Daily Archives: September 25, 2011


Regain the governing mandate of the 2008 election

I have created a petition on the Whitehouse web site, We petition the Obama administration to: Regain the governing mandate of the 2008 election by acknowledging your mistakes that cost you the mandate and fix it.  There is also a short URL that you may use to access the petition – http://wh.gov/42B.

Signatures needed by October 25, 2011 to reach goal of 5,000.  This number is the minimum needed for the staff to bring this to the attention of the President.  This is your chance to do more than just complain about the President’s lackluster battle for progressive principles.  Click on the above links to add your vote.  Also spread the word about this petition.

Below is the description to back up the title of the petition:


The President has noted that many of his supporters from the 2008 election have become discouraged. In order for the President to be effective, he must regain the discouraged supporters and thus his mandate to accomplish the goals for which we elected him.

In order for these supporters to regain the faith we initially had, he must acknowledge his mistakes in failing to use the mandate and the people who gave it to him. He must acknowledge that he failed his primary role of educating his supporters and prospective supporters about the reasons behind each and every initiative he took.

The President must acknowledge that it was his failure to enlist the mass of his supporters. He needs to acknowledge that he understands that his tactical compromises are what lost him his strategic advntg


That last word advntg is of course an abbreviation of advantage.  It had to be shortened to get the description to fit in 800 characters.


If you have trouble signing the petition, read my post How To Sign a whitehouse.gov Petition.


As of October 01, 2011 10:44 EDT the petition has received 3 votes. Only 4,997 to go.

As of September 28, 2011 19:39 EDT the petition has received 2 votes. Only 4,998 to go.

As of September 27, 2011 20:32 EDT the petition has received 1 vote. Only 4,999 to go.

As of September 26, 2011 19:46 EDT the petition has received 1 vote. Only 4,999 to go.


War of words over global warming as Nobel laureate resigns in protest

I found the article War of words over global warming as Nobel laureate resigns in protest on the UK Telegraph web site.

A Nobel laureate has quit one of the world’s leading organisations for scientists in protest at its assertion that the evidence of damaging global warming is “incontrovertible”.

After reading this, I had mixed feeling to say the least.  I was not going to make a blog post about this.  However, after making the post What Can We Say About 9/11? And How Can We Say It?, I started to think that I couldn’t avoid posting this one about global warming.


What Can We Say About 9/11? And How Can We Say It?

In thinking about how to make a blog post out of this, I ended up in a circular, self-referential discussion about this with myself.  Here is a comment I made on a video clip of the Bill Maher show.

Maher has some very good advice for himself.  On a slight twist for what he is recommending for U.S. policy, maybe the people who say things about 9/11 that anger people should ask themselves, “Do I really want to do this?  What’s the point?”

Yes, they have every right to say what they do.  They even have a valid point.  They even know that the reaction might be to their remarks might not be rational.  As he says about the US putting bases in places like Saudi Arabia, “Do I really want to do this?  What’s the point?”

The people who get angry about this kind of remark about our Saudi Arabian policy don’t want to take this advice any more than Maher wants to take the advice about being cautious with his own remarks.

What irony on both sides.

As I thought about including the video in this post, I had to ask myself, “Do I really want to do this?  What’s the point?”

The point of this blog is only to allow people to think about the circularity about reasoning about this question.  It might also raise some thoughts about applying such reasoning on the reverse side of related issues.  Hence, the circularity of the whole discussion. And finally to the last part of the headline.  If we want to have a conversation to figure out what to do, how can we have it?

Since I do not want to anger people, I am not going to embed the video in this post.  I will give you a link to the item that has the video replay.  Click on the link only if you really want to see the video.  Maher, Moore defend Tony Bennett’s 9/11 comments.

To the mathematically inclined reader, shades of Gödel’s incompleteness theorems.