I have a human right. The beautiful thing about the Constitution and the bill of rights is, this was just codified human rights. It doesn't grant any government any type of power. The framers of this place just said, these are human natural rights that you are born with and we as a nation are going to recognize it. So me personally, I don't care if people want to say they want to repeal the second amendment. You know, it's always very interesting to me the people saying they want to appeal it, and they have the process of doing it. They could get two-thirds of congress to ratify it. It's out there. The issue to me is these are the same people that if you ask them, if you say "Ok. Cool. Your security detail and law enforcement which are American citizens, are you ok with those people being subject to those same rules and restrictions as well? Then you'll get a resounding well, well, well, it's gotta be different. It's gotta be different. The police have to have a firearm because there's bad guys out there. Well, that's the same reason why I carry a firearm. And again, these are codified human and natural rights, and I don't care what the unconstitutional statute would attempt to tell me. These things are a list of checks on government, not the other way around. So there will never be a time in American history when the American people will not own firearms. How are you going to get them from us?
But of course there's no shortage of people who are capable of being moved by bad art. I mean, the world is full of bad art and people love it. I don't think popularity can be cited as a standard of achievement in art.
Interviewer: Your dad said said to you, you must never look startled. John Cleese: That's right because he had been in India, mixing with the upper-middle classes. And he noticed how they behaved. It's really baboon behavior. If you want to see how to behave as an upper-class person, go and watch the baboons. They're not startled. They move very slowly all the time. Interviewer: The number one rule is not to be embarrassing or to be embarrassed. John Cleese: Yes. So if you look at the royals, what they do is they keep these cheek muscles completely rigid all the time. It enables them to move their mouths around like this, rather in a sort of humorous way. And all the emotion is you, completely, uh, you know, superfluous, and unnecessary. It's a straight-jacket. That's upper class behavior.
Because God's love is all-embracing some speak of it as unconditional, and in their minds they may project that thought to mean that God's blessings are unconditional and that salvation is unconditional...they're not. Some are want to say 'the savior loves me just as I am'...and that is certainly true, but he cannot take any of us into his kingdom just as we are. For no unclean thing can dwell there or dwell in his presence...our sins must first be resolved.
For peace is not merely the absence of visible conflict. Only a just peace based on the inherent rights and dignity of every individual can truly be lasting. It was this insight that drove drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after the Second World War. In the wake of devastation, they recognized that if human rights are not protected, peace is a hollow promise.
The world rallied around America after the 9/11 attacks, and continues to support our efforts in Afghanistan, because of the horror of those senseless attacks and the recognized principle of self-defense.
We must begin by acknowledging a hard truth: We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations -- acting individually or in concert -- will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.
Racial discrimination is not a permissible solution. That can only weaken the principle of equality embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Equal Protection Clause. Show me in the Constitution where you get a right to separate citizens based on race. I think what we've become comfortable with is thinking that there is some good discrimination, and some bad discrimination. Well, who gets to determine that? And if you look in the briefs and the race cases, the segregationists, the people who thought you should have a separate system, they said that they thought it was good for both races. So they thought it was good discrimination.
Clarence Thomas: What I was told that they needed cover for the women's groups to oppose me. So they needed the NAACP out front. (News Clip 1: "Write your senators and representatives. Tell them Clarence Thomas is unacceptable. He has indicated that he believes in Natural Law, and he does not believe in privacy." News Clip 2 (Flo Kennedy): We don't need a lot of questions to be asked before we Bork this guy. We simply, immediately Bork him. News Clip 3: We want you to organize pickets at their offices, follow them from the airport to the supermarket. News Clip 4 (Patricia Ireland): There is substantial opposition to Clarence Thomas. His history of supporting a judicial philosophy that is really out of step with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Clarence Thomas: We know exactly what is going on here. And to pretend it is for some other reason, stop. Do I have stupid written on the back of my shirt? Come on, we know what this is all about. This isn't about what they say it's about. People should just tell the truth. This is the wrong black guy. He has to be destroyed. Just say it. Now at least we are being honest with each other.
Thomas Jefferson had written in 1776 'all men are created equal, they are endowed by their creator, with certain unalienable rights'. That's natural law in a nutshell. How then could a country founded on these principles have permitted slavery and segregation to exist? The answer was that it couldn't, not without being untrue to its own ideals. I was looking for a way of thinking, a set of ideals, that fundamentally, at its core says slavery is wrong. At its core. Which Natural Law of course does.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will, of course, exercise its right to endorse or oppose specific legislative proposals that we believe will impact the free exercise of religion or the essential interests of Church organizations.
