Nuts

A woman with an “emotional support squirrel” was asked to leave an airplane, and now is threatening to sue and “own the airline” according to this morning’s news. She gave the finger to everyone as she was wheeled away. Excess permissiveness almost always morphs into craziness.  


You’re Not Representing Me

In a better world, Senators from both parties would step forward and say, “Let’s use this awful experience to find out how we can all heal and work better together for the good of the country.” Instead, they’re saying, “This is war, it’s not over, and we need to dig in!” All of them should be thrown the hell out. When you don’t play well with others, you’re thrown out of school, and when you refuse to get along at …


“Good morning.” “What do you mean by that?!”

In my high school, a public school in a poor community, we had rhetoric, and debate teams that had to defend whatever position was put in front of them, and compete before judges with other schools. Today, there is no rhetoric and no debate. We refuse to listen to conflicting opinions and grow to hate people who don’t agree with us, no matter how suspect our own positions. A woman who feels her political opinions can’t be challenged and anyone …


Do We Need Awards Shows At All?

The Emmys last night proved to be still another snooze fest, with two dullards from Saturday Night live hosting in an apparent attempt to demonstrate that being funny is not important in the job requirements. Most of the people present were either unidentifiable or will be completely gone from public view in the next year. And the legitimate talent in attendance (how I loath the word “artists” bandied about in these ceremonies) embarrassingly lend their gravitas to such self-indugent, lethargic …


School Daze

Yesterday morning I’m driving home from working out and encounter a school bus coming toward me on its usual rounds. l dutifully stop across from it as its red lights flash and the onboard monitor walks out. She is, this is troubling in a politically correct sort of way, much heavier than is healthy. Much. She chats with the parents for a while, then her duty is to check under the bus for children or animals, front and rear. But …


November Elections

My observation is this: The opposing party almost always does better in the off-year elections in the US. If the Democrats cannot take back the House of Representatives in November, it will be a larger defeat than their loss in the Presidential election. I’m taking no sides, simply making an observation.


The Finger Pointers

I mostly read Facebook to remind me how fortunate I am. I don’t believe in conspiracies, I don’t hate people who disagree with me, I’m not hawking some miracle product, I don’t believe big businesses are evil, and I’m not showing gruesome pictures of injuries. What stuns me is the lengths to which people will go to find fault, to blame, to castigate. Today there’s some debate about whether the US flags were flown at half-staff sufficiently to honor Senator …


Would You Please Stop Shouting So That You Can Hear Me Shouting?

Every political comment and response I read on social media are among people who have no intention of changing their minds.They simply shout their positions at each other. What is the point of that? I’ve never seen a chess match won by an opponent shouting at his rival. Of course, I doubt anyone I read or hear shouting political views on social media is capable of winning at chess. ALANISM: Ironically, if you don’t want to listen, you’ll never change …


The Weight of Political Correctness

This is from reader Doug MacKenzie and demonstrates the bizarre edge we teeter on with people who believe they’re on some higher moral plane: “Alan—hope you are enjoying summer. I thought you might enjoy this vignette about how pc has turned ridiculous. “I joined a new gym in Scottsdale and the second week I looked for a scale to check my weight. I was told the gym is a judgment free zone and they have no scales.  Hmmm.” Doug In …


Be Careful Out There

When I began my first job out of college at Prudential Insurance, my boss ran a 400-person division, where I would be a supervisor. He took me aside to look at all 400 and he said, “Kid, X percent of the population are untreated alcoholics, Y percent are on drugs, and Z percent have irrational biases. Some have violent tendencies and barely controlled anger issues. People are also known to lie, cheat, and steal. All of our divisions reflect the …