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May 22, 2017 12:07 pm
At the 2017 May 20th meeting of the LCCMFG (Lawrence County Catholic Men's Fellowship Group) the subject of Church re-ordering (the Catholic Church in many parts of the developed world is receding towards oblivion...), and drug-addiction, and deaths from drug overdoses was being discussed, and this writer pointed out that Islam doesn't suffer from an epidemic of drug usage, or drug abuse... This...  Read More
Feb. 9, 2017 2:15 am
Marge Baker - Executive Vice-President of the People for the American Way - was on Tucker Carlson last night to inform American's of her ignorance (maybe it is her dullness, something which infects mostly all of those on the social-political Left); she claims that Judge Neil Gorsuch (Federal U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeal in Denver, Co.) lacks "independent judgment!" Ms. Baker claims Judge...  Read More
Jan. 30, 2017 1:36 pm
Inclusion versus Exclusion. I admit it, I read a lot. I find myself very curious about many things not the least of which is the viewpoints of other people. Since I wrote my last post things have been pretty crazy. I have been working with a client to help build a bridge between philanthropy and businesses as one part of a new model to address some of our issues around the management of health...  Read More
Jan. 24, 2017 11:25 am
On Saturday January 21, 2017 Fox News covered (we induce that other News agencies covered the event as well; our knowledge came via viewing Fox News Sunday… The signs to which we refer were captured in a clip as the camera paned through a crowd…) the woman’s protest of Donald Trump’s Presidency which took place in Washington DC and other cities around the USA; a number of signs were held up...  Read More
Jan. 23, 2017 5:21 pm
Well Saturday, the gang (the two panels of pundits) on Special Report thought Sean Spicer's scolding of the Press was out of line... If you did not see, they all thought that Spicer addressed something that the President, and his Administration, should have let go, viz: the comparative crowd sizes of Obama's inaugural and Trump's. Spicer's claim that the Trump inaugural was the most witnessed...  Read More
Dec. 2, 2016 2:37 pm
There is a lot of discussion going on these days especially given the divisiveness of our most recent election on whether the Electoral College has outlived its useful life span. I will admit to having mixed feelings. Our Founding Fathers displayed a certain amount of wisdom with a number of the things they built in the Constitution and many of our legislative frameworks, not the least of which...  Read More
Oct. 12, 2016 11:28 am
Glenn Beck claims Endorsing Hillary Clinton is the "Moral Choice" Glenn Beck - the ostensible conservative Patriot (conservative and Patriot according to Beck; Beck intimates incessantly - albeit unconsciously - that Beck is the very standard of conservatism and the very standard of Patriotism by which all others, throughout all time, ought to be evaluated... Moreover, Beck intimates -...  Read More
Oct. 11, 2016 6:28 pm
Any informed Catholic must at least wonder why the Catholic Church gives, and has given, tacit support (the Church hierarchy 1 refuses to clearly state that the Democratic Platform, and therefore its candidates, are antichrist; irrespective of what the individual politician claims; if the politician is Catholic, they must reject - in no uncertain terms the Democratic Platform, lest they...  Read More
Jul. 6, 2016 3:44 pm
Welcome to the rat race that is the summer season job hunt. Something this writer unfortunately knows all too much about. If you’re an English or Humanities major not coming directly from some Ivy League institution and you’re not trying to become a teacher, then beware. To help illustrate my point, I think you have to first get to know me. I am twenty-seven. I live just outside Philadelphia,...  Read More
Jun. 27, 2016 1:24 pm
Phil Hands, the bestthinking.com caricaturist that limits himself to caricatures, has indicted the NRA, the Republican Congress for their opposition to more restrictive gun legislation; we do not object to gun legislation if it actually addressed reality, but as it is, any proposal made by the socio-political Left, does as Phil does in his post, it misdiagnoses the problem/disease. Such...  Read More
Jun. 22, 2016 10:52 pm
Saw a wee bit (was channel surfing) of Greta Van Susteren interviewing of Kimberly Strassel (Wall Street Journal Editorial Board) regarding Strassel's new book: The Intimidation Game , and was dumbfounded by things Greta was saying regarding Obama, his Administration and Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Greta is an attorney, and thus it is clear that she does not suffer from a lack of...  Read More
May 26, 2016 12:43 pm
In dealing with Civil Rights, we think it best to discuss the nature of rights in general, before we address civil rights, and we therefore assert: "Rights - in the most general meaning/sense - are claims of entitlement which an entity possesses by virtue of being a particular type of entity (note that businesses, organizations and nations may possess rights…)." What is particular to the type of...  Read More
May 10, 2016 12:40 pm
Sloth – if defined as defined by this blog's author, as: “an inattentiveness to that which one ought to attend” - is a sin (note: we are conscious of having not defined "sin," thus, sin: specifically - turning from God, but more generally, to deny the truth [since truth is the corollary of God's ordered existence 1 ], and the actions which truth's acknowledgment make obligatory...), then to be...  Read More
Apr. 11, 2016 5:13 pm
Bill Clinton in Pennsylvania on Friday - 8April2016 - said that his decision to take Black Lives Matter activists to task the day before was regrettable; on Thursday while campaigning for his wife; he intimated that the race activists were apologists for “gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack,” which resulted in the murder other black people. Almost unbelievably Clinton had...  Read More
Mar. 22, 2016 11:05 am
On World Water Day this year, March 22, I will be thinking of the increasing global urgency of water scarcity and of Mina Guli’s epic quest to wake people up and convince them that every single person can make a difference. Some people see a problem and ignore it. Some see a problem and decide it’s someone else’s responsibility; it’s too big to make a difference on; it’s not a priority. Then...  Read More
