William L. Garvin: Evolution or Devolution?

Bill Garvin EOD

When Secretary of State John Kerry referred to the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a “moral obscenity,” it was nice to hear him criticizing someone other than our own military personnel. It would also have been appropriate to hear him express similar outrage when Saddam Hussein was using similar weapons against the Iranians and against the Kurdish people in his own country but that didn’t happen. Of course, Kerry is right—it is an atrocity but it just the latest example of cultural devolution.

What do you make of a world when mothers will strap explosives to their children and then send them off to public places to be detonated? What do you make of a world where entire villages will be hacked to death with machetes? What do you make of a cause that severs the head of a journalist and then posts their grisly murder on YouTube? What do you make of the millions of lives aborted each year? What do you make of a group of teenagers that murder an innocent jogger because they were bored? What do you make of teenagers who beat an 88-year old veteran to death with flashlights? What do you make of teenagers who shoot a 13-month old baby to death in front of his mother? What do you make of young boys and girls who beat someone up and then post the video of their assault?
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William L. Garvin: A Topsy Turvy World

Bill Garvin TTW

“No shirt, no shoes, no service”

“We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” Congress doesn’t have to represent their constituencies even though 61% of America oppose Obamacare’s individual mandate. Lawyers don’t have to represent a prospective client. Theaters don’t have to show films they don’t like. Companies don’t have to introduce a new product. Businesses have the ability to succeed or fail based on what they offer and who they seek as a customer base. When I was denied entrance to a restaurant because I wasn’t wearing a coat and tie, I went to another restaurant. When I was denied entrance to a night club because my date was wearing jeans, we went to another club. That’s no longer the way of the world.
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William L. Garvin: How Low Can You Go?

Bill Garvin HLCYG

In the Sixties, a Trinidad dance craze briefly captured an American audience. In it, a bar was progressively lowered to see who could navigate beneath it without the use of hands. Chubby Checker, who popularized “The Twist,” also popularized the limbo catch phrase “How low can you go?” Today’s political activists are plumbing depths that would make limbo enthusiasts walk away shaking their heads.
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Pipe Dream


How many times have you met someone, whether it be at a party, a bar, a friend’s house or a museum? You begin talking and over the course of an hour or so, you click! You understand where she’s coming from and she understands where you’re coming from.
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