I โค๏ธ Tools

There is just something about tools that fascinates me. I’m talking about all kinds of tools, wrench and screwdrivers, power tools, electronic tools like iPads and cell phones and yes, even apps. Anything to help me do a job better. I am a firm advocate of “The right tool for the job”. That sometimes drives my wife crazy. “You need another tool! You have a … Continue reading I โค๏ธ Tools

Nobody Makes Capitalism Look Worse…

I get much of my inspiration about life in the US from the New York Times. They seem to have the best reporting and columnists in the country. That’s why I pay the big bucks ($4/month) for their daily feed. ๐Ÿ™‚ The title above came from an column from Gail Collins. It started out with following paragraph. Department of Irony: Republicans canโ€™t stop howling about … Continue reading Nobody Makes Capitalism Look Worse…

Starting Your Car With A Buggy Whip.

This post is going to be about those seniors among us who proclaim to be “proudly ignorant” of today’s technology. My wife and her brother are in that class. They proudly proclaim that they want as little as possible to do with all these new fangled inventions of late. They are not quite old enough to go back before the invention of the automobile, but … Continue reading Starting Your Car With A Buggy Whip.

Miracles And The First Century Mind….

I’m going to do a philosophical post of my own making for today. I will get back to studying others next week. With this post, I am certainly exercising the creative side. I will try to analyze the mind of a first-century citizen and his writings with my 21st-century views. Up front, I will admit that much of what I speculate is just that, speculation. … Continue reading Miracles And The First Century Mind….

Two Birds With One Stone (aka Think Big)

I love thinking at the macro level. I guess my attitude is “think big or go home”. We have a lot of problems in this country that desperately need solutions. It would be great if one solution could solve multiple problems. That is what this post is about. The Problems Problem No. 1 – Teachers aren’t paid enough. Most everyone agrees that teachers, especially those … Continue reading Two Birds With One Stone (aka Think Big)

Eliminate Federal Pensions and Retirement Plans

Now before you get all worked up by the title I want to add a couple of more words. “For all elected employees”. I think this plan will go a long ways to prevent future gridlock that we are seeing today. Here is one of my sources that back up that idea: Congressional members are eligible for their own unique pension plans under the Federal Employees … Continue reading Eliminate Federal Pensions and Retirement Plans

Sunday March 17 – Snippets

Thinking They Are Above The Law…BUT It is interesting to see two different stories of wealthy people thinking that their money makes them above the law but then to discover it doesn’t. Paul Mannafort was sentenced to 7.5 years in federal prison for dozens of instances where he flaunted the law in several different areas included evading millions of dollars of taxes. But his sentence … Continue reading Sunday March 17 – Snippets

Techie Saturday – About Feedly

This Saturday, I want to clue you in on one of the most essential tools I have in following my favorite blogs. That tool is Feedly. Here is how they describe themselves. Feedly (click name to see the sign-up screen) tracks blogs that offer content via Real Simple Syndication (RSS). It delivers that content to your computer, tablet or phone, where you can see the … Continue reading Techie Saturday – About Feedly

If You Have To Build A Wall…

I think the masonary union has some sort of power over the current Oval Office. What else would explain the obsession with wall building? If the current Oval Office occupant (#CO3) hopes to have ANY chance of re-election, he should change just where he wants to build his wall. Let’s investigate the possibilities some with this post. What is the biggest sinkhole for our money … Continue reading If You Have To Build A Wall…

The Personal Reality Spectrum

I spent some time last week fleshing out my thoughts about one of my foundations in life that drives my “Question Everything” attitude. I have been living it for some time now but just never got around to thinking it thoroughly through till now. I originally posted this on my special projects blog over at CrackingCreativity but thought it would be a good thing to … Continue reading The Personal Reality Spectrum

Can God Make A Rock That He Can’t Lift?

I was going to try and make a couple of posts that attempted to explain the difference between religious beliefs and philosophy of religion, but that just got too complicated and technical so I decided to keep it simple by just looking at examples. Let’s tackle some of the hardest philosophical questions first. Why not? Is God Omnipotent? Some religions, but not all hold on … Continue reading Can God Make A Rock That He Can’t Lift?

The Virtual Reality of Hyper Saturated Photos

Warning! This is going to be one of my off-the-wall posts so hang on. (ha) Now that there are so many photo editors with “Saturation” and “Vibrance” buttons it seems like every photo on the web is extremely dramatized. Everyone has the bug, but as usual, I am a contrarian. I admit I do sometimes flick those buttons a notch or two and maybe even … Continue reading The Virtual Reality of Hyper Saturated Photos

White Christian Nationalism โ€” Not Secularism โ€” Is Destroying America

One of the biggest tragedies of this early 21st century is how Jesus’ church has morphed into something very contrary to his teachings. I thank Minnesota Pastor Stephen Mattson and Sojourners Magazine for helping me to realize that fact. American Christianity brought us to this point. It preached nationalism and sanctified American imperialism โ€” promoting Manifest Destiny as ordained by God. The prosperity gospel baptized … Continue reading White Christian Nationalism โ€” Not Secularism โ€” Is Destroying America

Getting Started with Philosophy of Religion

Where does one start with this topic? To me, all these types of serious discussions start with Wikipedia. They seem to always give me a good high-level view of the topic at hand. Philosophy of religion is “the philosophical examination of the central themes and concepts involved in religious traditions. The philosophy of religion differs from religious philosophy in that it seeks to discuss questions regarding the nature … Continue reading Getting Started with Philosophy of Religion

If You Really Must Fear Something…

There seems to be nothing that some people won’t fret about. They fear imaginary rapists crossing our borders by the thousands. They fear liberals who are intent on destroying their way of life. They see the media as an enemy of the people. They fear whatever their cult leader tells them to fear. If you must really live your life focused on fear, then at … Continue reading If You Really Must Fear Something…