Monthly Archives: August 2010

When Government Shines

“Time To Get Your Flu Shot”, a news item, caught my eye on the internet today.  Huh?  Seems too early, but I have noticed drug-store signs about vaccinations around town lately.  The AP item explains that the vaccine is stronger … Continue reading

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Alms To Riches?

Is it ethical to get rich by running a charity? Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim & Tammy Bakker, and Tony Alamo, among others apparently thought so.  Me, I don’t.  In fact, it seems downright nefarious. I just received my latest solicitation … Continue reading

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What’s A Sheepskin Worth, Anyway?

A college education is one of life’s largest expenses and probably the biggest source of personal debt next to houses.  The costs are all over the board and generally greater for private schools than public.  Just out of curiosity and … Continue reading

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Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire!

The issue of the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 deserves to rank on the emotional scale with that of locating the Islamic Center near 9/11 Ground Zero.  The conviction of a man who pled guilty of falsely claiming to have … Continue reading

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Ultimate Genealogy

To me, one of the great joys of life is the present availability of information.  The refinement of objective information through scientific collaboration and competition has converged with the internet to provide unprecedented access.  In a variety of fields such … Continue reading

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Fairness and Resentment

Much of the angst in the nation and the world concerns fairness, or alternatively, JUSTICE.  This can be a complicated subject in philosophy and much has been written about it in every conceivable context.  I here list some of the … Continue reading

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Tribal Justice and Immigration

Illegal immigration is of course a current hot topic.  The nation is in a quandary over the issue, particularly since the passing of the new Arizona law which is now on a track that seems certain to end at the … Continue reading

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Way, Way Too Much

A magazine article about the frequency of military deployments caught my eye with a fact I had not known:  “. . . many combat units have been deployed to war zones every other year for almost a decade.” I knew … Continue reading

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