Critical Thinking

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John McCain – The Restless Wave


Advice for Voters

Support  candidates who want to get things done:

“Yes, I’d rather have a few more problem solvers than purists in Washington. Their zeal may be commendable, but not, as it usually happens, terribly productive.”

“Paradoxically,” McCain writes, “voters who detest Washington, because all we do is argue and never get anything done frequently vote for candidates who are the most adamant in their assurances that they will never ever compromise with those bastards in the other party.”

“As always, more important than any political reforms is the discernment of voters. Here’s my unsolicited advice to the American voter: If a candidate for Congress pledges to ride his white horse to Washington and lay waste to all the scoundrels living off your taxes, to never work or socialize or compromise with any of them, and then somehow get them to bow to your will and the superiority of your ideas, don’t vote for that guy. It sounds exciting, but it’s an empty boast and a commitment to more gridlock.”

I cannot fathom the Tea Party or Donald Trump

“When all else fails, there’s always delusion.” ― Conan O’Brien

Why are we?

Recklessly and needlessly jeopardizing the future of the planet and all its inhabitants
Making the decision to be healthy a financial one for our most vulnerable citizens
Reducing and corrupting the public-school system
Giving huge tax cuts to people who have literally money to burn
Terrorizing and demonizing immigrants
Rejecting reason, logic and intelligence (attacking science)
Flattering Fascists
Demeaning our allies
Flirting with war
While obliterating the meaning of honesty and integrity

No one needs automatic guns for hunting or sport shooting
I do not want to hear about your god and your religious beliefs, that is freedom of religion
Just because someone does not look like you, act like you or worship like you does not make them any less deserving of human kindness or rights
Women have a right to control their own bodies

There are legitimate gripes and complaints.  There are major problems that need to be addressed.

It is a royal pain in the ass to do a lot of things

That is inconvenience.
I would be nice if a lot of that changed

People starve to death, others live miserable lives
Others live a life of abundance
Still others live with unbelievable luxury and privilege
Many people are unfairly compensated for their efforts

That needs to change

We do a right shit job of dealing with the mentally ill, psychopaths and sociopaths.

That needs to change

Some people are arrogant, some ignorant, some stupid, some lazy, some mean, some over sensitive, some dishonest, some naive.

If you think you have the answer, your all of them

We are a divided nation.  At its core; I do not think the divisiveness is due to differences on issues or beliefs. The divisiveness is the Tea Party telling Democrats, ‘Stick it where the sun don’t shine’

Some people are skeptical of solid reasonings and gullible when it reinforces there prejudices.   This is a nice piece on one way people ignore thinking: 

I would be nice if we embraced Critical Thinking.  Real analysis and an understanding. But, there is a rather large roadblock to the adoption of common sense.

“The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

“Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”
– Lenny Bruce

“Religion, is giving god a bad name” – Roland Van Deusen




The NRA is Evil

Their persistent fear mongering, gross distortion and fabrication of the facts is a clear and present danger to a civilized society.

I would avoid NRA members and their sympathizers’ like I avoid psychopaths, sociopaths and other mentally ill people who are a danger to others.

They have turned a blind eye to the mass murder of innocents with weapons of mass destruction.

They have a complete disregard for the real consequences of their infatuation with guns.

They have a lot of blood on their hands.

We have suffered through years of their ridiculous justifications and wild excuses.  There is no use trying to talk to them.

The Decline of Civic Knowledge

A short clip

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter being frighteningly prescient about the decline of civic knowledge in America and the effect of that decline on the state of our democracy.

“if something is not done to improve the level of civic knowledge, that is what you should worry about”

The full clip of the show that mentioned the clip.

I need to post this, as a precaution to all of you who sit on the sidelines and let people pollute the public discourse with unsubstantiated nonsense, with outright lies, with hate, with misinformation.  In today’s world, some people are attacking the rights of others, are attacking the environment and the concepts of good government.  We have to fight these people.

Here is a little list that I found for 4 grade students  at :

Here’s a list of 10 things you can do right
now to be a better citizen.

  1. Volunteer to be active in your community.

  2. Be honest and trustworthy.

  3. Follow rules and laws.

  4. Respect the rights of others.

  5. Be informed about the world around you.

  6. Respect the property of others.

  7. Be compassionate.

  8. Take responsibility for your actions.

  9. Be a good neighbor.

  10. Protect the environment.

4 is a little troubling.  Taken with 10, I hope you can see the problem.  To protect the environment, you have to confront those who are attacking it.  To fight against racism and sexism and xenophobia, you have to confront those people who practice it.


A very sad realization

We are a divided nation.  At its core; I do not think the divisiveness is due to differences on issues or beliefs.

The failure to recognize Donald Trump as unfit for public office, let alone the presidency, is unfathomable.  He is not a decent man.


