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Chic Hollis

Chic Hollis is a longtime drummer and motorcyclist, who served in the US Air Force in North Africa. Married 4 times with 5 children born in 5 different countries on four continents, Chic is a politically independent citizen of the world interested in helping Americans understand the reality that is life overseas where many intelligent, educated, and industrious people aren't as privileged as we are in the US. He studied Latin, Greek, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German and ran several large companies.

Jeb Bush for President: Will America Vote for First Family of Politics in 2012?
Candidates are elected to office in this nation when the independent citizens who decide to vote align themselves with some political party.
09:20 Mar 8, 2011 PST
Most Americans Have The Freedom to Get Rid of What We Don't Want
Terrorism and assassination attempts are unsettling, unnecessary, and counterproductive. The wrong people are the victims!
07:39 Jan 10, 2011 PST
If You are Truly Seeking Success in Your Enterprise, Follow This Advice
In any human activity, a smoother flow of the work improves the attitude of the workers and the ultimate quality of the product.
11:24 Jan 6, 2011 PST
Some Humans Believe that: 'The Only Good Infidel is a Dead One.'
It is understandable that people dislike others who ill-treat them. But it is hard to understand the religious reasoning that infidels who do no harm should be killed.
10:16 Jan 3, 2011 PST
A Poem for New Year's Day
We don't read about the insidious terrorist activities in China. How has that populous country avoided the Muslim Jihad?
05:52 Dec 31, 2010 PST
In America Someone is Likely to be Against Whatever You are For
As unity vanishes among citizens and sensible bi-bartisan-ship becomes obsolete in legislative bodies, the possibility of pleasing the 'hoi poloi' is remote.
07:45 Dec 29, 2010 PST
The Mantle of Power That Cloaks The Sinister Behavior of Politicians
A mere handful of elected officials rule this democracy with an iron fist. Any report card based on their performance would embarrass the parents of these ambitious, inperialistic spendthrifts.
12:20 Dec 20, 2010 PST
Observing Three Forms of Protoplasm That Must Deal with Reality
Most humans act like they are the most important life forms in the universe. However, reverse engineering would show us that there are common responses to reality by all forms of life.
11:09 Dec 17, 2010 PST
The Squirming Masochists of California
The newly elected governor of California has a tough job that the last legislature was unable to solve: a State Budget shortfall of $25 billion.
12:11 Dec 16, 2010 PST
Sanity in This Insane Asylum Called Earth
In a nation like ours where obfuscation is the norm in excusing irrational behavior, 'lame-duck' politicians are exempt from wearing straightjackets.
12:07 Dec 15, 2010 PST
The Crux of the Conflict Between Humans
The major emphasis in my Sociology College Course was on Conflict. Social problems haven't changed in nearly 60 years!
09:04 Dec 10, 2010 PST
What, Me Worry? About What? Part 2
There are all kinds of reasons why humans think that they should worry, and one basic reason worrying isn't worth wasting the time: the inescapable Grim Reaper!
07:48 Dec 9, 2010 PST
What, Me Worry? About What? Part 1
Stressed out folks need to follow the advice of Mad Magazine: Cool it, because there is so little that worrying can accomplish.
09:28 Dec 8, 2010 PST
It's the Law! Your Representatives Passed it. Obey It!
Don't argue with those who enforce the law, even when it is unfair and unjust. But who determines what is fair and just?
10:26 Dec 7, 2010 PST
Which came first? (You might be surprised)
The chicken and egg conundrum has not been solved yet. But here's an attempt to do that.
12:49 Dec 6, 2010 PST
Altruism, the Offspring of Guilt. Part 2. The Solution
Coming to terms with the challenge of sorting out who deserves a hand-out and who doesn't.
19:13 Dec 3, 2010 PST
Altruism, the Offspring of Guilt. Part 1. The Problem
Feeling guilty for the poor, the needy, and the wretched can have a more subtle impact on a human than a hangover. But the apparent remedy is to share our sparse resources with those who are without.
