Poor Emil's Almanac

Are We Fighting the Last War?


Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Or a VP candidate?

After watching the three presidential and one VP debates, I am struck with the "Aw Shucks" tone of one of the particpants, in particular. No names, but this one loves the "Joe Sixpack" epitaph. It got me to thinking; how do we choose professions in this country?

Small Town Values

After carefully following the 2008 campaign, I am finally getting what is meant by "Small Town Values." Apparently, they include homophobia, xenophobia, and lots and lots of guns. It appears that killing and eating a moose is more important for a VP candidate than knowing where a country sits.

Rudy and Ranbaxy?

Had to do a double-take when I noticed that Ranbaxy Labs has hired former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani to help defend it against allegations of quality problems with drugs sold in the U.S (click here for more).

Lincoln almost had it right

What Pres. Lincoln should have said was, "You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, and that's good enough to win an election." Neither candidate for the highest office in the land has mentioned who would be on...

Lemmings, tiny lemmings…let’s go swimming!

In the 1960s and 1970s, I was quite vocal about women's rights: equal pay, advancement opportunities, etc. What I found, in a large number of settings, was that the males agreed with me (mostly). Where I was amazed was the responses of a large number of women.

Do I need a hearing test?

Watching the Olympics is amazing...even when Bob Costas interviewed our Commander-in-Chief. However, when Bob asked, "How can you seriously address the Russia-Georgia issue with so many problems at home?" I waited for a reasoned response. Silly me...after 7 1/2 years? When "W" answered, "What problems? We have no problems." I...

Tit for tat

I have a neat idea: why don't we flood Beijing with fake tickets to the Olympics? Give them a taste of counterfeiting, eh? Maybe a blast of overbooking of seats will show the government our displeasure at them not doing a whole bunch to stop phoney drugs from being made...

Another Cliche’? They’re a dime a dozen.

Most of us use fillers when we speak: uh, um, you know, clearly, like, and that's what I'm talkin' about. The latest insult to our collective mind is "It is what it is." (Duh!) I can only imagine Glog's mate complaining about how damp and wet the cave is...and his reply?...