Get Out and Vote

Republican. Democrat. Libertarian. Other.

Doesn’t matter. Get out an vote November 2, 2010.

In these last few years we have learned how critically important each and every vote is in the safeguarding of our citizenship and our nation.

Whatever you believe, believe it! Vote your conscience.

Let’s get people in office who actually understand which country they are in, and support those statespersons who are actually committed to preserving the unique vision and Constitutional superiority of our young nation.

Predators abound.

Vote.

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Ideologues

Ideologues—and I mean this in the pejorative sense—are those people who are so completely biased they are no longer capable of countenancing any view which disagrees with their own, ever how slightly.

They tow the “party line” (left or right) without burning a single calorie on examining the issue genuinely.

I recently slipped into a forum on a popular political website and was surprised to find myself in an argument over education.

The exchange showcased the prevalence of short-sighted and dogmatic thinking on this matter.

I don’t know anybody, from any party, who is not fervently for the education of our children. But as much as they are for education, they are for demonstratively provable education and intelligence.

Education is not proven by a budget.

It is proven by intelligence.

A child or teenager has been educated if they can calculate a subtrahend or tell methane from ammonia, not if they sat in the latest, plush ergonomic chair all day. We sent men to the moon with many scientists who were educated in one-room, wooden school houses.

If one is spending untold billions of dollars on any venture, and that venture is worsening instead of improving, you have to examine “why?”

Throwing money—endless money—at a problem rarely solves the problem. Hollywood and Washington are both stand-out examples of that misconception.

Many ideologues believe only money can solve problems. That is a false set of beliefs. People solve problems, money only helps.

Streamlining any department down to its merits is not declaring war on that department, but on the waste thereof.

Now, a word to my friends who are for big government advocates…

I have had the privilege of working alongside my father on various occasions over the years and I can tell you unequivocally, government of any size—city, state, federal—is inherently wasteful and confused.

It has been maddening just watching from the sidelines as city officials inflate the cost of literally anything they touch by tenfold, sometimes a hundredfold. Thereafter, when they miss the first couple of deadlines for the jobs completion, it is of an insultingly poor quality.

Year after year. Decade after decade.

Wasteful government is a 5-000 year old proverb.

Why is government pathologically wasteful? The reason is so simple: there is no market accountability. In real world of business if you don’t make a profit, cut your loses, prove what’s real and what’s working, you get fired or your go out of business.

That simple.

You go home and you don’t get to play anymore.

Government, on the other hand, prevents the corrective power of dismissal and failure from being applied to a person, department or venture. The immediate crucible of “is this working?” is dismantled. Why? Because bureaucrats dismantled it so they could keep their jobs. They’ve created a perfect Twilight Zone where they don’t have to prove to anyone why they should keep their jobs.

The only remaining corrective measure we  have with some members of the government is the vote—we can vote them out of office. Of course, we can’t vote out the tens of thousands of irresponsible underlings, corrupt judges or other imbeciles who drain our resources, encourage partisan bickering, or waste their budgets.

It is not enough to spend a budget, one must spend it wisely, effectively, faithfully.

Otherwise, government turns into Las Vegas where we  just keep dumping money into the slot, pulling the lever, and hoping blindly for a jackpot.

You don’t run businesses that way.

And you sure as hell don’t run a government that way.

Endangered: Common Sense

Despite the many wonders of our age, we share many things in common with former ages and empires.

One of the more unfortunate flaws we’ve inherited is emotionalism.

The inability to subtract clouding emotions from a serious debate or discussion and arrive at the reality of a thing. We often are afraid of the truth and hide behind a heap of half-reasoned excuses, fears and false assumptions to justify not embracing something.

Now, many people will shake a finger at you and tell you they are enlightened, or illuminated or educated above emotionalism, then proceed to emotionally rant against whatever position you hold that opposes theirs.

That is because most “studied” men have only recognized those conscious emotions that cloud their thinking. These men have Masters and Associates degrees. Most have PhDs.

