If at first you don’t succeed

My experience with the Social Security Administration was interesting. I spent one week a month there training their team of programmers, back when microcomputers were relatively new.

The team leader had a prominent sign in his cubicle office:

If at first you don’t succeed Get a government job Then you don’t have to try anymore


Here is the Republican/Tea Party position:

We’d like to have the US Government receive higher tax revenues.


NRA Addresses the UN

Wayne La Pierre, Executive Vice President and the long-time major force at the National Rifle Association, gave the presentation to the United Nations yesterday. He spoke before a committee that has made pretty nakedly obvious their desire to remove handguns from the possession of all government subjects, so that only governments have guns. […]

Gungate and Other Scandals

Operation Fast and Furious is now being joined by “Operation Castaway,” a project allegedly run from the Tampa, Florida ATF office and which arranged for large amounts of weapons to be delivered to MS13 gang members in Honduras. This article suggests that this was different from the Phoenix operation, and that “most” or “several” gun shipments were intercepted. What was the point? […]

Silver Lining

Silver Lining

It was late in life when I made her my wife But the wonderful Lady Anne Has been all I could need, and I’m happy indeed And a blessed and lucky man There’s a tale to tell that we know quite well Twenty-seven years ago When a customer that I stole from her […]

The Shuttle’s Last Flight: A New Beginning

Space Shuttle on the pad

Eight years ago, on a February morn, I was struck by the loss of Columbia on re-entry. We waited for long minutes, and in the sky above my office the high, thin contrail from the ill-fated orbiter dissipated with our hopes. Soon, the reports of debris began. […]

The Inconvenient Disability

A few weeks ago, the “Nation’s Report Card” was released. It is embarrassing, and disappointing, and probably would be much more so had the administration not completely changed the methodology so that no comparisons can be made to previous periods. […]

Independence Journey

Are these where the fountains of freedom might be? […]

A Day Made of Glass

This is an advertisement — a future visualization — from Corning. […]