Author Archives: rj1340

About rj1340

I try to stay calm and eat healthy.

The Kids Are Alright

We’re all concerned about our kid’s futures. Many of us have been led to believe that the greatest threat to that future is our national debt, hovering at around $14 Trillion, although it may be closer to $70 or $80 … Continue reading

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Bueller? Bueller?

Representing the Conservative counter-point on CBS Sunday Morning, Ben Stein touted a curious hodge-podge of values, few of which aligned with either the reality or the misrepresentation of the GOP platform. Stein’s belief in tax increases for the wealthy would … Continue reading


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Chocolate !!!!!

There’s an old joke about a guy falling into a giant vat of chocolate in a candy factory. Seeing his plight, his friend, Jim immediately started yelling, “Fire, fire”. Everyone rushed over and pulled the guy out of the vat. When asked … Continue reading

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Malcolm In The Middle

Nothing’s more bandied about these days than how much the candidates want to help the middle class. We can argue about how we define middle class, but two things are irrefutable. One is that the purchasing power of the middle … Continue reading

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CONTROL: Elusive or Illusory?

All of us (except the Buddhists) want some control in our lives. We call those most obsessed with it “control freaks”, just as we call those concerned with what they consume “health nuts”. The terms, however describe starkly different pursuits. … Continue reading

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Muslims, Jews and Christians

Following is excerpted from an 2009 article written by Dr Farrukh Saleem, an Islamabad-based freelance columnist. There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in … Continue reading

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I don’t know the margin of error, but a study released last week said that 63% of Republicans believe that we found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Democrats scored much less mentally challenged with a meager 23%. Either way, … Continue reading

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From Michelle Obama:    “We cannot let anyone discourage us from casting our ballots. We cannot let anyone make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. It is up to us to make sure that in every election, every voice … Continue reading

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Sabers and epees and foils. Oh, my.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist”. Dwight D. Eisenhower (General of … Continue reading

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What did I do?

This isn’t the blog I said I was going to write, but this one is writing itself. The “I” in the title refers to you. To all of us. It’s the question each and every one of us should be … Continue reading

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