INSPIRATIONAL: Alabama / Clemson game last night was stunning

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Alabama’s Nick Saban makes his case as greatest coach in college football history

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I watched that game and it was a great one.

Unlike the Cincinnati Begals game, BOTH teams showed great discipline. Especially in the late Fourth Quarter.

The issue was settled when Alabama had an 11 point lead, but they couldn’t sit on it. Clemson was competitive.

Bottom line: Alabama’s onside kick worked and Clemson’s didn’t.

The difference? Alabama did it when it was not expected.

I thought the Alabama use of the Tight End was devastating. The game plan must have been thought up by a trickster. 

Great game by both teams. Shame someone had to lose. Made you see why they were #1 and #2.

Well done. Great TV.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Ebenezer Scrooge — an architect of capitalism

Friday, December 25, 2015


Dining With Scrooge
By Gary North
December 25, 2014

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Specialization of production in 1843 was slowly extending its reign through voluntary exchange, releasing mankind from the tyranny of the weather. Excepting only the famine of the 1840s in Ireland, which began while Dickens was writing his story, the West would not again experience a famine. That long-dreaded horse of the apocalypse was put out to pasture.

The driving force of this revolution was specialization — specialization funded by capital, itself the product of thrift, by double-entry bookkeeping, and by attention to detail. In short, it was men like Ebenezer Scrooge who were the architects of capitalism.

In a heartless environment marked by scarcity, there must be careful attention to details, to ledgers, to costs of production. There must be alertness to profit opportunities, which are found where consumers demand to be served — demand through competitive bidding, one against the other. In short, there must be attention to business.

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Another reason why Scrooge should be an positive icon and someone to be admired!


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INSPIRATIONAL: “Work hard; enjoy yourself and your life.”

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Walpole Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday
December 23, 2015 8:39 PM By Lana Jones

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WALPOLE (CBS) – Alice Fischer, who is believed to be the oldest living resident of Massachusetts, turned 110 Wednesday. She was born in New Hampshire, but spent most of her adult life in Fall River.

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“Work hard; enjoy yourself and your life.”

Alice Fischer, 110 and still going strong.

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My heroine!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Casablanca clip to offset the Bataclan Theatre terrorism

Friday, December 11, 2015

As I think back to the terrorist attack in Paris, reminded by San Bernadino, I don’t know why I didn’t post this clip from the movie Casablanca?

Yes, we are all French … fellow HUMAN beings … at this point. 

Requiescat In Pacem and Dona Nobis Pacem!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Education Disaster is diagnosis

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Education Disaster
By Walter E. Williams
November 17, 2015

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While educational achievement among whites is nothing to write home about, that for blacks is no less than a disaster. Only 13 percent of black eighth-graders score proficient or above in math, and only 16 percent do in reading. In 2013, only 7 percent of black 12th-graders scored proficient in math, and only 16 percent did in reading. The full magnitude of the black education tragedy is seen by the statistics on the other end of the achievement continuum. “Below basic” is the score given when a student is unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at his grade level. In 2013, 62 percent of black 12th-graders scored below basic in math, and 44 percent scored below basic in reading.

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Now you might ask what is “inspirational” about a “disaster”.

“When in a hole, stop digging!” — old Wall Street maxim

Gooferment Skrules are a disaster; no argument is possible based on the results.

The first step in solving a problem is to admit you have one.

And, it’s not racial — everyone is performing worse. And, it’s not about money — the schools are bankrupting the taxpayers. And, it’s not about “caring” — everyone knows we need more than “cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite”.

It is about the “Separation of Gooferment and Education”!

The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. So why would you expect it to be any different when it comes to education.

I’ve driven around a lot of America and in many communities the ONLY new construction is for Gooferment Skrules, Boards of Education, and Teacher’s Union Buildings.

Recognize the problem yet?

So how do we fix it.


Put parents back in charge. Make them pay for it. (Like so many Gooferment programs, when you disconnect cost from results, you eliminate a critical feedback loop.)

Now it took decades to make this particular “hole”, it’ll take decades to fix it.

Let’s take the next twenty years and “free” 5% each yearof the students to have “school choice”. Then, let’s take the next 20 years and reduce the amount paid to the parent for education by 5% each year.

Voilà! In 40 years, no more Gooferment Skrules!

If I could have sold my plan to Hands Across New Jersey (the anti-florid tax revolt group) in the 1980’s, then we’d almost have the problem solved by now. Argh! (My bad. I should have been a better salesman!)

It’s a shame that no one will ever fix this problem because there are too many getting rich off the current system!

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INSPIRATIONAL: On “leadership”; sometimes you have to follow

Tuesday, November 3, 2015–mlb.html

NY Mets manager takes blame for end of World Series title dream
AFP By Jim Slater
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New York (AFP) – New York Mets manager Terry Collins blamed himself for his team squandering a late lead for the second time in as many nights Sunday in losing the World Series to Kansas City.

Collins took the blame for leaving starting pitcher Matt Harvey on the mound into the ninth inning after he kept the Royals scoreless for eight innings and scattered only four hits as the Mets led 2-0.

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First, congrats to KC they were clearly the better team. 

That being said, the Mets coach, as the “leader” of the underdog team, has to figure out a way to “steal” it.

Better “leadership” might have enabled the Mets to do just that.

In Game 5, inept “leadership” by BOTH the “leaders” and the “followers”. Obviously, the pitcher didn’t trust the coach’s judgment on his capabilities at that moment.

Were the seeds of this sown in the loss the night before in game 4?

I saw some key turning points:

  •  Matt, making just his ninth career MLB start, was great over five innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits was allowed to bat in the seventh inning — the coach should have pinch hit for him and possible get something out of that inning like an insurance run. (I was shocked when he didn’t. Thought that was obvious from the pitch count and the situation.)
  • Mets reliever Tyler Clipart walked Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain with one out in the top of the eighth — the coach should have pulled him after the first (I think) six pitch walk!
  • Daniel Murphy’s attempt to make a play on that slow rolling ground ball was all ego. Give the hitter his due, it was a “seeing eye single”. Make the routine stop and “eat the ball”. It’d have been men on first and second two out. Instead of the hero; he become the

Based on the first two coaching “mistakes”, I understand the lack of confidence.

What do you think Billy Martin, Joe Torre, John Wooden, Bobbie Knight would have said? Maybe “shit down and shut up” with some profanity. Laugh!

Bottom line: But the Mets’ coaching, team trust in the coach, and certain player’s play wasn’t up to “stealing” the Series.

I think this is an “teaching moment” for all “leaders” and “followers”. Part of being a great “leader” is the ability to put aside your own memes and paradigms and “play your position”. Sometimes you have to “follow”.


Remember the adages: “Lessons will be repeated until the student learns” and “You don’t have to pay tuition at every school; you’re allowed to learn from the mistakes of others”.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Rewire your brain to avoid decline

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sian Williams: how to rewire your brain to avoid decline
The former BBC News presenter Sian Williams explores new research showing that simple lifestyle changes can help reverse mental decline

By Sian Williams
3:00PM BST 15 Aug 2015

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I learn a lot from being with Scilla and meeting all these other brilliant minds, coming up with ways to protect ours. Dementia will affect one in three of us over 65. That’s frightening, but being acutely stressed about it will only make our cognitive function worse.

Scilla takes time to relax, sleep well, walk and see friends – as good a way as any of, not just protecting our brains, but getting on with life.

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Wow, that’s not “good news”.

The good news is that there are some evidenced-based tactics to avoid it.

Hope so. 

I’ve seen the “nursing homes” and that’s not living.

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