BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Mainly of the Democratic persuasion but not a fan of the extremes on either side.
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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."
-- William Blake, A MemorableFancy
I love to doubt as well as know."
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.
-- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know."
-- W. H. Auden
"Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence."
-- Wiliam Blake, The Argument
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
-- Herman Melville, US novelist & sailor (1819 - 1891)
"It’s better to believe in what you know than to know what you believe in."
-- HL Gaskins
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” – Epicurus circa 300 BCE
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Monthly Archives: September 2010
Yesterday I commented on a post by Anson Burlingame on the subject of education in America. The gist of my opinion on what’s wrong with it was that our system fails to engage parents well and, more importantly, fails to … Continue reading
“Barack Obama had to be taught how to salute.”
This aspersion was cast recently in a blog comment, and it was true. IMO, this kind of comment is a denigrating reference to the President’s lack of personal military experience and it could have come from Rush Limbaugh. (But it … Continue reading
Is the CIA Reading My Blog?
Now, maybe we’re getting some progress in this Afghan “war”, or at least a ray of hope. CNN online today (9/22/10) references a new book by reporter Bob Woodward and reports some interesting stuff. First of all, the CIA has “. … Continue reading
When I Grow Up . . .
USA Today has a feature that delivers little data mints that occasionally flavor one’s taste for our changing culture. It’s called, “Snapshots”, and features opinion polls and other samplings. In the 9/21/10 edition it was “‘Dream Jobs’ that top our … Continue reading
Face Of The Enemy
Has the nature of “war” changed? Is “war” different now from what it was in WWII? Is patriotism always “good”? When a nation goes to war with selfish intent, to what extent are its citizens complicit? These are important questions … Continue reading
Journalists: Outreach This, Jones!
What a flap. Pastor Terry Jones of the “Dove Worldwide Outreach” has got himself some big-time attention, hasn’t he? The Erstwhile Conservative has posted a tongue-in-cheek opinion about fundamentalist Christian pastor Terry Jones’ plan to burn Qur’ans, the gist of … Continue reading