Category Archives: Unbridled Ignorance

What America Needs More Of

by Steve K

It’s all sorted out now. We’ve had time to express our thoughts in the public arena leading up to election day. Time will reveal which side will get to say “See? I told you so!” to the other side.

I’m thankful for the opportunity I was afforded to be an assistant at the polls during early voting and a judge on election day in a heavily democratic area of Bladen County NC (where I was a good boy and kept my personal political opinions to myself and worked impartially for everyone who came in. My sole purpose in being there was vigilance against voter fraud).

I’ve learned some things as well as had some things I already knew reinforced. I was a witness to a spectacle that is disturbing for it’s widespread influence and the deadening of the individual mind and for it’s (often willful) ignorance, and for it’s blind allegiance to party or superficial similarities that are only skin-deep.

I was prepared for the things I would witness; I was not quite prepared for the sheer quantity.

So many individuals came in to vote not knowing if they were registered to vote or not; not knowing their address; and in some cases not even knowing how to spell their name. They came in to vote with a pre-filled sample ballot given to them by people outside the polling station.

There were candidates for several offices on the state and local level, too, but many of these voters seemed agitated that their ballots were cluttered with choices for offices other than President. Many said “I don’t know who these people are” and “Do I have to fill out all these?” even though their cheat-sheets already had them picked.

Even with all the candidates already marked on the ballot for them, so many of these low-information voters still needed help filling in bubbles on a simple paper ballot. This is like handing a cheat-sheet to a student who never bothered studying for a quiz and having that student say “Will you sit next to me and write my answers for me even though you gave me the answers?” This ranks as one of the most pathetic things I’ve ever witnessed. I’ve seen grown men being brought in by their aging mothers who filled out their voter registration forms for them. These forms ask you only for personal information which every person ought to know about themselves. I could have filled one out in the 2nd grade.

It amazes me how so many American voters are willing to surrender their minds and votes to let someone else make their choices for them. For most of these voters I see no evidence that they possess even a basic knowledge of the issues or that they even care. If they knew or cared then what they would be saying is that this country needs more of what we’ve had these last four years:

  • What this country needs is more government because we just can’t get enough government in our lives.
  • What we need is more debt because $16,000,000,000,000 just isn’t enough. My grandchildren’s share is $50,000 each, and each taxpayer’s share is $140,000, but that’s just not enough. We want more – way more!
  • What we need is to put the shackles of debt on our grandchildren by spending their money on ourselves today so we can have free abortions and condoms and call it a “women’s health” issue.
  • We need to further erode our religious liberties and surrender them to muslims and atheists.
  • We need a president who will do more bowing and apologizing to America’s enemies.
  • We need the president to play more golf while the government goes another four years without passing any budget whatsoever, let alone a balanced budget.
  • We need a president who will appear on more talk shows while more our embassies are attacked, more of our ambassadors are murdered, and more of our consulates burn. We also need him to blame more YouTube videos while trying to cover up the fact that he ignored repeated calls for help.
  • We need another term because four years of making excuses and blaming Bush simply isn’t enough.
  • We need a more porous border so more illegals can be granted amnesty and become registered democrats.
  • We need more voter fraud and more resistance to laws that would put a stop to it.
  • We need more tax cheats in high offices.
  • We need more politicians and their supporters stealing from the treasury.
  • We need more of our money confiscated to refill this depleted treasury.
  • We need a president who will appoint more czars who’s appointment bypasses congressional approval because we just don’t have enough czars but we have too many checks and balances.
  • What we need is more ignorance of history and more apathy.
  • We need to have our heads examined; but first, we need to pull our heads out of our asses.

Make no mistake. There will be more of all this. Again, time will reveal which side will get to say “I told you so.”

And it won’t take long at all.

In the meantime I’m going to have fun and enjoy living life as I quietly and diligently go about preparing for the outcome that history has shown time and again has fallen on a people who have already traveled the path we’re going down. And many will still insist “We need more of this!”

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Unbridled Ignorance

Wow! Who Knew There Were So Many Things That Don’t Matter?

By Steve K

Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m just wound up too tight. Maybe I obsess over things that I think matter but really don’t. In a strange way I envy those who can wave a dismissing hand at the things happening around us and to us. Oh, to be able to go through life so care-free, so unaware. If ignorance is bliss, then willful ignorance is willful bliss.

