Happy Birthday, Mom!
Speed and Judy
Saturday, January 16, 2016
"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten… The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that… Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?"
~ George Orwell
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 1/16/2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
noun, (plural: democracies)
1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 1/06/2016
Friday, January 01, 2016
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Oh, my god! I finally get it! You got me! Ha Ha! I know, I’m a little slow to catch-onto the joke, sorry. All of this vitriol and bluster from the religious right that is aimed at Muslims in General is the world’s largest installment of performance art! I TOTALLY get it now! Ha!
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Je Suis Humain!
The slew of hashtags reading “Je suis Parisien” and “Je suis Français,” while perfectly understandable are, in my humble opinion totally missing the point. I propose that the more apropos hashtags for the actions of this week would be “Je suis humain.”
Sunday, November 08, 2015
I promise! I really had very nearly talked myself out of writing this missive. Really, I had... but then saw a post on my facebook feed, so obviously untrue - and easily refuted, once again proving the premise of my screed and – BAM! Here it is!
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 11/08/2015
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Editor's Note:Here's a new one – well, new to me at least... I'm sitting in my office, working on my materials for a meeting Monday night when someone, calling from a blocked number and speaking in some variant of English that I had encountered before, calls to tell me that I need to "provide myself with any pen and handy paper to take down a number."
Today's post is part teachable moment, part "apology" to the smarmy telemarketer that I believe I might have offended a moment ago...
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 11/07/2015
Sunday, November 01, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Is it just me or are ALL the stories on the “Liberal Media” missing one of the main points of the story of last night’s deal approving a raise to the budget ceiling? All the stories that I have heard and read talk about how “the President won” or how the Congress averted a fiscal catastrophe by passing a deal that raises the debt ceiling; all of them seem to hold the Congress as a blameless bystander in the whole sordid affair.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 10/30/2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 10/19/2015