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Random Thoughts / Random Comments
What appears below are brief, summarized comments on selected topics. In the future, this website may attempt to provide deeper and more thoughtful commentary on these issues. An entire book could be written on each of these topics; the material is endless.
--> Political Correctness - Truth should determine what is acceptable and what is not - rather than a concern that someone may dislike the statement or somehow be offended by that truth. If a person is uncomfortable with truth, perhaps that individual should reevaluate his/her position and values. Truth should have the right-of-way; a truthful statement must always be recognized as correct - even politically correct.
“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” - Thomas Sowell
--> Gay Pride - Is being gay something that an individual should be proud about? If it is acceptable for an individual to be proud of being gay, it follows then that it is also acceptable for a different individual to be proud of being strait.
--> Marriage - A growing number of gay couples insist on being married while a growing number of strait couples choose to not be married - even when having children and starting a family. This makes no sense - I don't care where you're from.
--> The Power of Choice - The power of choice may be one of the least appreciated and yet it remains one of the most powerful forces in existence. Entire civilizations have been altered by the choice of a single individual. Realizing that there are exceptions, the present condition in which one finds himself is primarily the cumulative result of his own personal and individual choices/decisions made in the past. Understand this: The life you are living today is the one which you have chosen for yourself through a lifetime of choices.
--> Sexual Gender and Power of Choice - As powerful as it is, the power of choice does have a few limitations; there are certain things which you simply don't get to choose - two of which are:
1. Your biological parents
2. Your sexual gender
These two decisions have already been made for you. Sexual gender is not determined by how an individual "feels" or by what an individual "wants to be". Sexual gender is a scientific biological distinction determined solely by empirical physical and verifiable scientific evidence.
"The XY sex-determination system is a sex-determination system used to classify many mammals, including humans... In this system, the sex of an individual is determined by a pair of sex chromosomes. Females have two of the same kind of sex chromosome (XX), and are called the homogametic sex. Males have two different kinds of sex chromosomes (XY), and are called the heterogametic sex." - Wikipedia
Question: If I believe that I can choose my own sexual gender, which of the following is correct:
a) I should flunk a basic biology course
b) I should seek help from a mental health professional
c) both (a) and (b) are correct
--> Human Beings - Human Beings themselves are an invasive species, and like parasites are spreading, polluting and devastating this planet. Humans have a confirmed history of destroying anything that lies in their path. Sadly, there are too many humans on earth - nearly 8 billion of them; all of nature groans under the weight of this burden. Continued global population growth is not wise and will not end well.
More than 1,000 humans die every hour from starvation and hunger-related causes. According the the United Nations, "Hunger and under-nutrition are the greatest threats to public health, killing more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Each day, 25,000 people, including more than 10,000 children, die from hunger and related causes. Some 854 million people worldwide are estimated to be undernourished, and high food prices may drive another 100 million into poverty and hunger."Click here for UN Chronicle article: Losing 25,000 to Hunger Every Day.
--> Taxes - Occasionally, certain groups are targeted and publicly accused by politicians of not "paying their fair share" of income taxes. Let me explain to you the actual truth (it's simple math): The 61.1% of households not paying any income tax are in fact the ones who are not "paying their fair share".
"Using adjusted Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data to include households that do not file tax returns and fewer filing households paying income tax, we arrive at a preliminary estimate of 61.1 percent of households not paying income tax in 2020, which is close to TPC’s model estimate." - source: taxfoundation.org
Federal Income Tax provides funding for social programs like Medicare and Medicaid and for our national defense (the U.S. military) as well as funding numerous national security programs and expenditures.
Everyone should pay.
Simple Truth. Simple Logic.
If everyone would pay a little, no one would have to pay a lot.
--> Welfare - "I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money." - Thomas Sowell
“What the welfare system and other kinds of government programs are doing is paying people to fail. Insofar as they fail, they receive the money. Insofar as they succeed, even to a moderate extent, the money is taken away.” - Thomas Sowell
--> The Democratic Party Platform - (as I see it being implemented)
--> Big Government - "The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. The two enemies of the people are criminals and government..." - Thomas Jefferson
"The government is not the solution to our problem. The government is the problem." - Ronald Reagan
--> Capitalism - If you truly understand capitalism, you will recognize its profound value to everyone. While some boats may be larger than others, everyone's boat floats higher on the waters of capitalism. Capitalism encourages and rewards independent thinking, personal initiative, personal achievement and innovation. Socialism and socialistic policies produce nominal achievement and dependency on others.
