William Boetcker’s “Ten Cannots” (published in 1916):

Found this list after hearing a couple of them mentioned.  What does it make you think of?  (Feel free to answer in the comments below.)

1.  You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2.  You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
3.  You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
4.  You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
5.  You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
6.  You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
7.  You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8.  You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
9.  You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
10.  You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.


Who is more stupid?

OK.  These two stories hit the news the same week.

First, Somali pirates attacked the U.S. Navy.  Yep–you read that right.  If you hadn’t already heard about that, you are saying “no way!”  But I kid you not.  Pirates a couple hundred miles off the Seychelles islands fired on a guided-missile frigate.  As you might expect, things went downhill for them.  The Navy sunk the small skiff the pirates were using to approach the frigate, seized their mother ship, and captured five of the pirates.

Second, a member of Congress (yes, that auspicious group) was grilling an admiral on the planned relocation of several thousand marines to the island of Guam.  Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) actually said that due to the small size of the island, he feared Guam would “tip over and capsize.”  It’s hard to believe this man is actually voting on issues of national importance.  It’s also hard to believe the admiral kept his composure.  I think I would have just burst out laughing.  If you go to Johnson’s congressional web site, he claims it was “subtle humor” and a “metaphorical reference” but I’m not inclined to believe that one.  I think Johnson’s staff immediately had to scramble to come up with that excuse.

I’d say the Navy won both skirmishes.  The big question is who is more stupid–the pirates, or the congressman?  Give me your opinion, then send your friends here to vote!

Story of a Bumper Sticker

This morning I did something I’ve never done before:   I put a political campaign bumper sticker on my vehicle.   In the 25+ years I’ve been driving, I’ve never done so.   I’ve always insisted my vehicle be free of such statements.  Why would I change after all these years? Because last night I met Jim Lee.

Let me give you some background on myself.   Continue reading “Story of a Bumper Sticker”