Category Archives: Philosophy

Chris Christie governs as a Catholic

People who know me know that I’m a big Chris Christie fan.  If only he were the Governor of Illinois instead of Pat Quinn, he’d be fixing this state instead of New Jersey.  Got a twin brother we can have, Chris?

Here’s an interesting story at Catholic Online showing how Christie is governing as a Catholic.  Particularly insightful is their discussion of the “principle of subsidiarity” and how Christie’s policies fit that Catholic tenet.

I’d like to add that I was particularly thrilled to hear that Christie cut the state funding of Planned Parenthood in New Jersey.  Catholics and other pro-life individuals should not have to pay for abortions that go so deeply against their beliefs.

Conservative Paul Ryan leading the charge

H/T Weekly Standard:

Wisconsin U.S. Representative Paul Ryan is another outstanding conservative that I wish I could vote for.  Too bad he’s not in Illinois, where we’re stuck with sad RINO’s.

Ryan isn’t just talking, he’s leading.  He’s leading by coming up with real solutions to the economic problems in this country.  Read more about Ryan’s Roadmap for America’s Future, or view the entire Roadmap in PDF.

Why can’t we have more people like him?

The Broken Window Fallacy and Pelosi’s confusion

It’s a little bit of economics mixed with logic and philosophy.  Read about it here.

It helps to understand why Nancy Pelosi is SO WRONG when she claims that unemployment is a job creator.

Pelosi is completely loony on this one.  Yes, when Jimmy gets his unemployment check from the government, he’ll spend it on groceries and gas for his truck.  But, instead of Jimmy getting that money for performing a job, which produces a good or service, Jimmy is getting money that’s been taken away from Tommy, who still has a job, in taxes.  Now Tommy has less money to spend.  Not only that, but several layers of bureaucracy between Tommy and Jimmy each took their share of the money along the way.

In the long run, there was no change to the economy.  There was just a government-ordered redistribution of wealth through a socialist program.

Remember November – vote for someone with a brain.

A Question of Perception

I’ve always wondered something, and some people who read this will remember me talking about it before.  It turns out philosophy has assigned a name to my particular question: Qualia.  I happened across it in a Wikipedia list of unsolved problems in philosophy.  Here’s the excerpt:

The question hinges on whether color is a product of the mind or an inherent property of objects. While most philosophers will agree that color assignment corresponds to light frequency, it is not at all clear whether the particular psychological phenomena of color are imposed on these visual signals by the mind, or whether such qualia are somehow naturally associated with their noumena. Another way to look at this question is to assume two people (“Fred” and “George” for the sake of convenience) see colors differently. That is, when Fred sees the sky, his mind interprets this light signal as blue. He calls the sky “blue.” However, when George sees the sky, his mind assigns green to that light frequency. If Fred were able to step into George’s mind, he would be amazed that George saw green skies. However, George has learned to associate the word “blue” with what his mind sees as green, and so he calls the sky “blue”, because for him the color green has the name “blue.” The question is whether blue must be blue for all people, or whether the perception of that particular color is assigned by the mind.

I’m not sure if I should be happy that I wonder the same things that other philosophers do, or if I should be upset that I don’t have the answer to the question.

Stupid human tricks

I wrote a short piece a few days ago about my experience at a local restaurant drive-through and the nose-piercing that greeted me there.  Well, I didn’t get moving fast enough this morning to make breakfast at home, so I found myself in the same drive-through again.  Luckily, this time the line was short and so was the wait.

No piercings at the window!  But wait….  instead of piercings, this girl had tattoos.  Now, I’m not against tattoos on principle.  I think a tasteful tattoo in a discreet is okay.  A small flower, heart or butterfly on a girl’s ankle or shoulder can be kinda cute.  However, this girl was sporting a ring of letters around her left wrist, in a band about an inch wide.  I’m not sure what it said, and I really didn’t care.  She also had something on her right inside forearm.  I’m assuming if she had two out in the open she probably had others.

The first thought that popped into my head was, “Good luck working for minimum wage the rest of your life.”  She could smart and a hard worker, but if she goes into an interview with a tattooed wristband of words, she’s going to get put at the bottom of the pile.  Is that fair?  Maybe not, but the reality is that people for the most part do not react well to things like piercings and tattoos.  Employees are the face of of a business, and no business owner is going to hire someone to represent their company if they think that will tarnish their image.

A few days ago I was in Walmart and saw a young woman with a bunch of blue stars, around 6 or 7 about 1/2 inch tall each, tattooed to her temple just behind her left eye.  I’m sure she’s destined for greatness.

A little political humor…

Here’s a chain e-mail that made me chuckle on this cold grey winter day…

DIVORCE AGREEMENT 2009

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists, Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950’s, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce.  I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course.  Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let’s just end it on friendly terms.  We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:

Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion.  That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement.  After that, it should be relatively easy!  Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU, and abortion clinics.  Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell.

