A Philly native who's been living in southern California since '94. Started blogging in 2004. I'm a common sense, constitutional, conservative, Catholic male of Italian heritage. Basically, I'm the Arbiter of Common Sense.


    Stop Using #NeverTrump, Start Using #NeitherTrumpNorHillary

    Neil Stevens’ recent post about issues and the confusion and misunderstanding arising from the #NeverTrump monicker really got me thinking about the need for us to move away from using #NeverTrump and changing it to #NeitherTrumpNorHillary. The reason being that #NeverTrump opens the door to the accusations and misunderstanding mentioned in Stevens’ post, plus it doesn’t open the door to #NeverHillary people. With a recent | Read More »


    In a 12 hour span on May 3, 2016 we heard the unvarnished truth about Trump from Ted Cruz, and then Ted Cruz gave an impressive and inspiring concession speech. Will be voting for Ted Cruz on June 7 in CA. Will write-in Ted Cruz on Nov 8. Will change my political affiliation from GOP to Undeclared on Nov 9. Will search for (or help start) a new | Read More »

    RULE 40: The Facts

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of “Rule 40″ and the GOP rules for the convention (rules that were put in place last time around), here is the rule in it’s entirety [emphasis mine]: RULE NO. 40 Nominations (a) In making the nominations for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States and voting thereon, the roll | Read More »

    Consolidation Has to Begin NOW!

    After the dust has settled on the Super Tuesday results, some analysis has to be made. Donald Trump may have won more of the first 15 states to vote in this primary, but the percentages and the delegate proportions make it clear that (1) Trump is not inevitable given his relatively low overall popular vote percentage, and (2) Cruz is in a strong second place | Read More »

    A New Year’s Meal for the Spirit

    Yesterday my wife and I spent the evening with some good friends and had a wonderful dinner. This morning I reflected on the meal and decided to break it down as a little New Year’s Resolution List for myself. It may work well for others, too. So take this to heart with love and kindness to all.   The Appetizers: Jalapeño Poppers – It’s okay | Read More »

    The Herman Cain-ing of Carson Has Begun

    This will be the beginning of the breakdown of Carson’s support. This story, plus questions about other stories he’s told about his past will continue to erode his support (little by little). I’m not saying this is a good or bad thing, just that it will happen. And the MSM hasn’t even attacked his faith yet (and they will soon). As an FYI, the Adventist | Read More »


    Perotistas… Paulbots… Buchanonites… Trumpettes… six of one, half a dozen of the other. Let’s review a little history, shall we? In ’92, Ross Perot (a “populist” billionaire) captured 19% of the general election votes, but garnered a grand total of ZERO delegates and never came close to winning an actual state (never getting more than 30% in any state). And we got Clinton with only 43% of the | Read More »

    Yanked Around By Marionette Strings…

    Fourteen months ago I posted this on my old, rarely updated blog: “… we are on very dangerous ground right now. On a global/government-led scale, it showed itself with the NSA and IRS scandals. On a societal/mob-mentality level, it showed itself with Chick-fil-A, Elaine Huguenin, Brendan Eich, George Zimmerman, Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling, etc. (and all the hypocritical double-standards that are in stark contrast). You play with fire, | Read More »

    My Counter Proposal: A 2-State Solution for California

    So this 6-state breakup solution for California may end up being on the November ballot out here in Granola-land. Not that anything can really come of it, but still… really? [image from Wikipedia] As a resident of Ventura County (just north of L.A. County) I say, “‘Hell No!’ to being a part of the State of L.A. (aka, West California).” I decided to run some numbers. In looking at the 2012 presidential | Read More »

    Federal Spending Cuts Made Easy…

    An across-the-board 10% cut of all federal employees, equally cut by each department, sub-department, divisions, etc., so that there is equal distribution of cuts in low-level staff, middle-mgmt & admins, and upper-level mgmt/admins/execs, even congressional and presidential staffers). The eventual increase in staff will only be benchmarked to no more than the rate of annual increase in population growth. All federal employees (in all levels | Read More »