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: January 2012
Shooting For The Moon
I am dismayed to see how the GOP is imploding in the recent candidate debates. It is the most interesting development in politics that I can remember. The wide variance among the four candidates is amazing, from this healthcare issue … Continue reading
Originally posted on Helen of Marlowe's Blog:
Have we abandoned the idea that words have meaning? In our local paper yesterday, in a story about Target being refurbished, the local “executive manager of logistics” is quoted as saying, “……
Echoes of History . . .
The Erstwhile Conservative has cogently called attention to the political dust-up over Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions and its threat to Middle East instability. GOP presidential candidates are, with a Libertarian exception, waxing bellicose. There is ample historical precedent here. The easiest … Continue reading
Observations On CSS H. L. Hunley, A Milestone
Indiana Jen has posted an interesting update on the preservation and restoration of the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley. Interestingly, Hunley is still going to be kept under (fresh) water. The use of water as a preservative against corrosion may seem … Continue reading
The Ghost of Andy Rooney
Have you noticed how the fine print is getting ever longer and finer in just about every purchase contract? Almost everyone has surely experienced clicking OK on lengthy terms and conditions windows when downloading software. Have you ever read all … Continue reading
Tinkering As Progress
The more things change, the more they are the same. – Alphonse Karr I was prompted to look up the source of that adage a couple of days ago when I received notice that my December military retirement check would … Continue reading