The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts,
bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.
John C. Calhoun
France has beautiful landscape; England has beautiful landscape. The reasons are very different…and I do not mean the natural factors. Large swaths of English countryside are owned by aristocrats, who rent the farmland to poor suckers to do the work. France is owned, mostly, by the farmers, who battle politicians in Paris and Brussels to keep it that way. The farm lobby is powerful in France; aristocrats are powerful in England. The “royal” family owns a lot of land, so politicians do not want to upset apple cart.
Both countries are pleasant to drive through, but roads are better in France. I prefer France to England, because one can eat very well in every corner of the country. The French take food and eating very seriously. People with money eat well in England.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
I have read that all human traits come from pre-historic creatures. Daily life is influenced by what happened in the African wilds and during ensuing evolution. Bits were added as humans progressed through the centuries, but the basics came from long ago. A headline today reported that neanderthal DNA influences modern humans.
With this in mind, I wondered why humans’ earliest ancestors developed shame? What was there to be embarrassed about in pre-historic times? Who care what neighbors thought, when there were so few? Were humans ever concerned about what other species thought? Maybe people felt weird about mating with Neanderthals and put a tag on those feelings.
Nb. Thinking about the past is far more rewarding that thinking about the present or the future…
These days, German (some parts more than others) are celebrating the end of Fasching (Carnival), which officially starts on November 11th (11.11 at 11:00) and ends at midnight on Shrove Tuesday. Instead of "hello", people greet one another with "Helau".
A little bit nutty, always controversial, very colorful, often drunken, foolishness is permitted.
The first method of estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Here’s one more thing that I do not understand: Madame Tussaud’s. What is the appeal of seeing wax replicas of dead people, regardless of how well-known they were, or living people, no matter how creepy they look?
People stand in line and pay money for this “experience” of looking at figures that, if the name tag were not prominently displayed, they might not recognize. Again, why?
Guess who will never stand in live for such a display of human stupidity…
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
REPUBLICANS ACCUSE VOTERS OF USING TOWN HALLS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES
By Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Saying “Enough is enough,” Republican senators on Friday angrily accused their constituents of “intentionally and opportunistically” using recent town-hall meetings as vehicles to express themselves.
One of the angriest Republicans, Senator Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, said he was “disgusted and offended” by the “flagrant exercise of freedom of speech” he witnessed at his town hall.
“The spectacle of people standing up, asking their elected representatives questions, and expecting them to answer is the most disgraceful thing I’ve ever experienced,” Cotton said. “This will not stand.”
Cotton accused “outside agitators” of sending voters to the town halls “to cynically exploit an obscure provision in the Constitution called the First Amendment.”
“I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but isn’t it a little suspicious that, in town hall after town hall, all these voters were so well-versed in one tiny sentence in the Constitution?” he said. “It doesn’t pass the smell test.”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.