Tag Archives: Dysfunctional Government

You Can’t Fix Stupid – California!

My wife and I have this running commentary about stupidity.  She often says, “You can’t fix stupid.”  I say you can, but I admit that sometimes stupid gets fixed through Darwinian evolution, or stupid gets replaced by other stupid.  Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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Closed Schools: Be Careful What You Wish For

The late Harvard Biologist, Stephen J. Gould, Ph.D., was known for his theory of punctuated evolution, the idea that significant changes occur following significant events rather than gradually and somewhat uniformly over time. Highly respected best-selling British author, Matt Ridley, … Continue reading

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How Do We Decide About Schools?

Should we open our schools this fall? That is the question thousands of school boards and fifty state governments face as we struggle to return to normalcy. The question begs different answers in different communities and in each state. I … Continue reading

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The Belt Order (S)

They have gone too far this time. The county commission just ordered the wearing of belts at all times when in the public spaces. There is a sizable fine of $101 for the first offense. Repeat violations may be fined … Continue reading

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Winning an Argument

The two men argued. They debated emotionally, raising their voices, often interrupting. They attacked each other’s character, belittling, condescending, and dismissing the other’s talking points. This was not going to end well. For many reasons, neither man could possibly admit … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences

Today, the world is trying to comprehend why a commercial pilot would intentionally fly an airplane into the side of a mountain.  Undoubtedly, there will be suggestions for preventing such tragedies in the future.  Ironically, it appears this horrific occurrence at … Continue reading

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On the Closing of Parks and Bridge Lanes

What is unexpected about this photograph?  It’s Yosemite National Park on a pleasant Sunday afternoon in the fall, but that is not unusual.  It is a beautiful scene, one enjoyed by millions of visitors each year, but that is neither … Continue reading

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Fear, Alarmism, and Politics

Fear motivates us, or it should.  How we react to fear may have serious consequences, even life or death consequences.  Sometimes we find ourselves in terrifying circumstances, and we don’t have time to ask questions or to contemplate the deeper philosophical … Continue reading

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