No man can always be right. So the struggle is to do one’s best, to keep the brain and conscience clear, never be swayed by unworthy motives or inconsequential reasons, but to strive to unearth the basic factors involved, then do one’s duty.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Greetings my friends. After a one week wait the computer technician came and fixed my computer, the $250 cost was worth it as I never would have solved the problem on my own. If you will forgive me it is late in the day and I am worn out so we will restart the Daily with a past edition.
Ray’s Daily first published on September 8, 2005
It seems like Katrina has brought out both the best and the worst in us. I am not talking about the hurricane itself or the horror that we all have witnessed on television. Nor am I talking about the victims, heroes, or criminals that have been a part of the drama unfolding in the south. I am talking about people like you and me. We have seen heroes donate rooms in their homes, volunteer to work as part of rescue teams, and those who have contributed more than they could afford.
Unfortunately we have also watched the two extremes of our polarized society again trying to absolve themselves of any responsibility by shifting the total blame for rescue failures and more on the opposite camp. I have been told such things as the cuts made to the Corps of Engineers flood control efforts were justified because funding them probably would not have made a difference; that the people affected are at fault, they didn’t leave when they got the chance, some even have said that people should never have lived there in the first place, even though New Orleans has been a critical port for centuries. I was in a doctor’s office in Florida last Friday when a guy told them to turn off CNN as the network was just milking the story and making this out to be a big deal. Others have said that none of this would have happened if the Federal Government would have done their job. I have been told that it was obvious that FEMA and others dragged their feet, that we had conquered Iraq in three weeks and couldn’t even drop food and water in New Orleans for days.
Everyone of course does not have someone to blame for the Hurricane itself, but too many have tried to place the exclusive responsibility for the difficult time we have had doing what needed to be done on someone else. Let’s face it everyone needs to do better, there have been mistakes made by everyone, plans at every level were inadequate, preventative measure were under funded or non-existent. We need to quit placing the blame on only one side or the other and admit we all are to blame. Those of us in the middle have stood silently aside while the extremes in our country control the debate. It is time for the rest of us to take an interest, demand constructive action, and monitor our legislative action. It is also important that we remember that there are other critical things going on that require attention, the war, deficits, medical costs are just a few examples. So it is time we said enough of your childish bickering, enough trying to shift the blame for everything on someone else, admit error and then do something to correct the error. Too many in our nation spend too much of their time acting like children without regard to what is going on around them. We need more adults, more responsible leaders, and a more knowledgeable and involved citizenry.
Moral courage and character go hand in hand… a man of real character is consistently courageous, being imbued with a basic integrity and a firm sense of principle.
Oh, by the way, I am back in Indianapolis until next Thursday when I again will be winging my way east. I am currently trying to catch up and know that I owe some of you answers, meetings, and if I owe you money I forgot, just don’t remind me. I hope to get through the backlog by Sunday.
A man decides to take the opportunity while his wife is away to paint the toilet seat. The wife comes home sooner than expected, sits, & gets the seat stuck to her rear. She is understandably distraught about this asks her husband to drive her to the doctor.
She puts on a large overcoat so as to cover the stuck seat, & they go. When they get to the doctor’s, the man lifts his wife’s coat to show their predicament. The man asks,
“Doctor, have you ever seen anything like this before?”
“Well, yes,” the doctor replies, “but never framed.”
She said, I was shopping with my husband at a local supermarket and suddenly couldn’t find him. “I’ve lost my husband!” I muttered slightly louder than was necessary. Then I heard a strange woman’s voice from the next aisle: “Some people have all the luck.”
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Jill: You look a little frazzled today, Mary.
Mary: I am! This morning I took one of those free introductory sessions with a personal trainer at the health club, and it finally made up my mind about taking the training.
Jill: So you’re going to do it?
Mary: Oh, hell, no! I have no desire to pay some skinny bitch to yell at me!
On life: This isn’t a rehearsal, this is the real thing.
Grandma Levy, always a regular synagogue member, had finally talked her cousin, a woman who had lived a riotous, free life into joining the Temple.
“Tell me Rabbi,” the old lady asked, “Do you feel that my cousin will have her sins forgiven after all those years?”
“Yes I do. I’m positive of it. You must remember that the greater the number of sins, the greater the glory.”
“Yeah?” the old lady replied thoughtfully. “Gee Rabbi, I sure do wish I’d known that fifty years ago.”
A politician is a person who can make waves and then make you think he is the only one who can save the ship.
Woman phones up her husband at work for a chat.
Husband: “I’m sorry dear, but I’m up to my neck in work today.”
Wife: “But I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you, dear.”
Husband: “Okay, darling, but as I’ve got very little time now, so just give me the good news.”
Wife: “Well, the air bag works.”
We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.
Frank A. Clark
A tired homemaker opened the front door of her home to find a young minister from the neighborhood church who says, “I’m collecting donations for the new children’s home we’re building. I hope you’ll give what you can to help us out.”
“Well, to be sure,” replied the beleaguered woman, “I’ll give you two boys, two girls, or one of each.”
Nadine: I’ve discovered the origin of the word “good-bye.”
Jill: Oh, yeah? What is it?
Nadine: Many years ago, some husband said to his wife, “I’m leaving you!” The wife said, “Good! Bye!”
At the construction site of a new church, the contractor stopped to chat with one of his workmen.
“Paddy,” he asked casually, “didn’t you once tell me that you had a brother who was a bishop?”
“That I did, sir.”
“And you are a bricklayer! It sure is a funny world. Things in life aren’t divided equally, are they?”
“No, that they ain’t sir,” agreed Paddy, as he proudly slapped the mortar along the line of bricks. “Me poor brother couldn’t do this to save his life!”
Mistakes are costly and somebody must pay. The time to correct a mistake is before it is made. The causes of mistakes are, first, “I didn’t know”; second, “I didn’t think”; third, “I didn’t care”.
Henry H. Buckley
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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