Category: Feeding the Soul

March 24, 2012

What’s in it for me?

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Wising upComments Off

Are you a fully actualized citizen? You can determine your status by answering one question. When you reflect on the federal government and ponder “what’s in it for me”, what are your expectations? What is it you expect the government to do for you?

If you haven’t really studied government, how it was designed to work by our founders, how it works now, how the changes impacts the citizenry and the direction our country’s headed, you may not see the pitfalls before us. Let me give you just a little food for thought.

In my view, a fully actualized citizen is one who, when questioning the role of government and what they have to gain, thinks about the natural rights of liberty and property as defined by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They know to get ahead they must work harder AND smarter, but they expect to be able to benefit from their efforts and sacrifice. They expect to bear the penalties of their mistakes. They have embraced their freedom and revel in it.

Someone who has not yet reached full maturity in their citizenship is someone very concerned about “fair”. Any benefit they could potentially receive by direct action of the government are perceived as rights to which they feel entitled . . . right to health care, right to a job, right to a house. The catch-word for this class of citizen is “fair”, I want my fair share, he has more than I do that’s not fair. They have no concept that “fair” is actually “fair and equal under the law”. It isn’t “you get the same”, it’s “you get treated the same”, a wholly different thing.

The only thing we are truly entitled to beyond the liberties and freedoms defined in the Constitution and Bill of rights is freedom of opportunity. Anything or anyone who reduces this right is negatively impacting your natural right to success as each of us defines it.

This country used to be about freedom, the right to work hard . . . or not, the right to strive to better your existence . . . or not, the right to think and dream and live to the best of your ability. This is the ideal of advanced citizenship as defined by the Constitution and Bill of Rights!

I read a really interesting article last week which resulted from the parasite woman in Boston wanting her birth control paid for by taxpayers. I posted the link to that article in a previous post. Sometimes things click and this morning the entitlement mentality, feminization of manly men and the dependency of women (see aforementioned article) all coalesced into a whole in my mind. Our country is made up of those who are philosophically women/children who want/need to be taken care of by others. These people don’t want to think for themselves or sacrifice/strive to the degree necessary to care for themselves. They are a sub-class of citizenry, the philosophically dependent.

Our country is also comprised of citizens who embrace our freedoms and celebrate the independence that goes with it. These citizens emulate our founding fathers in their desire for self-actualization. They work hard, they play hard, they sacrifice and suffer to achieve. They understand true freedom means being independent to succeed or fail. They understand failure isn’t the end, it’s just a lesson for what doesn’t work. They don’t turn to the government to fix their failure but retrench and start again. These are the advanced citizens.

February 2, 2012

Google, thanks and goodbye

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Social networking, Wising up — Tags: Comments Off

Google has recently changed the way they are managing their privacy policies with no option to opt out of the targeted advertising that will result from the change.  Being the anti-social anti-authoritarianist I am, that makes me uncomfortable.  Can you say “big brother”?  Being the reactionary I am, you just know I had to do something about it . . . and I did.  So, Google, thanks and goodbye.

While I could give each of my presences in Google-land a different login so my separate activities remained . . . well, separate, I think that’s a bit pointless when all my identities use the same computer.  Hello?  Connect the dots here.  I wouldn’t put it past Google to tie all those presences together and worsen the problem.  No thanks.  Hmm, I didn’t mention being paranoid, did I?  Well, maybe just a little.  So I chose to take a different route and divest myself of as much of my Google usage as I comfortably can.

Up until last night I used Google four ways; mail, chat, search engine and rss reader.  I have a GMail account which I don’t use as a mail client.  That account allows me access to GTalk which I do a stunning 12 times a year . . . maybe.  This puppy’s not used enough to do any harm.  I’m almost never there and when I do kick GTalk on I make a point to go into my GMail account and clean out the YouTube notices.  (Note to self, cancel those YouTube subscriptions and kill that info source.)  I use Google as my primary search engine because the way Yahoo handles click-throughs on image searches is really frustrating.  I won’t change this because if I’m not signed into a Google account, my search results aren’t tied to me so no harm there.  The one that was going to bite me was the rss reader.  <wince>  I read a fairly prolific number of items each day, so that one I had to change.

