January 11, 2006
â€œIf you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.â€ – Benjamin Franklin
I just read a news story by Michael Ledeen titled â€œOne Moment in Timeâ€ where he rather nonchalantly reports the passing of Osam Bin Laden. “….And, according to Iranians I trust, Osama bin Laden finally departed this world in mid-December. The al Qaeda leader died of kidney failure and was buried in Iran, where he had spent most of his time since the destruction of al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The Iranians who reported this note that this year’s message in conjunction with the Muslim Haj came from his number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, for the first time…..” http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200601090808.asp (( The first red flag in this report is “according to Iranians I trust…”))
No big deal, I guess. Seems maybe the world has lost interest in Bin Laden – no one seems hot on corroborating this juicy bit of info (yes, I am working on it) but I guess my real concern is that his death wasnâ€™t even the subject of the article. Not really. It talks about Chinese theory and history and sequence of events as compared to moments in time.
“In short, both demography and geopolitics make this an age of revolution..”
Carpe Diem and all that â€“ the real challenge of recognizing an important moment when it is upon you. Easier said then done, I think, but a valid point. I think itâ€™s a good article, nonetheless.
As my Grandfather, a farmer in the north panhandle of the great state of Texas, used to sayâ€¦
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
* Keep skunks, bankers and lawyers at a distance.
* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
* Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
* Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
* Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
* It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
* You cannot unsay a cruel word.
* Every path has a few puddles.
* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
* The best sermons are lived, not preached.
* Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
* Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
* Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.
* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
* The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
* Always drink upstream from the herd.
* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
* If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
* As you look forward to where you are going, always remember to take stock in where you are.