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Harold Nonken
I am interested in human nature and conduct. We are, after all, simply animals… albeit human animals. What do we do? Why do we do it? People do strange things and behave in strange ways. My comments reflect the perspective of one who is slightly befuddled by the absurdities of a changing world. I would like to share my amusement. Of course, what amuses me might not amuse you. Ergo, we have controversy! I enjoy posing questions. I believe that we learn by asking questions.
I hold an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and did doctoral work at Purdue. I taught at the secondary and college levels. After leaving academia, I became a successful entrepreneur in the promotional products industry. Teaching is selling! Selling is teaching!

Entries by Harold Nonken

Boiling It Down: The Right to Bare Arms

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 1:59 PM

In contemporary American society, both men and women have the right to wear shirts. These shirts can have sleeves of various lengths. When it's hot outside, many folks prefer short sleeve shirts. Women can choose to wear short sleeve shirts, or sleeveless shirts, for that matter. Therefore, in our society...

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Boiling It Down: Dental Problems

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:43 PM

What happens to an alligator when he has a toothache? I imagine it must be painful. A mature male alligator is about eleven feet long, and weighs approximately 1,000 pounds. He has four short legs: the front legs have five toes and the back legs have four toes. He also...

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Boiling It Down: The Right and The Left

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:49 AM

It is common knowledge that our politics are incredibly polarized. We have the right wing! We have the left wing! But if you are a bird, and only flap your left wing -- or your right wing -- you fly in circles and go nowhere.

Think about this. If you...

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Boiling It Down: This Essay Is Awesome

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:13 PM

I like language. I am pretty fluent in English, so I dare to make some comments about my native tongue. My comments are in writing, as you can see. My tongue helps me in talking. I will commence to write about speaking, which is the source of the following confusion....

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Boiling It Down: Global Warming

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:14 PM

I've been out of town for the past two weeks. On my return, I have learned about this big deal called global warming. At this moment, outside my office it's nighttime, and the temperature is about 16 degrees Fahrenheit. That's cold. So, in the last thirty minutes, I researched this...

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Boiling It Down: The Land of the Free and the Home of the Braves

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:46 PM

(Editor's note: I recently received this note via email.)

My name is Focas, and I am a Mohican Indian. I don't think that you know me, but you probably have heard about my younger brother, Uncas. Uncas was made famous by James Fenimore Cooper, who wrote a book about him...

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Boiling It Down: The Benefits of Outsourcing

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:45 PM

Newspaper reports have disclosed that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs have recently moved to Minnesota. It is unclear where they have been living all of these years. The Dwarfs were miners: actually, they have been miners since they were minors. Apparently, in light of recent mine disasters, people at...

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Boiling It Down: Modern Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 11:00 PM

When I watch the morning news on cable television, I see advertisements for cures for allergies, back pain, sneezing, athlete's foot, tiredness, smoking, and many more maladies, real or imagined. All of these ads tell me to see my doctor, who can write a prescription enabling me to buy the...

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Boiling It Down: The Five Little Pigs

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 7:22 PM

In the current economic atmosphere, there is a blame game being carried on. With our national credit rating having been downgraded, the future is dicey. What will happen is anyone's guess. But amidst all of this brouhaha, there are those who are making money as a result of this fiscal...

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Boiling It Down: Way Out West

(8) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 11:42 PM

The right to bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution. It made a great deal of sense, at a time when people were saying, "Give me a home where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play."

We all went out west, in our covered wagons: mom, pop...

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