Category: Photos

Blind Men Bluffed

By , January 1, 2013 10:37 pm

My brother Chris gave me a book for Christmas, a book by Ireland’s Aidan Higgins titled Blind Man’s Bluff.


The book, a series of short anecdotes, cartoons, and photos, contains the following two photos stacked on top one another on page 45:


The word chilling comes to mind.

Update: I was in a hurry last night. I want to add that I was struck by two questions when I first saw Higgins’s juxtaposition of the two photos, both of which I’d seen before: What was he thinking? And what do I think? We can only guess at his thoughts, but my guess is that they were close to mine: Hero worship is bad in that it can lead to unspeakable evil. Hitler would be but a footnote to history–if that–but for the adoring masses who apparently saw him as someone who could solve their problems and could see nothing more for some reason.

I hesitate to bring President Obama on stage at this point because I’ve just mentioned Hitler. I certainly don’t see Mr. Obama as Hitler. I don’t even see him as a bad man. In fact, from what I can tell, he’s a good man, trying to do good things. I don’t approve of some of his methods, but neither do I approve of what a lot of politicians do.

No, my gripe is really not with the President. Mine is with those who adore him, those–the media–who fail to probe, to question, to properly vet him and his policies. We need a vigorous, honest, critical press, one that gives equal treatment of both sides of the aisle and every side of an issue. We don’t have it, and if we don’t get it, don’t be surprised if someday we get something akin to what Germany gave the world.

Blind people men are easily bluffed. Unfortunately, much of what we see of the world and how we see it comes via the media. Right now, that view is squinted at best.

My Brother the NAIFA President

By , February 24, 2012 11:25 pm

As I mentioned earlier, my brother Jeff passed away recently on February 6. Today a relative posted the following on Facebook. It’s an article in the Cody Enterprise about Jeff’s election to the presidency of NAIFA, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. And here it is for you to read:

Okay, So I Just Had to Post This

By , May 24, 2011 5:59 pm

Barbie Grows Up . . . and Up and Up and . . . Out

By , April 11, 2011 8:28 am

Without any comment by me, though Ann Althouse has an interesting take:

Cidade Maravilhosa in a Country Even More So

By , March 26, 2011 12:15 pm

Jason Mitchell has an interesting story in Institutional Investor about the role of private equity in Brazil’s resurgence. It caught my eye because I served a two-year mission for my church in Brazil many years ago and fell in love with the country. My wife and I returned for a visit in February 2008 and hope to return again soon. In fact, my mission president has invited us to serve with him and his wife in the Campinas Temple.

Whether we’ll be able depends on a lot of things happening. We’ll see.

The Chicken or The Egg?

By , January 30, 2011 8:46 pm

I know the answer

The chicken came first:

Then the egg:

The secret’s out.

The Weather’s Changing. Will Anything Else?

By , October 28, 2010 7:30 pm

Two weeks ago on the back or east side of Timpanogos and just above Sundance.

To the southeast from near the same spot. What a beautiful Saturday morning.

Timp now, October 28, 2010, from the west. Winter’s coming. And so is an election.

I wonder if we’ll see as big a change in Washington.

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