Quote of the day:

I know, I haven’t been hanging around here for a while, but this seems up your alley:

The thing is, shameless lying and ignorance works surprisingly well as a debate tactic. It’s hard to argue with someone who not only has signaled that he doesn’t care what the truth is but is downright proud of how little he actually knows. Such a person is not amenable to being educated. Once the pretense of really caring one way or another about what is right and what is wrong has been abandoned, all avenue of discourse is shut down.

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9 thoughts on “Quote of the day:

  1. It gets even better:

    “At the end of the day, the problem is one of identity. The conservative identity is one of being opposed to everything liberal, to the point of despising anything even associated with liberalism. As liberalism has increasingly been aligned with the values of empiricism and reason, the incentives for conservatives to reject empiricism and reason multiply. To be a “conservative” increasingly means taking a contemptuous view of reality. And so the proudly ignorant grow more belligerent, day after day.”

    This article answers my question about when the term Conservative came to mean out of touch with reality in US usage.

  2. Hello Laci my friend. It is good to hear from you again. I’m liking John Stuart Mill.

    Mill was a Member of Parliament and an important figure in liberal political philosophy.

    “Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.”

    “There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.”

    The use of “liberal” for progressive politics dates to the program of 19th century advocates of individual freedom, like John Stuart Mill, since liber is the Latin word for “free.”. Can also mean a Freeman.

    The British conservative political party, Tories, derives from the Irish word for thief. The word “Tory” derives from the Middle Irish word tóraidhe; modern Irish tóraí: outlaw, robber or brigand, from the Irish word tóir, meaning “pursuit”, since outlaws were “pursued men”

  3. I thought I would pass on a couple of quotes this morning from Isaac Asimov:

    1. “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

    2. Creationists make “Natural Selection – Evolution,” sound like a “theory” that you dreamt up after being drunk all night.

  4. Hello All,
    I set up a new blog site (because I cannot get into my old “engineer of knowledge” one) to pass on my thoughts and complement the Internet Radio Show, “Here Be Monsters”, “Sunday Show”.

    http://mindsandtimes.wordpress.com/

    This blog site was created to complement the conversations, passing on the true and accurate facts, that can also be heard on the Internet Radio Blog Site, “Here Be Monsters”, “The Sunday Show” that comes on every Sunday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM EST.
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters/2014/05/18/the-sunday-show-on-here-be-monsters
    I am honored to be a co-host on this program with Gwen H. Barry (the host) and Jack Jodell (another co-host).
    The program is a current events talk show dealing with geo-political topics, domestic and foreign. The occasional guest interviews are of the highest quality, and those well informed on the issues that affect us all today.
    I hope you check both sites out sometime soon.
    Thank you.

  5. Outstanding, Engineer…Thanks for the heads up….One time I had mentioned to M_R that he and I should consider a talk show based inToledo and Jackson…There is no progressive talk in Jackson, and I have a friend who owns a talk radio radio station here. Never ran the idea past him, so don’t know if he would have been interested…Good for you…..

    1. Hello Uptheflag and Muddy,
      I would love and be honored to participate in this radio show if you can put it together. I simply call in on my cell phone and patched in to the board for broadcast. Let’s really act on this idea….I Love It. People will listen to a radio show more so than read a blog. The progressive word has to get out.

    2. Sirius radio has a few channels that could be considered progressive.

      i.e. Sirius channel No. 127
      Channel name: PROGRESS
      One of their programs is by MEDIA MATTERS (Sat 10:00 am, Sun 4:00 pm), among others.

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