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sbwaters
45 years publishing news at the family-owned Rome (NY) Sentinel
Interests: My books: "Individuals, Journalism, and Society" and "Take Back Your News".
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Henry: So many holes in the dike and the little dutch boy only has ten fingers. But it is the middle finger that counts.
Toggle Commented 5 hours ago on Save The Filibuster! at JustOneMinute
Draft—Thoughts on federal crusading: Our nation is a federation of states, designed by the founders with checks and balances so that it is obliged to move slowly and cautiously into the future. Why? Because too often there is a cost to crusading. Present-day politicians are charging ahead with several crusades at once. In one crusade, a new Harvard Business Review study concludes that solar panels will create 50 times more waste and cost four times more than predicted. Another study challenges claims that wind and solar generated electricity is now as cheap or cheaper than electricity from natural gas or coal. The original studies omit from their calculations the single biggest cost—that of providing sufficient back-up or storage to run an electric grid as generation by wind and sun fluctuates wildly. In another, politicians are threatening to push headlong into a popular democracy by removing the very nature of our republic with separation of powers at the federal level. They want to centralize rules for voting that have traditionally and by Constitution been relegated to state legislatures. Their excuse for doing that is ostensibly to insure the integrity of the ballot. Funny, they would do that before final examination of peculiar results from state audits of select precincts from the last election. Funny, they would include changes that would codify some of the weak practices that jeopardized the integrity of the last election. Funny, they would consider removing the Senate filibuster to do it. Funny, if those pushing rapid approval are so concerned about voting integrity, why do their proposed rules remove procedures to assure those who vote are eligible? Funny? No. not funny. Undermining the positive value of federalism in favor of what history has taught us about the risks of popular democracy is not funny. Their arguments, too often unchallenged by the national media, mask attempts to solidify increasing centralized government control. If it is not about control, but about integrity of the election process, then one-sided crusade to push election legislation can wait until there is wider agreement about what should be done and why. —S.B.Waters
Toggle Commented 7 hours ago on Happy Father's Day All! at JustOneMinute
Harry feels so strongly that laughter (at the Left) is the best medicine, and that the Right has ceded way too much to the crummy side. Mock them. Laugh at them. They can't take it. Harry’s right. Tonto, if you want to email me your snail mail addy, I’ll send my very-short epilogue to Harry that makes the same point. If you want to, the JOM moniker attached to rnymedia dot com should work. You are not obliged.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Happy Father's Day All! at JustOneMinute
Um, the Woke Left aren’t necessarily young or restless, but they certainly don’t believe in America or its ideals and institutions.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Happy Father's Day All! at JustOneMinute
New thread.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Narrative Uber Alles at JustOneMinute
Tipping my hat in memory of ManTran.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Happy Father's Day All! at JustOneMinute
Oh, my! Unexpectedly tragic news. Thank you Buckeye.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Narrative Uber Alles at JustOneMinute
Clarice, reading the article on Murray I see he has assumes a base concept that race matters statistically, socially, and culturally. Neither the article nor Murray’s comments consider that people need to be treated according to their individual capabilities. Now there is a radical concept.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Narrative Uber Alles at JustOneMinute
Cleaning out my old office as we move into our new building. Ran across a hand-written note from years ago. Two distinctly separate thoughts. Inside my head must be a mighty peculiar place: 1) War is a nasty place to be. What you believe matters so be careful what you believe. 2) Vladimir and Estragon meet Maggie and Brick — by Big Daddy
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Narrative Uber Alles at JustOneMinute