If socialism could be taken to a court of law, placed on trial and forced to reveal itself before an impartial jury reviewing all of the historical evidence, it would be convicted beyond reasonable doubt of inflicting significant harm. The body of evidence is insurmountable.
--> Poverty and the failure of socialist economic policies - Here is the simple truth: Socialism increases poverty. Socialistic-styled policies are an economic disaster. Cities with socialist economic policies are plagued with crime, social unrest, poverty and bankrupt local municipal budgets. Whether a city or an independent sovereign nation, when governed by socialistic economic policies, there is plenty of poverty to go around. Socialistic economic policies do not allow the benefits of a free market economy to be fully realized. An unfettered free market economy is the most efficient and most effective way to allocate, utilize and distribute limited resources which have alternative uses to maximize benefit to the most people. It was a free market economy functioning within the framework of capitalism that initially made the United States so prosperous and attractive that it became an immigration magnet for much of the rest of the world. Even our most disadvantaged citizens became far better off in their daily lives than the majority of any of those living under socialistic economic structures elsewhere.
Capitalism and a free-market economy attempt to provide equal opportunity to everyone. What many people fail to understand is that equal opportunity is not the same as equal outcomes. Socialism attempts to legislate equal outcomes - a scenario which has repeatedly demonstrated that this policy brings harm to everyone - including those it claims to help.
--> Socialism - "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy." - Sir Winston Churchill
--> The 2008 Economic Crisis - The 2008 financial crisis was the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression of 1929. Don't blame the banks - no matter what you have been told. The banks did not cause the crisis. Here is the simple truth that was not reported by the media: People who borrowed money, signed their names on loan documents promising to repay in monthly installments but then failed to do so - they caused the crisis and they are responsible. If each individual had honored his own personal commitment and repaid the money which he borrowed, there would have been no crisis.
--> The stock market- an incredible opportunity for each person. If you choose to not start your own company, you can become part-owner in any of thousands of companies and share in their successes (and failures). Choose wisely.
--> Astonishing - Newsmax Sep 27, 2021:
A teacher in Washington state was ordered to remove a "Thin Blue Line" pro-police flag in her classroom over claims it is a "political symbol," while messages supporting Black Lives Matter and LGBT Pride flags are allowed in the school.
--> Crime Prevention - We have laws, but they are often meaningless. A criminal breaks the law - but it really doesn't matter - he doesn't care because he is soon back out on the streets doing what he does. That is why crime is rampant - there are no real and lasting consequences. Attempts to make it difficult to commit a crime have proven unsuccessful. Padlocks, passwords, surveillance and alarm systems have not produced a low-crime society. We need to deal with the root cause of the problem - the criminal. An individual who commits crimes endangers everyone's freedom, safety and security. Criminals should be dealt with harshly and swiftly. It's time to send a clear and unmistakable message that as a society, criminal activity will no longer be tolerated.
--> Freedom and Criminal Justice - How important is freedom anyway? Which is the lesser of two evils: Is it better to remove freedoms from society or instead remove aberrant individuals who abuse society's freedoms?
--> Capital Punishment - Unfortunate, but regretfully, appropriate.
Capital Punishment is appropriate for:
2. Attempted Murder
3. Drive-by shootings
4. Ransomware Attack
5. Human Trafficking
6. Drug Trafficking
7. Identity Theft
8. Acts of Terror
--> Suicide: the taking of one's own life voluntarily and intentionally. You had no choice regarding when you entered this world; now that you are here however, you do have the ability to choose when you leave. Don't allow anyone to tell you differently. Capital punishment is currently authorized in 27 states, by the federal government and by the U.S. military. Does it make sense to you that your government can decide when someone should die but an individual is not allowed to make that decision for himself?
--> The War on Drugs - The term "War on Drugs" was made popular after a speech given on June 18, 1971 by then President Richard Nixon. Now, 50 years later, the Drug Policy Alliance estimates that today the United States spends $51,000,000,000 annually on these initiatives. Do you think this is working? Can you identify a less costly and more effective approach to solve the problem? (hint: In war, there are casualties.)