13:17 Dec 2, 2010 PST
The Curse of the Accessible Internet
The embarrassment of our nation's leaders due to the WikiLeaks will pass, and civic life will go on as usual. Nevertheless, someone has to find a way to safeguard critical information.
10:39 Dec 1, 2010 PST
Where Does a Youngster Obtain a Student Loan for The School of Hard Knocks?
Credit helps people get started in life if you qualify. But first you need a job, and a habit of savings something to pay back the generous creditor.
08:23 Nov 30, 2010 PST
Isolation: the Insulation Necessary to Avoid Many Human Aberrations
Traveling by commercial airlines in the U.S. today is a most disagreeable experience because all passengers are treated as potential suicide bombers.
10:16 Nov 29, 2010 PST
Was Job Truly Patient, or the Prototype Israeli Negotiator?
Many knowledgeable people remark about the patience of Job, but few people realize why he was motivated to be patient.
14:17 Nov 26, 2010 PST
Thanksgiving 2010: Are you grateful for the good received and the bad overcome?
This American Holiday didn't catch on in the rest of the world. Perhaps that's because we haven't sufficiently developed the export market for those birds that made it all possible here.
09:21 Nov 24, 2010 PST
Analyzing the Minds that Hate What's Happening
The increasing number of acts of programmers who spend their time in producing viruses and malware reveal that there are many 'sick' minds bent on vengeance against society. Can those sadistic programmers be stopped?
12:24 Nov 23, 2010 PST
Demystifying the Myth of Anthropomorphism
Many people question if there was any deity who created the universe. Others dispute the nature of that deity. Certainly, no one has a bulletproof answer for either question.
12:50 Nov 22, 2010 PST
'It is the Spirit that Quickeneth...' say the Sacred Scriptures
What is it that ignites the infinitesimal organic elements that comprise any basic life form, both animal and plant? Can we find another name for that spark?
12:29 Nov 19, 2010 PST
The Competitive Business of Selling Hope
One of the essential things that all humans need is hope. It stimulates Homo sapiens to take chances and reject fear.
13:00 Nov 18, 2010 PST
Another Modest Proposal (with Apologies to Jonathan Swift.)
Our troops have fought valiantly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Isn't it time to bring them home to secure our borders?
10:10 Nov 17, 2010 PST
The Illusive Living Wage
For the seven out of eight laborers who are still employed in California, the living wage has not kept up with inflation. The current 'minimum wage' is well below the 'living wage.'
13:27 Nov 16, 2010 PST
What's Scary Isn't The Debt, But The Reluctance of Politicians to Reduce It!
The recommendations of the bipartisan task force to reduce the enormous Federal Debt were rejected by Democrats as unacceptable and coolly received by Republicans who refuse to increase taxes.
06:43 Nov 15, 2010 PST
Dealing with Pirates, Kidnapers, and Extortionists
The morning paper reported that there were more than 25 foreign ships and 500 hostages in the hands of Somali pirates.
12:16 Nov 12, 2010 PST
The Tough Guidelines for the Common Man (and Woman) Part 2
The conclusion of the ten behaviorial guidelines that society expects all citizens to follow religiously.
09:45 Nov 11, 2010 PST
The Tough Guidelines for the Common Man (and Woman) Part 1
There is no class being offered in public school to set forth the Basic Guidelines for proper bahavior in our modern society. The following lists ten of the most important.
07:45 Nov 10, 2010 PST
The 'Win-Win' Game Benefits the Buyer, the Seller, and the Tax Collector
It's taken a couple of years for the simple message to sink into the minds of the DC movers and shakers that the only way to halt deficit spending is to get unemployed workers back to work.
10:48 Nov 9, 2010 PST
Sliding Down the Slippery Slope to Socialism
Now that the votes are counted for the candidates in the 2010 elections, liberal citizens are assured that more socialism is in store for hard-working Americans.
