Einstein quotation

English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d...

English: Albert Einstein Français : portrait d’Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found this in The Center Holds, Obama and his Enemies by Jonathan Alter.

“…sign that hung in Albert Einstein’s office in Princeton: ‘Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.'”

On a personal note, during my career in healthcare, I met a man who shared that office with Einstein.

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Aaron Burr said

President of the Senate Aaron Burr

President of the Senate Aaron Burr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Empire, A Novel by Gore Vidal, Aaron Burr is quoted as saying this in farewell to the Senate:

“If the Constitution is to perish, its dying agonies will be seen on this floor.”

And Burr said that BEFORE the invention of the filibuster.

Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk (Photo credit: Mark Coggins)

Herman Wouk is best known for his book, The Caine Mutiny. He also wrote a history of WW2 in two or four volumes, depending upon the edition, entitled The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. Wouk’s two or four volume history of the war totals about 2000 pages. You could consider it the short form because Churchill’s six volume history runs about 3000 pages. Wouk is an excellent writer and brings the war to life (and death). I have only 400 pages to go in the final book and I am enjoying the story very much. I am looking forward to finding out who won.

Fiscal cliff part 2

Being a Green Mother

Being a Green Mother (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now some are labeling the fiscal cliff a fiscal crisis. What do the two have in common; both cliff and crisis are short words beginning with the letter “C.” A cliff is a precipice. A crisis is a critical moment. The two are synonyms only in the minds of the uninformed. I suspect that the term fiscal crisis will morph into fiscal catastrophe eventually. And as everyone who reads Piers Anthony knows, a catastrophe is the rear end of a cat mounted as trophy on the wall of a bar.

Please see Fiscal cliff

Scoundrel

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Benjamin Disraeli, former Prime Minister of England in the late 19th century, lies could be classified as lies, damned lies or statistics. Those who use them, I would classify as liars, damned liars or scoundrels; statistics being the last refuge of scoundrels. I would put Mitt Romney in the last category, scoundrels, because of his fluent use of statistics to mislead. He continues to refuse to release his tax information, and he and Paul Ryan promote the Ryan budget without being specific about how they plan to balance the budget without the use of pixie dust. Mitt’s promises fall under the category of glittering generalities lacking any and all specificity. Can we take Romney at his word? No way.