Archive for January, 2008

Hanging by a Thread

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

McCain is the least Republican of anyone I can remember, short of Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont. Olympia Snowe and Lincoln Chafee are right-wing firebrands by comparison. If McCain is elected president, our Constitution will surely be hanging by a thread (based upon the pieces of legislation that bear his name), but given enough rope between now and the convention he will also illustrate just how un-presidential he can be. It shouldn\’t be too hard to catch an unflattering sound-bite. Considering the complicity of the major media in this mass deception, however, we won\’t be able to count on them to provide any embarrassing moments until the two parties\’ candidates are locked in. Then we\’ll see just how much the NY Times loves Big Mac!

Don\’t be duped by the conservative claims of the chameleon McCain!

Just how many favors will he be repaying for all these endorsements? We must be wary of these people, too, who sell their principles so cheaply.

Sometimes You Know What You Gonna Get!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Watching and listening to the State of the Union Address this evening and hearing the President jump back and forth across the political divide from clear Conservative positions on the one hand while doling largesse from the public coffers with the other, I was unable to escape the vision of Forrest Gump playing ping pong with himself. Watching the Democrats fumble with the timing of their approbation brought to mind that quaint old Alabama aphorism; \”Stupid is as stupid does\”.

Darker than Black

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

And now we see, courtesy of the South Carolina electorate, that Bill Clinton, America\’s first black president, is less black than dark.

Obama\’s pronouncement that this race is not about race brings to mind the famous words of Vince Lombardi; \”Winning isn\’t everything, it\’s the only thing.\”

All of this is quite therapeutic as we discover that regardless of all other efforts, only the slaves can truly free the slaves.

Ted Kennedy is endorsing Obama as amends for having called him Osama.

More Random Thoughts

Friday, January 25th, 2008

The British government, worried that the attendant ravages of obesity will ultimately swamp their island nation\’s socialized health care system, have floated the idea of paying its more corpulent citizens to lose weight by giving them vouchers that can be exchanged for \”healthy\” food. They will also be awarding prizes for those who lose the most weight. Two things to consider; people can, do and will consume too much of any kind of food, including healthy food, rendering a \”fat chance\” of any realistic hope of reducing the nation\’s girth. (Did smoking cigars help Churchill maintain his dashing figure?) This peculiar exercise also provides us a good look at the unintended (or intended) ultimate result of socialized medicine; when the program proves unworkable, instead of introducing a better model (like a return to capitalism and the creativity that drives it), the government invests taxpayer money on behavior modification. Free aint freedom, folks. Move over Animal Farm and make way for the Fat Farm.

My son thanked me the other day, after he had received a promotion and a raise in pay, for some advice I had given him earlier, to be patient. I certainly appreciated his expression of gratitude and I thanked him for his kind consideration. It occurred to me at that moment, and I shared this with him, that things which we found, in youth, to be interminably unendurable rarely cause a blip on our hindsight radar, in fact, it is unlikely that we will remember them at all.

The debate over abortion is a constant at some level. Listening to a discussion the other day caused me to reflect on a facet we don\’t consider. We have often heard that we have lost 45,000,000 fellow citizens to infanticide in this country since the Supreme Court usurped the authority of Congress and made Roe vs. Wade the law of the land. What we don\’t hear about are their children.

The poached frog would like to introduce a new word to the vocabulary; IMPOSEUM, a convocation of those committed to imposing their agenda(s) on the rest of us, in other words, Congress, the UN and anywhere that Democrats congregate. Feel free to use it anytime you wish. (Editors note: as it turns out, imposeum has already been placed into use by others but their definition is not nearly as good.)

The current economic difficulties we have seen don\’t even come close to revealing the ultra-fragile nature of our circumstances. I am forever optimistic but a realist\’s objective view of things would have to conclude that we are witnessing the unfolding of an epidemic of weirdness heretofore unimagined.
Hang on to your seats (and your wallets), folks, it\’s gonna be a bumpy flight.

Thanks to the Defenders of Our Nation

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Thanks to all of those wonderful Americans who have answered the call to serve our nation in these distinctly different times, to engage in a conflict both fundamental and unique. Religious differences have caused much human suffering (though not as much as socialism, communism and other forms of totalitarianism) but our 21st Century brush with Radical Islam and the Jihadi mentality is a clash of cultures unparalleled in history. Everyone who dealt with the militant rise of Islam in the 7th Century was relatively on par with their adversary in terms of armament technologies, access to vital information, and social conventions created by autocratic rule. Nearly everyone operated from a similar vantage point. Individual freedom was a dream, at best and a change of masters seldom improved the lot of the average human being in his subservient role.

