Common Sense and Darwinism

Now, before you think that I believe in Evolution over Creation – I don’t. God made the planet just as it’s laid out in Genesis.

But, true Darwinian Evolution (which is actually Devolution) does exist – as in those characteristics which hurt the ability of one individual of a species to survive over another individual will reduce a population to a limited group which has the ability to survive in their environment. There is no new sudden leaps up and forward as most Evolutionists would love to have you believe that Darwin spoke about.

Anyways. I thought about this as I heard a funny statistic – there were 21 swift water rescues in the Tucson area last night. Now it’s quite common to have one or two, as there is always that one person who gets caught off guard… But 21?

Then I got to thinking…what has happened to common sense? I think Darwin is the answer. See, it used to be 150, 100, even 50 years ago, when one made a bad choice, the chance of survival (and thusly reproduction) were slim. Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, however…Darwinian Devolution has been slowed, possibly even halted, allowing those lacking the survival instincts necessary to apply common sense to their environment to not only survive, but to thrive. Want proof? Google “adrenaline junkie”.

Now, I’m not advocating we stop rescuing and healing the common sense impaired…

But I am warning people that we are just going to continue to see more and more and more stupid…

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Need some help…

Ok all my FaceBook/blog friends…

I need some help. See, I can see what I need to do to get myself on track and move in positive directions…

But old habits kick in… I fall back on old decision-making processes…and all of a sudden once again find myself digging back into the same hole I dug for myself days, weeks, or months ago that I spent weeks filling in after the last time I found myself in the same hole.

I need ideas on how to not only get myself out of the hole, but ideas to keep myself from re-digging the hole…

Anything that you do, or have done, to not only break old habits but create new ones. The first one that I found is create a daily “chore” list of the new habits… gonna try that one as I think the daily reminder of a list may just set it into my thought process.

Thanks!

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Racism (or the left’s ALL IN play)

Racism.

It’s a pretty harsh claim to make on someone. As one person said today “seems uniquely American in outlook, i.e. being racist may be worse than being mass murderers.” (@daveedgr via twitter)

And we do have that outlook – true racism is truly contrary to THE American core value that ALL are. created equal. This is also a Christian value, as to be created implies a ‘creator’. Its listing as first in the Declaration implies its importance – being what all else is based upon, the cornerstone of the foundation, if you will… So I can easily see why any violation of this core belief can be taken as a greater “sin” than any other.

Therein lies the power of such a claim.
But the power of a CLAIM lies in the verification and truth of a claim. One must prove their claim valid, or else suffer a loss of credibility in the process. Too many losses of credibility, and one’s claims lose power.

Such as what happened with Mrs. Obama and the NAACP.

See, I have been to countless local Tea Party events, and have never witnessed any claim of genetic superiority over another (which is the true definition of racism)… Nor has MSM shown any evidence of racism. Think about it – a claim requires proof to be turned into a fact. MSM is part of the group making claims…would they also not be the first to prove and backup their claims if they could?

‘White guilt’ since the days of MLK has been quite a powerful force to be tapped into in order to influence policy decisions, and even a presidential election.

But ‘white guilt’ requires one thing – the generation of guilt created by the claim of racism, which requires some validity to the claim to begin with. With an entire generation now separating those that lived with MLK and those that have merely read about MLK…they hear claims being made, look at their circle of friends and their surroundings, and just don’t see it. The claims are looking unfounded.

So, looking at a tremendous failure looming in the November elections, and no other tactic working, once again, the race card is played.

This time is different though.

This time the claim had no merit, and the bluff of “ALL IN” has been called. “Prove it” has become the mantra… Embracing the failure to prove the claim through the joking use of crackers has removed the Alisky-esque power to marginalize.

No longer does the unfounded claim of racism hold any power.

Time to stand up and leave the table.

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Upgrade and Update…

Well, new technology brings with it a chance to upgrade and update the online world of TheBigShmoog. In other words, the new Crackberry has a WordPress program, which makes it easy to kill even more productivity at work posting my incoherent rants and ramblings to the internet instead of actually getting any work accomplished.

