“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”
–Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
A CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbor.
A SOCIALIST: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
AN AMERICAN REPUBLICAN: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So what?
AN AMERICAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.
A COMMUNIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
A FASCIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage.
DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government.
CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.
BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, then pours the milk down the drain.
AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.
A FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.
A JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.
A GERMAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.
A BRITISH CORPORATION: You have two cows. They are mad. They die. Pass the shepherd’s pie, please.
AN ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You break for lunch.
A RUSSIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
A SWISS CORPORATION: You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.
A BRAZILIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You enter into a partnership with an American corporation. Soon you have 1000 cows and the American corporation declares bankruptcy.
AN INDIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You worship both of them.
A CHINESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported on them.
AN ISRAELI CORPORATION: There are these two Jewish cows, right? They open a milk factory, an ice cream store, and then sell the movie rights. They send their calves to Harvard to become doctors. So, who needs people?
AN ARKANSAS CORPORATION: You have two cows. That one on the left is kinda cute.
I have noticed the last 15-20 years or so, and with increasing regularity, that the music that is being recorded, produced and sold to the masses lacks melody. Much of what is labeled “Indie” comes off as extremely monotonic – a lack of melody that appears to limit itself to only a few notes within a single octave.
Why is this?
After a few discussions, I had a friend suggest that it was the heavy influence of Rap on the music culture. If that is truly the cause, I am saddened by this. Music, music that is full and enjoyable, must have all elements:
- Rhythm and Beat – Varied and unique to each section of the composition
- Melody – The best melodies will stick with you and can be sung to multiple musical styles
- Key and Chordal Variation – A great song can get along with only 3 chords, if the other musical elements are present
Let’s hope that the next generation of youth will demand a better alternative than their last 2 predecessors have been fed by the corporate, musical production machine.
Do you realize that there hasn’t been a new idea or sound in music since the 1980’s? … Think about it!
Why is it that we have national laws protecting the unborn eggs of turtles – but none protecting the unborn eggs of humans?
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
- 2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
- 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
- 1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
- 1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack and helps prevent leg cramps
David Kaiser is a respected historian whose published works have covered a broad range of topics, from European Warfare to American League Baseball. Born in 1947, the son of a diplomat, Kaiser spent his childhood in three capital cities: Washington D.C. , Albany , New York , and Dakar , Senegal . He attended Harvard University , graduating there in 1969 with a B.A. in history. He then spent several years more at Harvard, gaining a PhD in history, which he obtained in 1976. He served in the Army Reserve from 1970 to 1976. Continue reading
These were on a silverware envelope at a Mexican food restaurant in San Antonio. I found them interesting.
Bless, O Lord, this food to our use, and us to thy service, and make us ever mindful of the needs of others, in Jesus Name, Amen.
Bless us, O Lord, and these They gifts, which we are about to receive from They Bounty, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Lift up your hand toward the sanctuary and bless the Lord. Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who bringest forth bread from the earth, Amen.
This blog / commentary will deal with the issues of the day, and life in general, and how they need to be addressed and changed.
My hope is that if I can spur you into thinking about a situation or idea, then perhaps somewhere down the road, things might change for the better.
Can one man make a difference?
The journey to a better life here really does begin with a single step. This is my step forward.