“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Monday, April 14, 2008

Confucius say....

Why, you ask, do I illustrate this post with the Chinese characters for "beef" and "flesh" from left to right. Well, because Manderin Beef is the take-out dish I had for dinner Saturday night from the Mandarin House in my neighborhood. My wife had the Kung Pao Scallops....quite tasty!

I don't know about you but I enjoy eating my fortune cookie...with just a hint of lemon, they're delicious! Until now, I've only gotten one fortune that was in any way meaningful to me. It said..."Get help! I'm being held captive in a fortune cookie factory!"

Yeah, I went with that old joke. It's the only fortune cookie joke I know.

My fortune on Saturday said this, "Life is funny to those who think, and tragic to those who feel. Now that's not exactly a fortune but, it resonated with me since that's the fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives, being generally rational and logical, think their way through life, assigning appropriate levels of alarm to the things we encounter, and using our sense of humor to dismiss the rest. Liberals, being irrational, ungrounded, and humorless, feel their way along, constantly being led this way and that by their emotions, always alarmed by the next boogey-man, concluding that there's no hope, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and all is lost.

Maybe Confucius said that, maybe not. But who ever, he was on to something.

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