Thursday, August 17, 2017

Scott Adams knows a thing or two.....


If you are outside the mass hysteria bubble you might have noticed that President Trump never campaigned to be our moral leader. He presented himself as – in his own words “no angel” – with a set of skills he offered to use in the public’s interest. He was big on law and order, and equal justice under the law. But he never offered moral leadership. Voters elected him with that knowledge. Evidently, Republicans don’t depend on politicians for moral leadership. That’s probably a good call.
When the horror in Charlottesville shocked the country, citizens instinctively looked to their president for moral leadership. The president instead provided a generic law and order statement. Under pressure, he later named specific groups and disavowed the racists. He was clearly uncomfortable being our moral lighthouse. That’s probably why he never described his moral leadership as an asset when running for office. We observe that he has never been shy about any other skill he brings to the job, so it probably isn’t an accident when he avoids mentioning any ambitions for moral leadership. If he wanted us to know he would provide that service, I think he would have mentioned it by now.

Spengler knows some things too...........


The best solution is a compromise which removes the issue from politics altogether. ... That won't do much good, but there isn't much good to be done. The best outcome would be to defuse the issue, and hope that people can walk away from it and get back to the business of getting an education and making a living. Nothing will console Southerners for their defeat in the Civil War; nothing will compensate African-Americans for hundreds of lost years. The best anyone can do is to find a way to live with it and get on with life.

-as he concludes this blog post

Remember.......................



How are we doing..........................?


     The bedrock attribute of a successful city district is that a person must feel personally safe and secure on the street among all these strangers.  He must not feel automatically menaced by them.

-Jane Jacobs, The Death And Life Of Great American Cities

Nature......................


“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think” 

-Gregory Bateson

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


At the movies............John Wayne and friends.........War Wagon

Sunday, August 13, 2017

On nothingness................................


The best sort of ruler promises nothing, and delivers on his promise every time. The worst sort of tyrant has “plans.”...
“That government is best which governs least,” said Henry David Thoreau. Well, yes and no. The statement is used to champion weak government. But I am for a government that is unbreakably strong.
Chinese sages understood this, too, including the mystical Lao Tzu and those old Tories, Confucius and Mencius: that it takes tremendous power to do nothing. Voting whittles that power away.
-as excerpted from this David Warren post

Consider...........................




Consider how the species we call whales have dwelled on this planet fifty-six million years longer than we have and yet they never found it necessary to invent Trident submarines and other fanciful ways of destroying life.

-Matthew Fox


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


The Sunshine Company.......................Back On The Street Again

Saturday, August 12, 2017

On conceptual divisions.........


"... perhaps the great disaster of human history is one that happened to or within religion:  that is, the conceptual division between the holy and the world, the excerpting of the Creator from the creation."

-Wendell Berry

Radical amazement.........................





Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ....get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” 

-Abraham Heschel

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


Kenny O'Dell.....................................................Beautiful People

On conspiracy theories................




Friend Bilbo offers nine more cartoons on the subject.   Always remember:   Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

Life tries to imitate art..............




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