Venting on a Rough Month
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Sep 22, 2017 - 5:42am
Venting on a Rough Month

I normally try hard not to complain too much. Complaining is like trying to talk about politics: It's pointless and just annoys everyone else. Although I often fail, in recent years I've tried to be either positive, funny, or quiet. I used to have a reputation for turning the things that go wrong in my life into humor columns, but I can't anymore because ... well, I'd getting ahead of myself.   But please indulge me, just this once.   Because it's been a really, really bad month.   Actually, the really bad month started last month, as my fourteen regular readers already know. Just before we left for Missouri to see the total solar eclipse, my wife and I learned that her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. We did indeed get to see the eclipse, but that was, pardon me for saying, eclipsed by our worry over Jean Stroud's me…

Put IT in Don’t Put IT in

  As he lay there unsure of himself and despite her disappointment that IT was not big enough, she told him to put IT in. Notwithstanding her comforting words, he, too, was disappointed as IT did not raise to his expectation. So he uttered, “I will not put IT in then pull IT out.” …

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:23am
Democrat Bigotry and Falsehood In Everything

The Washington Post Gets It Wrong On New Gun Legislation   From  : Law-abiding gun owners are tired of reading articles from elitist writers who want nothing more than to eliminate gun ownership in America. The latest example was Dana Milbank’s Sept. 11 piece, “ ”  …

Sep 22, 2017 - 12:44am
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The Trump Doctrine: Today's News for September 20t…

Do you ever get the feeling we are in the "end of days"? Between   and  , the world is getting the apocalypse feeling to it. But here is the brutal TRUTH: This is NOT the end of the world. And even if it was, there is nothing you can do about it. Only worry about what you can co…

Sep 22, 2017 - 12:39am
Elon Musk as the best living Generational Thought…

Elon Musk a Thought Leader?   The title of Thought Leader has been noticeably thrown around a lot, but the reference and meaning seems to require an upgrade.  Choosing examples of a Thought Leader that is living among us today should maybe have measurements that include more than a high le…

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:32pm
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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Introduction: I greatly enjoyed a recent post by   .  So, this is a hat-tip to him.  His post made me sit down and think of those I considered my heroes.  Those who have inspired me and affected my life and world view.  So here they are.  They are in no particular orde…

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:05pm
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Offending People

A friend sent me this e-mail without identifying the author. But I wanted to share it with you as it illustrates how ridiculous or sensitivities have become.   Here is an e-mail sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washingt…

Sep 21, 2017 - 2:34pm
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  • - Sep 22, 2017 - 5:46am
  • - by EXPAT
Eleanor and Henry

As fascinated as I've been about FDR his entire legacy was built with the participation of wife Eleanor Roosevelt and Secretary of Agriculture and then VP Henry Wallace. Both were as complicated and contradictory as FDR himself.   Eleanor was born three years later after FDR in 1885.  She …

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:16am
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Disability insurance and the dynamics of the incen…

Recent growth in the number of Disability Insurance claimants has led to calls for substantial scaling back of the program. We evaluate the incentive cost of the DI program against its insurance value to those in need. The main failure of the program is the number of severely work limited who do no…

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:44am
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  • - Sep 22, 2017 - 2:02am
  • - by John G
Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man

More than , or an effort to increase gender equality and representation, in their political system. Many opponents of gender quotas argue that women elected via quotas are not always the most qualified candidates; the quotas may displace qualified men; and the quotas are not compatible with meritoc…

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:38am
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  The sky is blue I'm looking up I love that color and just can't stop   to see the wonders and nature's way think it quite does it 'til now ok.   But homo sapiens hunger for all does not respect that don't hear the call   that it's not endless what we do find supply is ending f…

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:38am
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The World has become a very ugly place

Speaking the truth in the past was a virtue, now it makes one a target.  To complement a woman is now called sex abuse. To hold a minority opinion, is to be attacked as naïve. To trust your government, is called a pawn of big business. Everyone knows more than those who 's job it is to kno…

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:03am
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Why small isn’t always beautiful: labor regu…

What are the costs and benefits of regulation? Most countries treat smaller firms more generously when it comes to business regulation, exempting them from some of the burdens on larger firms. This research uses this institutional feature to show how the overall costs of regulation can be calculate…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:33pm
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While Americans celebrated their American Revolution, as a Canadian, I was having the best time of my life living in Venice Beach, California in the Spirit of ´76. It was my first winter in the warm sun in my lifetime. The Times and Winds of Change were favourable toward me since this unexpe…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:11pm
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Hardwired to Love

A friend left me in his truck with two big Boxer dogs in the seat behind me. Instantly, they were all over me. They licked me, drooled, chewed, nibbled my hair, drenched me in saliva . It seemed their hearts were so full of love, they would pop out of their breasts. It felt they were in a contest ov…

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:38pm
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Medicare For All! (But . . . why would you want th…

Sen. Sanders (Ind. VT) has proposed “Medicare For All”.   Now, that is NOT exactly what he is proposing. What is Sen. Sanders proposing? In fact, what is “Medicare” or for that matter, what is “Medicaid” and how do they relate to Sen. Sanders proposal?  …

Sep 20, 2017 - 1:10pm
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Thomas Sowell is a National Treasure

After reading the appalling book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates I looked for an intelligently written book on race written by a black person.  It did not make sense to look for a book on race written by a white person.  I was as impressed by the book  by Thomas…

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:36pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 5:12am
  • - by John G
Time to Rethink How We Honor Veterans

Twenty veterans per day commit suicide every day including Sunday and Holidays.   About 65% are older then 50.  Veterans are 20% more likely to commit suicide then non-veterans, and female veterans are 250% more likely to commit suicide then non-female veterans.   Maybe we should…

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:36pm
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 9:54pm
  • - by MJ
All The World Is A Stage

…And We Are The Stooges   When you thought you had reached peak conspiracy (and then rejected almost all of that as mere diversion), and then discover the possibility of there existing a whole new level of nefarious activity perpetrated at a level that makes run-of-the-mill conspiracy an…

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:50am
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  • - Sep 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
  • - by John G
Relgion Does Matter

So, religion matters, after all. Sen. Dianne Feinstein grilled a Catholic nominee to the U.S. Court of appeals, Amy Coney Barrett, over her religious beliefs, especially, her views on abortion.  According to Democrats such as Feinstein, religious beliefs are not supposed to intrude into the law…

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:57am
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Free-market capitalism's assault on economics, pol…

Unfettered free-market capitalism has distorted price signals, rules of the game in democracies, and shifted social frames of references for the worse. In simple terms, it has distorted economics, politics and the society.    1. It is now widely accepted that while there are pockets of m…

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:52am
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My Favourite Heroes.

My ten favourite heroes! – This one made me think a lot! It could go a number of ways!Every man needs a hero to inspire him to do wonderful things and try to be a better person. Here are some of mine: a. Woody Guthrie. This was a man who was prepared to stand up for what he b…

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:52am
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Some Memorable Movie Music

By no means an exhaustive list.   1.  (1935, Max Steiner) I believe this score was the first one to win an Oscar for best music.   2.  (1939, Max Steiner)   3a.   [1968, original score by Alex North, though not used by Kubrick in his final editing and commercial rele…

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:52am
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