Logic and Life 101

An open mind and a hole in the head are not the same thing!

Religious Logic

February 25th, 2011

Yes, I know that’s an oxymoron, but this bit of humor illustrates it well:

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. Not sure if I got it, but I do have the bike.

Tea Party Logic

October 27th, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t10PyuhXiOo

Racist E-mail requires response

October 6th, 2010

Recently received a forwarded e-mail from a relative (step-brother-in-law):

“Here’s you can have fun Snoping if you have time to kill.  Makes you feel kinda sorry for the one white guy though.”

The e-mail started with: “”Let’s see here.  I need to shower, shave, eat some oatmeal, put on my new Obama T-shirt, grab my 9mm and      hold up a convenience store.”

After that was a series of photos; the photos won’t reproduce here, but description is enough: It was a series of mug shots, all but one of black men, all wearing Obama T-shirts and allegedly convenience store robbers. The comment that followed the photos was:

Just think about this for a second:   Did you ever see anyone arrested wearing a Bush T-shirt, or for you older guys, an Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, or even Nixon, or Bob Dole shirt. There MUST be a message here, but I can’t quite grasp it. Maybe you can help me out here…. And don’t forget ….. [photo of button “November 2nd: Take Out the Trash Day”

So I just had to respond, and felt this response needed to be public:

Yeah, Republicans don’t bother with convenience stores, they just rob people through higher bank fees, insurance fraud, stock market scams, religious tax exemptions, etc. all while wearing suits and ties. But of course it’s far easier to be racist and point at “those people” (and the “one white guy”)than to recognize the people who are doing you the most harm are likely those “nice white folks” running your church, those so-called “pillars of the community.” But hey, it’s okay because they’re white, dressed nice, and smile while they shaft you.

I don’t need Snopes to recognize a sorry attempt to shift the blame. Tell me, how many of the guys who made the decision to lay off workers at your last few jobs looked like these guys? And how many were living in expensive homes in golf course communities? How many of those responsible for the mortgage industry collapse or the oil spill or the stock market collapse have mug shots like these?

Convenience store robbers are easy to catch, it takes intelligence to catch real crooks, and sadly there are far too few intelligent people going into law enforcement.

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Okay, a quick note on law enforcement: I certainly wasn’t implying that the field is devoid of intelligent people, but the reality is that even those who are quickly learn the system is one that rewards based on easy-to-quantify results like catching convenience store robbers, not lengthy investigations that result in one banker – often a fall guy since the system is the problem – getting caught. The laws are also set up to protect those engaged in highly unethical yet still technically legal practices – like a bank that loans money it knows can never be repaid on a property its officers (or shadow corporations working for them) want to acquire. The rank-and file officer, or even most of the administration, is not to blame for laws which make theft legal if done with paper instead of a gun.

Let me also note that this is far from the first e-mail I’ve received from conservative acquaintances that is more than just hinting at racism, and implying that President Obama would approve of criminals or those who abuse the government aid system because of their shared racial connection. So anyone who thinks that racism isn’t behind much, if not most, of the right-wing anger in our country needs to start looking a little closer. We haven’t evolved nearly as far as people like to think in this area, and as I predicted nearly twenty years ago the political correctness wave has done nothing but remove the rattles from the snakes, they are still just as venomous and even more dangerous now that they are hidden from view. The reason we managed to elect a black president is a population shift and a poor choice for vice-president, not any great strides against bigotry by our population.

Honesty and insults

July 27th, 2010

I’ve recenly had a few believers claim that by denying the existence of their deity, I am insulting them.

Maybe they’re right. After all, by denying that the claim they have yet to prove is true, I am implying that it is false, and thus implying that they are either lying or being fooled and thus gullible idiots. Of course, this is not my fault, because they ARE either lying – and claiming to know that which you only believe is still lying – or being fooled themselves, or their claim is true. If their claim is true, they need only prove that it is true, and I will gladly and sincerely apologize. However, barring that proof, I can only presume they are either intentionally claiming to know that which they do not, OR they are themselves being fooled. Neither of those is very flattering.

But then, they can easily avoid being insulted by providing proof. I’m waiting.

This guy is HILARIOUS!

May 2nd, 2010

http://www.27bslash6.com/easter.html

Start with this post, plan on spending half a day reading his stuff…don’t miss his photography tips!

Rush Limbaugh and the OIl Spill

May 2nd, 2010

So conservative blowhard Rush thinks the Gulf Oil Spill is a natural occurrence that will take care of itself if we just leave it alone.

I got an idea! Let’s ask Rush to volunteer to be coated with crude oil and let it dissipate “naturally.” I realize that in his case it wouldn’t make him much more slimy, but it could still be fun to watch!

