Memorial Day

    I read recent posts, and I am impressed by the deep political discourse regarding my State’s “liberal media,” many States opposition to Obamacare, and the attention paid to a coed’s weiner-pic. I thought Redstate more serious, but perhaps I am wrong. I spend this day remembering one of Napoleon’s troops (a relative), ancestors of Wife and I who fought together in the Revolution and against | Read More »

    Wisconsin Recount

    Back in 2000, Billy Daley prolly had to sit at the Kids’ Table Christmas, ’cause he couldn’t steal enough votes in Florida to overturn an election. The US Supreme Court had to step in and order the Florida Supreme Court to follow its own rules. Make no mistake: in Bush v. Gore, the ruling was “follow your own rules,” and THAT followed an earlier severe | Read More »

    Letter to my Son

    Last year’s college graduate sent me a note. He achieved a job, but recently sent me a link he referred to as “not news.” He follows current events and had to go to the BBC for a comment on our current fiscal status. I sent Son this response: You make about $50k … were you the Federal Government, you would have spent $88k for the | Read More »

    Big Deal … Deficit cut

    If your family were lucky enough to make $50,000 last year (about the average), in Federal terms, you spent about $88,000 and Republicans just saved you from spending about $1,033 more. YAY, Boehner!  Not having any money to spend, a Deal has been reached to cut ~$38 Billion from $1.65 Trillion in DEFICIT spending of money that will have to be borrowed. About a two | Read More »

    Libya — You Get What You Ask For

    The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can take up the slack. –AP, 4/1/11 And in February, this So … Republicans were FOR the war, before they were against Obama’s belated intervention (war), and are currently complaining about him pulling out of the war. Make no mistake: it’s a war, despite many | Read More »

    The Libyan Squirmish and Politics

    I think my favorite word for this decade will be “squirmish” … my favorite for the last was “strategery.” I am sorry, but our Republicans’ advocacy of Mrs. Malaprop is only exceeded by their ability to create new words out of tattered cloth. Media will demean them, but these new words are valuable. I do not know how Libya will turn out: we have (belatedly) | Read More »

    Supporting the President on Libya

    is not popular, but it ought to be considered. Strief has an excellent post, and many comments follow it. I considered adding my own, but thought they might be lost in the fray. I have to wonder why The President is in Rio while another airstrike is going on, but I remember that President Reagan had to be woken up to be informed that we | Read More »

    Good Night, Libya, we hardly knew ye

    As our President diddles and Europe dithers, Muammar Qaddafi is proving that the only thing a dictator needs to do to keep power is to slaughter his own people. It is a sad thing for the Arab peoples, who in the past months have been successful in imposing their own form of Democracy in Tunisia and Egypt. When it’s over (and it will be, soon), | Read More »

    Nuclear Meltdown — Among the Press

    Thank you, media. You are forcing the immediate shutdown of 7 of Germany’s 17 nuclear plants (41%), two of them permanently within a year or two. You’ve stopped two new Swiss power plants in their tracks. New plants within the US (none have been built in thirty years) will also likely be put on hold, despite perhaps being one thing that Obama has done right. | Read More »

    Budget Must-Read

    I like simple things. And the simplest, most comprehensive article on this year’s budget appeared today in The Motley Fool. “It’s only mandatory until Congress says it’s not mandatory.” If rules are preventing vital change, why not change the rules?” I don’t always agree with The Fools’ financial advice: When they weigh in on politics (rarely, if ever), I have to pay MAJOR attention. The | Read More »