07:04 Nov 8, 2010 PST
Are you Qualified for a 'Free Lunch?'
In this great country that offers many folks 'something for nothing,' where do they hand out the 'Free Lunches?' More than forty million inhabitants of the US are given food stamps!
10:55 Nov 5, 2010 PST
Sorry, Meg, That Campaign Was a Waste of Your Money!
In the race for governor of the Golden State, Meg Whitman spent a small fortune during her campaign. It was quite obvious why she failed to be elected.
07:07 Nov 4, 2010 PST
When You Get Something for Nothing, What's That Worth to You?
An estimated forty million Americans are eating today thanks to government issued Food Stamps. Why should some of us pay for what we eat and others not?
11:55 Nov 3, 2010 PST
How to Fund the Noble Enterprises of Representative Government
The leaders of our state and federal government constantly wrangle over how to balance their budgets. Shakespeare observed the process, but he was cautious not to put these exact words in Hamlet's famous soliloquy.
07:00 Nov 2, 2010 PST
It's All Saints Day: Here are Some Questions for You Wannabe Saints
Once in a year all saints are honored with a day to celebrate their sainthood. Here are some questions for all serious Bible Thumpers.
06:27 Nov 1, 2010 PST
Ten Questions for California Voters Planning to Go to The Polls Nov 2nd
During the lifetime of the writer the population of the U.S. has tripled, which means that my vote has been devalued to one third of its potency - which was negligible before!
10:32 Oct 29, 2010 PST
'It Ain't Easy Being...OLD!!'
Trudging along day by day carrying a heavy load will wear a human out sooner or later. All of a sudden a person is no longer young, spry, and alert. The decrepitude of old age was not the reward anticipated for living the bona vida.
06:43 Oct 28, 2010 PST
Although Labor can be a Form of Slavery, Some Slaves Enjoy Their Jobs
Many Americans think we have abolished slavery in this country, but they never held jobs where bosses were tyrants.
07:26 Oct 27, 2010 PST
Peering Over The Last Hill on The Bumpy Road to Closure
Optimists rarely think about the tipping point between Dystopia and Utopia. It's somewhere down the interminable road in search of happiness. I have doubts that things will get much better for the Earth's inhabitants than they were in my youth.
08:04 Oct 26, 2010 PST
We Study The Past to Understand Our Future
The controversy about whose version of history should be taught in school is a never-ending polemic. Can't we avoid the acrimony?
08:05 Oct 25, 2010 PST
In California a Two-Thirds Majority is Not a Serious Impediment to Progress
In order to blame someone for their ineptitude, politicians are not blaming themselves but the law that requires a two-thirds majority to approve a balanced budget.
06:11 Oct 22, 2010 PST
Tired of hearing about how incompetent our presidents have been in waging war?
As Iran and North Korea rattle sabers and curse us to get our attention, our nimble leaders are playing the dangerous game of verbal intimidation. Hopefully, they won't stumble into another 'unavoidable' war.
05:46 Oct 21, 2010 PST
Uncovering the Universal Conspiracy that Affects all Homo Sapiens
Manipulation of other human beings is the game everyone plays at one time or another. Are you a deceiver or one of the deceived?
07:20 Oct 20, 2010 PST
China's Currency Policy Makes Sense: American Advice is Merely Self-Serving
The economic problem facing this nation is creating jobs, not leaning on the Chinese government to reevaluate the Renminbi Yuan!
08:01 Oct 19, 2010 PST
The Good News is: The Federal Deficit for 2010 was ONLY $1.3 Trillion
No one wants to be an alarmist, but when there is a fire in the house, someone needs to alert the occupants quickly!
12:52 Oct 18, 2010 PST
A Rational Solution for The Conflicts of Interests Among Nations and Peoples?
Unifying all the nations that inhabit this planet is an ardurous task. So far little progress has been made. Is there another way?