I’d say Rush is merely a clown or a baboon that no one should pay attention to anyway, but that would be insulting to clowns and baboons and ignore the reality that people will, unfortunately, listen to him and repeat what he says as if it had some validity, not recognizing that even most morons can see that drilling for oil is anything but natural. That’s like saying the radiation from a nuclear bomb is natural.

The slimy undercurrent of “patriotism”

April 21st, 2010

These days I seem to be seeing a lot of racism and bigotry sliming its way into the popular mindset disguised as patriotism. Here’s an example: I was recently sent a forwarded e-mail that started:

All My Patriot Friends. We all need to be aware that we live in the greatest nation the world has ever known but because of that too many of our citizens are sheep swiming in a sea of apathy. These citizens have had life so good and ordered that they refuse to believe history and chose to ignore warnings that history teaches us are in our future based on the tendencys of mans nature in the past. If you are a student of history you will know that man there are men who strive to rule and control his fellow man. We have such a man in the white house now and he and his fellow conspititors in congress are attempting to do that to OUR REPUBLIC and it’s people….[sic]

It goes on, but you’re already starting to get the gist of it. Ignoring the spelling and grammatical errors that hint at the originator’s intelligence level, it starts with flattery (We’re WONDERFUL! Just ask us!) but quickly devolves into fearmongering (Watch out! We might not be so great if you don’t do as I say!) and a political/racial attack. It continues, evoking Eisenhower and the Holocaust and of course building into a case for hating Muslims and Obama with wild accusations and innuendo that implied that the Holocaust was actually perpetrated by Muslims (!!!) and Obama is one of them and trying to control us all!!! Danger, DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!! (If you don’t get the reference, look it up! What, you expect me to do everything for you?)

Well of course I had to respond, so I wrote:

Let’s not forget it was a CHRISTIAN who was responsible for the Holocaust: “I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work…Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . we need believing people…My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight against the Jewish poison.” These are the words of Adolf Hitler, a lifelong Catholic Christian, and sound suspiciously like the words used against Muslims today. The problem is not Islam, or Christianity, or Judaism, the problem is faith and bigotry, it’s hating someone because their beliefs differ from yours. I suggest everyone watch this video of an America soldier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akm3nYN8aG8

Hate begets hate. We cannot defeat terrorism by becoming terrorists. Yes, I agree, we should NOT be burying history because it offends someone, be they the Muslim or the Catholic denying their connection to terrorism and hate. We should NOT be burying our own country’s sordid history of genocide against this land’s natives or the slavery condoned by churches here in the South. Are you willing to forward this too, or are you just going to repeat the cycle of hatred?

To his credit, he responded: I JUST POSTED THAT ON MY FACEBOOK FOR EVERYONE TO SEE… YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT…

I’m not sure where I know this person from, so I’m not sure if I caused a major conversion in thinking or he just noticed the undercurrent of racism and bigotry in the forward after I called it to his attention, but in either case I’m betting there are plenty of people out there who wouldn’t care anyway. And that just scares me. These inter-religious feuds and fanatical atrocities have been happening for centuries, and even if you accept the basic premise of patriotism – that you somehow should assume that anyone who lives near you is right and anyone living further away is wrong, regardless of the facts – patriotism should not be an excuse to automatically hate other people.

To me, a true patriot thinks independently and decides what is best for himself and his country, and works peacefully and ethically to advance those goals. He (or she) does not seek to encourage hatred or violence, both of which are costly overall to the race as a species. He makes decisions based on facts, evidence, and logic, not on fear or prejudice, or faith. But that’s just me. What’s your definition?

Why insanity is a growth industry in America

April 13th, 2010

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/04/nebraska-women-seeking-abortions-must.html

Frankly, I’d think if there was going to be mental illness screening it should be for those who want to give birth! So being an insane mother is okay, but being sane is required to get an abortion? Wow, that explains damn near the entire Republican Party!

Twisted Logic

April 13th, 2010

Even a pretzel isn’t twisted enough to describe what goes on in the mind of a guy like this:

http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-04-12/news/preacher-convicted-of-killing-wife-freezing-body

But it’s safe to say that somewhere in there he decided his beliefs took precedence over logic. And the faith of his victims surely made them easier targets.  “…a prosecutor told jurors that Anthony Hopkins terrorized his wife and young children, isolated them and used the Bible to manipulate them.” Of course he did, that’s pretty much all the Bible – and other religious books – are good for, and why they’re invented.

Moving right along…

April 12th, 2010

I’m sure you’ve noticed the new Evolvefish.com ad off to the RH side; if not, do it now! <G> Seriously, just about anything you could want to express your support of freethought or progressive thinking is available through them, whether you’re a meek “just want to be mildly amusing but don’t want to offend anyone” type or the hard-charging “I really don’t care if I really tick off the believers” type. Pay them a visit and at the very least you’ll find many amusing things on the site!

See if this works!