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Tools
Apr 21st, 2009 by Mike

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” 1Abraham Maslow

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1. Abraham Maslow
American Idol
Jan 13th, 2009 by Mike

The new season of American Idol begins tonight with four hours of programming over the next two nights. Mrs. Major and Son Major enjoy this show. I use the show as an opportunity to read or fool around on the computer.

Kevin McDonough, in his column “Tune In Tonight,” sums the program up very well:

With its endless hours of idle chatter and forgettable patter, “Idol” was made for the fast-forward button. I tend to speed over the obviously horrible performances, the banal travelogue and practically every segment featuring Ryan Seacrest. Technology can be a wonderful thing.

I say, “Just saying, ‘no,’ can be a wonderful thing.”

Economic Forecasting
Nov 30th, 2008 by Mike

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.” — John Kenneth Galbraith

Yesterday, Black Friday, consumers spent 3% 1UPDATE: latest figures estimate that the increase may be more like 7% more than last year. All we heard on the news was how horrible for retailers the day would be. That folks were only going to browse. I think Mr. Galbraith is correct. The crowds even trampled a Wal-Mart employee to death in their rush to buy stuff, for crying out loud.

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1. UPDATE: latest figures estimate that the increase may be more like 7%
Spirituality
Sep 20th, 2008 by Mike

I haven’t blogged in a while. Don’t have any thoughts organized so here’s a quote from Through Gates of Splendor which I recently read;

“It is not the level of our spirituality that we can depend on. It is God and nothing less than God, for the work is God’s and the call is God’s and everything is summoned by Him and to His purposes, the whole scene, the whole mess, the whole package–our bravery and our cowardice, our love and our selfishness, our strengths and our weaknesses.” — Elisabeth Elliot

Happiness and Goodness
Sep 3rd, 2008 by Mike

“What God means by happiness and goodness is a far higher thing than we can conceive.” — Elisabeth Elliot

A Miser
Aug 13th, 2008 by Mike

“Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.” — Laurence J. Peter

The Rule
Aug 11th, 2008 by Mike

Jake Winter, a specialist in forensic bureaucracy, explains The Rule thusly: “In any analysis of a confusing political problem, the rule is to ask, ‘Who benefits?’ You will find the answer to any political or bureaucratic question, if you can answer that one correctly.” — from Dead Watch by John Sandford

Politics
Jul 27th, 2008 by Mike

“Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.” —Ambrose Bierce

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” —Ronald Reagan

“Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.” —Lester B. Pearson

“In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

“Crime does not pay … as well as politics.” -Alfred E. Newman

See, Therapy Does Work
May 26th, 2008 by Mike

“After twelve years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, ‘No hablo ingles.'” —Ronnie Shakes

William G. McAdoo Quote
May 24th, 2008 by Mike

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.” –William G. McAdoo

Which quote reminds me of a story I heard back in the 60s:

A man was driving on a one lane bridge when he met another one driving in the opposite direction. The second man said, “I never back up for and idiot. 1or any other nasty name you like

“I always do,” said the first. He promptly threw the gears into reverse and backed off the bridge.

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1. or any other nasty name you like
Ahh, Politics
May 5th, 2008 by Mike

“In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.” –Napoleon Bonaparte

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