TOTD 2018-9-22: Mom Quote

My mom has often said, “Hurting people hurt. Healed people heal.” This explains a lot of life to me. Some people find themselves in a hole and want to drag others down. While others used that hole to build a foundation to raise people up. The simple trite saying is “You either get better or bitter.”

I hope this quote will not be used to put people down as much as to understand them. People lashing out often are transferring their anger to you. Actually what you have done maybe was really not that important. You were just there. ... [Read More]


TOTD 2018-08-22: Not My Problem, Grasshopper…

Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on mine.” – Bob Carter

When you consider American conservatism, self-reliance always comes to the forefront. The classic conservative American ideal is the self-made man, the person does not need to rely on others. Now, this is not exactly accurate – we are not islands isolated from each, we are social creatures – but the principle is there. We do not celebrate, barbecue, and launch fireworks for Dependence Day.... [Read More]


“Eugenics” by Another Name…

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Everyone will stay opposed to ‘eugenics’… right up until the microsecond that they can use it to give their own kids an advantage in life.... [Read More]


TOTD 2018/5/8: Ambassadorial Wisdom

As some of you all know, I lived in Japan as a young child.  During the mid-to-late 1970s, my father was a U.S. Customs representative assigned to the embassy in Tokyo and my mother taught Spanish at an all-girls Catholic school.  My dad’s first boss during his tenure was Ambassador James Day Hodgson, who before being appointed to that position by Gerald Ford, had served as Secretary of Labor under Richard Nixon.

In 1992, Hodgson published a book titled American Senryu: Verses by a Former Ambassador.  I purchased a copy in 1993 on a visit to Tokyo, and the tome remains one of my most valued possessions, for the wisdom contained therein is timeless.... [Read More]


Quote: America’s Formula for Success in WW2

Dwight Eisenhower understood. In 1943 the American commander wrote to Washington from North Africa requesting equipment to set up ten bottling plants. His staff had determined that Coke was crucial to the war effort. “I had them make a survey to see just what the men wanted,” Ike afterward told a congressional committee, “and more of them voted for Coca-Cola than beer.” Beer might quench the men’s thirst, but Coke reminded them what they were fighting for. A sergeant from Kansas explained to his parents: “It’s the little things, not the big things, that the individual soldier fights for or wants so badly when away.” “It’s the girl back home in a drug store over a Coke, or the juke box and the summer weather.” Eisenhower (another Kansan) felt exactly the same way. “I wish I could be home and go down to the cafe this morning and have a Coke with the gang,” Eisenhower wrote a friend. “I can’t do that here.”—Masters of Enterprise by H. W. Brands

Ike knew that Pepsi would not have gotten the job done.