Benjamin Franklin vs Barack Obama

With the media finally starting to report about the massive invasions of American privacy by the US Government, Obama made his first public statement since the news of the Verizon warrant broke. I was saddened by his comments. In perspective, when being oppressed by a King, Benjamin Franklin wrote: They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. When question why the US Government is spying and collecting data on US Citizens, Obama stated: It’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. How far we’ve come. ...

June 8, 2013 2 min Fred Posner

Throwing Away My Vote

I registered to vote back in 19-whatever and my party affiliation has not changed: NPA (no party affiliation). In Florida, this means I cannot vote in most primary elections — so be it. In the 2008 Primaries, I wasn’t able to vote for the either the Republican or Democratic candidate I liked. Neither of the candidates went on to the 2008 ticket and well, I guess that’s a story for another day. Of course, we’re assuming there were only two choices....

July 7, 2012 4 min Fred Posner

Benjamin Franklin Farting Essay

[][1]Benjamin Franklin GENTLEMEN, I have perused your late mathematical Prize Question, proposed in lieu of one in Natural Philosophy, for the ensuing year, viz. “Une figure quelconque donnee, on demande d’y inscrire le plus grand nombre de fois possible une autre figure plus-petite quelconque, qui est aussi donnee”. ...

June 18, 2012 5 min Fred Posner

Franklin Manure Quote

Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin remains my favorite founding father. … God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?...

November 6, 2011 1 min Fred Posner

The Ben Franklin Effect

[][1]Benjamin Franklin We all know my love of Benjamin Franklin— which means I am completely biased. Let’s face it… he’s one of the founders of our country (assuming you’re in the United States). His quotes from hundreds of years ago still carry relevance in our daily lives. From electricity to mail, freedom to libraries, this man probably touches your life on a daily basis. That being said, today’s lesson of greatness revolves around The Benjamin Franklin Effect. Don’t worry, we’ll cover the what, why, and how… starting right now. ...

October 5, 2011 3 min Fred Posner

Benjamin Franklin says…

Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.

October 4, 2011 1 min Fred Posner

Benjamin Franklin, Motorcycles, and Ann Arbor Parking

We’re not playing the Pyramid here, but wouldn’t that be great? Man, I miss good 70’s game shows. Give me the Pyramid and Match Game and I’m happy as can be. Anyway… Benjamin Franklin I’ve always liked Mr. Franklin. Some think he’s the only non-president on money… but those people probably think Mr. Hamilton was once a president. Anyway, Benjamin Franklin is perhaps my favorite American in history. I love his quotes and many of his thoughts can guide us still today. Today’s the following Benjamin Franklin quote comes to mind: It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. Which brings us to… ...

March 16, 2009 3 min Fred Posner