--> Election/Voter ID Reform -Let's take a brief moment to address elections. First, let's agree that everyone is in favor of fair elections and that every legitimate vote should be counted. For purposes of this discussion, let's assume we are going to participate in an election to select the next president for the United States of America. I remind you, the President of The United States may possibly be the most powerful person on the planet. The President controls the entire nuclear arsenal of this county and has the power to quickly alter or destroy most life on Earth. The President can, at his (or her) discretion at any time and within moments, launch nuclear weapons of such number, power and magnitude that most (if not all) life might be destroyed (taking into account the certainty of retaliatory strikes coupled with the downstream effects of radiation and nuclear winter). We are talking about a potential event which would affect nearly 8 billion human beings, along with all other life forms currently in existence on Earth. When I place my vote, I am selecting the individual who will be granted this unimaginable power and control. Does it make sense to you that I can select this individual without properly identifying myself, while at the same time I am required to produce a valid photo ID and perhaps even a trip to the "naked-machine" before I am allowed to go visit grandma in Omaha for Christmas? Really?
Brian Cox is professor of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.
--> The United States Constitution - Written in English using simple words and clear statements. Read it and decide for yourself.
--> Gun Control - The Truth:
1. Gun Control Laws are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.
2. If Gun Control Laws worked, Chicago would be Mayberry.
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms...” – Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788. Gun control legislation in any form violates the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution. Period. It really is that simple. If you remain confused (as do so many) regarding what the Constitution says and what it actually means, you may choose to read/study not only the Constitution itself, but also the Federalist Papers along with the many other comments on this topic from our Founding Fathers (you know, the guys who were present at the time and participated in the Constitutional debates when the document was created).
Click here for more on Gun Control.
--> Background Checks -
It is appropriate to perform background checks on individuals desiring to exercise the freedom to purchase and own a firearm. Known felons, drug dealers and drug addicts should be disqualified from participating in this freedom. The same scrutiny and qualification standards should be applied to:
1. Individuals wishing to immigrate to the United States
2. Individuals wishing to receive welfare funds
3. Individuals wishing to vote for a candidate seeking public office
--> Education - Educate vs. Indoctrinate.
Teach students how to think - not what to think.
--> British Royalty: Wealth, Fame, Power and Privilege - A surprising number of British citizens (61%) support the British Monarch System. Shouldn't it seem odd to a thinking individual that certain members of a societal group are provided special rank and special privilege based entirely upon who mommy and daddy are? From the moment of birth members of the British Royal Family are treated as though they are superior to others and are afforded special rank and special privilege based only upon bloodline DNA - with little regard placed upon personal achievement. What a scam. The fundamental underlying principles that support the British Monarch System are the very same principles that have allowed discrimination and racism to exist in other forms throughout history.
--> Critical Race Theory - Marxism promotes socialism, fueled primarily by class struggle. At its core, "Critical Race Theory" is identity-based Marxism. UCLA Law Professor and critical race theorist Cheryl Harris has proposed suspending private property rights, seizing land and wealth and redistributing them along racial lines. Does this sound like blatant racism driven by greed and envy?
UCLA Law Professor
--> Labor Unions - Characterized by herd mentality and corruption.
(I know, I know, I know... a lot of people don't like truthful statements.)
--> Public Sector Labor Unions - Public Sector Labor Unions contribute more to the tax burden than most realize. If left unchecked, this inappropriate drain on the taxpayer may become unsustainable. Here is a novel concept that most employers have had to implement in order to survive: If you don't continue to come to work, you don't continue to get paid. Do you think that all employers should have the power to simply raise taxes on the public taxpayer in order to continue to give money to former employees?
--> Merriam-Webster definition
Definition of radical (adjective)
3c: associated with political views, practices, and policies of extreme change
--> Radical Islam vs. Radical Christianity - Think of it as radically devout Muslims who fully subscribe to the ideals of Islamic Fundamentalism and are willing to give up everything for their faith vs. radically devout Christians who fully subscribe to the ideals of Christian Fundamentalism and are willing to give up everything for their faith. The contrast is significant. But there is so much more.
Radical Islam in Action
Radical Christianity in Action
Sometimes a picture is in fact worth a thousand words.