Last night I went in search of a new rss reader.  The first one I downloaded wasn’t making me smile but the second one is definitely going to work.  I’m now happily using BlogLines.  And, I have to say, it is impressive.  It makes the Google rss feed reader look like a kindergarten app.  <wince>  Sorry Google, but in comparison, you suck.

So here’s the silver lining thing . . . I never would have considered trying BlogLines if it hadn’t been for Google’s policy change.  Thanks Google!

January 31, 2012

The lighter side of disaster preparedness

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Wising upComments Off

OMG. This is SO funny!

Redneck guide to emergency preparedness

In case you were unaware, we actually do have rednecks in the family tree.  Honestly!  And, sadly, we do have 50% of the vehicles in our yard in operational condition.  And a boat that’s never used.  OMG!  We’re rednecks!

January 12, 2012

On personal economics

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Feeding the Soul, Wising upComments Off

In my RSS feed this morning was an article by A. Lawrence Chickering about annual get-togethers he had with William F. Buckley Jr. and Milton Friedman on the second weekend in January.  I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for their conversations.  I have no doubt they would have been educational and thought provoking.

One particular piece struck my “OH!” nerve.

Milton never stopped teaching. One morning we went to the Alta Lodge ski shop to buy various trifles. I finished my shopping and impatiently waited for him at the door of the shop. “Got everything you need?” I asked. “Nope,” he responded. “But I’ve got everything I’m willing to pay for.”

In everything I’ve watched and read about Milton Friedman, that is quintessentially Milton.  He was an enormous advocate of the free market system and free will, and that singular comment resounded strongly within me.

There are things I really want, thing I could make an argument for needing, but they aren’t things I’m willing to pay for.  Maybe I should say, they are things I’m not willing to pay that much for.

I saw a new tablet by Lenovo that’s due out in 2013.  It’s something I am sure to covet for a long time to come, but it’s not something I’ll be willing to pay full retail for.  I may get the second edition of the tablet (Windows 8) after the tablet’s been in production for a while and the price has dropped or I can find it at an affordable (to me) price when it shows up on Amazon used.  Maybe.

I like the freedom to spend my money as I choose and how I choose.  I like buying things discounted and second hand.  I don’t have a burning desire to buy things brand new as soon as they hit the market.  If it’s something I need/want, I can wait.

December 31, 2011

On personal integrity

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Social networking, Wising upComments Off

My brother, who’s an extremely bright fellow, is also a sailor.  He and his wife live on a small sailboat while he works nights and she works days.  They’re preparing for the day they can sail off to warmer climes.  I tell you this because it leads into this next bit.

I sent Dan a video link to a video about a young lady who lives aboard a sailboat.  She’s self-sufficient with a solar panel et al and strikes me as a lovely and responsible person who works to pay for what she has and does.

Dan responded with this link about 4 young people who spent two winters sailing the Bahamas.  After watching the video, I sent Dan this response.

I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about the four young people who sailed the Bahamas for two winters.  While I thought their adventures were interesting I also found their actions in getting to the point where they could indulge themselves disturbing.  That they would steal to further their goals was unappetizing.  That they would use and damage other people’s property for their own ends with no apparent guilty conscience or desire to provide restitution was disturbing.  It spoke to a lack of responsibility, personal integrity and moral fiber I found wholly unappealing.  I also think if it were you or I, we could have gotten the mast stepped without resorting to misusing or abusing someone else’s property, so I guess the video speaks to a lack of ingenuity as well.

The sailing stuff was good.  I wouldn’t want to do it but I’m sure the participants learned a lot about themselves even if the entire adventure appears to have done little to build character.  Their actions epitomized the occupy movement, the “so what if you’ve worked hard, sacrificed and been smart, you’ve got more than I do and I want my share of it.” mentality.  Sad.

It isn’t hard to determine which of the two I admire. What about you?

December 1, 2011

Adam Carolla NAILS it

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Social networking, Wising upComments Off

This is a must watch. Adam Carolla explains why the occupy crowd has the mindset they do. And yes, it’s our fault . . . ALL of us. The point is to learn from this and FIX it.

November 10, 2011

The Occupy crowd, climate change and Greek socialism

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Social networking, Wising upComments Off

There are a lot of concepts, concerns and ideas whirling around in my brain.  I’ve heard or read bits of stuff that have struck a chord but most of these bits are so brief they don’t warrant a post of their own.

