Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Musing of one thinking about the absent minded driver who pulled up to a four way STOP and sat there waiting for the STOP sign to turn green.

Long before the Heimlich manuever was invented, my mother came up with a similar manuever to rescue children. When I was a kid about half past three (as Johnny Mercer would put it) I was sitting in the swing on our front porch swinging as high as I could and sucking on a jawbreaker. For those who may not be familiar with it, a jawbreaker is a spherical piece of hard candy perhaps 3/4 of an inch or so in diameter. Inevitably I swallowed the wrong way and the jawbreaker blocked my airway. Mother who was maybe 5'5" tall was inside the house. She heard me choking, ran out, grabbed me by the heels, flipped me upside down and shook me so hard the jawbreaker popped out. It is amazing what mothers can do when there is a threat to their progeny.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Musing of one thinking about the man who got in an argument, lost his cool, and tried to regain it by stripping down to his shorts.

I live in Albuquerque, NM which has acquired a reputation as a place where the police go around shooting people.  Once a reputation is acquired it is difficult to live it down and it will take Albuquerque some years to live this down. 

And now for a known sequitur.  After getting an application for an absentee ballot, I began to think about how candidates acquire votes.  There is a variety of reasons among which are reputation, party line voting, and votes acquired by super salesmanship.  In the last case the candidate is usually so persuasive that people decide to vote for him/her regardless.  So elections turn out to be a kind of lottery.

Not directly related, my mother's method of betting was somewhat similar.  When Mary Kay and I lived in San Diego, she came for a visit and we took her to Tijuana to the Jai Alai games. While waiting for the game to begin she was looking at the players standing around and she said, "Number such and such is cute. I think I will bet on him."  And so that is what she did throughout the games. Oddly enough she did very well.  So I guess we will call it Nana's Principle, so much for scientific analysis.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Musing of one wondering what the world would be like if Adolf Hitler had been accepted by the art school which turned down his application.

I think it would be a good thing if high school curricula included a semester to give students an overview of the various governmental and economic systems which exist in the world. Especially  there should be an introduction in some detail to our own government - its nature and its structure. Also the course could include an overview of the various forms of doing business. I must confess that I did not learn any of this in my high school civics class back in the dim dark ages. But that was in the depths of the great depression when schools concentrated on getting students ready to qualify for one of the occasional job openings which occurred. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Musing of one thinking about the Chinese Zillionaire who, on a visit to the U.S., went to the White House and offered to teach President Obama how to run a country.

When one reaches an advanced age perhaps 90, a little frog takes up residence on his vocal cords. When the old guy wants to say something, he first has to clear his throat. This knocks the frog off the vocal cords, and the old guy gets out about five words, before the frog jumps back on and he has to repeat the process. This goes on until he has finished his remark. Alternatively he can ignore the frog and just let the voice be the one of old age, possibly cracked and indistinct. Either way it must be an annoyance to the listener. And that's the way it is.What we need is some way to get rid of the frog. Incidentally, we have been going through this process while writing this.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Musing of one wondering if there is any truth to the rumor that an unnamed university offered Joe Biden a job teaching public relations when he leaves offfice.

Everything I hear on the news points to action by congress to keep the government running, but I see no evidence whatever of any effort to balance the budget. So I guess we will keep piling up deficit on deficit until the bubble bursts and we will have rampant  inflation and financial chaos. It seems to me that if they will ignore politics, they could balance the budget in spite of the effect on various individuals and organizations.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Musing: Government

Musing of one thinking about the roving reporter who encountered a Rocky mountain hermit asked what he thought of Obama, and was told "I don't know, I've never heard that song".

There seems to be a general view among high government executives that entering upon a high government job automatically endows one with a some sort of omniscience and endows them with an ethical standard that is at least an order of magnitude higher than that of anyone in the private sector. With all due respect to everybody, this just isn't so. The government is run by fallible human beings who are no smarter than the rest of us, and they should remember that they function to serve not to rule.

Enough pontification for today.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Musing of one watching a man trying to verify a rumor that President Obama offered the mayor of Detroit a contract to consult on running a bankrupt government

Soliloquizing the other day I concluded that the administration has embarked on a long range plan to convert our political system into a one party system, similar to what the communist countries have. This involves spending more and more money on various assistance programs and if-so-facto influencing all the beneficiaries to vote for the party in power. The inevitable result would be that eventually the party in power would dominate both legislative and executive branches and maybe even the third branch. And so we would arrive at a point where we would have de facto dictatorship. That's not a very appealing prospect.