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Losing face — bin laden photos, truth and hate   Leave a comment

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It is always fascinating when celebrities and politicians  display their moral bankruptcy and pontificate about the supposed moral equivalency between brutal killers and American military actions or American justice (especially in times of war).  It is amazing when they simultaneously bristle at the idea that they might indeed be showing hatred towards their country and its government. It’s almost as if they do not recognize the nature of their own beliefs. It is as if they do not grasp that appeasement and apologies  to human evil empowers it.  Say it ain’t so.

These moral traitors do not grasp that when we forget or ignore the distinctions between good and evil, we gloss over the nature of both.  When this occurs  we will always end up sacrificing that which is good for the sake of that which is not.

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Posted May 6, 2011 by cchashadenough in Uncategorized

And the reviews are in….   1 comment

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Reviews by a critic with the caliber of Roger Ebert, half of what was the most noteworthy film critic team of the past twenty-five years; venerable critic of the Chicago Sun Times, these reviews are not a small matter. The opinions of critics such as these are not to be taken lightly, nor treated as if they have not occurred.

Roger Ebert and his fellow critics can make or break a film. They are the moderating voice and minds for America’s movie attendees, helping movie pickers sift the chaff from the wheat to determine the best film on which to lay their ten bucks.  They also help movie goers understand, amid the din of post film theater chatter and concession stand sticker shock, just what they saw up on the screen.

Such worshipful views of professional criticism are held only by those who read reviews and expect enlightenment and a release from the responsibility of making informed, rational judgments. Such are positions usually held by those who accept at face value a critic’s coronation (or execution) of a film, and are unwilling to express or experience independent thought.

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With a shrug (originally published at “Just a thought”   Leave a comment

[Originally published at “Just a Thought — Mental Illness Meets Common Sense”]

Today is April 15th.  It is Tax Day, 2011 [tax day actually moved up a few days, but you get the picture]. With it comes the release of Atlas Shrugged The Movie Part One.

I’ve been a fan of the novel Atlas Shrugged and a student of Ayn Rand’s philosophy for nearly twenty years.

Objectivism has allowed me to shrug off  what should have been a completely  debilitating illness.  Without Objectivism it is doubtful I would have maintained full employment, written a book, maintained a home, or be writing this or anything else.  My ability to manage a foot and a half in reality and reason – via Objectivism, mitigates against much of the effects of my schizophrenia. Read the rest of this entry »

Another example of “depends on what your definition of the word “is” is” (orig. published in “the battlefield”)   Leave a comment

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A seasoned, professional,and philosophically astute analyst can, like few others, recognize the goals and the outcomes of political policy.  At the least, barring that, he can ask the correct questions.  In doing so, these thinkers can help us understand the actions of government and its policy makers.  An astute analyst can provide, with his thoughtful and probing questions, the tools we need to grapple with the world we live in.

Those tools were provided this week by no less a gifted intellectual and seasoned analyst than Comedy Central’s comedian cum wannabe journalist Jon Stewart.

I am no fan of Jon Stewart as pundit.  His political “thinking” is of such a nature that one can become equally informed by gleaming wisdom and insight from teen created video blogs and Facebook discussions.  This week, however, Stewart asked by sheer common sense inquisitiveness, and by the grace of the law of averages, the precise  questions that lead to much needed answers. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted April 7, 2011 by cchashadenough in Uncategorized

Midwest meltdown — wisconsin setting the stage   Leave a comment

It is likely that most persons have lost interest in the madness that is the government vs. taxpayer melt down in the  state of Wisconsin. As well they should have, it had become nauseating.

The sheer lunacy of State (or federal) employees contriving a self serving,  phony,  yet epic battle of good vs. evil so as to grab or hold on to handouts, kickbacks, or extorted wealth has become so commonplace throughout the country it had ceased to have much immediate relevance.

This coming from a blog written out of  Albany, NY — a state  capital that is the gilded perfection of the government employee’s entitlement mentality.

When public employees (read that: government workers)  bicker, barter, blackmail, or ball out their own “employer”, the state (or the fed),  an ’employer’ that is ostensibly a collection of  fellow workers since the actual employers are the tax payers it is, however,  always troublesome.

The Wisconsin Meltdown, a nightmare one could not have conceived of pre Tea Party,  is of course a trial balloon with national import.

It was worth the effort then to keep eyes and ears attuned just in case things heated up, if they took on new dimensions and,  most crucially, if any truth actually seeped out between the soundbites and faux outrage.

Such truth has seeped out of the mouths of the self entitled bastards in Wisconsin’s largest  State employees union.

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Posted March 26, 2011 by cchashadenough in Uncategorized

before the storm   Leave a comment

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In the wake of today’s horrendous attack which killed a Federal Judge, a nine year old child, and has left a question mark over the life of a Congresswoman from our home state of Arizona, hopes for and calls for a still quiet on the home front of ideological rhetoric.  For so long now an ominous  trend towards  hostility and (implied) threats has prevailed in our nation’s political and ethical public discussion.

