March 20, 2003: Operation Iraqi Freedom Ten Years On…
Tomorrow marks the 10th Anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. At least, that is how we blandly refer to it –if we refer to at all: The Iraq War. The years seem to flicker by, like an old misaligned Super 8 movie reel, where each frame is momentarily visible. Then it is gone. Such were the early years of the brand-new century. The | Read More »
Especially Now, I will Never Purchase a Kindle. Not After THAT Ad…
One of the interesting things about watching cable TV is discerning which demographic slices tune in to which channels. It isn’t difficult to figure out, really; For example, judging by the number of “Scooter Store” and blood glucose meter, Polident, and Colonial Penn Life Insurance ads on Fox News, it would seem that it’s core audience is senior citizens that have eaten their teeth down to | Read More »
Heart Attack Serious. Can you FEEL it?
As the old aphorism goes: Knowledge is Power. But, another old aphorism is: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So, does knowledge eventually corrupt? Don’t blithely answer that. In my view, it is a rather profound query. Adam and Eve had a snack from which tree again? Knowledge can be a tricky thing, actually. And it often trips up those of us on the | Read More »
I Sure Wish I Could Comment upon –and Recommend– RedState Diaries; Of Course, I also Wish I had a Bugatti…
I’ve had some brilliant Pearls of Wisdom to impart at RedState. A Diary would entrap my attention, and I’d be compelled to join in on the conversation. I’d feverishly type, and edit, and compose, until verily I had masterpieces of reason and logic and substance to add to the emerging epistles. That, or maybe a limerick. Then, I’d notice after typing these brilliant bits of | Read More »
America: Fundamentally Transformed…
Pew Research published a poll this week that showed Barack Obama, now that he is blundering into his second term, is riding high on a 52% approval rating. Yippee. Yep, what a gully-washer of public opinion. Even if our first reaction is one of nauseated revulsion, or outright scorn at the source –Pew?–, we must remember how wrong we were about similar reactions to all | Read More »
A Soliloquy for Pastor Niemuller…
First they came for the uninsured, and I did not speak out– For I was insured… Then they came for the Corporations, and I did not speak out– For I was not a Corporation… Then they came for the Rich, and I did not speak out– For I was not Rich… And, then they came for me, and then there was no one left to | Read More »
Little Ralphie Cushman’s Tulips, and the Heartwrenching Innocents at Sandy Hook…
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I first published this some eighteen months ago; We have now passed the 85th Anniversary of the Bath School Disaster. I believe it is of paramount importance, especially in this age of instantly disposable news, to never forget tragic, heartbreaking and innocent victims such as those in Bath, Michigan– and now in Sandy Hook, Connecticut– and to pray to God and thank Him | Read More »
Comparing Apples to Kumquats: Just How Much does this Damned Government Cost?
The United States Department of Education spent over $87 Billion last year. If you confiscated the entire revenue stream of 3M Corporation ($29.6 billion in total revenue for FY 2011), America Express ($29.7 billion) and McDonalds ($21.3 billion) to pay for it, you would still need over $7 Billion to pick up the tab. The United States Department of Education –which runs no schools, employs not | Read More »
Run, Squishes, Run!
Quick: Name all the Republican candidates who trudged through the darkened, sub-zero snows of New Hampshire in the winter of 1980: John Anderson. Phil Crane. John Connolly. George H.W. Bush. Bob Dole. Howard Baker. Ronald Reagan. Notice anything? I mean, other than the fact that it was an exceptionally good year for voluminous heads of hair (–especially John Anderson and Phil Crane), what stands out | Read More »
The Ten-Million Taxpayer March: Washington DC, April 15, 2013
“The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees’ future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion. Nothing like that figure is used in calculating the deficit. In reality, the reported budget deficit is less than one-fifth of the more | Read More »