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  • We are on an incremental slippery slope

    Starting in Russia, this is the way these sorts of coups have taken place for the last 103 years. The average citizens continue to go about their business, rationalizing that the latest loss of freedom is insignificant and adaptable. Then one day, all awaken in a terrifying world of which they never dreamed. It not only can happen here; it is happening here while we attempt to go about our “normal” lives.
  • The new greatest generation?
    Let’s focus all of our energy in a direction that will really advance even the least advantaged among us. We are a team. Teams don’t fight among themselves; they focus on external goals that allow all members to work together for the common good. This has been the strength of America in the past and can be our strength going forward.
  • The world's cities are deteriorating
    On the whole, we are deteriorating, folks. These are not problems to be blamed on big box stores, these are often problems of poor, corrupt or incompetent management. In the voting booth this fall, look askance at anyone claiming to have the solutions to our deteriorating cities. Nearly all politicians’ performance over the last 70 years has been dismal.
  • Emotions should not trump science and math
    If you have not spent a lot of time digging into data or if you know math and science are not strengths for you, I have a recommendation, should you want to discern the truth for yourself. Gather as much information as you can. Then, seek out people you trust on both sides of whatever issue you are examining. Listen to them, roll it over in your mind, then decide for yourself, having gathered as much information as you can, what way to go. I also have a recommendation as to where not to gather information for your opinions. Television or social media. Both spew the emotional side only.
  • The end of Crump, 1968
    The acorn does not fall far from the tree, they say. There are some issues and personalities I deal with in a tough manner. For other situations, I am a softie. The example for my life was set in Highland County in the years on the farms by a conservationist.
  • All hat, no cattle, 1964
    These days, I dream a lot, and people from various times in my life show up in my dreams. Once in a while, SHE does, but now I have the nerve to wave at her across the room – and she smiles and waves back.
  • Chapter 1964, Fourth Quarter: Oolitic, Indiana
    Thanksgiving weekend 1964 revolves around a hamburger, served to me about 7 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, in a small diner in Oolitic, Ind. I drank a glass of milk with it.
  • Exploring other spaces and ideas
    The means are easier and more economical to implement than ever before. The question is this: Do we have the will to explore other spaces, other ideas? I hope I do, and I hope you do. We are richer for the experience when we do.
  • Tribalism and personal perspective
    The movie “My Cousin Vinny” is a great study in this sort of tribalism. New Yorkers thrust into southern Alabama. Both sides view the other with suspicion and doubt. Makes for a hilarious movie, but one that rings way too true. So, when you hear people talk about “tribalism” today, think about where you are and what your experiences have been.
  • What’s next, America?
    Since 2016, especially since November of 2016, those of both parties, particularly the Democrat party members, who don’t like President Donald Trump, have thrown up one roadblock after another, attempting to destroy his presidency. Nothing has stuck to him. In fact, in all cases, the accusers have ended up looking petty, childish and in some cases, treasonous. Undeterred, they continue to attempt to derail him and his administration.
  • Time to update the anti-trust laws, Part 2
    The operative word in anti-trust discussions is “collusion.” It is not only money, which is how the current laws are focused. Anti-trust language needs to be rewritten and codified as collusion centric, not money centric before our rights are completely abrogated by large private enterprises.
  • Time to update the anti-trust laws, Part 1
    Large corporations are saying, “We value our time, we don’t value yours.” It is a tremendous insult and a tremendous cost to the consumer.
  • An opportunity not seen since the Garden of Eden
    Never, ever, in the entire recorded or pre-recorded history, has nearly the whole planet been economically brought to a standstill. For all intents and purposes, the world has stopped. This has never happened before.
  • What I think I know, and what I don’t
    Has the government assumed payment of all costs for anyone who gets sick, thereby absolving us from applying any insurance we may have to our personal treatment and cure? If that is not what they are doing, what is their purpose? Beyond the emotional toll, all human life has a real dollars-and-cents value. If you don’t believe this, get yourself on a wrongful-death civil suit jury. A 25-year-old with a lifetime of earning potential has a much higher financial value than a 70-year-old like me.
  • The curious case of COVID-19
    I am still waiting for the other shoe to drop. I don’t think we have any realistic idea how this is going to play out. The general population has clearly demonstrated they will go along with anything those they perceive to be in authority tell them to do regardless of the personal injury it causes. Further, the whole scenario has been nonsensical so far; hence, the next phase is not predictable.

  • So, what is it?
    If you have ever thought about biological warfare, you probably have an idea in your mind of what that would look like. If you can’t differentiate between that mental image and what we are experiencing right now, you should probably assume we are caught up in biological warfare. Think for a minute. Do you think those perpetrating biological warfare would announce it? It makes no sense for them to do so.
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