Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Take your instincts by the reins..................

R.E.M.......................................................Finest Worksong

Ever-developing................................

A quick review of Joseph J. Ellis's The Quartet: Orchestrating The Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 can be found here:

There are a lot worse ways to spend some of your free time than learning more about your history, particularly at this trying time in the ever-developing story of America.
-Bilbo

Just in case you forgot............................

A brief tale about quantitative easing...............................



via

Not packaged....................................



























Presidential candidate Trump is supposedly enjoying a bump in the polls. How could that be, given his plutocratic hubris, his flamboyance and his often sloppy rhetoric? Again the answer is predictable. He is blunt — and uncouth; while the Left is sly and uncouth. The public sometimes prefers their exaggerations as bold and not packaged in nasal whines.
-Victor Davis Hanson, as excerpted from this essay

Fifty years ago...................................

Dave Clark Five.......................................................Come Home

In praise of inefficiency......................

But therein lies the beauty of the non-profit world. Because the best charities—and the best charitable work—are intensely local, they are a bulwark against the ravages of efficiency. Aided by knowledgeable donors who insist upon touching where their money went, small charities are resistant to the consolidations that feed off the profit world. While the Street and the Valley slowly disembowel the middle class in the name of progress, charities and non-profits employ more than ten million people and provide millions more the joy of volunteering for a good cause.
-Jeff McNellis, as excerpted from here

Are you sure......................................?

via

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Blind eye that turns to see....................

R.E.M.................................................Half A World Away

A little slice of Americana........................

A brief glimpse of the "mile long" 4th of July Parade, as it works its way through Granville, Ohio; featuring the pride of Licking County - the 4H Band:

video

now fixed, sorry.

If Bible verses were.............................

............................ever rationed, this is the one I would ask for:

 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
-John 14:12
King James Version
The Holy Bible

True this......................................

"I think of myself as anti-elitist. But I am even more anti-mobist. When the mob emerges, I cease to be libertarian and instead become ultra-conservative. There is no phenomenon more barbaric than the mob."
-Arnold Kling

We have all heard...............................

..............the quote that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," but how many of us have taken the time to think about what being a "patriot" really means?  John E. Smith has.  Do go visit him.  It is worth pondering on this special weekend.

source of the scoundrel quote is here

Fifty years ago...........................................

Len Barry.........................................................................1-2-3

That's what I thought............................









via
  1. Phenomenology is the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view. The central structure of an experience is its intentionality, its being directed toward something, as it is an experience of or about some object.Nov 16, 2003
  2. via google, if you type in Phenomenology

It is next to impossible.....................

...............to name the 100 top lines from movies.  However, here is a good start.

Here are a few they missed.  Maybe it's just me, but I would have thought Animal House or Blazing Saddles might have a worthy line or two.

"Could John Roberts be the sneakiest GOP partisan ever?"............................

So asks The American Interest blog, as they note some significant Obamacare insurance price increases are moving through the pipeline.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

John Williams conducts...................Born on the Fourth of July

Let's celebrate..................................

















The land of the free....................................


A few thoughts about freedom................

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” 

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” 
-Nelson Mandela

“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be” 
-James Baldwin


“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” 
-Mahatma Gandhi

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
-Thomas Paine

“America is the greatest engine of innovation that has ever existed, and it can't be duplicated anytime soon, because it is the product of a multitude of factors: extreme freedom of thought, an emphasis on independent thinking, a steady immigration of new minds, a risk-taking culture with no stigma attached to trying and failing, a noncorrupt bureaucracy, and financial markets and a venture capital system that are unrivaled at taking new ideas and turning them into global products.” 
-Thomas L. Friedman


“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” 
-Gloria Steinem


“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.” 
-Jim Morrison

A few thoughts about liberty.....................

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” 
-Thomas Jefferson


“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 
-Benjamin Franklin


“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” 
-George Bernard Shaw


“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” 
-James Madison


“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” 
-Benjamin Franklin


“Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.” 
-Robert A. Heinlein


“There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means by which to detect lies.” 
-Walter Lippmann


“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."
-Louis D. Brandeis

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Fourth of July..............................

Open up.............................................

Blessid Union of Souls.............................................I Believe

Yes there is............................................


Opening paragraphs........................

     None of it would have happened if Spider Barnes hadn't tied one on at Eddy's two nights before the Aurora was due to set sail.  Spider was regarded as the finest waterborne chef in the entire Caribbean, irascible but altogether irreplaceable, a mad genius in a starched white jacket and apron.  Spider, you see, was classically trained.  Spider had done stints in Paris.  Spider had done London.  Spider had done New York, San Francisco, and an unhappy layover in Miami before leaving the restaurant biz for good and taking to the freedom of the sea.  He worked the big charters now, the kind of boats the film stars, rappers, moguls, and poseurs rented whenever they wanted to impress.  And when Spider wasn't behind his stove, he was invariably propped atop one of the better bar stools on dry land.  Eddy's was in his top five in the Caribbean Basin, perhaps his top five worldwide.  He started at seven o'clock that evening with a few beers, blew a reefer in the shadowed garden at nine, and at ten was contemplating his first glass of vanilla rum.  All seemed right with the world.  Spider Barnes was buzzed and in paradise.
     But then he spotted Veronica, and the evening took a dangerous turn.  She was new to the island, a lost girl, a European of uncertain provenance who served drinks to day-trippers at the dive bar next door.  She was pretty, though - pretty as a floral garnish, Spider remarked to his nameless drinking companion - and he lost his heart to her in ten seconds flat.  He proposed marriage, which was Spider's favorite approach, and when she turned him down he suggested a roll in the sheets instead.  Somehow it worked, and the two were seen teetering into a torrential downpour at midnight.  And that was the last time anyone laid eyes on him, at 12:03 a.m. on a wet night in Gustavia, soaked to the skin, drunk and in love yet again.

-Daniel Silva,  The English Spy

Fifty years ago....................................

The Four Tops......................................Since You've Been Gone

Endless.....................................................

Personal change is, of course, incremental.  As all "grown-ups" come to understand, we wrestle with and learn how to manage our gifts and flaws over a lifetime.  It's an endless growth process.  And yet it's not as if we become wholly different people.
-Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, as excerpted from Becoming Steve Jobs:  The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

That makes sense...............................























“The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” 
-Pablo Picasso

Look what followed me home. Can we keep him...?

thanks sam