RANDOM OBSERVATIONS – 2013

  1. Did you ever notice…most people don’t answer the question you ask?  They tend to anticipate more than you want and so they talk around the subject.  Often a simple yes or no would suffice.
  2. How many more emails will I receive that tell me to pass this along to everyone I know and in three days everyone in America will be on board with this subject, proposal or whatever they’re promoting?  Has that ever worked or accomplished anything?  Or if I don’t send this – I’m part of the problem.
  3. Why is the sound on TV commercials always louder than the sound on the programs?
  4. I have long admired the logos on all automobiles; Ford, Kia, Honda, Cadillac, Lexus, Audi, Acura, Chevrolet, Hundai, et al.  They are all stylish and distinctive and represent their brand well—all, except one.  Toyota has the least distinctive, almost ugly logo of all.  Maybe it doesn’t matter.  Toyota is the largest, best-selling brand in the world.
  5. Can someone please tell me who has written or spoken on the justification for continuing to run up the national debt?  I need to hear why it doesn’t matter and won’t hurt us.  All I hear is the chorus of “We just have to do it.”
  6. It’s time (way past time) for the Muslim community to rise up and denounce, demonize and destroy in word and deed the terrorists among them who kill Muslims and infidels with impunity
  7. Here is the height of misguided adoration for St. Obama.  A rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair wore an Obama face mask while performing.  The outrage was over the top—racist, inappropriate—so they banned him from ever working at the Fair again.  Funny, no one seemed to mind when the same guy wore masks of Bill Clinton or George Bush when he performed.
  8. I can’t believe how many men fail to put the toilet seat down after their use.  On the other hand, I had no clue myself until we had the harangue leading to a divorce.
  9. How often do you get frustrated trying to talk to a customer service agent in India or the Philippines?  You’re not alone—so keep in mind, according to U.S. law, you can request to speak to a customer representative in the U.S.  They do have them.  When you’re connected, ask where they’re located.
  10. Why do we provide exemptions for people over 50 to take U.S. citizenship tests in their native language and then print ballots for elections in 80 different languages?  Shouldn’t facility with English be a requirement to be a U.S. citizen?
  11. While we’re on that subject, who in God’s green earth decided it was okay to have dual citizenship?  I didn’t and I’d vote against it.
  12. The decline and fall of the Roman Empire was due to a number of reasons:  a distorted value system; a lack of honest leadership; a bloated, pampered populous; higher taxes; and a decided lack of morality, to name a few.  Are we following the same pattern?
  13. It took a divorce for me to realize I had to pay more attention to my life outside work and to understand I had to delegate more to my co-workers.  After a conference with all my employees, it became a valuable management tool.
  14. I’ve always said we survive the so-called “best” and the “worst” of our leaders, but I’m beginning to have some doubts.  Is there anyone on the horizon who is a real leader with integrity and core values who can lead us out of this wilderness of polarized policies and politics we’ve created?
  15. There’s an old adage (maybe old wives tail would be a better description) which says couples should never go to bed angry.  I don’t believe that always makes sense or creates a good resolution.  More often than not, it’s a better idea to sleep on a problem or disagreement and re-visit it the next day.
  16. The absolute ultimate hypocrisy, as well as insult to our collective intelligence was nominating Obama for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, just 12 days into office.  This was the most incredible act of chutzpah by his mesmerized, Kool-Aid devotees for confusing an empty suit who did nothing more than or since then make eloquent, sweeping speeches while doing or accomplishing anything.  Lord, save us from the demigods we canonize without a scintilla of merit.

More next year.

ArtSchwartzSig

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6 responses to “RANDOM OBSERVATIONS – 2013

  1. Gary Wechter

    Okay… Here’s one that drives me crazy. You start a conversation by saying something like, “We went to a great Chinese restaurant last night in Marina del Rey” and expect the other person to query you about the restaurant and why you think it’s great. Instead, their response is, “Last week Mildred and I went to a terrific Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica across from the pier and had amazing tacos”. To me, that’s NOT a conversation. And it doesn’t seem to matter whether the subject has to do with a restaurant, seeing a movie, reading a provocative blog or going to a football game. When sharing the experience these folks quickly modify the subject making it something about THEM. I think a conversation is one that has a back and forth on a particular subject until the subject has run its course. Only then is it okay to move on. Anyway, that’s my gripe.

  2. Dan Goodstein

    #2: Yes, you are part of the problem. Just accept it and move on (dot org).
    #5: Ohmigosh! Don’t you ever read Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate? I suggest you get a subscription to the New York Times and read the OpEd page where Krugman regularly holds forth on this very subject.
    #16: I think you mean “nothing” rather than “anything”. Either way, your
    evident dislike of “St. Obama” (as you refer to him) blinds you from seeing
    any of his accomplishments. Among them are: a) bringing Osama BL to justice; b) Obamacare (which, in the long run will be seen as a great success); and c) leading our economy out of the huge mess created by his predecessor. Yes, St. O does have his failings, and they are not small; yes, many who supported him are disappointed to some degree, but, on balance, he’s done a lot better than any of the Seven Dwarfs presented by the
    Republicans (a sad looking bunch of divided losers) could have done. As you suggest, our country needs better leaders, statesmen, they used to be
    called, be they Republican or Democrat.
    I hope next year is a good one for you and all your readers.

  3. Mike Bacon

    AMEN. I hope and pray we survive the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I believe that Nikitta Kreusjev in 1959 was right when he said our country’s death will come without a shot fired. The Communist plan was slow and well thought out. All you have to do is look at our 4th estate. They are nothing more than propagandists for the left. David Horowitz was correct when he said not to call Obama a liberal, he is a socialist/communist.

    • Dan Goodstein

      Mike, you sure bring home the Bacon, turkey bacon, that is. Your slam on the 4th estate (“They are nothing more than propagandists for the left.”) shows that you don’t let facts stand in way of your feelings. You, like most people, seem to think that all of the American press leans far to the left. But the facts don’t bear that out. Check out Media Matters where you’ll find, among other facts, that “Sixty percent of the nation’s daily newspapers print more conservative syndicated columnists every week than progressive syndicated columnists.” “The top 10 columnists as ranked by the number of papers in which they are carried include five conservatives, two centrists, and only three progressives.” The same goes for ranking by total circulation. By daily circulation, the largest paper in America is The Wall Street Journal. If that’s a left leaning paper, Rupert Murdock will be pretty upset. The New York Times AND the Washington Post combined have about the same circulation as the WS Journal. The Washington Post ranks 6th, well behind such papers as the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times. And if you look at the top 100 newspapers in America by circulation, you’ll find that the majority cannot be termed left leaning.
      I find that a lot of people don’t make a distinction between news reporters, editorial writers and columnists. It’s the latter two that generally define the political bent of a newspaper, although there are some less professional papers that display a political bent in their news reporting. But those are not the papers of record such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.

  4. In #15 you mention an old adage, or “”an old wives tail” about couples going to bed together after a “fight”.

    “Tail” is wife’s behind, where as “tale” is a wise statement.

    Please use the word tale in.wise stories, otherwise your readers may suspect you don’t know your bottom from your top.

    Tom Adams
    December 18, 2013

  5. Dan Goodstein

    Tom,
    I just saw your significant and hilarious contribution to the literary effort of our esteemed friend who is given to telling tall tail tales. Sometimes he fails to make the anatomical distinction between his elbow and his……. well, you know the rest. (Just kidding, Art).

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