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You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
   ―  C.S. Lewis
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On This Day In:
2014 Adaptability Won
2013 Disappeared
2012 Fuller
Life On The Range
More Classics
2011 Stoned Again?
2010 Insubordination… And That’s Why I Love Her!
Losing – Week One

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The Constitution is clear: the President sets foreign policy.  Congress provides “advice and consent” for the ratification of treaties.  Lawmakers should not undermine the President’s proper authority, but neither should the President cede that authority for temporary political advantage.   The President and Congress score points off each other every day, but if their gamesmanship undermines Washington’s credibility, the national interest will suffer.
   —    Ian Bremmer
From his editorial: “Credit Crunch Congress and Obama weaken the U.S. by playing politics abroad
The editorial appeared in: Time Magazine, 23 March 2015
[Actually, the Constitution says in Article 2, Section 2:
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;  …”
The “He” mentioned is the President and the approving body is the Senate and not Congress.  The House of Representatives has no role in the treaty process.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Make It Your Strength
2013 Four Score
2012 The Ruler
2011 Forever
2010 Just Cuz
How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?
It’s Alive!! (3rd Pair Shoe Review)

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The key to modern mentality is the continued advance of science with the consequential shift of ideas and progress of technology.  In the ancient world Mesopotamia and Egypt were made possible by irrigation.  But the Roman Empire existed by virtue of the grandest application of technology that the world had hitherto seen: its vast buildings, its organized merchant navies, its military science, its metallurgy, and its agriculture.  This was the secret of the extension and the unity of Roman civilization.
   —  Alfred North Whitehead
From his essay: “The Place Of Classics In Education
From his book: “The Aims Of Education
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On This Day In:
2014 Remember ISIS / ISIL?
2013 What Have You Done Lately?
2012 B8
2011 I’m Definitely Not In Control

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There has never been any decisive proof either way about God’s existence.  Ours would be a decidedly queer world if the Creator of it were as visible as, say, a playwright at his opening night.  Here is the universe, a dazzle of orderly wonders, which seems to imply a Maker.  Here is human life, full of sadness and disaster and futility, ending always in black death; and it seems to many people to refute any notion that a God could exist.  To assert anything about God — that he is there or that he is not, that we can know him or that we cannot —  is to jump off into the dark, either way.
  —  Herman Wouk
From his book: “This Is My God
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On This Day In:
2014 I Would Be Sillier
2013 It Keeps Happening Anyway
2012 Take Time
2011 A Mother’s Lesson
2010 3rd Pair – Shoe Review (DOA and Final)

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I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.
  ―  Muhammad Ali
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On This Day In:
2014 Curious Talent
2013 Eureka
2012 Slow Me
2011 He Said What?!?
2010 Gritty
3 and 3
Just A Hunch
Wall Street – Movie Review
2nd Pair – Shoe Review (Aborted and Final)

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The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
  —  Eleanor Roosevelt
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On This Day In:
2014 Others’ Footsteps
The Not-So-Modern Samurai
2013 Doin’
2012 A Lover
2011 What Have We Found Here
Words

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…Technology is not going to save us.  Our computers, our tools, out machines are not enough.  We have to rely on our intuition, our true being.
  —  Joseph Campbell
From Bill Moyers’ “Introduction” to their book: “The Power Of Myth
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On This Day In:
2014 Are You Even Listening?
2013 Namaste
2012 Looking Up
2011 Et Tu Brute?

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Hi Princess,
Here’s three quotes for you:
I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.
   –  Mark Twain
From a speech given on 23 September 1907
[A good day!  —  KMAB]
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
   ―  Napoléon Bonaparte
[Be heard!  —  KMAB]
Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.
   ―  Muhammad Ali
[Make every day count…   —  KMAB]
Happy Birthday!
We love you always,
Mum and Dad

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On This Day In:
2014 Optional
2013 Happy Birthday, Rebecca
2012 Be Not Old
2012 National League Western Division Champions!!!
2011 What Kind Of Work Do You Do?
2010 Another Loser… And Come November

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What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities.  We cannot procrastinate.  The world of the future is in our making.  Tomorrow is now.
     —  Eleanor Roosevelt
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On This Day In:
2014 Like Fire Burning In My Heart
2013 Oh Yes He Can!
2012 Enquiries
2011 The Prize: Understanding
2010 Can You Tell My Scanner Works?
Rebecca – The Early Years
James – The Early Years
Brothers By Another Mother

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Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
   —  Anthony Burgess
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On This Day In:
2014 Agreed
2013 Smile From Your Heart!
2012 Like You
2011 Got Days?
2010 K9 Humor – Has Anyone Seen My Setter? (Must read!!)
A Longer Blog Than You Want To Read (Probably)
2009 Back and Forth and Round Again…

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Say What?

I and my public understand each other very well: it does not hear what I say, and I don’t say what it wants to hear.
     —   Karl Kraus
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On This Day In:
2014 Start Today
2013 Fly!!
2012 Greater Love
2011 Before

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
   ―  Aristotle
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On This Day In:
2014 Still Racing
2013 Anew
2012 Make Both
2011 Are You Happy Yet?

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If He Only Knew…

If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.”
   ―  Epictetus
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On This Day In:
2014 Dared To Love
2013 Strong Kung-Fu
2012 Two Tribes
2011 Made Any Assumptions Lately?

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The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do.  They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought.  They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty.  They chose liberty.
   —  William O. Douglas
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On This Day In:
2014 Lost Anything Lately?
A Life Of Science
2013 Serve The World
2012 Acquaintance, n.
2011 On Why His Father Was A Great Teacher
A Baker’s Dozen

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Earth To Echo (2014)  –  movie review
As all my regular readers know, I am a sucker for an endearing movie – particularly if it involves Science Fiction.  This one does, but it ain’t.  This movie is an almost good attempt to rip-off almost every kid based SciFi movie you’ve ever seen.  The poster is almost a legally actionable rip-off of E.T.   And it just starts there….
Basically, three socially awkward friends are about to be separated by their families moving to various parts of the country.  Their cell phones go wonky and they spend the evening / night trying to assist an alien rebuild himself and his spacecraft so he can go home  (“E.T. phone home…”).  In the spirit of other movies it’s also trying to rip-off, the movie is shot using selfie-style phone and Go-Pro footage to make it look first person.  It kind of works, but not really.  Just like most of the rest of the movie…
Without giving too much away, the cute little owl-lie alien gets to go home and the boys get to remain friends even though they are separated.  Oh, and there’s a girl thrown into the mix to add a bit of pubescent rom-com for good measure.
Acting?  It’s a kids movie.  Plot?  It’s a kids movie.  Special effects and action?    Okay.  Here it rises above mediocrity and actually has two halfway decent scenes: one, a truck disintegrates and then is re-formed, and two, the alien ship gets built.  Other than that, it’s a kids movie….
Final recommendation:  moderate recommendation.  If you need a pleasant movie to watch with your niece or nephew – and they are between six and ten – this is a pretty good option.  It will entertain them and it won’t bore you to tears.
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On This Day In:
2014 Ready, Action!
2013 Responding To Challenges
2012 Abnormal, adj.
2011 Large Families
On The Brink

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