Dave Smith

Wild Fires…

 

From Dave Smith

We live in Redwood Valley just south of these wildfires…

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Dave Smith: He’s Going Down

 

My latest 2 Minute Ditty:

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Evidence?

 

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No! No! A Thousand Times No!!

 

For those of us boycotting Trump today…


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Remember When Mad Magazine Forecasted The Future of Shaving in a 70s Cover? (I do)…

From Dave Smith

Now in 2016, not there yet… but getting close…

TWIN HANDLES FOR
WRAP-AROUND SHAVING

EACH TRAC LXXVI BLADE ENGAGES
ITS OWN SEPARATE WHISKER HAIR
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Values and Virtues

 

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From Dave Smith
To Be Of Use (2005)

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one. ~Thomas Jefferson

VIRTUES and values are sometimes used interchangeably, but there is a difference. Values are moral codes, often inflexible, based upon our particular social, cultural, religious, or political circumstances. They are codified, standardized, absolute, and then imposed by authorities and used to judge others. Example: The Ten Commandments

Virtues are a person’s admirable character traits, principles that are adjustable to changing circumstances. Examples: courageous, honest.

What qualifies as “courageous” in one situation or society will not be the same for a different situation or society. Holding on to or identifying with the virtue of “courageous” can, however, allow the best in us to come forward regardless of what situation we find ourselves in.

One shortcut to defining personal virtues is to ask “What do I consider are the character traits of a good person?” And then go further to ask “How do I actually practice the virtues I want to live by?”

Virtue based morality
We tend to judge others based on abstract interpretations of values that our own social group, religion, or wider culture has adopted. This divides us against each other. Rather, if we could step back and appreciate the personal virtues of others, a lot of the hostility inherent in competing doctrines of religious and political systems would seem much less important. This happens all the time in personal relationships when a relative or neighbor holds opposite views from our own on current issues, but we admire and care for each other deeply. When our heads get in the way of our hearts, we get out of balance emotionally and wars can result.

My friend Dan cancels out my every vote by voting the opposite of me. I never ask him if he wants a ride to the polling place. We have big-time arguments about politics, but I love the guy for who he is… for what he is inside. If we could look at a whole culture for who they are inside, what they really care about and how they live their daily lives, we may be less interested in looking down at them as a group.

If we moved from value-based morality which causes hate, violence and wars, to a virtue-based morality which is more human and honorable of other people’s strengths and rights, we would be more forgiving of those practices or weaknesses which harm no-one else, and the world would be a more creative, peaceful place.

The old blues song said it best…

If I should take a notion
To jump into the ocean,
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.

If I go to church on Sunday
And I shimmy down on Monday,
It ain’t nobody’s business if I do.
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Love A Spud

 

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From Dave Smith

Me? I’m a potato junkie. I’ll take one in any form you can think of except raw, and I’ll consume it with or without relish and abandon. I’ll take it…

mashed
smashed
…or succotashed

fried
dried
…and served on the side

sliced
diced
…and lightly spiced

boiled
broiled
…and lightly oiled

heated
kneaded
…and onion-treated

faked
creped
…or shaked-and-baked

floured
soured
…and cauliflowered

chilled
grilled
…and parsley-filled

steamed
creamed
…or fry-machined

whipped
chipped
…or butter-dipped

fluffed
puffed
…or broccoli-stuffed

breaded
shredded
…or lettuce-bedded

teased
cheesed
…and topped with peas

wrinkled
crinkled
…or cayenne-sprinkled

wet-farmed
dry-farmed
…and organic farmed

Love ‘taters

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New Music…

 

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From Dave Smith

‘Where Were You?’ My new 2 Minute Ditty on SoundCloud…
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Kevin Durant To The Warriors?

 

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From Dave Smith

I love the Warriors and will enjoy the next few seasons as much as anyone. We were able to attend a game this year and loved every minute of it.

But! A couple of things. The Sherman Antitrust Act states: “The purpose of the [Sherman] Act is not to protect businesses from the working of the market; it is to protect the public from the failure of the market. The law directs itself not against conduct which is competitive, even severely so, but against conduct which unfairly tends to destroy competition itself.” This is yet another bunch of rich white guys cornering the market.

And, they are also colluding with religion. Durant, Curry, and several other Golden State players are also Warriors for God, pointing skyward for every basket made, and huddling for prayer off-court in supplication to their very angry and vengeful lightening-thrower.

Praise Jesus! This is a match made in heaven…

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