“Willfully ignorant”; isn’t that another word for “dumb on purpose”? Either way, you have to admire anyone who can manufacture their own state of blissful ignorance. After all, reality is so often unpleasant to face. Dwell on it too long and it can be downright depressing, so the secret to happiness for some people is to ignore reality and pretend it doesn’t exist. That’s much easier than admitting you made a mistake or that your judgement is faulty.

I’m fascinated by how an entire constituency is made up of such people. There seems to be no other explanation for such a phenomenon, and there are people in government who are aware of this and know how to capitalize on it. In fact, their very existence actually depends on voters being willfully ignorant dumb on purpose.

Are there any examples of this? I’m glad you asked! Yes, there are so many examples that it’s truly mind-boggling. So much so that I would love to live out the rest of my days pretending that such people don’t exist, but I’m not able to be that detached from reality. Let’s look at a few examples of what so many Americans are in denial of:

  • “It doesn’t matter to me that gas prices more than doubled since Obama took office, or that he’s blocked oil production in the Gulf for U.S. companies resulting in thousands of laid-off workers while sending billions of our tax dollars to Brazil so they can drill in the Gulf, or that Obama said that under his plan energy prices “will necessarily skyrocket”.
  • “I don’t know or care that our elected representatives over-spent us into debt to the tune of more than $16 trillion dollars, or that every taxpayer’s share is $140,000. It’s time for my favorite program, ‘So you think you can dance with a 5th grade chef?'”
  • “It doesn’t worry me at all that our Senate Majority Leader wants deficit spending for Cowboy Poetry. Some things are just to vital to our national interest to slash them from the budget.”
  • “I’m not at all concerned that our president is skipping national security meetings and refusing to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister while the Middle East is running amok. He has more important things to do like attend a fundraiser with rappers for his reelection campaign, and appearing on David Letterman and The View. Who’s Benjamin Netanyahu? Is he someone important, like Letterman, or Whoopie, or Jay-Z?”
  • “So what if the president condemned Mitt Romney BEFORE he condemned the attacks on Americans in Libya and Egypt. He’s in Campaign Mode, so what did you expect?”
  • “Why should it matter to me that the Marines guarding our embassy in Egypt were not permitted to have ammunition in their rifles, or that the president pledged that billions in foreign aid will continue to flow to these countries in spite of these attacks? I’m more concerned with getting my next tattoo.”
  • “So what if rogue countries have absolutely no fear of our President?”
  • “I’m not the least bit concerned that billions of our tax dollars are going to failing auto companies so that they can produce cars that no one wants, or that they cost more to produce that what they cost to buy. I need you to subsidize my new hybrid for me. Thanks!”
  • “Don’t trouble me with details over the government takeover of the health-care industry. Who’s got time to read all 2,700 pages of the Affordable Care Act?
  • “Do I find it hypocritical that the man who promised us the ‘most transparent administration ever’ held health-care negotiations behind closed doors after making a campaign promise to televise it on C-SPAN? Not at all. Why would you even ask such a silly question?”
  • “I appreciate the former House Speaker for looking us squarely in the eye and telling us “We have to pass the bill so we can see what’s IN the bill”. You have to admire that kind of candor. Few people would have the stones to try to pull that off.”
  • “I was not aware that Obama has been golfing 104 times since 2009. I wonder what his handicap is? I bet he’s pretty good after all that practice.” Image
  • “Why should I care that the first family takes a lot of expensive vacations overseas with a huge entourage? It’s not like I’m paying for it all. Someone else pays for all that, right?”
  • “No, I don’t find the timing of the news of Osama bin Laden’s death coming within 24 hours of Obama releasing a copy of his birth certificate the least bit suspicious. And don’t all copies of birth certificates have PDF layers and other irregularities? Well, mine didn’t, but still….”
