Archive for February, 2008

Long Live the Prince

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Hip, hip hooray for Prince Harry! It is encouraging to know that there is yet bravery in the Royal blood of Britain, whether from the House of Stewart or the family Spencer.

\”Then will he strip his sleeve and shows his scars,
And say, \’These wounds I had on Crispin\’s day.\’
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he\’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our
names, in his mouth as household words,
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne\’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne\’er so vile
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England, now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not
here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any
speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin\’s day.\”

Was Shakespeare also a prophet?

How many English gentlemen
are now a-bed and sleeping still,
too fearful, their country to defend
their manhoods weakened as as their will?

One Foot in the Grave

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

My mother died 24 years ago today. She succumbed to pancreatic cancer in the 51st year of her mortal existence. I miss her, but not to any degree that prompts feelings other than happiness and gratitude for her life, her love and her willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of her children and her husband. She was 17 when I was born, the eldest of her seven children, and I like to think that we grew up together. We had a marvelous understanding and wonderful time and I cannot recall a harsh work spoken between the two of us. (Such was not the case between my father and me, although our relationship could not be described as inordinately difficult; just strained, as is doubtless common when boys fail to live up to the expectations of heir fathers.) I am deeply and eternally grateful to her and for her.

When I was 17, in the spring of my senior year in high school, I awoke one morning, stepped out of bed and experienced an incredibly sharp pain on the bottom of my foot, in my left heel. The pain was so intense that I fell backward into bed and stayed there the remainder of the day as each attempt to rise was met with escalating levels of discomfort. As the pain intensified and as inflammation swelled and reddened my foot, my mother recognized that something out of the ordinary was happening, again.

When you have seven children there is always something out of the ordinary. I could swamp your hard drive if I were to recount all the various excitements our mother patiently endured in the course of raising us to adulthood. It is now not so hard to understand her saintly nature; her maiden name was Heilig; German for Saint or Holy. This she truly was, in spite of her human frailties and rare missteps.

I remember jumping into the irrigation canal above our rural Western Colorado home nestled in the midst of a pear orchard (not as idyllic as it may sound; it was not ours, I can still smell DDT when I close my eyes and think about it, green pears are, well, green, and the house was haunted). As are the rash behaviors of most seven year old boys, leaping barefoot into the ditch was not a good idea. My brother ran to get mom as I clung to a wooden fence with blood streaming from my foot, blending with the brown swirling water below. She arrived at a dead run carrying a towel with which she quickly wrapped my foot, plucked my quivering frame from the fence, tossed me in the Hupmobile and drove me into town at break-neck speed to the doctor who put all else aside to clean and stitch my gaping wound. He advised me to wear shoes next time and told me that I should never jump or dive into the canal; a lesson I remembered the following summer when I decided to cool off in the same place.

I was wearing my old shoes and I simply slid down the embankment into the cool chocolate waters. Still, my caution did not spare me from an unfortunate encounter with a broken Coors bottle (how do I know it was a Coors bottle? Nobody within a 100 miles drank anything else.), a piece of which managed to break off and embed itself just below my ankle. (I still cringe at the thought.) This time, though, I was not going to cause my mother the obvious anxiety I had inflicted upon the year before! I determined I was not going to tell her. I would tough it out until it healed. This commitment lasted until an hour or two after bedtime when the pain overcame my resolve. She called the doctor, who doubtless rolled his eyes as he contemplated meeting us in his office. Upon reflecting on the fact that our family kept his practice afloat, and apart from the fact that my mother was beautiful, he appeared genuinely glad to see me.

He was a mountain of calm as he cut open, irrigated and swabbed the blood encrusted wound. He found the shard of glass that had prevented me from sticking to my plan, but he didn\’t find all of it. 33 years later a hook-shaped piece of brown glass emerged from below my ankle after having taken six months to knife its way through my flesh. I cannot imagine how it managed to stay there so long without causing me trouble until then, or why it chose that time to emerge, preventing me from playing basketball the customary four mornings a week. Perhaps that was the reason. What I do know is that I didn\’t tell anyone about it until I handed the tweezers to my wife and asked her to pull whatever it was from my foot. Men!

