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Ever Wonder Why?

Starting a book like this is a daunting task.  Thomas Sowell is one of my favorite writers and I marvel at the ease in which he dissects complex subjects in a very practical and entertaining way.  Ever Wonder Why is a collection of past articles and “other controversial essays” covering race relations, taxes, black history month, public education, the media, and much more.  Because of the format, none of the articles is more than three pages and sometimes the subject left me wanting more from Sowell.

The Enemy Within

“Listen to me. We’ve traced the call… it’s coming from inside the house”

when a stranger callsI don’t know if you saw the suspense movie, When A Stranger Calls, but when the police made this call to the young lady in the house, chills went up my spine.  The stalker was actually inside the house where everybody assumed that she was safe.  Where we all think we are safe.

As I watched the recent presidential campaign many things struck me as odd, but one in particular.  Barack Obama enjoyed the support of the United Mine Workers Union.  That in itself is not a big surprise as he had the support of every union as Democrat politicians usually have.  The interesting part was when you factored in Obama’s comments regarding the future of coal:

Separated At Birth – Hamilton/Obama

Hamilton - Obama dancing lower res

Ashley George Hamilton gathered what little celebrity he had to garner an appearance as a contestant on this season’s Dancing With the Stars.  In case you were wondering, he was considered one of the stars.  Most people had never heard of him before his rise to fame, but he was voted one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People.  Many thought that his appearance on the show would give him a boost and he could have been a slam dunk for the finals.  Fate (or a lack of talent) did not smile on him as he had the dubious distinction of being the first to be voted off of the show.   There is no word from Hamilton on future plans…maybe Celebrity Apprentice.

Books Anat

“Anat” is Pittsburghese for “and that” for those of you not familiar with the dialect spoken in the City of Champions.  I have a fondness for books and look forward to retirement so that I will have an extra six hours to read each day.  I actually work more than six hours and you have to add commuting time to get a better picture of how much additional time I will have. 

Rule 13

One of the most quoted “rules” in Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals book is Rule 13.  This rule is under the tactics section of the book and that is a better way to think of this.  In this tactic, you are taught to select a specific target, a person.  Government bodies (i.e. Congress, etc.) or buildings (i.e. Washington, city hall, etc.) allow blame to be shifted too easily. 

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

In Their Own Words – Part I

Pittsburgh Penguins fans have been treated to a local series about the team’s players where they are interviewed and it is called “In Their Own Words.”  Hockey is my favorite spectator sport because of the speed and action in the games.  The greatest about hockey, however, is the players.  I cannot speak for other teams, but hockey players are the nicest guys.  You can learn a great deal about a person by what they say in unscripted moments (i.e. without a teleprompter).

Out With A Whimper

How many times have you heard this comment in the last six months?

“Worst economy since the Great Depression”

I think that the latest congressional plan for paying off the massive deficit will be to collect a nickel for every time that phrase is mentioned.  If they had a nickel for each time that was mentioned, our deficit would be halved by the end of the year.  That would probably work, except for the “had.”  I suspect we would be “had.”

A New Global Authority

“There is urgent need (for) a true world political authority that can manage the global economy, guarantee the environment is protected, ensure world peace and bring about food security for the poor.”

This is a recent quote from a world leader.  I want you to guess who made the statement. 

  1. Barack Obama
  2. Ban Ki-moon (head of the U.N.)
  3. Warren Buffet (second richest man in the world)
  4. George Clooney
  5. Hu Jintao (leader of China)
  6. Fidel Castro

Logan’s Run Healthcare?

“The seeds of the Little War were planted in a restless summer during the mid-1960s, with sit-ins and student demonstrations as youth tested its strength. By the early 1970s over 75 percent of the people living on Earth were under 21 years of age.

The population continued to climb — and with it the youth percentage.

In the 1980s the figure was 79.7 percent.

In the 1990s, 82.4 percent. In the year 2000 — critical mass.”

                           William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson (Introduction to the novel Logan’s Run)

Stimulus (stim – you – less)

Stimulus is defined as:

“Something that rouses or incites to action or increased action; incentive”

Synonyms:  inducement, provocation

Can you use it in a sentence?

President Barack Obama said the $787 billion economic stimulus plan is beginning to take hold and that work is coming in “ahead of schedule and under budget.”

Can you give me an example?

The stimulus package was hoisted on to the taxpayers as a means to “rebuild crumbling roads and bridges, modernize airports and shipyards, develop high-speed rail networks and restore aging public transit systems.