Our belief in divine inspiration gives Latter-day Saints a unique responsibility to uphold and defend the United States Constitution and principles of constitutionalism wherever we live. We should trust in the Lord and be positive about this nation?s future.
There are other threats that undermine the inspired principles of the United States Constitution. The stature of the Constitution is diminished by efforts to substitute current societal trends as the reason for its founding, instead of liberty and self-government.
The United States Constitution is unique because God revealed that He ?established? it ?for the rights and protection of all flesh? (D&C 101:77,80). That is why this constitution is of special concern for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the world. Whether or how its principles should be applied in other nations of the world is for them to decide.
Important lessons about our environment have come from spacecraft missions to the planets. By exploring other worlds we safeguard this one. By itself, I think this fact more than justifies the money our species has spent in sending ships to other worlds.
We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. The diversity of the phenomenon of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order, that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.
Information itself evolves, nurtured by open communication and free inquiry. The units of biological evolution are genes. The units of cultural evolution are ideas. Ideas are transported all over the planet. They reproduce through communication. They are selected by analysis and debate. In the last few millennia, something extraordinary has been happening on the planet earth. Rich information from distant lands and peoples, has become routinely available.
What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree, with flexible parts on which are imprinted lot's of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you are inside the mind of another person. Maybe somebody dead for a thousand years. Across the millennia an author is speaking clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions. Binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time.
If the general picture however of a big bang, followed by an expanding universe is correct, what happened before that? Was the universe devoid of all matter and then the matter suddenly, somehow created? How did that happen? In many cultures the customary answer is that a god or gods created the universe out of nothing. But if we wish to pursue this question courageously, we must of course ask the next question, where did God come from? If we decide that this in an unanswerable question why not save a step and conclude that the origin of the universe is an unanswerable question? Or, if we say that God always existed, why not save a step and conclude that the universe always existed? There's no need for a creation, it was always here. These are not easy questions. Cosmology brings us face to face with the deepest mysteries. With questions that were once treated only in religion and myth.
Regardless of your religious or political beliefs, or your favorite sports team or any other way we like to divide ourselves into tribes, I think we can all agree that a successful life is one where you leave the world better than you found it.
And so I'm wondering if we are not in effect in a kind of civil war between those for whom the real world has primacy and those for whom the online world has primacy. And if that's not the fundamental nature of the battle.
If you take the postmodern rules of the internet and you now impose them on politics in the real world, you get crisis. You get the basic structure of civilization coming apart in front of our eyes. Which I really believe that it is.
Man, I think most white people and black people are great people. I really believe that in my heart. But I think our system is set up for our politicians, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power. They divide and conquer. I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people, but we are so stupid following our politicians whether they're Republican or Democrats, and their only job is "Hey, let's make these people not like each other. We don't live in their neighborhoods, we all have got money. Let's make the whites and blacks not like each other. let's make rich people and poor people not like each other. Let's scramble the middle class."
Here is a definition of woke: woke is a slang term associated with left-wing politics progressive or socially liberal causes such as anti-racism lgbtq rights feminism and environmentalism and is a clarion call for left-wing radicals fixated on canceling out everything and anything that isn't woke enough at that moment.
So if civilizations do not always destroy themselves shortly after discovering radio astronomy, then the sky may be softly humming with messages from the stars. With signals from civilizations enormously older, and wiser than we.
There are an enormous number of stars. Only some of them will have planets suitable for life. On only some of those worlds will intelligence arise. And perhaps a few of those civilizations will avoid the trap jointly set by their technology and their passions. If there are many civilizations, one of them should be rather close by. If there are few civilizations, then even the nearest may be very far away.
With 400 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone, could ours be the only one with an inhabited planet? How much more likely it is that the galaxy is throbbing and humming with advanced societies. Perhaps near one of those pinpoints of light in our night sky, someone quite different from us is glancing idly at the star we call the sun, and entertaining just for a moment, an outrageous speculation.
Extraterrestrial beings will have a different biology, a different culture, a different language. How could we possibly understand their messages. Is there in any sense a cosmic Rosetta Stone? I believe there is. All the technical civilizations in the cosmos, no matter how different they are, must have one language in common. The language called science.
