A Touch of Humor

Unintended Consequences

July 29, 2017
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Unintended Consequences

There is a law called “the law of unintended consequences. It basically describes the shortsightedness of our human mental capacity and covers our ignorance of the things we did not think of. It is best seen, at my house, when I chop of the dead tree limb and it falls on top of the car.…

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Changes in Nature

June 29, 2017
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Changes in Nature

I stopped at a sample cart in Costco the other day when I saw the sign for “Organic“ Gluten Free crackers. I asked the lady if this meant that I could no longer get inorganic crackers made from non-living matter, like rocks and sand? She just stared at me and then started to recite the…

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California: How to paint yourself into a corner

June 27, 2017
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California: How to paint yourself into a corner

AB 1887 became law in California on January 1.  This bill prohibits a state agency and the Legislature from requiring any of its employees, officers, or members to travel to, or approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to, any state that, after June 26, 2015, has enacted a law that voids or repeals,…

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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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