BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Staunchly Democratic, converted after the GOP receded from its Eisenhower roots.
"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: October 2010
In political blogging about the Great Recession it is a common thread to find someone or something to blame. Amidst all the mud-slinging and counter-arguing the easiest thing for the beleaguered voter to do is to blame the president. He … Continue reading
According to ABC News Friday evening, reporting on research by Bloomberg writer Jesse Drucker, Google, Microsoft and other corporations are using a financial strategy called the “Dutch sandwich” to legally avoid corporate taxes in the United States. ABC News said … Continue reading
One of the benefits of retirement is having the time and inclination to reflect on the human condition. When I was still working life was pretty much a cycle of work-related concerns interwoven with welcome family time. Entertainment and sleep … Continue reading
A perfect storm of healthcare crisis has descended on us. Right in the midst of the Great Recession the baby boomers have begun to retire at the same time as the obesity epidemic blooms, portending an explosion of heart disease … Continue reading
In trading blog posts with me recently, fellow blogger Captain Anson Burlingame used the phrase, “heroic military leadership”, and he mentioned possibly applying it to General Franks, a man who planned and executed the invasion part of the Gulf War … Continue reading
In my recent post, Obama’s Wars, A Book Report, I commented on the contributions of various top officials, including Thomas E. Gates, the Secretary of Defense. In the context of passionate discussions over war strategies past, current and future, … Continue reading
There was a massacre of an entire wagon train, about 120 Christian men, women and children on 9/11. The “Mountain Meadows Massacre” was committed in 1857 by Christians of a different sect, Mormons. This might seem bizarre, but historically speaking … Continue reading
Anson Burlingame, fellow blogger, retired Navy Captain, ex-nuclear-submarine skipper, has proposed an online discussion of the nature of war, with the context being America’s controversial strategy for the Afghan War. As an opening post for a continuing discussion of indeterminate … Continue reading
Bob Woodward’s book is the most remarkable non-fiction work on politics and war that I have ever read. In this remarkable narrative filled with direct quotes and statements backed by documented sources President Obama comes through as a strong leader … Continue reading