Sunday, October 28, 2012

Quote for the Week

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

- John Lubbock

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Racist Voters

--Cross posted with Facebook--

I believe everyone who exercises their right to vote should do so based on their conscience and research. I know I will.
However, do not for a minute presume that because I am Hispanic and a minority, I am required to vote a certain way. Moreover, whichever way I vote, do not accuse me of racism. Do not claim I would vote a certain way if skin color were different. You do not know me, and to claim I am racist makes you no better than the worst you assume of me.
People have been persecuted and died because of actual racism. People have suffered because of prejudice and have lost much because of it. To claim I am part of the opression because I ignore skin color in choosing a leader is offensive, patronizing, insulting, and immature.
After all, the great civil rights hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
That is exactly what I will do, without apology.
You may or may not agree, and that's fine. But to claim that I make ANY decision based on race is simply reprehensible.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Quote for the Week

Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.

- Zig Ziglar

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Moby Dick

Today is the anniversary of Moby Dick. As a little kid, not a month went by without somebody telling me, "Did you know your name is in the book, Moby Dick?"

Finally, when I was 12 years old, I went to the library and borrowed the book. The unabridged version. And I read it. All 800 pages.

Happy birthday, Moby!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Was That Information Important?

I'm in a bankruptcy hearing room, waiting for my client to arrive and her case to be called.

I'm listening to the trustee (appointed by the court to administer the case) question the couple currently appearing before him. The bankruptcy papers have been filed under oath and are supposed to be accurate. Moreover, the testimony is given under oath, so that's supposed to be accurate, too.

Is this case, the trustee is asking about income.

Trustee: Your papers show that your income may not be enough to be able to afford what you're trying to keep. Are you going to be able to afford this?

Debtor: Oh, yeah! that's because I get paid under the table at another job. I get paid cash and I don't report it.

Trustee: ?!?! I'm sorry what was that?

Debtor: That paperwork doesn't have all the income.

Trustee: [Turning to the attorney]. Of course I'm going to be very interested in finding out what's going on here. Please provide a written explanation regarding the income. I need that within 10 days.

I'm glad that wasn't my case!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Quote for the Week

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

- Andre Gide

Friday, October 12, 2012

I'm Speechless...

I can't even keep a straight face.  Not sure what to say...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Quote for the Week

It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.

-Thomas Sowell