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A Halo for Selfishness

James64 Wrote: Apr 08, 2014 8:17 AM
Ah - but selfishness is what we ARE. It is why we do very much of what we do - from climbing Mt Everest to slouching on the sofa watching Walking Dead to donating your time or money. We have different names for each turn we take, but we do these things because WE WANT to. That is selfish. Too many misunderstand and think it a bad thing, when it is neither good nor bad without the effort behind it. Selfishness is what helps use make our decisions in the absence of coercion. "What will I get", "How does it make me feel", "Will it help Me" - are all selfish. Understanding selfish and, of course, applying that understanding to others, is life-altering for those folk who float through life without a thought or care - or open mind (all of which are selfish, too - just blindly so). I was once one of those.
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College Isn't For Everyone

James64 Wrote: Apr 06, 2014 9:53 AM
I have, for years, made the statement that college is not for everyone. Regardless of the "experts" (who must make their living promoting - well, their living), our society still requires staffing a LOT of non- academic, no- college-at-all jobs. Many have on-the-job training that all the degrees out there are useless for, yet reaching technical levels that would surprise. Technical and vocational studies are practically ignored in today's one-size-fits-all, "my way is best" government approach to all education. I have felt, since high school, that many degree courses, particularly the social ones, exist as a method to attract more tax dollars, rather than to provide relevant education for a real need. Time has been proving that true.
To truly rate the damage, perhaps a listing of State's TOTAL tax bite out of a dollar? Including average property tax rates, sales tax rates, et al, would give a better overall view. Then, to really scare the check out of folk,add the Federal bite. Even the "poor", who think Democrat/liberal policies would be surprise.
I had recently started using Mozilla again and have deleted even the option of using it, because of this action. There cannot be so many users demanding this, it must be cowardice of the board.
Equality of outcome - or just equal. The more he ruins, the more I think his goal is to make us equal to the rest of the world. You know, the parts that are already failing.
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The Problem Is Liberalism, Not Racism

James64 Wrote: Mar 31, 2014 7:33 AM
It has been a while since there was actual racism involved. Since the 60s, it has been perverted by liberals into a sort of Pavlovian conditioning mantra, to teach their constituency - particularly minorities - that their only way out and for some little "revenge", is to have liberals take over responsibilities use the power of government to make their lives better, sooner. One MIGHT think that after three generations, there would be severe disappointment and an ideological revolt, but the conditioning is not all - the actual programs are difficult, often painfully so, to get out of. Should you DARE try for individual success, you are punished. Pavlovian conditioning: "reward" the behavior you want, punish the behavior you don't. Liberals treat their constituents like puppies to e trained to heel.
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Probable Cause

James64 Wrote: Mar 27, 2014 9:33 AM
Most bureaucratic rules occur to make the bureaucrats job easier. This occurs at all levels. Their job, though is SUPPOSED to be difficult when it comes to controlling individual actions.
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Time for Congress to Telecommute

James64 Wrote: Mar 26, 2014 5:01 PM
I wouldn't go so far as distasteful, but it definitely should NOT be lucrative while in office, nor able to lobby for at least two years. The benefits and pay should be limited to term in office and no such thing as pension involved. Term limit of TWO in any position, with two years out of office before running for another, except the presidency. Thus a maximum of six possible - four, if they don't become President. NO compensation after, except four years of Secret Service for ex- Presidents.
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Time for Congress to Telecommute

James64 Wrote: Mar 26, 2014 10:59 AM
I have always been against full-time, career politics, which goes far to promote "doing something" - if only to justify the expense and time spent. I doubt there is - even today - enough essential works to justify ANY full-time elected official above Sherriff. We would be far better off, if those elected had more mundane careers and where only compensated - and benefited during their (limited) time in office. This would also eliminate the current view that they are an exempt class, as any actions on their part will immediately affect them as well.
The homosexual problem is less that they exist, but their determination to usurp "marriage". Marriage is a rite - involving religion and community/family recognition, not government recognition. Government may perform and recognize civil unions for whatever government benefits that may apply, but individuals need not recognize the union any more than they would recognize the rite of another religion - though most do, out of courtesy (at least those based on Judaism). Marriage is not based on sexual preference, but a belief structure in religion that subsequently contains a sexual preference. In the US, they should be free to Co-habit and if the government recognizes, attain government benefits. Just stop insisting on forcing everyone else to accept -or perform - it as "marriage"
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