ERROL CASTENS: A little of this, a little of that

Will Rogers, updated: “Be thankful we don’t get all the government our grandchildren are paying for.”
– From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department:
If the 12,000-plus signatures supporting the measure hold up, San Francisco will have a referendum on its ballot this fall that would outlaw circumcision, while abortion remains perfectly legal and even celebrated. Can supposedly sentient beings – even in the leftist place on Earth – really call it a crime against nature to circumcise a newborn baby boy while asserting it would be an entirely laudable exercise of his mother’s freedom of choice to kill him in utero an hour earlier?
– Same song, another verse:
According to published reports, California’s state transportation agency has disallowed the placement of an American flag in honor of the five branches of the U.S. military as too political an expression for a public space.
– Cramming it all in:
Anne Kadet reported this week in the Wall Street Journal, “Recent research suggests that multitasking can reduce productivity, because it takes a ton of mental energy to switch from one task to the next.” Those of us with one-lane (not one-track, thank you) minds feel affirmed by this insight. Others found it so fascinatingly foreign that they retweeted it with one hand while drinking coffee with the other and steering with their knees.
– Victimhood is a choice:
Depending on the situation, we can run for exercise or run for office, get a new job or a second one, start a business or a charity, live on less or earn more, learn to say no, earn a GED or Ph.D., ask for help or give it, move, laugh at bullies or punch them, vote, pray – or all of the above.
– Hindsight is 20/20; foresight is 10-10-10:
Suzy Welch’s book, “10-10-10,” offers this frame for decisions. “When faced with a complex dilemma, stop and ask, ‘What will the consequences of my options be in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years?’”
– Shin splints vs. tread marks:
I’ve wondered before in this space why runners will choose the street when there’s a perfectly good sidewalk a few feet away. The answer seems obvious once I stumbled across it: The harder the surface, the more chance of leg injuries for runners; and asphalt, despite supporting 80,000-pound trucks, is softer than concrete. Still, a dodgeball game between humans and Hummers seems a bad idea.
– Those silly Yankees:
Because we had family friends in St. Louis, I grew up thinking what strange names the grocery stores up north had – Bettendorf’s, Dierberg’s, Safeway, etc. – instead of the sensible kinds of names we had down here, like Piggly Wiggly or Jitney-Jungle.

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