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On Being Quick to Learn and Slow to Judge

No. 1,509 It is worth a reminder not to draw conclusions with less than full information. Information is being communicated to us with incredible speed.  Yet, too often, what reaches our eyes and ears first is incomplete or worse, presented to further the interests or biases of the communicator. If the communicator is also a […]

Intelligence is Like Beauty, in the Eye of the Beholder.

No. 1,506 A friend of mine, who is my age, has been tested several times recently for symptoms of dementia. He asked his wife why the tester always asked questions about the date, day of the week and the like.  “Is it important?” he asked. It was a good question for him, since he had […]

Flag Day: One Holiday Too Far?

No. 1,503 Today is flag day and the Pennsylvania State Courts are closed.  This holiday commemorates the day when the Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes in 1777.  Half-way between Memorial Day and Independence Day, its a national holiday that has never caught on. Although state courts are closed, relatively few other government offices […]

Standing During the National Anthem

No. 1,494 Back in the day, I remember being required to sign a statement from time to time that I was not a member and had never been a member of certain organizations that were deemed to be affiliated with the Communist Party.  I hadn’t even heard of most of them and I doubt whether […]

We Need a Hero.

No. 1,475 James Shaw, Jr., a 29 year-old college student, rushed a gunman at a Waffle House when he saw him stop to reload.  He struggled and wrested the assault rifle from the hands of the shooter and threw it over the counter. It was just like in the movies. In an interview, he stated […]

The Power of Hustle.

No.1,457 Last evening in Detroit, in the longest, highest scoring opening day game in Pirate history, Gregory Polanco hit a three run homer in the thirteenth inning to break the 10-10 tie and win the game. During Spring Training, the Pirate broadcasters observed that Polanco, who had a disappointing last season, was really hustling.  Good. […]

Judicial Impeachment

No. 1,454 There’s an interesting post on the subject of judicial impeachment in the Brennan Center for Justice Blog. Impeachment of judges is rare.  Although it is not impossible to impeach a judge for his/her rulings, this has not been the practice. A group of members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are seeking to impeach four […]

How long can the Democratic public counter-memorandum remain redacted?

No. 1,428 The whole point of intelligence/counter-intelligence is obtaining secret information and keeping it secret.  In an effort to rebut a prior (unreacted) memo released by Chairman Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee, the minority (pronounced Democrats) released a response which the White House would not approve, for National Security reasons, without serious redaction. The […]

Growing the Culture of Winning.

No. 1,421 Pirate third baseman David Freese arrived at spring training and gave a candid answer to the question of the hour. What’s wrong with the Pirates?  He is quoted extensively this morning in the Post Gazette.  Here’s some of it: “My opinion is I don’t think we lost 87 games because [Starling] Marte wasn’t […]

Ok, Admit It! You Think You’re a Genius Too, But You Won’t Say So In Public.

No. 1,391 Donald Trump probably should have just ignored the publication of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, but that would have been out of character.  This President strikes back when criticized and this occasion would be no exception. Michael Wolff portrayed him as a low-intellect, television watching, undisciplined and incompetent man-child without […]

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