A Nation of Bubble Dwellers

Have we become a nation of bubble dwellers? – out of touch, by one means or another, with reality? Recently, in the Texas area, a young mother of four was killed when a tornado struck her car as she was driving home. At the time, she was talking on Facetime with her (adoring) husband, at home, about dinner. The entire area was on tornado warning. Both the young mother and her h...
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December 29, 2015

There are two ways to get out of a hole – wait for someone to come along and figure out the first; close your eyes and imagine the second – Richard the Poorer (www.eddiesinthestream.com)
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Why I’m Not Doing Xmas This Year

No, it’s not because I’m Jewish or Muslim or Buddhist or Confucian. I’m a French-Irish ex-Catholic. And, no, it’s not because of any need to “put Christ back into Christ-mas.” (There’s no doubt in my mind that if Jesus had any say in the matter, he’d opt himself out of not only doing Christmas, but being it, out of sheer embarrassment.) I’m not doing Christmas this year beca...
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Predictions

Whereas communism collapsed under a mountain of red tape, capitalism will drown in an ocean of red ink. Fundamentalism will prove to be fundamentally flawed. Women will find the same empty pot at the end of the rainbow that men have been finding there for eons. www.eddiesinthestream.com
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Fateful Night

Many years ago now, my parents owned and operated a small motel in far Northern New York, along the St. Lawrence River. It was a seasonal business. One mid-summer night (I was maybe 18), my mother awakened me, hysterical, and told me there was trouble over at the motel, which was just across the street. I ran over and found the village cop trying to constrain a regular motel cu...
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Home of the Brave

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself" – FDR. Yesterday the LA school department closed its entire system in response to an Internet threat (in which "Allah" was misspelled). Question:  When is the last time that anyone who broadcast intentions of murder and mayhem actually carried through with his/her threats? If a threatening party is serious (and able) concerning such int...
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Rosa Parks

It's December 1, 1955. You're on a Montgomery city bus, in the Whites Only section, on your way home from work. The Whites Only section fills to capacity. At the next stop, a white man gets on the bus and the driver orders all four blacks sitting in the first row behind the Whites Only section to move to the back of the bus, such as to accommodate the white man. A black woman i...
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Failing Schools?

Many putative cause-and-effect relationships are more political than factual. Take ‘failing schools,’ for example. When politicians are confronted with data indicating a dismal academic performance on the part of America’s youth, they blame the schools and declare them “failing.” Failing students = failing schools. QED. Left off the hook are the gismo-gaga’d students themselves...
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