Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Romans 13 and Libertarians...Again

Since it came up in posts on both Norman Horn's and Bob Murphy's blogs recently, I thought I'd add some of my latest thoughts on the subject.

Of, course this subject is going to keep popping up in Christian libertarian circles...I say let it. After all, it is not anarchists who need be defensive, when it's the conservatives view that seems to imply that the Nuremberg Defense is legitimate...because that is what they are saying when they continue to insist that any demand of any organization that calls itself a government must be obeyed. I mean, by what authority can we condemn the Nazi soldiers who put Jews in gas chambers, if they were "to be subject to the governing authorities" in the way conservatives are using that verse?

The other thing is, why are we not still under the Roman Empire's form of government? I mean, Paul wrote this passage of Scripture when the Roman Empire was the "governing authority", so he must have been saying that, that was the only form of government that would ever exist...right?

Of course that is a comically ridiculous argument. But, that is the kind of nonsense conservatives spew when they use Romans 13 to defend the current form of government we have. And, the added irony is that, though few of them would say that we have worse system than ancient Rome, the US and it's supposedly Judeo-Christian founding would have never come about without the founders being in rebellion against Britain.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This Makes Me Like You Less, Ricky

Unlike many Christians, I don't have strong feelings about Ricky Gervais-I actually think he and his band of new atheist cohorts are right when they toss-off the notion that offended people are automatically victims.

And, so he does this little spot with the cute little girl, playing all "I just a humble guy with a cute little girl reading things that hurt my feelings."

Let me tell why that's bullshit. When she asks him, "...what does all this mean?" His answer is very telling.

"It means I'm doing something right."

There you have it. That is such a smug answer.

No,  Ricky. It means no such thing. When fedora wearing asshats prattle on about how being offended doesn't make you right, they forget that being offensive doesn't make you right, either. Any common internet troll can offend people. And that's what you are, a troll. Nothing more and nothing less. And, as a troll, I mean that with all due respect.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bonus Info: Improv Drum Solo #4 (1st Two Camera Shoot)

Pretty much all the drum an audio stuff is very similar to what it was in this previous post about my Toxicity drum cover: Toxicity Drum Cover Bonus Info

What was different with this shoot was the camera setup. This was my first attempt at a multi-camera shoot. I used my two Nikon DSLRs: a D3100 with the kit 18-55mm lens, and a D7100 with the 50mm f/1.8 G. If you can't tell which shot is which the front view is the D3100, and the side view is the D7100. Looking at the final product I should have probably used the D7100 for the front view, so I could use the better lens on the weaker camera. The obvious difference in video quality between the two shots is somewhat least to me anyway. lol

I didn't use any time code to sync everything, I just went around the room hitting record on everything, then lined up all the tracks and edited the video together in Sony Vegas.