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Saturday, June 12, 2010

 

Blindly Buying the NoName Brand

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Roanoke Times, 6-12-10, Pg 7: Alvin Greene wins South Carolina Democratic primary for US Senate.
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Alvin Greene had: no campaign, no money, no visible experience or history and no one vetted him to determine his qualifications for US Senate or for any public office. However he did have a current sex related charge pending against him that no one saw.
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This is the new norm. The Tea Party is backing candidates with just such a non-resume. Here in Franklin County, Va. there is a new PAC devoted to supporting just these type candidates.
“Our PAC will be seeking to find candidates who have never run for public office before, but who share our conservative values and desire to serve our country in its time of need.” Sounds just like an Alvin Greene type candidate, doesn’t it!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/09/alvin-greene-felony-charg_n_606599.html
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http://www.midlandsconnect.com/news/story.aspx?id=468878
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This is all very interesting. During my professional life I hired a number of technicians, programmers and engineers. I never hired anyone whose claim to fame was that they had no education, experience, background or references that related to the job.
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This is made even more problematic by an attitude that “the good guys” must avoid negative campaigning but there seems no bound on the “other guys” as was very evident in the recent 5th District Republican Primary in which six of the seven candidates were never vetted by anyone; we still don’t know who they really are!
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Apparently the “good guys” have to adhere to The Socrates Test of Three:
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In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"
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"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three."
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"Test of Three?"
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"That's right,"Socrates continued "Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to test what you're going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
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No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it."

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"
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"No, on the contrary..."
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"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?"
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The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
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Socrates continued. "You may still pass though, because there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"
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"No, not really..."
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"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"
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The man was defeated and ashamed.
This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why he never found out that Plato was sleeping with his wife.
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In Reflection:
Isn't this exactly how we elected Obama and Perriello into office?
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2010/05/panic-at-roanoke-times.html
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