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Dec. 16, 2017 2:36 pm
Suppose that a very large group of people had been poisoned by a particular food which they had eaten and that the toxin - although quite deadly in all cases - may actually take years to extinguish the poisoned individual; further suppose that an antidote was readily available, and being offered at the local Catholic Church... The question is then proposed, "How many people would show up at the...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2017 3:17 pm
An individual today - in this writer's hearing - mentioned Dan Rather in passing, and upon hearing Rather name a number of memories regarding Rather were recalled. In 1987, or thereabouts, this writer regularly would go to the College Union a couple days a week (the writer had a couple of hours to kill between classes). At the Union - one particular semester - five or six students (to include...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2017 12:20 pm
In Contemplation of the Ideologue, and consideration of terminology... We wrote this note sometime during the last year, in addressing some concern of, and in response to, Professor Allen Shoaf (we do not recall when, or to which of his blog-posts this was written...); we post it now, for it addresses the apparent intellectual incongruity which is presented by the terms: "right-wing," and...  Read More
Dec. 9, 2017 8:26 pm
7. “The self-evident ascendancy of greed producing multi-billionaires and, soon enough, trillionaires has generated a culture of inequality and inequity that can only lead to destruction of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Effectively establishing a sick, febrile royalty identical to the sick, febrile royalty from which the founders of America fled in the 16th and following centuries,...  Read More
Dec. 8, 2017 4:22 pm
We are sorry that this is late! As the season of Advent began Sunday, December 3rd (2017), some may like a good read to prepare for the birth of the Lord, Redeemer, sign-post for Salvation (Jesus Redeemed fallen Man, and delineates the path for Salvation; more than professing Him "Lord and Savior" is involved in Salvation; see Matthew 25: 41-46, for a description of the damned...) and the "way,...  Read More
Dec. 7, 2017 11:07 am
Professor Allen Shoaf posted a blog @ bestthinking.com (https://www.bestthinking.com/thinkers/arts_and_entertainment/literature/poetry/al-shoaf?tab=blog&blogpostid=25038); he titled the blog-post: Eleven Theses Against the Right-Wing, Fascistic Destruction of America" We address his first thesis below, and will address his other theses in subsequent posts... Hi, Allen/Professor Shoaf! We...  Read More
Nov. 30, 2017 12:46 am
Carly Fiorina was interviewed on Fox News Sunday by Chris Wallace on 11/26/2018. Wallace asked Carly about what it would take to change the culture prevalent in the boardroom, the schools and in Government, particularly Washington, DC. Ms. Fiorina answered: ‘It will take decent/good men to disassociate themselves with those men which abuse and harass women.’ This writer was a supporter of Carly...  Read More
Nov. 27, 2017 4:08 am
Goodbye! It was worth my time and I hope you enjoyed my blog and articles! I am saddened that BestThinking.com will close at the end of 2017. Unfortunately, returning to Blogger has been too difficult for me because importing my BestThinking RSS is too slow. Instead, you could try the following if you are an expert on the site, to back up your blog: 1. Establishing a hosted site (e.g. ...  Read More
Nov. 21, 2017 12:27 pm
Sometimes the use of a word, or the repeated use of a word, will draw one's attention to the individual employing the word. Cant - or the false show of concern - for a particular thing (a person/s, place/s, activity/activities...) is thrown at Scrooge, by the ghost-of-Christmas-Present when Scrooge - in a softening of his cold-heart inquires of the ghost the possible future of Tiny Tim. The ghost...  Read More
Nov. 13, 2017 10:32 pm
Saturday last (11Dec2017) we walked in a minute or two late for the local Catholic Men's Group; our ears were greeted with a couple of members discussing the empty Church's. After several minutes of listening, this writer asked a number of questions e.g., "Why the Church's are losing attendance/members?" and then a number of questions which followed their answers... This was not the first time...  Read More
Nov. 10, 2017 1:49 am
One of the oft-heard/read assertions made regarding things moral - in the public-square - in at least the 2 nd half of the 20 th century (the claim may antedate those days - by many years - but this writer was not around to witness/hear/read such claims...) is: "We cannot legislate morality!" Although this writer isn't advocating the "legislating of morality" we are noting that law – by...  Read More
Nov. 6, 2017 8:58 pm
The Trump Health and Human Services Agency has proclaimed that human-life begins at conception on October 10, 2017. That seems to be a first… It is likely considered scandalous among the malefic that advocate for a woman’s right to choose to murder her baby, and what a difference an election makes; had Hillary won the Presidential election she would have continued Obama’s sanguineous...  Read More
Oct. 20, 2017 12:48 pm
The kneeling protest demonstrations which NFL players feel compelled to perform seem to be harming the product which the NFL markets. At some point - if the protests continue, and more and more NFL fans become former fans – the NFL, as a business, will have to put-its-foot-down and make honoring the American flag and National Anthem a condition of employment. One would think – if the cause for...  Read More
Oct. 18, 2017 12:27 pm
Once upon a time, this writer was opposed to mandated military service for high-school graduates (note: an idea a bit popular in the Reagan era and beyond), but has begun to think such may be a good idea, given how so many social institutions e.g., family, Church, schools, boy-scouts, girl-scouts, etc. are doing such a poor job of producing a plethora of adults of moral character i.e.,...  Read More
Oct. 13, 2017 1:46 pm
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas slaughter of 59 innocents, and wounding of hundreds of others, nothing can be done - or said - to change any of the events that took place in Las Vegas at the hands of Stephen Paddock. Many people want to extend comfort, sorrow, prayers, and rage; some people will invoke God for blessings, healing and understanding, and others will wonder: "Where God was?" We'll...  Read More
