The case for voting even if America is a corrupt plutocracy rigged by the rich…

With the approach of the 2014 midterms, perhaps the least consequential American election season in a generation, it’s worth asking a perennial question: should you even bother to vote? Many people have basically given up on the democratic project, arguing that the American system is completely rigged by the rich and that nobody on the ballot truly represents their interests…. Still, we know for a … Continue reading The case for voting even if America is a corrupt plutocracy rigged by the rich…

Maybe I Should Wear A Sign…

They say that deafness is a hidden handicap in that it is not an obvious affliction. Maybe I should wear a sign 🙂 .  Sometimes when I tell people I am deaf it doesn’t seem to get through to them. What many do is to apparently just speak louder. For those who I have difficulty reading their lips,and that seem like most people, I hand … Continue reading Maybe I Should Wear A Sign…

Human Beings…

Omaha, NB -Durham Museum What makes American does not just include it bright side but also its dark side. I came across this sign in the Durham Museum in Omaha a few years ago. One of America’s dark sides was our treatment of the original inhabitants of our continent. As they were systematically being destroyed they were not even consider human beings. Killing a native … Continue reading Human Beings…

The Multi-Level Department Store…

Chicago, IL – Marshall Fields Department Store Almost every major town in America has their own variety of the Marshall Fields Department store. They were for the most part build in the beginnings of the 20th century. For those who follow the PBS series one very enterprising American also went to build on in London by the name of Selfridge.  You could say they were … Continue reading The Multi-Level Department Store…

The Best Thinkers Have These 7 ‘Thinking Dispositions’

There’s another benefit to having this outlook. The developmental psychologist Carol Dweck has shown that having a growth mindset — where you think your outcomes come through effort rather than innate talent — leads to success for kids and grownups alike. Thinking about your thinking dispositions — rather than how innately smart you are — helps cultivate that attitude. SOURCE:  Harvard Says The Best Thinkers … Continue reading The Best Thinkers Have These 7 ‘Thinking Dispositions’

Canada and the Volstead Act…According to Will…

Arrived in the Canada capital today. More sentiment here to be annexed by Mexico than by America. They know us too well. If we get any nation to join us it will have to be some stranger. We only have one reason for wanting Canada and a modification of the Volstead Act will eliminate it. Waiting instructions. Will Rogers — 11 October 1926. When we … Continue reading Canada and the Volstead Act…According to Will…

This Is Scott Walker’s Idea Of A Living Wage

“There’s a lot of people out here in the working field doing what Governor Walker wants us to do: he says he wants us to be out here working,” said Branch, who identified herself as a supporter of Burke. “I was hoping that Mr. Walker would see [the complaints] and take account of these workers out here … he just needs to take a walk … Continue reading This Is Scott Walker’s Idea Of A Living Wage

Republican’s Blame Ebola on Obama Ploy Backfires…

The instant the Ebola crisis hit American shores, the inevitable happened. The GOP blamed President Obama for it. First, it was the lame brained borderline racist charge that Obama either deliberately or through sheer incompetence did nothing to seal the borders to keep the virus at bay. The only slightly more intelligible attack was that Obama did nothing to command the Centers for Disease Control … Continue reading Republican’s Blame Ebola on Obama Ploy Backfires…

What A Croc….

  I grabbed this picture off one of my friends Facebook pages. It made me LOL. 😉 I am somewhat new to Crocs, that is the shoes shown above. I just personally discovered them for myself this year. They are very practical for around the homestead in the warm weather months. I like to take strolls through my kingdom in the early morning after I … Continue reading What A Croc….

Galena…

Galena, IL – U.S. Grant Country When you go to Galena you almost step back in time. The downtown area is unblemished with chain stores. About the only thing that puts you back to reality are all the cars parked throughout the town. Too bad they couldn’t relegate them to a distant parking lot. Galena is the final home of Ulysses S. Grant and his … Continue reading Galena…

Who are you calling a moral relativist?

Now that I have had two posts here about mandating morality it’s probably time to address this general issue. I’m sure that after reading these posts some people question whether I believe there is any moral foundation. They are calling me a moral relativist. A recent article in The Week news site very much characterizes where I stand on this issue. Lets read some quotes … Continue reading Who are you calling a moral relativist?

Mandating Morality Part 2 – Sharia Law…

Islamic Sharia law was fairly dormant in the Indonesian province of Aceh until a massive earthquake and tsunami struck in 2004, killing more than 130,000. But as residents rebuild, Sharia officers have strengthened their grip, threatening rights of religious minorities and women…. There are two groups that are actually threatened by this formalization of the Sharia. The first group is religious minorities. More than 20 … Continue reading Mandating Morality Part 2 – Sharia Law…

Mandating Morality Part 1- Prohibition

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.  Fanatics will never learn that, though it is written in letters of gold across the sky. It is prohibition that makes things precious.  Mark Twain   I have recently come across several sources of what I consider mandating morality. That is trying to force your version of morality on others. Our personal view of morality can come from … Continue reading Mandating Morality Part 1- Prohibition

Don’t Label Me …

In fact, Raven tells Oprah that she rejects the notion of labels completely in all areas of her life. “I’m tired of being labeled,” she says. “I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American. “The remark seems to catch Oprah off guard. “Oh, girl,” Oprah says, shifting in her chair. “Don’t set up the Twitter on fire… Oh, my lord. What did you … Continue reading Don’t Label Me …