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Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.
  —  Benjamin Franklin
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On This Day In:
2018 Worry (x2)
2017 Still Working
Gold In The Morning Sun
2016 Power Inside
2015 Sometimes I Feel Small
2014 It Slipped Away
2013 Corollary
2012 Working Retired
2011 The Web Is Not Authoritative! (Really?)
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[The subject for this interview was Retired General James Mattis (Gen. Mattis was also Secretary of Defense serving from January 20, 2017 to January 1, 2019).  The answers are regarding the racially motivated mass shooting in El Paso and his feelings about politics in America…  —  KMAB]
About El Paso he said:  “You know, on that day we were all Hispanics.  That’s the way we have to think about this.  If it happens to any one of us, it happens to all of us.”
But about this treacherous political moment?
“You’ve got to avoid looking at what’s happening in isolation from everything else,” he said.  “We can’t hold what Trump is doing in isolation.  We’ve got to address the things that put him there in the first place.”  Mattis speaks often about affection: the affection that commanders feel for their soldiers, and that soldiers ought to feel for one another  —  and the affection that Americans should feel for one another and for their country but often, these days, don’t.  “ ’With malice toward none, with charity for all,’ ” he said.  “Lincoln said that in the middle of a war.  In the middle of a war!  He could see beyond the hatred of the moment.”
I thought back to what he’d told me earlier in the summer, when I had asked him to describe something Trump could say or do that would trigger him to launch a frontal attack on the president.  He’d demurred, as I had expected.  But then he’d issued a caveat:  “There is a period in which I owe my silence.  It’s not eternal.  It’s not going to be forever.”
  —  Jeffrey Goldberg
Excerpt from his article:  “The Man Who Couldn’t Take It Anymore
The article appears in “The Atlantic Magazine”  https://www.theatlantic.com/
And the article is online at:  https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/10/james-mattis-trump/596665/
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On This Day In:
2018 Just Trying To Be Me
Day 39: Half This Game Is 90% Mental
2017 A Letter To 45
Some Small Place
2016 REDs
2015 Cities
2014 Still
2013 Dare = Hope
2012 Check My Math
2011 Just Asking

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Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character.  But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
  —  General Norman Schwarzkopf
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On This Day In:
2018 I Put It Down To Bad Teachers
Day 34: In And Out
2017 And The Future Is Now
2016 I Am
2015 Positively Aiming Higher
2014 Suspicious Minds
2013 We Are Not Alone
2012 Lawyer, n.
2011 Each Day Remember…
2010 Impossible Dreams of Camelot

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QUESTIONNAIRE

by Wendell Berry
1.  How much poison are you willing to eat for the success of the free market and global trade?  Please name your preferred poisons.
2.  For the sake of goodness, how much evil are you willing to do?  Fill in the following blanks with the names of your favorite evils and acts of hatred.
3.  What sacrifices are you prepared to make for culture and civilization?  Please list the monuments, shrines, and works of art you would most willingly destroy.
4.  In the name of patriotism and the flag, how much of our beloved land are you willing to desecrate?  List in the following spaces the mountains, rivers, towns, farms you could most readily do without.
5.  State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes, the energy sources, the kinds of security, for which you would kill a child.  Name, please, the children whom you would be willing to kill.
Found at one of the blogs I follow:  https://www.brainpickings.org/
The specific post link is:  https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/08/14/wendell-berry-questionnaire-amanda-palmer/?mc_cid=e1165a44ab&mc_eid=a1951a747c
Please visit the original site if you have a spare moment.  I HIGHLY recommend following this blog, but caution, the posts can be QUITE deep and insightful.  —  KMAB
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On This Day In:
2018 Or Attacks On A Free Press
Day 26: Life
2017 Still Looking For The Key
2016 Not So Much Anymore, Boss
2015 Green Binge
2014 Overdone
2013 The Courage To Remake The World
2012 Minor Gifts
2011 I Love It When A Plan Comes Together…
2010 Eloquence
Cleaning the Chalk Board

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Everything is riding on this.  Ultimately our global leadership is riding on this.  It’s not Saddam that is the issue; it’s whether America can lead, lead constructively and in a way that others respect it.
  —  Zbigniew Brzezinski
[Obviously, given the reference to Saddam, a dated quote , but the point (constructive leadership) remains valid.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2018 My Religion
Day 22: Step And Hang
2017 Adrift In The Oval Office
Regrets – The Donald Failed The Test
2016 Just Ask “The Donald”
2015 Did You Pass On It?
2014 Even When It Ain’t, It Is
2013 Still Happens
2012 Possessing Eternity
2011 I Thought We Were Talking About Afghanistan

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
  —  Peter Drucker
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On This Day In:
2018 To Excel At Your Craft
Day 12: Waiting
2017 Like When You Can Order Others To Fight For You
2016 Holding Fast
2015 Alms Or Balms
2014 A Day At The Beach
2013 Pillows
Steppin’
2012 Invincible Summer
2011 Being Objective
2010 First Things First…
Northwest Passages – Intro
Northwest Passages – Day One
Northwest Passages – Poetry
Northwest Passages – Evening One
Northwest Passages – Morning Two

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Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain.  It’s not something you learn in school.  But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
  ―  Muhammad Ali
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On This Day In:
2018 As Long As You Survive Each Experience
WordPress to Facebook Test…
Day 7: Oh, Yeah!
2017 A Good Habit
2016 The Minds Of Trumpism
2015 Expressing Nonsense
2014 A Real Fight
2013 Unravelling
2012 I Resolve
2011 Practice, Practice, Practice
2009 Phoenix Trip (Sept ’09)

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