And, to be perfectly frank, there have been times when members or leaders in the Church have simply made mistakes. There may have been things said or done that were not in harmony with our values, principles, or doctrine.
One evening at a press conference, a man working for the U.S. treasury who had just solved a major counterfeit ring was told by a reporter, ?You must spend a lot of time studying counterfeit bills to be able to recognize them so easily.? ?No,? he responded, ?I don?t ever study counterfeit bills, I spend my time studying genuine bills, then the imperfections are easy to recognize.?
Mark: Margaret, what is the one universal law of all skate-rats everywhere? Margaret: Um, that ironically, you know like, skating completely identifies them they suck at it. Like a lot. Mark: Exactly.
Margaret: You know all that math you're supposed to be learning? Mark: Maybe. Margaret: I'm going to teach it to you. Mark: Nope. Margaret: I can't keep hanging out with someone who's ignorant of basic logarithmic functions. Mark. Mark look at yourself. You're a nerd who sucks at math. Where does that leave you? So, the first thing you need to know about math is that it is always perfect.
I made a case fairly consistently that most people find the meaning that sustains them through the vicissitudes of life not in happiness but in responsibility, and that would bring everyone to a halt...it would always make the whole theater silent it's like 'oh i never thought of that connection'.
The Pythagoreans had discovered in the mathematical underpinnings of nature, one of the two most powerful scientific tools, the other is of course is experiment. But instead of using their insight to advance the collective voyage of human discovery, they made of it little more than the hocus-pocus of a mystery cult. Science and mathematics were to be removed from the hands of the merchants and the artisans. This tendency found its most effective advocate in a follower of Pythagoras named Plato. He preferred the perfection of these mathematical abstractions, to the imperfections of everyday life. He believed that ideas were far more real than the natural world. He advised the astronomers not to waste their time observing the stars and planets. It was better, he believed, just to think about them. Plato expressed hostility to observation and experiment. He taught contempt for the real world, and disdain for the practical application of scientific knowledge. Plato's followers succeeded in extinguishing the light of science and experiment that had been kindled by Democritus and the other Ionians. Plato's unease with the world as revealed by our senses was to dominate and stifle western philosophy.
As long as there have been humans, we have searched for our place in the cosmos. Where are we? Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet, of a hum-drum star, lost in a galaxy, tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe of which there are far more galaxies than people.
The world is divided politically. But ecologically it is tightly interwoven. There are no useless threads in the fabric of the ecosystem. If you cut any one of them you will unravel many others. We've uncovered other worlds with choking atmospheres and deadly surfaces. Shall we then recreate these hells on earth? We've encountered desolate moons and barren asteroids. Shall we then scar and crater this blue-green world in their likeness? Natural catastrophes are rare. But they come often enough. We need not force the hand of nature. If we ruin the earth, there is no place else to go. This is not a disposable world. And we are not yet able to re-engineer other planets. The cruelest desert on earth is far more hospitable than any place on mars.
There are many hypothesis in science which are wrong. That perfectly alright, its the aperture to finding out what's right. Science is a self-correcting process. To be accepted, new ideas must survive the most rigorous standards of evidence and scrutiny.
But in the history of the solar system, and even in human history, there are clear records of extraordinary and devastating catastrophes. We humans have now achieved the dubious distinction of being able to make our own major catastrophes, both intentional and inadvertent. On the landscapes of other planets, where the records of the past are better preserved, there is abundant evidence of major catastrophes. It's all a matter of timescale. An event which is improbable in a hundred years, may be inevitable in a hundred-million.
There was little reassurance or comfort here for a sensitive boy like Kepler. He was intelligent, and he knew it. That together with his stubbornness and his fierce independence served to isolate him from the other boys. Kepler made few friends in his two years at Maulbronn, so he kept to himself, withdrawn into the world of his own thoughts. ... But the real world of Kepler's time was far from perfect. It was haunted by fear, pestilence, famine, and war. Superstition was a natural refuge for people who are powerless.
But our sun is only one of a billion-trillion stars within the observable universe. And those countless suns all obey natural laws some of which are already known to us. How did we discover that there are such laws? If we lived on a planet where nothing ever changed, there wouldn't be much to do, there'd be nothing to figure out. There'd be no impetus for science. And if we lived in an unpredictable world where things changed in random or very complex ways, we wouldn't be able to figure things out. And again, there'd be no such thing as science. But we live in an in between universe where things change alright, but according to patterns, rules, or as we call them, laws of nature. If I throw a stick up in the air, it always falls down. If the sun sets in the west, it always rises again the next morning in the east. And so it's possible to figure things out. We can do science. And with it we can improve our lives.
