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Some Politics

Posted by Mike on 16th September 2008

I came across this link the other day. It is a map, from amazon.com, that tracks American’s book buying. It shows whether a state is red (Republican) or blue (Democrat) by the types of books purchased. Click here to look at it. Most of the states (as of this date) are red. Of course, just because you buy a particular book doesn’t mean that you will vote a certain way. Perhaps the conservatives just read more?

I also wonder what each candidate for President really believes. When I listen to their answers, during interviews, it seems they really don’t have convictions about many issues. On several questions they fumble around with an answer. It doesn’t seem right that someone who aspires to be President can’t clearly articulate their position on issues.

Then I came across this quote:

“One who forms a judgement on any point but cannot explain himself clearly, might as well never have thought at all on the subject.” – Pericles (Athenian statesman)

And then there is this:

Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. – Proverbs 10:14

A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. – Proverbs 12:23

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. – Proverbs 14:3

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. – Proverbs 14:7

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. – Proverbs 15:2

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. – Proverbs 15:7

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. – Proverbs 15:14

Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished. – Ecclesiastes 4:13

That about sums it up. Scary, isn’t it?

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Something to always remember…

Posted by Mike on 23rd October 2006

“How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.” — Herbert Spencer

I find that this can happen easily with blogging.

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TV and Fast Food

Posted by Mike on 21st January 2005

I was thinking about starting a new category called Quotes. Originally, I was going to search for the “perfect” quote to open posting in this new category. There are a lot to choose from. In fact, most of my favorite quotes come directly from the Bible. As it turns out, I picked a quote from a user’s signature on Slashdot.

Fast Food: Corporate America in your body
Television: Corporate America in your mind

This quote caught my attention because it rings so true in my life. I kicked the television habit several years ago when we put our television in a box for two months. In other words, we went “cold turkey.” It’s out of the box and relegated to the basement. The TV doesn’t get turned on much at all. I remember our household being picked for a Nielsen TV ratings. At the end of the week, nearly all the pages were empty. I wonder how many of these surveys are turned it with so few hours of television being watched by a family.

I am in the process of kicking the fast food habit. I include all types of fast food in this category, not just the stuff you buy at a fast food restaraunt. If it is processed and packaged, it is usually a type of fast food. This food exists even in health food stores. In my family, we are trying to eat real food. It’s a big change and it takes more time. However, my body knows what to do with it. Contrast that with the Standard American Diet (SAD), with its’ processing, chemical additives, and artificial ingredients.

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