This page holds "stuff" that may fit into TAPP's structure later. Some of it is prose that need to be rethought and rewritten if they are kept at all. Some will be discarded. And some of it are statements that it true need to be verified and publicized.
  1. Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, have the toughest Gun Control Laws in the U.S. and all are Democrats. With them excluded, the United States has the 4th lowest murder rate in the world. With them included it has the 3rd highest rate. [Need to identify countries in first and second place.]
  2. Everyone has the will to win: Few have the will to prepare.
  3. Consistency does not guarantee honesty: But inconsistency guarantees dishonesty.
  4. The secret to happiness is freedom, and the secret to freedom is courage.
  5. Today's politicians offer today's youth : Peace, Bread and Other People's Property. Ancients offered them: Truth, Beauty and Goodness
  6. Remember! Growing Older is mandatory: Growing up is optional.
  7. Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids. -- Clint Eastwood.
    • You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
    • What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
    • The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
    • You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
    • When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
  8. "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.." Winston Churchill
  9. The damage done by a lack of knowledge is trivial compared to the damage done by knowledge a person believes to be true, but is false, i.e. "America is supposed to be a " is universally believed, but it is foolishly false.
  10. The belief that "America is supposed to be a " serves the goal of politicians whose goal it is to be a savior and icon. That's why that false
  11. New Ideas:
    • First people ridicule them, Then they oppose them, Then they accept them as self–evident.
    • First people ignore them, Then they ridicule, Then they fight them, Then they lose.
  12. An indicator of high intelligence is the ability to see small distinctions among similar things: That is why to the ignorant bigot, "they all look alike".
  13. People of high intelligence are attracted to the discussion of ideas. The ignorant prefer to discuss other people.
  14. Squabbling with intellectually dishonest people is no different than wrestling with a pig. Both participants get covered with crap. The pig enjoys it.
  15. Reparations are long overdue for slavery — to America — from:
    • Africans who 1) turned selling their fellow citizens as slaves into a profitable industry, and thereby provided European liberals a rebuttal to criticism by the religious right of the time who decried slavery as an abomination before God: The religious right needed to show respect for other cultures and keep their religious beliefs in their churches.
    • Holland, whose Dutch Slave–Traders (along with those of the Netherlands) made enormous profits by monopolizing slavery's distribution franchise.
    • English, French and Spanish who made enormous profits by thoroughly infecting the New World with slavery more than a century before America existed.
      • " was born with that infection, and it cost the lives of 500,000 just to expel that infection from its legal documents. God only knows how much its aftermath cost us.
      • TAPP will acknowledge the liberal argument that should have moved faster to end the infection if, and only if, and only after, those liberals declare a willingness to commit the same sacrifice in lives and wealth to rid " of drugs that chain far more to equally great slavery today.
  16. America needs an intellectually honest adult discussion of "Racism". The people who wallow in and profit from racism are exclusively "minorities".

    95% of people who label themselves "Black" voted for Sen. Obama solely because he was "Black"

    People who are labeled "White" by those who label themselves "Black" split almost exactly 50/50 in the same election.

    Speakers like Al Sharpton even set specific behavioral standards by which people are certified real "Blacks" and which are only "Oreos".

    Billions of public money — and money extorted from private companies — fund those who promote racial distinctions. People whose ancestors have ancient reasons for hatred like Irish/English, German/French, Mongols, etc. and gave them up to merge with each other in America's melting pot — to become one people — ask nothing.

    "Black Liberationist theology" is embraced nationally by those who label themselves "Black" including a presidential candidate. People labeled "White" have no comparable institutions or serious political candidates.
    • The problem with America's schools is that those in charge are "educators" but what America's children need are accomplished "learners".
    • It is foolish to the point of stupidity to assume an "education" major could help and motivate children to learn math, science, grammar, history, etc. half so well as someone who majored in those "disciplines".
    • To those who love learning, learning is work they revel in, like Michel Angelo spending years of his life to create the Sistine Chapel. To "Educators" teaching is a job that is simplified by making it fun for children.
    • The foolish neither forgive nor forget.
    • The naive both forgive and forget.
    • The intelligent forgive, but never forget.
    • People with high and average intelligence discuss ideas and occurrences.
    • People with low intelligence discuss other people.
  17. Ethics is a singular noun, like news; Ethics is. Not Ethics are.

    Ethics is a commitment to the proposition that there is a Principal Good by which all other things humans do can be judged good or bad.

    Logically, Principal Good can never be defined in words, because all those words would do is substitute themselves for Principal Good, like defining the color "orange" in other words. At some point, human communication and thinking requires "we" all point to something and agree that is what we will always mean when any of us say "orange".

    All past efforts to do so have failed, so maybe its impossible, and therefore the only way to ever define Principal Good is by enumeration of things humans agree are good and those we agree are evil — AND the insistence the list remain internally consistent and contain ambiguities as a result of over generalization, e.g. "thou shalt not kill" and "its a parent's duty to protect their children's lives". [I suspect the real commandment was closer to "thou shalt not commit murder". Grin ... I know for sure it was not "thou shalt not kill", because Moses didn't speak English.]

    Ethics was identified as a part of the Universe, that implies most humans are hardwired to act in accordance with a guiding principle (that for a spoiled child might be "its good if I want in now, its bad if I don't like it today".)

    Ditto God. Humans seem hardwired to need a God and always have.

    So maybe God is one definition for Principal Good (that requires no education or reasoning) that defines Principal Good by enumeration, e.g. by a finite list of things a person should do and should not do.

    Which may in fact be the only way to define Principal Good?
  18. Note: Poorly educated (or well educated but dishonest) people often say "consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds." That is, however, a false quote. The correct one is "foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds."

    A useful corollary is that a sign of high intelligence is the ability to see fine distinctions among similar things. That is why to the ignorant bigot "they all look alike."

    An example: A child who only sees a "truck" will likely score lower on standard IQ tests, than a child who sees a bright yellow fire truck racing to save a family's house#"#.
  19. The difficulty faced by all truly new ideas:

    Per German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer:
    • First, it's ridiculed.
    • Second, it's violently opposed.
    • Third, it is accepted as self–evident
    Per Mahatma Gandhi (Perhaps first person to exploit TV to become a personal icon to help issue in the politics of personalities.):
    • First they ignore you.
    • Then they laugh at you.
    • Then they fight you., then you win.
    • Then you win.
  20. All that's necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Benjamin Franklin
  21. No man who refuses to bear arms in defense of his nation can give a sound reason why he should be allowed to live in a free country. T. Roosevelt
  22. Little by little the look of the country changes because of the women and men we admire --- those we pay the most like atheltes, actors, and politicians.
  23. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not." Thomas Jefferson
  24. Winning entry. Annual contest at Texas A&M University calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term. "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."
  25. Many Americans readily worship "ancient cultures" and anyone of a nation or culture that is clearly not of America because they can do so without calling attention to their own lack of meaningful contribution. I.e. allowing the admiration or reward of other Americans makes them feel inferior. E.g. When a person born to the serving class in England worked to raise their living conditions, the worst critics where their less ambitious peers who criticized them as "Acting above their station". Or when women in America sought the right to vote, some of the most vicious critics where other women. Ditto a fable from Hawaii: Put on black crab in a bucket and the energeting crab will get out. Put many in, and none escape, because the timid or weak ones hold on to the ones who try to get away in fear of being left behind. Ditto ignorant adolescents in ghetto communities. They harass, humiliate and hurt others who decide to study as a way of improving thier lives.
  26. "Life's tough..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." John Wayne
  27. A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!