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Proportional Response ... Blaise Pascal, the great 17th Century mathematician, at one point applied his considerable intellect to the question of the afterlife and realized that there were only two questions that need be answered: 1) Should we live a moral life (yes or no)? And, 2) Is there a heaven and hell (yes or no)? This left only 4 possibilities: There is a heaven, lead a moral life; heaven & immoral life; no heaven & moral life; no heaven & immoral life. He realized that only in one case: there is a heaven, but you lead an immoral life, is the result negative (you go to hell). In the other three cases the result was neutral to good. But, the result in that one case was so negative, the consequences so dire, that it made sense to lead a moral life. (See Page 6, Nov 13, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Sideline Senator Ted Cruz and his Merry Band of Idiots ... The Daily Press editorial staff on Thursday, November 6, 2014 gave their advice to Republicans after the Republicans defeated the "out of control" Democrats nation wide to gain control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. One advice was to "sideline Senator Ted Cruz and his merry band of idiots." It seems strange that this liberal, socialist leaning, progressive staff would want to give advice to their enemies on how to win more Republicans and how to advance the Republican Party. (See Page 6, Nov 13, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Proportional Response ... A video clip made the rounds recently, taken from the show "West Wing." In the video the President castigates his Secretary of Defense and his Joint Chiefs for offering him a measured, proportioned response to some action by some bad guys somewhere. He points out that proportioned responses have regularly gotten the US into more trouble. Proportional response gained a great following after World War II, but its key acceptance was in DOD, and for good reason: the central point of proportional response was the Soviet Union, or more specifically, Soviet nuclear weapons. (See Page 6, Nov 6, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Vote America! Vote! Political Ads Make Us Sick ... Politicians can't serve unless we vote them into office. Big money buys big advertising. The big advertising is about convincing us how to vote. Harry Reid said "Coal and oil makes us sick." Political campaigns make us sick would be closer to the truth. Honestly, aren't you sick and tired, worn out and beat down by all the political television rhetoric? Politicians buy every available advertising space on television. The only people who dread seeing the campaign end are the television station owners and sales teams. They get rich during the campaign season. (See Page 6, Nov 6, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
America Should Not Go Greek in the Bathroom ... I've been to Athens, Greece. It's an interesting place. There are a lot of ancient buildings and lots of history. A lot of Christianity can be studied in Greece. There was one thing that bugged me in Greece and that was adjusting to the bathroom situation. When our group was traveling and eating in different restaurants women would be doing their business in the men's restroom. My wife went into her restroom and there was a man sitting on a toilet. In the men's restroom women would come in and find a stall without regard to the men lined up at urinals. Or, a man would come in, flip his hair back and pull up his skirt. I don't mean to sound discriminating but I thought that was weird. (See Page 6, Oct 30, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Does Your Vote Count? ... The elections are upon us again. And with it a host of bad news. On top of a poorly managed war in the Mid East, worries of government mismanagement of the potential Ebola epidemic, a resurgence of terrorism, continued growing national debt, a gyrating stock market, a growing concentration of wealth among some "insider cronies," lower job participation across the economy then seen in nearly two decades and a host of other economic ills that seem poised to land on our collective heads. (See Page 6, Oct 30, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Leadership and Ebola ... You start driving at age 16. You drive regularly until age 76 - 60 years. Each year you maintain extra liability insurance for $500; over time you spend $30,000. You never have an accident. Did you waste $30,000? Assuming a median income, pulling in about $50,000 per year, you spent 1% of everything you earned on something you never used. Was it worth it? Now, consider Ebola. (See Page 6, Oct 23, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Ebola, Stop The Flights from West Africa ... Ebola affected Liberians and other West Africans who can obtain plane tickets will be headed to the United States. How many more can we handle coming into our country? We only have a handful of hospitals that are currently equipped to handle Ebola. Each of these has only four or five equipped isolated treatment areas. (See Page 6, Oct 23, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Ethics of Elfland ... There's a tenet of superior leadership that the guy in charge takes responsibility, but never credit. Credit goes to those who did the work. Whether that work is routine - build a building, harvest crops, print a magazine, or less routine - invade Europe, assault Afghanistan, dive the submarine, the real work is done by a host of people, not the guy in charge. Success involves everyone. Failure, conversely, is almost universally because the organization was pointed in the wrong direction. And that means the boss was at fault. Call it the ethics of leadership. As Truman said "the buck stops here." (See Page 6, Oct 16, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Reject Senator Mark Warner ... Senator Mark Warner should be rejected from serving Virginia in the United States (U.S.) Senate for another 6 years. He has rejected the will of the majority of registered voters in Virginia. Virginia voters ratified an amendment to the Virginia State Constitution to read, "Marriage is between one man and one woman." After activist federal judges on the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals legislated that the amendment was unconstitutional, Senator Warner was quoted in the Daily Press, July 29, 2014, "I am so happy that yet another federal court agrees that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, allowing people to marry who they love is the right thing to do, and it also strengthens our families and our communities." (See Page 7, Oct 16, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Tax imageVirginia's Fork in Road: Internet Tax or Gas Hike ... Unknown to most, Virginians are about to be slapped with an $800 million-plus tax hike that one state lawmaker calls a game of "Three-Card Monte."A little-noticed provision in the state's 2012 transportation package triggers a 45 percent increase in Virginia's gas tax if Congress fails to enact a national Internet sales tax.While Democrats in the U.S. Senate approved the Marketplace Fairness Act, the measure has languished in the Republican-controlled House. (See Page 7, Oct 16, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Selective Services ... Does the President remember registering for the draft? No matter. For those who registered since the draft ended it really hasn't meant much. But I assume he vividly recalls his nomination for the Presidency in 2008. During his acceptance speech he joked about having to repeatedly "approve this ad." But it might be instructive to him and his staff if they went back and looked at one set of ads, in particular, the ones that pingponged between candidates Obama and Clinton about 3 AM phone calls. (See Page 8, Oct 9, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)


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