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: December 2010
A Murder of Crows
To my small coterie of readers I now offer my shortest and most painful post. In relating the story at the core of my last post, Cookie Diplomacy, it was my intention to reflect on human nature and its role … Continue reading
Sometimes one hears a story that sticks in the memory because it is profound. That happened to me several decades ago when a naval-officer friend of mine, we’ll call him “Ron”, told me a true story about himself. He was … Continue reading
A Political Conversation
I was talking with my acquaintance in Washington, Brady Flaxseed. Say, Brady, what do you think of the new president? Well, I tell ya Jim, he’s got a lot of people worried around here. Uh, what do you mean by … Continue reading
Inspector Clouseau, We Need You!
For those of you who may have missed the ABC News item the other day on airport security, here is an interesting item that should be a 5-alarm wakeup call for the Department of Homeland Security. You can’t make this … Continue reading
Wisdom and Tough Love
Anson Burlingame’s latest post, “Intoxicated by Government”, prompts me to reply with a post of my own, wherein I can access more writing tools than on just a comment. Anson addresses the age-old conundrum of the relationship between the government … Continue reading
Thrill and Agony
I have just read what I consider the best-ever essay on sports and would like to recommend it to my small cadre of readers and fellow bloggers. It is not only good writing about what it means to win or … Continue reading
What’s It All About?
My current study interest is economics, so here is an economics question for you. Is there “good” economic activity as opposed to “bad”? Does the quality of economic activity matter? As the “wealthiest” nation in the world, are we getting … Continue reading