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About Mike82ARP

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    Mike Masztal
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    I’ve had a myriad of jobs in my adult life, but it’s been fun: Army paratrooper, cop, chiropractor, fraud investigator, and now retired, but I’ve managed to remain married for 36 years and counting. Education: B.S., D.C., M.B.A. So much stuff to learn, so little time. Think I was ADHD as a kid??? LOL!!!
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    Objectivism- in the open sense. Hydroponic gardening.

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  1. Agreed. Her excuse of "none of the emails were classified is lame. Anyone with a 3 digit IQ would realize information that was of a sensitive nature and act accordingly. Her dismissive case might work with her followers who we know aren't all that bright, but won't fly with the rest of us.
  2. Through the years, I saw Rand's books in bookstores, but was never introduced to her until the first Atlas Shrugged film came out and the subsequent interest in her works vis a vis Obama's willful destruction of the economy. I read AS as well as The Virtue of Selfishness, Intro to Objectivist Epistemology, The New Intellectual, etc. I found Rand's writing reflected much of my worldview with the exception of her atheism. I also found her critique of Christianity and altruism to contain straw man arguments and some of her metaphysics being a bit shallow. I read stuff from Peikoff and Kelley and
  3. I don't think Cankles will be sleeping too well. Pagliano had a reason for initially taking the 5th despite what her spin doctors claim.
  4. I generally don't take the polls seriously, especially at this time. One good sign is the turnout for the Democrat primaries has been low reflecting a lack of excitement in the their candidates, even Evita.
  5. At this time, I don't see Rubio as getting the nomination regardless what machinations he expects to pull off. He's young and it would appear he's already been issued marching orders from the Republican establishment. Expect more of the same from Marco. Regardless who gets the Republican nomination, I think the likely VP choice would be Kasich. Even though he probably won't get the nomination, RealClear politics has him beating Evita by the greatest margin. Strange. Anyway, Kasich is a likable guy and capturing Ohio will be critical in the general election.
  6. I get your point. Love is a strange thing. My wife and I got engaged after 6 weeks of dating and married 2 1/2 months later. That was 36 years ago and we remain very close. My initial inquiry was as to whether we can "know" things. Not objective or tangible things like math, weight, etc., but those things that aren't objectively determined. Then what degree of knowledge is required for us to act? To get away from emotion examples, let's say you're driving to work and drive through an several intersections while the light is green. How can you "know" the drivers on the cross stree
  7. Brant, since I don't know you and your writing style that well, I can't interpret your comment. Whose herd? "people like me"?
  8. Why is there religion? I'd say religion resulted from man using his faculties of reason and rationale. Presuming an evolutionary emergence of man and intelligence, man observed the world around him including things like cause and effect, e.g., lightning hits a tree and the tree bursts into fire, he bangs his finger and experiences pain, etc. He also observes the world around him and sees trees, plants, animals, etc., and reasons that the existence of himself and the world must have had a cause, but what/who caused it? Given the design of the world around him, e.g., the way plants grow and
  9. Thanks for that info. If Evita doesn't win, I wouldn't be surprised to see Obama giving her the ultimate f-u a d leave her to whoever the next AG will be.
  10. This whole email scandal pisses my off to no end. The stupidity (willful?) of the lame stream media and even non-fans over at Fox News is astounding. Here's my thoughts as one who handled classified materials when I was in the Army. For those vets, for a time I worked as my battalion's S2 (intelligence dept) NCO and was required to have a top secret security clearance for that position. Evita (I like that name) claims that none of the emails were classified and there shouldn't be any problem with them being on her personal email server. She's a pathological liar and disinge
  11. Hi Tony: Thanks for your comments. I get your point about trust and honesty. Why I compare trust and faith is that both entail a degree of uncertainty yet they are acted upon. So, I wonder what degree of evidence, e.g., behavior, observation, reason, etc., is necessary to form that trust? Is it the case that the levels or types of evidence necessary are subjective or objective, or is it really a fool's errand to make that determination?
  12. I'm kinda in the same camp, Greg. I find some of Rand's metaphysics unconvincing and have the same opinion as you do of AS and some of the other implications in the book.. I'm surprised some of the more dedicated O-ists haven't chimed in. I'm sure they have someone they believe loves them, but what do they place their beliefs on? You mentioned trust on your earlier email, but trust is a close corollary to faith, and that's a big no-no for the fundamentalist O-ist.
  13. Thanks for the response. Since I'm not an Objectivist maven, but a novice, I don't know where "trust" fits in with the Objectivist philosophy. Trust seems to me to be a subjective opinion. Can you be sure your "trust" is not misplaced using the same ulterior motive scenario? History is replete with betrayals. Or doesn't it matter? I'm not trying to be jerk. I always look for holes in my thought. I hat ego be wrong, so if I am I appreciate being informed.
  14. Moralist bring up an interesting point here: " is only through a real life personal experience of the reality of the Utterly Objective, which is not transferrable to others." The question I would like to add is, "Can you "know" that your spouse loves you?" I assume for many of you love is an important part of your life. As far as I know, there is no objective test that indicates real "love" versus fake "love". How can one know that their spouse isn't just acting like they love you for some ulterior motive? From my readings, it appeared that Ayn and Frank loved each other despite Rand's
  15. Brant. You were a S.F. medic IIRC. I keep in touch with ] old buddies and Army stuff since I was teaching high school until retiring a year ago. You know what they are giving out for reenlistment bonuses for SF medics? About $75K. A recruiter friend just gave a $25K enlistment bonus to a enlisted man Intelligence Analyst. Decent bucks, IMO. Do you attend the annual SF veteran meetings?