  • “I don’t care that Obama refuses to release his records to the public, like his academic, medical, travel, passport, social security, or selective service records. I only care about who makes it to the next round on American Idol”
  • “The Obama Administration refuses to release documents for the investigation into Fast & Furious? Isn’t that a movie? Why would anyone have documents on a movie? Wasn’t Vin Diesel in that? Maybe he’s at the center of the investigation. I’ll have to watch the movie again and see.”
  • “So what if a U.S. Border agent was killed, along with hundreds of Mexicans. It wasn’t anybody I know.”
  • “12 million squatters in this country illegally? No effective border security, or deportation plan? The Obama administration suing Arizona to prevent them from trying to get the situation under control? Obama giving amnesty to millions of illegals right before election time so they will register to vote? What’s your point in even bringing all this up? Why are you such a racist?”
  • “So what if Obama thinks there’s 57 states?”
  • “So what if he reads ‘corpsman’ and pronounces it ‘corpes-man’?”
  • “So what if he can’t figure out the complexities of negotiating a tricky gate while holding an umbrella? I trust this man with my health-care, my money, my freedom, and my personal safety. He’s the smartest man ever.”
  •   Image
  • “So what if he thinks Austrian is a language?”
  • “So what if he spent his formative years growing up in a third-world country that is predominantly Muslim?”
  • “It doesn’t interest me in the least that he wrote in Dreams From My Father ‘ To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors…’. or ‘it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names’.”
  • “Why should I be concerned that Obama was mentored by Frank Marshal Davis, an avowed communist?”
  • “Why do you make such a big deal about the people Obama has surrounded himself with, like Bill Ayers? Doesn’t everyone have that one friend who’s an unrepentant 60’s radical and domestic terrorist?”
  • “So what if he went to a church pastored by a crazy hate-filled racist preacher? I’m more interested in what crazy outfits Lady GaGa wears.”
  • “The President appointed a communications director who is an admirer of Chairman Mao? Who’s Chairman Mao?”
  • “The President appointed a Green Jobs czar who is a communist, who believes 9/11 was perpetrated by our own government? What’s a czar?”
  • “The President’s ‘Diversity Officer’ at the FCC is an admirer of Hugo Chavez, wants our government to take over all communications like they did in Venezuela, and said that whites who hold high positions should surrender those positions because of their skin color and sexual orientation and be replaced with minorities and gays which has nothing to do with qualifications? I don’t see anything wrong with that.”
  • “The President’s Regulatory czar wants to ‘reformulate’ our First Amendment, give animals the right to sue humans, wants government recognition of marriage to be discontinued? What’s a czar again?”
  • “The President’s Safe Schools czar is a homosexual and an advocate of pedophilia? I guess it’s o.k. as long as they use condoms. Speaking of which, I want free birth-control!”
  • “The President appointed a Supreme Court justice who said ‘I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion  than a white male’? I don’t see that as an issue. I trust her judgement. She is a wise Latina, after all.”
  • “The President’s nominee for U.S. Court of Appeals is an advocate of reparations for slavery? Does that mean that Obama would have to pay himself since he’s mixed race?”
  • “The President’s Science czar advocates forced sterilizations and forced abortions to save the planet? I just don’t see what that has to do with anything.”
  • “The President’s recess-appointed head of Medicare and Medicaid wants to ration health care? Why should that bother me?”
  • “Socialism has been a historically proven failure everywhere it’s been implemented? So what? When are we going to allow gay marriage?”
  • “I’m not seeing where the President’s  ‘You didn’t build that’ remark in any way means he disdains independent-minded entrepreneurs.”
  • “How is the fact that the President never held a job in the private sector of any relevance to whether he’s qualified to run the country? So what if he lacks experience? He sounds good when he’s reading a teleprompter.”

