GARY'S WORLD: A 'Look Back' at the social network
Facebook celebrated its 10th anniversary this past Tuesday. In fact, it's celebrating all week long. The king of social networking websites first launched Feb. 4, 2004, at Harvard University, connecting students through a network at the school.
WE THE PEOPLE: Spinning out of control
Some “anti-government” folks have gone so far out on the right wing that they are causing us to spin out of control. They promote policies that actually take away personal choices. They frame social issue arguments to the point of absurdity. They show blind adherence to groups that couldn’t care less about them. And… they may take us all down with them.
LION AND THE LAMB: Pete Seeger’s gift to us
The past decades since the 1940s have brought us a golden age of folk singers. These have included Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, New Christy Minstrels, and Bernice Johnson Reagon (and her Sweet Honey on the Rock group). But the most influential of all has been Pete Seeger who died this past week on Jan. 27 at the age of 94.
TIDBITS: Surviving the winter weather
I demand a recount, a do-over, a mulligan — something that will give that furry little weather forecaster up in Pennsylvania an opportunity to change his mind on his prediction. I just don't think I can handle another six weeks of the bitter cold winter weather and I'm sure he got it wrong.
STUMPTALK: Some things just aren’t right
Some things aren’t right, for example, aluminum baseball bats. The people who introduced aluminum bats should be prosecuted. As one who grew up hearing thunderous zocks! from wooden bats hitting baseballs, I cringe every time I hear the effeminate poink! of an aluminum bat. No wonder fewer children now play baseball. Who wants to listen to that?
We the People: School reform or social disaster?
“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools … destroys our democracy.” (John Dewey, 1907)
Lion and the Lamb: The demise of our democracy
Democracy took some time to arrive in our nation. The founding fathers were all white men who were property owners, and it took them more than a century before non-property owners, non-whites and women were allowed to vote.
Tidbits: Look for better role models
In 1993, Charles Barkley proclaimed "I am not a role model."
Stumptalk: A Ponzi scheme Forced On America By Socialists
Who can forget that socialist icon FDR and his gift to the unsuspecting American people? Of course, I am referring to the Social Security Ponzi scheme; taking wealth from one group to award it to another just to pay the bills.
GARY'S WORLD: Acts of kindness make a big impression
I have written about this before, but it’s often the little things in life that make the biggest impressions and commentary about our society.
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