Statesmanship is more difficult that politics. Politics is the art of getting along with people. Statesmanship is the art of getting along with politicians. (more…)
Warning: Not for the fainthearted. It’s not exactly “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
. At age 4 success is not peeing in your pants.
. At age 12 success is having friends.
. At age 16 success is having a driver’s license.
. At age 20* success is having sex.
. At age 35 success is having money.
. At age 50 success is having money.
. At age 60 success is having sex.
. At age 70 success is having a driver’s license.
. At age 75 success is having friends.
. At age 80 success is not peeing in your pants.
“For all we know these people were targeted by reactionary, racist cops for the political speech on their t-shirts.” (more…)
His Majesty shared this one with me.
Sir John Benney was among the Arctic explorers who looked for new records to break after the prize of the North Pole was claimed by Peary. Benney chose to test human endurance with a solo trek from the edge of the pack ice, off the North Cape of Norway, to the northern tip of Greenland.
But that wasn’t sufficient for the intrepid explorer. He also chose to make this trip in the depths of the frigid Arctic winter. Unfortunately, it was too much for him. His last camp, with his frozen body still in his tent, was located in the spring of 1913. Curiously, he was found clean-shaven, and his would-be rescuers speculated that he might have survived if he had retained the extra insulation of a flourishing beard.
In accordance with his final wishes, his body was cremated and the remains returned to his family.
His Majesty drew an important lesson from this story. (more…)
As soon as I saw that headline, the acronyms immediately came to mind. And I had recently watched Doom, staring Wayne Johnson, on DVD.