Today we modern Westerners find ourselves in a true contest for the future with an enemy rooted soundly in the past. Yes, the modern jihadi has access to modern weaponry (from AK-47\’s to 767\’s) but he employs them in defense of something in direct contravention of evolved and consensually validated social norms accepted by every modern society that recognize essential levels of individual freedom (and even some that don\’t). It is not easy to defeat an enemy who has no access point in his mental processes for the consideration of notions as novel as \”peaceful coexistence\” (aka, \”love thy neighbor\” or \”can\’t we all just get along?\”). When confronted by an unambiguously vexed and dangerously armed Neanderthal who views you as a \”devil\”, you only have two options; kill or be killed. I applaud those citizens who recognize this sad fact and have chosen to do something about it.

I just want you good people to know how much I appreciate your willingness to sacrifice on our behalf. I appreciate your families and what they endure.

Greater love hath no man than this, that he would give his life for his friends. That said, it would be better to make those other guys die for theirs.

The vast majority of Americans love and admire you, no matter what you might hear otherwise. Thank you and God bless you!

Bin Laden Found!!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

At last we know where he is; he is on Mars where he was photographed by a NASA mission on January 2.

Editors note: I thought we had the scoop but apparently others have come forth with this same story in advance of this posting. As there is obviously consensus, it must be true.

Wonderful Words

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Hogwash is a marvelously colorful word that has largely fallen out of favor and out of use. The majority in our culture have chosen instead to climb upon the bristling back of the bovine expletive and have ridden it to the turf. The bovine expletive is colorful, too, but just how much can brown do for you? Hogwash is much more than a rhetorical rejoinder with an olfactory twist. Its use exudes more than just the implication of stench inherent in the object of one\’s derision but also its utter uselessness and pointlessness. I encourage you to use it more often, perhaps in place of the less meaningful but more offensive reference to the waste produced by male cattle. You might even wish to practice right now upon finishing today\’s posting of the frog blog.
Hmm—frogwash? No—never mind.

Economic Stimulus

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

The very best thing the government can do is dramatically cut spending and taxes and get out of the way. This $150 billion stimulus package being proposed by the administration is too little too late and is counterproductive, to boot. How does taking taxpayer money and giving it to the sub-prime mob (which is just about everyone whose debt footprint is deeper than their carbon footprint) to spend, do anything more than delay the inevitable? Are they just looking for a fix that will last until the Inauguration?

As far as I am concerned, the government got us into this mess and guess what? We are the government. We permitted all of this by demanding our share of the pork and by failing to mind the store. Now it\’s time to accept our share of the blame and our share of the pain.

The last depression was caused by a failure to recognize the future and by a rabid insistence on clinging to outmoded ideas and technologies. Money did not flow to those with the good ideas until the bad ideas ran out of gas. When the buggy whip was finally wrested from our hands we discovered that we could proceed much faster and that the pie was much larger than we had previously imagined. The proliferation of new millionaires was not the result of a re-distribution of existing wealth; it was a result of the creation of wealth. It wasn\’t accomplished by printing more dollars. It was accomplished by the creativity of free people freely engaged in applying their talents toward the pursuit of their dreams. The WPA didn\’t drag us out of the depression. Hard work, persistence, sacrifice and creativity overcame those gloomy times and made the harvest sweet.

This is more than an economic debate, however, it is also political. Capitalism (economic democracy) has been compromised by neo-socialist machinations and manipulation.

We must harken back to the old words of wisdom, oft repeated, that the government that governs least governs best. It is time to throw the bums out, take our lumps for having been so knuckle-headed, and get to work.

Change in the Moral Climate

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

There is no evidence to link man with changing weather patterns. Still, if you are truly concerned with climate change, we do have a crisis in the moral climate that is overwhelmingly real and wholly manmade. If you want to relate human activity to the weather, look no further than Charles Xll, Napoleon and Hitler who all made it to the gates of Moscow before their plans were derailed by the worst winters of their respective centuries. Look to the Battle of Long Island and the miraculous weather that sprung Washington\’s troops from the British trap. Look to the Battle of Dorchester Heights that was prevented from occurring at all by the fierceness of the weather that forced the British to abandon New England altogether. If you really must find someone to blame for the weather, what about God?

