E-Mail Editorials 2022

THE BADGETHE BEST OF CHUCK KLEIN Circa 1957 front 2nd The Way it WasTHE BADGE

 

 

 

 
  

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 These short, weekly editorials have been going out to my private list of 300 +/- readers for over 10 years. If you would like to be included please email: cklein@chuckkleinauthor.com

Subject: Exquisite Insults
 
Date Sent: 18 Jan 2022
 
In a twist from my usual Tuesday editorial, I’m forwarding these beguiling insults are from an era "before" the English language degenerated into 4-letter words …
 
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
 
"He had delusions of adequacy ." Walter Kerr
 
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." Winston Churchill
 
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow
 
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." Moses Hadas
 
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
Mark Twain
 
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." Oscar Wilde
 
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one. " George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
 
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." Winston Churchill, in response
 
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." Stephen Bishop
 
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." John Bright
 
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." Irvin S. Cobb
 
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." Samuel Johnson
 
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." Paul Keating
 
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." Charles, Count Talleyrand
 
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." Forrest Tucker
 
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
Mark Twain
 
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." Mae West
 
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." Oscar Wilde
 
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
 
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." Billy Wilder
 
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it."  Groucho Marx
 
 Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
 
 
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Subject: It Worked
 
Date Sent: 11 Jan 2022
 
It seems clear that President Trump was complicit in the Jan 6, 2021 riot (insurrection if you’re a Dem). Yes, we’re humans and humans are not perfect, but the system worked – Biden was sworn in on time and the rioters, a miniscule portion of the 84M Republicans who voted for DJT, were irresponsible, foolish sheep, and are being prosecuted. 
 
We are a nation of honorable humans and when the highest official in the country was attempting to circumvent the laws, principled people – including family members - stood up to him urging him to call-off the rioters while others refused his demands to illegally intervene. To reiterate: the system worked. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." (MLK, Jr. 1963) 
 
Too bad there aren’t honorable, principled members of the current administration to stand up to unlawful border crossings, legislative hostage-holding, inflationary government spending, troop withdrawals…. We don’t need new laws or endless investigations (a la Mueller) when a system based on decent law-abiding citizens works.  
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: 2022 Thoughts
 
Date Sent: 4 Jan 2022
 
1) If EVs will begin out-selling fossil fueled vehicles in the next 6-8 years
the bottom might fall out as replacing and disposing of the used batteries will render used EVs more of a liability than a trade-in asset.  
 
2) Life’s too short to drive boring cars. Connoisseurs do not drive vehicles because they are economical, comfortable or sensible – they operate classic machines that, to them, are economical, comfortable and sensible because they are connoisseurs. 
 
3) To protect the public, it’s mandated that you must have a license to operate a motor vehicle in the public domain. There is no consequence for not securing a license, but if you are caught, penalties apply. Perhaps, mask/vaccine mandates could be handled in the same vein: Fail to comply - no problem – unless you contract the virus that infects others and/or requires tax-payer paid treatment. 
 
4) If lack of viability defines when a fetus can be terminated, would that also apply to older persons, e.g., 100-year-olds who cannot function on their own … a 40-year-old? Where is the line drawn? 
 
5) Water pollution, salt and fresh, will trump climate-change as the greatest threat to the planet. All are the result of over-population.  
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com