Free Lunches for Life…

Timely repost written a few years ago by Dr. Hammons…

Reflection and Choice

Ah Greece.  Birthplace of Western Civilization; Cradle of Democracy.  You did good for a few thousand years, but now it may be time for you to exit stage left from the very theater that you invented.  The Founders of America always looked to Greece as a model of all that was good about democracy, and all that was bad about democracy.  The bad usually outweighed the good, like the time you killed those generals because you didn’t like the calls they made on the battlefield (or sea, as the case was).  Or when you put Nicias, the only guy who didn’t want to go to war with Sparta, in charge of the war with Sparta.  That was great.  Or when you killed Socrates because he was, you know, a gadfly.

Democracy, they say, is the worst form of government, except for all the others.  After all,  it’s strange to argue that people…

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Four Things Every American Should Know about Independence Day

Most people know that the Fourth of July – Independence Day – is a celebration of America’s separation from Great Britain. July 4th, 1776 marks the beginning of the United States. It’s like our national birthday. With the celebration just a few days away, here are four important facts about Independence Day that every American should know.

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Twelve Facebook Posts You Don’t Want to Make, But Have Already

Facebook-Thumbs-DownWhile Facebook posts number in the millions daily, they really boil down to only 12 different posts repeated over and over again. You’ve probably seen these posts before, or maybe been guilty of them yourself.  Here they are again, so you can recognize them when you see them!

The False Pride Post – The Facebook tendency to seek praise for yourself for the accomplishments of somebody else. “I’m so proud of my spouse for finishing that doctorate in molecular biology. She worked so hard.  I can’t believe we finished. Thank you all for your support.”  What exactly did you do?

The Humble Bragging Post – The effort to make a seemingly mundane comment that weakly camouflages the not so subtle statement that you really want to convey. “Just finished the most interesting book on the French Revolution. Fascinating period of history. Can’t wait to take in the sights after we leave this café.” Real meaning – “I’m in Paris, France.” Continue reading

What’s A Constitution Among Friends?

Obama_Boehner_golfThe press has blown a gasket the past few days crowing about the breach of protocol related to Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress. The charge, and it’s not without merit, is that “Ambassadors and other public ministers” must be received by the president, as stated in Article Two, Section Three of the Constitution. As head of state, the argument goes, it’s the president’s right to meet with other heads of state. By inviting Netanyahu to speak and bypassing the White House, critics contend that Speaker Boehner ignored the Constitution.

The Constitution is rather vague on this issue. The language of the relevant section states that presidents “shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers.” In the context of how Article Two is framed, Section Three lists what might be considered duties of the president rather than prerogatives (which are dealt with in the previous section). In this sense, while protocol may have been violated by not clearing Netanyahu’s visit with the White House, the refusal of the president to meet with the head of a foreign nation could also be construed as a violation of constitutional duty. As read, the president is required in his symbolic capacity as our leader to meet with foreign heads of state. He might refuse, but such action can only be interpreted as a diplomatic statement, and an antagonistic one at that.
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