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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. ¬† Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, … Continue reading

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Learn to Manage Your Health

Here is a link to an excellent article by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. Upon reading this article, I found myself recalling the many quarrels I have had with the medical profession over the years. Somewhat more realistically … Continue reading

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Toward a More Effective Congress

As a result of the grandstanding and squabbling in Congress, the latest polls reveal that more than eighty percent of Americans disapprove of the performance of Congress and believe that Congress doesn’t care about the welfare of Americans in general … Continue reading

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Pig in a poke

“Pig in a poke” is an expression dating back to the middle ages that is as applicable to today’s world as it was back then. It referred to various practices of substituting less-than-satisfactory products for what people thought they were … Continue reading

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The Quiet Man

Taking a cue from his “top generals,” in her recent article in the New York Times Maureen Dowd likens President Obama to Cool Hand Luke, a role played by Paul Newman in Stuart Rosenberg’s movie of the same title. Then … Continue reading

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Mind-sets

I went to a local convenience store recently, to deliver a gift to a young¬†Pakistani fellow who works there. A man walked into the store and bought some lottery tickets, and then started complaining, “We have things too good in … Continue reading

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Immigration

In a recent New York Times article, Jason DeParle details the efforts by John Tanton, a native of Michigan and a liberal to crusade against immigration over the past three decades. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/us/17immig.html?hp How can anyone doubt the significant contributions to … Continue reading

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Taxes in the USA

I received an email which listed income tax, property tax and other taxes and stated that “Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago…” but that is not not only historically inaccurate, it is simply not true. One can … Continue reading

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Federal Deficits

Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wisconsin Republican) has been much in the news recently. Most recently in a column by Paul Krugman in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/opinion/08krugman.html?hp But Ryan’s notoriety raises many issues that should be publicly addressed, and here are … Continue reading

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Free Enterprise

Free enterprise cannot exist when a government owns all businesses, but it also cannot exist when one or more companies control the government. The heart and soul of free enterprise is competition. And we have witnessed how well this works … Continue reading

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