This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pho

There I was standing inside, by myself, near the front door of my current favorite Vietnamese restaurant waiting for my youngest brother to join me for lunch today. In walks the homeliest congressperson alive. At least the homeliest male congressperson alive. A part of the mud fence you see mugging for the camera with Pelosi and Waters and Jackass Lee and that guys who looks like Andy Kaufman's and Butthead's love child. We were two feet apart, face to face. There was only the two of us. I was set back a little, because I had thought from seeing him on the news that he was a big guy... not so. He was about Smurf height... tiny. He greeted me after he entered the door. His voice was tiny also. It was weak and unassuming. I said to him- I'll say hi back, but I ain't liking it. He said- Well, (I wish I had a smaller font for his words to better express his mousy voice) at least we can be cordial. I said- The way you talk about our President deserves little respect or cordiality.
He was escorted to his table where he was meeting, I guess, his constituents. Another Texas State Democrat legislature came in and they posed for pictures at the table. The people at his table would turn and look at me in between times my brother would look at him because he didn't know who Al Green was. Of course once he saw him he recognized him. I was ignoring him and his people. Later the check arrived for his table. He grew Tyrannosaurus Rex arms and someone else paid the check. I left and was standing outside near the front door waiting for my brother when Green came out. He looked in fear as if I was waiting on him. So as not to make him run in this oppressive Texas heat, I turned my back and ignored him once more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Must Read If You Like Truth

David Harowitz

Even Our Troll Has Never Been This Snarky

   Someone liked some of my articles and invited me to post on a webpage for politically and religiously eclectic writers.  I did and got piled on.   But you guys had toughened me up. Most of their responses were not worth my time to answer, however after being told over and over again that I obviously did not understand the Bible and having Scripture after Scripture thrown at me, I finally had had it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Charlottesville Now Becomes a Recruiting Tool


 Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests [that turned violent].  The violence at these events has included molotov cocktails, shattered windows, punches thrown, and public property destroyed. Last night, a group of leftwing activists tore down a confederate statue without permission.

There is no comparable list of “alt-right” protests.

Labeling all conservatives together as bigots or enablers of bigots and all leftwing activists as moral crusaders, the media is pushing more people towards the alt right. As the media refuses to be fair in its coverage, there will be fewer conservative voices who care enough to speak up against right wing extremism. Erick Erickson

Trump, the Only Grown Up in the Room

Monday, August 14, 2017

Here we are at Vent Page 119


Vent pages are handy for posting of off-topic posts, rants, raves, rages, etc, which might not be appropriate on other threads where adults are having serious discussions. Childish rant? Need to call another poster a name? Just feel like spouting off? Or even if you have something to say and there doesn't seem to be any other logical place to say it.  Sound off.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The High Minded Sen Tillis

    Sen. Tillis responded to my previously posted letter.  He doubled down on everything he was doing on what he euphemistically calls Special Counsel Integrity Act, even admitting it was bipartisan.  The act is “aimed at protecting the independence of investigations conducted by special counsel by

Thursday, August 10, 2017

President Trump’s Poll Numbers Are Surging

  The latest poll from Zogby Analytics showed Trump with a 45 percent approval rating—his highest in their poll since February.

According to Zogby, Trump’s numbers increased due to rising rates of approval among a number of smaller subgroups.

Among Hispanics, Trump’s approval rating increased from 31 percent to 42 percent since July. Among union householders, Trump’s approval was up to 51 percent from 43 percent, and among voters in the West, Trump’s approval was up from 33 percent to 43 percent.
Zogby

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Those Who Ignore History Are Bound to Repeat it. Santayana

   During the 1930s, Britain and France followed a policy of appeasement. They gave Hitler what he wanted in order to keep the peace. They believed giving Hitler what he wanted would stop him from going to war.
Spiegal
The key example of appeasement in action Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who believed in appeasement. After meeting with Hitler and giving him what he wanted, Chamberlain returns to England announcing "peace for our time"

Edouard Daladier was prime minister of France. A supporter of the

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Letter to Tillis regarding His Attempted Coup d'etat

 
 Sen Tillis, I am sure you know the phrase: “Never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him.”―Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Potus will be in for eight years.  I am sure  he is not going to forget the little backbencher who struck him while he was still getting his feet under himself.  So as he learns to concentrate the enormous power of a president, not to mention backing your primary opponent in the next election, I can only hope for you, that you have kept your day job.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Our Two Senators join the Attempted Coup d’etat

Both of our Senators have joined the attempted coup d’etat of our president by supporting the Mueller witch hunt. Burr wrote me the following supporting special counsel Muller: "I believe that this (Mueller) is a positive direction."

Then there is Tillis ,who so far has accomplished nothing since

Monday, July 31, 2017

More Discussion of the Next Series of Articles

     This thread is another introduction to the next six series of articles. I have to say I am a little disappointed in the response so far. But the fault is mine. I entitled it "How to Live in a World Gone Mad." That title was catchy and I thought might draw in more readers. However the title was a misdirection. What my following articles were meant to address is creating one’s explanatory mental model when no models explain--and everyone is admitting they have no model.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Regarding the Next Two Articles


  The following two articles regard the importance of having a good theoretical model to make sense of a crazy world. A really good model needs to be comprehensive. I outlined events which now most people admit they have no working model. I gave my own model which works for me and ties together all the otherwise inexplicable events.

Also, if one wants to do more than just understand, but also likes to try to improve things, their model must point to how to respond. So, I put forth my model which not only allows me to understand, but points the way for what I need to be doing in my little corner of the world.

I then outline how that is all working for me.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Building an Explanatory Mental Model to Understand Bizarre Politics


  Nearly to a person, the talking heads are turning to one another and baffled asking, ‘in all your years, have you ever seen anything like what is going on. They all respond? "No." (As do I)

Have you ever seen people in the media writing fake news, destroying their own and journalism’s reputation, and say "I am doing the work of the Lord?"

Onward Christian Soldiers

   
  The prior thread laid out the problem of the world gone mad. This second thread is what some of us are doing about it.

Formerly feeling impotent as our country was going to Hell in a handbasket, we are rallying behind this president. We evangelicals put him in office. We are already more than pleased with his first Supreme Court pick. So we are responding in two ways,