A Touch of Humor

We have nothing to fear but fear itself?

May 18, 2017
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We have nothing to fear but fear itself?

This was a phrase used by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his first inaugural address of March 4, 1933. As with many famous lines, this one was borrowed from an essay by Sir Francis Bacon, who said, “Nothing is terrible except fear itself.” The use of fear in the political agenda is historic and generational. Every…

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Those Dirty Political Tricks

March 6, 2017
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Those Dirty Political Tricks

Yes, they have been around for a long time. In fact, they are as old as the human race. I mean, even Eve and the snake conspired to draw Adam into their web of deceit and it worked. The temptation was the offer of power: “If you eat of it, you will know as God…

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Finding Excuses!

March 2, 2017
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Finding Excuses!

As a young man, I delighted in sports and was at least a bit above average in the pursuit. But good old Jake was, well, he was not. He had a string of excuses every time he blew it or we lost: The Sun got in his eyes, or a bug, or some dust. The…

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Political Insanity

February 8, 2017
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Political Insanity

We are surrounded once again with political insanity. Stay with me here… It has been attributed to Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman, Michio Kaku, Niels Bohr, Brian Greene, Austin O’Malley, Paul Dirac and others – that grand old saying – “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and…

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Getting Rid of Politics

February 8, 2017
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Getting Rid of Politics

Facebook has provided a way to block all political posts, or so I am told. Many are tired of the conflict and through with the droning on of right/left banter. OK, but let me define politics in my terms. Politics is the systems by which people in groups relate. That is, it has some structure…

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Shoot the Russians. They told us Bad Things!

December 11, 2016
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Shoot the Russians. They told us Bad Things!

In reading the Washington Post article on the Russian involvement in getting Donald Trump elected it is evident that we are going to attempt to prove that it was the Russians who did it. They got Trump elected. They did it in the most despicable way: They released the truth. OK, they were not the…

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Common Sense and the Chocolate Meringue Pie

September 5, 2016
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Common Sense and the Chocolate Meringue Pie

For some odd reason I love the old story of Forrest Gump arriving in heaven… The day finally arrives: Forrest Gump dies and goes to heaven. He is met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself. The gates are closed however, as Forrest approaches the gatekeeper. St. Peter says, “Well Forrest, it’s certainly good…

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The Natural Order of Things

August 22, 2016
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The Natural Order of Things

It has been a long time since the philosophers of days gone by, observed nature and came away with perceptions of truth. They were brilliant men, educated in the classics of their day, but they were not committed to a modern context of ideology. They believed that by the observation of nature, truth could be…

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Headlines on MSNBC this morning

July 28, 2016
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Headlines on MSNBC this morning

Republican Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton 56 percent to 25 percent among white men, according to a recent survey — and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) believes she knows why. “So many times, white — non-college-educated — white males have voted Republican,” she said in an interview with PBS on Tuesday. “They voted…

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The Path to Destruction is Paved with Good Intentions

July 28, 2016
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The Path to Destruction is Paved with Good Intentions

I used an illustration today that got a laugh, but it also was a knife point for some in the room. I venture to suppose that if a parent tells the son to go mow the lawn but the son replies that the lawn mower is broken and the father replies “Don’t give me any…

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