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Congratulations, Dr. Ann

annd220909 There are countless congratulatory messages for President-elect Obama this morning, all well-deserved. The most remarkably gifted presidential candidate of our time managed somehow to negotiate an unimaginably grueling campaign, and we, despite ourselves, managed to elect him. Shout-outs all around.



But I wanted to take a moment to recognize one of the people who by his own account helped make him what he is -- his nonreligious mother, Ann Dunham.



It… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on November 5, 2008 at 10:10am — 1 Comment

Voting Intimidation By Black Panthers In Philadelphia

I firmly believe that the Black panther ,although these men were dressed up in the Black Panther's attire, did not sent this two over zealous individual to stand outside the poling station. On the other hand, one of the individual was a legal pol watcher. The fact remains, a night stick is a weapon, and standing in front of a poling station armed with a night stick is a extremely intimidating site for anyone. However, I firmly believe that the Black Panther's party had nothing to do with this… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 5, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

My Happiness Post from MySpace

I copied my rant bulletin that I made for MySpace last night.

I want to blog it here since I might be leaving MySpace completely just to make my life less complicated. I titled this "Happiness". It's a bit raw. :





338 to 163 and still a few more to go.





I'm very happy that our needs were heard.



I knew that we would win, but I did not expect that such a high percentage of the nation would understand the change that we need.



The great… Continue

Added by Daley on November 5, 2008 at 8:39am — No Comments

Cry for Education

Having been reading, watching, thinking, living evolution quite a bit over the last bit. I'm awestruck at how so many people who don't even understand the concept of evolution dismiss it as nonsense. To do so would hold a strong likeness to me claiming that some surgical procedures promise for success is utterly zero. While I may have some anatomical knowledge, it is… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

Social Reconstruction: Parts 1 & 2

These are two pieces based on related thoughts written at different times quite some time ago... probably between 1.5 and 3 years ago. So it seems that the time is near... it feels good to finally be a proud American again.



Part 1



We need social reconstruction. I won’t even talk of reform, for it seems to imply that the current state of being is salvageable. While not all is bad in the current state, it will be easier to destroy what we have and build… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 2:37am — No Comments

Today we vote...our founders' middle finger to religion.

As we all go stand in lines before work, grumbling but happy, sipping our coffee as we anticipate watching the returns tonight, I cannot help but think just how revolutionary this notion of government for the people, of the people and by the people is. Specifically, I cannot think of a better way to thwart religion's...specifically christianity's...desire for control.



Our founders get credited with a lot that they were not. They were not all god fearing men. They did not found our… Continue

Added by Larry Huffman on November 4, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My Computer and other techno-babel .

I built my own tower. PC Upgrade magazine got me the guts to try it.

It is a Antec tower with an AMD 2800 Athalon XP processor and a Creative Audigy sound card with an ASUS A7V8X-X MOBO. I used to have a fancy Gyration wireless key board and mouse combination till a visiting friend spilled coffee into it. Now I use an old Digital KB 5923 keyboard and a Logitec Marble Mouse usb Trac Ball. I use FIX-IT Utilities to keep Windows XP Pro from loosing it's pop!



I also have an imac for… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 4, 2008 at 12:49am — No Comments

Where Objectivism begins:

Objectivism sees things commencing at the point of existence and it proceeds from here through the perceptual level of the senses through the conceptual levels of the rational mind with the mind as a reality integrating instrument. Contrast this with primacy of consciousness theorists- (what they whim is all.) When one starts with whim, all that can follow is further whim.

Added by Clarence Dember on November 3, 2008 at 10:23pm — 3 Comments

A Metaphysical defense against the baseless concept.

In Objectivism the only invalid concepts are the ones that falsely claim to supersede what the sensory data tells the rational mind about what exists. In Objectivism existence exists. It does not need any one's "proofs" or some non-rational revelations about it's nature or an inaccurate characterization of what it is. In Objectivism existence has it's own nature independent of you or me and whether we think it's a camel or a straw man camel. Also, what exists among the living does not need your… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 3, 2008 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Dr Alan Greenspan & Co.

In his book "THE AGE OF TURBULENCE" Dr. Alan Greenspan admits his view of politics requires force to implement while trying to work calumny on Ayn Rand's Laissez Faire Politics by calling it Libertarian. This is based on his altruistic notion that tax resistors should be forced to pay. The fact of a non-apportioned income tax corporately superimposed over a Constitutional process of apportionment right down to apportioned income tax never reaches mention or even cognition with Dr. Alan… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 3, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Metaphysically the devil and God are non-existent metaphors in Objectivism.

