WE THE PEOPLE: Fleecing the flock
Shearing can be done, responsibly, only once a year. Sheep need excess wool in the winter to keep warm (reducing food bills and veterinary expenses). As long as wool is removed in a sustainable manner, sheep remain healthy and there can be modest profits. Push for more, and the system usually collapses.
TIDBITS: No good, lying food bloggers
Do you ever want to go to the comments section of a blog, or on a post on Facebook and Internet scream, "LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE"?
STUMPTALK: Hubris, not leadership
James Madison pretty well nailed the Democrats’ approach to writing laws even in 1788: “It will be of little avail (“use”) to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.”
We the People: Blackmail on the Potomac
A political science professor I once knew thought politics should be a profession like medicine and law, with strict licensing and educational requirements.
Lion and the Lamb: The challenge of health care
Since the beginning of our nation, health care has been considered a privilege rather than a right. This has had serious consequences, resulting in a highly dysfunctional health system.
Tidbits: Keep your hands off my favorite movies
I remember it all so well. It was Thanksgiving 1992 and we were enjoying an afternoon of family fun and togetherness. The grandkids, all nine of us, were in our teens and, instead of running around playing with army men or dolls, we wanted to watch a movie.
Stumptalk: The Magic of Feedback Control
Very few people are aware of the scientific and mathematical foundation of the American industrial enterprise, the source of her exceptionalism.
LION AND THE LAMB: ‘They’ have ‘theirs’
Our choices in life begin in early childhood. Parents and other family members are usually the first source of influence in forming our attitudes and opinions about others. Hatred, intolerance, racism, bigotry and sexism are things children learn. They are not born with them. Very young children don’t understand things like “love, compassion, integrity, tolerance, human decency and truth,” either. They are all taught!
WE THE PEOPLE: Deep-sixing the death penalty
Capital punishment has had a varied history in our nation. It has been carried out in different ways down through the years: by rifle squad, noose hanging, gas chamber, electric chair and lethal injection.
TIDBITS: There was life before Google
Gather around, boys and girls. I have a tale to tell that you may find too far fetched. You’ll think I’m pulling your leg. You’ll demand I stop fooling. But what I’m about to tell you is the honest-to-goodness truth.
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