Curmudgeonalia
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Herein you will find periodic observations and my opinions on life and politics; also cogent book reviews and commentary. I welcome and appreciate your comments and questions, and encourage you sign up for e-mail reminders at each new posting, and/or to log on often.
September 5, 2011

Tho'ts on a vanishing president

Have recently run into some particularly apt quotations, which I shall simply use to amplify the title of this little missive:

"Most political disputes boil down to a contest between the party of hope and the party of memory."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (c.1850-not much change, huh?)

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
Margaret Thatcher

"From an early age, smart people are reminded of their intelligence, separated from their peers in gifted classes, and presented with opportunities unavailable to others. For these and other reasons, intellectuals tend to have an inflated sense of their own wisdom."
Daniel J. Flynn

"Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one."
Voltaire

"Amid all the concerns about the skyrocketing government debt, a front-page headline in the Wall Street Journal said: "Families Slice Debt to Lowest in 6 Years." It is remarkable how differently people behave when they are spending their own money compared to the way politicians behave when spending the government's money. "
Thomas Sowell

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
Ben Franklin

"All charming people have something to conceal, usually their dependence on the appreciation of others."
Cyril Connolly

and, finally:

Progressivism is the belief that we have too much freedom with which to make too many stupid choices.
David Harsanyi

"In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."
Napoleon

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid."
Benjamin Franklin

Posted by Curmudgeon at 11:50 AM

August 1, 2011

The Truth: Scary

I just learned of, and last night watched the documentary entitled Inside Job, produced by Charles Ferguson and narrated by Matt Damon. It is a scorching, frightening narrative--very well documented--which exposes and explains the enormous power that the present banking industry has over the government, and our economy; how they engineered the recent financial disaster and are in a position to do it again.

Having read a number of books about the present calamity, I can assure everyone that this is "the God's truth." With the recent banking bailout, the remaining banks are both larger and more dangerous; less regulated and more powerful. They are playing with our money and it must be stopped, though I have no idea how it is to be accomplished.

It is available thru NefFlix, and can be purchased on line thru Amazon, amongst others.

Rent it or buy it, but see it ASAP. Contact your Senators and Congressmen, and insist that they figure out what to do. They are ruining the economy of the world as we knew it only 30 years ago. This documentary carefully and fully explains how and why.

Posted by Curmudgeon at 2:55 PM

March 14, 2011

We're back, and "well"

I apologize to those who visit my site with some regularity. For the past two years my wife has been quite ill, and my attention has been elsewhere. After many operations, months in the hospital, and nearly 2 years to recover she is finally back and in better condition than she has been in years.

I expect to be making regular entries from now on; at least that is my plan, though it has been my experience over the years that "life is what happens to you while you are making plans."

Thanx for your patience and loyalty.

RAM

Posted by Curmudgeon at 4:44 PM