They ignore their subconscious fears entirely, and aren’t even aware of the scores of unconscious fears that still feed into their prejudices.

One must keep digging and peel off what the President or your political party said, what your denomination decided to believe this week, what the most famous guy at the moment said, what Mtv said, and ignore what the hottest girl thinks, or what the wealthiest man values, even what our parents taught us.

Throw away all your injuries, blunders, bad guesses, pride, bigotries, envy, the trespasses of others, bad luck, ill fortune, and everything you think you deserved but didn’t get.

Lay down all the pain, anger, shortcomings, failures, sleights, lies, broken promises, and all the nonsense of the age.

And just listen.

There is only one voice calling to you.

Pro-Immigration

Just a footnote to my earlier conversation on the hot issue of immigration…

Because I am an American I am automatically—default setting of any citizen of this republic—pro-immigrant.

Obviously, I am pro-immigration.  My ancestors are not Native Americans, but immigrated to this country from England and Ireland.

I date a French-Sudanese model and student.

I love and value the various cultures and races of the world and welcome any benevolent soul from any corner of that same world to come to America:  I welcome you.

That being said, when one comes to America one must be an American.

No one is asking or expecting any immigrant to forget or abandon their heritage, native language, creed, peaceful faiths, or culture. Quite the opposite: this nation desires and enjoys the cultural uniqueness of distant nations.

Again, that being said, when one come to America one must be an American.

One must honor our Constitution, laws and vision.

One is expected, even encouraged, to see things differently, bring fresh perspectives, explore new options and infuse any debate with wisdom and experience.

But the basics will not be challenged, and the Constitution will not be erased or abrogated by traitors, or escapees from despair trying to deform and deconstruct this republic down to a replica of the dysfunctional state they just fled.

We have the right to free speech today, and we will have it tomorrow.  Same for the freedom of the press and the right of any person to believe and worship as they see fit.

I have the same expectation of any immigrant coming to my country as I have of myself were I to move to theirs:

Do it legally.

Don’t sneak in the back door. Walk proudly through the front door—it is the one that isn’t locked.

That being said, the immigration policies of this country should be reformed, yes, but not abandoned. We have serious need of serious people with serious solutions to serious problems, and not sensualized anarchists who would erase every line on every map because they are offended by ancient precedent and privilege of property.

Otherwise, all are welcome.

When Fools Come to Reason

There is a particular look, a single special configuration within the broad species of human expression, when a person who mere seconds before held a preposterous adoration for some clenched stupidity or superstition, finally realizes his ignorance on the matter on which he crowned himself king in absentia.

This look is chased by the second rarest expression, one that by no means should be expected to come immediately (though it can) but after some actual meditation (newly exchanged for his usual rote excuses: fear, envy, anger) that a great many people know what he has just learned.

Don’t  be afraid of things and thoughts which at first blush seem paradoxical to primate reason, or impossible by the least affecting hand of those physics we grasp for the moment.

Push through. I say again: push through.

Stop admiring the plush thread count and perfect seams of the curtain. Instead look behind it.

Ask the right questions and you’ll be free.

And the next time someone is curious enough to ask you if you have seen the storehouse of the hail, you can answer boldly: Yes, yes I have.

November 2010 Reading List

  • Essentials of Geology – Second Edition (Stephen Marshak)
  • The Complete Poems of John Keats – Modern Library (John Keats)
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework: Over 200 Tying Techniques with Step-by-Step Photographs (Geoffrey Budworth)
  • How to Read a Nautical Chart : A Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations, and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts (Nigel Calder)
  • Nautical Terms – The Sailor’s Word-book (Admiral William Henry Smyth)
  • Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne (John Keats & Jane Campion)
  • The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: New Constructs of Mind and Reality (Joseph Chilton Pearce & Thom Hartmann)
  • The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It’s Too Late (Thom Hartmann, Neale Donald Walsch, & Joseph Chilton Pearce)
  • Handbook of Molecular and Cellular Methods in Biology and Medicine, Third Edition (Leland J. Cseke, Peter B. Kaufman, Ara Kirakosyan, & Margaret V. Westfall)
  • Popular Tales from the Norse (Peter Christen Asbjörnsen)
  • Final Words: Discoveries of a Manuscript Dictionary of Constructions (H. Poutsma)

Where Science Fails

Apparently, there are some very untrained people who follow my blog who don’t understand what science is and what it isn’t.

