Author Archives: Jim Wheeler

About Jim Wheeler

U. S. Naval Academy, BS, Engineering, 1959; Naval line officer and submariner, 1959 -1981, Commander, USN; The George Washington U., MSA, Management Eng.; Aerospace Engineer, 1981-1999; Resident Gadfly, 1999 - present. Political affiliation: Independent, tending progressive as the GOP recedes from its Eisenhower roots.

Heroes and Cowards

As yet I have read nothing but scorn and condemnation for Florida deputy Scot Peterson, leading me to wonder whether there is any middle ground between hero and coward in his case. An early account mentioned that he had a … Continue reading

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Uncomfortable Truth

Thanks to a marvelous post by Duane Graham recently, a small group of subscribers had a very interesting discussion on the concept of free will.  Whether such a thing actually exists will probably never be proven, but the politics of … Continue reading

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8 years of suffering under Barack Obama

Originally posted on Teri Carter's Library:
Photo credit: The Associated Press ? The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.” Fair enough. Let’s take a…

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I sent this letter to the editor of the Joplin Globe the other day in reaction to a column by a local conservative columnist who thinks concern over the Russian affair is overblown. As I understand from his column (Globe, … Continue reading

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Interview List

Just after a recent White House press briefing, a note in bold felt pen was found left behind: Things to ask job applicant 1. Could you ever bring yourself to investigate me? 2. Who do you think is the best … Continue reading

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The War Prayer

Originally posted on The Humanist Challenge:
The War Prayer by Mark Twain It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism;…

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How’s Your Mood Today, Mr. President?

  Every year, at least one intercontinental ballistic missile is launched thousands of miles from a United States submarine to an instrumented area in the ocean. The purpose of this is to test the reliability of the complete system, including … Continue reading

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