26-2016, 04:05 PM
    Maybe people who have spent several years as active duty police know how to avoid the kinds of stupid minutiae that people without such experience get arrested for?
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    05-26-2016, 03:49 PM
    They have done so more than once, but that is off-mission. You can't expect a huge group to unabashedly get behind off-mission activity. I think it's enough that the wide majority of the org tolerates it, given it's off mission status.
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    05-26-2016, 03:43 PM
    OK's are not a militia. They are a group of active and retired military and police who promise not to obey orders that are unconstitutional. If they are truly on-mission, their time at a "crisis event" will be spent convincing the cops not to pull the trigger -- which is not generally an 'arrestable' offense. He's kind of asking why a screwdriver isn't behaving like a hammer.
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    05-26-2016, 02:46 PM
    Can't stand him. He decided to hate on Ron Paul when it really counted, so even when he says 'good' things I question his sincerity. I don't believe a word he says.
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    05-26-2016, 10:25 AM
    You do know that TrigglyPuff is real, right?
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    05-26-2016, 10:04 AM
    Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/another-climate-alarmist-admits-real-motive-behind-warming-scare/ Fraud: While the global warming alarmists have done a good job of spreading fright, they haven’t been so good at hiding their real motivation. Yet another one has slipped up and revealed the catalyst driving the climate scare. We have been told now for almost three decades that man has to change his ways or his fossil-fuel emissions will scorch Earth with catastrophic warming. Scientists, politicians and activists have maintained the narrative that their concern is only about caring for our planet and its inhabitants. But this is simply not true. The narrative is a ruse. They are after something entirely different. If they were honest, the climate alarmists would admit that they are not working feverishly to hold down global temperatures — they would acknowledge that they are instead consumed with the goal of holding down capitalism and establishing a global welfare state.
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 12:23 AM
    Try EP Autos, Eric has been writing about this since day one. http://ericpetersautos.com/
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    05-25-2016, 11:42 PM
    I like your thinking comrade, this is progressive and innovative. The rest of you are not being safe enough and you need to safen up. If 50 is safe, 25 is twice as safe.
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    05-25-2016, 05:48 PM
    Hillary Wants You to Drive 55… Again http://ericpetersautos.com/2016/05/24/hillary-wants-drive-55/ by eric • May 24, 2016 • 75 Comments Donald Trump doesn’t want to Drive 55 – but Hillary does. Well, she wants us to drive 55.
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    05-25-2016, 05:27 PM
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    As someone who is in search of truth and who has shunned organized religion, I appreciate very much the things you had to say in that yoga thread. People with truly open minds and critical thinking skills are sorely lacking in this world.. Good to have you around.
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    Unfortunately, this is how he behaves and he gets away with it here. Tonight it is especially bad. I mean like every post he makes it's an attack. I keep reporting them but nothing is happening. I'm following the laid out guidelines on how to deal with it, but it still doesn't stop.
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    Not much point arguing with that eduardo fool. http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...=1#post3963476

    This is a post for which he -repped me saying "Wrong and very offensive". Guy`s a total hypocrite. It`s offensive only when it comes to things he likes or loves but he can`t see it from another perspective.
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    I'll do more than just "let you" choose your path. I'll damn well defend your right to choose your own path, especially if it is different than my own.

    Yieu, you are one of the most consistent examples of what a Libertarian should be! Keep up the good work!
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    This is the most persistent troll I have ever seen..
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    Yieu - You do a nice job of promoting liberty. Before this thread, I had no idea that you did not eat meat, and you have never claimed that I shouldn't. Same with me. You choose your path, and I'll choose mine... we'll live free to choose.

    When people misunderstand what you say, then it is more their problem than yours because, even if you did not communicate correctly, the listener/reader should make every effort to understand.

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