Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at email@example.com.
It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.
[Editor's Note: Some people may find this disturbing, but unfortunately, it is truth. See footnotes]
By Peter Burrows 8/23/22, firstname.lastname@example.org - https://wordpress.com/home/silvercityburro.com
Muhammad, may he rot in Hell, once said the angel Gabriel wouldn't deliver a revelation to him because there was a dog in the house. Dogs thus became forbidden in Islam unless they were working dogs. In my unsubstantiated opinion, Muhammad was a petty little narcissist who resented the attention and affection given to a dog when he, Muhammad, was supposed to be the center of the universe.
Muhammad expressed his displeasure with dogs, and since he spoke for the eternal Allah, dogs suffer Muslim cruelty to this day. Recently, Robert Spencer reported in his Jihad Watch that Iranian officials raided a privately run dog shelter and killed 1700 dogs, much to the displeasure of the decent people running the shelter.(1) No matter, Muhammad rules now and forever. In fact, I'm surprised the people running the shelter weren't killed, too.
Never trust a Muslim. They will lie to you and pass a polygraph while doing it. This is because Muhammad, who spoke for Allah, said it was not a sin to lie during war, and Muslims are always at war with non-Muslims, in one form or another:
Al-Jihad, (holy fighting) in Allah's cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars (on which it stands). By Jihad Islam is established, Allah's Word is made superior (which means none has the right to be worshiped but Allah), and his religion, Islam, is propagated. - - Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. (1)
Since jihad against unbelievers is an "obligatory duty," it is also obligatory to lie to the unbelievers if that helps the jihad. Here is what The Reliance of the Traveller (sic), "A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law," says: When it is possible to achieve (a praiseworthy) aim by lying but not by telling the truth it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory. (My emphasis.) (2)
By Peter Burrows 6/22/22 email@example.com
I just took a quick look at Exxon Mobil's second quarter earnings. While Bernie Sanders and other morons rail on about the huge profits earned by the evil-dirty-bastard oil companies, the numbers show that America's biggest investor-owned oil company is about as profitable as the average electric utility.
Here we must distinguish between profits and profitability, a very important distinction that the average person should have some awareness of lest they be fooled by the Bernie Sanders of the world. Profits are in dollars; profitability is in percentages. For example, Exxon Mobile's 2Q profits were $8.8 billion, which is a helluva lot of money, but the annualized return on assets was only 10 percent.
That's about what Public Service of New Mexico, a regulated public utility, earns on assets.
By Peter Burrows 6/10/22 elburropete@gmailcom
Back in 2012, New Mexico had four operating coal mines that produced 22.92 million tons of coal, most of it used to generate electricity. By 2020, that number had dropped to 10.25 million tons and by 2045, if not sooner, it will drop to zero.
Burning coal, you see, creates carbon dioxide, and carbon dioxide creates climate change, and climate change is an existential threat to all of humanity. New Mexico, doing its part to prevent such a calamity, passed a law in 2019, The Energy Transition Act (ETA), phasing out the use of coal, or any fossil fuel, to generate electricity in the state.
Electricity instead is to be generated by renewable energy, which in New Mexico means photovoltaic solar panels and wind turbines, backed up by batteries: 50% by 2030, 80% by 2040 and 100% by 2045. New Mexico's political and environmental leaders were ecstatic:
By Peter Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org 4/2/22
The ACLU has a proud history. It was formed in 1920 from groups that had opposed Woodrow Wilson's extensive violations of the constitution during WW I. Anybody who thinks an Adolf Hitler couldn't happen here doesn't know how close we came with Woodrow Wilson. (1)
In the Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925, the new ACLU established its First Amendment, free speech bona fides by supporting Clarence Darrow in his defense of the school teacher who taught evolution, a hot issue back then. The ACLU backed the NAACP in another hot issue in 1954 when the Supreme Court found school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v Board of Education. Perhaps the ACLU's most famous case was in 1977 when a Nazi organization requested their help to get a permit to parade in the heavily Jewish city of Skokie, IL. A Jewish lawyer at the ACLU took the case and prevailed!
By Peter Burrows elburropete.com
This was posted in 2014, but it's still relevant, which is a damn shame.
(Monsters From the Id 2/25/14 (Note to readers: This was written when we first began negotiating with the Iranians to prevent, or at least delay, their development of nuclear weapons. As this pamphlet is being printed in 2022, a new round of nuclear negotiations is underway and Iran is still ruled by Shias. Unfortunately, our leaders are still unaware of the inherent threat nuclear-armed Mahdis pose.)
I read recently that scientists in England are having success improving some peoples' mathematical abilities by using mild electrical stimulation to their brains. This reminded me of a classic sci-fi film from 1956, "Forbidden Planet."
The plot, in brief, has a space ship landing on a planet inhabited by only two people who arrived there sometime in the past, a mad scientist and his really ugly daughter. (Sure.) He tells the new arrivals that the planet was once occupied by an advanced species that totally and mysteriously disappeared.
By Peter Burrows 3/8/22 email@example.com
In the Koran, which is the eternal and infallible word of God, we are told that Jews and Christians are "the worst of creatures." God then tells us that Muslims are the "best of creatures." Elsewhere in the Koran, God clarifies that Muslims are not just the best relative to Jews and Christians, but that Muslims are "the best of people ever raised up for mankind."
God also tells us that between Jews and Christians, it is the Jews who are "the most hostile" to Muslims while Christians "are closest to feeling affection" for Muslims. Thus, of the two "worst of creatures," God leaves no doubt that the worst of the worst are the Jews.
These revelations, some 1400 years ago, came at the beginning of Islam while Judaism had been around for hundreds of years. The Jews obviously far outnumbered the Muslims then, but Muslims are fierce proselytizers, and in only a decade or two they outnumbered the Jews, who are anything but fierce proselytizers. Today, the world population of Muslims is about 1.8 billion and the Jews only about 15.2 million, a ratio of over 100 to one.
White math and the NFL By Peter Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org 2/21/22
My wife and I stopped watching professional football when they began playing a "black" national anthem before the games. That didn't last long. Having spent many years in Wisconsin, we both suffer from Packerism, which is incurable, and we were soon watching the games again.
I'm glad we did. The playoffs were terrific and an added bonus was seeing all those Covid-conscious fans wearing one or even two Fauci mandated masks. (Sarcasm, libs, sarcasm.) Also, the NFL is proof that all the rhetoric about "white privilege" and "systemic racism" against black Americans is just nonsense.
I'm excluding the systemic reverse racism inherent in programs such as affirmative action and, especially, the dumbing down of academics so that more black kids can get "passing" grades. All the kids, black and white, know just what that means, and if that would have been tried in my high school, the black kids would have kicked your honkey ass. Of course, back then I don't think 'honkey' was a word. It would have been your "white trash" ass that would have been kicked.