Archive for November, 2007

American Democracy – What it stands for …

Posted on November 28, 2007. Filed under: American Thinkers |

David E Lilienthal, before being confirmed as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission in Feb 1947, was grilled by a vitriolic Chairman of the Senate Sub Committee. He was asked hard technical questions to which his response was that the figures were readily available and he had no need to carry them in his head.

When asked as to what were his beliefs regarding Democracy, compared to Communism, he said, “This Senator, I do carry in my head!”

Here follows a small part excerpted from his response, which made headlines the next day and continued to be published over and over again over the next several years.

These excerpts epitomize the tenets of Democracy as opposed to other forms of Govt – especially the Communist form.

“I believe, and I conceive the Constitution of the United States to rest upon, as does religion, the fundamental proposition of the integrity of the individual.

I believe that all government and all private institutions must be designed to promote and protect and defend the integrity and the dignity of the individual. That is the essential meaning of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as it is essentially the meaning of religion.

Any form of government, therefore, and any other institutions, which make  men means rather than ends; which exalt the State and any other institution above the importance of men; which place arbitrary power over men as a fundamental tenet of government, are contrary to that conception.

One of the tenets of democracy that grows out of this central core of belief is that, the individual comes  first, that all men are the children of God, and that their personalities are therefore sacred.

This carries with it a great belief in civil liberties and their protection.

Also a repugnance for anyone who would steal from a human being that which is most precious to him – his good name.”

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“Every Hand is a Winner ‘n’ Every Hand is a loser”

Posted on November 28, 2007. Filed under: Light plus Weighty |

Kenny Rogers is a famed country music singer with more than 70 hit singles across various music genres. He has topped country and pop charts for more than 420 individual weeks. His’ Gambler’  is in “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever”; and he was voted Favorite Singer of All Time by both, USA Today and People. He has publicly said  his favorite hit is “The Gambler

“On a warm summers evenin on a Train bound for Nowhere,  I met up with the Gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.    So we took turns a starin out the window at the darkness;    til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.

He said, Son, I’ve made a life out of Readin peoples Faces.     And knowin what their Cards were by the way they held their Eyes.     So if you dont mind my sayin, I can see you are out of Aces.    For a taste of your whiskey Ill give you some advice.

So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.   Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.   And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.     Said, if youre gonna Play the Game, Boy, ya gotta Learn to play it Right.

You got to know When to Hold Em, know When to Fold Em.    Know when to Walk away and know when to Run.   You never count your Money when you’re Sittin at the Table.   Therell be Time Enough for Countin, when the Dealins Done.

Now evry Gambler knows that the Secret to Survivin,    Is Knowin what to Throw away and Knowing what to Keep.     Cause evry Hand’s a Winner and evry Hand’s a Loser,    And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.

So when he’d finished speakin, he turned back towards the window, crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.   And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.     But in his final words, I found an Ace that I could Keep.

You got to Know When to Hold em, Know When to Fold em    Every Hand’s  a Winner and  Every Hand is a Loser”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn481KcjvMo

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Personal Traits of Successful, Impressive People – IV

Posted on November 21, 2007. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

The Fourth trait pertains to physical and nervous life within the body. It involves carriage and all movement which has an inner throbbing grace and smoothness.

To illustrate. Have a good long stretch and you will feel the tingling nervous sensations behind the muscles.
This is nature’s way of arousing life in the inner most parts of the body.

This ‘life’ comes from the character of the nerves which are tingling and the exact opposite of dead, dull, lifeless.
‘Lazy as a panther basking in the sun, alert as a panther ready to strike’.

Life is present in every fiber; a throbbing pulsating nervous life even when lazily at rest. But it is never there after a heavy meal; and it precludes all physical, mental or nervous hurry.

A deliberate yet easy, natural muscular fluidity, the exact opposite of either heavy stiffness and rigidity or lifeless ennui. An inborn grace, smooth and silky.
‘A living grace or a rugged strength born in ultra grace’.

It fascinates. All movement is controlled and has smooth fluidness which exhibits ease and assurance. No awkwardness or embarrassment; the opposite of everything stiff, awkward on one hand and lifeless, insipid on the other.

Magnetic power follows the character of the nerves.
You have to take the deadness and flabbiness out of the nerves.

No person can have magnetic power without carrying the body slightly tense at all times.
Such a person is tense (never hard or stiff) from the center to the surface of his body.
A tense muscle is vibrant; never rigid.

This quality entails that there are undulations in all that you say and do.

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Euripides … Another Greek …

Posted on November 17, 2007. Filed under: The Great Greeks |

Euripides was the last of the great tragedians of classical Athens. He is known primarily for showing strong women characters and intelligent slaves and for satirizing many heroes of Greek mythology. One of his most famous quotes is, “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad”. Here are some more.

 

Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world. Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all; only our characters are steadfast.

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When a mans stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor. A rich man is nothing but a poor man who has money.

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Events will take their course, it is no use being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.

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Silence is true wisdom’s best reply. Among mortals, second thoughts are wise. The good and wise lead quiet lives Forgive, son, men are men; they needs must err.

 

Down on your knees and die fasting, for a good man’s love.  Its not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keep a husband.

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Personal Traits of Successful, Impressive People – V

Posted on November 14, 2007. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

The fifth trait is a facial characteristic; a certain muscular shaping of the temples of the forehead, which gives to the eyes a most powerful aspect – not piercing or staring but a subtle quality conveying rapport.

The center of the face is the seat of emotional intelligence and is indicative of the hearts mood.
What the mind and heart feel, the face reflects in its fine and diversified nervous structure. The features are the result of what ‘will power’ does as expressed in the nervous system.

The mind may make the face drift either into a closed, repellant face or make it an open, attractive face.

The closed face has the furrowed or knitted brow and also the corrugated forehead. These lines screw the face out of shape and indicate mental, emotional upheaval; most probably worry and most likely, a peevish and fretful disposition.

When the face drifts away from the concentric shape, it becomes the ‘open face’.which is attractive, interesting and shows self control.
The face is strongest when the eye brows are as low as possible without knitting the forehead. Look at children and you will note that they all have ‘open’ and attractive faces.

An exercise for acquiring the ‘open face’ is to knit the brows and to unknit them and to keep increasing the effort on each rebound when unknitting them.
One must also keep the mind on having an ‘open face’.

The open face receives more light, information and impressions.

All persons show the character that lives in the face. Beauty, character, nobility cannot be assumed. Strength of character will not be reflected in the face if it does not exist.

Personal power tenses the face and broadens the features.

Animals and humans are ruled by an excessive firmness of face and manner.
Animals know very well the resistant and fearless face and hesitate to attack till horror, fear and relaxation is depicted.

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