When he [Kepler] found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science.
The number of useful ways of assembling nucleic acids is stupifyingly large. It's probably larger than the total number of atoms in the universe. This means that the number of possible kinds of human beings is vastly greater than the number of human beings that has ever lived. This untapped potential of the human species is immense. There must be ways of putting nucleic acids together which will function far better - by any criterion you wish to choose - than the hereditary instructions of any human being who has ever lived. Fortunately we do not know, or at least do not yet know, how to assemble alternative sequences of nucleotides to make alternative kinds of human beings. But in the future we might well be able to put nucleotides together in any desired sequence to produce whatever human characteristics we think desirable. A disquieting and awesome prospect.
As human beings, we're no different than the human beings anywhere else in the world. And there have been [people] thousands of years on this planet longer than we have. [America] We're barely 250 years old and we have outdone everybody in almost everything that raises the standard of living in the history of the world. It's not because our DNA is different, not because we're special human beings. It's because of our freedom. It's because of the founding documents and those rights that we have, where they come from.
Equity is another synonym for the sort of the obverse which is racism and white supremacy I've been hearing more and my ears are more attuned to Biden's endless repetition of systemic racism and they're the same thing I mean equity is the response to systemic racism equity means quotas, it means the destruction of meritocratic standards, it means you hire and promote on the basis of race not on the basis of qualifications, and any institution which does not show a proportional number of of blacks or hispanics is thereby by the definition of systemically racist and engaged in bias.
Louis Armstrong's overwhelming message is one of love. Really, when you hear his music, it's of joy. His music is so joyous. He was just not going to be defeated by the forces of life. And these forces visit all of us. My great-great-grandmother used to say that life has a board for every behind. And there's a board just fit to yours. Your board is not going to work on someone else's behind. And when it's your turn your going to come up and that paddle is going to be put on your booty and it's going to hurt as bad as it can hurt. And Louis Armstrong is there to tell you after you get that paddlin'... "It's alright son!"
Today you're going to make a modern recording. All this technology. The base plays first then the drums comes in later, and they track the trumpet, and a singer comes in and they ship the tapes somewhere. Well none of the musicians have played together. You can't play jazz music that way. In order for you to play jazz, you've got to listen to them. The music forces you at all times to address what other people are thinking, and for you to interact with them with empathy. And to deal with the process of working things out. That's how our music really could teach what the meaning of American democracy is.
... as the father i had the exact same experience...when did i first see my biological son? The day he was born i didn't carry him right ? My first interaction with him was the day he was born...well my first interaction with my adopted son was the day he was born...what difference is it to me?
The serious study of the Constitution is a lifelong endeavor. Writing in the Ensign magazine, Elder Dallin H. Oaks repeated what he called his ?favorite prescription for patriotism,? which comes from Adlai Stevenson, the former governor of Illinois, who was twice the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party: ?Patriotism . . . is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.?
Over my nine and a half decades of life, I have concluded that counting our blessings is far better than recounting our problems. No matter our situation, showing gratitude for our privileges is a fast-acting and long lasting spiritual prescription.
Don Lemon: Democrats don't do a good job of speaking to working class people. What do you say to that? You are supposed to be fixing that. Andrew Yang: I had that experience countless times on the trail Don. Where I would say 'Hey I'm running for President' to a truck driver, retail worker, a waitress in a diner. And they would say 'What party?' and I would say Democrat. And they would flinch like I had said something really negative or like I had turned another color or something like that. And there is something deeply wrong when working class Americans have that response to a major party that theoretically is supposed to be fighting for them. So you have to ask yourself what has the Democratic party been standing for in their minds. And in their minds the Democratic party unfortunately has taken on this role of the coastal, urban elites who are more concerned about policing various cultural issues than improving their way of life that has been declining for years. And so, if you're in that situation, this to me is a fundamental problem for the Democratic party, because if they don't figure this out then this polarization and division will get worse not better. Don Lemon: Is that real, or messaging, or both? Andrew Yang: It's real. I mean Debbie just said they just lost a plant that had 1500 workers. And so if you are a laid off worker from that plant and you look up and say 'What is the Democratic party doing for me?', it's unclear. And we can talk about a unifying message from Joe Biden, he's a naturally very unifying figure, but then there's the reality on the ground where their way of life has been disintegrating for years, and if we don't address that then you're going to see a continued acceleration toward the institutional mistrust that animated the Trump vote and will continue to do so.