08:48 Oct 15, 2010 PST
People and Nations - Separate, Unequal, Self-Focused, and Perverse Forever?
Getting along with others is a never-ending challenge that mankind has never tried very hard to solve rationally. Our animal instinct causes us to mark our territory and try to dominate those who share the space we inhabit.
07:52 Oct 14, 2010 PST
European Socialists are Copying American Pragmatists
Entitlements rarely die, but they get watered down when there is insufficient tax revenue to pay for them. Rationing is the most prevalent way of allocating benefits.
06:35 Oct 13, 2010 PST
How Do I Loathe Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.
There is a lot of pressure to 'get out the vote,' but not much pressure to provide the voters with detail about how a candidate will proceed. Will that ever change in America?
10:15 Oct 12, 2010 PST
Who in the Economy Creates New Jobs?
Every politician running for election or re-election in November knows that this ecomony needs more jobs. We have exported too many already. Are you one of those gamblers ready to start a new business or expand an old one?
07:27 Oct 11, 2010 PST
We're Not Dumb! Many of US Can Read and Even Do Some Math!
The treatment of citizens in America by politicians and the members of the media assumes that the IQ of the average American is so low that they can tell us anything and we ought to believe it!
08:38 Oct 10, 2010 PST
The Ten Modern Inalienable Human Rights
Since the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed, no one has updated what Americans believe their inalienable rights are. Here is a list of the top ten.
11:13 Oct 8, 2010 PST
'All the World's a Stage, and All the Men and Women Merely...Gamblers.'
No one teaches you that everything humans do in life has a calculated risk attached to it. Most humans learn how to gamble, or if they aren't lucky, how to avoid dangerous risks and subtle temptations.
06:10 Oct 7, 2010 PST
In a Land Full of Superstition, Taboos Die Hard!
Humans are taught from infancy to believe narratives. Some fictitious ones form the basis for taboos. In this new media called the Internet, who are the reliable fact-checkers?
06:05 Oct 6, 2010 PST
'Neither a Borrower Or a Spender Be...'
American governments won't adhere to Shakespeare's advice not to borrow and lend. They are so determined to help those who can't help themselves, they are on course to bankrupt this country.
12:00 Oct 5, 2010 PST
Who are the Victims of Capital Punishment?
In California this issue is on the front page of the local newspaper. The delay in handing out justice is expensive and traumatic to the members of the victim's family. But the judges don't care!
06:27 Oct 4, 2010 PST
So, You Think Your Job is Stressful?
Everyone exhibits some level of nervousness when involved with a tough job. But avoiding stress is possible if you build enough self-confidence.
14:07 Oct 1, 2010 PST
Protecting Yourself in the 21st Century
The Great Recession taught many Americans that they should be more cautious, prudent, and frugal. Bad things often happen to the good people who live among us.
07:36 Sep 30, 2010 PST
In This Popular Game, the 'Winner' Pays All the Other Players.
Facing adversity without the proper insurance protection is not good common sense. Selling protection is a gambling business in which the Insurance Companies rarely lose.
07:47 Sep 29, 2010 PST
The 21st Century Paradigm Shift
Almost 50% of Americans pay no federal individual income taxes. Should these folks who make up a major part of the 'middle class' be exempt from contributing a little something for our wars, our national security measures, our entitlements?
08:57 Sep 28, 2010 PST
Americans are not Prepared to be Losers
Optimism is a positive attitude if founded on sensible and reliable analysis. Expecting never to lose demonstrates human arrogance. Isn't it time to be more humble?
07:29 Sep 27, 2010 PST
In the Beginning was NOT 'the Word'
Can't we put aside the controversy between the scientists and the religious where proof is unobtainable?
08:02 Sep 24, 2010 PST
The Carrot or the Stick? The Lady or the Tiger?
As this nation continues gambling with the income of future generations, we must choose how to proceed if we want to remain respected in this competitive jungle.
