The legendary Thomas Sowell and his economics, politics and social theory highlighted by Jason Riley for PragerU

Posted By on July 27, 2021


As a longtime subscriber to the Wall Street Journal (and for the last decade or so Barron’s), I’ve learned to appreciate certain journalists, economists and opinion piece writers like Jason Riley at the Manhattan Institute. WealthPovertyWhen he told the inspiring story of Thomas Sowell for PragerU, I quickly viewed the video and applauded – well done. I also look forward to reading his new (2021) book,  “Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell.”

As an advocate for the conservative economic and social views of Thomas Sowell, I’ve learned to appreciate how he “followed the facts” as it move him from being an idealist who started out as a Marxist … to someone who advocates for free market capitalism. As the Hoover Institution where Sowell as been a Senior Fellow since 1980 (he is now 91), we are “advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind.”

More recently Thomas Sowell has been quoted on institutional and systemic racism and sees it as a piece of propaganda pushed on the American people (link).

Sowell has said that “it really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses” and “it’s one of many words that I don’t think even the people who use it have any clear idea what they’re saying”. He has argued that it is a propaganda tactic akin to those used by Joseph Goebbels because it comes with an attitude that it must be “repeated long enough and loud enough” until it is believed and people “cave in” to it.

This post also give me an excuse to post a YouTube video link from Sowell’s mentor Milton Friedman (below)… that are always worth watching and thinking about (also an excellent conversation Rules_for_Radicalson the Phil Donahue Show – inflation discussion begins at 26 min mark). It is hard to believe liberty-loving Americans are fighting the same kind of leftist today as we were 50+ years ago … which means their infiltration of education, the media, government and grassroots community organizing (as Saul Alinsky promoted in his Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer – 1971) is gaining ground. As with all heavily centrally controlled Marxist, Socialist and Communist regimes,  they start with an ideology of pie-in-the-sky idealism. Charismatic leaders always seem to promote equity propaganda and focus their energy on dividing society based on ethnicity, class, race or economics. Idealists believe the Marxist underpinnings, although most who have studied history or compare the statistical odds should know the “shared misery” that comes with Socialism. Once there, those in power do whatever it takes to remain in power … usually through heavy-handed control.

How about this … Déjà vu!


Three and a half decades ago, Soviet defector and KGB operative Yuri Bezmenov, specializing in the fields of Marxist-Leninist propaganda and ideological subversion; warned us about the silent war being waged against America as part of a long term plan to take over and destroy the American system and way of life.

Music Monday: “Then Came You” recorded by Dionne Warwick and The Spinners in 1974

Posted By on July 26, 2021

Dionne_Warwick,1966It is difficult not to include R&B music when thinking about music from the 1970s (or 60s for that matter). While listening to JJ Walker on SiriusXM’s 70s on 7 this past week, DionneWarwickSpinners70on7I found myself tapping my toe while listening to a Dionne Warwick and The Spinners song “Then Came You” from 1974 for this week’s Music Monday.

It is hard not to appreciate the talent and entertainment quality first spotted by the songwriter Burt Bacharach in 1962. Warwick had already had a decade of success when she parted ways with Bacharach/David guidance in 1972 and although she remained a top concert draw throughout the world, her career was stalled when it came to hit songs.

  Dionne Warwick and The Spinners – “Then Came You” | 1974

In 1974, Thom Bell, singer, songwriter, record producer, noted that after recording “Then Came You,” reflected:

Dionne made a (strange) face when we finished [the song]. She didn’t like it much, but I knew we had something. So we ripped a dollar in two, signed each half and exchanged them. I told her, ‘If it doesn’t go number one, I’ll send you my half.’ When it took off, Dionne sent hers back. There was an apology on it." It was her first U.S. No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Regularly see bats in the evening, but first time in the pool

Posted By on July 25, 2021


So what do you know about bats?

Personally, I didn’t know very much at all. I see them regularly in the evening sky darting around and have always repeated the mantra that they are good for the environment because they Batseat mosquitos and pesky insects (article). Beyond that … and the vampire stories … I really don’t know all that much except that the one in the pool has beautiful white teeth (so much for eating insects). We’ve had ducks, mice, rabbits, crawdads, snakes, etc in the pool, but this is a first time for a bat.

Last week after working in the yard late one evening, I jumped into the pool to cool off and freshen up before heading into the house. I ended up swimming with something doing the same although it wasn’t swimming, seeming to cling to one of the broken tiles at the end of the pool. It was dusk so it sort of looked like a large mouse or something but after some wave-making on my part, it washed back into the pool and tried to spread its wings. Hm, I’ve heard ofbats in the belfry … a phrase for being crazy or eccentric … but not “bats in the pool.”


Of course a bit more attention has been given to bats since the Coronavirus pandemic since research in Wuhan China was focused on cave and bat viruses (or wet market theories if you of that line of thinking). Here at home, bats have often been associated with rabies, although it is far more likely a person will be bit by an infected dog, coyote, fox, skunk or raccoon than a bat. 


As for our little half drown bat (not sure what specie) … I’ve got him in a bucket in hope he will dry out and can head back to his roost. So far, he does not move much so the prognosis this Friday night is not looking all that good (I’ll update if the outcome is positive).


