Some Questions

Why does the toast no longer reach the top of the toaster when it pops up?
Why are pop tarts a half inch shorter than they used to be?
Why do too many people hate haters?
Why do we grow old physically, why a life span, not forever
Is the moon actually an oil painting drawn on framed canvas?
Are the teenage years there to serve as a warning for the rest of our lives?
Why do we like fall colors?
If St Patrick’s day were in the fall would the Shamrocks be brown?
How did cave men survive without vitamin pills?
Was the world put together by a blind watch maker?
Shouldn’t we be just a bit apprehensive about tinkering with mother natures plans?
Why cant we buy things with low fructose corn syrup?
Are labor saving devices also labor destroying devices?
Are cell phones replacing our ability to remember?
Will people look at pictures that were taken 40 years ago and stored on a cell phone or will those memories just disappear in the vaults of time
If deadlines are constantly extended do deadlines exist?
How can a country with so much appreciate it so little?
If our people are a product of our society what are we producing now?
Why do things only break when you are using them?
If wishes were horses would beggars ride?
How can anyone unfeelingly cut down a tree that has stood for 200 years in the same place?
Weeds are successful without our help and crops are not. Do we deny evolution when we kill weeds?
Are mushrooms being genetically modified?
Who was the first person to eat cheese or drink beer?
Has the power of words to hurt become more powerful because our media tends to concentrate on words rather than actions?
Why ARE there never photos of lightning strikes on the front page?
How many cell phone signals, radio waves, TV waves, microwaves are burrowing their way through your brain right now. Remember every cell phone is a transmitter. If it were proven that these waves cause cancer would we put down the phone or buy a heavy lead helmet?
Why is it that Woodstock could never happen again?
Why are there so many who feel that they should govern but can’t?
Where would Ghandi start in America?
Does the word American have any meaning anymore or are we splitting ourselves back up into competing tribes?
Are new laws typically designed to protect the general public or idiots from themselves?
Is the most brain chilling phrase in existence , “There’s an App for that.”
Is Truth or Consequences only a town in New Mexico?
If everyone is a winner does anyone win?

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Lord Acton and Democracy

I was thinking about the quote , ” Absolute power corrupts and power corrupts absolutely and went back and looked at Lord Acton’s quotes on Democracy. Some are remarkably current for having been written over 200 years ago. I am not sure if I should be comforted or concerned because of that. His thoughts are a curious mixture of liberalism and conservatism. I think he might be a Libertarian now?

“Liberty becomes a question of morals more than of politics.”
“Political atheism: End justifies the means. This is still the most widespread of all the opinions inimical to liberty.”
“Duty [is] not taught by the state.”
“Men cannot be made good by the state, but they can easily be made bad. Morality depends on liberty.”
“Liberty consists in the division of power. Absolutism, in concentration of power.”
“Bureaucracy is undoubtedly the weapon and sign of a despotic government, inasmuch as it gives whatever government it serves, despotic power.”
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you supersede the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”
“Despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.”
“Authority that does not exist for Liberty is not authority but force.”
“Everybody likes to get as much power as circumstances allow, and nobody will vote for a self-denying ordinance.”
“Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.”
“For it is a most striking thing that the views of pure democracy…were almost entirely unrepresented in [the American] convention.”
“A liberal is only a bundle of prejudices until he has mastered, has understood, experienced the philosophy of Conservatism.”
“The will of the people cannot make just that which is unjust.”
“It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.”
“Absolute power demoralizes.”
“There should be a law to the People besides its own will.”
“Democracy generally monopolizes and concentrates power.”
“The common vice of democracy is disregard for morality.”
“Socialism easily accepts despotism. It requires the strongest execution of power — power sufficient to interfere with property.”
“Official truth is not actual truth.”
“Political economy cannot be supreme arbiter in politics. Else you might defend slavery where it is economically sound and reject it where the economic argument applies against it.”
“The value of history is certainty – against which opinion is broken up.”
“History is a great innovator and breaker of idols.”
“Progress, the religion of those who have none.”
“It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people fit to govern others.”
“Moral precepts are constant through the ages and not obedient to circumstances.”
“The notion of sin and repentance waned with the belief in authority. Men thought they could make good the evil they did.
“The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.”
“[On France:] The country that had been so proud of its kings, of its nobles, and of its chains, could not learn without teaching that popular power may be tainted with the same poison as personal power.”

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Some Questions and one Thought About the 2016 Presidential Election

What happens when you assasinate the character of your opponnent in an election and then they win?

What should you do when people you like and trust post things that you find to be at best half truths?

Will America still exist after the coming election? Is it really the end of the world as we know it?

Is it just possible that the house and senate races are more important this year if you don’t like the Presidential candidates?

When lies become the new truth, what will the truth look like?

Who among you does not take all the deductions you are entitled to on your taxes?

Are all statements that begin with the word ” All” followed by the word Democrats or Republicans lies?

Do you believe that Democrats or Republicans eat their own children?

When was the last time you actually got something important that was truly ” Free”?

Did LIncoln actually say he copied the Gettysburg Address off the internet?

Do any of you truly believe internet statistics anymore?

