Daily Archives: August 15, 2011
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck.”
“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa. “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.”
Survey here claims that mean people earn more money. But is that true? The study seems to record that “disagreeable” people earn more, but perhaps they’re just contrarians – people who don’t go along with the consensus may deserve to earn more. I don’t see what that has to do with disrespecting others or treating them badly.
The Swiss and their rifles. As I noted before, I never felt safer than when riding Zurich trams with businessmen and their rifles. But it’s not about the rifle, it’s about who has one.
How to know when it’s time to retire. Fortunately, I enjoy my work, and there’s always writing.
They’re buying up Manhattan, if your believe this. Fudrucker’s got a number of tire kickers from China but, so far, they aren’t adventurous enough to leave the island. We’re working on it.
Someone (tried) to post a nasty comment about Selectman Drew Marzullo here. Drew is gay and a Democrat and is open about both those failings – he’s also an EMT and, should I ever need EMT help (and given my heart history, I might), I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see. So cut it out.
Down he goes. And such a tragedy – from many accounts, Dr. Skowron was a decent guy, so what the hell went wrong with him?
Nothing wrong with a man of faith. Simon is of Jewish origin, I don’t think I am (although, with Austrian ancestors named Pringle, one can never be sure, and I’d take pride in it if I were) but we share this: we both envy people who have a deep belief in God. And, it seems, neither of us is alarmed by this guy, although I did NOT like him speaking at that Christian rally thing – I’m waiting to see what, if anything, he prescribes for the country, but if he’ll keep his religious beliefs to himself and recommends some sound economic solutions, then I could be okay with that.
NPR on Alzheimer’s. I’m not going there.
He’s upsetting that lady wrestler. Connecticut’s a liberal state, and I’d bet that Shays has a better chance than a true conservative. I never cottoned to the wrestler woman and I always admired Shays for his honesty, if not his policies, so I wish him well.
Off on bus tour (one bus, fifty SUVs) before his Martha Vineyard’s vacation, he’s planning to announce a “jobs program” that even his fellow Democrats scoff at. The man hasn’t a clue.
UPDATE: He has concluded that the best thing he can do for the economy is to get reelected. I kid you not.