The 14 Bat Species Found in Ohio

More than 1,200 different bat species currently inhabit Earth, and the world’s only flying mammal has a long-lasting history on our planet. Fossil records date back more than 50 million years. In Ohio today, there are a total of 14 bat species to be found, and all of these species eat insects exclusively, using echolocation to find their prey. Here’s a quick overview on each species found in the state, based on information from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Bat Conservation International:


Are we looking at facemasks and shutdowns again? #COVID19

Posted By on July 24, 2021


If it were not for the questionable messaging being pushed by every politician, biased partisan media personality (both left and right), so called medical experts and even our own wishy-washy Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it would be easier to decipher if this Delta Covid-19 variant is something to worry about or just another power grab, especially for the vaccinated, already Coronavirus recovered and younger healthy people? With all the money we send to Washington DC, it is frustrating not to have more confidence in their leadership and advice … no thanks to lack of confidence Americans have in President Biden, VP Harris … or the mixed messaged “expert himself,” Dr. Anthony Fauci. (rolling my eyes)

The variant is highly contagious, largely because people infected with the delta strain can carry up to 1,000 times more virus in their nasal passages than those infected with the original strain, DrRochelleWalenskyaccording to new data.

“The delta variant is more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters at a briefing Thursday. “It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of, and that I have seen in my 20 year career.”


In hospitals around the country, 97% of people admitted with Covid symptoms are unvaccinated, and 99.5% of al Covid deaths are also among the unvaccinated.

“We are at yet another pivotal moment in this pandemic, with cases rising again and some hospitals reaching their capacity in some areas, we need to come together as one nation,” Walensky said.


No wonder I’m convinced we’d be better off with smaller government.


Tech Friday: Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know (WIRED)

Posted By on July 23, 2021

Occasionally I still get calls from people asking me about shortcut key combinations. Most of the shortcuts are second nature to people who grew up using computers, but then again … what you don’t use, you forget. How about a refresher from Wired?


Tip: Learn as many keyboard shortcuts as your brain can store. You probably know a few (Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste, for example), but there are dozens of others that can replace the clicks you make all day long. Here are a few I can’t live without:

  • The Windows key (or Command+Space on a Mac): If you need to launch a new app, don’t go clicking through your Start menu or Applications folder. Just press the Windows key—or hit Command+Space on a Mac—and start typing the name of the app in question. When its icon appears, press Enter, and you’ll have launched it without ever reaching for the mouse.
  • Ctrl+F: Ever search for something on Google, find a result that promises it has the phrase you’re looking for, but you can’t seem to find it in the 5,000-word article? Press Ctrl+F and you’ll get a little search bar that helps you find any word or phrase on a page, instantly transporting you to the information you’re seeking. (Bonus: you can then use Ctrl+G to scroll through the results.)
  • Ctrl+L: In a browser, press Ctrl+L and your cursor will automatically jump to the address bar, ready for you to type in a new search or web address. I probably use this underrated keystroke more often than any other shortcut on this list.
  • Ctrl+S: Save the document you’re working on. Do this as often as possible, lest you lose everything when your computer crashes/loses power/your cat accidentally closes Microsoft Word.
  • Ctrl+T and Ctrl+Shift+T: Instead of clicking that tiny New Tab button in your browser, press Ctrl+T to instantly open a new tab and start searching. (Bonus: if you accidentally close a tab and want to bring it back, press Ctrl+Shift+T. Like Thor’s hammer returning to his hand, the tab will reappear in an instant.)
  • Ctrl+Shift+V: Ctrl+Shift+V: You probably know you can press Ctrl+V to paste, but that often brings a lot of baggage with it—if you’re copying text from a website, it could include the original font, links, and other formatting you don’t want. To avoid this, many apps let you use Ctrl+Shift+V to paste a block of text without links and other garbage, so you don’t have to waste time switching the font back to normal. Its behavior can vary a bit from app to app, but give it a try—on Mac you may find Command+Shift+V works in some apps, while Option+Shift+Command+V is required for others.
  • Ctrl+Arrow Keys: I used to have a boss who could work his way around a long document with nothing but the keyboard, and it amazed me. Turns out, he was holding Ctrl and using the arrow keys—left and right move the cursor between words, while up and down move it between paragraphs. (Bonus: if you hold Shift while moving the arrow keys, you’ll select that text instead of just moving the cursor.)

Read more at full Wired Article

    Interesting to see old Palm Treo phones in articles #TBT

    Posted By on July 22, 2021

    ForbesArticleTreocroppedAlthough the “installing engineered hardwood flooring” comment caught my eye in this @Forbes retweet from @ForbesAdvisor … I couldn’t help but noticed the “likely” canned image with an old Palm Treo hanging on the installers belt. Fun to remember those old days!

    It does bring back memories

    The F-16 Agile Falcon variant precursor to the Mitsubishi F-2

    Posted By on July 21, 2021

    My brother Ron spent his career as a civilian with the USAF and much of it was spent year working with F-16 modifications. He was a cog in the bureaucratic gears dealing with the many upgrades and decade long modification cycles.


    I saw this 60/40 international joint partnership model in a photo discussed by my aviation friends who debated the Mitsubishi F-2 derived from the F-16 Agile Falcon  variant proposed by General Dynamics in 1984. It featured a 25% larger wing, upgraded engine and some already planned MSIP IV improvements for the basic F-16. Unsuccessfully offered as a low-cost alternative for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition, some of its capabilities were incorporated into the F-16C/D Block 40, and the Agile Falcon would serve as the basis for developing Japan’s Mitsubishi F-2 fighter.

    BUT really I just liked the photo … and this one too …

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