Do you accept uncritically as truth any statement that fits your views?

Why do we as a society accept the idea that it is okay for a politician to lie and tell half truths when we would not accept that from our teenager?

If you looked at a transcript of a repartee between Trump and Clinton without knowing who said it would you believe it was two teenagers talking trash?

Is either candidate really stupid just because you disagree with them.?

Why are we so concerned with words rather than actions?

Which is more important, what I have done or what I will do? Does really matter if I looked at a Playboy or smoked a joint when I was twenty?

Is it possible that the media is making it impossible for anyone to be elected cleanly unless they died before they were twelve?

Is it possible to disagree agreeably?

Is it true that if we always do what we have always done we will always get what we have always gotten.

Does one lie not recanted bring all your truths into question?

Have you ever said some of my best friends are republicans/democrats?

Should party affiliation be removed from ballots?

Should future elections feature a ” none of the above” choice on the ballot and if that choice receives 25% of the votes all current candidates will be disqualified from the election and a new election will be held in 45 days

In short :

I believe that this election has become all about winning a battle at the expense of winning the war.

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Past Pizza Pastime

I see lots of posts on strangest experiences while working in a restaurant, here are some of mine from 45 years ago when I worked at a Pizza Hut during college.
1. The manager after dealing with college kids as employees would choke down 20 aspirin at a time. No word on where he finally bled to death
2. The college professor and his date who would always show up at 1:50 AM and order a supreme and two pitchers of beer and then sit there for two hours while we stacked chairs, mopped the floor around them and played loud music on the juke box. Every Friday night
3. The guy who always complained bitterly that our pizza wasn’t spicy enough but kept coming back for more, so one night we put a pile of those nasty little dried red peppers under each pepperoni on his pizza and got no reaction when he ate it other than when he left he said, “ you finally got it right on the spices.”
4. Having your head and arm in the oven reaching for a pizza in the back of the oven when someone quickly pulls the front door of the restaurant open effectively removing all of your eyebrows and arm hair
5. Being able to tell how long someone had worked there by the scars on their arm from the oven door
6. Realizing that the baking pans were never washed
7. Making a pizza for the drunk, after he crashed into a corner of the building, while he waited for the police
8. Driving all the way to the bank and reaching for the night deposit on the seat next to you then realizing that you put it on top of the car before you got in. Amazingly it had enough quarters that it was still there
9. Seeing who could avoid making an anchovy pizza as the smell would absolutely not come off your hands (yes me made food with our hands uncovered)
10. Seeing another worker slice the tip of his thumb off in the kitchen cheese slicer and never finding it.
11. Working the day shift alone and watching a school bus full of hungry teenagers pull into the parking lot
12. Pouring pitchers of dark beer and putting ice in it so it looked like coke
13. Avoiding putting at least one payment through the cash register so you could have quarters to play the juke box during cleanup
14. Ringing up at least on pizza order on the carry out beer key
15. Realizing that a large supreme pizza cost $3.15
16. The shift was 4 to 4 at $1.13 per hour and people didn’t tip in pizza restaurants.
17. Finishing a shift in January ,the last one out, door locks behind you, car won’t start, cell phones didn’t exist and realizing that you are either going to freeze to death or have to pay twice what you just made in a 12 hour shift to have someone come and start your car after you walked 2 blocks to the nearest pay phone ( one of those antiques things that you have to put a quarter in)
18. Opening a bad can of mushrooms
19. Dicing onions that squished instead of clicked
20. Getting to wear a red checked shirt to match the red checked table cloths
21. Learning how to fold a sack to hold a pizza… Pizza hut didn’t use boxes back then
22. Getting an order for 50 pizzas from the law library at 1 AM
23. Watching the ingredients change from sausage, to sausage with textured vegetable protein added, to vegetable protein with sausage added
24 Yes the sauce ingredients were secret. We had goody bags, unlabled plain brown paper that were added to each batch of sauce no questions asked.

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By History’s Measure

It occurred to me this morning by myself in the quiet while riding on a very up and down curvy street probably laid out on what was originally a wagon trace that the reason everything in the media is aggrandized as the greatest, worst, first, or last, is because the writers and talking heads were never taught or never listened to the history of the their country, the world, or their own people.

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The Cannonization of the new Patron Saint of Boxing

As I watch the typically overdone canonization of Ali. I would wonder how Mohammed Ali’s pleas of conscientious objector due to his non-violent Muslim religion and membership in the Nation of Islam might play out in today’s courts. And I will have to admit I always wondered how a person who earned their living by beating the crap out of people could be considered non-violent.

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Summer Learning Activities

I see that parents are being bombarded with ” Summer Learning” activities. The best summer activity is that you should throw the kids out of the house at 8:00 let em back in at noon to eat lunch and then call them in for a 1/2 hour of dinner then send em back out until the street lights turn on. Will they get in trouble? possibly. Will they get hurt? possibly,
Will they get dirty and drink out of an unsanitary garden hose? certainly. Will they be kidnapped by a sexual pervert? most probably not. The one thing that will happen is that they will learn about life relationships, and how the world really works from each other far better than they will at a day camp, from their phones or any adult organized “learning activity.”

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