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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-- 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
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Monthly Archives: April 2011
Shaving Is Not A Waste of Time
I like writing but I would probably not be a very good journalist. Why? Deadlines. Every day starts with blank paper that has to be filled, and that clock never stops ticking. Tick, tick, tick . . . Man, that … Continue reading
The Erstwhile Conservative, Anson Burlingame, and I have been debating the moral aspects of the Civil War in response to one of the E.C.’s posts, “The Romance of Rebellion”. We have beaten the topic up pretty well, but the … Continue reading
Flash. This Just In!
Well, I feel a lot better now. Pope Benedict XVI has been brimming with information and assurances lately. According to the AP he has come out firmly deploring “. . . hunger, disease, war and violence.” He’s also against poverty and … Continue reading
Make My Day, Sweathogs!
Local blogger, Duane Graham, “The Erstwhile Conservative”, recently posted on government involvement in education, raising interesting points that deserve a public conversation. While I do not believe that unionization is good for the education profession, teachers have my full sympathy. … Continue reading
A friend of mine just sent me an interesting video on testimony about gun control, which I supply here. (According to Google Videos, it is 3 years old.) Dr. Gratia-Hupp’s testimony is compelling and articulate. She had obviously told … Continue reading
I was gone for about an hour Wednesday. I have no idea where I went and no memory whatsoever of the time lost, although I do have testimony from others about the missing hour. They assure me that I did not disappear. … Continue reading
An Infernal Development
I don’t think I ever believed in hell. When I was young I didn’t think much about dying, but religion did interest me. I think I’ve always had a streak of idealism. But as for hell, it didn’t make much … Continue reading
The Arab Street
The Libyan Affair continues to look more and more like an unresolvable morass, and the United States like a sucker for having dipped its military toe into a pool of tar. The AP reports today that NATO is agreed that … Continue reading
Things People Know That Aren’t So
Here’s my list, in no particular order. Challenge it if you like, but it’s one I’m confident of. I submit that, backed by 7 decades of experience and two degrees, it is at least worth a read. CEO salaries need to … Continue reading