“It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”
“Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.”
- Ben Franklin
Preface: On the surrealness of the Trump candidacy
The Trump candidacy is giving me a creepy reality-warping experience. Some portion of my brain, the business-as-usual, pattern-seeking lobe, believes that a typical Presidential…Continue
June 17th, after about an hour of service, Dylan Storm Roof slaughtered nine unsuspecting church members at Emanual A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There were not any obvious signs of his intentions, nor any reason to suspect him of ill will. The 21 year-old simply decided to kill members of this church for what now appears to be racially motivated reasons. Seeing how he was just…Continue
Humanity can be so obstinate when it finds a cause to support. I deal with this stubborn natured characteristic all the time whenever I discuss politics, religion, or economics with the locals in my current home town. In particular, my next door neighbor Chuck epitomizes the title of this article in the very literal sense. Yes, this man has said to me…Continue
"The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living... as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of…Continue
"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others" - Winston Churchill
It's a totally screwed up rendition of the "Abilene paradox" where when you vote you accept the idea of the winning party ruling over the losing party and therefore everyone loses. Not to mention it is a rather barbaric idea that our modern enlightened highly educated society would accept the idea that there must always be a loser who is oppressed by the winner.
I don't accept this…Continue
Between the advent of engineered disease, and surreptitious attacks of mind boggling computer viruses that could potentially bring down banking systems globally, it would seem we need to look at everything we…Continue
With the exception of Alaska, Texas is the largest state in the Union and has a population of over 25 million. Texas also has the highest number of uninsured residents in the entire United States with over a fourth, or 6 million, of its residents lacking healthcare insurance.
Houston has the dubious distinction…Continue
Recently I've enjoyed having some conversations with folks here on AtheistNexus who disagree with my anti-government stance and this has led me to write down an explanation of my reasoning. My intent is not persuasion but explanation and thus while (hopefully) logically sound this post won't be rigorous in coverage or analysis.
Why am I anti-government? I believe that choice should be exalted whenever possible. To be free is by definition "the absence of necessity, coercion, or…Continue
Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 27, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
First off I'm not a blogger but I have a question/statement that doesn't seem to go anyplace else.
Am I the only one who thinks the president has given in to the repubicans enough? This last go around about death benefits for veterans families. I can see where the families need the money. I would certainly fall into that category. But....if Obama gives in here isn't he just setting himself up for more piecemeal,paying out to progams of the republicans choosing? And…Continue
I present to you: The uneducated politician...
I sent a letter to my state representative regarding the availability of contraceptive coverage for ALL people. Notice I said "availability." This is the response I received:
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts about regulations that will…
“Hell no, we won’t go!”
60s anti-war slogan
It’s nice to have a birthday in the summer – guaranteed good weather (almost). My early parties were well attended (everybody home from vacation) and outdoors. But I know why seniors tend to disregard birthdays: as the number of enjoyed August 9ths gets more numerous, so does the number of anticipated August 9ths shrink.
As a speechwriter, I learned such obscure facts as my shared birthdate with Francis Scott…Continue
I've always maintained that so-called pro-life advocates for the unborn have little science to back up their cockamamie theories concerning abortion and rely, in most cases, on religious intolerance, bigotry, and slavish devotion to dogma. All three of the solar phallic monotheisms, the Abrahamaic faiths, preach male dominance and female submission, paternalistic hegemony that by now should be consigned to the dust heap of history. Allowing a woman to have total control over her bodily…Continue
I sure did in the late mid-late-80's!
“C’mon people now, smile on your brother
Everybody get together try to love one another – right now.”
Lyrics, “Get Together,” The Youngbloods
“[Thomas Sowell’s book Migrations and Cultures] is a strong indictment of both affirmative action and multiculturalism. The former because it tends to be self-defeating, the latter because it discourages minorities from shedding old habits and adopting new and more functional…Continue
I was incensed. There it was in the Washington Post, President Obama's campaign adviser casually acknowledging that he did not view the group collectively known as "nones" as a constituency.
This egregious statement is on a par with Mr. Romney's 47% remark. It simply sweeps us under the rug. He says we do not matter.
We do not matter even though an overwhelming majority of nones voted for the President's re-election; figures as high as 87% have been floated in…Continue
Having a conversation, either on line or face to face, with a Christian is something all of us have endured. Just out of curiosity, can anybody point to an incident where they accomplished anything by doing so? I know I can’t, but maybe some of you have a higher tolerance for fools than me.
So why talk to them? Perhaps you are afraid that by not responding you concede the argument and they win by default. This appears to have merit until you examine the idea closer. The premise is you…Continue
Nobody talks about it, especially Republicans even though it is election season. The corporate media avoid it with studied efficiency. Even in Dallas, the city he now calls home there is scant evidence that former President George W. Bush resides there. I live in Dallas and in the years the former president has lived here there has been scant evidence of that fact.…Continue
History is a funny thing. The more I live through the more out of touch with history I have become. There was a time when a first person account of a historical event was deemed primary evidence when assessing both the event itself and the implications that followed from the event. Now eye-witness accounts are treated as 'anecdotal evidence' as if they were some story I made up about what happened even though it happened in front of my eyes and to me. Unless they mesh with the received…Continue
“Ranting about ‘white male workplaces’ ignores the realities of class, personality differences and poor management practices.”
Frederick Lynch, “The Diversity Machine: the Drive to Change the ‘White Male Workplace,’ 1997
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”