Thought for Today (4/28/2016)

Yesterday I lost a friend from years ago.  I first met Pam in 1980 when we were both stationed at Zoeckler Station in Korea.  She and her boyfriend both became friends and when they rotated back to stateside assignments my wife and I adopted their dog “Pete”.

More recently, we reconnected on a social media site and kept up on each other’s goings on.  Then, yesterday, out of the blue, Pam was no more.

My thought for today:

Cherish your friendships both old and new for there will be no warning when they end. ~ ME

 

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Thought for Today (4/26/2016)

I have been lax in posting the last couple of days as I started a new job where I am working 11-12 hours per day and am tired when I get home.  Going back to work at the end of my third score of life is a rude awakening that the days of pulling 12, 24, 0r 48 hours of duty straight through are long gone.

This brings me to my thought for today:

Our self perception often needs to be calibrated by the reality of life. ~ ME

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Thought for Today (4/22/2016)

I read an article by a group called “Think Progress” that is so full of male bovine fecal matter, it qualifies to be the focus of my attention in today’s ‘Thought for Today’.

Once again a leftist agenda decries foul because there are those who do not agree with mandating employers pay for birth control on the grounds of religious beliefs. Once again, because it would force liberals to accept responsibility for their actions, they cannot accept that because it would mean facing reality. The liberal minded people who believe that others must take responsibility for their personal decisions want the federal government to direct all employers to pay for something they have absolutely nothing to do with.

For a group to claim that this is thinking progressively is nothing less than inane fallacy! Murder in the name of convenience and irresponsibility wrapped up in the guise of women’s rights is still murder; in fact it is premeditated murder.

A person who blames others for their own actions is normally a young juvenile. For an adult to claim so should be, and is to mature adults, unacceptable in society.

I state the logical case against this train of thought here:

  1. Both the federal government, and your employer, unless you are working as a prostitute, has anything to do with what goes on in your bedroom. That responsibility lies with you and your partner. Until your employer or federal law starts directing when and where you engage in procreative activities, they have no responsibility to provide pregnancy preventing measures for you while you and your partner bump uglies.
  2. Biology defines life as: “a characteristic distinguishing physical entities having signaling and self-sustaining processes from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased (death), or because they lack such functions and are classified as inanimate.” Since an unborn child, or fetus if you prefer, does grow and sustain characteristics of a living organism and is not inanimate, it is alive. If a person has an abortion performed on that unborn child, it is in fact killing the child. Liberals like to argue that outside the womb, the unborn child cannot live if it is not close enough to term. A perfect rebuttal would be to ask if fish are living organisms. Once the person agrees that they are, all one has to do is reply “If you take a fish out of its environment by removing it from water, it too will die. Likewise, if you take an unborn child out of its environment, it too will die. And before it can cease to exist it must first exist. It was not a rock in the womb that magically turned into a baby once it came to term, it was a living baby.
  3. Abortions are nothing more than state sponsored genocide.
  4. The Constitution provides for you to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not protect you from responsibility for your own actions.
  5. Another argument is “Unless the Court makes it absolutely clear when and how the federal government can protect women’s access the birth control, a new method of protecting that access will “inevitably lead to uncertainty and continued litigation in the lower courts” as additional religious objectors emerge from the woodwork to challenge the new rules.” Excuse me? I see contraception available without a prescription in retail stores all the time. There are no barriers to purchasing them. If you are employed, you have access to contraceptive devices all over the place; all you have to do is go and buy them yourself! If your argument is you cannot afford contraceptive devices because your pay does not stretch that far, quit playing vaginal roulette with your partner! Abstinence is free.
  6. One argument is “what if the abortion is done to protect the mother’s health?” 3% of all abortions are to prevent death or serious illness to the mother. The percentage is insignificant compared to the whole. The other point I like to acknowledge is it is usually phrased as “mother’s health”; if an unborn child is not considered to be a living child, how can the woman be thought of as a mother? She is not a mother because of a dog at home, or a fish in her aquarium; she is a mother because of the living child she carries.
  7. The final argument I hear all the time is “What about in the case of rape or incest; why should the woman be forced to carry that baby to term?” I don’t want to sound callous here, but abortions due to rape or incest comprise less than 1% of abortions which makes it even less significant than abortions for mother’s health. That also means that over 99% of all abortions are from willing participants. It also means that over 96% of abortions are due to willing participants who just don’t want to be held responsible for their actions. For our society to deem this as acceptable is unfathomable.

