Why I’m Not Voting This year

I have long admired the child in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes who dared point out to the throng that the Emperor was strutting around without any clothes on. Everyone else in the crowd that day was effectively part of a conspiracy of silence – see naught, say naught. (One can get insights from this kind of thing into how something like the Holocaust could...
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The Tragedy of Flint

I'm Irish. I'll weep over most anything. A spilt pint of Guinness, for example, or a haunting strain of Celtic melancholy; or a photo of an abandoned dog peering from behind the Cyclone wire of a too-small cage. (Nothing should be kept in a cage, BTW, in my opinion, except, of course, one or two of the current candidates for the U.S. presidency). Then there is the tragedy of...
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Notes on Star Wars MCLXXX

There were eight people in the theatre. I made it all the way through the two hours and sixteen minutes of run time without having to take bathroom break (plus seventeen minutes of trailers!) . This is big news. All the movies previewed were of the blow shit up variety. Every single one of them. Seventeen minutes of them. Harrison Ford needs to retire. ( Git 'er done.)...
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What Powerball Mania Says About Us

1.  We are irredeemably irrational (and undereducated) creatures. None of us wants to hear that the odds against our winning the Powerball lottery are 292,200,000 to 1. All we want to hear is: "You can't win if you don't play," and "Somebody has to win." (Actually, the latter statement is false.) 2.  We have money enough such that we can 'afford' to flush some of it down the...
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Sean Penn

Back in the late 1960's, I volunteered for military service when millions of Americans my age were doing everything within their power to escape it.  I was offered a "critical skills" deferment, but refused it. After graduating from OCS, I volunteered to join the Navy SEALs, and further volunteered to join a special nuclear weapons group within the SEALS. I was sent to Vietnam....
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Shocking Revelation! Read All About It!

Shocking fact: Businesses are not in business to provide people with health insurance. Can you believe it? The only reason they started doing this was because of wage-and-price controls imposed by the federal government during WWII. Fringe benefits were not counted as wages, so businesses were free to use benefit packages as a way of attracting workers from a very limited labor...
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God’s Team

When young basketball players bless themselves with the sign of the cross before attempting a free throw, do they actually believe God is going to guide the ball into the hoop on their behalf? Wouldn’t such an intervention constitute a form of cheating, or even worse, favoritism? Alas, have we not enough favored people in the world already? (www.eddiesinthestream.com)
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Powerball at $500M

Exactly who/what is the agent who delivers good luck to those crossing their fingers for it? Jesus? The Tooth Fairy? Our guardian angel? Amazon?  Quantum-mechanical fluctuations? Good luck to ya! Richard the Poorer
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Gandhi Shows the Way

Mohandas Gandhi, while serving as the de facto leader of the Indian independence movement, went on a hunger strike 17 times. On one occasion, he fasted for 17 days. No one, in my opinion, has invented a better stratagem for those already on high moral ground to gain the attention and sympathy of the media, the principals of governance, and the population at large. Question: How...
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Suggestions

Here’s a suggestion for nursing homes. Bus your wards to local schools on occasion so they can sit in class and share their wisdom and life experience with young people whose primary sources of wisdom are likely celebrities, talk-radio hosts, and YouTube videos. Here’s a suggestion for schools. Bus your wards to nursing homes on occasion so they can interview the inmates and be...
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