1. start the day with a task completed 2. find someone to help you through life 3. respect everyone 4. life is not always fair, move forward 5. don't be afraid to fail often 6. take risks 7. step up when times are toughest 8. face down the bullies 9. lift up the down trodden 10. never give up
How many of you guys have...a moment where someone said or did something that you feel fundamentally made your life better? All right. How many of you have told that person they did it? See, why not? We celebrate birthdays, where all you have to do is not die for 365 days.
Sanson Carrasco: Why are you poets so fascinated with madmen? Cervantes: We have much in common. Sanson Carrasco: You both turn your backs on life. Cervantes: We both select from life. Sanson Carrasco: A man has to come to terms with life as it is. Cervantes: Life as it is. I've lived for over 40 years and I've seen life as it is. Pain. Misery. Cruelty beyond belief. I've heard all the voices of God's noblest creature. Moans from bundles of filth in the street. I've been a soldier and a slave. I've seen my comrades fall in battle or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I've held them at the last moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no brave last words, only their eyes, filled with confusion, questioning "Why?" I do not think they were asking why they were dying, but why they had ever lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness; To surrender dreams this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness! And maddest of all - to see life as it is and not as it should be!
Moyers: What if we are wrong about human nature? Adler: If we are wrong about human nature, if we are not different from the animals in kind, if we differ only in degree from the higher mammals, I cannot state a rational justification for a different treatment of men and beasts. The Roman law made the fundamental distinction between persons and things. The word "person" is a very important word. I have never found anyone who is willing to call a cow a person. Or a dog a person. Now why not? Why do we refuse the word person to these animals we love and care for, our domestic pets. We sometime joke "my cat is like a person" but we know we are joking, that they are not persons. Now that word person means that we by being persons, not things, have a dignity. And all of us, every human being from the least to the greatest in terms of all the difference talents and aptitudes is a person, has personal dignity, and the rights that we have, the right to freedom, the right to political liberty, are our personal attributes.
Moyers: The difficult part to see of course, is the proposition that people are born with a freedom that is inherent in human nature. Adler: I don't think it's too difficult. If I said that man, and man alone has an intellect. Other animals have perceptual intelligence, but only man has intellection or understanding, conceptual intelligence, and along with that only man has a will that is free. I mean, I think these two things: free will, and conceptual intelligence, being able to think, and understand as only man can think and understand are the distinctive characteristics of the human race. These are the properties of human nature. And these two properties that underlie freedom of action, the entitlement of freedom of action, and underlie freedom of political liberty. Moyers: And we have them by being human? Adler: That's right. Moyers: In our nature? Adler: That's right.
Adler: ... a freedom which is man's natural endowment. The freedom of his will by which he is able to choose freely and free choice consists of being able to choose otherwise - no matter how you choose - you could have chosen otherwise. That's freedom of choice. Moyers: If you choose A, you could have chosen B. Adler: And that, I think we do have, we do possess though there are determinists you know, scientists who think that man doesn't have free will, but if we have it, we have it by inherent or native endowment. So I call that the natural freedom of self-determination. Moyers: It comes with the trip. Adler: That's right.
?Sir, I?ve got to ask you about packing the courts and I know you said yesterday you aren?t going to answer the question until after the election, but this is the number one thing that I?ve been asking about from viewers in the past couple of days,? the reporter said to Biden. ?Well, you?ve been asked by the viewers who are probably Republicans who don?t me continuing to talk about what they?re doing to the court right now,? Biden responded. ?Well sir, don?t the voters deserve to know?? the reporter pressed. ?No, they don?t,? Biden responded.
?Trump can be and must be expunged. The hate he has triggered, the pandora?s box he has opened, they will not be so easily destroyed. So, let us brace ourselves. The task is twofold,? Olbermann said. ?The terrorist Trump must be defeated, must be destroyed, must be devoured at the ballot box and then he and his enablers and his supporters and his collaborators and the Mike Lees and the William Barrs and the Sean Hannitys and the Mike Pences and the Rudy Giulianis and the Kyle Rittenhouses and the Amy Coney Barretts must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society while we try and rebuild it and to rebuild the world Trump has nearly destroyed by turning it over to a virus.?