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
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Friday, October 09, 2015
Monday, October 05, 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 9/01/2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
noun, plural: trumperies.1. something without use or value; rubbish; trash; worthless stuff.
2. nonsense; twaddle: "His usual conversation is pure trumpery."
3. Archaic. worthless finery.
adjective,4. of little or no value; trifling, worthless; rubbishy; trashy.
Late Middle English/Middle French1425-1475; late Middle English trompery deceit < Middle French tromperie, equivalent to tromp (er) to deceive + -erie -ery
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 8/16/2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
As I sit writing this entry, in the First Class Cabin of a United flight from Denver to Newark, I am left to wonder at the way the world has changed. I’ve been reading a novel set in some indeterminate period of the past (train travel is still the big and hot thing in this book) and I marvel at the way the world has changed in the past half century.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 5/18/2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
In an attempt to better understand the Neo-Conservative mind, I decided to read the tome that they all seem to hold so dear: “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. I am only about a third of the way through it, but can say that it is an interesting view in to the psyche of anyone who holds this book dear.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 5/11/2015
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
1. fluent or persuasive speaking or writing.
"a preacher of great power and eloquence"
synonyms: fluency, articulateness, expressiveness, silver tongue, persuasiveness,forcefulness, power, potency, effectiveness
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 5/06/2015
Friday, May 01, 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.”
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 5/01/2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday, April 06, 2015
This classic Steve Martin line was brought to mind recently as I was reading comments to a picture I posted to a cousin’s facebook page. Without wanting to start the controversy all over again here, suffice it to say, the cousin had made a comment that the satirical picture reminded me of and the sentiment of the caption was one that we both appreciated.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 4/06/2015
Sunday, April 05, 2015
Friday, April 03, 2015
Just a quick post today – the weather (as is its wont in this part of the world) has taken a quick dip into winter again – after weeks of springtime, we were treated to a few hours of winter last night and this morning that showed that once you expose denizens of Denver to spring weather they have to be re-trained for the winter.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 4/03/2015
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
This morning, before heading out to have breakfast with my friend, I did a bit of study on travel alternatives. I have no idea how it will play-out as I write this at the hotel before I leave for the airport, but I know one thing for sure: I will be home tonight!
Monday, March 30, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
I rarely say this about travel, but it was a LOVELY day! A friend of mine and I are taking a long-weekend to go to Palm Springs to do some geological road trips. I have been doing a bit of study of geology as of late; the first question I asked when I saw the mountains near my home when I moved here (years ago) was “How?”
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/27/2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
I wish that I didn’t love living here in Colorado so much. It would make it easier to seriously contemplate moving abroad for the next few months to escape the circus of avarice and deception that is the American Political System.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/26/2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically elaborated into an organized system. It may be an aspect of chronic personality disorder, of drug abuse, or of a serious condition such as schizophrenia in which the person loses touch with reality.
synonyms: persecution complex, delusions, obsession, psychosis
“Sharon’s paranoia prevented her from trusting the motives of Sam’s compliments.”
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/16/2015
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
1. (especially in journalism) the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement."media sensationalism"
2. [PHILOSOPHY] another term for phenomenalism.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/03/2015
Monday, March 02, 2015
"A confirmation bias is a type of cognitive bias that involves favoring information that confirms previously existing beliefs or biases. For example, imagine that a person holds a belief that left-handed people are more creative than right-handed people. Whenever this person encounters a person that is both left-handed and creative, they place greater importance on this "evidence" supporting their already existing belief. This individual might even seek out "proof" that further backs up this belief, while discounting examples that do not support this idea."~ What Is a Confirmation Bias? about.com http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/fl/What-Is-a-Confirmation-Bias.htm
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/02/2015
Sunday, March 01, 2015
1. the subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior.
"he is held up as an object of ridicule"
synonyms: contempt, derision, jeering, jibes, laughter, mockery, sarcasm, satire, scorn, scoffing, sneering, sneers, teasing, taunts, taunting; More...
1. to subject (someone or something) to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior.
"his theory was ridiculed and dismissed"
synonyms: burlesque, caricature, deride, heap scorn on/upon, jeer at, jibe at, lampoon, laugh at, mock, parody, satirize, sneer at, taunt, tease, treat with contempt; More...