THE ORIGINAL SUBTITLE FOR NEAL UMPHRED DOT COM was “ratiocinations out of thin air – observations recollections recommendations.” It still is, except that this lovely theme that I am using (Readit Pro by Modern Themes), doesn’t allow for me to use it at the top of the homepage in a manner that I like, so it’s a missing! So then I am retitling my introduction (this post) after my old subtitle . . . Ratiocination is the “process of reasoning,” or to think thinks through logically, non-emotionally. It appears to have originated in the early 16th century from Latin ratiocinationem… Continue Reading introduction to nealumphred.com
FIRST, KNOW THOU THIS: “They’re stoked by bitterness, anger, and the unbearable color of others, and they’re buying into Donald Trump’s trope that the election, indeed society, is rigged against them. At his rallies, they love to wear obscene-laced tee-shirts, and when Hillary Clinton’s name is mentioned, they come alive with chants of ‘Lock her up.’ They revile fact-checking and are disgusted, not by Trump’s predatory behavior and despicable comments about women, but by the way the media has reported it. And, when the election is over, and Trump has moved on to attempting to build a multi-media empire,… Continue Reading first they came for the lgbt, and I did not speak out because I was straight
EVERYWHERE I TURN—whether in conversation, on in emails with my Republican contacts, and especially on Facebook and the other social media on the internet—I hear people “quoting” then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on what happened to the effect that she said that the deaths in Benghazi “didn’t matter” or “doesn’t matter.” Hogwash! As much as the righties hate all things Clintonian, they (and those Dems who take the corporate media at their word) could at least get the quote correct and in context. Of course, that would dilute the statement of all its propagandistic value for the right’s ubiquitous disseminators… Continue Reading it’s our job to figure out what happened in benghazi!
JUST HOW BIG IS THIS UNIVERSE in which we find ourselves? I am not an astronomer, but the question has popped into my head on occasion. I suppose the most interesting phenomenon of the 20th century was discovering that no matter how big we discover it to be using state-of-the-art technology, it proves to be staggeringly bigger with new technology. 1 “Using the Hubble telescope and other observatories, astronomers have completed the most accurate census of galaxies in the observable universe to date. The part of the universe that’s visible to us on Earth contains ten to twenty times as many galaxies… Continue Reading just HOW big did the hubble telescope say the universe was?
HERE ARE THE HEADLINES as they appear in one form or another in countless newsletters, sites, and blogs in the rightwingnut blogosphere: “Liberal Favorite Ruth Bader Ginsburg Called Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Dumb and Disrespectful.” If this is meant to show some kind of hypocrisy, it does not; in the end, it merely shows that a justice has an opinion about an issue. The Independent Journal Review (IJR) opened its article on the topic with these words: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a favorite of liberals for her strongly worded statements and opinions, and now she’s taking on a new opponent that might… Continue Reading justice ginsburg and colin kaepernick is much ado about nothing
LAST NIGHT’S SLUGFEST—er, uh, I mean, last night’s debate—consisted of ninety minutes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton calling each other names (“liar” popped up more than once) and declaring each other untrustworthy and unfit for office. Policy differences and other matters that should concern these two candidates were set aside so that each could impugn the basic character of the other! But I focus here instead on grammar: we now live in a world where supposedly trained, professional journalists and industry associates universally misuse use alternate to describe the multiple alternative movie endings found on some DVDs, or… Continue Reading at least hillary knows the difference between alternative and alternate
ALIAS. A super-spy/CIA adventure series for ABC that ran five seasons (2001-2006) and was nominated for more than seventy awards—although not a single important nomination was made for the final season. ALIAS made Jennifer Garner a star, for which we should all be grateful. The first few seasons were loads of fun with good scripts, good characters, and good acting. Berni and I enjoyed these shows immensely. If you haven’t watched the series, stop reading. If you have watched the complete series, perhaps you understand. The fifth and final season has been painful to sit through. The events in the… Continue Reading phaw! on rambaldi and the unwatchable finale of “alias”
MY DAUGHTER ANANDA called me the other day and asked, “Dad, how do you argue with someone who doesn’t care about the facts? Who even when you prove them wrong, keep arguing their point and act like you’re wrong?” 1 Having spent countless hours over the past fifty years experiencing this phenomenon myself, I had a pat answer all ready. In a manner that recalled the pacifying panache of Ward Cleaver,2 I offered this advice: Politely excuse yourself, then walk away and count to a thousand. Then come back and say, “Howzabout them Cubbies!” 3 FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the… Continue Reading never try to argue with an idiot or teach a pig to sing
BERNIE SANDERS’ MOMENTUM was built on the enthusiasm and energy of younger voters. But this may have been a momentary lapse: unless you live in a cave of your own making, you should know that voters under the age of 30 are among the most apathetic in our country’s history. Hoping that they will change may be fruitless. They are the least likely to put down whatever they are doing on Election Day and trouble themselves to get on down to the polls and vote. Like I just said, hoping that they will change may be fruitless. Seriously, folks, the normal… Continue Reading the endless fruitless bullying of hillary clinton
IJUST RUSHED OVER HERE FROM FACEBOOK to write this quick piece to solidify any claim I might have to coining a new idiom: “Beyond the hinge.” I had posted a link to an article about Rudy Giuliani’s ongoing battle with truth, hypocrisy, and the American Way when Michael Grego, my old school chum (Wyoming Valley West Class of ’69), chimed in. Here’s our back-and-forth pattering: MG: I’ve been predicting the first debate was going to completely unhinge Trump. NU: Well, you got it right, but who thought he’d unhinge Giuliani and Hannity at the same time? NU: WAIT! What the hell am I saying?… Continue Reading leaving the extreme and going beyond the hinge