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Now the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke slut-shaming libel case is trending worldwide, and again, we get to hear about how all the evil freedom-hating socialist libruls are trampling the free speech rights of the biggest conservative talk radio personality in America, a man who because of this conspiracy was … right back on the air again today doing what he always does. It sucks that Mr. Limbaugh’s Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech rights have been so comprehensively destroyed.Now the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke slut-shaming libel case is trending worldwide, and... more
Very interesting that an Ex-Military General would say such a thing if it were not the case...? And a Foreign General too...??? http://www.time4thetruth.info/2012/02/american-and-egyptian-high-ranking.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FqizZ+%28Time+for+the+truth%29&utm_content=Google+ReaderVery interesting that an Ex-Military General would say such a thing if it were not the... more
Surrounded by people “educated far beyond their capacity to undertake analytical thought” | Scholars and RoguesWhat I do know is that this is the defining characteristic of the people who dominate public discussions on things like the economy and Climate Change these days—people who can sound like they know what they’re talking about, but on closer inspection clearly don’t. But they’ve somehow, often by accident, managed to acquire the ability to sound good. And because they sound good, they’re convinced themselves, and others, that they know something, and that something is worth sharing. It’s a low rent version of the Categorical Imperative—if I can say something, no matter how foolish, I should. George Monbiot is right–these people are fundamentally stupid. But we let them drone on because we’re too goddam polite. There was a time when natural selection would have weeded many of these people out. No longer.What I do know is that this is the defining characteristic of the people who dominate... more
I always KNEW this was the case, but I saw this Video this morning and almost pe'd myself laughing so hard. ROFLOL
http://youtu.be/woBC5b3Ti0MI always KNEW this was the case, but I saw this Video this morning and almost... more
Rick Santorum has launched a new initiative on his website: Conservatives Unite Moneybomb, or C.U.M. The goal is to stiffen the campaign coin purse with a $1 million moneyshot over the next 72 hours. Hopefully, this will thrust Santorum forward in the polls. Check it out for yourselves at https://www.ricksantorum.com/unite/.Rick Santorum has launched a new initiative on his website: Conservatives Unite... more
Anarchist Artist Victor Pross takes on a few common objections to the idea of a stateless society, philosophical anarchism. Those objections remain the same, forever spinning out on a hamster wheel, repeatedly and persistently: “What about the roads? What about the poor? What about violent crimes? What about theft?”
Listen to this video for a different perspective to the nature of the issue.
http://peacefreedomprosperity.com/5782/objections-to-the-freedom-movement/Anarchist Artist Victor Pross takes on a few common objections to the idea of a... more
Taxation isn't just theft, it is armed robbery and kidnapping. It is terrorism on peaceful people.
http://peacefreedomprosperity.com/5759/taxation-isnt-just-theft-it-is-also-armed-robbery-and-kidnapping/Taxation isn't just theft, it is armed robbery and kidnapping. It is terrorism on... more
“I, David P Shirk, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” – August 8, 1998.
If there is one regret I have had in my lifetime, it was the utterance of those words. My intentions were good, after all, I wanted to protect people and serve them – just as so many I knew and respected who came before me. What I didn’t know at the time was my countries history (great job public school system), and the full actions taken by the government since its founding.
Before 9-11, I started seeing my job as having no real point. I was good at it to be sure, but could not see its use. We were not under attack, and the US seemed to be doing okay without using us. Then 9-11 happened, and everything changed. At first, I was eager to find the people responsible, and go earn my pay. Thank goodness my name was never called up for the task. I never would have thought at the time that the attack on the towers was the result of foreign meddling for the better part of 50 years.
Yet that one event set off a red flag in my head, and it was during that time tha.......
http://peacefreedomprosperity.com/5734/oathbreaker/“I, David P Shirk, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the... more
Every once in awhile a new term/catchphrase/buzzword/meme catches fire here in the US. Sometimes it’s a function of the fact that our incredibly plastic language, with its myriad dynamic influences (everything from media to subcultural to ethnic to technological) sort of inherently generates new words. Other times the term is a result of political or PR craftiness, as was the case with “Japan-bashing” (and subsequently, any more generalized iteration of “______-bashing”). The lobbyist who made the phrase up later famously said ”Those people who use (the term) have the distinction of being my intellectual dupes.”Every once in awhile a new term/catchphrase/buzzword/meme catches fire here in the US.... more
Psychologists: Questioning 9/11 Is the Sane Thing To Do! I dare you to watch the video, it may be the answer you've been avoiding.See, I told you so! After all we the ones who have been questioning the 911 STORY aren't the ones with tin foil hats, and it is those that are wearing blinders that have lead hats on deflecting truth at all cost to their own weaknesses!
