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It fit their narrative. Reality doesn't matter. Words and intentions trump facts. Years ago a friend asked me, "What does a sane man do in an insane world?" He has been dead several years so does not have to suffer these later days.
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Hawking's Moral Calculus

Donald103 Wrote: May 10, 2013 9:35 AM
So he is paralyzed and brilliant at physics. Does that make him an authority on morality. Didn't Jordan annex the West Bank and didn't Egypt annex Gaza? Was there a moral uproar about that? Didn't they lose those territories when they lost the war they started? When was the rule that the losers were supposed to benefit from their losses was put in place? What other countries have been urged to commit suicide?
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The Crucifixion of Jason Richwine

Donald103 Wrote: May 10, 2013 9:29 AM
Isn't IQ strongly related to language and family circumstances. Doesn't it not test intelligence, bu doesn't it predict how a person will likely get along in college. If it is genetic, ti would take more than three generations to change. Some do not want facts if they do not fit their narrative-see the Benghazi story.
What an encouraging prospect! She is just the one to do that job.
Obesity is widespread (inadvertent choice of word, but very apt) in both adults and children. A higher percentage of the poor are fat. But now we have food deserts for he poor. There seems to be a contradiction here. Is Mrs. Obama at ideal body weight? Example is an excellent way to teach.
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A Terrible, Teachable Moment

Donald103 Wrote: Apr 17, 2013 9:23 AM
A person is never really safe. Shift happens. Prevention is a good idea, but not every bad happening can be prevented. It seems easy for people to become complacent. Some deal with problems that seem so insurmountable and threatening that denial is used to deal with it. It is my view that some in the highest circles of power in the U.S. have the idea if they just change the language all will be well. For example, avoid the words radical Muslim, Islamic jihadist and, even, illegal immigrant (not that I think illegal immigrants pose as great a threat as do terrorist Muslims). Does changing the words or avoiding the words make the problem go away? No, but it may prevent or delay needed action.
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Tests and Tiger Moms

Donald103 Wrote: Apr 10, 2013 8:56 AM
Someone suggested that many of the Chinese in the U.S. descended from people from south China where they grow rice. It was suggested that rice growing was a year around matter and that is required a lot of work so that people with that heritage had more of the work ethic than did many others. Parental attitudes seem to play a big part in how children approach school. I am concerned about the fading of the work ethic in the people whose ancestors have been in North America (the U.S.) for a long time. I have a rather long list of non-white columnists and others that I admire. This gives me some hope that blacks will not have such a high percentage in the underclass-poor, ignorant and withut much hope for a bright future. Donald W. Bales
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When Words Lose Their Meaning

Donald103 Wrote: Apr 10, 2013 8:30 AM
Usage renders some words useless and ruined. For examples, take "liberal." Once it meant in favor of freedom as opposed to authority. Now it means in favor of big government and the welfare state. Of take "gay." Once it meant happy and carefree. Now it means homosexual. Or take "fairness" once it meant treat every evenly, now it means take from the provident and investing and give it to non-workers. Or take "diversity." On campus it means having lots of different ethnic groups, but no conservative faculty or administrators or Christian groups.
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The “NEED” For Immigration Reform

Donald103 Wrote: Apr 07, 2013 6:22 PM
The corporations want cheap labor and the Democrats want cheap votes. Neither are good reasons to allow so many illegal immigrants into the country. Rewarding people for bad behavior is a good way to get more of it. This seems to so basic that even a liberal should be able to understand it. But Republicans do not have a good record about this either. Reagan let a lot of illegals become legal.
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Marriage Still Matters to Millennials

Donald103 Wrote: Apr 06, 2013 3:45 PM
I believe that it is harder now fo stay married. My wife and I recently celebrated our 68 anniversary. Of course, we grew up and married at a much earlier time and in a different society. It may be due to my extreme age, but I perceive that our society, our culture and our economy is in a decline and the electorate doesn't seem to realize it or care enough to lead to changes in the direction. I perceive that much of our problems have been promoted by Federal government actions. Price and wage controls led to health insurance benefits being used to bid for scarce labor during WWII. Progressivism began about 1900 and grew remarkably during the Great Depression. Now the Federal government wants to run everything, but runs nothing well.
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