This week I heard someone say the occupy crowd were children in adult bodies.  That is SO true for a number of reasons.

  • If you do an internet search on “occupy violence vagrancy” you’ll get over 35,000 hits.  <wince>  To give you a flavor of why this is significant, the majority of major news outlets support the occupy movement so the reports of incidents of violence include assault, rape, theft and property damage are not carried by the big liberal media.  The reported poor behavior, separate from the flawed ideology being spouted, is an indicator of the lack of sophistication/education/maturity of the movement and its supporters.  This behavior is the complete opposite of the Tea Party rallys.  No violence, no property damage, no crimes against persons.  The “tea baggers” showed respect each other, the constitution and the rule of law.  I don’t think that’s something you can say about the occupy movement.
  • CATO’s daily podcast for today is Donald J. Boudreau talking about the 1% and income mobility.  The podcast is well worth listening to.  I think I listened to it four or five times to really let it soak in.  According to Boudreau, the rich don’t stay rich.  The percentage of income increase actually falls as the levels of income and upward mobility for the other classes rise.  It took me a while to understand that, which is why I listened to the podcast so many times.  I’m a visually learner, not an auditory one.  Boudreau also ties income mobility to our free market system.  To translate what I learned from Boudreau into “me” speech, the Occupy movement is uneducated, clueless or deceptive.  At this point I’m going to say, take your pick.  Listen to the podcast and see if you don’t agree.

A lot of the floaty bits are climate related.

  • With the launch by Japan of the new CO2 measuring satellite the carbon tax scheme is crashing like a poorly constructed house of cards.  The satellite proves countries who supposedly produced all the CO2 actually don’t.  I can hear the anthropogenic warming crowd scrambling to do damage control as we speak.  I’m watching to see how they explain the elevated CO2 levels over uninhabited and heavily forested bits of the globe as well as the significantly reduced CO2 levels of the industrialized nations.  It should be pretty entertaining to watch the spin.
  • The BEST data is another scheme by which climate alarmists are trying to manipulate public opinion.  Of course they won’t release their data until AFTER the IPCC meets.  That prevents the more responsible scientists from dissecting the data.  I’ll bet you lunch at Plaza Jaliscos or the beer of your choice it will come out that the data was manipulated to show it supports man-caused global warming.  Anyone want to take that bet?
  • The anthropogenic climate change debates in Australia and England are very hot right now.  It’s like watching kabuki theater.  Politicians seeking to gain power are screaming that Australia will be a dust bowl and it’s all due to man’s evil actions.  Of course this stentorian rhetoric was given just as a tremendous thunder storm rolled in and thoroughly soaks the “dust bowl” area.  Oops.  As they say, timing is everything.
  • England’s facing rising energy prices and 1 in 4 families are facing choices in whether they stay warm, drive to work or eat.  This is beyond stupid when England has just discovered a huge reserve of natural gas that could heat their citizenry’s home at a fraction of the current rate.  Instead of leaping on this new find they’re still putting up inefficient and ruinously expensive windmills.  Due to a really poor showing by their government run meteorology office, they’re requested the funds for better computers.  I wonder how much this latest scramble has to do with their abysmal performance when compared to the absolutely brilliant forecasts by Piers Corbyn.
  • Changes in CO2 are proving to not be tied to global temperature, proving the lack of validity of the greenhouse gas effect.  The levels of CO2 are rising while global temps are dropping.  Can you say “junk science”?
  • And one more goody on this front.  I watched somebody explain how the use of windmills actually causes more pollution because the wind is a variable commodity and the power plants have to ramp up and back down constantly to cover the ever changing power deficit.  A defined amount of power must be produced consistently and windmills can’t do that without power plant backup.  If you understand fuel economy you know the harder you step on the gas the more fuel you use to produce the same end result.  If you’re constantly on and off the accelerator you will have really poor gas mileage.  Power plants are no different.  Smooth and even saves fuel and the up and down of wind power actually wastes fuel and causes greater pollution.  I think this is one of those “unintended consequences” we keep hearing about.