The 9/11 Commissioners and Other Officials Don’t Believe the Government
The 9/11 Commissioners and congressional investigators into 9/11 themselves don’t believe the government’s description of events.
Much of the world doesn’t believe the official story.
Mental Health Professionals Say that Questioning 9/11 Is the Sane Thing To Do
Many mental health professionals have concluded that the official version of 9/11 is false, and that those who believe the official version suffer from defense mechanisms. For example:
Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Lester Grinspoon, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, as well as Radiology, at Duke University Medical Center D. Lawrence Burk, Jr., MD
Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Ruters University Barry R. Komisaruk
Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and Distinguished Professor of Global Health in the College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Michael D. Knox
Professor Emeritus, Psychology and Neuroscience, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Michael Gabriel
Professor of Psychology at University of New Hampshire William Woodward
Professor of Psychology at University of Essex Philip Cozzolino
Professor of Psychology at Goddard College Catherine Lowther
Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies Ralph Metzner
Professor of Psychology at Rhodes University Mike Earl-Taylor
Retired Professor of Psychology at Oxford University Graham Harris
Retired Psychiatrist. Former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College. Former Major, U.S. Army Medical Corps, Vietnam Veteran 7 years service, Jon Bjornson, MD
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska and licensed Psychologist Ronald Feintech
PhD in clinical psychology from Texas Tech Michael Green
PhD in educational psychology Brent Igo
PhD psychologist Paul Johansson
PhD psychologist Gail Maudal
Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist Richard Welser
Psychiatrist Carol S. Wolman, MD
Psychiatrist E. Martin Schotz
There are many other mental health professionals who agree. And watch this must-see 15-minute interview with psychologists:
Sociologists have also shown that fear makes people believe false things about 9/11.See, I told you so! After all we the ones who have been questioning the 911 STORY... more
Methodology – a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a given discipline; the underlying principles and rules of organization of a philosophical system or inquiry procedure; a branch of pedagogics dealing with analysis and evaluation of subjects to be taught and of the methods of teaching them.
Policy – a definite course of action adopted for the sake of expediency, facility, etc; a course of action adopted and pursued by a government, ruler, political party, etc.; action or procedure conforming to or considered with reference to prudence or expediency.
In the army, training doctrine is drawn and taught with a methodology that is set forth as a policy. On the most basic of levels, it is slimmed down and simple. This is not because it assumes a new recruit is stupid. It is done because in order for a large body of people to act in a coordinated and efficient manner, the more synchronized they have to be. The only way to do this, is to teach all recruits the basics, and grind them so far in that what is learned becomes almost as natural as breathing. You are taught to obey, not to question. This is on the premise that th....
http://peacefreedomprosperity.com/5642/the-failed-policy-called-government/Methodology – a set or system of methods, principles, and rules for regulating a... more
10 Years Late, A Cruise Type Missile Hits Pentagon on 9/11
Suppressed video released below 10 years later clearly shows Pentagon attack was a cruise type missile; either a Tomahawk or Russian/Soviet Granit as described by Dimitri Khalezov. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/08/29/911-video-of-missile-hitting-pentagon-leaked/10 Years Late, A Cruise Type Missile Hits Pentagon on 9/11 Suppressed video... more
GOP Rep Who Promised To Eradicate Homosexuality If He Were God To Challenge Openly-Gay Tammy Baldwin For Senate SeatFormer Wisconsin Rep. Mark Neumann (R) has announced that he will run for the state’s open senate seat in 2012 and will likely challenge former Governor Tommy Thompson for the party’s nomination. In declaring his candidacy during a radio appearance this morning, Neumann predicted that he will face openly-gay Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) in a general election — who is also expected to announce her candidacy in the coming weeks — and promised to bring her record “to the forefront.”Former Wisconsin Rep. Mark Neumann (R) has announced that he will run for the... more
By Andrew Belonsky
Rick Perry drew jeers and bad reviews when he said it would be “almost treasonous” for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to print more money. One of the Republican presidential candidate’s critics, historian Bruce Bartlett, described Perry as an “idiot” for the remark.
Asked by CNN’s Christine Romans what he thought about Perry’s comment, Bartlett, a former aide to Ronald Reagan and a Treasury official for George W. Bush, had this to say: “Rick Perry is an idiot and I don’t think anybody would disagree with that.”
Well, Perry would likely object to that summation. According to the history of the term “idiot,” however, Bartlett may be right.
The history of “idiot,” from the excellent Online Etymology Dictionary:
early 14c., “person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning;” also in M.E. “simple man, uneducated person, layman” (late 14c.), from O.Fr. idiote “uneducated or ignorant person” (12c.), from L. idiota “ordinary person, layman; outsider,” in L.L. “uneducated or ignorant person,” from Gk. idiotes “layman, person lacking professional skill” (opposed to writer, soldier, skilled workman), lit. “private person (as opposed to one taking part in public affairs),” used patronizingly for “ignorant person,” from idios “one’s own” (see idiom).
