In about 540 to 340 BC a school of thought named the Eleactics, whose leader was Parmenides, was based in Elea. Parmenides believed that thought was being--each is interchangeable with the other. Logically, what cannot be thought cannot exist. Other Eleactics included Xenophanes, Zeno, and Melissus. If you equate thought with consciousness, as in conscious thought, you have what LaSalle was on about: not exactly a new concept...Comment Posted By mannning On 11.07.2009 @ 14:13
The vetting process is terribly faulty for our politicians at every level. If you can speak well, look pretty, dress well, and have money to burn, you are odds on to win something. If you have friends in high places, you can win big. If you have an issue or two that pleases the electorate, so much the better, particularly if they involve payouts to the public of some sort. Virtues? Well, these virtues seem to be all that are required.
If you tear the lid off of some of these practitioners of politics, the smell of rotting goop will overpower you. That is why they seek guides from the professional ranks of seers--to provide them with cover and polishing for their private and public sins, past and present.
We need more tearers-of-lids at an earlier point in the soddy careers of many politicians. Plus, we need a surer mechanism for shedding those who have outstayed their welcome or have committed egregious sins at citizen's expense. Quite a few names come to mind, but I will refrain from calling them out here. Perhaps term limits will help.
Virtue is happiness! -- SocratesComment Posted By mannning On 3.07.2009 @ 12:17
Let's bury him and forget him, OK?Comment Posted By mannning On 27.06.2009 @ 21:08
Obama could take the following position:
1. The United States wants to protect our nation from harm and to promote freedom and liberty in the world.
2. We have shown in the past, and in two on-going wars, that we are willing to fight for the cause of our freedom and liberty, and the same cause of freedom for many other nations and their suppressed people around the world, when their cause is just.
3. Because of the continuing development of threatening military capabilities in the world, I have deemed it prudent for the United States to enhance its defensive capacity by sending to Congress a bill that would add 6 new composite divisions (about 30 Brigades) and their support units to the Army, 250 aditional multipurpose aircraft to the Air Force, 200 new tankers, 20 additional warships of several types for the Navy, 50 of the latest landing and support craft for the Coast Guard, and two new divisions for the Marines. Other significant provisions will be included for bombs and ammunition, vehicles, artillery, and especially a major upgrade for Abrams tanks, and significant other classified capabilities as well.
4. We will use these new resources as they come on line over the next years to meet our defensive requirements in today's increasingly dangerous situations in the world, notably in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and Iran.
5. The United States does not want war, nor do we seek domination of anyone in the world, but we do want to ensure that adequate military resources are available to us in the event of a conflict arising that we did not seek.Comment Posted By mannning On 19.06.2009 @ 14:47
All kinds of legislation ARE in the works?Comment Posted By mannning On 17.06.2009 @ 13:47
First of all, conservatives must pick their battles properly, and not waste ammo on trivial events. All kinds of legislation is in the works that ought to be stopped cold by any legal means possible.
Second, we need to reaffirm our basic beliefs, especially as applied to today's Democratic directions. This provides the basis for cogent argumentation for a conservative solution that the public needs to hear---often!
Third, we need to be persistent, well-informed, and willing to engage in debate for our views.
Fourth, we need the gumption to fire back at the opposition at every opportunity with factual retorts, and well-formed positions.
Fifth, we need the willingness to tell some of the opposition off in clear terms--in other words, to burn them good when they drift away into their usual nonsense, non-sequiturs, and drivel. That is a talent few possess at the ready.Comment Posted By mannning On 17.06.2009 @ 13:43
The two flags I possess are cared for intensely. The biggest one flies proudly on flag days facing the street and waving in the breeze. The smaller one was given to me by the honor guard at Arlington when they buried my Father there.
It is encased and on display in my study along with my Father's portrait, and a candid picture of him as a young officer in ancient flying togs standing in front of an old biplane of the 30's.
Deep meanings go with my flags. Thank you for this post, Rick Moran.Comment Posted By mannning On 14.06.2009 @ 21:59
(Government command)Take two steps forward!Comment Posted By mannning On 12.06.2009 @ 13:12
(Me) May I?
(Me) But there is a cliff there!
(Government command) Do as I say!
But spouting ignorant nonsense about climate change doesn’t advance the cause and, in fact, has set back the campaign by skeptics to get at least some of the science re-evaluated.
This post cites yet another 59 scientists that have joined the roles of Inhofe's list of dissidents on AGW.
They are an impressive group. Whatever Inhofe's stumbles are, his list is becoming formidable.
http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=10fe77b0-802a-23ad-4df1-fc38ed4f85e3Comment Posted By mannning On 15.06.2009 @ 16:03
The definition of "mistakes" varies by up to 180 degrees between liberals and conservatives.Comment Posted By mannning On 14.06.2009 @ 00:04