Hgeocities.com/jadeddave1/about.htmlgeocities.com/jadeddave1/about.htmldelayedxlJcuaOKtext/html̠"uab.HSat, 26 Oct 2002 00:27:53 GMTWMozilla/4.5 (compatible; HTTrack 3.0x; Windows 98)en, *lJua About Dave - The Wacky Webmaster of Radical Politics Online
The Secret Life of Dave
Educational Highlights (sort of):

-Current student at College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California.

-Caught throwing snowballs at girls during recess in second grade, Wells Elementary, Tehachapi, California. I was just trying to impress them - and I missed most of the time. So what's the big deal?? "I will not throw snowballs, I will not..." on the chalkboard 100 times! There is no justice, but I did learn my lesson: some girls aren't easily impressed.

Skeptical

Skepticism is a trait I value. I have learned not to believe everything I read and hear - especially when the material is from a questionable soure like the National Enquirer, the New York Times, Barbara Walters, Bill O'Reily, Newt Gingrich, George Bush, Uri Geller, and the Microsoft Corporation. (Hey, can I step on toes, or what?) When data is presented to justify a decision or claim, several questions always need to be considered. How reliable is the data? How was it obtained? Are the results reproducible? Does the claim and/or decision really follow the data?

Regrettably, we live in an era of lies. Not only is sloppy data and poor techniques used to justify ideas and decisions, but there is widespread fabrication of data and deliberate distortion of "facts." More skepticisim is needed - especially in debating hot issues like abortion, gun control, evolution vs. creation, nationalized health care, etc. Skepticism can be healthy in investigating claims - whether the claims pertain to politics, religion, economics, dish soap performance, or even what is scientific.

The type of skepticism that I value is not simply disbelieving, that's the lazy way out of life. Rather, skepticism should lead to active questioning and hypothesis testing. Healthy skepticism should lead us to question long-held assumptions. For example, I know atheists who think they are models of healthy skepticism, but they refuse to examine their long-held assumption that God does not exist. Some of these so-called skeptics are unwilling to experiment with the possibility that a divine being may exist. In some cases, the conclusion that God does not exist was reached with poor logic applied to unfairly selected ("cherry picked") data. The most common argument is that there is too much suffering and misery in the world, so a loving God obviously does not exist. In other words, "God doesn't run the universe the way I think he should, so he must not be there." Hmm. Might there be other possible exlanations? Have they been considered fairly? Is 30 seconds of thinking adequate to deal with the most important and profound issue of all? Inquire! Experiment! (In fact, the existence of God should be the topic of a genuine experimental investigation.)

Not Always Serious (Slightly Cracked)

It's hard for me to stay serious long. That doesn't mean that I'm actually funny, but I often wish I were. Others, I find, struggle in trying to determine when I'm serious and when I'm not. Are my lips moving? Then I probably am.

I enjoy satire, parody, and zaniness. Some of my offerings:

Curious

I want to know! I want to know:

- how the earth was created - details!

- when global warming will finally reach Wisconsin

- what happened to Ron Brown and Vince Foster? (hint: see
The Strange Death of Vincent Foster by Christopher Ruddy)

- why every scene of war and violence is said to be experiencing "the peace process"   (tip: if the "peace process" comes to your town, get out before you're shot!) 

- why kids always ask why

- how to make my VCR flash "12:00" like everyone else's

- what really goes on in the Federal Reserve banking system (I used to wonder why those big bankers think a strong economy has to be killed with increased interest rates, but then I remembered who gets the interest)

- what do fools really find when they think they've found fools gold?

I know we have some tentative insights to a few of these questions, but much remains unknown. I'm impatient - and forever curious. Guess that's why I like to read.

