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New Song: 4 Year Blues

August 11, 2012

Woke up rotten.  Immediately heard that Paul Ryan was selected as the VP candidate.  I would have cursed if the news said I was chosen.  Not sure what I wanted.  I have digested it all now.  Wrote a song.  Wanna hear it, here it goes …

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Cartoon: Obama’s 2012 Campaign Packing List

August 8, 2012

 

It’s a Fine Day for Freedom

July 31, 2012

America became an exceptional nation because exceptional people came here.

I imagine the pocket U.S. Constitution factories in Sichuan are working three shifts, outpacing the production of Gadsden flags in all of Xinjiang province.  What is with this newly kindled love with an old and somewhat abstract contract between a government and its people?

It is litigated by ordinary folks perhaps more than it should.  The Constitution this.  The Constitution that.  What may be odd to some is that most Constitutional non-scholars are not calling for, or demanding, action.  Rather their call is for restraint;  restraint of and by the heavy hand of government from acting without deference and due regard to the United States Constitution.  But why?

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Collect People, not Trophies

May 11, 2012

The 2012 Excellence in Bowling trophy (aka The Tommy Trophy) has come home to Hugoville for the first time in the major award’s two-year history.  Why “Tommy?”  Upon reconvening the competition’s participants this year, not one of us could remember why we named it that last year.

(Team captain/ co-winner not pictured)

The competitors this year came from all corners of the globe – from Connecticut to Hoboken, from Queens to upstate New York.  Three two-man teams competed for the coveted Tommy.  The losing team from last year – yours truly and newly nicknamed I’d Like Two Coronas Upside Down in My Margarita (ILTCUDIMM) – arrived early to stretch.  The reigning champions, Half-Ape and Moon Over My Hammy, were brimming with irrational confidence.  Virgin entrants this year, The Greeks,  aptly comprised two fellows named Greek 1 and Greek 2. The bowling was competitive and there was an abundance of punitive drinking during the first two games.  Just like every big thing in life, it came down to the 10th frame.  Someone chokes and another excels.  See picture above.

But the trophy doesn’t matter.  Read more…

Government-subsidized unhappiness

May 1, 2012

The bigger the government the worse the world. Why would I think that? Here’s my logic. The bigger the state, the smaller the citizen; small citizens do not make big choices for themselves; people without choices for their own fulfillment and individual expression are less happy; unhappy people make the world worse. Read more…

5 Unthinkable Ways to Save Time

March 7, 2012

Did you know that the first cliché was about how time goes so fast? I don’t know if that’s true, but it could be. Because it does.  I’m not the first to observe this.  You could spend a lifetime reading self-help books about how to be more efficient, super-effective, a force multiplier, a strategic clamshell, or whatever.  Don’t bother.  You just need some common sense.  I present below 5 ways to save time in an increasingly hurried world. Read more…

The Eagle and the Cat – a Fable by Benjamin Franklin

January 31, 2012

It was the spring of 1775 and the strains between Great Britain and the Americans were at its height prior to the war commencing.  Dr. Benjamin Franklin, the Americans’ chief representative in England, “losing all hope, folded his papers, sailed away from that country and came home to help his countrymen in the impending struggle with the brute force of Great Britain.”  One evening before Dr. Franklin departed, he was at Lord Spencer’s home in the company of a number of English noblemen. The light conversation reportedly turned to fables, and most agreed that not “any beast, bird, or fish could be worked into a new fable with any success.”  Dr. Franklin was not in agreement and, upon receiving a pen, ink, and paper from Earl Spencer, wrote the following:

Once upon a time, an eagle soaring around a farmer’s barn and espying a hare, darted down upon him like a sunbeam, seized him in his claws, and remounted with him in the air.  He soon found that he had a creature of more courage and strength than a hare, for which, notwithstanding the keenness of his eyesight, he had mistaken a cat. The snarling and scrambling of the prey was very inconvenient, and, what was worse, she had disengaged herself from his talons, grasped his body with her fore limbs, so as to stop his breath, and seized fast hold of his throat with her teeth.  ‘Pray,’ said the eagle, ‘let go your hold and I will release you.’  ‘Very fine,’ said the cat, ‘I have no fancy to fall from this height, and be crushed to death.  You have taken me up, and you shall stoop and let me down.’ The eagle thought it necessary to stoop accordingly.

The fable above was discovered in a book entitled Our Country, A Household History of the United States for All Readers, From the Discovery of America to the Present Time, Volume 1 by Benson J. Lossing, LL.D (The Amies Publishing Company, New York, 1888).  On the page preceding the preface of the book, the author wrote:

The Households of Our Country, wherein private virtue sustains the fabric of our free institutions, this work is dedicated, with the respect and affection of the author.

(This was originally published at Hugoville on January 9, 2010.)