Archive for September, 2011

Writing The Long Song (September 26, 2011)

Posted in Journalism, Language, Society, Writing on September 26, 2011 by

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2          “So you’re suggesting that Bill Shakespeare is sleeping off a bender on someone’s davenport.  We just need to give him a few more hours to resurface.”

1          “Bill is dead.  And alive.  In a way.  Mortal and immortal.  Not breathing but still singing.”

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2          “So you say that a jour-nalist doesn’t quite achieve immortality, yet a jour-nalist adds, like, seven years to the actuarials.”

1          “As long as they don’t drink and smoke.  Jour-nalists contribute too.”

2          “Could they just drink or just smoke?  They are jour-nalists, they do need a smoke or an adult beverage or two.  Or at least a bad habit or two.”

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2          “What if you write for a weekly or a monthly?  What if you are more than a jour-nalist yet less that a novelist?”

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1          “The grim reaper has been on the back swing since we skidded across the maternity room floor.  Yet, the good song can reverberate long after we sign off and move on.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

“After publication of [Magnum Opus], [Celebrated Writer] achieved immortality for all time and died seventeen years later.”

“Unknown during his life, [Writer’s] three unpublished manuscripts found among his papers three years after his death establish his immortality among his peers.”

Mortality does stink; immortality would stink.

September 17 – Constitution Day (September 19, 2011)

Posted in Congress, Constitution, Law, Taxation on September 19, 2011 by

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A          “We celebrate America’s Protest Poem on July 4 yet don’t celebrate adoption of America’s Owners Manual on September 17.  Last Saturday was Constitution Day.”

B          “After proclaiming ‘Enough’ and declaring their independence, they spent almost a dozen years debating ‘Now what?’  Must admit they did an admirable job admixing a little British brewed due process and rule of law with French fueled separation of powers.  And providing for taxation with representation.”

A          “The fellows endeavored to check and to balance interests, although some curmudgeons allege they advanced their financial interests to balance their checkbooks.”

B          “They probably didn’t retreat from pursuing their financial interests.  Even if they were motivated by mixed interests, the final product is workable and works.  And is not a bad start.  Limiting participation and protection to well-to-do white boys was not the best start, yet look at the plight of mankind to that point.  Man was not very kind.”

A          “Too many hucksters today are so certain they know what was happening then and what was meant by the founding fellows.  Every Owners Manual is supplemented and modified over time as our understanding and insights grow and develop.”

B          “Still contend we should celebrate with a bar-b-que and a few fireworks.”

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[See the “e-ssay” titled “One Gun Per White Adult Male? A Flintlock Musket? The “One Man, One Gun” Decision (October 4, 2010).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Founding Fathers were fans of taxation?  Since when?

The Founding Fathers created a government rather than destroying one?  Since when?

The Constitution was written by geniuses so that it could be interpreted by fools, but nothing commands that it be interpreted by fools.

“the greatest of all reflections on human nature.”

September 11 – Patriot Day (September 12, 2011)

Posted in Society on September 11, 2011 by

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P          “Know thyself.”

B          “To thine own self be true.”

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Bumper sticker of the week:

Dissent is Patriotic

Doctorin’ And Lawyerin’ And Laborin’ (September 5, 2011)

Posted in Health Care, Law, Medicine, Society on September 5, 2011 by

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D          “After the team gives the usual heroic effort and pulls off a miracle, the patient and family proclaim ‘Thank God’.  When God decrees a different but ultimately inevitable outcome, the family always wonders whether I could have done more.”

L          “If the outcome is favorable, the client takes credit and says that he should not have to pay.  If the outcome is unfavorable, the client assigns blame and says that he should not have to pay.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Ernesto “Che” Guevara, M.D.; Fidel Castro, J.D.

“How can I ever repay you?”  “You can pay my bill?”

“What do lawyers use for birth control?”  “Their personalities.”

The Federal Labor Standards Act of 1938 intended in part to increase the cost of working an employee more than eight hours a day so that others would be hired and put to work.  Employers now hire workers for less than eight hours a day so as to avoid the requirements of the statute and thus pay fewer benefits to those few individuals who are hired.