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Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Blog, Personal, Politics | 5 comments

The Lunacy of the Lie Detector Test Federal Case

 

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A man named Chad Dixon, from Indiana, has just been sentenced to eight months in a federal penitentiary.

His crime?

Teaching people how to beat a lie detector test.

Read the full story:  CLICK HERE

This punishment was handed down yesterday in a federal court in Alexandria, VA.  Let’s hope free speech advocates will recognize the serious implications of this outrageous verdict and will fight to appeal stop charges of this nature from ever being filed in the first place in future cases.

Here’s the problem.

Lie detector tests aren’t just inconclusive, they’re practically useless.  A significant segment of the scientific community considers polygraphs to be pseudoscience (CLICK HERE).  In fact, “polygraphy has little evidence to support its use.  Despite claims of 90 percent validity by polygraph advocates, the National Research Council has found no evidence of effectiveness.” (CLICK HERE)  Polygraph test results are inadmissible as evidence in most courts of law.  Why?  Because lie detectors are junk science.  Read more:  CLICK HERE

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 2 comments

Gays Aren’t Destroying the Institution of Marriage — Rather, They’re Saving It

 

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Opponents of changing marriage laws in the United States claim that extending these rights to same-sex couples “threaten the institution of marriage.”

But evidence shows that gays are hardly matrimony’s primary menace.  In fact, it’s the straights, the so-called traditionalists who have evaded, mocked, and in increasing numbers abandoned the most sacred marriage vow, “I wed thee….’til death do us part.”

Let’s begin by highlighting what we already know.  About half of all marriages end in divorce.  Of those who do tie the knot, the averge person gets married about 1.8 imes during his or her lifetime.  Futhermore, more than half the adult U.S population is curently single, the lowest percentage in history.  So, if straight marraiges can’t even muster the formation of a simple majority — either by overall number or by the number of unions which ultimately prove successful — then how can this camp speak of protecting traditional marriage with any sense of credibility?

Fact is, we’re blowing it big time, and we need help.  If marriage is to be protected and emboldened as one of the keys to creating a more stable society, then we ought to be doing a lot more to foster ways that marriage will appeal to increasing numbers of people now disenfranchised or excluded outright by “tradtition.”  This mandates thinking about the institution of marraige in ways we hadn’t considered before, that might have been unthinkable just a generation ago.

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Blog, Essays | 3 comments

Time to Break the Bonds of Royal Servitude

 

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I pity the (soon to be) royal baby.

That nine-pound glob of goo currently swimming around blissfully next to the intestines of a brunette goddess is doomed.  From its very moment of conception, it doesn’t stand a chance of living and breathing as a free soul.  Ever.

Sure, the so-called “royal” will be surrounded by immeasurable wealth and fame during its entire life.  Its every whim — from cradle to grave — will be tended to by an army of servants, nannies, butlers, and sycophants.  It will be pampered like no one else on earth.  As if this is all a “good” thing.

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Blog, Politics | 1 comment

Names to Remember, Faces Not to Forget

 

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If there’s a downside to the capture of the Boston Marathon bomber, it’s that the world will be forced to endure hearing his name and seeing his face over and over again.

Each time his name gets mentioned or his image is shown, we’re forced to relive the horrors.  We become captives of a twisted biography.  We’re given no other option but to surrender the most precious commodity we have, which is our time, and bestow it upon someone so utterly undeserving — someone who caused so much senseless pain, misery, and death.

We all become his victims, by the millions.  By making us bear witness to his unfathomable acts which are certain garner news headlines over the next several months, we’re robbed again and again.  He steals away moments when instead we should be living and enjoying life.  He’ll distract us from very real problems and issues that demand our attention.  Perhaps worse of all, his lasting presence in media coverage forces the victims who suffered the most to relive the most horrible moments of their lives.

There are other victims, too.  While a motive still remains unclear, if indeed these bombings were motivated by political or religious ideology, his actions most certainly damage whatever cause he believed in.  Yes, some causes are worth fighting for.  Some might even justify the use of violence.  But it’s difficult to think of any cause, no matter how noble, worthy of the murder of an eight-year-old boy.  Someone please justify that.

We’ve also came to learn something about the bombers’ family.  Based on comments widely reported throughout the day on Friday, the father and mother appear to be far beyond simple bereavement.  In fact, they are disgraceful people, worthy of our universal repudiation.  Any potential for a public outpouring of sympathy for the parents of the two bombers was shattered when the mother launched into a baffling verbal attack on the F.B.I. while authorities were in the midst of a manhunt for her son.  She even alleged her two sons were “set up.”  It turns out the father was a real prince too, calling his boys “angels.”

Listening to the two parents speak and try to explain themselves was nauseating.  They don’t deserve any sympathy.  They don’t even deserve our pity.  Based on their comments, they’re way beyond any capacity to feel shame.  So let’s just call them both out for what they are — worthless pieces of shit who bred and raised two turds.

The bombers names will not be listed.  The parents names will not be listed.  They do not deserve any recognition.  Instead of posting their names, or the surname of that disgusting family, instead let’s use this space more constructively to remember some other names.

Ladies and gentlemen, those who follow are names worth remembering.  By all accounts, these are the names of four wonderful people, each with bright futures and full lives ahead of them, cut short in a senseless and selfish act of horror.  These are the names deserving of remembrance and celebration, along with more than 180 innocent victims who were seriously injured — some who lost arms and legs all because of two dysfunctional losers whose names deserve to be forgotten forever.

Here are four people with names worth remembering, and faces we should not forget:

 

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 Krystle Campbell

 

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 Martin Richard

 

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Lingzi Lu

 

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Sean Collier

 

 

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Blog, Travel | 0 comments

My “Bay to Breakers” Moment

 

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I hope those of you who read Kevan Garrett’s wonderfully inspirational e-mail yesterday had a chance to do some soul searching and think about your own “Bay to Breakers” moment.

It’s unfortunate that it sometimes takes a terrible tragedy to remind us of the precious opportunities we all have.  Accordingly, we must seize those opportunities and make the most of them.

After reading about Kevan’s passionate deviance and his determination to run the the Bay to Breakers race, I was moved way beyond my usual capacity to express emotions.  This was especially the case after reading that several other people we mutually know will be joining Kevan in the race.  Some friends are reportedly flying in to the Bay Area just for this occasion, from places as far away as Colorado.  Just because of something they read from Kevan and a need to find and ultimately fulfill their own moment.

Regretfully, I’m in the opposite time zone right now.  There are no races here.  Nonetheless, I did manage to find my “Bay to Breakers” moment to be in solidarity with those who suffered in Boston.

Yesterday, I pondered the many options open to me here in the Nation’s Capital.  When it comes to honor and sacrifice, no city in America displays more reminders of who we are and more importantly what we aspire to be — both as people and as a nation.

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