I’ll ask again – who knew there were so many things that don’t matter?

3 Comments

Filed under Unbridled Ignorance

The Nature Of Evidence

By Steve K

Young, unmarried woman has baby. Young woman would rather party than take some responsibility. Young woman relieves herself of the inconvenience by disposing of her child. Young woman is now free to enjoy the local nightlife and. ironically, further engage in reproductive activity. She doesn’t see fit to notify anyone that her toddler is missing for 30 days. When the police are called, young woman lies, and lies, and lies. After an investigation there is sufficient evidence to charge the young woman. (“sufficient” means “enough” for those of you in Orlando who might be jurors one day). The case goes to trial; a jury is seated; the evidence is exhibited; the case goes to the jury; jury finds the young woman innocent of everything except lying. Young woman goes free.

Concerned mother desperately searching for her daughter

The young woman, unless you’ve been living under a rock. is Casey Anthony. But I’m pretty tired of hearing that name, so I’m going to call her Guiltsey Anthony. Yes, I know the jury said otherwise, but the jury is stupid. We all know Guiltsey is guilty, just like we all know O.J. did it; and the O.J. trial proved that juries can be brain-dead.

Concerned mother recruits friends & neighbors to aid in the search for the missing toddler

This was a jury of grazing sheep, with no real leadership, no independent thought, no critical thinking, no ability to look simultaneously at details as well as the big picture, incapable or just plain too lazy to put the pieces together and see the case, as a whole, form before their eyes. We’ve all watched Wheel Of Fortune and seen contestants correctly solving incomplete puzzles. We’ve even solved them ourselves and shouted the answer at the TV, so we know it can be done. Inference can be used to process circumstantial evidence (anyone remember Scott Peterson?), but somehow either the prosecution failed to define for the jury what all constitutes evidence, and explain to them the different kinds of evidence, or the defense was successful at falsely limiting the definitions, or both, leaving this jury expecting Vanna to leave no letter left unturned for them so they wouldn’t have to think. “Washingtom, Washingtoe? Washingtor? This is hard! We’re stumped without that last letter. We give up. Not guitly!”

The search continues into the night. Beverages are provided to the volunteers.

I’m hearing and reading a lot of people saying “there just wasn’t enough evidence to convict”. There is a serious lack of understanding of the nature of evidence and what kinds of evidence can be used. Some people won’t be convinced unless they can see a video of Guiltsey clearly doing the deed, or if a group of eyewitnesses testify that they saw her do it, as if a person planning on killing her child just can’t wait until there’s no one around. Physical evidence (which includes forensic) is but one kind of evidence, and there’s been an over-reliance on the empirical to the near exclusion of the logical. We use logic to make inferences. If A is more than B, and B is more than C, then A is more than C. Even though we might need to empirically determine what constitutes A,B,&C, we infer by reason that A is more than C even if A and C cannot be directly compared to each other. It wouldn’t make sense for someone to say “We just can’t determine whether or not A is greater than C because we can’t directly compare one to the other”. A person making such a statement is expressing doubt, but it’s not reasonable doubt. Somehow this jury had it in its collective head that they cannot make a determination of guilt unless the case is free from all doubt. You can show these people two of something, and then show them three of something, but they won’t put two & three together. They won’t believe it’s five unless you show them five, because using logic to add two & three is just hard. It makes their head hurt.

It seems like the jury looked at one piece of evidence, decided that it didn’t prove guilt beyond all doubt, then looked at the next piece of evidence and decided the same thing; going over all the evidence one piece at a time and rejecting it because no one piece by itself hit a home run in their minds. They failed to see how all the evidence came together and combine into a totality of circumstances. It’s like not seeing the forest because of the trees. What were they looking for, a sign over the body with an arrow pointing down saying “Mom did this”?

With schools & universities replacing education with indoctrination, we have told students what to think instead of how to think. We’ve even strayed so far from logic and reason that some people can’t even grasp the notion that there are such things as absolutes and universal truth, without which logic and reason are meaningless. It’s no wonder, sadly, that this is the outcome.

This is how lazy these individuals are: there were seven (7 for those in Orlando) charges against Guiltsey. They deliberated for only 9+ hours on all seven charges. My wife has spent more time than that going shopping. Less than ten hours for seven charges, and we’re supposed to believe that the jury gave this thoughtful and careful consideration? It’s as if this jury went to the deliberation room and said “Ok, we’ve been sequestered for six weeks, we’re tired, let’s wrap this up so we can all go home!” I can deal with Guiltsey being acquitted of Capital Murder, but how do they acquit her for Aggravated Manslaughter? Here is the Bill of Indictment:

  • “And the Grand Jurors of the County of Orange, duly called, impaneled and sworn to inquire and true presentment make in and for the body of the County of Orange, upon their oaths do present that CASEY MARIE ANTHONY, between the 15th day of June, 2008 and the 16th day of July, 2008, in said County and State, did willfully or by culpable negligence, in violation of Florida statutes 782.07(3) and 827.0393), while a caregiver to Caylee Marie Anthony, a child under 18 years of age, fail or omit to provide CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY with care, supervision and services necessary to maintain CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY’S physical and mental health, or fail to make a reasonable effort to protect CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY from abuse, neglect or exploitation by another person, and in so doing cause the death of CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY.” (elements that apply here are in bold yellow type for those of you in Orlando)

It’s going to be a real challenge trying to convince me that Guiltsey wasn’t culpably negligent at the least. So they convicted her of lying. Why? Lying about what? What did Guiltsey have to lie about?

Concerned mom taking a much-needed break from all that searching

What the jurors don’t understand is everything isn’t C.S.I. They are allowed to use deductive reasoning and common sense. This is why you can convict on circumstantial evidence. This matters because Scott Peterson sits on Death Row for the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn son, convicted on far less physical evidence and with the cause of their deaths never determined. Scott could be a free man, if only his jury was as intellectually lazy as the jury who let Guiltsey get away with murder.

6 Comments

Filed under Unbridled Ignorance