Archive for July 2015

Get Shorty before he gets the Trumpster

  “Donald Trump has reached out to the FBI to investigate a threat he received via Twitter following his comments about escaped drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, ABC News reports.”  [time/com]   At  Mexicans Trump fired  a mortar El Chapo warns he’s out of order. “Quick,” Donald says. “Secure the border.  

Fair and Balanced Images of Pluto on the Horizon

  New Horizons will show us good  views Of the surface beneath the red hues Of the dwarf planet Pluto Now considered more pseudo, Which they all seem to be at Fox News.    

George W. Bush honors the wounded vets by taking their treasure

  For a one-hundred-thousand-dollar fee Bush spoke to the veterans recently. They paid with their blood, so why couldn’t  he Square their  accounts by doing  it free?  

Internet overload?

  So much of our lives is on-line; Who we are it does almost define. Everyday must we face Creatures from cyberspace? Can’t  we once and awhile decline?    

Island-hopping in Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species": a quiz

How well do you know some of the islands Charles Darwin mentions in his ground-breaking “Origin of Species”?  Test your insularity with the following quiz.  A score of ten would put you in a select club…naturally. The initial letter of each island or island group and its ocean location  follow its clue. 1. The largest... Read more »

Thoughts on the upcoming Papal Visit

  Pope Francis is headed our way. He’ll speak in September they say. If Republicans listen, They’ll learn  what they’re missin’. Why they should do more than just pray.

I'm sorry I missed the Grateful Dead. Not really!

  I didn’t see the Grateful Dead Though many did as I have read. Another birthday I’d instead Which made me grateful I’m not dead.

Reflections on a new trend: decluttering

  Author’s note: The following verse was occasioned by reading in the Tribune’s Life and Style section  (pp. 4-5) “Behind the Zen of decluttering: The self-help trend of the season is fueled by a charismatic cleaning guru [Marie Kondo] and a ‘clutter crisis'” by Nara Schoenberg. There are people who own and possess So much... Read more »

Epistolary wisdom from Thomas Jefferson to mark the 4th of July

  To Patrick Henry, March 27, 1779: “But is an enemy so execrable, that, though in captivity, his wishes and comforts are to be disregarded and even crossed? I think not. It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.” To Peter Carr, August 19, 1785: “It... Read more »

Uber-phobia in France

  French cabbies  might not have  read Camus, Sartre or Buber Yet they have existentially An angst over Uber.