Theirs is a decentralized slow motion multi-front political movement of stale and unworkable ideas designed to destabilize the one nation in modern history that has been successful because it prizes individuals over their government and a competitive economy based on free-market capitalism. They can’t admit that individuals are humble enough on their own to respect and value society with others as that would remove the rationalization they need to cover their lust for control. They won’t win because, as always, centralized control values power, not creativity, ideas, or innovation. It will fail, but not before causing devastating economic and social damage to all, including the downtrodden they claim to serve but use instead. They weaponize government agencies, destabilize commerce, gut urban areas, warp schools, co-opt commercial enterprise, manipulate media—running roughshod over all our institutions. Ample evidence shows their double standards, toleration of civil unrest, suppression of criticism, blatant propaganda, manipulation of words and labels—all to foment jealousy and anger as they subvert language, reason, and discussion. It will fail because mothers protect their children, because decent people in their hearts reject double standards of justice, because so many recognize what their parents and grandparents lived and died for, and because real courage springs from simply discovering what matters and why. Selfish political movements like theirs push people to individually re-validate accessible, useful concepts like a sense of respect for others who respect us, and a sense of our place in the dynamic flow of time. They expose the sheer nakedness of pseudo-scientific, centralizing social movements. In sunshine and laughter these movements shrivel to dust and blow away, leaving us to wonder how they gained traction in the first place.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Narrative Uber Alles at JustOneMinute
Glad to have you and your pithy, focused essay back, Clarice!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Narrative Uber Alles at JustOneMinute
Murray is too obtuse to see that what he decries is what required Trump in the first place.
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Draft: Headline: Thoughts on motte and bailey tactics Many on the radical left claim to encourage discussions but undermine them with rhetorical games that schools seldom teach students to defend against. In Middle Age universities students would be taught to recognize the "motte and bailey fallacy"—a bait and switch equivocation popular with those in today’s sound-bite media pushing hot-button topics. Across Northern Europe in the 10th century a popular castle plan consisted of an easily defensible stone keep called a "motte" surrounded by a much larger courtyard or bailey. In rhetoric, the "motte" is an easily defended and often common sense statement and a "bailey", a much harder to defend controversial statement. The arguer conflates the two, but when challenged insists that only the easier to defend was claimed. To use "motte and bailey" arguments ignores the weakness of their own positions, is malicious, or disrespects your ability to identify the fallacy—or a combination of the three. Arguers also invoke the companion "strawman fallacy" where they exaggerate or incorrectly paraphrase what was stated. Aristotle considered that inappropriate and it, too, exposes ignorance, malice, or disrespect. While other states moved to ban Critical Race Theory, but we urged exposing it for much more than what the New York Times calls “classroom discussion of race, racism.” When chief advocate Ibram Kendi has a kiddy book on the market. Such books for schools and pre-schoolers push postmodern word revision that flows from CRT as indoctrination, not education. In his article “How to Be an Antiracist” Kendi practices: 1) illogic, 2) redefinition of words through hermeneutic sleight of hand, and 3) manipulating the scope of action. He writes “If discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist.” First he claims that discrimination isn’t discrimination. Then, he substitutes “equity” for “equality” as if the identical outcomes are necessary rather than comparable opportunities to achieve. No reason to read further, but let’s press on. Kendi implies an “overrepresented racial group” is inappropriate. That suggests that arbitrary classification of humanity is scientifically, culturally, or politically significant. After that, he presumes that based on different outcomes, bias had to have happened. So, because of one group’s sheer size, unspecified, undefined, and indefinable equity is called for—simply because he asserts it—until equity is reached, as if, in the dynamics of society, equity ever could be reached. In Kendi’s belief, discrimination must always continue to be required. Kendi’s purposeful misunderstanding of the dynamics of culture and society conveniently fits his desire to centrally manage it forever, ignoring that larger government often creates more problems than it solves. Besides, Kendi doesn’t care for the downtrodden. He cares for an arbitrary slice of it that he chooses to define by race. How dare he be so cynical. No wonder parents need to know what is being taught in schools. That is the heart of whether education belongs to the politically active, the government or to the individual.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Narrative Uber Alles at JustOneMinute
New!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Thursday Action at JustOneMinute
Or, we could get rid of singer Macy Gray for being "tattered, dated, and divisive."