08:02 Sep 23, 2010 PST
The Disturbing, Insidious, Negative Sound Bite Memes
The battle has begun for the elective offices in our great democracy. Money is no obstacle in buying publicity. The candidates who present the cleverest denouncements of their adversaries are out in front. Praise the Lord!
07:17 Sep 22, 2010 PST
The Strange Nocturnal Visit that Changed my Life in 2001 - Part 2.
When someone mentions the names of our leaders, certain stereotypical pictures come to mind depending on our political and economic orientation, our cultural belief system, and our individual prejudices. What other images do we have to go on?
08:11 Sep 21, 2010 PST
The Strange Nocturnal Visit that Changed my Life in 2001 - Part 1
Our dreams cannot be explained, but they often affect our outlooks on the daytime situations we face when we awake.
07:48 Sep 20, 2010 PST
It is What It is, But You Get to Call It What You Want in America
The lack of bi-partisanship is plaguing Congress and state legislatures. Where have those leaders gone who are genuinely interested in making America a better nation?
12:59 Sep 16, 2010 PST
Are You One of These Elusive Enablers?
Many folks with credit cards become out-of-control consumers. Back when this musing was written, easy access to credit was considered good for the economy by government leaders like Alan Greenspan.
07:20 Sep 15, 2010 PST
Democrats Reject J F Kennedy's Message in his Inaugural Address
Since the repeal of the draft, no American is required to serve this nation as President Kennedy suggested we should. How can we give back something instead of begging for more?
11:02 Sep 14, 2010 PST
So You Want to Join a Minority?
There are many active minorities in American. If you want to be a pro-active citizen, join one and attack the Silent Majority.
09:42 Sep 13, 2010 PST
You Can't Get There from Here on That Road, Son. It goes in the Wrong Direction.
Can anyone forget what happened on 9/11/2001? Can any American who watched the horrifying events on TV that morning ever forgive the participants and perpetrators of those massacres? How do you begin stop hate?
08:54 Sep 10, 2010 PST
The Ant and the Grasshopper (A Blueprint for Modern Social Engineering)
Aesop's Fable about the goof-off grasshopper, the diligent ant colony, and altruistic Ant Queen has become a lesson for politicians. Aren't we lucky?
10:29 Sep 4, 2010 PST
10 Ways to Curb the Growing Cost of Homeland Security and the Use of Foreign Oil
Everyone talks about the growth of the number of National Security impediments to our lives and the increase in the importation of foreign sourced oil. But no one does anything serious about these two problems.
09:12 Sep 3, 2010 PST
Meanwhile, in a Doctor's Office in Some Psychiatric Ward...
We all dream at night. Sometimes the scenarios and the faces of the people are familiar. What is most familiar is our fears and our concerns about what's going to happen to us next.
07:15 Sep 2, 2010 PST
The Anti-Capitalism Movement Unveiled
The rugged individualist is not a model for our youth today. We must all be team players who take care of one another. Does that make sense when capable individuals invent products, discover Nature's Laws, and educate the ignorant masses?
07:25 Sep 1, 2010 PST
A Riddle No Human Can Solve
As humans wander through this valley of pleasant and unpleasant dreams, they wonder what it all means. Some find an acceptable explanation for their consternation, and some remain perplexed.
08:07 Aug 31, 2010 PST
If At First You Don't Believe, Try, Try, Again!
Society expects humans to believe in something. If you aren't a believer, you are an outcast from any aggregation of modern humans. So, try harder to believe, and you may succeed!
07:12 Aug 30, 2010 PST
The Perfect Solution to Religious Strife
Are you tired of the conflict between the Jews and Muslims in the Middle East? Here is a solution to that dispute based on ancient history.
08:31 Aug 28, 2010 PST
From Womb to the Tomb, You Can't Complete that Journey without a Laugh!
Everyone likes the pleasant human emotion that accompanies laughter. Relaxing in this way is a remedy for our dispirited moments. So, laugh it up more, but please don't laugh at me!
