Monday, May 2, 2016

Say your Sooth

John William Waterhouse
Tomorrow in the Indiana primary 57 delegates are up for grabs in a winner take all competition.  It won't finally settle things but it will certainly be a good indication of how things in the remaining primaries may go.

We're well into the election cycle so dust off your crystal balls and make your pronouncements.  Will Trump get enough delegates to clinch the first round vote?  If not, what do you think is going to happen.  Do you think that anything can stop the Clinton machine short of a felony indictment?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ted Cruz 2016

Anointed by God or Mad as a Hatter?

Or, as some claim... is he just full of gas

The story is that God speaking through Heidi Cruz has endorsed Ted Cruz:

We were on our knees for two hours seeking God's will. At the end of that time, a word came through his wife, Heidi. And the word came, just saying, "Seek God's face, not God's hand." And I'll tell you, it was as if there was a cloud of the holy spirit filling that place. Some of us were weeping, and Ted just looked up and said, "Lord, here am I, use me. I surrender to you, whatever you want." 
Now I know this to be false because just the other night when we were, coincidentally, playing Texas Hold'em with Moses and Abraham, he clearly and distinctly told me he was voting for Gary Johnson. God is after all, a libertarian; you're free to accept him or turn away from him, and in the end you suffer the consequences of your own actions.

Now I normally don't visit the sins of the father upon the son, or the sins of their relatives upon politicians, i.e. Billy Carter.  But having your father go out and stump for you was really a bad decision opening you up for public ridicule.  You're fair game Ted. In the end is there really that much of a difference between Rafael Cruz and Mullah Omar? 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Music for a Contested Convention...

What would you pick as the theme music for the 2016 Republican National Convention?  Here are a few to get you started.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Flawed Arguments - Flawed Tickets

Photo: Gage Skidmore
The argument for Ted Cruz goes like this:  The majority of Americans don't want Donald Trump.  The problem with this argument for Ted Cruz is that a greater majority of Americans don't want Ted Cruz.  Carly Fiorina isn't going to fix this as an even greater majority of Americans don't want her either.

And the Republiclown car rolls on.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Right & Wrong vs. Legal and Illegal

Photo: Continentaleurope

Monday's post underscores a critical divide in thinking among people and societies.  

Do you see a difference between what is moral, what is ethical, what is right, what is legal; and what is immoral, what is unethical, what is wrong, and what is illegal?

Society has in certain instances recognized a higher arbiter of behavior than what is simply legal or illegal.  It is certainly in all cases legal for a citizen to take up arms in the organized defense of his society, and in many if not the majority of cases to refuse to do so is considered illegal.  Then there are conscientious objectors, to refuse to defend one's self and fellow citizens out of fear, or simple inconvenience is almost universally recognized as illegal, to refuse to do so out of a belief in a higher moral code is a recognized exception that does not necessarily need to involve religion.

There are three types of people in this world:

Those that will do what is right, regardless.

Those that do what is right out of fear of punishment or shame.

Those that will do whatever they want, regardless.

There is a saying, and I've seen it attributed to Lao Tzu:

Highly evolved people have their own conscience as pure law.

Law can never encompass the totality of what is right, moral, or ethicalSlavery was once legal, would any of you argue that at that time it was right, moral, or ethical? Law can not be the final arbiter of behavior, machines can run code, conscience is what makes us human.  The law should be the hard limits of human behavior, it cannot be the only limits.

Whether it's Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, or Bernie Sanders... you shouldn't be asking yourselves is what they did legal, you should be asking yourselves is what they did right.  Do you want a leader who always does what is legal? Or do you want a leader who always does what is right?

Justice is blind in more ways than one.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mindless Drones in Action

So this is how far we have come, children in a public school visiting a public space silenced for... pick one:

1. Political Correctness

2. $35.00

Monday, April 25, 2016

Ars gratia artis... part II

Back in August of 2013 we posted an article concerning photographer Arne Svensen gallery showing of "The Neighbors".  The Neighbors was a collection of photographs taken covertly of people inside their apartments and lofts.

Well the case has finally wended its way through the legal system, an appellate review upholding the original judge's decision tossing the case against the photographer. ~MSN

Take a look at the pictures, what do you think today? Art or invasion of privacy?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Maybe this is the flag that should come down...

State flags bearing confederate imagery including the flag of the State of Mississippi will no longer hang in the tunnel at the US Capitol.  Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich Chairwoman of the House Administration Committee said:

“I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the Confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views."

Well, given that Congress has an 14% approval rating perhaps you took the wrong flag down!

In a previous Gallup poll (July 8, 2015) 54% of Americans view the confederate battle standard as a symbol of southern pride. Now that's down from 59% in 2000 and 69% in 1992. Democrats however have shifted from 61% in 1992 to only 32% holding that view today. Still the approval rate of Democrats for confederate emblems still exceed the approval rating of the US Congress.

Perhaps Congress should address its own approval rating before taking on the burden of the states and the flags that they choose to fly. Before all you liberals (and some conservatives) go off your rockers I am not advocating disbanding the union or eliminating the stars and stripes... I am simply pointing out how foolish congress-critters actually are. More people approve of the stars and bars than approve of congress (14%), the president (48%), the economy (46%), foreign policy (37%), the direction the country is heading (26%), and the health care law (37%).  Perhaps you should pull your head out of your... before you take down the Mississippi flag.

Just sayin...