To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sure, tRump had kids, but he is batting zero on everything else


The divisiveness is the Tea Party telling Democrats, “Stick it where the sun don’t shine”

Please consider :

Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” who he talks with “consistently” about foreign affairs, Mr. Trump responded, “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things,” Politico reported.


Michael Moore said, This is poorly educated working class people giving the establishment the middle finger.

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

H. L. Mencken

A reason to be afraid of the Boston Police Department

Cops investigating cops.  It’s time for a real Citizens Review Board.

The initial story: video shows an off duty Boston Police Officer roughing up a civilian

Youtube video

The following appeared on
Evans defends officer in Back Bay pedestrian incident

The Boston Globe Date: Sep 21, 2016

If you cannot read the above link, this comment by a person with the tag of Oceanlover617 summarizes the problem.

Imagine you are Mr. Gurin, an unassuming, 64-year-old law-abiding man who has just put in a hard day’s work. Like the rest of us, you are a kind and loving man who supports your family, are loyal to your friends, and love the city in which you live and pay taxes. Sure, you’ve gotten a speeding ticket or two, and there was that parking violation when the parking meter was broken, but those are pretty much the only smudges on your citizenship record. You’re fatigued and walking home and, whether it’s your fault or not, you’re nearly hit by a car in an intersection; “fight or flight” kicks in and, in a nanosecond, you lose your temper and tap on the car’s window with your umbrella. Suddenly, a furious, brawny man in a Red Sox jersey jumps out of his car (which, by the way, is NOT a cop car, so you have no way of knowing he’s a cop) and starts screaming at you. Realizing this man’s fury dwarfs yours after being cut off by his car and, realizing he’s approximately half your age, twice your size and screaming angrily, you run for your life, zigzagging your way through pedestrians on a busy Boston street. You trip and fall, injuring yourself. Instead of rendering aid, this man’s knee is in your back and you are being held down to the ground. “How dare you challenge my power by tapping on my window with an umbrella, don’t you know who I am?” Is this what the officer (or in the eyes of Chief Evans, presumably “soldier,” as you are later referred to as a “civilian”) was thinking? Infuriated and emboldened by the fact that he wears a badge to work, the man starts humiliating you by dragging you down the street by your shirt collar in a makeshift “perp walk” witnessed by dozens, hundreds of people (including one of your co-workers) on one of the busiest streets in Boston. As is proven on cell phone video, you remain calm and respectful the entire time, even when dozens of BPD officers converge on the scene as if you’ve just committed armed robbery. The officers take the cop’s side of the story, not yours, and the cop realizes the window of the personal car he drives as a “civilian” is smudged, not broken or even scratched. You consider this a major event but proceed with caution, filing a complaint against a public servant who behaved inappropriately. You discover this is not the first complaint filed against this officer. One day, the boss of the police department you have trusted to defend and protect you calls a press conference to discuss the “exhaustive investigation” that has occurred. The chief figuratively throws you under the bus (perhaps in the same intersection where the incident began), sullying your name and reputation in order to protect a man who obviously is prone to these types of incidents and outbursts. Remarkably, he produces video to counteract the video shot and posted by a “civilian” who witnessed the incident (perhaps because the “civilian’s” video was viewed more than a million times on social media). You can’t believe your eyes or ears as the leader of your police force almost totally exonerates the actions of a man who clearly is a hothead, not a hero. The chief impugns the integrity of the “civilian” who shot the cell phone video and implies you are somehow to blame for not acting as quickly and impulsively as the off-duty officer did in that intersection. Sadly, when it dawns on you that this “exhaustive search,” that included interviews with other “civilians” who witnessed the event, would never have been conducted if this cell phone video had never surfaced. In that moment, what emotions would you feel? Anger? Sadness? Disappointment? Mistrust? Yesterday afternoon, human empathy transported us into the mind of Mr. Gurin; amazingly, we were let down by the very people we have idolized, trusted and paid to protect us. The chief called a press conference because he could, and local media carried it live because that’s what they do, and an entire region watched as the chief implied this was all your fault. You were hardly the Marathon bomber, yet you were feted with a BPD press conference. Boy, the BPD must have been livid that you would have the nerve to consult an ACLU lawyer and yes, you know they must have felt an extra sense of urgency to defend their own given recent officer-involved incidents around the country.

You were not fooled, and neither were we. This press conference was a classic “CYA” stunt, and this morning, we have a little less respect for Chief Evans and a little more mistrust for the people who report to him. It is sad and disappointing, but it is true. In this case, in this city in which we take so much pride, a city that was a beacon to the world for strength in adversity, the tables have been turned. Boston Wrong.

Thank you Oceanlover617, for taking the time to put this incident into the proper perspective.  IMHO, the BPD does not care what the people of Boston think about them.

To all the officers who work really hard to keep us safe, I thank you.  But, the “Blue Wall” has to come down.  It is not you versus us.  We are all in this together.