With that…………………the thought for today is:

If you engage in activities, even if they are only for fun, you are responsible for your actions and you have to live with that, it is not the responsibility of your employer, the government, or anyone else to bail you out. ~ ME

 

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Thought for Today (4/21/2016)

I just read an article about three teens who go through a drive-thru at McD’s and order cups of water, which are free to the consumer, but still cost the restaurant for the cup and water.  They then park in the parking lot, walk into the restaurant, dump out the water and fill their cups with soda (pop, cola, whatever you want to call it).  The manager stops them and tells them to pour the soda out because they didn’t pay for it.  Two of the three teens comply but the third jumps in his car and tries to leave.

The manager blocks his exit by standing in clear view behind the car.  Not to be stopped, the teen backs into  the manager, striking him with his car twice before speeding off.  The police were called and the teen was charged with felony robbery because he hit the manager with his vehicle while committing a crime.

For me, all I can do is shake my head because these teens commit theft of an item that at most will cost them a dollar had they chosen to do the right thing.  One of the teens is so attached to the soda he stole that he is willing to hit a person with his vehicle in order to escape.  Makes me wonder what type of upbringing or lack thereof that these three teens had. What bothers me more is the long list of commenters that want to blame the restaurant and manager for the actions of the teens.

There are posts saying if you don’t want sodas stolen, don’t put the pop machine where customers can get to it.  That is like saying “If you don’t want your car stolen, don’t park it outside where thieves can get to it.”  Another said “It is the manager’s fault for chasing the teens outside.”  If you don’t protect your stuff, you are inviting others to do it too.  Another claimed it  was just teenage hijinks and the manager should not have escalated it.  No, these three teens planned to do what they did making it premeditated; and theft is theft no matter what.

Which brings me to the thought for today:

If you don’t hold people accountable for bad behavior, you are condoning that behavior. ~ ME

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Thought for Today (4/20/2016)

At the same White Privilege Conference where Heather Hackman castigated the current education system, another screwball was allowed to also spread stupidity to those who would listen. Activist Paul Kivel started off with “almost every dysfunction in society, from racism and sexism to global warming and a weak economy, is united by the ideology of ‘Christian hegemony.'”

He said “between 7,000 and 10,000 predominantly white Christian men run the major institutions and “colonize our mind” with Christianity’s core ideas, which leads to most of the world’s problems.

He went on to say that there were three distinct issues caused by Christianity; they are:

  1. Wars in the Middle East, which he says are a result of Christianity’s effort to spread Western ideas and influence into the region.
  2. Economic destruction is caused by Christianity because it provides that God-like ‘invisible hand’ that supposedly drives market forces within a flawed capitalist system.”
  3. The third problem is Christianity’s conflict with “global warming,” said Kivel,because under Christianity mankind has dominion over the Earth, rather than requiring that humans treat the Earth itself as ‘sacred.'”

Kivel went on to chastise Christianity’s “hierarchical” views that place “God over people, men over women, parents over children, (and) white people over people of color,” which, in his view, inevitably leads to systems that justify or glorify oppression.”
Oh, where do I start with this uniformed hate monger?

