Category Archives: Politics

Personal Code of Ethics: Speak No Ill

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do. Benjamin

 Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Bostondied on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Bostondied on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Franklin

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Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. Buddha

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Our personal code of ethics should include not speaking ill of others.

My wife, Pat, and I in the Grand Tetons. That ans Yellowstone were favorite places when we could travel together. Now it is just a memory.

My wife, Pat, and I in the Grand Tetons. That ans Yellowstone were favorite places when we could travel together. Now it is just a memory.

We are plagued in this nation by politicians who cannot put their brain in gear before they open their mouths. For example, Marco Rubio inferred that Donald Trump had a small penis because he had small hands. Trump was dumb enough to respond to such a juvenile allegation.

It has been a principal since the earliest times in America that the way to win an election is to pile up as much negativity on your opponent as possible. Rubio and Cruz resisted this because of their avowed Christian upbringing until they found themselves “out of the race.” After that, anything goes.

But it doesn’t just happen in politics.

Too often we criticize others, often incorrectly. We need to mind our own business, to steer away from gossip and to say nothing evil about anyone.

We all know that there are very evil people in this world who deserve our criticism. Sometimes we follow evil people. Look at the German people. Almost everyone followed Hitler, most not realizing that he was committing atrocities wherever he gained control. Germans who lived during World War II still can’t figure out why they followed Hitler.

(The Italian people seemed to have had less love for Mussolini. They were happy to hang him by his toes. Their hearts never were in the war.The Emperor of Japan, during World War II, knew exactly what was going on in his realm and approved the activities of his Armed Forces. For political reasons, Tojo took the blame.)

There is a time to speak up against evil. We do not want to routinely speak evil of our friends and neighbors.

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say. Will Durant

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John

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Thought for the Day: The Universe

Universe 2On the Universe

(The following quotes are thanks to brainyquote.com.)

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. Albert Einstein

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. Stephen Hawking

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. Carl Sagan

Universe 1Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. Edwin Powell Hubble

The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe. Michio Kaku

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Thought for the Day: I was on the Stage with Eleanor Roosevelt

Kingsbury Hall Univ. of Utah

Kingsbury Hall Univ. of Utah

I was on the Stage with Eleanor Roosevelt

In November of 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt visited Utah and spoke at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah where I was an engineering undergraduate student. There was a student committee who greeted her at the Salt Lake City airport. I was not on that committee, I had absolutely nothing to do with arranging the program, yet I was on the stage with Eleanor. Reason was that I arrived late and the hall was jam-packed with students. I was put on the stage because there was nowhere else to sit.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor was a great lady, her features not attractive, a mind and voice and words of great beauty. Years later, I visited the Roosevelt home in Maine on the Canadian border. I could feel the spirit of the family there, bigger than life. I could see where they ate and slept and went to the bathroom and where they swam together. Quite an experience.

Quotations by Eleanor Roosevelt

ER 3Here are some quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, a major ambassador of United Nations, and cousin of the president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt (thanks to brainyquote.com):

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
Eleanor Roosevelt

ER 2A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt

ER 1I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
Eleanor Roosevelt

John

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Thought for the Day: Presidential Power

The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power. Ted Nugent (thanks to brainyquote.com)

What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse. Isabel Allende (thanks to brainyquote.com)

ClownIn the United States we have three branches of government, the Executive, the Congressional and the Judicial. We interpret this to mean that they should be watching each other. I would rather see them helping each other instead of fighting and scrapping and causing trouble.

House Republican stopped an immigration bill two years ago. Now the president is taking action to modify the immigration laws. He said he will do so, and has the right to do so, until the Congress passes a law. He is going to the people with his changes explaining that we are a country full of immigrants, always have been, and always will be. Immigrant families are being torn apart, one woman in Arizona being separated from her children is an example, something that happens far too often.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Children born in the United States or to United States citizens in the anywhere in the world are citizens of the United States. Immigrants are not. The president wants to give workers permits to immigrants to work in the United States for several years. The Speaker of the House and the Senate majority Leader are bellowing in their usual belligerent style about the President taking the bull by the horns and making changes himself. They threaten to shut down the government again.

The House is even suing the President for changes he made in Obamacare. If the president is doing wrong, then the Congress should go about impeaching him. If they don’t like his changes, then they need to pass laws for him to follow. Whoever heard of this suing crap? Is that a new government procedure?

Try working together, Idiots!

John

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