Burden of Proof

The failure (and even unwillingness) to  disprove another’s assertion is not a valid argument nor proof of the veracity of the assertion.  The burden of proof is always on those who make the assertion or claim. This is especially so when an idea or phenomena  is unsupported or is not (all too often) falsifiable.

If a fan of political candidate X says that candidate X would make a great elected official, the proper response is: why?  The rejoinder ought to be a reasonable listing of candidate X’s qualifications, ideas, and general experience – particularly on weighty or important issues of public concern.  If the reply is simply, prove to me he would not be great in office and if you can’t then that, in and of itself, demonstrates he should be elected would be nonsensical  – and you’d not take the person seriously.  However, if you stop and think about it such rationalization occurs all-too-frequently.

The road to tyranny over of the mind and body of man is paved with such nonsense disguised as serious argument – fallacious as it is at its core. Those that employ it are tyrants and power-lusters of the worst sort. Moreover, those that accept it have simply abandoned their mind.  My view is that as a rational being you have a duty, not a fleeting choice or whim, to not accept ideas if the best or only argument for them is premised upon the irrefutably to disprove!

Facts, reason, and proof-not faith or flights of fantasy-are the source of all that is true.

Ask why, and demand proof whenever and wherever you’re suspicious!!

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Facts Matter

Rioting and creating mayhem including the burning of cars, buildings (government and private), and other infrastructure plus the purposeful damage to businesses (along with boycotting cyber sales and redefining Black Friday in racial terms), etc., etc. In short, purposefully destroying and damaging many of the things  and actual values that allow for individuals to improve and sustain their own (and others) lives through productive work supposedly as a means of demonstrating and protesting for “social justice (an anti-concept devoid of actual justice).” In lock step with this irrationality we also see and hear the mantra that “Black Lives Matter,” as if this single meme justifies everything and anything to get attention and, ostensibly, obtain through chaos, force, and intimidation that which is only obtainable through creating actual values by pursuing the exact opposite.

Of course the lives of African Americans matter. But in no way greater or lesser than white lives, yellow lives, red lives, your life, or my life. There simply is no debt to African Americans to which anyone is liable – historically or otherwise. Lives “matter” only to the extent and in regard to the values one creates in making their life better by whatever metric they choose. It’s fundamentally the values one can trade at arms length to others be they services, products, marketable ideas, or in raising value conscious and goal oriented children and young adults. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation it’s not what we’re given or where we start in life, but rather it’s what we create with our own minds manifested through productive work coupled with how we conduct ourselves in a social context.  Work, study and education (formal/government sponsored, private, or self), perseverance, dedication, and an unrelenting focus on ones rational best interests while respecting the rights of others to the same are the issues that actually matter, yet seem to be completely and totally ignored (conveniently supressed) in the whole Ferguson discussion.

None other than Walter Williams opined on this stating in summary that:

Either black students cannot learn or primary and secondary schools, parental choices, black student attitudes, and cultural values regarding education are not conducive to what young blacks need for academic excellence. Colleges admitting underperforming black students conceal, foster and perpetuate the educational damages done to these youngsters in their earlier education.
Read more at http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/williams111214.php3#k5UJTemGVVgvjdKB.99

What we’re being told is that facts don’t matter in and of themselves, rather it’s how events and actions are culturally perceived that matter. And to the extent this perception can be interpreted culturally (racially in the context of Ferguson) to be defined as injustice it justifies the destruction of real values and elevates subjectivism above reason and reality. Of course black lives matter. However, facts matter much much more and destroying values in the hope of gaining life serving values without regard for the causal connections that actually create those values is simply and purely a dead end.  Dr. Williams point should be reinforced here 75% of the issues he astutely pinpointed were controllable. Parental choices, black student attitudes, and cultural values are all issues that are within the control of minorities.

Yes, Black Lives matter. However, facts matter more.  If blacks want their lives to be meaningful then drop the pretext of injustice when engaging in riots and focus on real justice and in support of those attitudes and behaviors (cultural, parental, and educational) that will support the values we all need to support our lives.

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Social Justice

… is the anti-concept that employs the concept of (the word) “justice” in order to gain moral credibility, and then obliterates the concept by replacing it with the idea that the forcible redistribution of wealth is moral. This is convolution hardly to be matched.. it trades off justice for profound injustice, or anti-justice.

For much more on this please see Craig Biddle’s astonishingly clarifying video.

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“Rise Above” Envy

I am not a rich person as defined by our current leadership in Washington, and while money is very important accumulating wealth is not a driving force in my life. Nevertheless, I was raised to admire but never envy the wealth of others. To never desire that which I have not earned, nor to enjoy benefits, goods, or services for which I have not paid. How did so many Americans lose that idea and, instead, come to think in profoundly opposite terms? In terms which divide us and create class envy and bitterness resulting in scores of people fully dependent upon the redistribution of others wealth, or the government directly.

