Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions
and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested
in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you.
I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size.
Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.
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Where to pin a medal?
Posted at: Mar/21/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Watching America,
In case you had not heard, one of the last acts by outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was the announcement of the creation of a new medal now available to members of our armed services. To be eligible for this award, military service members must have done something significant while operating drones or launching cyber-attacks against our enemies. This new medal is called the “Distingu.....read more…
Finding humanity in the midst war
Posted at: Mar/14/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, Historical Insights, People,
As a member of the baby-boomer generation, many of the parents of my childhood friends were either WWII or Korean War veterans. I remember seeing in many homes the framed pictures of young men standing in front of their aircraft, or knelling in the mud with the rifles at hand. As a kid, seeing these pictures or the framed medals always prompted questions and awe. My questions were most often an.....read more…
The Dow at a record high…?
Posted at: Mar/07/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Economics, Perspectives,
Did you hear the news? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (aka the Dow) closed today at a record high of 14,254, easily blowing past the previous record set in October of 2007 at 14,198. After the 2007 peak, the Dow plummeted 54% for the next 18 months, finding a bottom in March of 2009 at 6,547. I would like to say that I feel real good about this news, heck…numbers don’t lie; Unfortunately, some.....read more…
When TV and computers collide
Posted at: Feb/14/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, Science,
Back in the early 1990’s some smart people started noticing that televisions and computers were on a collision course. The majority of these prognosticators used the term “convergence” and viewed television and their related industry as the ultimate winner. People may still watch thing they call “TV shows,” but they are watching them in a lot of places besides on their television. Woops, that di.....read more…
Writing isn’t speaking
Posted at: Jan/23/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, People, Society,
I’m not a very good speaker. By Toastmaster standards I say “um” too many times and periodically pause to regroup when I lose my train of thought. Nevertheless I accept teaching and speaking challenges often. I wish I were a better speaker and that is probably why I put myself in front of groups. I don’t wish I were a better speaker to the same magnitude that I wish I were a better writer.
What happened to the signature?
Posted at: Jan/22/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives,
In our modern era of digital everything, it is difficult for anything to stay pertinent. The LP (Long Play Record) is considered a collectible. The clutch and standard transmission are becoming custom options at your car dealership. A television with any front panel controls can now only be found at a thrift store. Personally, I am glad that the polyester leisure suit has faded to novelty, but w.....read more…
When the Catholic Church changed
Posted at: Jan/20/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Religion, Society,
Religion has been one of those subjects I have avoided delving into. I have not avoided it because I am anti-religion, rather; because discussions on religion seldom lead to rational conversation or debate. There seems to always be that person in the crowd who emphatically states that if you do not believe as they do “you are doomed to hell.” I am more tolerant than many believing that most mod.....read more…
A good sandwich and a ballot
Posted at: Jan/08/2013 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,
I still remember the day well. During a cold January morning, the intercom in my high school chemistry class while sparking static requested that my teacher send me to the front office. Without hesitation my teacher pointed a finger at me and told me to get going. Not being unfamiliar with trouble, there was the usual array of sarcastic comments such as “what did you do this time” as I weaved b.....read more…
How steep is the fiscal cliff?
Posted at: Dec/10/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Economics,
With the November 2012 election behind us, President Obama is again seated in the oval office. Yet the Republicans still control the House of Representatives. It would be easy to argue that the election resolved nothing and despite the rhetoric, no one actually got a clear mandate from the people.
In the spirit of the status quo, we still have all the same personalities facing off at the nego.....read more…
What happened to Government?
Posted at: Dec/03/2012 : Posted by: mel
In these days of capitol gridlock, never-ending filibusters, budget deficits and fiscal cliffs I am frustrated by what appears to be the total dysfunction of our elected officials. It seems clear that the Senate, the House of Representatives and the President don’t seem able to sit down and agree to anything except that they disagree. I am not one who dwells in the past with rose colored memorie.....read more…