Concerned

Concerned? Sure I'm concerned. I may not know much, but I have an opinion about almost everything - and I'm concerned. Capitalism, gun control, abortion, global warming, Madonna, socialism, Dennis Rodman (a secret ninja?), deforestation, Madonna, Whitewater, the Vietname War, China, Madonna, the War on Terrorism, Bush, Newt Gingrich, phonics, sex education, Gore, raccoons, Madonna, and the heat death of the universe? You bet I'm concerned - and you bet I've got an opinion.

Two-headed alien Elvis clones mud wrestling in the White House? (And for a private audience of Chinese arms dealers?!?) I'm concerned - and against it, no matter how much they donate. Cosmic transvextion of bipolar resources? I'm concerned - and probably against. The 1999 Civil Rights Act for the Abolition of Motorcycles? For!

Prophetic

While I'm no professional prognosticator, I have amazed many people with my ability to make predictions. For example, I can predict whether it's going to rain or not with about 90% accuracy in most parts of the country (in places where it rains less than 10% of the time, I usually feel inspired to predict "no rain for today"). I've also succesfully predicted mojor acts of Congress with about 99% accuracy ("taxes will go up, corruption will occur, and Ted Kennedy will talk about being sensitive to the needs of women"). Now it's easy to claim prophetic success for events that have already happened, but let me put my reputation on the line by revealing my TOP PROPHECIES for the near future:

* To further protect American security, George Bush will announce the formation of a new powerful police organization run by the Justice Department. Named the Justice for American Police, or JUSTAPO, this gang of secret officers in stylish brown shirts will have unlimited powers to arrest, interrogate, and discipline "military combatants" in our midst, using secret tribunals and other necessary means. Law-abiding American citizens will have nothing to fear, for the JUSTAPO will only take action against "military combatants" like terrorists, serial killers, child abusers, spammers, cyberterrorists who create unapproved Web sites, drunk drivers, income tax cheats, Mormons, gun owners, and political enemies who say harmful things about the government.

* Hillary Clinton will unveil her strategy for the 2004 presidential campaign. Not wishing to waste time and money with traditional campaign activities and advertisements, Hillary will take her message directly to the courts to ensure that every Democratic vote of every Democratic precinct is counted.

* As part of a diversity initiative, the Boy Scouts of America will introduce a new citizenship merit badge. The existing badges, "Citizenship in the World," "Citizenship in the Nation," and Citizenship in the Community," soon will be rounded out with "Citizenship in da Hood." Meanwhile, the ACLU and People for the American way will file a lawsuit asking that the BSA be banned from American soil for their intolerance of differing viewpoints.

* True cradle-to-grave care for those annoying post-natal fetuses will be offered in the form of retroactive abortions by that champion of personal liberty, Planned Unparenthood.

* Forrests near Washington D.C. will erupt in flame. Believing the fire to be caused by terrorists, an Executive Order from President Bush will ban the use of matches or any other source of flame unless one has a government-issued license (the one exception, granted to proptect an American industry, will be that matches and lighters can be used without a license for smoking tobacco products). Eventually, it will be discovered that the forest fire was caused by a disgruntled Forest Service employee and not a terrorist, but the right to bear matches will remain suspended indefinitely.

I predict that most of these prophecies will come true. If so, I may need to start my own 900 number service. Sorry, I don't have the time to do psychic counseling by e-mail. Wait - I'm getting an impression. Yes, Bo, I knew you'd be reading this. Your remote control is behind the cushion on your couch. And Jill, your lost jewelry is on a shelf up high in a closet. No, the other one.

Latter-day Saint

A member of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Isn't that the Mormons?? Don't be shocked - I'm mostly harmless. No, it's not a weapon-stashing, poison-spewing, comet-chasing cult. It's a tame but bold Christian Church that I'm proud of and that has truly enriched my life. If you'd like to learn a little more from some of my personal LDS pages, including my suite of answers to frequently asked questions, do so at your own risk! (NOTE: these pages are currently under construction, please check back soon!)

