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Monday, July 09, 2012

And the Nobel Prize for optimism goes to...

... the author of the following comment on yesterday's post:


Okay, to be fair, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that comment.  It is as correct a sentiment as it is laudable.

The only problem with it (aside from shamelessly ripping of the thesis contained in John Lennon's 'Imagine'), is that pacifism only works with pacifists.

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sometimes even the sheep can have their eyes opened.
this was sent to me and I think it is apropos to the discussion

The $50 Lesson

Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my
neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog.

During our friendly conversation, I asked their 12 year old daughter
what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be
President someday.

Both of her parents - liberal Democrats - were standing there, so I
asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you
would do?" She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless

Her parents beamed with pride!

"Wow...what a worthy goal!" I said. "But you don't have to wait until
you're President to do that!" I told her.

"What do you mean?" she replied.

So I told her, "You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull
weeds, and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you $50. Then you can go over to
the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him
the $50 to use toward food and a new house."

She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in
the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the
work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

Her parents aren't speaking to me.

Posted by: Dave | Jul 9, 2012 7:36:57 PM

Dave, that's awesome. I've seen it before in various guises, but this one is written so well!

Posted by: Mark | Jul 9, 2012 11:14:49 PM

Another truth proven time and again by history:

"Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who do not."

Posted by: Karl | Jul 10, 2012 3:15:00 AM

I was pulling for Kofi Annan for the Nobel in Optimism. Better luck next year Kofi!

Posted by: lrg | Jul 10, 2012 5:05:34 AM

And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a taxicab.

Which, ironically, was one of my grandmother's favorite sayings.

Posted by: psachya | Jul 10, 2012 11:56:00 AM

here's a little scene, trep: have fun: http://youtu.be/dGEn1TZtEmQ

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jul 27, 2012 12:06:45 AM

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