Although the ability to articulate a choice leaves us free to believe what we choose here owing much to a mastery of analogue models and metaphors as well as to our 1st amendment rights - to believe the devil and or God exist- you'd have to believe Not A is A,-that is (not alive is living), reason then would not be man's only route to knowledge, rational self interest would then be replaced by altruism and the politics of force to extract values would be your choice, not Laissez- Faire. There… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 3, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Reality as agreement is incomplete.

If one were to substitute the word agreement for the word reality there would still be the question "is what has been agreed upon reducible to a thing that exists or is the agreement made up of floating arbitrary entities?" Is "agreement" had at the point of a gun or in fair trade??!

Added by Clarence Dember on November 3, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Ayn Rand on philosophy

Quote by Ayn Rand from the Ayn Rand Lexicon

"In philosophy, the fundamentals are metaphysics and epistemology. On the basis of a knowable universe and of a rational faculty's competency to grasp it, you can define man's proper ethics, politics and esthetics. (And if you make an error, you retain the the means and the framework necessary to correct it.)" ["Philosophical detection"- from "Philosophy;Who needs it?",14; pb12]

Added by Clarence Dember on November 3, 2008 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Art; what does it mean?

Well, in the first place- the most emphasis in Objectivism is not on aesthetics. So people who have the cognition they want to be involved with art (differentiated from whim and non value) are interested in what Ayn Rand thinks about art as a value to man's life- from metaphysics on out. I was glad to find what I did, for myself. If others can't run with that- oh well....!



Ayn Rand on the artist:

"An artist does not fake reality, he (she) stylizes it. He (she) selects those… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 3, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Rev limiter.

The purveyors of those ever shifting sands of flawed metaphysics (devotees of the religious and philosophical doctrines stemming from whim and revelation) bypass every value based sensory and rational road of acquisition thus uprooting their metaphysics, knowledge and coping methodologies away from value to man's life. But, you know this...

Added by Clarence Dember on November 3, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Obama the Anti-Christ

I have gotten a few bulletins on MySpace of something that's floating around.

It's more smoke bombs thrown up since we are at the end of the election.

I tried to clean up the spacing, but I wanted to maintain it's "integrity."



OBAMA

Body: Might want to dust off the old BIBLE first!!



This will make you re-think: A Trivia question in Sunday School:

How long is "the beast" allowed to have authority in Revelations?



Revelations Chapter 13 tells us… Continue

Added by Daley on November 3, 2008 at 5:40pm — 5 Comments

We don't need no stinkin' letters!

Google hasn't been any help in finding the source of the quote I picked up years ago, “You never know what you believe till you encounter someone that believes the opposite.” At least, that is how I remember it. Since I can not find the source, I can not get it correct. Yet, it is in the same spirit of what I want to talk about today. Not thinking is so very easy. When you buy a book, or read an article in which you agree with the author, it is relaxing to not weave through logical fallacies,… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on November 3, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Are you kidding me?!

Yes, I live in south Georgia.

Yes, there are plenty of uneducated church folk around here.

Yes, this is completely ridiculous...but it's like a car crash....you… Continue

Added by Daley on November 3, 2008 at 6:32am — 3 Comments

[A]gnostic [a]theists

Agnosticism is often used as a middle ground of sorts between theism and atheism. I think this is a misuse of the word -- regardless of Huxley's intentions when he coined it.



Agnostic comes from the Greek "gnosis", meaning "knowledge". Why this is ever applied to belief, I do not know.



Atheist comes from the Greek "theos", meaning "god". Literally, "atheos" means "godless".



In both situations, the a- prefix, of course means "without".… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 3, 2008 at 2:09am — 3 Comments

Spreading the Wealth

I was on my way back from Home Depot today, and I saw a guy holding a sign that said "Homeless." I'll freely admit that I hardly ever (if never) give money to these people. Sure, it's sad that some of them are very broken down in the realm of hope and motivation. But at the same time, I'm always skeptical over whether or not they are even homeless or just lazy fucks who make their living off a scam.



In any event, the thought of how giving them money is a form of "spreading the… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 3, 2008 at 1:53am — No Comments

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