WARNING: Due to the strong religious content of my LDS pages (again, under construction), viewers must be 81 or over. Remember, any exposure to religious thought is a violation of your Constitutional rights. If you have been violated, please contact your local ACLU office immediately! And while you're waiting in their lobby, be sure to bring along a copy of the
Book of Mormon or the Bible to pass the time. (What? No Book of Mormon? Call 1-888-537-7111 or 1-800-528-2225 to receive a free copy.)

A big project of mine in this area has been to compile answers to many of the commonly asked questions about LDS beliefs. The result is the LDS-FAQ Suite. The answers and opinions are mine and not "officially approved," but I feel they are generally accurate and reasonable. It's very sad to see what some other alleged ministers and Christians have said about the Church. Some of the attacks are legitimate questions, but I find that typical anti-Mormon literature is designed not to inform but to inflame.

Christian

Nearlly all political leaders seek to solve the problems of their countries by spending money, whether it's money for armies and weapons, police, education, social programs, medical research, or whatever. Sometimes these approaches are justified and essential, but they usually only address the symptoms, and all-too-often exacerbate the problem. The real solution to the problems of the world will only be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There will be no world peace while anger rages in the hearts of men. There will be no lasting trust between nations until there can be trust and fidelty between husband and wife. While greed and selfishness prevail, government attempts to eradicate poverty may only enrich the corrupt and enslave the many. Look ath the world today: now, more than ever, we need a Savior, someone with power to change our hearts and let us become new, refined, purified human beings. Christ offers not only the promise of eternal life in the future (a richness of life, growth, and adventure), but true peace and joy in our hearts and minds now.

Look, I know a lot of people (especially ministers) say that Mormons aren't Christians. Personally, I don't like people telling me what to believe. Maybe you can find some odd quote from a past Church leader that bothers you, or maybe you can find a doctrine that disagrees with your interpretation of the Bible, but these points are irrelevant to my personal status (so stop the hate mail). I accept Christ as my Savior and wish to follow him. And I have no qualms insisting that real Mormons are Christains. I likewise am happy to accept all who sincerely believe in Christ as fellow Christians, regardless of our theological differences.

I must add that I have respect for most religions of the world, for I find goodness in many aspects of those religions and in many of the followers of those religions. I have wonderful friends who are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist, and can find common values that we share. I hope they will all come to Christ some day, but I respect them and their right to worship as they see fit.


Personality

Yes, I do have one. In fact, it's even been diaganosed. (No, not borderline, and probably not multiple, though it may seem that way to some.) During Summer session 2002 I took a course at the Center for Creative Leadership that included evaluations for personality and a long discussion with a great psychologist. If it means anything to you, my personality type on the Meyers-Briggs scale is INFP, though I was INTJ about 6 months ago. My INFP scores were 11 (I), 45 (N), 1 (F), and 23 (P). INFP means that I am somwewhat
Introverted, strong INtuitive (prefer the big picture and future possibilities over current details), Feeling (prefer to consider feelings in making decisions over thinking alone, thought my score is at the border between thinking and feeling, right where I want to be), and Perceiving (spontaneous, uncomfortable with detailed planning, unorganized). Thanks to these test results, I can blame many of my dysfunctional attributes on my inherent personality type. "Hey, that's just the way I am." INFP: "the right choice to make an exciting life." Understanding my personality type gives new substance to a tongue-in-cheek saying that popped out of my mouth recently: "If you fail to plan, your plan can't fail."

Having momentarily bared my inner soul, I'll now retreat behind my normal Spok-like barriers. If you're lucky, though, I just might smile. But if you're thinking of a group hug, forget it!

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The Scoop on Dave:

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Education (sort of)

~Alleged Attributes:
 
*Skeptical (Don't believe it!)
 
*Slightly Cracked
 
*Curious, broad interests
 
*Concerned (social issues, politics, etc.)
 
*Prophetic (well, maybe not quite)
 
*A Latter-day Saint (A.K.A. Mormon)
  
*Christian

~Personality? (Yes, I do have one)
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