2014
Tibby on the Mandolin
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Obituaries and Great-Grandchildren

Category: 2014, Family, Life, Nostalgia

At my birthday party I had the joy of watching and playing with some of my great grand sons. There are five, so far, with another on his way. Strangely it reminded me that I read obituaries for many reasons.  Obviously there is the old Mark Twain reason to see that mine has not as […]

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Jan 6, 20153
Thalassotherapy
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The Renaissance Experience

Category: 2014, Medicine

Next week I will celebrate my 95th birthday. Had I known that I’d live this long I would not have retired but stayed in business and perhaps made some money during the real estate boom I saw coming. Yet with two different cancers and a heart condition and failed kidneys it made more sense to […]

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Dec 31, 20143
pickup_tiedown
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Stupidity Versus Common Sense

Category: 2014, Common Sense, Values

Dumb and Dumber #2 was the highest grossing movie last week in United States. The architect of Obamacare revealed that he was counting on the stupidity of the American voter when he designed the method to pass the law. A former Federal prosecutor remarked about the method by which Grand jurors are selected:” You have […]

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Nov 21, 20143
Ebola Virus
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Sober Notes About Ebola

Category: 2014, Disease

First, my qualifications. Several years ago I had a company (SWAN, Inc.) Special Waste Acceptance Network, Inc. and I became quite well acquainted with hazardous wastes and the difficulties involved in their disposal. Medical waste contaminated with Ebola virus is a Category A infectious substance regulated as a hazardous material under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s […]

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Oct 20, 20143
ISIS Tank
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ISIS or ISL or IS Equals War

Category: 2014, Islam, War

Texas and Louisiana secede from the Union and call themselves The Free State of Texas and Louisiana. The President of the USA calls them The Free State of Texas and the South, including every southern state. What could have been the purpose of the President to expand their name to cover many other states? Is […]

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Oct 2, 20143
Frack You Back 2
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Message to the Oil Industry

 

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Sep 24, 20143
Muslim Sword
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Off With Their Heads!

Category: 2014, Fear, Islam

How did you react to the recent beheadings in the Middle East? Is it time for you to understand the history of beheadings, their purpose and scope of the act? If you associate beheadings with the guillotine, you are not going far enough in history. More than 3,000 years ago, Assyrian bas-reliefs show the king […]

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Sep 23, 20143
ISIS Parade
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Delusion and Reality, Islam and the West

Category: 2014, Islam, Survival, War

In 2001, I wrote a book in which I predicted confrontation and warfare between Islam and Western civilization “will dominate the next millennium until reformation and enlightening of Islam is accomplished.” Politicians scrambling in Washington with their fingers in the air to see which way the winds of polls are blowing are clueless as to […]

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Sep 23, 20143
Vladimir Putin
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Putin’s Next Move

Category: 2014, Leaders

Russia’s Putin said that the fall of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical disaster. He dedicated his life to reestablish the Russian sphere of influence in the territories off the former Soviet Union.  During his extensive training as a KGB officer he had to become a master chess player. Few people are aware the Soviet […]

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Jul 23, 20143
Siege of Budapest
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Budapest 1944 and Gaza 2014: A Comparison

Category: 2014, War

I can never forget the sound of distant artillery. I just heard it as the Battle for Gaza commenced and it brought back an avalanche of memories. When I hear the sound of distant, barely audible thumps I expect  the deep resonant crash of an exploding shell.I  feel lucky that the sound does not reverberate […]

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Jul 17, 20143