So, let’s break this down, starting with the most recent entry, the early 14th century: idiot is a “mentally deficient” person.
Perry’s not completely deficient, but he does question evolution — something scientists have supported for over a century — and wasn’t the valedictorian when he attended Texas A&M University: the Texas governor received mostly Cs and Ds, and one classmate recently remarked, “This was not the brightest guy around. We always kind of laughed. He was always kind of a joke.”
“Mentally deficient” may be a tad too harsh, although Perry’s academic background does qualify him for the 12th century French definition of “idiot:” “uneducated or ignorant person.”
So, does Perry match the Latin definition, “ordinary person, layman?” Though the cowboy-esque candidate grew up on a ranch — a biographical detail he highlights on the campaign trail — a person who came of age with the 61-year old insists, “I never saw him on a tractor in his life. And I never did see him on a horse.”
And prior to entering politics, which I don’t think fits into the Latin definition’s “outsider” requisite, Perry worked as a book salesman. BUT — and this is a significant but — he also was in the Air Force, rising to the rank of captain, which is above a layman. Here, Bartlett is wrong on Perry being an idiot.
In fact, the most compelling definition of “idiot” that Perry fits is the term’s association with “idiots,” meaning “one’s own.” If we go by the definition, Perry is certainly an “idiot;” he does indeed chart his own course. Or, he tries to.
Even though his aforementioned evolutionary politics and climate change denial are not unique to him, Perry does break away from the pack when it comes to his “Swagger,” a word that appears in almost every article about the Texan. And he is certainly the only candidate who has used controversial stem cells to heal his back, and what other candidate has lingering questions about his investments in a porn company?
But that’s okay! Because candidates, like us laymen and women, need to stand out from the pack; everyone needs to be “one’s own,” to be sure of themselves and unique. By that definition, Ron Paul is probably an “idiot,” too. So, in a way, Barltett’s right: Perry is an idiot. But being an “idiot” may not be all bad.
http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/133630/is-rick-perry-an-idiot/By Andrew Belonsky Rick Perry drew jeers and bad reviews when he said it would be... more
A man who has spent a lifetime in politics should have learned more about how one should conduct one’s self in public. Profanity-laden tirades —while one wallows in character defamation of the growing number of scientists who are willing to risk their careers to disagree with the theories that have become the ideological core of the environmental movement — ought to be beneath Gore, but apparently it is not. In truth, if it were not for the high office which was once entrusted to him, it would be easier to simply feel pity for Al Gore.A man who has spent a lifetime in politics should have learned more about how one... more
The Political Flow Chart
When top level guys look down, they see only shitheads;
When bottom level guys look up, they see
I have never seen a Flow Chart described so clearly.
Political Flow Chart
When top level guys look down, they see only shitheads;
When bottom level guys look up, they see
I have never seen a Flow Chart described so clearly.The The Political Flow Chart When top level guys look down, they see only... more
FOLEY, Alabama -- An Arizona couple reportedly outraged by a Foley police officer’s walk-through at an area Walmart last week was arrested after the man allegedly hit the officer and his wife jumped on him.
Anthony Scott Smith, 41, and his wife, Chrisanna Elizabeth Smith, 40, of Scottsdale, Arizona, were arrested Friday and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a police officer.FOLEY, Alabama -- An Arizona couple reportedly outraged by a Foley police... more
by David Shirk on May 25, 2011 in Philosophy
I was surprised to see some of the comments that I did on my last article – Thoughts of a Middling American Part 1 (http://current.com/1m4umkc ). I wonder if many of the readers even know where the term Middling came from. Empire of Liberty has a good few chapters on it – good book. That having been said, here is part two, and the answer to some of the comments.
“seems to me that you have made a whole lot of assumptions in your post.”
You do not seem to have read the entire article as I will now address.
“You said that any law that seeks to limit human behavior will fail. Well, I think the law that limits murder is a pretty good law, and yes it fails”
Murder is hardly normal human behavior – you then say “Isn’t the law there so people who do commit murder can be prosecuted for same?” And yet one need not go very far to see the very same law throwing people into prison or giving them life in prison (having been convicted of murder) – when the evidence was largely lacking – in addition, many have even had their innocence proven after the sentence has already been carried out. However I still see your point and consider it no less valid despite my opposing view on the matter – however how many laws do we have on the books in regards to murder as oppose to tax laws etc? Or if you believe that taxes are fully justified, then how about laws regarding trade, business transactions, ethics, civil rights etc? such laws have in the past benefitted some people, yet on the same token, cost far more to have to cut back as a result. Bastiat explained it far better than I ever could, and if you believe yourself to be smarter then he is in the grand scheme of things, then I would like to see you refute his points. Start with his short work – The Law.
