Saturday, March 18, 2017


Confuse a White Supremecist: learn German & speak it properly.  (And read Tacitus's account of the pre-civilized Germans... I'd like to see them wrap their minds around tribal, pre-Christian Germanic times!)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

[posted the St. Valentine in this series a few years ago]

Friday, March 3, 2017

Love-Hate Relationship

Love to hate the IRS (Internal Revenue Service)?  Especially with taxes due next month?

Be careful how much you let the hatin' take over:

The Basic Problem with Slashing the IRS

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wisdom from St. Patrick

"If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me."   

“I pray to God to give me perseverance and to deign that I be a faithful witness to Him to the end of my life for my God.”   [from The Confession of the Saint]

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wisdom from an Unexpected Place

[in reaction to the rightward drift of the GOP and worrisome ideological shifts in both parties, a proposed realignment and division along sharp liberal-conservative ideologies]: 

 “I think it [party realignment] would be a great tragedy.  I think one of the attributes of our political system has been that we have avoided generally violent swings in Administrations from one extreme to the other.  And the reason we have avoided that is that in both parties there has been room for a broad spectrum of opinion… when your Administrations come to power, they represent the whole people, rather than just one segment of the people.”  --Richard Nixon (1959), addressing the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco 

More Presidential Wisdom

Historically, taxing the rich has been supported by both parties across the ideological spectrum. Even Thomas Jefferson, whom many Tea Party members worship, supported higher taxes on the wealthy. In an 1811 letter to Thaddeus Kościuszko, he defended the tariff because it would force the rich to pay more:

“The rich alone use imported articles, and on these alone the whole taxes of the General Government are levied. The poor man, who uses nothing but what is made in his own farm or family, or within his own country, pays not a farthing of tax to the General Government.”  --Thomas Jefferson

Friday, February 17, 2017