Without a structure of authority that guides group behavior in the soft, delicate, physically defenseless, human species; cooperative life , even primitive cooperative human life would not have been possible and the species Homo sapiens would never have evolved. Cooperative behavior was and is essential for the…Continue
I’ve taken my time the past week to read through and watch transcripts, videos, and podcasts, regarding the Planned Parenthood defunding campaign where claims have been made the organization is selling fetal tissue for a profit. As many might already know, proven heavily edited videos have hit the airwaves depicting top Planned Parenthood clinic leaders as…Continue
Camille Paglia has an interview posted on Salon July 29, 2015
First, politics is not performance art. The State is…Continue
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?-- Matthew 7:1-3King James Version (KJV)
“Let Him Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone,” is a well-known quotation from the Bible. In many neighborhoods, the equivalent advice was “people who live in…Continue
Just when Former Texas Rick was beginning to fade into the seas of ignorance after his blunders in the Presidential Debates, he rises from the depths of stupidity to land on the shores of absurdity. Recently, Perry stated he thought trained gun owners should be allowed to carry guns into theaters. As a former military man, Perry should know better. Nevertheless, he…
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This collection of short remembrances are in no particular order. These are some of my…Continue
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I recently watched two movies which, at least on the surface, have nothing to do with each other, yet have EVERYTHING to do with each other. Yesterday, for a reason I can’t give you (because I don’t have one), I dragged Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 from my library to peruse, and then this evening, I pulled out the HBO Pictures classic, And the Band Played On, based on the book by Randy Shilts. I was maybe a quarter into the second film when I realized that both pieces had a…Continue
I normally make an effort to go out of my way to avoid any news stories coming out of FOX news. I also do what I can to not bother responding to any discussion panels either. There is one draw that will get my attention, and keep it, in a FOX news article. Pastors, politics, and biblical scripture. The discussion in question today had all three, and I just need to totally…Continue
When the behavior and belief of Christians in the United States, an economic theory developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Paretto may hold the answer as to why in a majority Christian nation adherence basic dogma of their philosophy seem unrecognizable. Paretto posited that in nearly every situation the target of 100% is achieved by only 20%. His idea was sparked by…Continue
Once again, a Muslim targets the military and slaughters Americans. Once again, motives are sought. He was such a nice guy. He came back from the Middle East, and he was somehow different. I am still waiting for someone (why not a secular organization?) to have the courage to say that yes, he was different: his mind was taken over by a vile, heinous, psychotic RELIGIOUS fantasy.
On CNN, law officers in impressive uniforms vow to find out why he did it. The closest that the media…Continue
Bearded prophet of the meek and early archetype of the 1960s hippie.
Jesus was born Jewish, but then converted to Dudeism after he realized that the Romans and the Pharisees were fucking fascists. Today lots of people think he’s the son of the guy who created the universe and that our life is in his hands. But probably he was just a dude who thought people should mellow out and stop getting so worked up about stuff. Sadly, few of his followers seem to actually realize that.…Continue
I had thought this was going to be yet another quiet Sunday, where the most I might do is watch CBS Sunday Morning, make breakfast for my wife and myself, perhaps watch some auto racing or golf and enjoy the company of my step-grandson when he and his mom came over in the evening. It was almost true, right up to when my inbox alerted me with a note from a friend at the Northern Ohio Freethought Society. It referred to a recent piece from The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, who had…Continue
Growing up in a medical household certainly had its advantages as my brother, sisters and I had opportunities many kids never had chance to do. We were up to date, well educated and consciously modest because of those things. Yes, coming from that medical household also had drawbacks when it came to reality and hard facts, especially when it came to life and…Continue
So, with the holiday weekend, the lights dimmed a bit over here on the Bluegrass. Between the demands at work, home, and at my flea market booth, I thought it wise to take a small respite and only focus on a couple of things at a time instead of my usual million. I got out quite a bit and spent time with friends and lover, but at the end of the weekend, I…Continue
I wrote this critical thinking paper in April of 2015 for my Critical Thinking 101 class.
My critical thinking inventory is what I use when I have to apply critical thinking in order to solve a complex issue or question. I use this inventory in order to weigh both the benefits and consequences of the decisions that I make. It is important that I use critical thinking and logic in the decisions that I make for myself. I have been assigned to analyze my critical thinking…Continue
You know, I love mug shots where the perps have big grins on their faces. Specifically, the cat ate the canary kind of look. This week’s headlines managed to present one that couldn’t be missed, and dare I say, I think there are even twinkles in the eyes of these men. In the mug shot, you see three of six men who took it upon themselves to…Continue