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Thought for Wednesday, Nov 29, 2006

The power to do good is also
the power to do harm.

-Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Thought for Tuesday, Nov 28, 2006

Nobody spends somebody else's money
as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody
uses somebody else's resources as carefully
as he uses his own. So if you want
efficiency and effectiveness, if you want
knowledge to be properly utilized,
you have to do it through the means
of private property.

-Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Thought for Monday, Nov 27, 2006

We have a system that
increasingly taxes work
and subsidizes nonwork.

-Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Thought for Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006

Golden Oldie

We should be thankful for the good things we have
and, also, for the bad things we don't have.


For a view of others for whom we should be thankful:

(tftd will resume on or about Monday November 27, 2006.
Butch the Greater, aka FB#1, reminds us again this
year to 'watch out for the changing constant of
gravity during the next 45 days.')

Thought for Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006

The only way that has ever been discovered
to have a lot of people cooperate together
voluntarily is through the free market. And that's
why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom.

-Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

(In checking to be certain that Friedman was indeed the author of "No such
thing as a free lunch." I came across several other quotes of his that I
liked. There will be several more Friedman quotes in the next week or so.

Thought for Monday, Nov 20, 2006

There's no such thing as a free lunch.

-Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Thought for Friday, Nov 17, 2006

The work lands where it is attended.

-Dr. Naghman Bashir
Rawalpindi, PAKISTAN

In response to the tftd "The amount of work
to be done increases in proportion to the
amount of work already completed."

Dr. Bashir's quote is much more elegant than our normal saying,
"Give a task to a busy person. They will see that it gets done."

Thought for Thursday, Nov 16, 2006


If all the world's a stage,
I want to operate the trap door.

-Paul Beatty

Thought for Wednesday, Nov 15, 2006

I am beginning to learn that it is
the sweet, simple things of life
which are the real ones after all.

-Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
From the Masters: Bits and Pieces
Date: 13 Nov 2006

Thought for Tuesday, Nov 14, 2006


Experience is something you don't get
until just after you need it.


Thought for Monday, Nov 13, 2006

The following was the 1993 winner of the Bulwer-Lytton contest for the
worst conceivable opening line for a novel (named after Bulwer-Lytton's
"It was a dark and stormy night", beloved of Snoopy). It's my favorite!
(and it demonstrates the use of ordinal words.)

She wasn't really my type, a hard-looking but untalented reporter from
the local cat box liner, but the first second that the third-rate
representative of the fourth estate cracked open a new fifth of old
Scotch, my sixth sense said seventh heaven was as close as an eighth
note from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, so, nervous as a tenth grader
drowning in eleventh-hour cramming for a physics exam, I swept her into
my longing arms, and, humming 'The Twelfth of Never,' I was happy on
Friday the thirteenth.

-Alison Huettner
AWADmail Issue 234
November 5, 2006
(Ever so slightly edited-tftd)

Thought for Friday, Nov 10, 2006

Golden Oldie

Veterans Day change just didn't stick

Today's question:

Why didn't Veterans Day become a Monday holiday along with Presidents Day,
Memorial Day, Columbus Day and some others?

There are some things you just don't mess with. ...
And Veterans Day (is one of them).

Veterans Day originally was known as Armistice Day and marked the end of
World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 - 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month.

Congress designated that date as Armistice Day in 1926, and it became a
national holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill
designating Nov. 11 as Veterans Day.

Then in 1968 came the Uniform Holiday Bill, which shuffled some holidays
to Monday to give a lot of people three-day weekends. This moved Veterans
Day to the last Monday in October.

Do you remember that? Probably not, because most states just ignored it
because they liked having Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The first
last-Monday-in-October Veterans Day was celebrated Oct. 25, 1971, and
pretty much just confused and annoyed everyone.

In 1975, President Ford signed a law that took Veterans Day back to
Nov. 11, and it's been that way since 1978. Why did it take three
years? Don't ask me, I don't know.

When Nov. 11 falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on Monday. If it's
on Saturday, the holiday is observed on Friday.

As near as I can tell, the reason Veterans Day didn't catch on as a Monday
holiday just seems to be the historic significance of the date - the whole
11-11-11 thing. People just want it to be on Nov. 11 and, by golly, it's
going to be on Nov. 11.

So what's the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

Did your grandma use to call Memorial Day Decoration Day? Mine did.

The idea is that on Memorial Day, we remember and honor all those men and
women who lost their lives fighting for their country.

And the idea is that on Veterans Day, we honor all those who served in war
or peace, the living and dead.

-Clay Thompson
Arizona Republic
Nov. 7, 2005

Thought for Tuesday, Nov 7, 2006


Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog.
Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh!
There's so little hope for advancement.


Thought for Wednesday, Nov 8, 2006


Most people can't understand how others
can blow their noses differently than they do.


Thought for Monday, Nov 6, 2006

No matter what side of an argument your're on,
you always find some people on your side
that you wish were on the other side.

-Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) Musician
Bits & Pieces November 2006

Thought for Friday, Nov 3, 2006

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.

-Napoleon Hill
From the Masters
16 Oct 2006

Thought for Thursday, Nov 2, 2006


I'd love to go out with you,
but I'm converting my calendar
watch from Julian to Gregorian.

Thought for Wednesday, Nov 1, 2006

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a
--Arthur C. Clarke

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