The Benefits of Not Giving the Benefit of the Doubt

 

Teaching children to give others the benefit of the doubt is good parenting. Adults who give their neighbors and co-workers the benefit of the doubt are better citizens and lead happier lives than those who don’t.

Ordinary interaction between people is often subject to misinterpretation. Did that person rudely cut in front of me or did she think I wasn’t in line? Was I given a lousy seat because the hostess didn’t like me or was it a compliment that she thought I could add some life to the table with the dull in-laws? Was my boss intentionally ignoring me when we passed on the sidewalk or did he truly not notice me?

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I attended an exhibit at an art college last week, a show of all the senior students’ capstone projects in fine and commercial art. There was a wide range of styles and subject matter. I viewed the work of the graphic designers, illustrators and interior designers and chatted with the students about their techniques and […]

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Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking?

 

Do you have a spot, a special place where you find that you do your best thinking? I find that there are places I inhabit with some frequency that are not conducive to reflective thinking, and others that, for whatever reason, allow a freer exercise of cognitive activity.

For instance, the idea for this post came while I was outside on the riding lawnmower, cutting away at the spring grass.

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H/T, Steve Hayward at Powerline. Roy Spencer, one of the five most credible climate scientists working today (the others are Judith Curry, Richard Lindzen, Pat Michaels, and Roger Pielke Jr or Sr, take your pick), points out the ignorant/dumb arguments used against global warming, and follows with valid issues. Preview Open

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Zagreb the city proved very pretty – I’d had no idea! – but Zagreb the trip was, I cannot deny it, a flop. Well, I’m used to those, and with little hesitation plotted yet another. Trip. Turkey had been in mind. But Turkey is an even longer plane ride, and even if it were close, […]

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Looks like the “Jesus had a wife” papyrus story will move from the Harvard Divinity School to Coast to Coast Radio. “Almost from the moment Ms. King made her announcement two years ago, critics attacked the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife as a forgery. One line of criticism said that the fragment had been sloppily reworked […]

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Amnesty and America’s Bottom Line—D.C. McAllister

 

As an Investor’s Business Daily editorial said at the beginning of this year, major businesses are calling for immigration reform because it’s good for their bottom lines even though it’s bad for America’s. 

Politicians and big business have colluded in the push for amnesty: “Businesses like cheap labor. And politicians like political contributions from business. So they’ve formed an unholy alliance to push the idea that costs for amnesty for illegals would outweigh the benefits. But they don’t.”

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An interesting contrast to the Sterling incident…  “After a pressure campaign by teachers unions, the Discovery Channel has knuckled under and canceled the program “Bad Teachers.” The true-crime series, which examines cases where teachers became sexually involved with their students, aired its only episode last week.” Preview Open

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Let me begin by saying that I don’t think that Jeb Bush is the answer. He might be the best Bush of the bunch, but he’s not the solution for 2016. However, I wonder if there might be an upside. Might his candidacy  damage Hillary Clinton’s? Would the spectacle of two dynastic candidates tip public […]

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The Call of Duty video game series has tens of millions of registered users. So you can bet that this promotion video for the next sequel is going to get plenty of attention. What does it get right? What does it get wrong? Where should debates about mercenary employment go from here? Preview Open

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That Old Clintonian Dysfunction

 

As Hillary Clinton is gearing up for another possible run at the presidency, Politico has written an in-depth story regarding Clinton’s love-hate relationship with the media. And it is mostly hate, as one of Clinton’s advisers is more than happy to admit: “Look, she hates you. Period. That’s never going to change.” I am more than willing to believe those words, and they point to why Hillary Clinton should never be president of the United States.

We are still being governed by an administration that claims to have been the most transparent in history, even though the record is clear that it is anything but. And this is an administration with relatively good relations with the media, featuring a president who has basically been a media darling ever since he burst on the national and international stage. If an administration with this many advantages when it comes to being able to charm the media still sees fit to make a mockery of transparency, what makes anyone think that in a future (Hillary) Clinton administration, there will be anything resembling more transparency, especially when one considers Clinton’s often-difficult history with the press?

Don’t Bother Me With Your Hypotheticals — Frank Soto

 

Ever have a conversation with a friend that just leaves you ready to scream by the end of it? I just had one of those myself and my faith in humanity is falling fast.

As the topic of Donald Sterling came up, I made an off-handed remark that it is scary that everything private can be used against you publicly these days. A friend — who we will call Bob — replied that he didn’t see anything wrong with it.