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: Democratic.

‘The Day Democracy Died’

Originally posted on Pied Type:
This toe-tapping little ditty is brought to you by our Founding Fathers. Full lyrics are on YouTube. Someone put a lot of work into writing these lyrics and making the video, yet there’s no one…

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Past As Prologue

I recently came upon a 1949 review of George Orwell’s then-new dystopian novel, 1984 and was struck anew by its insight into human addiction to power. Power is intrinsic to the motivations of oligarchs, dictators and, I dare say, to … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics / Morality, Federal Government, Politics, War | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

VIOLENCE!

What does science have to say about man’s tendency to violence? That is the subject of the latest episode of PBS’s NOVA program. Surprisingly, someone has found a way to quantify episodes of violence throughout history by statistical analysis of … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Ethics / Morality, Politics | 5 Comments

ODD THOUGHTS

Odd thoughts go through my head: Woodrow Wilson’s enemy was the Kaiser Herbert Hoover’s enemy was economics FDR’s enemies were the axis powers HST’s enemy was communism Ike’s enemy was the USSR LBJ’s enemy was arrogance Nixon’s enemy was himself … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 417

Originally posted on A Frank Angle:
Embed from Getty Images ? Like much of the country, winter has arrived in Cincinnati earlier than normal – and with prolonged temperatures delivering new daily records. Brrrrrrrr …. James Brown, the Godfather of…

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Democrats

After stewing all week over the scene in Washington I decided to write an op-ed letter to send to our local newspaper, the Joplin Globe.  I don’t know if they will have room for it this Sunday, but anyhow, here … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | 4 Comments

‘Batboy’ Jake a big hit at the ballpark

Originally posted on Pied Type:
Here’s a burst of sunshine for your weekend: Jake the Diamond Dog. No politics here, unless maybe you don’t like dogs. (I don’t trust people who don’t like dogs.) Come on now, everybody smile! I…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment