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Robert A. Heinlein Quote

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch …

Demanding Democracy

In his book, This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You on TV Bob Schieffer recalls fellow reporter Eric Sevareid saying, “Democracy requires more of it’s citizens than any other form of government.” That certainly rings true with the difficulty of the citizens of Iraq to come together to form …

Stetson Kennedy, Superman and the KKK

The authors of Freakonomics relate an interesting story about the KKK after WWII. Wanting to combat the rise of the KKK, activist Stetson Kennedy went undercover and infiltrated the group. In attempt to discredit the organization and expose their covert practices, Kennedy gave the writers of the Superman radio drama …

Pools more Dangerous than Guns

According to authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner in their book Freakonomics, pools are more dangerous to children than guns. If you both own a gun and have a swimming pool in the backyard, the swimming pool is about 100 times more likely to kill a child than …

Pentagon’s Open Door

Bob Schieffer in his book This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You on TV tells how the Pentagon in the early 70s was open to the public (at least the outer rings). There were no security checks or clearances needed. The public could wander in and out at their …

Per Pupil Education Expenditure

According to John Stossel in his book Lies, Myths and Downright Stupidity, public education spends, on average, $10,000 per pupil per year. He maintains that public education is a wasteful government mandated monopoly. Our children’s education would be better served if competition was involved for those education dollars.