Bet that got your attention! Back in sixties and seventies, a fist thrust upward and accompanied by the mantra “Power to the People” was commonplace political theater. To those who remember, my apologies for amending the slogan. I’m offering this revised version for the pistol packers. There is no placating phallic phobias; the right to keep and bear
arms penises is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Well, at least that is what it amounts to. Continue reading Power to the Penis!
So the global markets are slumping in fear of the USA sliding into recession. What is the prescription to get us out of that, Dubya says we need economic stimulus, i.e., more tax cats (OK, a rebate; same thing). Haven’t we had tax cuts for all the years of his administration? That turned a surplus into a budget deficit. Continue reading Recession?
The U.S. Supreme Court says investors have no right to sue third parties–banks, accountants, vendors, etc., who may assist a corporation in defrauding creditors. Why should you care? Even if you do not personally own stock in a corporation, guess who does? Your pension fund, your insurance company and many other large organizations (known as institutional investors) whose unrecovered losses can affect you. Continue reading The Supremes Did It Again
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider a case on appeal from the DC Circuit denying that there is any protected constitutional right for a terminally ill patient to either participate in a drug trial or otherwise receive a waiver allowing adminstration of an experimental drug. Continue reading Experimental Drugs for the Terminally Ill
If you want to know more about the man, his writings, his philosophy, etc., there is now an official Daisaku Ikeda website apart from the main SGI site.
There are some (you know, those other people, the social scientist type researchers) who say that arranged marriages common in some cultures (not America) actually can result in more successful long-term relationships and that the individuals involved wind up loving one another over time as they experience life together. On the other hand, there are those who say that familiarity breeds contempt. Now for the big metaphorical/analytical leap to politics, I offer this observation: We have candidates courting us, the electorate, asking us to (figuratively speaking) fall in love with them as our next president. Continue reading Love (marriage) and Politics
OK, I have been derelict in posting new items lately. I have had a lot to do and still do, in getting booksignings scheduled and PR out. So, on that topic, I will be at the Borders Express on the lower level of Springfield Mall, Springfield, Virginia on Saturday, January 12th from noon to 5 PM. Look for me in Florida in early February. Stay tuned to BookTour.com which will have all the details.
If you have things you want to see here, you are just going to have to let me know. Or, and this is really cool–if you want me to come to your area for a booksigning, you can put in a request on BookTour.com.
Will it be? Happy that is? It isn’t the year that is happy or not, it is we who experience it who are happy or not. What makes me happy? Knowing that I can overcome any obstacle I face, achieve any goal I set. That doesn’t mean things always happen according to the agenda I set.
The end of one and the beginning of another year is not simply an interval marker, Continue reading Happy New Year
If Osama bin Laden is so down on Western culture, how come he is so vain as to dye his beard to try and reduce his age. If he really had any wisdom, which anyone with sense knows he lacks, he wouldn’t need to try and pretend he is younger than he is.
How more profoundly simple can you make it than this? Be persistent; just do it! From an interview with Jim Lehrer, PBS guru and author of many books, comes these pithy words in the Washington Post Book World today,
“A young man came up at a book-signing once,” he recounts, “and said, ‘Mr. Lehrer, I’d write, too, if only I could find the time.’
” ‘Do you think you could write a page a day?’ ” Lehrer asked.
” ‘Oh, sure!’ ”
” ‘Well, at the end of 300 days, what would you have?’ ”
The youth looked puzzled, and then light broke over his face like morning. ” ‘A novel?’ “