You know who you are.

Listen up: I’ll say it again.

Here are the first (7) definitions of the word science from http://www.dictionary.com:

Science is…

  1. a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences;
  2. systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation;
  3. any of the branches of natural or physical science;
  4. systematized knowledge in general;
  5. knowledge, as of facts or principles; knowledge gained by systematic study;
  6. a particular branch of knowledge;
  7. skill, esp. reflecting a precise application of facts or principles; proficiency.

Don’t take my word for it, go and see yourself:  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/science

Every one of the above definitions requires observable and unchangeable conclusions—water freezes at 32° Fahrenheit or 0° Celsius and boils at about 212° Fahrenheit or 100° Celsius, at sea level, every time—in order to be accepted into scientific canon.

That is what science is: the aggregate observations of stuff that behaves the same way under the same circumstances all the time.

Say it with me: science.

Free will messes this up because by virtue of having a free will, you don’t have to do the same thing the same way under the same circumstances all the time.

It is the most blind argument: “Show me the proof from science for free will,” barked one skeptic. “Science itself is the evidence for free will, you muppet,” is the proper answer.

In fact, we have science because of free will. If we couldn’t alter the conditions of the experiment of any phenomena we were testing, we would never arrive at the truth of it.

That’s what “free” means.

Say it with me: free.

You can choose.

Hydrogen can’t choose. Flourine can’t choose. Sodium hexafluoroaluminate can’t choose.

The chemistry, the anatomy, the morphology of a human being can be studied scientifically and recorded.

A free will cannot by any definition of science be completely correctly anticipated…because it can choose. A free will can change words mid-sentence, change direction mid-step.

Here’s the wonder of it all: intelligent beings can determine themselves.

This offends some weaker scientists who crave more than anything to arrogate unto themselves and their craft jurisdiction over all things in creation, including sapient beings. They do this by saying free will is an illusion, yet another neurochemical storm, and that pure genetic determinism is at the root of everything you do. Understand, they must say that—Why?  They refuse to see anything that resides outside their box; they are trapped in their box. If you tell them there is something outside their box, they will mock you, and scorn you, and call you delusional.

The standard response of scared people. Nothing new.

Don’t be surprised: they are practicing what they preach. These men and women do not believe in free will. They do not accept (especially publicly, after all they have grants to keep) they are free to choose anything other than their own dim scientific dogma. They don’t believe in free will, so why are you expecting them to use it?

Of course, in reality, they are using it. They just deny it.

Free will frees you from genetic determinism. That is the fantastic power of it. You are not some clever cellular drone. You can think, feel, dream, aspire, imagine and worship.

Truthfully, in many matters but especially philosophical ones, materialists are the delusional ones. They are trapped by their physical senses and dismiss any communication outside their range.

Leave them alone. Trying to drag them or any other addict from the very source of their addiction—whether it is alcohol, heroin or materialism—only enrages them. Leave them be. There are more reasonable people in the world who are hungry for the truth, and need help.

Also, there are thousands of good, fair, hard-working, credible scientists who know what microscopes, stethoscopes and/or telescopes can see and prove, and what they can’t. Good science is worth funding. Don’t worry about the crackpots, the amazing things in life are never endangered by facts and evidence, they are invariably bolstered by them.

Last word: if you are trying to scientifically disprove or imprison a bodiless, incorporeal intelligence…

Well, call me when you succeed.