Republicans, Democrats; Liberals, Conservatives; Libertarians, Progressives; Tea Party, America: We are better than this.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 8, 2011 by cchashadenough in Uncategorized

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three on a match   Leave a comment

I respect and admire the professed goals of Conservative or Libertarian leaning sites.  Certainly this is the case with NewsReal, at least as reflected in their mission statement, as it shows a respect for ideas and an understanding of their importance. I only wish that that much understanding and respect was reflected in the actual analysis and reporting. We are all engaged in the battle for man’s mind, and we all are fighting for the recognition of man’s right and his need to use it. When political writers are so concrete bound that they are unable or unwilling to see the implications of evading central points or completely miss the most crucial intellectual issues underneath the material they are looking at, those writers are not helping the cause, they are standing in its way or harming it. One cannot fight a battle if one does not know the stakes, the enemy, or the means to fight it.

It has become a near cultural myth that in the battle trenches of WW1, soldiers found that if three of them took turns lighting a cigarette on the same match (commodities such as matches were conserved due to short supply) , that there was enough time and light for the enemy to hone in on their target. Hence the superstition regarding using the same match for more than two smokers at once. In much the same way, when one reads three articles out of three from the same source, and those articles provide little analysis that is appropriate to the subject matter, yet much in the way of hyperbole and standard talking points, it is a sure bet that it would not be likely that one would derive much benefit by sticking around while the enemy, who ought to be easy to disarm, takes easy shots at the straw men those writers created in attempts at avoiding making philosophical arguments.

In How to Make Sure the Flight of the Intellectuals does not Become the Flight of the Conservatives, Obama Health Care Czar’s Motto? Rationing for Thee, but not for Me. And Has Obama (of all Presidents) Finally Silenced the Rap Industry?,, the writers took such a superficial approach that it allows a less than fully engaged reader to miss or to ignore the fundamental issues each article ought to address.

As an illustration of my point, in Ron Radosh’s five paragraph letter of July 17, 2010, ostensibly written to discuss the threat of Islamafascism, he spends four of them worrying about a concrete; the wishiwashiness of other Conservatives when it comes to prosecuting the war and the threat such fence sitting creates for Republicans in future elections. Seriously? Where is the discussion of the nature of religious thinking, and the mystic and statist view of reality and man, which by definition must be held by those who approach to politics via religious fundamentalism? What about the refusal of our government to assert its right to self defense? Why not face head on the specific views within Islam that lead to direct attacks on freedom and, ultimately, enslavement? Electoral concerns are treated as the most crucial thing in a letter that begins by showing sincere concern about “the very real threat posed by radical Islam” as well as worries about conservatives who “either ignore or deny that such a threat exists, or believe that it is not a dire one, and that we can pursue a modern policy that comes close to appeasement”.

If Conservatives continue in this vein and evade the crucial issues, not only are we guilty of appeasement, but we will be surrendering any claim we would have as defenders of Americanism and America. All this in a piece which announces that it will offer a way to avoid “the flight of the Conservatives” following the flight of the intellectuals. If this be the nature of today’s Conservatives, it is appropriate that intellectuals fled already.

Greg Victor’s post on July 17, 2010 ought to have charged headlong into the most pertinent criticisms possible about the nature of rap and it’s effect on those who are it’s intended targets. It could have looked at the nature of the artists who create such trash; how they show disdain for the interests of their minotity fans by presenting such horrendous attitudes in regards to women, education, responsibility, and family and the role these things play in black success. It could have decried the de-volution of the music; an art which once celebrated black individualism and creativity and placed upon an alter the notion of success in the face of adversity. Instead of focusing directly on the major complaints which black men and women themselves have about rap; that it is the modern equivalent of a minstrel show and that it reinforces the worst racial assumptions of its target and largest audience – 15-25 year old suburban white males, Victor assumes it will be far more effective in the quest to promote conservative values to take pot shots at the intellectual vigor (or lack of it)of two bit artists and their non-abandonment of a black president.

If this is the state of cultural analysis in America, it is no surprise that our culture has gotten to such a state.

Finally, in David Catron’s work on the appointment of President Obama’s “health care” czar, who is an advocate for rationing, there is no mention of the rights of the doctor to practice medicine with his mind free from coercion, no mention of the danger presented to patients by doctors willing to work under such a system, and not a hint of criticism of the prior crown jewels of socialized medicine, Medicare and Medicaid, which most Republicans and Democrats support. Despite their failure to perform, their outrageous costs, and the implied premise smuggled into the programs – that we as individuals owe another human being health care simply because they don’t have any, Conservatives remain fans of Johnson and Roosevelt’s little children. Medicare and Medicaid (as well as Social Security) are still that pesky third rail, even for the alleged defenders of Capitalism and individualism. In a third showing in three articles, the ability or willingness of the writers to “say something original that isn’t just conservative boilerplate”; consists of avoiding the mere mention of the methods by which Conservatives could fight socialized medicine, if they genuinely desired to, and the writer focuses instead on a range of the moment weak jab against rationing and a backhanded slap at Barack Obama. If we Libertarians and Conservatives fight against Obamapelosi care in this manner, we deserve to have our healthcare rationed.

That would be three on that one match of fellow conservatives and libertarians. As an atheist, I hold no superstitions, but as committed to reason as I am, I understand that this will most likely earn the ire of potential allies, but with friends of liberty such as these, or at least with the non-message message these friends bring to the table, who needs liberals?

As a closing point, in emphasis of the three articles above, I offer three quotes by America’s philosopher.

Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.

© 2010 by carl cervini

Posted July 19, 2010 by cchashadenough in Uncategorized