Thoughts at Large: 2015

• I once had a one-man band, but I split up due to creative differences.

• In theory, it is the center of the electorate who should sway the outcome of elections, just as Anthony Kennedy often has the final say on Supreme Court decisions.  But it is not that way in practice.  Of the 435 races for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, only 10 were decided by a margin of 2% or less.  The winner had 80% or more of the vote in 35 of the races, and the seat was uncontested in 32 others.  You would think voters in the center would be outraged at such imbalances — but if they were, they would no longer be in the center, would they?

• It stands to reason and it sits down to argue.

• Some may recall the post on regrets I wrote a while ago.  It dealt with my inability to let go of mistakes I made and stupid things I did in the past.  I have recently come to terms with at least part of my regret.  Because I entered grade school early, I was almost a year younger than my junior high and high school classmates.  So, many of the things I did to embarass myself in front of them had to do with the fact that I was younger and more immature than they were.  And I still am.

• The U.S. Postal Service recently honored NBA basketball star Wilt Chamberlain on a postage stamp.  The late Mr. Chamberlain was best known for being the only man to score 100 points in a basketball game and for claiming to have had sex with 20,000 women.  He endorsed Richard Nixon for President.  He had an 18-karat gold-lined triangular bathtub.  I have never been a big basketball fan.

• The evolutionary purpose of the round cheeks on our faces is to prolong the time that our tears carry their emotional signals to our lovers and friends.

• Dear CIA.  I know you’re reading this, so just to let you know: if you ever want me to confess, you don’t need to waterboard me.  Just make me watch Fox News, Dr. Phil and Good Morning America over and over until I can’t stand it anymore.  It should only take a few hours.  But I should warn you: John McCain is right — I will be so empty-headed after such torture that whatever I tell you will be worthless.

• I have always wanted to write a post that reveals a lot of the words I crossed-out, so my readers can see what I was really thinking before I edited it.

• If there’s one good thing about getting a cold, it’s being able to reach those low registers and say “Hello Baby” to your woman in your best Barry White imitation.  Guys, you gotta try it sometime.  You might want to catch a cold more often.

One-third of the earth’s population identifies as Christian.  Almost one-quarter are Muslim, one-fifth are Hindu or Buddhist, one-sixth are unaffiliated   All of us believe that what we believe is true.  We all can’t be right of course, yet we irrationally conclude that the rest of the world — the vast majority — is wrong.  The plain truth is, to avoid cognitive dissonance, we humans harden our beliefs, then we seek to live among those who think as we do, and then we finally and relentlessly stamp out dissent among our ranks.  This is why Rush Limbaugh, The Man Who Made America Hate, is the fine example of humanity that he is.

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