And a tiny bit about Greece.  The president of that fine nation (note sarcasm) is a socialist.  That government, has been following socialist tenets and is now facing an identical ending to that of every country governed using that ideology, a heart breaking financial, emotional and political mess.  This is another case of those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it.  The question in the case of the leadership of Greece is, was it stupidity or arrogance.  Was the president so arrogant that he felt would work under his leadership despite having never worked before?  Or was he so stupid he couldn’t look at history and understand what happened to other failed socialist nations?  If you are an Occupy sympathizer, you might want to take note.  Aside from being contrary to our Constitution and Bill of Rights, income redistribution and the idea that a job is a right are both socialist tenets.  Socialism has never worked in the past which gives an excellent indicator of how well they would work in the future.

I’m sure there are other bits floating behind my eyeballs but they haven’t fermented long enough.

 

November 1, 2011

Perception versus reality

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the SoulComments Off

I read an article this morning by Dennis Prager on the cost of feminism.  In discussing it with Wadly (venerable spouse) we think Dennis hit the nail squarely on its head.  In talking about the feminization of man with my manly man, we agreed that women could relate more easily to gay men.

The problem with gays, male and female, is we don’t look at who they are inside.  We see the outside, male or female, and fail to take into account the content of the package.

History has proven our content isn’t necessary reflective of our exterior and this disparaty isn’t limited to sexuality.  On The Blaze this week I read an article about a young man who was desperate to distance himself from the outward evidence of his skin-head past.  His extensive tattoos no longer matched his heart and his life and family were suffering as a result.  After sixteen extremely painful surgeries to remove his tattoos, he now has a chance at a life less encumbered by his past.

With Dahlmer and Bundy as excellent examples that outward attractiveness is reflective of only the surface, we need to school ourselves to see and value the inside person.  Gay is rarely a life choice, it’s a heart choice.  The anti-gay activists are our generation’s KKK, and in 30 years when this faulted ideology is a thing of the past, we will undoubtedly find some other cause to hang our desire for dysfunction on.

May 29, 2011

Quotable people

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the SoulComments Off

Years ago I started collecting quotes that stirred me in some fashion.  I wrote a short little script that presented one of the quotes each time a page loaded or was refreshed.  I’ve got that bit of script embedded in a couple websites and have now added it to this one.  It’s been a while since I have run into something I felt I must add to my quotes collection.

Today I followed a link in my Reason rss feed to an obit about the jazz musician Gilbert Scott-Heron.  I’ve been a casual jazz fan for decades but had never heard of this guy.  Jazz musicians come from a different place in the universe and Scott-Heron is no exception.  In reading the bio I found three, to me, awesome quotes.   How can you not find this quotable?

“The way you get to know yourself is by the expressions on other people’s faces, because that’s the only thing that you can see, unless you carry a mirror about.”

The entire article was an eye-glass into the life and psyche of Scott-Heron.  The last quote I grabbed, considering the article I was reading was his epitaph, was the most ironic.

“I have everything except a suitable conclusion.”

You can read the article here – New York Is Killing Me,The unlikely survival of Gil Scott-Heron. I would have love to have met his mother.  That was one sharp lady.  If you’d like to hear a sample of his music, try this link.

May 2, 2011

Principle FIRST

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, ReligionComments Off

I’m having a bit of trouble with people advocating flexible principles based on circumstance.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Sean Hannity, but . . . <wince>  Come on, Sean.  It doesn’t matter what bin Ladin did before we managed to remove him from the equation, we must do the right thing according to our country’s principle.  We cannot decide to hang on to the body just because it would be convenient.  We are a country based on respect for the freedom of religion.  I may not admire the Muslim religion, but to not bury some mass murder according to the precept of his religion because he doesn’t deserve it based on his past actions or ideology is just wrong.  Not just wrong but really wrong.  Justice has been served, let’s move on.

If we don’t have principle, we don’t have anything.  We are a strong country because we try to do the right thing.  To do anything other than the right thing is to compromise the principles for which we stand.

By now you should know I am principled but not always appropriate.  This is where we move on to the entirely inappropriate portion of our program . . . pardon me while I celebrate the removal of a megalomaniacal mass murderer.  I understand the need for burial at sea, I really do.  No country wanted his body and having no place for followers to congregate was an additional issue.  The sea burial serves many purposes.  My only complaint . . . there’s nowhere we can go and dance on that creep’s grave.

 

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