Archive for October, 2007

Very Loose Cannon

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Interesting that Pelosi is now slamming the administration for failing to keep us safe from Chinese toys, all the while slamming the administration for its efforts to keep us safe from terrorists. Her own safety switch has a problem with its selective fire capabilities. She is continually going off at the wrong target.

Real Friends

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

It is time to address a growing problem, one that seems to have crept into nearly every corner of the modern culinary universe; the excessive use of excessive amounts of garlic. Don\’t misunderstand; no one loves garlic more than I do but, unlike money, more is not necessarily better. In fact more is a frequent detriment to both the dish and the dishie. Thank goodness for the fact that ingesting a slight dose prevents one from noticing the malodorous impact that garlic has on your date who becomes simultaneously immune to your polluted, though passionate utterances via the same process. This, however, doesn\’t prevent everyone else from suffering through less intimate contact with you and the not-fully-digested remains of last night\’s clam linguini. Goodness gracious, Gilroy was here!! I realize that it doesn\’t take a lot of garlic to cause an outbreak of halitosis but adding four cloves when a half will do turns an ordinary olfactory inconvenience into an infernal stench that erupts from every pore!

I humbly suggest that unless you operate a bistro in Transylvania that you consider backing off more than a wee-bit on the garlic. The only dish I know of that needs more than a little garlic is garlic bread (though the secret to good garlic bread is more salt, not more garlic).

Still in all, consuming the stinking rose in any quantity provides us with a single but unparalleled social advantage; eating garlic lets you know who your real friends are.

An Open Letter to Our Troops

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Dear Friends,

As a fellow citizen I salute you for your service to our country and your willingness to sacrifice for our nation, its people and its principles (yes, we still have some). America is blessed to have sons and daughters as able, brave and committed as you. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for standing between those of us who remain at home and those who would do us harm. There is real evil in the world and you will be blessed for recognizing this fact and for doing something about it. Thank you.

Life is good, though tough. You know this better than most. I often refer to our mortal state as the University of Adversity. You will have earned your own personal degree through your faithful service. You might not be able to hang it on a wall but no one will ever be able to legitimately question what you have found, through hard experience, to be true.

Your senses are certain to be heightened by the proximity of death. It instructs you that life is fleetingly sweet, that few things are truly portable and that wisdom, family and friendship are the most valuable of life’s treasures. Someone once said that to be a man (or woman) of knowledge you must live like a warrior with death always at your shoulder, providing purpose and perspective, protecting the lives and futures of others. Solomon would be envious of you. Thanks you.

There has never been a greater land than ours. It is not peopled by a race; it is the abode of freedom. It has summoned the free in heart from every land. It has united the principled in great purpose, to pursue the American Dream. What is it? It is for each to decide. It is what’s most beautiful about America. Dream big! We will need your dreams when you get home.

As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas and any other holiday celebration dear to you, I feel to thank you and tell you that I pray for you, your safety and success each and every day. I hope you feel the prayers of the many millions of Americans who do likewise and that you are buoyed and uplifted by them as much as I am uplifted by your selfless service in behalf of us all.

May God bless and keep you, always.

Your friend and fellow citizen from California,

In the City of Brotherly Love

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Would the ACLU support this as a soultion to Philadelphia\’s problem with the Boy Scouts? Instead of just imposing an increase in the rent ($220,000, up from $1 annually) the city charges the Boy Scouts for their use of city property (in punative response to the organizaton\’ s discriminatory attitude toward homosexuals) the city fathers could aid in negotiating with the city\’s Catholic community for the use of some of its many facilities. Certainly the rent would be minimal as the buildings are frequently vacant during the week. There might even be a few priests who would volunteer to assist in the nurturing of the boys.

We Don\’t Need No Stinking Peer Review

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

I check the Barrow web cam every day, summer and winter, remembering afresh my last wintry visit to the Arctic. It is a wondrous place to visit (for a few days). The ocean’s surface freezes in the winter and melts in the summer.

