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JFK

It was afternoon and I was on my way to a chemistry class. I had stopped for a drink of water when the news came over the speakers in the classrooms.

For those who weren’t alive at the time: remember what you felt on September 11, 2001 for a taste of November 22, 1963. It was a massive change for the worldview of my generation and it marked the beginning of a period of disruption and decline in the civility of American society. Arthur had died and Camelot fell.

At his inauguration John Kennedy made the point: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

The colors of my world will never be as bright as they were on November 21, 1963.

This century has been a nadir in American life. Hopefully we can recapture some of the greatness America once represented, but that requires leadership, and we don’t have any.

November 22, 2012   Comments Off

Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyMy grandfather raised turkeys on his farm. My Dad knew turkeys and I learned something about them while visiting the farm. Every time a turkey dies the aggregate IQ of the animal kingdom rises and the level of evil falls. Earthworms will understand quantum mechanics before turkeys figure out the laws of motion.

Hopefully this link to the WKRP Turkey Drop will survive the day.

It is much funnier that it’s recent competition featuring the former governor of Alaska.

I would note that wild turkeys can fly, but people who imbibe massive quantities of Wild Turkey can’t, no matter what they tell you.

Have a nice Thanksgiving, even if it doesn’t involve the death of a turkey.

November 22, 2012   13 Comments