08:56 Aug 27, 2010 PST
The Future of The Jabber Blabbers Among Us
If you have nearly escaped being run down by a driver who is talking on her cell phone (which is illegal in California), you wonder what the future might be for the users of hi-tech gizmos.
07:41 Aug 26, 2010 PST
Looking Back on Our New War Time Interrogation Policy
The outrage over the alleged abuse of detainees in Iraq prisons led to a revision of interrogation policies by our military provost marshalls. The results are not published yet.
07:59 Aug 25, 2010 PST
What Is More Troubling Than Having a Serious Problem? Part 3.
Continuing my analysis of urgent unresolved problems: this one caused by political polices which ignored the risk of a major economic downturn.
09:20 Aug 24, 2010 PST
'What is More Troubling Than Having a Serious Problem? Part 2
Illegal immigration is an unsolved social problem which is creating economic issues that result in political dalliance. Step up, Congress, and do something right for a change!
07:58 Aug 23, 2010 PST
What Is More Troubling Than Having a Serious Problem? Part 1
'Problem Solving' was a subject taught me in the AFROTC. However, during my productive years I found that most people, especially politicians and CEOs, ignore that advice when faced with a serious problem.
08:48 Aug 22, 2010 PST
Why are Humans so Obsessed with Statistics?
Ants don't use currency and coins. They have no pockets to carry purses and money clips. They take what's available on this planet.
12:38 Aug 17, 2010 PST
And the Answer is? 'So I can keep someone else from taking my place!'
In this dog eat dog competitive environment, all humans must be aware that they have to aggressively defend their place in the jungle.
08:53 Aug 16, 2010 PST
Lost Somewhere in Earth Space
Everyone encounters moments when we wonder what we are doing in some weird predicament, lost, looking for a rational explanation.
17:58 Aug 14, 2010 PST
Thoughts on Luck, Skill, and Coincidences
An analysis of the impact of luck on our human lives. Some of you might not consider yourself blest with good luck because of the current adverse economic situation, a chronic illness, a painful injury, or the break up of an unhappy marriage.
09:03 Aug 13, 2010 PST
On the Slippery Slope to Socialism
As more and more 'entitlements' are being offered to qualified citizens, the question about who is going to pay for these remains unanswered. Want to contribute your 'fair' share?
08:38 Aug 12, 2010 PST
Something We Never Learned in Kindergarten
Three brothers each married four times. 9 clueless, selfish spouses and three very patient, tolerant, and flexible wives!
13:10 Aug 11, 2010 PST
By Attempting to Integrate Diversity, Are We Trying to 'Square the Circle?'
An analysis of the progress being made in the U.S.'s integrating of diverse human cultures.
09:08 Aug 10, 2010 PST
Looking Back at Random Acts of Terrorism
I wrote this musing back in January of 2002 shortly after 9/11/2001. I was aware that many Americans were suffering from all kinds of local random acts of abuse which can terrify common folks.
07:51 Aug 9, 2010 PST
The Rapper's Song
Not everyone can rhyme rhythmic verse. Modern poets think doing that is unnecessary.
09:07 Aug 8, 2010 PST
Whose Job Is It?
In 2005 I scratched my head and wondered, 'What can be done to fix the attitude of those who provide us with government services?' That job certainly isn't easy!
12:39 Aug 7, 2010 PST
Compromise, the Cement of Democracy
The political polarization in the U.S. is undermining the efforts of sincere policy makers in D.C. and state capitols. Unless Americans learn to compromise intelligently, I join Plato and Aristotle in rejecting democracy.
09:11 Aug 6, 2010 PST
Same-Sex Marriage - Doing the Right Thing the Wrong Way?
The social/religious conflict over same-sex marraige could be easily eliminated by following the simple solution recommended in the following musing.
08:30 Aug 5, 2010 PST
  
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