Dear Ike,

“I spent as much time as I could trying to emphasize that he had the great gift of leadership, but that it was the responsibility of a leader not always to follow public opinion but to help to direct it in proper channels, not to give the people what they think they want at a time of emotional stress but to make them want what they ought to have.”
- Vice President Richard Nixon in a secret memo to President Dwight Eisenhower, April 1959

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Separating the Sheep from the Goats

All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.
- Matthew 25:31

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It’s Going to be Rainin’ Outdoors

You better come on in my kitchen
It’s going to be rainin’ outdoors.

- Robert Johnson
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I Don’t do Quagmires

“When you say, ‘How can you know?’ the answer is, you can’t. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see around corners – have our imaginations anticipate every conceivable thing that could happen, and then, from that full array and spectrum, pick out the ones that will happen?”
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That Moment is All There Is

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With VPH in summer of 1984, wearing the Cubs jacket he located for me in Chicago when I couldn’t find one in San Francisco.

Baseball fans rejoice!  Spring training has started and the teams will head north for the season openers in a few short weeks. Two of them will first go to Australia for a short series of all places. Just one more reminder, as if we needed it, that the game we watch is a business. Continue reading