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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Category Archives: Government waste
Currently making the rounds of the TV networks is one Kip Hawley, former TSA Administrator from 2005 until January, 2009. He’s pushing his short new co-written book that complains about (what else?) the TSA. In a recent op-ed for the … Continue reading
Our Man In Liliput
National columnist Dan K. Thomasson chooses to rail against bureaucracy in today’s Joplin Globe (3/11/11). The attention would seem to be deserved because the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Assets Relief Program, or SIGTARP for short, is a bureaucratic … Continue reading
An Economic Conversation
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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
The Naked Truth
In Saturday’s Joplin Globe (11/20/10) columnist Jay Ambrose says he has a problem with how the U.S. is handling anti-terrorism security, and I agree with him. He sensibly points out that the new screening methods for airline passengers are controversial … Continue reading
Please, Stop Me Before I Do It Again!
Today’s (11/04/10) Joplin Globe is right about San Francisco and Happy Meals. The junk food is outrageously fattening and bad for kids, but I have to agree that making government (San Francisco) tell a company (McDonald’s) what not to market … Continue reading
Dutch Sandwich, Anyone? Yum, Yum
According to ABC News Friday evening, reporting on research by Bloomberg writer Jesse Drucker, Google, Microsoft and other corporations are using a financial strategy called the “Dutch sandwich” to legally avoid corporate taxes in the United States. ABC News said … Continue reading
Fairness and Resentment
Much of the angst in the nation and the world concerns fairness, or alternatively, JUSTICE. This can be a complicated subject in philosophy and much has been written about it in every conceivable context. I here list some of the … Continue reading
I post this in sympathetic reaction to Anson Burlingame’s diatribe, just published in his blog today. His frustration with “bureaucrats” caused me to dig out of my ancient files a document I find pertinent to the subject. If you haven’t … Continue reading