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Wednesday, October 8, 2003

I think that Affirmative Action probably seemed like a good idea at the time.

I think that people should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

I think that a marriage should be judged by the level of commitment of the partners, one to another, and not the genitalia of the partners.

I think it doesn't matter if you call it a marriage or a domestic partnership.

I think that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, and that it matters what kind of man you are.

I think that people in public office hold a sacred trust.

I think it's great when non-career politicians run for political office.

I think patriotism is important.

I think it's important to keep an open mind, but not so open that just anyone can throw their garbage in.

I think capitalism is a great system, and that it is a system who's morals are informed by its practitioners, and that morals should never be divorced from the system.

I think no one should be fired or tarred forever for saying one stupid thing.

I think the decision to drop the atomic bombs to end WW2 was justified and correct.

I think Israel is justified in building a fence or taking any other action they feel is necessary to protect their citizens and their country.

I think that both America and Israel are very reluctant to go to war, but that when either does, considering their abilities, they run the most humane conflicts the world has seen in war.

I think the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do.

I think that anyone who also thought so, but abandons George Bush or Tony Blair after the fact to score simple political points is swine.

I think it's at least possible Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11.

I think the War in Iraq was a necessary step in shaking up the Middle East and making terrorism expensive to its sponsors.

I think there's no such thing as Neo-Colonialism unless "neo" means "not."

I think there's no such thing as Cultural-Imperialism unless people are forced at gunpoint to adopt another culture.

I think the government should take steps to seriously curb illegal immigration, and work out new immigration rules if necessary for economic reasons.

I think that when the government subsidizes something, they are encouraging that thing, and that that includes single motherhood, split families, under-employment and poverty.

I think a basic social safety-net is a good thing, but that generally speaking, a welfare state is a bad thing.

I think Communism is a religion and as murderous as Nazism without the racial element.

I think a religion like Judaism with a history of thousands of years must serve some element of human nature in a positive manner to have survived so long.

I think organized religion doesn't really do it for me, but that I have nothing against religious people as long as they would make a good next door neighbor.

I think Darwin had it basically right, and that religion and science ought not to be mixed in the classroom.

I think that no flying saucer crash-landed at Roswell, New Mexico, and that it's very unlikely that anyone claiming to have been kidnapped by aliens really was.

I think that the human mind is very good at seeking-out patterns, and that there is no future-history built into the Pyramids of Egypt and that Nostradamus couldn't have predicted the next day's weather, let alone prophesied the future.

I think that people's pursuit of "the golden mean" is one of the biggest obstacles to finding working solutions to serious problems.

I think a woman should have the right to choose.

I think that it's important to vote on the basis of good public policy, and secondarily on what's good for me, personally, because good policy will be good for me.

I think the spread of unconventional weapons is one of the biggest threats we face in the future.

I think that people who serve the public, such as police, firefighters and soldiers are heroes, but that it doesn't excuse them when they break the law.

I think that guilty murderers deserve to die, but I worry greatly about an innocent person being executed.

I think this list has gone on long enough...for now.

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13 Comments

Excellent Solomon. Excellent.

I think every blogger should have an 'I Think' profile and that we should start the top 50 categories.

http://www.mdcbowen.org/p1/cobb/litmus.htm

I'll let you know...

That's a nice list, Cobb. Yeah, it tells a lot about who you're dealing with. Funny thing is, I never really felt comfortable before now coming up with a list like this before. Although I wouldn't necessarily say much of it has changed since I started blogging, the blog has made me feel somehow more comfortable listing it.

I think that when judging the importance of an open mind, one needs to remember that a parachute cannot function properly unless it remains properly closed until needed.

I like Cobb's thought on "Worship", very interesting.

The parachute analogy applies very well to one's mouth also. I think I'll use that one on my children this evening.

I think it's remarkable that the views of a lifetime liberal and Clinton voter are so closely aligned with this lifetime independent, Bush voter and Clinton despiser. I blame the irresponsible profit-only driven media for the seeming political gulf between us.

"I think Israel is justified in building a fence or taking any other action they feel is necessary to protect their citizens and their country."

I think Jews are a very Holy people.
I think Muslims are a very Holy people.

I think that Isreal (as the term is used today to denote a state) is nothing more than a pawn in the hands of the US mafia. Further, that the USA is nothing more than a pawn in the hands of Global Order Capitalists bent on raping the earth of natural resources to market to the ignorant poor as energy.

I think that the very concept of Isreal as a state is blasphemous.

Isreal is to be the HOLY LAND awarded to the Jews by God for their suffering. It is not a warzone with distint borders awarded by any nation-state to another.

I think that any Jew who takes the time to read the Torah has no interest in a zionist Isreal.

"I think the spread of unconventional weapons is one of the biggest threats we face in the future."

I think you should do a Google search on depleted uranium and recognize that your country uses and sells more tonnage of "unconventional weapons" than anyone else.

Peace,

Oracle

Oh... and Nostradamus. Have you ever heard the phrase, "the board is set, the pieces are in motion"? Here is an opportunity to embody the wisdom of such a man yourself: The West Antartic ice sheet is critically unstable. A warmer global climate is to blame. When the big ice cube cracks off (estimates range 2-50 years) global sea level will be displaced causing a rise of 10 meters. I'll let you prophesize what that should do to coastal US cities.

for more info learn the word isostasy and visit usgs.gov

i yahooed my name and found you. i am amused that my first and follow-up letter in the jewish journal and a similar letter in the north shore sunday have been blogged. i was at the walk talk and rock for israel. straw hat, santa salt-and-pepper beard and hair, and a bowl full of jelly. i'm sure you saw me. dont know why i'm writing you. i would incourage you, however, to come to a Comfort My People event at Salem's Temple Shalom (Lafayette St, Rts 1A and 114 near Salem State College), Nov 13, 5:00ish, co-hosted by the 'hasidic' pentacostal Christian Renewal Church located directly across Lafayette Street from TS. the event is still in the planning stages, so the exact time hasnt been determined. contact TS in Oct to find out exact time, etc. bring family. been there, done it before; itsa lotta fun. seeing 100+ jews and 100+ christians whoopin it up is a sight to behold. mark

You need a camera with anti-shake technology.

"I think a basic social safety-net is a good thing, but that generally speaking, a welfare state is a bad thing."

I live in one of the world richest welfare states. Hasn't hurt me, or anyone else I know =)

"I think that both America and Israel are very reluctant to go to war, but that when either does, considering their abilities, they run the most humane conflicts the world has seen in war."

My first question: Are wars humane? They contradict everything we as human beings stands for. And, btw, "humane wars"... Vietnam? The US (after the French couldn't deal with it any longer) attacked a country that actually chose communism (by legal elections) to get away from colonialism. That's not humane.

Hello Solomom,

Your "I think" page is a great idea. Do you mind if I use it?

It looks like I empathise with just about all your 'thoughts' above, if not all, but that's not the point. It's a great idea whether we agree or not!

Don't know if it would suit ALL the little bloggers though.

Many of them don't know what the word "think" means. I have a page ready made for the typical British liberal-leftie in the UK. (Sorry if that sounds abusive, since I, like you it seems, might have considered myself in that category once!)

http://keeptonyblairforpm.wordpress.com/the-guardian-cif-ers-and-other-such/

But never, in my wildest lib-left days would I have called for the right, no ... privilege, to dispatch Tony Blair to his maker in the ways THAT crowd describe. Their irrationality, pathological hatred, sadistical tendencies and plain ignorance know no bounds, it seems.

So I don't think we want to know what THEY think ;0(

I too have written about the Donors' Conference. Might add your link there, if you don't mind.

Best wishes, and keep up the good work.

I'll credit you in my 'I think' page.

Link away, and yes, CiF is quite a wild place. ;)

I think women should have the right to choose to reproduce or not. And to engage is sexual activities accordingly. I also believe that abortion is intrinsically horrible, and that anyone who thinks about it honestly would agree.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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