After a long, drawn-out internal battle, the Southern Baptist Convention narrowly voted to affirm the inerrancy of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution at a special meeting called to settle the matter once and for all, sources confirmed Tuesday. ... Gaines also said that churches that consider the Second Amendment as fallible are “chaff” destined to fade away as they continued to compromise core biblical beliefs like the necessity of owning a large and varied arsenal of weaponry, “and so they will fall into irrelevance.”Well-aimed barb. SBC hasn't done this explicitly, but definitely thinks this way. In this case the Baptists are basically right and Babylon Bee is basically wrong. Most advocates on both "sides" treat the Second Amendment as purely about guns. Even worse, both "sides" usually talk about hunting. That's NOT the point of the amendment as written, and a look at the Federalist Papers shows that the writing is exact. Arms includes guns but doesn't mean guns. Arms in this context means tools for self-defense. Swords, knives, satirical barbs, baseball bats, insecticides, fences, walls, dams, encryption, Faraday shields, anti-virus software, anti-virus vaccines. All self-defense tools, and all permitted by the amendment. The government wasn't supposed to prohibit any of these tools. The government now prohibits most of them from SELF-DEFENSE use. Using those tools for aggression is meant to be illegal, because all unprovoked aggression, with or without tools, is illegal. Owning them and using them for self-defense is supposed to be legal. Why? Because SELF-DEFENSE IS LIFE. If you can't defend your property and body and life and mind, you don't have property and body and life and mind.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.