Archive for January, 2011

Dear Mr. President…

Posted: January 29, 2011 by thesundowner in Uncategorized

It really bites me that I have to use the term “President” in conjunction with your name, so therefore, you know who you are, and will remain nameless.

Ob, by the way, everybody else knows your name, too.

You’ve, no doubt, been keeping an eye on what is happening in Egypt. It really shouldn’t surprise you that you had some cause and effect on what is happening there; what with all your galavanting all over the world as the Apologizer in Chief.

Indeed, the events in Egypt certainly seem momentous. I’m never one short on amazement at how populations can “simmer” for years with discontent, and then all of a sudden boil over in a fit of smashed glass, overturned vehicles, and fires in the streets and burning buildings. If you don’t pull your head out of your ass soon, you’ll see the same shit taking place here.

It is all to often, and all too true that when people and police start running at each other, “shit happens.” If you consider all events leading up to this debacle of your foreign policy — and that of your Secretary of Despair, the Hildebeast — people, in general, are fairly patient creatures. They will endure years of low employment, weakened living conditions, and limited hope precisely because most citizens in most places realize that uprisings can be messy. Property gets destroyed, people get hurt, pets get lost, and it’s hard to figure out where things will stand when the smoke clears.

Again, if you don’t pull your head out of your Marxist ass, you’re going to have the same shit on your hands that your pal Hosni has on his.

Still, when people are frustrated long enough, and feel too marginalized, they start imagining (or perhaps realizing) that they have no other choice. What makes us in the U.S. unique, is that it was the same mindset of our Founding Fathers. Go back and read your Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

It’s impossible to predict when some place is going to erupt into rioting and calls for a coup start blaring like a clarion. It’s hard to pinpoint a date, but often in retrospect it’s easy to see how tensions rose, were ignored; rose higher, were pushed aside; rose still more…and finally exploded.

Sounds like a lot of what we’ve been tolerating over the last 6 or 8 years, because We The People feel the same way the Egyptians do.

The secret to clearing up your scatalogical myopia is to see things not only through the eyes of the rulers, but also through the eyes of the ruled. The second is harder, because the ruled don’t sit in high level diplomatic meetings like you do, or brief visiting dignitaries. The ruled also don’t go wagging their fingers in the faces of foreign (and sovereign) rulers and dignitaries like you do your own people.

Trust me: people just won’t tolerate that shit for very long.

But understanding the views of the citizenry isn’t enough: taking them seriously and following THEIR wishes is how uprisings are avoided. Remember: YOU work for US, not the other way around.

Ignore your people and keep your head up your ass like the proverbial ostrich with his head in the sand, and that’s when shit happens. Revolutions are sparked, and somebody kicks the leaders in the ass and rulers further increase their brain damage.

Good luck with digging yourself out of this foreign policy debacle: you’ve made Jimmy Carter look intelligent.

Conviction, Correction and Conversion in the Light of Opinion

While opinion may not be of the popular majority, opinion is still — nonetheless — an infallible ruse.

There’s a widely known saying attributed to certain luminaries such as Benjamin Franklin, Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Butler, and Hudribras:

“A man convinced against his will; is of the same opinion still.”

This same notion can also be found among the teachings of Freemasonry. [1]

Brendan Nyhan, a health policy researcher at the University of Michigan and Jason Reifler, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, have published a paper documenting that, when people are presneted with verifiable facts and history that contradict their firmly held beliefs (hence, opinions), the facts often fail to convince them otherwise. (“When Corrections Fail,” Political Behavior 32(2), pp.303-330). This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though as research has found that when people are given facts that refute erroneous opinions, many people actually become further entrenched in their incorrect views.

This is not only found in the political arena, but also in the various dialogues of ideas, economics, religion, and (the ultimate taboo) sex… which, I guess, could be wrapped in with morality — or the lack of it.

Most people really don’t seek out information to challenge their beliefs: more often than not, they look for “evidence” to support their own views. As Nyhan explains,

“Studies have shown that people tend to seek out information that is consistent with their views; think of Liberal MSNBC and conservative devotees of Fox News. [2.] Liberals and conservatives also tend to process information that they receive with a bias toward pre-existing opinions, accepting claims that are consistent with their point of view and rejecting those that are not. As a result, information that contradicts their prior attitudes or beliefs is often disregarded, especially if those beliefs are strongly held” (Myths About Health Care Reform Remain, New York Times, March 25, 2010).

However, not only do people tend to disregard information that conflicts with their previously held notions, they often become more convinced of a falsehood after hearing the truth.

Why is this so?

Because most people — on both sides of the aisle — have come to believe a lot of what they hold to be “dear and true” based on a false premise to begin with.

As Nyhan explained in a NPR radio interview,

“People were so successful at bringing to mind reasons that the correction was wrong that they actually ended up being more convinced in the misperception than the people who didn’t receive the correction. So the correction, in other words, was making things worse” (On the Media, July 3, 2009).

Nyhan reached his conclusion(s) using tools of modern social science. In doing so, he confirmed what students of Scripture have understood for over a thousand years. Jesus Christ saw this same phenomenon firsthand when He corrected the Pharisees and Saducees on many occasions: and let’s not forget the “scribes and lawyers” here, either.

“Which of you convicts me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?” (John 8:46).