To be continued–

Previous Posts

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The previous three posts were reinserted from their original postings in 2005, due to relevance and timeliness. Ordinarily I leave things in their original order. It is appropriate to review the content especially as it bears heavily on present circumstances.

The Myth Myth

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I found myself thumbing through a local leftist rag as I waited for my wife to complete her detailed sweep of a charming Sonoma County, CA. toy shop this Saturday past. I had to perk up my ears occasionally to make certain that I was still in America (or even on planet earth!). The words I was reading appeared to be English but the notions conveyed were so foreign that I had to seek continual reassurance that I hadn’t slipped through some extra-dementional (spelling intentional) portal into a land I would never, never wish to inhabit.

This is not to say that that the Sonoma Valley isn’t an attractive place, for it is; a bit of boutique bucolic to be sure. Libs gravitate to particularly nice places like this. Ah, trust funds! Again I don’t want to leave a false impression; there are working people here, too. Of course an inordinate number of them speak Spanish. There are some family farms and dairies that require a great deal of work by more than a few dedicated people. The balance of the populace appears to consist largely of shopkeepers or restaurant owners, with a smattering of 60’s throwbacks still suffering from a variety of socialism diseases, merely subsisting in the midst of their addictions to food stamps and a variety of mood and mind altering substances. (Allow me to digress to pose this question here. If a women has a “right’ to choose what she does with her own body, does this include substance abuse? What about prostitution?)

The newspaper did contain a few thought provoking articles even if the conclusions drawn were somewhat mystifying. One story dealt with the ongoing drama of the “fur fiasco\” in Guerneville. It seems that a vintage clothing store put some furs (two fake, and one, a 30 year old genuine article) in its storefront window. A local PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) activist wrote a letter to the owner of the shop in which the threat of boycott was unambiguously implied. The store’s owner was not moved. Apparently the shop’s owner also abhors the slaughter of animals for their skins, but has no qualms about selling vintage furs whose previous owners (2 legged and 4 legged) have long since gone to the happy hunting grounds. (Now wait! Can such a place truly exist? Do our Native American forbearers still hunt innocent little celestial furbearers? Wouldn’t that run contrary to the myth of pre-industrial agrarian enlightenment?) The ongoing dispute has caused quite a rift in the community. It appears that any hope of grace on either side is unlikely. Are the fault lines in monolithic liberalism fracturing above the deep rumble of capitalism? Or are the common underpinnings of liberal ideology not common after all?

I noted a letter to the editor in which the author enthusiastically endorsed a local resolution to make Sonoma County “GE Free\”. At first I thought someone had proposed to do away with electricity, which didn’t really surprise me at this juncture. I was taken aback however to discover that “GE\” was Genetic Engineering. How is this to be accomplished? Isn’t the act of procreation genetic engineering in a very fundamental sense? Beyond the obvious, consider this;

\”The famed horticulturist made his home in Santa Rosa for more than fifty years. On this garden site and in nearby Sebastopol, Burbank conducted the plant-breeding experiments that brought him world renown. His objective was to improve the quality of plants and thereby increase the world\’s food supply. In his working career Burbank introduced more than 800 new varieties of plants including over 200 varieties of fruits, many vegetables, nuts and grains, and hundreds of ornamental flowers.\”
\”http://www.parks.sonoma.net/burbstory.html

Of course this Burbank is Luther Burbank, Sonoma County’s own “GE\” genius! Before you brush this story off as the random and annoying bugaboo of a few small minds you need to know that over 45,000 Sonoma County citizens have placed their signatures on a petition to put this on the next ballot. They will then join Marin and Mendocino Counties to make the largest “GE Free Zone\” in the United States. These are the very same people who overwhelmingly support fetal stem cell research. It is obviously okay to genetically engineer human beings, but keep your hands off the tomatoes! Stay on your toes, folks. This is headed your way. (No, that tremor wasn’t an earthquake. It was just Burbank rolling over in his grave.)

