Daring ’em to Make Good…

We elect our Presidents, be they Republican or Democrat, then go home and start daring ’em to make good. – April 1, 1935  Will Rogers Sometimes I can really get down to that deep thinking. I mean the pure foundational stuff.  I think what Will said above is foundational stuff for a democracy. We elect our presidents and all the other people’s representative and then … Continue reading Daring ’em to Make Good…

Smart But Don’t Know Much…

There is something about a Republican politician, they are smart but they just don’t know much. – July 4, 1934  Will Rogers I’m totally convinced that Will would also include most of today’s Democrat politicians in this quote. I’m sure those yahoos in congress, or at least most of them, are pretty smart fellas when it comes to book learning.  But when it comes to … Continue reading Smart But Don’t Know Much…

U.S. drinking is up, but …

Source: U.S. drinking is up, but tastes, norms vary – USATODAY.com. Consumption of alcohol hit a 25-year high in 2010, when 67% of Americans reported drinking alcoholic beverages, according to a Gallup poll. That’s a level unseen since the late 1970s, when 71% of Americans said they drank. I could have told people this condition years ago. Yeah people want to drown their sorrows when things … Continue reading U.S. drinking is up, but …

Make Getting Married as Expensive as Divorce….

I maintain that it should cost as much to get married as it does to get divorced. Make it look like marriage is worth as much as divorce, even if it ain’t. That would also make the preachers financially independent like it has the lawyers. – May 15, 1928  Will Rogers In Will’s day divorce was almost unheard of but that doesn’t mean that it … Continue reading Make Getting Married as Expensive as Divorce….

‘Digitally Destroy’ Textbook Publishing….

via Apple To Announce Tools, Platform To ‘Digitally Destroy’ Textbook Publishing | Epicenter | Wired.com MacInnis sees Apple as possibly up-ending the traditional print publishing model for the low-end, where basic information has for many years remained locked behind high textbook prices. Apple can “kick up dust with the education market,” which could then create visibility for platforms like Inkling. This could then serve as a … Continue reading ‘Digitally Destroy’ Textbook Publishing….

Thank You Supreme Court??

Source: Billionaire gives $5 million to pro-Gingrich group – Local News – Indianapolis, IN – msnbc.com. The Washington Post first reported the $5 million contribution. Politico reported last month that Adelson was prepared to spend $20 million to help Gingrich. Here is another example of the consequences of the recent Supreme Court decision that “money talks”.  But of course the court said that is just one … Continue reading Thank You Supreme Court??

Is There a Basic Difference Between Republicans and Democrats

George W. Bush Source:  What is George W. Bush Doing Now That He is Not President?. In the two years since he left office, George Bush wrote a book called Decision Points. The memoir was acquired by The Crown Publishing Group and released to the public on November, 2010. The book’s topic is about the 14 most defining and critical decisions he made during his … Continue reading Is There a Basic Difference Between Republicans and Democrats

Healthcare Spending…

Source: Report: 1% of Americans paid 22% of health care costs in 2009 – USATODAY.com. Just 1% of Americans accounted for 22% of health care costs in 2009, according to a federal report released Wednesday. That’s about $90,000 per person, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. U.S. residents spent $1.26 trillion that year on health care. Five percent accounted for 50% of health care … Continue reading Healthcare Spending…

People Don’t Know What They Want Until You Give It to Them..

via MacBook Air, Ultrabook spell doom for optical drive | Nanotech – The Circuits Blog – CNET News Apple is different. The Apple of Steve Jobs held focus groups in contempt. In essence, Jobs believed consumers don’t know what they want until you give it to them. So, present them with a MacBook Air–as Apple did in January 2008–and consumers will eventually come around. I pretty … Continue reading People Don’t Know What They Want Until You Give It to Them..

The Cash Cow….

source:  Santorum Becomes Millionaire in Six Years After U.S. Senate Loss. Since his 2006 re-election defeat, the former Pennsylvania lawmaker has gone from being one of the poorer members of the U.S. Senate to earning $1.3 million between January 2010 and August 2011. In 2007, he spent $2 million to buy a 5,000-square foot home in Great Falls, Virginia, according to property records. Santorum’s financial … Continue reading The Cash Cow….

New Military Strategy, Same Old War Mentality

Source: email from Friends Committee on National Legislation “Until our policymakers start recognizing that clinging to visions of global military domination only undermines security, we’ll be stuck with the same old war mentality wrapped in a shiny new strategy document.” — FCNL’s Bridget Moix   … If the US really wants to shift to a new, more effective strategy for promoting national and global security – as … Continue reading New Military Strategy, Same Old War Mentality

James The Brother of Jesus – Faith Without Works is Dead…..

I want to get back to our study of the Book of James in the Bible.  To me this is one of the most important books in the Bible as it tells us most directly how to live our lives. Here is an extended quote from the second chapter for our discussion today. I have underlined a few places that I will be discussing further. … Continue reading James The Brother of Jesus – Faith Without Works is Dead…..

The 1% (in Washington) – Ed Stein

Source:  Mind the Gap | edsteinink.com. Interesting story yesterday about how wide the economic gulf has become between members of Congress and their constituents.  According to the New York Times, the median net worth of the folks in Congress grew 15 percent from 2004 to 2010, while the public saw its net worth drop 8 percent. Senators and representatives have always been richer than the … Continue reading The 1% (in Washington) – Ed Stein

Its Just Iraq Being Iraq….

Source:  Editorial: Too fast to get out of Iraq? No – USATODAY.com. Just nine days after the departure of U.S. forces, Iraq is looking more like its old self — divided, angry and threatened by civil war and dictatorship — than like the self-reliant democracy President Obama described as the troops came home. I don’t understand why the Republicans, and even some Democrats believe that we can change thousands … Continue reading Its Just Iraq Being Iraq….