Years ago, I received a humorous email containing made-up answers to the classic question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” My favorite was attributed to FBI Agent Fox Mulder of the X-Files: “You saw the chicken cross the road with your own eyes! How many more chickens have to cross the road before you … Continue reading Chickens Crossing Roads
A friend of mine keeps sending me emails staking out his strongly-held conservative positions, attacking and ridiculing liberals and Democrats. I feel very sad about this, but not because I think he’s necessarily wrong. Like any of us, sometimes he is, sometimes he isn’t. I’m sad because it’s like watching someone trying to hit an … Continue reading The Most Non-Partisan Thing You Can Do
When my clients are trying to solve a problem, one of the things I lean on them to do is get really clear what the actual problem is. Part of that is learning to use clear, unambiguous language. To call a spade a spade. To stop talking about “Centers of Influence” because that’s fuzzy. What … Continue reading Ducks, Spades and Psychopaths. And a Little Anonymity to Boot.
Back in the old days, I used to watch the Today Show a lot. You will never catch me admitting that I did this because I was a big Deborah Norville fan. But that’s a story for a different day. Today’s story is that I remember them having someone from the ACLU on to argue … Continue reading A Drop of Hypocrisy
Years ago, I heard Mel Brooks being interviewed. He was asked how he, in general but especially as a Jew, justified wrapping The Producers around a faux-musical called Springtime for Hitler. His answer stuck with me. As best I recall, he said that one of the best ways to deal with would-be tyrants is to … Continue reading Confronting a Would-Be Tyrant