Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion

As the world is captivated by the events in Japan and Libya, we are reminded of the fragility of life and the necessity of human freedom. We are able to live these moments in real time with live updates that suspend our minds with mouths agape.

The danger we face in the constancy of human tragedy is losing our own reality in the process. We feel smaller and helpless. We react. Some do it well and some not so well.

Then we react to the reactions and then the reactions to the reactions of the reaction. It’s a vicious cycle played out daily. Be careful. But also as the Angels said to Mary – “Be Not Afraid”.

More recently, Tim Robbins played Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption and has a famous line “Get busy living or get busy dying”.

In the end, it’s all about maintaining a healthy balance and I wish you well in your journey. Get busy living and be not afraid!
 

ANSWERS TO THE COLD FUSION MID TERM

The world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, is Mexican and lives wherever he wants.

20% of the world’s Muslims live in the Middle East and Dearborn, Michigan.

The disaster in Japan was the worst news of the week and maybe the decade. Please pray for miracles there.

Mitt and Huck are a toss up for the GOP nomination (contain your enthusiasm) and the outcome will likely be determined by the primary schedule. Who wins which state at what time will matter. A lot. Always does. I still think the convention ought to be on 4.15.12 – tax day as the GOP needs to develop a narrative early….the GOP will need one.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. San Francisco has the highest gas prices – go figure.

Republicans want to cut PBS/NPR funding for all the reasons mentioned in the exam. If they weren’t biased, it wouldn’t matter. Frankly, we need an unbiased source for the news and I would support that – with public or private money. We have way too many infotainment channels.

Joe Biden is the Vice President of the United States. No, seriously. I heard that somewhere. I think the odds that he will not be on the ticket in 2012 are increasing to over 25% at this point.

The greatest threats to the middle class are unfunded entitlements and the intersection of the Bigs – governments, corporations and unions. We need an unbiased media source to watch them – for our own best interest and theirs.

Man’s best friend is a dog and a bowl of yogurt and All Bran. In that order.

John Wayne would probably have been nice enough to accept as gift a Black and White Prius – for target practice.

Airline ticket pricing should be based on Body Mass Index. That’s how they charge for luggage. Over 50lbs? You pay. Need to put the arm rest up? It’s a toll – swipe the card!

The World Cup of Rugby will be played in New Zealand. Rugby is to beer what soccer is to scoreless ties. They go hand in hand. Deal with it. The best beer? very cold and free.
 

Extra Credit

Merit Pay for Congress and then teachers. Have the folks in DC set an example – balance the budget and you get paid. How hard is that? Heck, give them a bonus of 25% on top if they do it by the fiscal year deadline.

Wisconsin unions are enjoying the fruits of their 2008 POTUS campaign labors. Have fun with that. You earned it. The man you helped elect president will hopefully lift the ban on offshore drilling after Labor Day when we will have forgotten who won the NCAA tournament and will hopefully be watching the NFL.

St. Patrick, born in Scotland, is not a canonized saint. He is venerated – tough to prove the miracles that one needs to be canonized without records. Oh and earlier in the 20th Century the bars in Ireland were CLOSED on St. Patrick’s Day in honor of St. Patrick.

In times like these, I like to watch Jim Valvano’s speech from the 1993 ESPYs – google it. Until then I share with you this excerpt ” To me, there are three things we should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three, is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

Have a heck of a day!

Column by Chris Saxman


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