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Thursday Action at JustOneMinute
Anonamom, I just changed practitioners and offices and spent an hour first visit with my new NP. What a wonderful, positive change to someone who is curious, thorough, engaged, and comes across as a partner in my health. I mention that only to compliment that your comments probably mirror your bedside manner — positive, forthright, and to the point.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Thursday Action at JustOneMinute
Read a phrase is an article, likely prepared from comments or a press release. "Juneteenth is acknowledged as the day enslaved people were officially emancipated into freedom." — Unfortunately the statement ignores that thousands upon thousands of Americans fought for years, and many died, to make that final reading of the proclamation in Texas happen. Sometimes announcements are shaped for present-day political consumption rather than to encourage either historical understanding, appreciation, or reverence.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Thursday Action at JustOneMinute
MM, I trust you have the attention of the best pulmonary specialists at the hospital. If not, ask who they are and how you get to see them. A relative is working on 50-60% O2 capacity that arrived suddenly and even the doctors at Duke can’t specifically nail the cause or cure.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Thursday Action at JustOneMinute
Bless you, catsmeat, for reminding us of the Achilles heel of Roderick Spode, founder of the Black Shorts.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Thursday Action at JustOneMinute
Clarice: questions of using cut outs to fund things Congress could never approve. Should Congress or an inspector general discover that such a cut-out was used, the appropriate response would be to excise the offending department from government. Fired. No benefits. No replacement. Letting it remain leaves in place too dangerous a construct.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Thursday Action at JustOneMinute
I’m a tenth of the way through Catturd’s SciFi "Rabbitskin" on Kindle and I like it so far. Who knew?
Thank you for the article, rse. I stand up — writing editorials, posting on FB, and tweeting on Twitter because too much theater is afoot for this to be happenstance. We do not yet know the #leftist #elite is one bridge too short for victory, but we do know that our #RustyRepublic owes its condition to their hands—an Augean stable of Democrats, bureaucrats, academics, RINOs, crony capitalists, and media. There is no violence in what I do or encourage others to do: Laugh at them. Their ideas collapse when exposed to laughter. Anything more than laughter will become justification for further misuse of their offices. Sound ideas will prevail. Too many mothers love their children. At issue is how long this dark age will last.
Why hoard cash if inflation is rising?
Thoughts on antiracist racism: In How to Be an Antiracist Ibram Kendi perpetrates poor logic through: 1) no logic, 2) redefinition of words through hermeneutic sleight of hand, and 3) manipulating the scope of action. Kendi’s “If discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist” first claims that discrimination isn’t discrimination. Then, he substitutes “equity” for “equality” as if the identical outcomes are necessary rather than comparable opportunities to achieve. No reason to read further, but let’s press on. Kendi implies an “overrepresented racial group” is inappropriate, suggesting that the hamburger of humanity, divided one way or another, is scientifically, culturally, or politically significant. After that, he implies that based on different outcomes, bias had to have happened. Because of that group’s sheer size, unspecified, undefined, and indefinable equity is called for—simply because he asserts so—until equity is reached, as if, in the dynamics of society, equity ever could be reached. Then Kendi invokes claims made by former President Lyndon B. Johnson and former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun half a century ago that some discrimination is required, adding, in Kendi’s belief, discrimination must always continue to be required. Kendi’s purposeful misunderstanding of the dynamics of culture and society conveniently fits his desire to centrally manage it forever, ignoring that larger government often creates more problems than it solves. Besides, Kendi doesn’t care for the downtrodden. He cares for an arbitrary slice of it that he chooses to define by race. How dare he be so cynical.
rse, you have a lot of grit to be able to listen to such horsehockey. You mentioned their critical hubris upthread: In this case, we end up getting history and civics transformed into what ought to be in the future as a political theory coming in instead of what is or has been in the past. They don’t teach history. In their presumption, they don’t want to. Their nemesis is that they are too good for history to be of value to them.