Posted tagged ‘political correctness’


October 15, 2018

pcAfter years (and years) of working in the defense industry, I have an aversion to acronyms.   But aversion or not, I can’t avoid them, in spite of their annoying habit of standing for more than one thing.   In my men’s groups there are several guys who talk about HP.  They mean their Higher Power but I can’t help but smile and think Hewlett Packard.  I usually tell them I’m a Dell guy.  It won’t surprise you then that the acronym PC brings to mind Personal Computer which both dates me and certifies me as a techie.   But what I’m talking about here is political correctness. (more…)

Both Sides Now

August 8, 2017

both sidesI am 73 years old. I have watched two generations of parents live their lives then slip away to whatever comes next. It seems to happen in one of several ways. The easiest way out seems to me to be what most people consider the most tragic … a sudden accident that snuffs out a life in its tracks.  Then there are the injuries and illnesses that gradually drain the life from those we know.  According to Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying, that can be a time to finally appreciate life and be the man (or woman) you were meant to be. Somehow, I suspect that doesn’t come easy. Then there are those that just getstranger old and slip away. Certainly that is sometimes just due to the aging of the body, but I have a theory why others just decide to let go and die. I think as we age, we look at the world that’s changed around us and don’t like what we see. We feel like a Stranger in a Strange Land (to shoplift the title of Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel). And at some point we just say, I’m ready for whatever’s next. It can’t be worse than this.

Closet Bigots

May 24, 2014

cubanIf you’ve been coming by Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog for a while you know that not only do I enjoy sports, I enjoy participating in some of the discussions of social issues that American sports’ larger than life persona stimulates.   Certainly, the statements of Donald Sterling to his so-called assistant have ignited a firestorm of discussion aboutsterling racism … and bigotry in general … in our society.  Yesterday, owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, commented on the situation in an interview with Inc Magazine.  Here’s what he said, in part: I mean, we’re all prejudiced in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. So in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. I know that I’m not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it’s not appropriate for me to throw stones. (more…)

Sometimes Stupid

August 23, 2012

About two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal Online ran an article by Peggy Noonan titled, A Nation That Believes Nothing.  I almost posted in on my Facebook page but decided against it.  It was a fairly partisan article … and since it was the WSJ, you can guess which way it was partisan.  And I can’t complain about partisan Facebook posts one week then post them the next.  But the truth is, it wasn’t the partisan aspects of the article that caught my attention … after all, I can find partisanship virtually anywhere.  And you probably know by now that I try to keep politics out of Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog unless it’s non-partisan commentary on our process.  So, that’s what I’ll try to do here. (more…)

PC in the Pac-12

September 10, 2011

OK, before I begin … I know some of you aren’t interested in sports.   Although this post involves the Pacific 12 Conference and the University of Southern California, it is not a sports post.  I promise.  After all, it’s Serious Saturday.  Give it a chance.

The Pac-10 Conference, the conference of my beloved USC Trojans, is expanding this year to include the University of Colorado and the University of Utah.   After careful consideration, the league is being renamed the Pac-12 Conference and Saturday is the first Pac-12 Conference game ever between USC and Utah.  It’s not a world changing event but to football fans here on the West Coast, it’s a big deal.  Amidst the excitement, Fox Sports, a network that televises many of the Pac-12 games, aired a video in which comedian Bob Oschack interviews students on the USC campus.   Take a look at it before you read on: (more…)