Interesting viewpoints of Boswell Rabbitsmith

If you're not familiar with the work of Boswell D. Rabbitsmith, he's the famous erudite scientist who once said: "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates." His mind sees things differently than most of us do, to our amazement and amusement. Here are some of his gems:

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.
3 - Half the people you know are below average.
4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8 - If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
9 - All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
10 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met.
12 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?
13 - How can you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 - When everything seems to be coming your way, maybe you're in the wrong lane.
17 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not being smart enough to be lazy.
18 - Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.
19 - I intend to live forever... so far, so good.
20 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
22 - What happens if you get scared half to death...twice?
23 - My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
25 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 - Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
29 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
31 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
32 - If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

In Terms of Funding: It is David versus Goliath

With nearly $3 million in her campaign war chest New Mexico's funding juggernaut, Diane Denish (left), has wasted no time aiming negative television ads at Susana Martinez. Martinez won the Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday against a well-funded field of opponents. Less than 48 hours later the Denish campaign was on the attack.

Thanks in part to the absence of a single rival in the primary, the Denish campaign has a daunting cash advantage on Susana Martinez (below). The edge is reported to be roughly 25-1 by some observers.

No doubt in the weeks and months ahead the Martinez campaign will be able to slowly recharge its campaign coffers. However, in the meantime the strategy of the Denish campaign seems clear......kick em' while their bank account is down and try to get voters to turn negative on Martinez.

Denish is clever. She learned her craft in politics well while serving as #2 in the Richardson administration. And accordingly, she will be a formidable opponent for her Las Cruces-based opponent. Denish is seasoned state-wide campaigner and she has established a national fund raising machine that has been in full gear since Governor Richardson was elected for a second term.

Having made politics her career in New Mexico since 1998, Denish, according to records reported by has raised more than $7.75 million dollars in campaign contributions during her career (through March 2010). And no doubt the number of dollars available for television ads has soared even higher over the last couple of months.

Where does the Denish money come from? From 1998 until March 2010 the largest identifiable interest groups contributing to the Denish campaign coffers have been lawyers, lobbyists, and real estate operators. During the 1998-2010 time span Denish has managed to raise well over $1,500,000 from these three sources alone.

The Denish campaigns have also benefited greatly from the Lt. Governor's personal wealth. reports that over the course of her political career Denish has spent more than $550,000 of her own money on her political races.

Next in line in terms of interest/industry groups funding the Denish campaign are the cable television and insurance industries.

And a bit farther down the list of groups funding Denish are scores of labor unions and self described liberal policy organizations, many of them based in New York, Washington D.C. and Boston.

Geographically speaking Denish has metropolitan firepower. She has managed to raise more money in New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Austin, Texas than she has in Las Cruces. Contributions from Albuquerque exceed those from Las Cruces by a factor of 35.
Voters are now beginning to see the first ideas associated with how the Denish fund raising machine will spend. The post-primary television ads being run by the Denish campaign so far have focused on the Martinez prosecution record as the D.A. in Dona Ana County. The ads call into question the success of her conviction rates and also suggest she broke her promises in the area of plea bargaining D.U.I. cases. Read more here:

If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck.....

Just when you had to think Congressman Joe Sestak's admission that he exaggerated about a job offer from the White House in exchange for a withdrawal from his race with Arlen Specter would put an end to things..... Colorado Senatorial candidate Andrew Romanoff (left) has confirmed that he too was offered a job by the White House in exchange for his withdrawal from a senate primary battle with fellow Democrat Michael Bennet. Read more:

In the meantime the trial of disgraced former Illinois governor Rob Blagojevich continues. Blago (below) is charged with trying to "sell" a Senate seat to the White House.

There would seem to be a considerable number of attempts by persons to buy and/or sell opportunities to secure United States Senate seats. Apparently none of these proposed transactions was ever completed, but there seems to have been employment offers and senate seats being shopped and offered here, there, and maybe everywhere. We need the 28th Amendment. Read the 28th Amendment here:


Making the Case for Replay in Baseball

Major League umpire Jim Joyce conducted himself with class and so did pitcher Miguel Galarraga. Read here:

It was Joyce that made a mistake on a bang-bang play at first base that cost Galarraga a perfect game.

Now the time has come for Major League Baseball to stop making the same mistake. Baseball should join the 21st Century and make extensive use of replay.

So far MLB has diddled with replay while saying "no" to the huge improvements more extensive use of replay could bring. Unfortunately Joyce's call could have easily been reversed just as a no goal was reversed last night in the Stanley Cup Finals after a brief replay review. It is time for fans to pressure MLB. Those stubborn fools still unwilling to embrace technology are responsible for denying Galarraga what he earned fair and square.

Public Employee Pension Benefits Defended

SEIU offers its views on the efforts of public employees labor unions and their efforts to secure higher pension benefits. Read more here:

Al and Tipper Back in the Spotlight

When your romance goes on stage for what is perceived to be needed political effect, and then it fails later, marriage counselors will often engage in a public dissection of the breakup.

Front and center is the Al and Tipper divorce. Read more here:

Gulf Nightmare Continues

The environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico seems to bring false hopes followed by fresh bad news nearly every day. Florida is up next. Read more here:

Retail Sales in May Soft

Retail sales softened somewhat in May after a tepid pace in April leading some economists to question the the power of the recovery. Some observers blame the emerging difficulties in Europe for damaging the confidence of domestic consumers. Read more here:

Israel All Alone?

Columnist Larry Elder discusses the blockade runners from Turkey and President Obama's emerging dilemma in the Middle East. Read his comments here:

Republican Governors Association Backed Martinez

According to, The Fix, a Washington Post blog believes the Republican Governors Association favored GOP nominee Susana Martinez in her primary run. Read more here: