Ray's musings and humor

It is our fault!

I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work.

Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it.

Alexander Woollcott




Have you noticed lately that people who know the least scream the loudest. It is if they believe that if they say it loud enough and often enough it will make whatever it is true. I am especially dismayed by those who spend little time verifying what they scream about and ignore anyone who has information that would help them understand.

I suppose it may be for some the frustration that comes from having problems and not knowing why so it must be somebody‘s fault. We want to blame the bursting of the housing bubble on everyone but those who bought what they could not afford and those who refinanced regularly based on unrealistic appraisals and then took as much out as they could to buy things they didn’t need. I know I have said it before but I think we have again proven the old comic character Pogo right when he said “I have seen the enemy and he is us.”

Soon millions will vote on the basis of their buying into negative advertising and video images crafted by professionals without any understanding of the issues or what needs to be done to resolve them. My medical professional friends as an example say the system is broken and that it needs to change whether they support the Health Care legislation or not. Even the least knowledgeable of us knows we can not sustain services, including education, Social Security and Medicare by borrowing from the future using money provided by others. It seems like many of us want it all and don’t want to pay for much of it. Of course those who don’t care enough to look believe that spending cuts and the elimination of fraud and abuse would solve all the problems and yet those that look realize that cuts cannot be made made deep enough to solve the problem without cutting services that most people demand.

Sadly we won’t elect politicians who have the courage to tell the truth. We give away our votes when we let extremists select the candidates in the primaries that the rest of us vote on in the general elections where we get to choose only the least worse candidate. I have been an active Republican most of my life but have drifted away from taking an active to role in the process, so I am part of the problem, and I am sorry for that.

I don’t know what it will take but I do know we can’t go on turning our government, and the world our grandchildren will inherit, over to leaders who win elections only because of the dollars spent by vested interests. Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to throw the good guys out for I have met and known many politicians who are hard working, intelligent legislators that deserve our support. I just wish there were more of them. I cannot abide the current polarization that has resulted in trying to block everything needed to solve problems only so the obstructionists can maintain a political advantage. Both parties are guilty and unfortunately it appears that a large number of the candidates selected this time around are even more strident in their beliefs which could result in continued failure of our governments at every level.

Sorry about the tirade but I am frustrated with our failures and our unwillingness to take any personal responsibility. I am just glad that you are one of those who has  studied the problems and looked at the alternatives. For those others that only see a few sound bites and never learn the differences between the candidates other than through hype and hysteria my moto has become for election day "If you don’t know, don’t go." This is especially true for state and local offices were far too many don’t even know who is running.


I will be on special assignment the next two days, fortunately it has nothing to do with politics, I will be in search of good stuff to share. So there will be no Daily for a few days.


“Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Here is what a female reader sent us some time ago:

Being a parent changes everything.  But being a parent also changes with each baby.  Here are some of the ways having a second and third child is different from having your first.

Your Clothes

1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy. 2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible. 3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

Preparing for the Birth

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously

2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing. 3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.

The Layette

1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn’s clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau. 2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains. 3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?


1st baby: At the first sign of distress – a whimper, a frown-you pick up the baby. 2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn. 3rd baby: You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.


1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it 2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby’s bottle. 3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.


1st baby: You change your baby’s diapers every hour, whether they need it or not. 2nd baby: You change their diaper every 2 to 3 hours, if needed. 3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.


1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour. 2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics. 3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

Going Out

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times. 2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached. 3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby. 2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby. 3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

Swallowing Coins (my favorite one)

1st child: when first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays. 2nd child: when 2nd child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for coin to pass. 3rd child: when 3rd child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!!


On the tombstone of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:  Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102.  The Good Die Young.


A golf pro dragged himself into the clubhouse looking as though he’d just escaped a tornado.

"What’s wrong?" a woman asked.

"I just lost a game to Houlihan," the pro said.

"What? But Houlihan’s the worst player I’ve ever seen. How could he have beaten you?"

"He tricked me," the pro said. "On the first tee, he asked for a handicap. I told him he could have 30, 40, 50 strokes – any handicap he wanted. He said, ‘Just give me two gotchas.’"

"What’s a gotcha?" asked the woman.

"That’s what I wanted to know," the pro said. "Houlihan said, ‘You’ll see.’ Then, as I was teeing off, just as I had my club poised, he screamed out ‘Gotcha!’"

"I can guess what happened," the woman said.

"Sure," the pro said. "The scream threw me off, and I missed the ball completely."

"Understandable," the woman said. "But still, that’s only one swing. How did he win the game?"

The pro answered, "You try swinging at a golf ball while waiting for that second ‘gotcha!’"


“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

 George Bernard Shaw


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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The editor is somewhat senile.


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