  1. Christianity originated in Southwestern Asia, which the ill-informed Kivel identifies as the Middle East, which is a misnomer. From the same region that gave the world Judaism, Islam, and several other smaller religions, came Christianity. So how do the Christian values that originated in Southwestern Asia spread Western ideology back to its origins? The values of Christianity have not been influenced by ‘western’ values; it is Christianity that is the base of western values.
  2. I don’t know how Kivel got Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand theory upgraded to a God-like hand when Smith said it was an unobservable market force that helps supply and demand in a free market reach equilibrium. However, it is common sense that when the supply of a desired product is low, people will pay more for it; and when there is an abundance of said product, it will drive the price down to avoid a surplus.
  3. I have looked time and time again to find where the Bible says “go and destroy the planet, your home, for I will provide another.” What I do find is “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15) and “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” (Psalm 24:1-2)
  4. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that one race shall have dominance over another and for Kivel to suggest otherwise does nothing but show either his ignorance or his desire to sway the ignorant. It was Christians who started the anti-slavery movement in America. Many Quakers not only abhorred slavery, but also provided safe harbor to slaves who escaped tyranny in the South. The Bible does put God over man and parents over children which are nothing less than logical. We are the children of God and He is our protector and educator; as we are to be the protectors and educators of our children. The Bible also says that woman was made from the rib of man and she should be obedient to man. I challenge anyone to find a religion established over a millennium ago that does not put woman subservient to man. However, in the New Testament it also praises women. Proverbs 18:22 says “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”

Finally, I will say that John 15:22 “”But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me” best addresses Kivel’s uneducated and biased sniveling. George Carlin said “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups” which is so befitting the White Privilege Conference organizers and attendees.

So today’s thought for today is:

It is better to question the teacher than to be taught wrong. ~ ME

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Thought for Today (4/19/2016)

In the Land of Lincoln, where liberal minded people often forget that there are consequences for actions the State Comptroller who is a conservative has decided to hold lawmakers responsible for their actions.

The state comptroller, Ms. Munger is still issuing paychecks to state lawmakers but holding back payment of those checks until they pass a budget.  Illinois has been operating without a budget since June of last year and without appropriated funds there is no money to pay anyone including those who provide services to the elderly and disabled.

Illinois currently has a six billion dollar deficit and holding back on the $1.3M dollar legislators paychecks is nothing compared to the total deficit, but it sends a message to the lawmakers that they will not be rewarded for failing to pass the budget.

Many of the democrats in the legislature are calling this pay stoppage as nothing more than an attention getting measure by Ms. Munger who faces a re-election battle in November.  However, there are other democrats that say this is the proper thing to do and probably should have been months ago.

I personally laud Ms. Munger even though I don’t live in Illinois.  I think every state and the federal government should have a law that prevents lawmakers from being paid after the end of the fiscal year each year if they do not have a budget for the next fiscal year in place.  In fact the law should state that no elected official in either the legislative and executive branch will be paid if a new budget is not in place before the end of the current fiscal year, and all income not paid out will be forfeited by the elected members of those two branches until the new budget is in place.

Which brings me to the thought for today:

When you reward bad behavior, there is no incentive for good behavior. ~ ME

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Thought for Today (4/18/2016)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is going to hold a White Privilege Conference next month.  That is correct, The City of Brotherly Love is going to hold a conference where they will discuss how the color of your skin at birth will automatically give you an advantage in life.

One of the speakers, Heather Hackman, was quoted in an article yesterday stating that the education system is intentionally set up to give white people advantage in the ‘system’ and was “literally killing off non-white Americans.”

She said the downfall of the American education system is because educators focus on individual assessments, competition, outcome over process, discipline in showing up to classes and being on time, proper American English, based on a hierarchical power structure that has heavy goal orientation.

She promotes ‘collective assessments’ which measures what the class level learned, not the individual, and eliminating all school grades entirely.  She stated that when she was a professor, she employed this methodology.  She allowed students to turn in essays in foreign languages, including languages she did not know under the pretense that a professor need not know what foreign student in an American school in America writes, but only that they thought about what they were supposed to write.

From there she stated that modern teachers should only learn things enough to become employed in education so that they can change them from within.

Finally, the article states “While the traits listed may simply be regarded as positive traits for success in the modern world, Hackman described them as specific cultural traits chosen and emphasized to favor whites to the detriment of non-white groups, who are forced to assimilate white traits such as good discipline and goal orientation or else be left behind.”

I was going to comment on Ms. Hackman’s idiology yesterday but refrained because I was a tad bit overwhelmed at the actual level of stupidity that she whole heartedly believes in.  (Yes, I know that I typed ‘idiology’ in lieu of ‘ideology’.  I am coining this new word based on a cross between idiocy and ideology. Idiology is an ideology that is ignorant and absurd.)  Therefore, I waited until today to respond to this person’s attempt to nullify education.

