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Ahmadinejad , Free Speech, and and my right to know

There are people who were upset to the point of frothing mouths that Ahmadinejad was invited to speak in a public format. On my favorite radio program the other day, World Have Your Say, many of the more popular points were illustrated. Cries that “freedom of speech only extended to America.” People said he was a insane lunatic that shouldn’t be given a voice. Other people said it was an insult because he denies the holocaust. Many others, though I shiver when I hear it, said that, “ it would be an insult to the people who died on 9-11 to have one of our attackers come to ground zero.” Of course there is nothing but a connection of ignorance on the part of the accusers there.

As all things political are, there is more depth then most of your “Dancing with the stars” viewers can reason. There are a few Issues here. Let us first tackle “freedom of Speech”. Freedom of speech, like any other "freedom", stops only at the point where its exercise causes the restriction of the freed…

Validity: Anatomy Of a Truth.

You know I hate to keep pounding the same subject, but I think this idea of validity is important. I mean I am sitting here writing, hoping people will read and agree with me. So really the whole point of this exercise is about validity. Since I have about 6 readers, most of them my reluctant friends, and I am using this blog as a resource to collect ideas for my book, who is really going to complain. At least not anymore then they already do.

First lets outline the philosophy of reason. There are various levels of how we learn. By learning we give concise validity to idea. Validated ideas allow us to make progressive correct decisions in the future. The first level of validity comes from our 5 senses. Anything we can touch, taste, see, hear, or smell to validate is easy to believe. For example I could be standing outside on a bright sunny day and somebody could say, "the sky is blue." I can look up and validate that statement. There is a direct connection between the stateme…

The Cowboy and The Missionary

An Indian kills a cowboy with a gun. It was unknown to which tribe the Indian belonged, why he did it, or where to find him. The cowboy’s brother straps on his guns then rides into the Indian camp he most despised. He starts out by shooting a few Indians at random. Then the brother then starts demanding everybody to obey his commands and give him all of their guns. The brother never leaves the camp alive. He is later found riddled with arrows and not one bullet wound. In accordance with the Indian tradition the cowboy brother’s family is later killed in retribution for the Indians killed during the assault on the camp. As you can see things are ripe for spiraling out of control.


An Indian kills a missionary with a gun. . It was unknown to which tribe the Indian belonged, why he did it, or where to find him. His brother puts on his robe and mounts his donkey. He rides to an Indian camp that is friendly to the mission and it’s people often conduct trade. The Missionary’s brother leaves t…

LOL's Big Day At The Mall

You know I often find it to be a bigger miracle then anything the bible has to offer that we human begins are still here. We haven’t blown ourselves up, destroyed our livable environment, or even breaded ourselves right into extinction. I can’t believe we haven’t created a race of empty headed zombies that go around feeding on one another. Oh wait, that we have done.



Today I got to see what i believe explains the root of many of the problems that has become mainstays of American culture. Today I found myself in that cest pool that is the last bastion of intellect. The apitomy of a the bad side effects of free enterprise. A place where you can go to prove that we have not actually evolved, just got better at being monkeys. A place where spreading of peacock feathers, the beating of chest, and the illogical thought is marketed. Yes I am talking about the mall. There were so many incidents that I could write a small bathroom reader just on the happenings of today alone. But not this time.…

Who Do You Trust and Why?

General Petraeus delivered his commentary on the outcome of the surge yesterday. Today there really seems to be no change in the perspective of the two camps. My thoughts as I watched him was what does this all have to do with American security? I didn’t believe a word he said was meant to do anything but bolster a pre-surge position of "staying the course." I didn’t believe that a pullout would have been recommended no matter what the circumstances were. I felt that the continuance of the surge was pre-determined back when it was agreed to report in September the assessment of it’s progress. That was reinforced when the president months ago said that September was not going to be enough time. It was also peculiar that a marketing campaign was started to promote the acceptance weeks before the report came out.


So in the spirit of my own inner reflection, I ask why am I so bitterly close minded to a General of the US military. Why don’t I believe him? The answer came before th…

Americans want freedom and democracy for whom?

Stand back and prepared to be shocked. I plan on making an assertion that is politically incorrect. I know, I know, most of you are saying, "Lord of Logic, say it ain’t so!!". Yep, and here it is. Most Americans, and nearly all conservatives in the United State and modern European countries do not want freedom and democracy expanded in the world. Reading between the lines I am making a few assertions with that statement. If it is understood what being a free society under a democracy would mean to the US, its economy, and its security not too many of those people putting their lives on the line would agree to the terms of that contract if it actually accrued.

First let us return to what most people mean when they say freedom. Do they mean freedom burn a flag in protest or in jest? Do they mean the "freedom" to not pay taxes? Or do they mean Freedom to abuse women and children, even if their religion says it is ok. Do they mean the "freedom" to drive drunk,…

Required Military Service: Where’s The Logic?

With the reason of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the dwindling evidence of the success of these actions has become more evident, a topic of discussion is the low recruitment rate of new soldiers into the needed services. This ultimately leads to a mention of a draft. Not an issue to be covered here. However, while having the discussions many of my more military oriented friends and acquaintances have expressed a belief that all "boys" should be required to spend time in the "service" after high school. I asked by "service", if he meant in the peace core, as a firefighter, as a guinea pig in a research lab, or picking up litter in the local state parks and roadways. (My reputation of thinly veiled sarcasm precedes me.) It turns out that what he meant by "service" is in the armed forces.


There are so many flaws in that logic I don’t really know where to start. So let me try by picking apart the mood, nature, and cause that would move …

Hypocrisy- The Most detestable offense

A few days ago I hear a comment about the Senator Larry Craig scandal that was somewhere along the lines that "hypocrisy is not a crime". It is a comment made for just about every scandal that has ever hit Washington. However, here is my take, (Since you are reading this, I assume you care at least a little.), it should be. Hypocrisy should be the only offense that is cause for immediate dismissal from a publicly elected position. An ethics committee should be set up, and if a hypocritical violation is proven, then the senator is immediately released from service. Easy as that.




Look if you run on a platform of anti-abortion positions, however it is discovered that you paid for your secretary to abort your baby, that is hypocritical and reason for censure or dismissal. If you run on a platform of "family values" that insinuate or directly state that you are opposed to prostitution, strip clubs, and/ or adultery and your name ends up in the records of a DC madam, then…