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Quotes On Politics

10 Oct

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” Groucho Marx
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” Alexander Hamilton
“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Aesop
“He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.” Napoleon Bonaparte




22 Sep

“It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.” John Maynard, Lord Keynes

Exquisitely precise measurements may often be useless if only large differences are important, and just because we can measure something to many decimal points doesn’t always imply accuracy or importance.

Something good to remember when interpreting political polls more than a year before the election.

Free Chapters 1 & 2 of “Doc’s Codicil”

22 Sep

The first 1.5 chapters of “Doc’s Codicil” are available at http://www.garyfjones on the menu under “Books”


28 Aug

I shake my head in disbelief as I listen to some of the candidates on the stump. Then I remember that they are telling the voters what the voters want to hear. That’s frightening to contemplate.

The Problem With Phonics

13 Aug

“English is a simple, yet difficult language. It’s made up exclusively of foreign words which are pronounced wrong.” Kurt Tucholsky

A Parable Of Pants, Belts, and the Economy

13 Aug

My brother Dan, alone on the farm after chores one night, was leading a Clyde stallion from one barn to another when the fool horse decided to settle who was boss – an annual discussion with this horse. The horse reared and struck at Dan’s head, narrowly missing him.

As the horse reared, Dan grabbed the lead rope with both hands. He forgot he’d lost weight and wasn’t wearing a belt. When his arms went up, his pants dropped to his ankles. Dan and the horse fought back and forth over a few hundred feet in itty-bitty steps before the stallion settled down.

Dan won the fight before reaching for his pants. He’d be dead if he hadn’t. That night’s ‘discussion’ reminds me of other competing problems with differing solutions. Maybe that’s why I hear the ‘whoosh’ of a large hoof whizzing past my head whenever a politician offers to save my grandchildren’s future by balancing the budget with cuts in funding for education.A Parable of Pants, Belts and the Economy

The Unconscious Self

2 Aug

“The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it. Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.”

George Bernard Shaw