Jul 30, 2011

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Towards a Global Religion: Chrislam

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Towards a Global Religion: Chrislam

The synthesis of Christianity and Islam in the “Chrislamic” movement seems to be a part of the emerging global religious syncretism. Eric Barger (www.ericbarger.com) details the history of the movement.

With the debt ceiling comic theater on stage in Washington, sooner or later the U.S. government will nevertheless have to default on its financial obligations. But note that the government has already defaulted quite a number of times in history. Jim Puplava from Financial Sense (www.financialsense.com) opens our eyes with an historic narrative.

Turns out a recent study admits that the earth’s overall temperature has generally been flat for the last decade. Global warming skeptics seem to be winning the climate change debate and advocates have been careful not to attribute the current heat wave to it. Meteorologist and climate change skeptic Joe Bastardi joins the show.

John’s boralogue applies the “template test” to the media’s contradictory coverage of the tragic shootings in Norway and how this is indicative of the shaky foundations upon which their value system rests.

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Jul 27, 2011

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Fallacy of the Week – Ad Hominem

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Ad Hominem _ directing an attack against the person making a statement rather than the statement itself.

“to the man”: ad hominem (subclass): “poisoning the well”

Example:

“Dr. Smith’s data on the cell is biased! Nobody could possibly believe anything this guy says! I mean, he’s a Creationist!

Proponents of this fallacy attack the validity of a claim solely based on the beliefs or actions of the person or group making it. They can’t find fault with the argument so they sling mud at the source.

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Jul 23, 2011

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Curbing the Postmodern Drift

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Curbing the Postmodern Drift

The International Energy Agency (IEA) just issued a report warning that next year there will be a 1.5 million barrel/day shortfall in global oil production. A Barron’s report corroborates this finding. John’s boralogue targets a listener request to detail all the think tank reports on peak oil that have appeared in the last 24 months, reports which the media have largely ignored.

For some reason, youth pastors are increasingly accepting the flaky tenets of post-modernism in their ministries, not realizing they are cutting the legs out from under the foundation of their own Christianity. Russ Miller from Creation Ministries (www.creationministries.org) provides a narrative of the opposition he receives on college campuses, not from secularists, but from youth pastors.

In the last part of Hour One, we’ll do a Middle East intelligence update on the slide of the Arab spring into an Arab winter, along with the rising probability of warfare in that region.

We’ll end the show with a spirited conversation between John and Los Angeles talk show host, Paul McGuire (www.paulmcguire.org), author of “The Day the Dollar Died”.

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Jul 16, 2011

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U.N. Children’s Rights Treaty Lite

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U.N. Children’s Rights Treaty Lite

Do you understand all the budget hoopla? You shouldn’t feel badly; most Americans have difficulty separating smoke and mirrors from the real issues. Our politicians really like it that way.

So in accordance with one listener’s suggestion for a summertime show topic, we’ll start an “Economics 101” thread.

First John’s boralogue detangles some of the budget debate nonsense from the last two weeks. Then we’ll see if economist Dr. Joseph Salerno, Ph.D., from the Ludwig von Mises Institute (www.mises.org) can unravel more of it for us.

Meanwhile, the U.N. just hasn’t been able to persuade several countries to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, the U.S. among them. But never daunted by rejection, in June the U.N. passed a “lite” version of the treaty, which the U.S. will be expected to ratify. Once again, here’s a progressive idea whose time should never come. Former federal Judge William Wagner (www.parentalrights.org) makes his first appearance on the program. We’ll see what happens in countries that did ratify the original treaty.

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