QUOTE: “Chief among the policies that reward inferiority and irresponsibility … …”


… is from my late, great colleague Walter Williams’s September 9th, 2020, syndicated column “Today and Yesterday“:

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The poverty we have today is spiritual poverty. Spiritual poverty is an absence of what traditionally has been known as various human virtues. Much of that spiritual poverty is a result of public and private policy that rewards inferiority and irresponsibility. Chief among the policies that reward inferiority and irresponsibility is the welfare state.

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So sad!


QUOTE: Life is full of beauty


“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
– Ashley Smith

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Shot from the Sky, by Jim Davidson

“To stand on the firing parapet and expose yourself to danger; to stand and fight a thousand miles from home when you’re all alone and outnumbered and probably beaten; to spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary.”― Dr. Jerry Pournelle

Source: Shot from the Sky, by Jim Davidson

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It’s sad to think of the losses due to wars though out the ages.

One would think that humans would have learned from their mistakes.

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

“…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.

Requiescat In Pacem

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QUOTE: Ignorance


“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
— Charles Darwin “The Descent of Man”

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QUOTE: “I don’t know, man. I’m just a fisherman.” — David Morris



“I don’t know, man. I’m just a fisherman.”

Capt. David Morris on being nervous during a failed polygraph test for a multimillion-dollar fishing competition. High-stakes tournaments are using the tests to tamp down fish tales.

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Seems a simple thing to me. Start the “contest fishing time” when the boat leaves the dock? 

No polygraph required! 

— Captain Obvious?

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QUOTE: “… … … goes downhill from there.”

‘I Was Told There’d Be Cake’ by Sloane Crosley

'I Was Told There'd Be Cake' by Sloane CrosleyAMAZON.COM
Favorite quote: “People are less quick to applaud you as you grow older. Life starts out with everyone clapping when you take a poo and goes downhill from there.”


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QUOTE: Don’t allow sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely. #‎StPadrePio


Don’t allow sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely. ‪#‎StPadrePio‬

What else can be said.

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Don’t allow sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely. ‪#‎StPadrePio‬

QUOTE: Goals & commitments dictate actions


“I let my goals / commitments dictate my actions.” — Hal Elrod Achieve Your Goals Podcast #74

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Stunningly simple piece of advice.

Wish I’d heard it decades ago.

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QUOTE: “A good gauge of a statement’s fallacy is the conviction with which it is delivered.”

Heard one that I really like and want to share.

“A good gauge of a statement’s fallacy is the conviction with which it is delivered.”

—reported by Michael Greger M.D. in Weekly NutritionFacts.org Videos for 11/16/2014

So very very true.

I’m thinking “global warming”, “the good war” (oxymoron), and “(drug) prohibition”!

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QUOTE: ON positive and negative

We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty, instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.
~Walter E. Cole

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
~L.P. Jacks

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Unfortunately, this makes us pessimists look dumb.

With apologies to Doctor Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was a minister and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking”, who I heard speak in person more than once; thanks to a “Comparative Christian Religions” Theology course required of all Engineers. 

I often cite “Reinke’s Rule” (egotistically named after a fat old white guy injineer named me) which states: “Expect the worst and every surprise will be to the good side.”

This means by not expecting sunshine and lollypops, by not presuming an easy journey, one can be prepared to overcome ALL obstacles. That careful consideration before embarking allows one to fully commit to the goal and be positive you will attain it.

My 3 confirming examples comes from post-graduate education opportunities: 

* I had the opportunity to get my MBA. With a bunch of co-workers. Three years at night. Fall, Spring, and Summer. No partial credit for not finishing. Completed. Piece of cake. Actually enjoyed it. 

* I then had the opportunity to go to law school with the same cadre I took my MBA with. It was 6 years of the same Fall, Spring, and Summer. With real work and a bar exam. No partial credit. I declined. Of the 20 that started; only 4 finished. And, one never passed the bar. 3/20 = 15%!

* I had the opportunity to get my MS CompSci. Had to go it alone; no comrades. That was hard! Three years at night. Fall, Spring, and Summer. No partial credit for not finishing. Completed.

Upon reflection, I should have gone to Law School. I regret it today.

But I wonder how I would feel if I was one of the 17 versus one of the 3?

And, when makes such a decision, one doesn’t know what costs were hidden along the way. Six summer vacations come to mind. 

So, I’ll stick with “Reinke’s Rule”. You OTOH have follow your own paradigms and memes. YMMV!

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QUOTE: Walter Block on “Protectionism”

Protectionism is a misnomer. The only people protected by tariffs, quotas and trade restrictions are those engaged in uneconomic and wasteful activity. Free trade is the only philosophy compatible with international peace and prosperity. – Walter Block

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QUOTE: Ayn Rand

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Too many times, the only one who can stop me is me.

Sadly, when I was young, I liked the habits that today imprison me.

So the past me, stopped the future me.


“This too shall pass”.

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QUOTE: Churchill’s pigs

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” – Winston Churchill

I am watching a show about the poor in RIo.

Sad to see so much human capital wasted!

When I think of what I pay in “taxes” — that is nothing more than theft for fat connected cates, it makes me sad.

But then everything thse days seems to make me sad!


QUOTE: Not enough to cover the giant web of obligations

“What remains are games of musical chairs, Ponzi schemes, frauds, swindles, stonewalls, ruses, ploys, scams, dodges, bluffs, subterfuges, QE martingales, interventions, rehypothecations, pretenses and other modes of evading or disguising reality. The reality is that there is not enough real wealth to go around, certainly not enough to cover the giant web of obligations that masquerades as ‘money.'” – James Howard Kunstler in an essay titled The Cyprus Fiasco Is A Metaphor For The Entire Global Financial System

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“Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks?” –  Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose), Resistance Leaflet 3, 1942

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QUOTE: “And I’ve lost her …” one year ago today

“And I’ve lost her … . I’m so sad that I don’t have … . But I’m so grateful that she was with me … . And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” — Chuck Noland ala Tom Hanks in Cast Away (2000) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162222/quotes

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From: John
Date: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Subject: Chapter Ninety Eight
To: theusualsuspects@reinke.cc

I say again “Chapter Ninety Eight”.

Dona Nobis Pacem.


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QUOTE: Sowell “betters”

Freedom is not simply the right of intellectuals to circulate their merchandise. It is, above all, the right of ordinary people to find elbow room for themselves and a refuge from the rampaging presumptions of their “betters.”

— Thomas Sowell “Knowledge and Decisions” 1980

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QUOTE: An un Happy Anniversary

“He that outlives a wife whom he has long loved, sees himself disjoined from the only mind that has the same hopes, and fears, and interest; from the only companion with whom he has shared much good and evil; and with whom he could set his mind at liberty, to retrace the past or anticipate the future. The continuity of being is lacerated; the settled course of sentiment and action is stopped; and life stands suspended and motionless.” — Samuel Johnson (1709-84), English author

Happy Anniversary, my love.

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