March 07, 2012 - • Boys with 3 or 4 older sisters learn to dance way before boys with no siblings. The talent comes easily when waiting outside the bathroom door. I have to give Bob Hope credit for that one.
• In one of his too-many talks to the nation, President Obama said four million new jobs have been created under his watch. How can that be when we have nearly 9% unemployment? Maybe he's counting jobs his policies have created in Asia.
• The words were just beginning to echo that car makers were announcing new dashboard gadgets, when "safety experts" were warning the world of the potential of rising auto mishaps. These experts fail to give credit to this generation's greater aptitude of hand-eye coordination increasing. Or, maybe they do.
• In 1943, hundreds of pilots were getting their licenses from Gulf Coast Training Center in Frederick, Oklahoma. There was also a similar facility in Altus, Okla. Where were ten such fields in Texas? Those getting wings were sometimes referred to as "aerial destruction experts." Politically correct? One of those 1943 pilots at Frederick was George Prince of Oxford. He was shot down over Yugoslavia the next year.
• Beyond this layman's thoughts. Presidents approve earmarks (money) to districts where senators need help getting votes. They have been known to paraphrase the Bible on such occasions. Please, don't paraphrase our Bible. The original wording is fine.
• During one of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's announcements that he had seen the light while in solitaire, an inteviewee asked us to not be quick to judge him. What is the accepted length of time we should wait to judge?
• I'm a semi-frequent shopper at big box stores like Meijer and Kmart. Seems like whatever I'm there for -- shoes, muskmelon or Shayna food -- I find myself in the bra and pantie section. I'm not kinky, so either that department is really big or I've got to start shopping Home Depot.
• When a pill or treatment company spends more time with disclaimers than it does convincing us to buy, it's time to forget the message.
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Very interesting. In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior.
"A democracy is always temporary in nature: it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will; continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate who promises the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.