WORDS MATTER

WORDS MATTER

                Once you have accepted their language, you have accepted their ideology.                 Changing language changes how we think. Facts are objective facts, but if you lose the ability to describe and communicate them, reality can get lost in an obscuring mist. When words are redefined to mean something completely opposite to their original meanings, you lose the ability to judge things critically. Reality itself becomes insubstantial.                 When you accept their language, you accept their ideology. OK: so who’s…

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BALLOON INVASION: Nothing New.

BALLOON INVASION: Nothing New.

Years ago was another international invasion by balloon. It happened here in Detroit, when Chilly Willy broke loose from the Thanksgiving Parade and headed to the river. “Fly, Chilly, fly!”25 years ago on a windy Thanksgiving morning the 40 foot Chilly Willy balloon came loose and broke free from his moorings, floating away to the delight of a cheering crowd that chanted “Fly Chilly Fly” as he drifted toward Canada and eventually out of sight. The 40 foot tall, wayward…

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EQUITY IS NOT EQUALITY

EQUITY IS NOT EQUALITY

                Equity. This is a word I’m hearing all the time. In the business/finance sense, equity is a key term meaning the value of an owners’ stake in something. But that’s not what colleges, politicians, HR departments, and activists mean by the word. Equity is a very definite, almost religious term. It means equality of outcomes. That’s it. Very simple. Everybody gets the same outcome, from law, life, and everything. Everybody gets a good grade in school: no one fails….

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TRUTH… and ditto for facts.

TRUTH… and ditto for facts.

Bertrand Russell “The truth, whatever it may be, is the same in England, France, and Germany, in Russia and in Austria. It will not adapt itself to national needs: it is in its essence, neutral. It stands outside the clash of passions and hatreds, revealing, to those who seek it, the tragic irony of strife with its attendant world of illusions.” PS: anyone who believes that reality is fluid: prove it. Identify with No-Gravity and jump off the roof.

BAD NEWS 4 BAD GUYS, GOOD NEWS 4 US!

BAD NEWS 4 BAD GUYS, GOOD NEWS 4 US!

                I got bad news and good news. Actually, its bad news, worse news, and really worse news. The good news? The bad news is all about bad guys, which is good news for us. Let’s start.                 BAD NEWS: RUSSIA. They started a war, are losing, and the costs are high, exacerbating already-existing negative trends. For its predatory pounce to grab what it thought was a weaker neighbor, Russia’s Ukraine War ignited crippling sanctions. Millions of young, productive Russians…

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DENIER!

DENIER!

“SHUT UP” IS NOT PROOF.                 There it is again: the term “Denier.” In this case it’s the good old Washington Post, referring to GOP Congressmen as “Election Deniers.” Anyone who questions any aspect about the administration of Democrat election victories anywhere is now an “election denier.” Any doubt, and criticism over technical procedure brands you a “denier.”                 It’s not just elections. Question the constantly-changing dimensions of the theory of Man Made Climate Change, and you’re now a “Climate…

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WHAT’S WOKE.

WHAT’S WOKE.

                “What does ‘woke’ mean?’ Question was asked by my pastor, as he sat down at our table having post-Mass coffee. “What does it mean, exactly?”                 Interestingly, we all could tell him examples, but no one—me included—could give a succinct answer to his question. He later gave us his understanding, which I think was something like ‘being nice to folks who are different.’ But I took his question in a more fundamental way. The guy is not a Jesuit,…

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