Vulgarity Is Synonymous With Low Intellect

An idiotic guy sends me a profanity-laced email telling me to remove him from a newsletter, it’s his fourth request. I can’t find his email anywhere on my lists, so I tell him that if he has another email I’ll check that, or he may be receiving my newsletter from a third party. But I told him that I’d ignore anything that contains more vulgarity. Once again, an obscenity-filled reply. I’ve simply blocked his address. This kind of outrage is …



When Did “Work” Become A Dirty Word?

There are increasing articles (viz.: today’s Wall Street Journal) about how to retire in your 40s! Then there are the people who proudly proclaim, “I retired from teaching 25 years ago, at age 52!” I give you Kant’s categorical imperative: What if everyone did that? Good luck catching a cab, or finding a place to eat, or getting a dentist. The idea, it would seem to me, isn’t to take from society, imagining that after X years you’ve provided your requirement, …



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.