“Funny, I find that we are being ruled more by the minority (large corporations) than by the majority (the people).” – We are ruled by the minority true – but does not the ‘majority’ as society calls it, elect the minority into office to ‘lead’ them? If so, then I stand by my corollary – “Even within the majority lies a major upset in belief systems. So how can a people honestly believe that whatever the majority on the whole agrees on will be beneficial to all? It cannot, and the notion people have that what works for them will work for me is offensive at best.”
“I guess you think that if a person has an “ivy league” education that they are some how not fit to hold office. Perhaps you would rather they not be educated at all.” – Trite. However consider this – if our leaders are so intelligent, then how is that after 230 years, we have become that which we fought against in the initial revolution? The truth is that there are libraries, seminars, bookstores, and a wealth of information online as well as discussion boards. Or even places to discuss ideas online. Besides, whether one has a degree or not is irrelevant – I could give you several essays and seminars written by a guy who holds a PhD and a masters degree, but because he disagree with your Phd and masters guy, it does not matter. This is why I listen to both, read the source material, watch for reactions, and judge for myself.
I have seen more attacks on the post then I have anything rebutting them – most are directed at the source not the content. Sad really.
Funny how the guy who did 10 years of law enforcement (and thus knows of which he speaks) was voted down simply for agreeing with me – most likely by those who never served themselves. Once again – kinda sad…I served 10 years in the army and am proficient in small team tactics. I would bet my bottom dollar that if I started posting these tactics on this forum, that they too would be voted down and have one sided comments thrown at them by those who never had any training or military studies at all. It seems that is what makes for intelligent talk on this forum.
More people argue the number of views then the content. I would laugh, but it’s really not funny. The truth is that I find it sick that people would rather argue about software bugs and rankings then actually debate on a comment based forum on the content of the article…oh well.
“since we have not spoken with these individuals personally, or seen any of their test scores, or IQ scores (altho IQ tests are no longer as popular as they once were) aren’t we actually engaging in the author’s style of ‘assumption’?” No you are not. If you catch someone in the act of murdering someone else, would you believe them if they were to finish killing, and then tell you that they didn’t do it? I judge off of actions taken – not by what the guys say. The more open your eyes are, and the more facts you gather to add context and depth, the more you reason and the less you assume.
“ I rather think that as finite humans we will engage in ‘assuming’ because on some level we must assume before we can prove or disprove a hypothesis (or assumption).”” We all make assumptions sometimes. I am certainly no exception. However I would never petition for a law based off of an ignorant assumption either. In addition – I know what I know, and what works for me – and would never try to impose my way of doing things onto you. I understand that you also know what you know, and like me – are sometimes forced into a position where you must assume. However there is nothing more dangerous than setting a policy or long term action based on assumption.
“I had a college instructor who always gave essay tests, but he stated at the outset of his class that you didn’t need to parrot back what he said was the correct answer, you merely needed to argue ‘your’ answer successfully — that is how we learn.” – Sounds like you had a good professor.
Okay – that’s enough of that; time for something completely different.
In martial arts, you try to keep yourself on guard and not present your opponent with an opening. If you overextend yourself or get off balance, you create an expanded target area that your opponent will take advantage of. National defense is no different – the more you expand your area of occupation, the more you open yourself up to attack.
If you see an injustice being visited upon someone else, and want to do something about it – then feel free. Just be aware that you don’t know the offender, or their capabilities. Also be aware of your surrounding and other potential threats to you should you choose to interfere, lest you to become a victim. The same goes for our foreign policy on ‘getting the bad guy’. Unfortunately we never bothered to learn the nature of what we attack before doing so hence the many ‘foreign interventions’ we have made – some over 60 years old – that we are still tied up in today.
It is noble to help someone else when you can. It is stupid if you try to help them and impoverish yourself in the process, for then someone will have to help you as well – the cycle never ends.
Someone who works for something themselves is far less likely to take it for granted, and far more likely to use the proceeds in a meaningful manner.
Do not attribute to malice what is done in ignorance. Wars start this way.
I have read entirely too many books not of the main stream. This is frustrating because few people read the books I read. Oprah sells more books than Allistair Horne, Wood, or Rothbard. People love commentary off of current events – people hate studying the history behind them.
We live in a snapshot society where the only reality that seems to matter is what is currently being felt or experienced. I cannot think of to many things more damaging to a people then the adoption of this mindset. When age old wisdom is replaced with common knowledge, the people doom the....
http://peacefreedomprosperity.com/5233/thoughts-of-a-middling-american-part-2/by David Shirk on May 25, 2011 in Philosophy I was surprised to see some of the... more