The polar bears that make it into town are usually shot, as they are quite dangerous (we are not at the top of the food chain at the top of the world). Yet, there are plenty more who seem to know better. 2050 is an excellent target year to shoot at. It is far enough out there to spare the author of the dire prediction (Polar bears will become extinct by then) the embarrassment (as he will have become extinct by then) of having to face the people he injured with his fear mongering. He has obviously learned from the egg-encrusted not to predict any occurrences that might interfere with one’s social status and income stream.

Climate change has been with us since the climate was created (or invented). The ebb and flow of glaciers and rise and fall of temperatures is as constant as change itself. To attribute, as Al Gore and his elitist friends have done, anything that happens relative to the climate to human activity requires more hubris than has been generated by the rest of humankind since the dawn of man. This sham is all about guilt, political control of significant economic sectors and carbon credits.

If Al is so sure about the scientific basis for his claims, he has an obligation reject the Nobel Prize as it comes from a nation that couldn\’t afford to award a prize or spare him a dime if it weren\’t for all their nasty, filthy, earth destabilizing petro-dollars.

Read the peer review on the science of global warming, if you can find it.

It is very enlightening to compare the global warming debate with the white-hot contoversy generated by the recent remarks of DNA pioneer and Nobel Laureate Dr. James Watson.

Dr Watson told The Sunday Times that he was \”inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa\” because \”all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really\”. He said there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but \”people who have to deal with black employees find this not true\”.

His views are also reflected in a book published next week, in which he writes: \”There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.\”

Where do science and political correctness intersect? Was NIetsche correct in his assertion that myth outweighs reality? Are the parties to both debates intellectually consistent? Does truth really set us free?

Time for a Change

Monday, October 15th, 2007

As previously noted in the pages of this blog, affirmative action is racial profiling. If equality is the ideal being sought, why place this additional burden on those one seeks to help? There isn\’t anyone who looks at a successful black person (outside of sports or entertainment) who can honestly claim to have have had no thought of attributing that perons\’s success to an affirmative action program. The thoughtlessness of modern day liberals (and socialists of any era) leads universally to results antithetical to the stated goal of the program. George Costazna\’s decision to act in direct opposition to his initial inclinations should serve as a beacon to the Left, who should then religiously observe the principle. They might find themselves actually contributing positively to the great American enterprise for a change.

Retirement Racket

Monday, October 15th, 2007

If a private citizen or business entity operated the Social Security system as currently instituted and constituted, exactly the way the Feds run it, they would be arrested for running a Ponzie scheme.

Czech Please!

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Viva Vaclav Klaus, one of the few sane voices among the world\’s heads of state. I wish he lived here.

Gore in Oslo?

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

The ironies are rich. The estate of the inventor of TNT (still the most popular component in the manufacture of bombs of all varieties) awards a prize for \”peace\”. Al Gore has been nominated to receive this year\’s award (in good company with past recipients, Jimmy Carter and Yassar Arafat) in far away Norway, a nation awash in greenhouse gas inducing petro dollars. If the Norwegians want to play the politically perfect hosts they will give Al his prize in Carbon Credits. One does have to feel bad for those who truly deserve honors and awards who have awakwned to find the value of their Nobel prize further erroded.

Failing to Look to the Future

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

The Democrat\’s insistence upon gazing in the rear view mirror upon an event half a world away and a century ago is an overt, albeit backhanded way of interfering with \”Bush\’s War\”. There is no good reason whatsoever for snubbing our Turkish allies at this historical juncture. Not one Turk alive had anything to do with the persecution and murder of Armenians. There is no valid purpose (other than political) in abusing the powers of office to criticize the living for the sins of past generations. The Dems can shoot themselves in the foot all they want but the ricochet is harming a lot of innocents.

But as long as they insist on this course, I demand as a citizen, that Congress adopt a resolution condemning Missouri Governor Boggs for issuing an \”Extermination Order\” against Mormons. As this actually happened in the USA, it would be an appropriate statement for this once-August body to make.