McCain

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

John McCain is a true American hero. His refusal to allow his North Vietnamese captors to use him for political purposes was not above and beyond the call of duty but his refusal to accept the offer to leave the the POW camp six years before the rest of the US prisoners were released was. I have the greatest respect for him and his service to our nation as a member of our military. We have hope that there are more people in the American military like John McCain and we can be assured that there are.

The Senate is another matter altogether. Warriors don\’t always make good politicians and those that do (US Grant, for one) are frequently frowned upon. As a Senator, McCain\’s tenure has been nothing short of nightmarish for those who care about conservatism. McCain doesn\’t even make a good fake conservative. He is a pure RINO; a Trojan Horse, a Potempkin politico, an extraordinary megalomaniac with a hair trigger. On nearly every issue but the war on terror he might as well be a Democrat. Let the voter beware; McCain, as president, would be as much a disaster for America as another Clinton administration.

Oral Tradition Alive and Well

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Some will remember the parlor game that engages the participants in passing along, in turn, a phrase, story or rumor started by one of the players by whispering in the ear of an adjacent person. It requires a fair number of players to get the desired result but invariably the original information is at variance with what the last person heard or understood. It makes for a few good laughs and is illustrative of a number of things, not the least of which is the reliability of word-of-mouth in the proper conveyance of critical information.

A critically important place exists for oral tradition; usually within family settings. When it comes to cultural settings and historical particulars, however, written language is far more reliable. This is not to say that the authors of any text we might read were free of any inclination to present facts in the light of their own perspectives, but the reader will still have the original author\’s complete viewpoint to consider, unspoiled by the interposition of others\’ opinions, misunderstandings, perspectives and agendas.

As noted in previous posts there has been recent discussion in some circles about the imminent arrival of the post literate age; the time in which audio and video replace the written word as the primary tool for the unadulterated transfer of information. I had noted the irony contained in the fact that in order to cruise the information highway, paved with 1\’s and 0\’s, people are still required to read. That being said, we are forced to re-examine the premise put forth above.

In view of the ability, evidenced by this very blog, for anyone to write anything and send it whirling through cyberspace, available for all to read, we must accept the premise that we have actually reached the place in human history where oral and written traditions collide and are fused. Some on-line encyclopedias are very useful in illustrating the viability of this notion.

Who are we to believe? How do we know for certain? What reference points are critical to get a heading for our understanding?

There is an answer.

McCasey\’s at the Throttle

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Are the recent and current crop of politicians responsible for the troubles we presently endure? No, they are not. We the people are. We are they who elect and re-elect those who represent us. When we ignore an ethical, moral or judgmental (or just plain mental) lapse on the part of our own representatives because they bring home the bacon, we are to blame for the woes. If change is what we truly seek, we must change our beliefs about the relative roles of government and personal responsibility and then we must act accordingly.

The ultimate issue of the current campaign will be less about change than spare change.

Mitt hasn\’t caught a break.

Sanjaya Hussein Obama will not be the next American Idyll.

Dennis \”William Hung\” Kucinich is still singing his singular note.

If Huckabee isn\’t in league with the devil, then he\’s hanging with his brother.

Hillary\’s tearful refrain leaves one to wonder what the politics of meaning means.

The Straight Talk Express is doomed to be derailed by the oratorical detours and cooticulate convolutions of the candidate himself. What a train wreck!

Obama vs Hillary vs Edwards

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Forget the beef; where\’s the gravitas?

Clearly not Heaven for Most

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Does Huckabee\’s Iowa win reflect true support for his candidacy or is it the result of anti-Mormon sentiment among a large number of Evangelical Christians? The answer to this question is the most important fact to emerge from the Iowa caucuses, and not just for Republicans. In 2006 the Democrats put up stealth conservatives to win control of Congress and then misinterpreted that victory to mean that the majority of Americans were anti-war and subscribed to the hard left views of the Democratic leadership. We have seen the net effect of this ploy. Recognizing the Quixotic nature of this question in a bare knuckles political season, is it asking too much to at least keep our motivations properly catalogued?

Whyowa?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

The Iowa Caucuses are not just an anachronistic election tradition, it is an especially critical filter applied to the process and its participants. The human face and touch of the candidates, largely missing in the majority of other venues, is on full display for Iowans to see and feel. Some argue that Iowa is given too much power in process but I think not. If California would be the first place owing to its size and its electoral prize, candidates would have to rely on the media for exposure, as well as the dubious assumption that anyone actually cares. Why do you think there is no NFL team in the largest media market in the nation?

Iowa is distinctly suited for this role. If they can make it there, the candidates can make it anywhere. It might not be Heaven but they\’ve been coming there for a long time.