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An excerpt from “Radical Britian”

While I refuse to re-write the entire article, as the exorbitant growth of government has become an obvious problem, I will offer this brilliant phrase concluding the article, “Radical Britian” in the August 14-20 2010 volume of The Economist. The article’s main intent was to point out that despite the earliest observations that David Cameron seemed, at first glance, to be the least likely political executive in the world to offer any revolutionary ideas, he has undertaken a dramatic slashing of government in an effort to draw in the budget deficit which was in excess of 11% of GDP. Below is the conclusion referenced above:

“…Throughout the rich world, government has simply gotten too big and Mr. Cameron’s crew currently have the most promising approach to trimming it. Others – and not just the tottering likes of Greece and Spain – will surely follow. That includes America. At present, unlike in the 1980’s, there is no Reaganesque echo from the other side of the Atlantic: despite the Tea Partiers’ zeal, the Republicans seems as clueless as Mr. Obama in producing a credible medium-term plan to balance America’s budget. But pretty soon, as in Europe, somebody will have to come up with one – and Britian, for better or worse is likely to be the place they will come for ideas.”

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Why We Love Children

I rec’d an e-mail this morning that included the following stories and I couldn’t help but share them. I was little more than a child myself when Bill Cosby used to air his “Kid’s Say the Darndest Things” specials, but these scenarios remind me of the absolute joy that the naiveté of a child can bring.

Also, I send this the day after the birth a beautiful little addition to our extended family, and two days before her big sister makes her first trip on the school bus to kindergarten.






Capacity, Scarcity and The Experience Curve

I made a recent public comment that “Life is all about capacity” and asked readers to think about what I meant. While there were few responses, a good friend of mine commented in reply that “life was about scarcity.” Considering the basis for my comment was about the capacity of individuals to achieve greatness in any respect, and his was about the scarcity of greatness to be achieved in general, I made the rebuttal that while our comments may have both been true I was partial to my original comment as it was of a more optimistic nature.

In response to the give and take, another friend made the argument that it was truly about the experience curve. This made me think more deeply about the original comment that I had made as it related to experience, and this was my response: “I agree that experience has a lot to do with personal capacity, and I guess in the same breath you could say that systematic capacity depends on the experience of those individuals responsible for the system’s operation. So, I agree that the experience curve does play a pretty vital role.”

The original intent of my comment was to inspire some thought regarding the individuals who possess a level of capacity in life that allows them to contribute to more than their own existence, which essentially means they have an ability to steepen the experience curve for others via constructive use of their own capacity.

This is an extraordinarily broad and general subject, but the main point I had originally been inspired by was that life is about an individuals’, a communities’, and this world’s capacity to create value in one way or another. I am still searching for a definitive way that I can constructively use my expanded capacities to influence good in others, but I know there are many out there who have found and followed a calling to capitalize on their expanded capacities. Have you found the best use for your capacity?

Looking forward to hearing about the ways you use your talents.

2010 Memory Walk

On October 2nd, 2010, my family and I will be walking in the 2010 Memory Walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of my Nana, Gloria Knapp. Nana was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s quite a few years ago and as a result our family has a heartbreaking example of  the devastating impact of this disease.

Alzheimer’s disease currently affects more that 5 million Americans and 78 million baby boomers are at risk – unless we find a way to change the course of this disease.

I want to do my part to fight Alzheimer’s, but I need your support! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into prevention, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

Thank you for supporting my efforts. We’re on the MOVE to end Alzheimer’s!

To visit my personal fundraising page, CLICK HERE!

Also, we are happy to accept any new teammates and believe firmly in the strength of numbers. Our team has set a fundraising goal of $2,000.00 and we appreciate any and all general team donations as well.

Visit http://memorywalk10.kintera.org/cincinnati/knapp to donate to my fundraising effort and visit http://memorywalk10.kintera.org/cincinnati/knappfamily to make a general donation to our team!

Courtesy of Thomas Jefferson

During his presidency John F.  Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of  the brightest  minds in the nation at that time.

He made this  statement:
“This is  perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever  to gather at  one time in the White House with the exception  of when  Thomas Jefferson dined  alone.”

Quotes from Thomas Jefferson follow:

“When we  get piled upon one another in large  cities, as in Europe, we shall  become as corrupt as  Europe.”
– Thomas  Jefferson(http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff109181.html)

“The  democracy will cease to exist when you  take away from those who are willing to  work and give to those who would  not. ”
– Thomas  Jefferson (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff122881.html)

“It is  incumbent on every generation to pay  its own debts as it goes. A principle  which if acted on would save one-half  the wars of the world.”
– Thomas  Jefferson (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff136389.html)

“I  predict future happiness for Americans  if they can prevent the government from  wasting the labors of the people under  the pretense of taking care of  them.”
– Thomas  Jefferson (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff136410..html)

“My  reading of history convinces me that  most bad government results from too  much government.”
– Thomas  Jefferson (http://www..brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff157220.html)

“No  free man shall ever be debarred the use  of arms.”
– Thomas  Jefferson (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff125076..html)

“The  strongest reason for the people to  retain the right to keep and bear  arms is, as a last resort, to protect  themselves against tyranny in  government.”
– Thomas  Jefferson (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff100991..html)

“The  tree of liberty must be refreshed from  time to time with the blood of patriots  and tyrants.”
– Thomas  Jefferson (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff109180.html)

“To  compel a man to subsidize with his  taxes the propagation of ideas which  he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and  tyrannical.”
– Thomas  Jefferson (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasjeff157246..html)

Thomas  Jefferson said  in 1802: “I  believe that banking institutions  are more dangerous to our  liberties than standing  armies. If  the American people ever allow private  banks to control the issue of  their currency, first by  inflation, then  by deflation, the banks and  corporations that will grow up around  the banks will deprive the people  of  all property – until  their children wake-up homeless on the  continent their  fathers conquered.”

Thanks to all those patriots who have given their lives to ensure we have the freedom to carry on in the spirit of Jefferson!