Imagine a group of students at medical school.  They were each admitted into the school based upon their grades while undergraduates.  This group all came from undergraduate schools that employed the Hackman idiology of Education.  Students 1-8 are very intelligent and were part of the group that carried all the others through each class while undergrads.  Students 9-14 are students that attended traditional colleges overseas and were the tops of their classes there.  Students 15-20 are the parasite students that rode through the undergraduate system on the coat tails of the others.

Here at the Hackman Institute of Non-Traditional Studies the medical students are all assessed under the collective assessment.  All 20 students want to be oncologists and the first 14 students carry the other 6 all the way through under the collective assessment method of ensuring these students know what they need to know.  After the complete their ‘education’, they all go into private practice at various medical institutions around the world. 

One day you notice an odd mole on your skin and go to the doctor.  Your doctor, who also graduated from a school employing Hackman’s idiology, says “Yep, this mole looks like a profile bust of Abraham Lincoln.  I don’t know why you’d be concerned about that; you should be proud to carry around a mole that looks like the Great Emancipator!” 

You leave his office and then decide you need to see a specialist.  You make an appointment with an oncologist who happened to be student #18 from the Hackman Institute of Non-Traditional Studies.  #18 was one of those students who had been trained to think that attending classes and actually learning something was integral to being able to do his job, was not all that important.  In fact, even though he never went to class, since the rest of the class did so well, he almost graduated Magna Cum Laude.  He too looks at your mole and is awestruck by the amazing resemblance to Abraham Lincoln and asks you if you have an agent because he thinks you could make a fortune on the night show circuit.

Six months later you are dead because the skin cancer you had was very aggressive once it started to spread.  Welcome to the wonderful world of the Hackman idiology.

Absurd you think?  If Heather Hackman has her way, a very real possibility.

Now, let’s look at some of her idiology from the story:

  1.  Her statement that the system is set up to give white people the advantage and is “literally killing off non-white Americans.”  I checked for statistics all over America to indicate that non-white Americans were dying on college and university campuses anywhere.  Yet, I was unable to find any such statistics.  I do remember one of my classmates at the university I attended dying, so I went back to get the specifics.  Unfortunately for Hackman, the student who died was ‘white’ and died in a car accident.  If white supremacy is actually in place in running, it should be easy to see.  77% of Americans are white, 13% are black, and the other 10% are all the others combined.  But when I went to the National Center for Education Statistics site, the numbers are all out of whack!  Females make up 51% of the population, yet 57% of the 2015 fall enrollees were female!  African Americans like previously mentioned, make up 13% of the population but account for 15%.  Hispanics make up 16%.  Together these two categories alone make up 31% of the college student population.  That leaves 69% for whites and the other minorities like Native Americans and Asians.  If the percentages for students are higher than the percentage of the population, exactly how is it that the system is set up for whites?  Hackman Idiology.
  2. Her collective assessment and obliteration of the grading system idiology is another setup for systematic failure of education.  The collective assessment practice does not indicate whether individual students know what they are doing, it is more of a communist notion of collective thinking.  Dare not to be able to think on your own as it might upset what the collective wants.  It is really nothing more than communist ideology.  Everyone is the same and therefore no one can fail, or succeed, or be inspired, or……..   Hackman Idiology.
  3. Timeliness is bad according to Hackman.  Out in the business world, what would happen to an employee who did not see the need to go to work and if he did, not be on time?  What would happen to the representative of one company that travelled to Asia to set up a business deal and then didn’t show up or kept his Asian counterparts waiting because he just didn’t feel like being timely? Hackman Idiology.
  4. Finally, her practice of allowing students to write essays in languages she did not understand and giving them credit because they had shown they put thought into the answer.  Pure idiocy!  For all she knew they were writing letters to their parents to inform them they had wasted their money sending them to this university.  If Hackman could not read what was written, she could not know whether or not they even thought about the topic.  Hackman Idiology.

If you would like to read the original article, here is the link:

Professional Educator: Grades, Showing Up On Time Are A Form Of White Supremacy

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