Dec. 15, 2015 3:47 am
GREEN-COLLAR CRIME As national anti-global warming policies move towards reducing car travel, in the UK our political leaders seek to lead by example by riding bicycles to and from work. Prime minister David Cameron has had many a staged photo-shoot on his bike - as have many other ministers and politicians including Boris Johnson the Mayor of London. The trouble is that our roads in the...  Read More
Jun. 3, 2015 9:22 pm
A member of a rather nascent Lay Catholic group (a Church organization/association independent of clergy direction, and order i.e., the association/order and direction is non-clergy) - of which I am a member - and I occasionally spar over Catholic, and Christian doctrine vis-à-vis the wide culture. I will call the individual with which I spar "Emoticon!" For although Emoticon may be better served...  Read More
May 16, 2015 7:29 am
Your time and your brain are your most valuable assets. Don't take either for granted. If you are looking for ways to find previously undiscovered, argument winning, independently verifiable facts, you might care to think about b uying my book 'Nullius in Verba' at the Thinker Books Store. In it you will find out how to uniquely discover your own brand new, hard, confirming or dis-confirming...  Read More
Mar. 29, 2015 1:47 pm
Alan always wanted to make a difference in the world. As a teenager he was fascinated by the book The Boys in the Boat . He was captivated by the true story of nine University of Washington students who struggled to become the world’s best eight-oar rowing team. Hitler watched as a remarkable act of American courage defeated the Germans during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Inspired by the story...  Read More
Jan. 19, 2015 6:41 pm
The Hygiene Inspection By Sanford L. Hill One of the many bizarre rituals residents at the KHAKO homeless shelter must endure, and pay for, is the “Hygiene Inspection”. This routine is a good example of a program that was developed by good intentioned people to solve what they considered a problem: Some homeless residents of KHAKO were very messy people who did not keep their old,...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2014 11:55 am
The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance , by: William McDonough and Michael Braungart. North Point Press, 2013 What’s Next? Waste does not occur within natural systems. The materials expelled by one organism are precisely the nutrients needed by some other organism. This creates a complex web where materials are reused endlessly, without degradation. There is, of course,...  Read More
Apr. 5, 2014 5:41 pm
Once upon a time the people of a great land were troubled and deeply divided by two difficult problems. Government throughout the land was nearly deadlocked. The Red team was certain the biggest problem was the growing national deficit . It was presently more than $17 trillion and growing quickly. The Blue team was unconcerned with the national debt and instead was focused on global warming ,...  Read More
Mar. 29, 2014 8:36 am
After a difficult transition the earth finally stabilized at a population near one billion humans. Now we clearly see the benefits and wisdom of this smaller population. It has been many centuries since the earth’s population reached its peak of more than 12 billion people back in the year 2050. Despite the dismal predictions of Malthus at the turn of the nineteenth century, publication of ...  Read More
Feb. 26, 2014 12:01 pm
When your face Book family sends out wailing messages directing your attention to an event of massive consequence you must pay attention. Typically TV news will report a snapshot when you turn it on. Wikipedia will provide details and updates with links to related sources of information. Elegant words describing heartfelt loss is quite another thing. Where have I been? Jackson, Mississippi Mayor...  Read More
Feb. 23, 2014 4:49 pm
In a moment of idle thinking today, it occurred to me how I tend to view life in terms of either-or. That is, if I spend time doing this , I won’t have time to do that . So each day becomes a series of decisions that leave me feeling as though I’ve lost something or left something behind or neglected something. And I probably have. So then it occurred to me that maybe this is not just a me ...  Read More
Jan. 20, 2014 1:42 pm
I was a student at Howard University during the late sixties and there was much turmoil in the Country. I came from a family whose mother guided her children through the courts to integrate schools in Arlington, Virginia. During the height of the movement, I recall a community meeting at a large church in Washington, DC with the expectation of seeing Dr. King. Before he arrived. H. Rap Brown and...  Read More
May 22, 2013 9:18 am
Moore, Oklahoma, has sustained probably the worst hurricane known to man (E5 at 200-210 mph), especially since the US is the home of the majority of hurricanes worldwide per season (700); next in line is Canada at 100. As cities grow and incorporate farm land, they also take on the weather patterns that are unique to that topography. How many hurricanes in the same spot does it take to convince...  Read More
May 10, 2013 5:32 am
Most of our talk about women's career advancement seems to focus on elite colleges and high profile professions such as corporate leadership. Yet there are many jobs open to women who want to try less obvious routes to career success. AAUW has long been a leader in workplace advancement and pay equity for women. Their recent research into the higher student loan debt burden women experience...  Read More
Apr. 24, 2013 11:41 am
The two Boston bombers were born in Dagestan, but despite their alleged grievance over the treatment of Chechens, never lived there. For law enforcement officials and counter-terror experts this radical view that inspired their heinous act is a conundrum. Even President Obama asked plaintively, “Why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country, resort to...  Read More
Feb. 1, 2013 1:35 pm
Last week, while vacationing in New Orleans, I attended a play at the Shadowbox Theatre. The title was "The Insanity of Mary Girard; A Dream in One Act," by Lanie Robertson. Mary was a real person, the wife of a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist of the 1800s, Stephen Girard, who had her admitted to an insane asylum because of her so-called "uncontrollable bouts of rage" or "emotional...  Read More
 
 
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