Robert Ringer Archives


Black Bart, Sam Walton, and a Grain of Salt

Posted on January 9, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (11)

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Do you ever yearn to discover the secrets of the big guys so you could explode your business?  I’ve certainly fallen into that trap on and off over the years.  And whenever I’ve managed to gain access to the “secrets” of those who appear to be above the fray, I’ll tell you what I’ve usually […]

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The Conflict Between Desire and Reason

Posted on January 3, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)

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A fundamental truth about desire that I learned from Harry Browne many years ago is that everyone’s desires are unlimited.  That’s not to say that we all have the same desires, just an infinite number of them. Some of the more common desires include wealth, power, recognition, and, at the extreme end of the desire […]

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Comeback of a Reptilian Rocky

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (17)

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It’s cathartic to tell on yourself every now and then, and today I’m in a state of catharsis.  As the most self-disciplined reptile living in this corner of the Milky Way Galaxy, you would think that I’ve never missed a day of exercise.  If so, you’d be wrong.  Alas, much as it pains me to […]

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The Curse of the Lottery

Posted on December 20, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (26)

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Here we go again, another centimillionaire via the Mega Millions lottery — $173.8 million after taxes.  The winner was fifty-six-year-old Ira Curry, who bought her ticket at an Atlanta newsstand.  A second winner, who bought his/her ticket at a gift shop in San Jose, California, had not yet come forward as of the time this […]

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RGIII and “the Brothers”

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)

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I really dislike writing about race, not because I’m concerned that it might bring some criticism my way (it will), but because the whole issue has gotten both absurd and boring.  Every time you think it’s dying down, BAM:  It’s in the headlines again.  And so long as there are people who know how to […]

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Great Music Never Dies

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)

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An acquaintance of mine recently lamented to me, somewhat forlornly, that “great music is dead.”  He opined that youthful brains have been so soiled that all they want to hear is “junk.” Maybe I’m a hopeless optimist, but while I agree that perhaps a majority of youthful brains are soiled, I don’t for a second […]

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Serial Hypocrisy

Posted on December 9, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (21)

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A good composite dictionary definition of hypocrisy is “a pretense of having virtuous character, moral beliefs, or ethical principles that one does not really possess.”  But a more poignant and clever definition of the word came from 17th century French author François de La Rochefoucauld, who said:  “Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to […]

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Objective Truth versus Relativism

Posted on December 4, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (27)

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As the social civil wars in America continue over such issues as abortion, gay marriage, redistribution of wealth, racism, immigration, and universal healthcare, one wonders how both sides in these hotly contested debates can be so convinced that they have objective truth on their side. In fact, it raises the question of whether there really […]

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The N-Word Lives On

Posted on November 30, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (46)

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The latest brouhaha over Washington Redskins’ offensive lineman Trent Williams’ purported use of the infamous N-word in lashing out at umpire Roy Eillison (who, like Williams, is black) during a game with the Philadelphia Eagles is just another in an endless stream of incidents that keep this accident-of-history colloquialism alive and well. A visitor from […]

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The Joys of Black Friday

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (27)

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Well, here we are again — Black Friday — the official start of the Christmas shopping season.  But, unfortunately, Christmas shopping is no longer the joyful and relaxing experience it once was. How can you be joyful and relaxed when a teenaged sales clerk, with an earring in his nose and a tattoo on his […]

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