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Veterans Day – 2014

Veterans Day – 2014

November 11, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

(Fourth from the left is my nephew Darren Green) Here is our annual Veterans Day post listing the vets in our respective families: ============= Bruce Webster: Sgt. Darren Green, USMC (active) — served twice in Afghanistan; still in active service. [nephew] Jon A. Webster, USMC (former) —  served in al Rutbah, Iraq; now going to […]

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Ebola: the anti-lottery

Ebola: the anti-lottery

October 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Millions of Americans spend roughly $50 billion a year on lottery tickets, although the chances of a big payout are, well, very slim (see this great infographic — and, yes, just keep scrolling down). But the upside is so great — millions, tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of dollars — that over 50% of […]

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What rough beast indeed?

What rough beast indeed?

October 9, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

  Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely […]

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Google Fiber bait-and-switch: buyer beware

Google Fiber bait-and-switch: buyer beware

September 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

[corrected some bad math on my part] When Sandra and I made the decision to move from Colorado to Utah — largely to get closer to family — I consoled myself with the fact that if we were able to find a house to rent in Provo itself, we could sign up for Google Fiber […]

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In Memoriam: Robert David Peraza (May 26, 1971- September 11, 2001)

In Memoriam: Robert David Peraza (May 26, 1971- September 11, 2001)

September 11, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Robert (“Rob” or “Gringo”) David Peraza was 30 years old on September 11, 2001. He had earned both his undergraduate degree (1994) and his MBA (1996) from St. Bonaventure University, where he had loved to play rugby. He was now living in New York City and working as a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald near the top (floors […]

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In Memoriam: Ronald Paul Bucca (May 6, 1954 – September 11, 2001)

In Memoriam: Ronald Paul Bucca (May 6, 1954 – September 11, 2001)

September 11, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

[This year, as with previous years, I am posting a memorial for Ronald Paul Bucca, the only FDNY Fire Marshall to die the course of duty — that duty being helping to save people in the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. I can add nothing to this tribute by his mother, Astrid Bucca, written a […]

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Here’s some food for thought

Here’s some food for thought

September 2, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Consider the following about Winston Churchill (I’m currently reading “Churchill: A Life” by Martin Gilbert): He struggled in school for a variety of reasons, including lack of effort, poor health, and genuine struggles with some subjects. Also, he was pretty bad at managing the money his parents gave him. He was largely ignored and/or criticized by […]

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Up Earth Creek without a paddle [repost]

Up Earth Creek without a paddle [repost]

July 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

[I originally wrote this post back in 2007. As we hit the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, it still says everything I think about our past and current space efforts.] I am a child of the Space Age (or, to use Robert Heinlein’s phrase from his ‘Future History‘ timeline, the False Dawn of […]

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Obamacare and the Small Switcheroo

Obamacare and the Small Switcheroo

January 11, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

[minor edits and one added section] Ignore the nets for an afternoon and see what happens. The news I woke up to this morning (thanks to an early morning e-mail from John Fund at National Review) is that the Obama Administration will not renew its Healthcare.gov contract with CGI Federal when it expires next month, […]

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Obamacare and the Subversive Masses

Obamacare and the Subversive Masses

January 1, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

It is clear that with the start of 2014, the Obama Administration — as many (including myself) predicted — wants to declare victory with Obamacare and go home. It is also clear to many of us — but apparently not to the mainstream media — that the Obamacare trainwrecks just keep on coming and are […]

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