Oct. 9, 2017 10:10 pm
In “5 Interesting Sounds for a Hit Formula” , explain each idea to use in Pop Illuminati in 20-30 breasonings before composing the song. Also, include in Pop Illuminati 20-30 breasonings about songwriter/writer or work that could have influenced the work, and then proofread the work according to the influence. In addition, before composing the song, write 4-5 newspaper article...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2017 11:44 am
Question: What must one do to be redeemed? Answer: Those conditions are met by being conceived in the womb! Redemption is not to be confused - although it invariably seems to be - with Salvation. Jesus redeems - from Lucifer - the human race by death-on-the Cross; Salvation requires participation... And Salvation is a separate topic, for another blog-post. In the writing of a number of...  Read More
Oct. 5, 2017 12:10 pm
“Roger That” R esponsible O wnership of G uns for E very R ational, T hinking H uman A ware of T rust The following and similar arguments are NOT screeds against responsible gun ownership. Self-defense is a legitimate posture for all animals, including humans, homo sapiens sapiens , in a Nature that is indifferent, random, and violent, in which no living being...  Read More
Oct. 4, 2017 9:27 pm
Often one encounters Catholics – and denominational Christians – of varied degrees of fervor for their religion, but what is generally common among those that one encounters - irrespective of their zeal – is that they have narrowed the teachings of Jesus Christ to what the average unassuming native of the culture-of-death (i.e., the culture of irrationality i.e., the culture of antichrist) finds...  Read More
Sep. 21, 2017 2:24 am
The other day, we witnessed a short tête-à-tête between a Marine (Let us call him "Kurt" - he resembles Kurt Russell, except he is 6' 6" and roughly 25 years Russell's junior; Kurt's no longer in the Marines, but of course - as with all Devil-Dogs - the Marines are still in him...), and one of his co-worker's (we call him: "Joe," like this writer, Joe is former Navy); we paraphrase the portion of...  Read More
Sep. 19, 2017 1:30 am
When we posted the blog-post “Regarding Political Correctness” we posted an unpublished response to a letter-to-the-editor, and the letter which inspired this blogster’s missive sufficiently intimated the meaning of the term that we left the term “political-correctness” undefined; subsequent to publishing the aforementioned blog-post we realized the term was left undefined. Now providing the...  Read More
Sep. 15, 2017 11:10 pm
A Look at Dogmas which often seem to make Mass Murder quite Easy We have spent a number of words and essays commenting upon dogmas, in response to the narrowed pejorative use of the term by Professor Allen Shoaf and Bob Butler. Our responses heretofore have been to demonstrate that the term “dogma” and that the nature of thinking beings (rational beings – in essence, if not in fact i.e., in...  Read More
Aug. 31, 2017 8:20 pm
As we begin to consider the claim that: “the scientific-method is a collection of interrelated dogmas” we note that the “dogma of sufficient-reason 1 ” compels this writer to think it apropos to define the term “dogma/s” and to likewise delineate some form 2 of the scientific-method. To that end, we take the original meaning of “dogma/s” as our starting point; dogma - from a philological...  Read More
Aug. 21, 2017 7:29 pm
Firstly, why would the same-sex community seek after MARRIAGE (or seek after an amendment to Australia’s Marriage Act 2004 in particular) when same-sex union already has its equivalence which the community calls COMMITMENT? Of course, there is no course (of action) without a cause, which I attempt to examine in this conversation. Secondly, why would a same-sex union seek EQUALITY with a...  Read More
Aug. 16, 2017 1:01 am
Our discussions regarding dogmas are actually precipitated by the manner in which dogmas have been recently characterized as purely a pejorative by writer’s professor Allen Shoaf and Bob Butler (Founder and Administrator @ bestthinking.com) at bestthinking.com. The characterizations in question not only claim that dogmas precipitate violence, but actually claim dogmas actually murder people. The...  Read More
Aug. 11, 2017 8:33 pm
To begin the discussion of dogmas, we ought to provide its original definition/meaning, viz: "a philosophical tenet." Now we can then go on to define "philosophical" as: "a term whose meaning is related to "philosophy"" which would require then us to define "philosophy" as "the love of wisdom" which would lead to a definition of "wisdom" as "a discernment of limits" and also define the term:...  Read More
Aug. 9, 2017 6:45 pm
It’s not often in this foul year of our Lord, two-thousand seventeen, that any verbose armchair scribe lacks for subject matter worthy of dissecting. Yet with my ongoing pursuit of an economics degree from Penn State and attempting to not lapse or permit a collapse in governing ModState , I’ve struggled mightily with the balance of mutually-agreeable means. This has been to further numerous ends...  Read More
Aug. 3, 2017 4:47 pm
My nephew (Ian) had asked for clarification on a point made in the blog-post written on a topic related to the Iceman (Richard Kuklinski), but the response did not address his question, but a related matter, and thus another response was generated to address the question asked; this is that response (removed are any personal comments). His question: " Anyways, am I correct in assuming that it...  Read More
Aug. 3, 2017 3:19 pm
My nephew (Ian) asked me a number of questions (via e-mail) regarding both the blog-posts: "Iceman - Richard Kuklinski - and the inimicality of the social-sciences" and "Morality and Disputations." I initially misunderstood his question, as he made the point to me that he took me as a "virtue-ethicist," as he mentioned a number of innocuous actions asking about those as well. Thinking he wanted...  Read More
Aug. 1, 2017 5:43 am
Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons - Imagined Professional Music Tips Note: 80, etc. in the following refer to the number of breasonings (see Lucian’s Pedagogy ). 80 - {song, sales, music video, each extra, marketing }*2 incl seen-as version, 50 times (what we write down is the area of study side, not the seen-as version/cut off infinite side) 10 - lyric line of song, except riff ...  Read More
 
 
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