BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Staunchly Democratic, converted after the GOP receded from its Eisenhower roots.
"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: Foreign Policy / War
A magazine article about the frequency of military deployments caught my eye with a fact I had not known: “. . . many combat units have been deployed to war zones every other year for almost a decade.” I knew … Continue reading
The editorial in today’s Globe, “Accountable Intelligence” decries the lack of accountability in America’s intelligence community. It’s good as far as it goes and it echoes a theme I have posted on often. In fact, it was one of my … Continue reading
A recent posting by Anson Burlingame, Captain, USN (Ret.) about an honor issue at the U. S. Naval Academy prompts me to discuss it, but in a broader context. Anson’s post, “Another Senior Officer in Trouble” is HERE. It is … Continue reading
I for one feel a little less alone on the issue of Afghanistan now, reading George Will in today’s Globe (6/24/2010). He even used the phrase, “Viet Nam redux”. He also said, “The American undertaking in Afghanistan is a fool’s … Continue reading
This appeared in the June 15 edition of USA Today: STATE DEPT. SAYS IT NEEDS OWN COMBAT FORCE IN IRAQ – the Associated Press WASHINGTON — “The State Department says its diplomatic staff will not be safe after the American … Continue reading
Real rage is pretty rare. If you have witnessed it you won’t forget it. I don’t even remember what set him off, this friend and fellow worker of mine. He had a stressful job. It was in quality-assurance, a job … Continue reading
Welcome to Gadfly Economics. (Warning – I am not a real economist.) Having wandered through the blogosphere now for a little over a month I now believe I have identified our basic economic problem. Government, mainly federal, spends too much. … Continue reading
For update of 5/10/2010, see next-to-last para. Greece is in a world of financial hurt that is affecting the world economy. How it got there is turning into a teachable moment. ABC News last night (5/5/2010) characterized their plight as … Continue reading