"Murphy was an optimist!"
Fear not! Love everyone! June 12, 2016 10:59 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Politics, Touchy Subjects
Giving into fear and hate is how you allow yourselves to be controlled. Take the power away from the politicians and the press. Do not be afraid. Love one another!
We are being shepherded into a divided country of us and them. Let’s return to being we. "United we stand; divided we fall."add a comment
Formula to create a fascist state April 4, 2016 6:46 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
It occurred to me last night that my entire adult life has been an experiment to convert America to a fascist state. How do you that?
- Change the economic system such that the bulk of the populace has to work two or more jobs to make ends meet. This takes away their time for family, self-improvement, self-satisfaction, self-education, personal satisfaction, personal growth, and health. If all the adults in the household are too busy to interact with their children, they cannot further their children’s education and their children grow up disconnected and lacking human empathy.
- Dumb down the public education system by placing an emphasis on testing instead of knowledge.
- Pit the common people against each other. This is easy since they have been dumbed down and lack empathy.
- Create more laws to reinforce 1, 2, and 3. This becomes easy since the public is not educated enough to understand what is happening and they have become divided upon their differences in race, religion, and philosophy.
This is the experiment we living in America.
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29 days in February! Let the mass unfollowings end. February 13, 2016 10:56 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Politics, Touchy Subjects
2016 is a Leap Year meaning there are 29 days in February and mass unfollowing of friends occur as United States politics flood the social media networks.
As a reminder, citizenship is not passive. We have a civic duty to participate in politics to shape our nations. That includes voicing dissenting opinions among our peers. An informed citizenry can better shape its respective nation. When the citizenry, particularly the proletariat, can be convinced to not be bothered, corporations and politicians can more easily control the people.
If we decry political discussions on Facebook or other social media as a reason to block people or unfriend others, we are doing nothing less than putting our fingers in our ears and chanting nah nah nah nah nah.
We make progress by listening to ideas foreign to our own. A business meeting where everyone walks into a room and nods heads in agreement and pats each other on the back is a waste of meeting space and salaries. An echo chamber where everyone else says the same thing we already think does not further a cause. Both cases are nothing more than pep rallies and bandwagons.
A diverse population will never be in complete agreement. John Lydgate said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” If the Left implemented all of their philosophies with blatant disregard for the Right, you would have a significant portion of the population displeased and vice versa. Politics is about finding a happy medium where the Right and the Left find a middle ground which somewhat pleases both extremes. Our politician’s job is to seek this middle ground!
An elected official is supposed to represent the people; not just the people who agree with that politician’s ideals. A Congressman is a professional and should be willing to approach a vote with a Yea to represent its constituents’ wishes even when that Congressman’s personal beliefs say Nay. Consider your representatives’ histories as you go into the voting booths.
Regarding the political arena and social media, I implore you to resist the urge to take a dislike to someone you follow or even go so far as to block or unfollow them over their political posts. Instead, engage them. I did not say “insult them” or “fight with them” or “troll them.” Engage them. Be inquisitive. Try to understand their position even if they are unwilling to give you the same courtesy. Let’s make politics civil again.add a comment
Does your vote count? Only if you vote. November 6, 2014 10:43 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Local Politics, Politics, Touchy Subjects
On November 4, 2014, Knox County had 104734 people vote on Amendment 1 altering the state’s constitution to give government control over a woman’s body. In 2013, 444622 lived in Knox County. That means 24% of the population decided to vote.
What does this mean? In short, Knox County allowed roughly the same number of people who show up to a football game on Saturday to decide to change the state of Tennessee’s constitution.
2016 is not far away. Get registered to vote. Learn the issues. Ignore the marketing. Make educated decisions. VOTE!add a comment
I’m not shopping there June 30, 2014 5:07 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Sex, Touchy Subjects
While I would have to become a recluse living in a cave in the woods and buying nothing from any company to ride my moral high horse, I still don’t have to shop at Hobby Lobby who ships junk from China and resells it at a high markup. (just read this…search for one child per famliy and hypocrisy). Hobby Town sells model rocket engines cheaper than Hobby Lobby and Michaels, A.C. Moore, and Jo Anne’s have all the other stuff…cheaper. So, Hobby Lobby just go stand over there with Exxon and Chick-fil-a.
SCOTUS really screwed the pooch on this one. Sure hope they were wearing a condom. Wonder who paid for the condom?add a comment
Do you remember? November 5, 2013 7:25 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
What the Mars rover is doing during the government shutdown October 2, 2013 1:41 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
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2016 is going to be weird September 10, 2013 9:02 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, Politics, Touchy Subjects
GW says Jeb should run in 2016 April 25, 2013 9:08 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
In an interview aired Wednesday with ABC News, the former president says his brother would be, in his words, a "marvelous candidate."
Hell no! The only bush I want to see in the White House better have tits.
Oh thank you Barbara! She doesn’t want Jeb to run.
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"There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes," former first lady Barbara Bush told NBC’s "Today"
The 2012 election is upon us and it’s craaaazzzzy November 6, 2012 7:09 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
WARNING! Inappropriate joke here within. September 13, 2012 10:30 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor, Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
On the political scene, Sarah Palin posted on Facebook:
If [President Obama] doesn’t have a ‘big stick’ to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.
She does know he’s a black man doesn’t she?add a comment
Depressing radio August 23, 2012 7:51 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
Heard something thoroughly depressing this morning. A group that has accurately predicted the past 8 presidential elections has Romney winning the electoral vote. Frankly, I cannot imagine a worse outcome for the United States.add a comment
Don’t ruin it for everybody August 14, 2012 10:21 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Local Politics, Politics, Touchy Subjects
Dear parents, rather than trying to force your ideals upon my children, please allow them to read the assigned reading and be challenged by the concepts and the language within the writing. These books, Feed and Robopocalypse, were chosen for a reason, not by random choice. If you do not want your child to read the book, let your child read the alternative reading but leave my child alone. I believe these high school students, these young adults, can handle it.add a comment
Clinton’s Internet Bubble Caused the Recession July 25, 2012 10:19 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
When did the cause of the recession switch from the housing bubble to the Internet bubble?
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Out of Balance July 12, 2012 9:16 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Economy, Politics, Touchy Subjects
Out of Balance
A Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is distributed in the United States. Most thought that it’s more balanced than it actually is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of wealth, 92% picked one that was even more equitable.
And for the REAL image, look on page 11 of Michael I. Norton and Dan Ariely’s report http://www.people.hbs.edu/mnorton/norton%20ariely%20in%20press.pdf (the online version is here: http://pps.sagepub.com/content/6/1/9)
What is this?
Today, a manipulated image of this data is spreading like wildfire through the Internetz particularly over Facebook. The source of the image can be found at MotherJones.com but has been altered to show a baby peeing on a man and a a kitten commenting that "tickle down" doesn’t work. The original image is within a PDF and JPG so I’ve decided to put it here in plain text. Rather than looking at Norton and Ariely’s findings (online version), I guessed at the numbers but they look pretty close to the actual image. It makes the point.add a comment