We’ll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal aliens.  We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms and rednecks.  We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood.

You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.  You can have the peaceniks, and war protesters.  When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.

We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.  You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley McClain.  You can also have the U.N., but we will no longer be paying the bill.

We’ll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars.  You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors.  We’ll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.  We’ll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya or We Are the World.

We’ll practice trickledown economics and you can give trickle up poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our flag.

Would you agree to this?  If so, please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete.  In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you ANWAR which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

Sincerely,

John J. Wall

Law Student and an American

P.S. Also, please take Barbara Streisand, Jane Fonda and Nancy Pelosi with you.

Ug. Holidays are just about over.

We should always find something to give thanks for.  This year I’d like to give thanks that our holidays are fairly well-compressed into a short time period, rather than some previous years where it seems like things are just never quite over.  This year our first present opened was Christmas morning and our last family gathering will be Jan 2.  Thank you, Lord. 

But seriously, I think this time of year is a time to reflect upon what is past and to look towards the future.  We had a couple health scares this year with a few of the kids that, luckily turned out well.  However, they were basically a cold slap-in-the-face reminder that I’ve not thanked the Lord nearly enough for how well we’ve had it.  For the most part, we’ve all been healthy and happy and had plenty of “stuff” to keep us occupied.  Not everyone in this world has had it so easy this year or in years past, and I’m going to try and remember that each and every day of this new year.

Give, but be smart about it

This is a perfect example of why I don’t give money to big charities.  In this case, well-meaning Catholics have had their donations diverted to causes that are in direct opposition to their Christian beliefs.  They blindly write checks and put money in collection envelopes every Sunday, having faith that the money is being sent to where it can really help.  Little did they know some of it was being siphoned off to fund the nightmare called ACORN.  Even worse, if that’s possible, is that it was being done by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

I give locally, to small, specific causes.  My dad’s local VFW group hosts free-will soup dinners and uses their proceeds to offer small scholarships to local students.  Various pancake and sausage breakfasts support local clubs like the Lions, who do similar good deeds within the community.  Fund-raisers for sports clubs and school marching bands help them pay for uniforms and instruments.  Food you donate to food pantries stays in the area, as does clothing donated to the Salvation Army.  Even if you don’t have money to give, maybe you’ve got some free time to visit and read to the elderly.  Big Brother/Sister is always looking for people to give their time.  All of these are ways you can give your time or money and not only KNOW where it’s being spent, but also hopefully get to see the positive effect you’ve had.

Another liberal trying to talk about something they don’t understand

I don’t know Joe Conason – never heard of him before.  Neither had I heard of Truthdig until today.  So, I didn’t know what to expect when I read this article.  I wasn’t surprised to find that it’s a slanted diatribe against the Tea Party movement and Conservative Republicans.  Light on facts, heavy on misrepresentation – typical liberal fare.

I’ve been a Gingrich fan for years.  He’s always seemed like being Conservative was more important than being Republican.  With the GOP drifting farther left all the time, having someone at the forefront who still held true to the “Right Wing” was reassuring.

However, recently Gingrich has shown himself to be more concerned with whether the GOP regains control than what the people want.  He’s been rubbing elbows with the likes of Al Sharpton, and he’s endorsed people like Dede Scozzafava, who, although being labeled a moderate, never met a liberal policy she didn’t like.  When she saw the writing on the wall and dropped out of the race, she endorsed a Democrat – not Hoffman, who the conservatives in her district wanted.

Joe, let me summarize to you what I feel is happening in conservative America, and why I’ve gotten involved.

  • We’re sick of watching our country move towards the left.
  • We’re sick of working harder every year only to have the government take more of our money.
  • We’re sick of what USED to be our party – the GOP – forcing their hand-picked “moderate” candidates down our throats, only to have them betray us later by voting for liberal causes.

Scozzafava was no Conservative, so the people of NY23 told the GOP what they could do with their candidate and they went out and found their own.  Yes, they lost, but at least they went down swinging instead of voting for a liberal in Scozzafava or just staying home.

As for the rest of your article, Joe…  For starters, you seem to be fixated on Beck.  I doubt you know him personally, so I can only assume you’re just a little jealous of his success.  You criticize his “rants”, you ridicule the 9/12 movement and the John Birch Society – why?  You attack Sarah Palin’s intelligence just like any good liberal journalist looking for anything other than the truth.

The Tea Party movement does not think Obama was born in Kenya.  Those people are referred to as “Birthers”.  You might want to check into the difference if you’re going to write about either group.

You seem to claim that Beck and Palin and others like them are losing their appeal.  In all reality, they are more popular than ever, because their  message resonates with the public.

And lastly, we don’t HATE Republicans.  Hate is a strong word, to be saved for special occasions.  No, we don’t hate Republicans – we DISTRUST Liberals in GOP clothing.  We refuse to support so-called “moderate” Republicans like Scozzafava any longer – they don’t have our interests at heart.