Thursday, August 30, 2018

                                          Musing For Today
When someone makes a statement like "Your rights end where the other person's begin" notice how they never mention just WHERE it is that other person's rights begin, or how large that other person's microcosmic bubble might be.
I'd be suspicious of the motives of anyone who would send such a specious cliche your way.
There are three kinds of music:
That which you like
That which you don't like
That which makes for ideal background noise or bathroom breaks
                                               Adages For Today

     Normal people are always so hard to get through to because they subsist on a diet of red herrings

                                         What is a jogger, but a bicyclist minus the wheels?

    They're killing off all the mockingbirds and hummingbirds, leaving the crows to take over

Saturday, August 25, 2018

       This is why we can't have nice things ...
You fill your apartment with nice furniture, a nice stereo system, a spiffy flat-screen TV and home theater set-up, fancy stylish shelving units for books, art work and other artifacts.
You conscientiously strive to keep your unit neat, clean, and in overall good upkeep.


Then, one day, an explosion occurs in the unit occupied by the idiots who live above you who have apparently been operating a meth lab from their own place of residence.


...and, on account of someone else's greed and stupidity, you wind up losing everything you went so far out of your way to attain and obtain.


Such is life in a "free society" where "the other guy has rights and liberties too".

Double Song Analysis: The Man In The Raincoat and Last Time I Saw Him

The first song, "Man In The Raincoat", was a top-20 hit in 1955 for both Marion Marlowe and Priscilla Wright.


In this one the gullible protagonist gets taken for a ride by a con artist who "proposes marriage" to her, but "needs money" to set things up.
After a no-show on his part when she goes downtown to meet up with him the next day she figures out, too late, she's apparently been had.


The second song, "Last Time I Saw Him", a 1974 solo hit for Diana Ross, hits upon the same theme.  Except the protagonist in this story is a bit daft as she never catches on that she's been bilked by the guy who said he "had to borrow some money so he could get us both set up"
...and the only thing he "set up", of course, was her.


Even after all that she still refuses to believe the obvious, still sticking with her idealistic expectations and hopes
...even going so far as to eventually purchase a bus ticket to travel to his home town, figuring that if he "hasn't made it back by now something must have gone wrong" and that he "might be in some kind of trouble", so she's "going to him" because he probably "needs her by his side".
                                         Musing For Today
It amuses me to hear about President Trump stating that "the stock market will crash for sure" if he's ever impeached.
That one surely deserves a place in the annals of "most self-aggrandizing statements ever made".


This guy can't seriously believe he's really the "end all".  That the U.S. is going to "shut down" if HE gets shut down.
Like any president prior and in the future he, too, will have to "pass the baton" to whoever his successor is, whether it be after this term or, if he gets reelected, the next one.  He shouldn't be coming off as some kind of panacea.  He's not.  In fact his successes in life have all been as a professional robber-baron.  Hardly anything to boast about.


I remember I was 9-years-old and na├»ve when Kennedy was assassinated, and I was feeling panicky---like "What's going to happen (to this country) now?  How are we going to continue on, now that the President is dead?"


...but when Johnson got sworn in, I was "Oh, is that how it's done?  The country already has a back-up plan 'just in case'?"
One of my earliest lessons in Civics, for sure.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

                                        Adage #2 For Today
                                        Opportunity cost is the norm, not the exception