On a personal note, during my career in healthcare, I met a man who shared that office with Einstein.
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.
- Herman Wouk Bucks Literary Trends to Produce Best-Selling Novels (wnyc.org)
- Of Mutiny and Education (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com)
- Herman Wouk, 94, at UCLA (jpundit.typepad.com)
- Saturday Night Cinema: Marjorie Morningstar (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
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
- We need a new name for the ‘fiscal cliff’ (washingtonpost.com)
- How The Fiscal Cliff Would Hit The Economy (npr.org)
- The Ultimate Guide To The Fiscal Cliff – Here’s What It Is, And What It Could Do To The Economy (businessinsider.com)
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.
- Liar-in-Chief (canadafreepress.com)
- Beauty Flashback: Scoundrel (bellasugar.com)
- Romney gets still more low-down with remarks tying Obama defense reductions to military suicides (dailykos.com)
- “Death By Ideology”: Among The Lying Liars, Mitt Romney Doesn’t See Dead People (bell-book-candle.com)