There’s a discussion in all of this Rise Above rhetoric that seems to be missing. And it is a discussion of the fundamental morality of a viewpoint held by a large proportion of people who think of themselves as upstanding Americans while simultaneously believing that it’s right and proper to tax progressively more from people who they think can afford it. Or, from people arbitrarily defined as “rich” or “wealthy” to the extent that amounts they have earned beyond the arbitrary wealth boundary is deemed fundamentally not theirs, nevermind the fact they earned it. That those who think they need it, in fact have a claim to it. How did we get to this point in America where people are so envious of the earned wealth of others that they actually embrace the idea and empower the government to take more and more by force?

And they justify this scheme uttering empty words such as social justice – a concept devoid of any true sense of equity, or actual justice.

Have those who think this way ever considered the actual number of dollars so-called wealthy people pay in taxes? In many many cases very likely more (far more in the case of the “uber rich”) than they, themselves, earn in total – let alone what they might pay in taxes? Do they honestly think these arbitrarily defined so-called wealthy people are somehow not “paying their fair share” while they, who pay comparatively little or nothing, somehow are? On what basis, what moral code, do people operate that guides them to the conclusion that they have a right to enjoy products, services, or financial assistance at no cost to themselves? How do these people sleep at night knowing they use things and obtain services for which not only have they never paid a dime, but obscenely argue ought not pay a dime!

Here’s a thought to consider: ask not what can be taken at the proverbial point of a gun from other people just because they have it so that you can enjoy some unearned and undeserved reward. Rather, how about demanding less from our government and paying for what you do use and benefit from (something at least). And while you’re at it, rather than begrudging and vilifying the success of those who work hard, save, accumulate, and use wealth as they see fit for their own designs, why not hail them as heroes for their hard work and honest efforts!

In short, I appreciate and admire all this talk about Rising Above. However, if we’re going to rise above something why not rise above the petty social mentality of envy, demand less from government, and focus on our own business rather than our neighbor’s. That would truly be Rising Above; taxing the so-called rich more is neither moral nor a solution to any problem.

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On God and Climate Change

“We don’t need fossils; the case for evolution is water-tight without them. So it is paradoxical to use gaps in the fossil records as if it were evidence against evolution- we are lucky to have fossils at all. What would be evidence against evolution, and very strong evidence at that, would be the discovery of a single fossil in the wrong geological stratum. J.B.S. Haldane famously retorted (when asked to name an observation that would disprove the theory of evolution), ‘fossil rabbits in the pre-cambrian.’ No such rabbits, no authentically anachronistic fossils of any kind have ever been found. All the fossils that we have (which are many) occur without a single authenticated exception in the right temporal sequence . Not a single solitary fossil has ever been found before it could have evolved..” (Richard Dawkins)

While the logic of the above statement is irrefutable, the problem is that a whole lot of people are seriously confused, ignorant, or have been brainwashed/indoctrinated to think otherwise regarding the reality of evolution. What upwards of 45% of Americans apparently don’t get is that evolution is nor more a theory than gravity is theory.. You can try all you want to have faith that if you toss a ball into the air it won’t come down, yet every single time the experiment is conducted the ball returns to earth. Moral: ignore nature and reality at your own risk. Problem with religion and evolution, is that those who are militant exporters of the creation myth attempt to infect it into public policy. It’s alarming, and dangerous, because the data shows that the less educated you are the more likely it is that you believe in creationism. Couple that with other correlations such as being a member of the Republican party and it gets even worse.

What the data show is that if you are a Republican, have only a high school education, and attend church weekly the odds are extremely high (99%) that you believe that God created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. Wow, just wow! In fact, only 5% of Republicans would agree with Richard Dawkins irrefutable statement above. Really stunning. On the other hand, if you have a postgraduate degree, are not a Republican (independents and Democrats are split evenly apart from GOPers on this), and rarely, if ever, attend church it is quite the opposite and it very likely you agree with the preponderance of evidence and the vast majority of scientists that humans evolved over millions of years.

Gallup’s assumption is that “Most Americans are not scientists, of course, and cannot be expected to understand all of the latest evidence and competing viewpoints on the development of the human species. Still, it would be hard to dispute that most scientists who study humans agree that the species evolved over millions of years, and that relatively few scientists believe that humans began in their current form only 10,000 years ago without the benefit of evolution. Thus, almost half of Americans today hold a belief, at least as measured by this question wording, that is at odds with the preponderance of the scientific literature.”

I would challenge this, there has to be something else going on to explain this – it cannot be ignorance to this extent/degree. The question is what?

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A Smart Contradiction

We all remember the ordeal when a sadistic and deranged individual kidnapped then 14 year-old Elizabeth Smart at knife-point, holding her captive for an excruciating 9 months. Recently, Ms Smart has come out with some comments (and a book) regarding her sordid ordeal including: “Nine months of living with him and seeing him proclaim that he was God’s servant and called to do God’s work and everything he did to me … is something that I know that God would not tell somebody to do,” “God would never tell someone to kidnap her at knife point from their bed, from her sister’s side …never continue to rape her and sexually abuse her.”

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Quotes Galore!

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca,
Roman philosopher and statesman 4 BC – AD 65

There are two classes of men: intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence.
Abu Ala Al-Ma’arri, Arab philosopher 973 – 1057 AD

“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can also make you commit atrocities.”

“Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.”

“Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.”

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