Who Will Judge The Judges?
WHO WILL JUDGE THE JUDGES?
By D.S. Mitchell
Turtles All The Way Down
According to absurdist and other folks more clever than I, there is no inherent meaning to anything. Not that there’s no meaning, that would be nihilism, just that all things are arbitrary at their core. As famed genius Bertrand Russell put it, while addressing the issue of infinite regress, it is ‘turtles all the way down.’ An odd phrase based on the metaphor of the world sitting on the back of elephants, which in turn stood on the back of a turtle. Fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series of novels will likely recognize the concept.
The Price of Tea In China?
What does this have to do with the Supreme Court? Trust me, I’m getting there. The idea of ‘turtles all the way down’ also applies to society and the application of authority there in. Leaders, officers, and elites are not born. At least, supposedly, not anymore. Every position of power is designated by the people who constitute society. In a very real way the exercise of authority is ‘people all the way down.’ Humans chosen by other humans to hold power over them. In the context of a participatory democracy those humans are the elected officials.
Kaill McNeil: ALTER-NARRATIVES 9/12/2021
By Kaill McNeil
If you want to know what someone is going to do tomorrow, look at what they did yesterday. Same with corporations, which are really just collections of people. Don’t stop there; the same goes for nations. Although the term nation no longer applies, the state of Texas thinks it is a nation independent of the federal government.
Once a Nation
Texas was for a time an independent republic after it gained independence from Mexico in 1839. Immediately Texas began clamoring to join the United States. On 12/29/1845 Texas gave up its independent republic status and became the 28th state of the United States of America. Sadly, on 03/02/1861 Texas after 15 years in the union decided it would join in armed rebellion against the United States of America. As part of the Confederacy, Texas attempted to secede from the union for the purpose of perpetuating slavery within its borders.
Opinion: I Hate That; Then Don’t Do It
OPINION: I Hate That; Then Don’t Do it.
By D. S. Mitchell
“Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t get one.
Don’t like cigarettes? Don’t smoke one.
Don’t like abortions? Don’t get one.
Don’t like sex? Don’t indulge.
Don’t like drugs? Don’t do them.
Don’t like porn? Don’t watch it.
Don’t like alcohol? Don’t drink it.
Don’t like guns? Don’t buy one.
Don’t like your rights taken away? Then don’t take away someone else’s.” (Unknown)
Short and sweet for a sunny Monday. I’ve seen this statement shared and I think the statement sums it up. Stop yelling about the actions of others and adjust your behavior and attitude. It is none of your business who I sleep with. It is none of your business if I can’t break the cigarette habit. It is none of your business if I want an abortion. Frigid ? Don’t like sex, well again, just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean the rest of us have to abstain. Drugs, again, not good for you, but none of your business. When we get to porn, well, here we go again, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Don’t like alcohol? Easy; stay away from it. Don’t like guns, don’t buy one. But, most of all my rights are guaranteed by the constitution not your opinion.
News That Bites: Try A Little Kindness
STATE OF THE UNION: MORE LIES
Extreme Measures: Late Term Abortion
By Trevor K. McNeil
An annual national event, the State of the Union Address. A carefully choreographed and historic obligation of the President of the United States. A lot of pomp and ceremony. A chance for the chief of the executive branch and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces to tell the Congress and the nation his assessment of how the country is doing. Time to have a moment of reflection and even humility when necessary, as a president evaluates the actions of his administration in terms of domestic and international events. At least that is what is it is supposed to be.
A Vulgar Display
President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 5th , 2019 was one of the most vulgar displays of tone-deaf arrogance in Presidential history. Including Theodore Roosevelt’s statement about “speak softly and carry a big stick” and Richard Nixon’s earnest assertion that “if the president does it, it is not a crime.”
So Many Gaffs So Little Time
There were many moments that stand out. There was his surety that the female congressional representatives were applauding for him when he mentioned that that they existed. As well as his infuriating claim that over 300 women and girls were rescued at the border. Many of the young female migrants who had already been victimized by sex traffickers on their way to the U.S. and then locked in dog runs when they arrived here.