Absolutely no source of facts could be more credible than the Logos — the Word — made flesh. And no source of facts were going to change their minds. The Pharisees would not accept the truth from Jesus Christ. Not only did their carnal nature keep them from knowing the truth and in a state of self-deception, but their own assumptions about Jesus prevented them from seeing Him objectively.

As the prophet Jeremiah warned,

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

In the ultimate analysis, as both modern science and ancient Scripture confirm — and corroborated by history, tradition and the writings of the Early Church Fathers — most people will believe what they jolly well please.

Even when people hear God’s Truth, they receive it according to their own inclinations and pre-disposed notions, as Christ elaborated in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-9). The Apostle Paul goes even further to explain that spiritual truths are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14) — so, we can understand that unless God opens the minds and spiritual insight of the hearers, they will be blinded by Satan, whom Scripture calls “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

So, what does all this mean?

If we challenge ourselves and open up our minds and set our preconceived notions (and opinions) aside and look “outside the box” at — perhaps, a third opinion — we might find that both sides of the debate are founded on a false premise and we will both come to correct some old misunderstandings.

This is no small matter, especially in light of recent events in our global interaction.

There’s an old arab proverb that states if you let the camel get his nose through the door of your tent, it will not be long before he is in the tent with you. And once a society allows anything contrary to its customs and heritage to creep in — it will eventually gain a toe-hold and overwhelm said society.

Editor’s Notes:

[1.] The Principles of Masonic Law: A Treatise on the Constitutional Laws, Usages And Landmarks of Freemasonry, By Albert G. Mackey, M.D.

[2.] And Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, etc.,

Doctors vs Gun Owners

Posted: January 15, 2011 by thesundowner in Uncategorized

Doctors vs. Gun Owners

Here’s a new threat you need to be aware of…

Doctors

(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is approximately 700,000.

(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.

(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171%.

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.

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Now think about this:

Guns

(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000 (Yes, that’s 80 million)

(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.

(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .0000188%

Statistics courtesy of FBI

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So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

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Remember, “Guns don’t kill people, doctors do.”

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FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT…

Almost everyone has at least one doctor. This means you are over 9,000 times more likely to be killed by a doctor than by a gun owner!

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Does this mean We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand?

No.

Does this mean we need our legislators to enact new laws on “Doctor Control?”

Again, no.

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Out of concern for the public at large — however — We withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention…

The Daily Briefing

Posted: January 11, 2011 by thesundowner in Uncategorized

RedState Morning Briefing

For January 11, 2011

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1. The Left Puts a Bullseye on the Right

2. Did Dupnik dismiss Loughner threat?

3. MoveOn.orgs Spin

4. Rahm Emanuel Secretly Tells Union Bosses He Plans to Cut Chicago Workers Pensions

5. What Time Is It? Its Time To Cheat

1. The Left Puts a Bullseye on the Right

If this weekend has taught us anything politically, its that the left is not interested in facts. Once a template has been established, no amount of evidence is going to usurp their idea of how and why certain events have transpired.

After the Discovery Channel hostage situation, Media Matters grabbed the mantle of leadership and advised against jumping to conclusions.

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2. Did Dupnik dismiss Loughner threat?

I have a rule of thumb: if I write a post on a topic, and I get either hate mail or hate posts about it, then Im onto something. Well, yesterday I wrote a post on Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupniks rather strange tactical decision to imply that the Chinese were behind Jared Loughners attempted assassination of Giffords*, and I got both. Apparently, the Left was not too happy at my suggestion that Sheriff Dupniks re-election chances have taken a fatal hit; which was perhaps a bit surprising, because Ive had Arizona political mavens tell me that Dupniks typically seen as being fairly safe.

Well, about that. Reportedly, Loughner had a history of making public death threats that been ignored by the Pima County Sheriffs Department.

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3. MoveOn.orgs Spin

MoveOn.org has sent out a blast email blaming hate on the shooting in Arizona.

Back during 2003, MoveOn.org ran ads equating George W. Bush to Hitler.

During the health care town hall debates, a MoveOn.org supporter bit the finger off a conservative activist.

MoveOn.org called the violence regrettable.

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4. Rahm Emanuel Secretly Tells Union Bosses He Plans to Cut Chicago Workers Pensions

With a huge lead in the polls (his nearest competitor trails by 16 points), Rahm Emanuel is apparently confident enough about winning election as Chicagos next mayor that he privately met in December with union bosses to tell them he plans to cut the pensions of all Chicago city workers.

Moreover, it appears union bosses either didnt want their members to find out about Rahms plans, or they dont want their members to find out cuts are likely to happen anyway, regardless of who wins.

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5. What Time Is It? Its Time To Cheat

Senate Democrats in the 111th Congress got a lot of mileage from procedural cheating (fiscal and legislative) – and from extorting concessions from Republicans by threatening to cheat.

For instance, the accounting tricks used to pass ObamaCare would have, if employed by a private business, put the companys CEO in prison for the rest of his life.

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6. Will the Union-Controlled NLRB Kick the Girl Scouts Out On the Streets?

If youre a parent who is accustomed to helping your local Girl Scouts sell their cookies in front of your local grocery store, dont be surprised if, very soon, you learn that youre not welcome anymore. Unfortunately, the Girl Scouts, as well as other charitable organizations, may soon become the victims of a power play by the union-controlled National Labor Relations Board and union bosses who want to further muscle their way onto employers private property.

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