That, and I need to go back and separate the politics from the FB life a little bit – sometimes one needs to take their own advice, and looking back on my FaceBook profile, I’m not quite to Sham-WOW levels, but definitely somewhere in the George Forman Grill area…

In addition, my passion for politics has sometimes blinded me to a bigger responsibility: “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds, and praise your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:17. I’ve shined a light over the last year or so, but sometimes I’ve used the wrong batteries to power that light.

So here I am, back in my own tiny world, talking pretty much to myself, but that’s ok. This is my place to dump all the political mumbo-jumbo, half-baked theories, rants, and complaints so that I can keep my sanity intact. Hopefully along the way, a few people will jump in to read what I have to say and join in on the conversation.

Or not, either way, doesn’t really matter to me.

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Paige dancing with Grandma

I am just using this pic as a test to see how well my phone uploads to wordpress.

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Moving the Blog…

Moving the blog to WordPress.

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Hope to see you all there!

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Why Bipartisanship Is Destroying Us.

Bipartisanship.
I’ve had this discussion several times, and since I have actually gotten some decent response, thought I would write it out for my Internet/Facebook friends.
Bipartisanship is a bad thing. Well, not always a bad thing, but more often than not a bad thing.
Not because it is wrong to work together on something, but because of how it can be manipulated.
I’ll describe it this way:
Mr. L(eft) and Mr. R(ight) are coming together on a bill. Both have their own opinions. For the sake of argument, I’ll weight their opinions on a scale.
Let’s say 0 to 10, and since we read left to right, 0 = extreme leftist view, 10 = right-wing view.
Now, as they come together on their bill, Mr.R presents a bill at 10. Mr. L, rebuts with a 0. Average = 5. Middle ground (mean = median). All well and good. Now generally, Mr. R tends to think of and look at legislation on an independent basis (as most Conservatives understand and accept that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and the freedom to express it), while Mr. L basis everything on a greater agenda, and that is move the country to the Left and to force everyone to comply and accept their positions.
Now in real life, Mr. L rarely sits at a 0, and Mr. R rarely sits at a 10 on the ideology scale.
So, more realistically, Mr. R comes to the table with a Bill that is in the 7 range. Mr. L, knowing that the overall agenda is to continually move the country itself to the 0, counters with a bill in the 0 range.
Average = 3.5.
Mr. R, not happy with such an extreme bill, refuses to budge and is denounced as not being “bipartisan”. So, Mr. R caves in, brings the bill to a 6, while Mr. L, to look like he caved in as well, brings his bill to a 1.
Average = 3.5.
Now, let’s assign a starting point of 5 to show a starting state to the overall political status of the
country. (5+3.5)/2 = 4.25
Bill #2 is presented, same essential process happens all over again… 8 and 2, but under pressure of “bipartisanship”, the bill is brought closer to a 6 again, and we end up with
Average =4.
So the political state moves to: (5+3.5+4)/3 = 4.1
Now, if anyone knows anything about statistics and averages…the more you skew an average to one side, the harder it is to move it back to the median point on the scale..
Ex:(5+3.5+4+8)/4 = 5.125
To get Mr. L to concede to a bill that sits at point 8 on the scale, would require a huge departure for Mr. L from his ideology.
This is what has been happening in politics now for a long time. Republicans and Conservatives have been bringing forth bills that at best fit in the 7 to 8 range, some sitting at or near 5…and Mr. L has taken advantage of it.
Meeting in the middle through Bipartisanship (mean or average) ends up unfortunately not meeting at the median – even though everyone is lead to believe that it’s the “Best Ever” because both sides worked and voted on it.

For as bad as the Obamacare legislation is, it does go to prove this model. Mr. L went for the 0, and this time, got it. No offset, no balance. The people of the USA have now seen Mr. L for the full extent of his ideology, and where he sits on the scale. We have also seen the dangers of allowing too many “Conservatives” to sit in the 5 and 6 positions. Time to start the steady progression back to the right.

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