Saturday, November 05, 2016

Treason

I seem to remember that "The Gentleman from Kentucky" claimed that he would not even consider an appointment to the high court was based on his desire to "let the people have a say" even though this runs contrary to the description of the process in the constitution. Now, he has gone on record saying that he will not consider ANY Supreme Court Appointees made by Hillary Clinton, should she be the winner of the election. WHAT!? What happened to "letting the people have their say!?"

Monday, October 31, 2016

THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

THE BLIND MEN AND THE ELEPHANT

John GodfreyTranslation of the Indian legend

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approach'd the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he,
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant 
Is very like a tree!"

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!"

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a rope!"

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

MORAL:

So oft in theologic wars, 
The disputants, I ween, 
Rail on in utter ignorance 
Of what each other mean, 
And prate about an Elephant 
Not one of them has seen!

Don Bergquist - October 31, 2016 - Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Sunday, October 30, 2016

FEELINGS vs FACTS

Editor's Note: 
Today's screed is brought to you by the flood of hyperbolic posts that have flooded facebook since Friday. The theme today is Feelings are not Facts, Feelings ARE NOT Evidence! If you cannot wrap your mind around this simple fact, please do not read this post. 

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Confirmation Bias

confirmation bias [kon-fer-mey-shuh n · bahy-uh s]
noun
1. the tendency to seek-out sources that support one's current theories, positions or beliefs and reject those in conflict with those theories, positions, or beliefs
2. the tendency to interpret evidence in such a way as to bolster of one's current theories, positions, or beliefs
3. the tendency to selectively remember sources, evidence, or experiences that support one's current theories, positions, or beliefs

Monday, August 01, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Local News

There is an old adage that says "all politics is local" and to those of us who live in the areas of the country designated by the media as "battleground states" the meaning of the adage is all too clear. This trope of the political class cannot, however, be said to be true of the local news. Today’s screed is brought to you by what is likely to be the epitome of the problem with the consolidation of the electronic media that has been happening for years now – then diminishment of the requirement for the "News" to be "news."

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Please Explain It

I am going to be entirely serious here and I truly want answers from my friends and family of both parties. I just do not understand the supporters of the candidates of either party! Can anyone explain to me why it is that I should support one candidate over the other!?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Older I Get…

On this Father’s Day, I wanted to share a story about my dad – I may have shared this one before, but if not… It is an illustration of an interesting effect of aging that I have noticed: “The older I get, the smarter my dad gets!”


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Gone But Not Forgotten!

It is amazing how far you can see when you are sitting on the shoulders of a giant!

Wherever you are today, I hope that you have an excellent view!

Don Bergquist - May 26, 2016 - Lakewood, Colorado

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Low-Information Voters

Anyone who was not already aware that the main voting contingent of the Republican Front-Runner was basically the lowest of the low information voters, you should need no more information that was presented this week when NPR interviewed Bobby Knight on why he is supporting Donald Trump.

Greetings From Frost Lake!

Spring At Last!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pearls Before Swine

“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”
Matthew 7:6 (KJV)
It will be a short lesson today, children, as the point that I want to make is either self-evident or one that you will never understand.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Civility

Two words about a news article I saw this wee:

civility [si-vil-i-tee] 


noun, plural civilities
1. courtesy; politeness
2. a polite action or expression:
   an exchange of civilities
3. Archaic. civilization; culture; good breeding

From Middle English (of Latin derivation) "civilite" meaning "courtesy"


schism [siz-uh m, skiz-] 


noun
1. division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties
2. the parties so formed
 

From Middle English (of Greek derivation) "cisme" meaning "to split"

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Condescension

con•de•scen•sion

[kon-duh-sen-shuh n] 
noun
1. an attitude of patronizing superiority; disdain.
2. behavior that is patronizing or condescending.
3. voluntary assumption of equality with a person regarded as inferior.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Importance of Being Earnest

"I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy."
The Importance of Being Earnest- Oscar Wilde

Friday, March 18, 2016

An Open Letter To My Senators

Michael Bennet
United States Senator
(Democrat) Colorado

Cory Gardner
United States Senator
(Republican) Colorado

Dear Honorable Sirs:

I feel compelled to write you this morning after watching the news this morning and seeing your colleague, the Honorable Mr. McConnell making a thoroughly curious assertion on the news. In the interview, the leader of the Senate said that “the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Twenty-Three

Happy Birthday, Mom! 

Mother
with
Speed and Judy

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Newspeak

"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten… The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that… Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?"

    1984

~ George Orwell

Friday, January 15, 2016

Citizen Journalism

 – Citizen Journalism

cit•i•zen jour•nal•ismnoun1. the collection, dissemination, and analysis of news and information by the general public, especially by means of the Internet.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

What Is “Controversial” About Majority Rule!?

democracy [dih-mok-ruh-see]
noun, (plural: democracies)
1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.