HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 17, 2008
Potpourri

Ernest Cassara


AARP Scams

You, no doubt, have seen the television ad that pictures a female traffic officer on motorcycle, who, stopping a motorist, asks not for his license but his car insurance.  When it turns out to be a policy of an insurance company that does not give AARP a cut for each policy it sells, the officer points out that the driver could save money by switching to the company AARP favors.  Former Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming said years ago AARP was nothing but an insurance agent.


Mike Huckabee

In many ways, I thought that Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, would have been a more appealing candidate for the presidency on the Republican ticket  than John McCain.  It is unfortunate that some of his views on taxation, not to mention evolution, were so out of line with those of thinking Americans.  I understand he has gone to work for Fox News on TV.  Haven’t run into him yet.


Obscenity as Entertainment

Every so often we are treated on TV to pictures of an eating contest.  The object of the contest is to determine who can eat the most, say, hotdogs in a given time.  Recently in Cambridge, not far from Harvard Square, the contest was to see who could eat the most spinach! Not only is it ridiculous to treat one’s stomach in such a way, but, it must seem very odd in those parts of the world where folks can barely scrape enough food together for a meal.


Homosexuals in Iran?

Not long ago President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran stated that there are no homosexuals in Iran.  Of course, if they most certainly are all in the closet, he could not believe otherwise. 

Incidentally, I sort of like Mahmoud.  Anyone who drives Dubya bats is a friend of mine!


It’s That Time of Year

One can always tell when Christmas is approaching.  Competing electric razors favor us on TV with pictures of men feeling their cheeks, not to mention their female friends getting into the act.

Oh yes!  We are, also, reminded of the existence of Alka-Seltzer!


Do’s and Don’ts

I am always bemused when I hear of the attempt of a religious group to erect a monument with the Ten Commandments in a public place.  Never have I heard of their wanting to erect the Beatitudes.  Jesus saying that we should love our neighbors as ourselves doesn’t have quite the punch of telling someone things that he/she cannot do.


Winter Approaches

Each year at this time, I am reminded of the possibly apocryphal story of the Maine farmer, who as a result of a commission whose job it was to determine the boundary between New Hampshire and Maine, found himself living in New Hampshire. The enterprising local newspaper sent out a reporter to find out his opinion of the change.  The farmer responded, “I thank the God Almighty! I never could have stood another of those Maine winters!”


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