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July 13, 2015


Brian Said:
"Like I said, opinions should be based on facts."

What does the dictionary say about opinions?

1.a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

2.a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

3.the formal expression of a professional judgment:to ask for a second medical opinion.

4.Law. the formal statement by a judge or court of the reasoning and the principles of law used in reaching a decision of a case.

5.a judgment or estimate of a person or thing with respect to character, merit, etc.

There is no requirement of "facts" in relation to opinion.

"Harry Vanderpool is an asshole"
That is some people's opinion.
Is it true?
Is it false?
How do we evaluate the "facts"?

Fortunately for me there are at least enough folks that have the opposite OPINION.

I can't wait to ask our AWESOME mayor, "Hey, what about my good buddy Brian Hines, ain't he a hoot?"

Opinions are just that and no more.
Unless you want to follow the totally intolerant path of the liberal which is getting tighter and tighter each day.
"Here is how and what to think and feel, OR ELSE!!!"
I thank God for free will and speech!

Harry, opinions are based on something. When we can describe that something, lay it open for others to look at, then we can have a conversation.

Otherwise we're just left with something akin to "I like vanilla ice cream." OK. That's nice. What can I say? Great. There's no reason that needs to be give for a like.

But when we're talking about things that affect other people that go beyond purely subjective likes, we need to give reasons.

"I like the Bible. The Bible says that homosexuality is wrong." OK. That's nice. But this says nothing useful. It's just like saying "I like vanilla ice cream."

So I disagree that opinions are "just that and no more." Feelings and likes are just that and no more. But opinions after social policies, politics, how other people are treated -- these need to be based on something more substantial.

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