I am reminded of the “Nuclear Free Zone\” signs in Berkeley. Anyone who knows anything about the history of the nuclear age and the history of the city of Berkeley can only laugh. Anyone who knows anything about the history of Sonoma County and the groundbreaking work done by Luther Burbank can only shake their heads at this nonsense. These “GE Free\” people might as well be calling for an end to electricity.

Opposite the advertisement for Medical Marijuana Evaluations was a review of a book about the counterculture. The subtitle to the article was a quote from Ken Kesey; “The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. Could this be the answer?! Reading further we find that Friedrich Nietzsche suggested eschewing history in favor of myth, believing that myth creates a spiritual community that squashes history like a bug. Hmmmm! The next paragraph reveals that countercultural types tend to be people who do not subscribe to any one specific philosophy or “reality tunnel\”. To these people myth and imagination are more interesting than “raw glaring particulars\” (a.k.a. “facts\”). Kesey continues; “To hell with facts! We need stories! Is it possible that in this seemingly insignificant rag I had discovered the foundational principle of liberal philosophy; the wellspring of leftist rationale? Is myth really more important than history? Are stories truly more relevant than facts? I suppose we could ask Barbara Boxer.

I have long wondered how seemingly intelligent people can be found so far afield of reason. It is because they, according to what I have read in their own newspaper, regard myths and stories to be more valid than facts. This explains the wild inconsistencies that mystify the rest of us. In this strange world facts do not matter unless they support the myth. When the myth cannot be supported by facts, the facts are abandoned.

Facts and truth cannot support every philosophy, every lifestyle choice, every notion, every behavior, every political stance, every doctrine, and every personal belief, but stories can. And, unlike facts and truth, stories can change.

With these things in mind, even those who do not believe that the Bible is the word of God must still be impressed by Paul’s prophetic pronouncement to Timothy.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. -2 Timothy 4:3-4

This truth they shall dismiss as myth.

Natural Selection

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

There are some who believe that Liberalism is a mental disorder. It might be much more serious than that; it may well be the equivalent of a suicide cult. Let us consider some of Socialist Liberalism’s esteemed icons; the authors (wittingly and otherwise) of leftist ideology and its basic tenets. Then we’ll have a look at some of the fruits of this ideology and the unavoidable outcome.

“Religion is the opiate of the masses.\” This was the essence of the Romantic age; the lumenless enlightenment of 19th Century Continental culture; the distillation of a dozen disparate philosophies dealing with the Divine Rights of Kings, the profane wrongs of social castes, the hypocrisy manifest in the political power of priests and prelates; the presumption of Papal infallibility; the morality of modern economic realities, the pettiness of the Bourgeoisies and the plight of the proletariat in the Industrial Age. There was certainly much to justifiably complain about but denying God a seat at the negotiating table was not a recipe for realistically resolving problems. For his contribution to the continuing confusion, Karl Marx anchors this leg of the Lemming relay.

The Voyage of the Beagle and “The Origin of the Species\” delivered another cornerstone of Liberal philosophy. Regardless of how one interprets or misinterprets Darwin’s life’s work, one precept is fairly clear; his work focused on natural selection in the dog-eat-dog world of the competition for food and reproductive supremacy, evoking the understandable conclusion that evolution is a natural byproduct of the union of, and survival of the fittest. What most Leftists have incorrectly extrapolated from “Darwinism.\” relates more directly to the Marxist faith in no God. Monkeys as ancestors fit this notion as well as one can fit puzzle pieces that don’t fit. They thought they had their missing link with the discovery of the planted Piltdown man but when that theory underwent its slow meltdown they continued to cling to this missing link myth as reality. It is not that evolution is not a reality; it surely is (for proof one can compare me with my son) but Darwin never proved, nor did he ever really claim that man descended from arboreal primates (this is purely the myth-driven, post Darwin evolution of his concept of “decent with modification\”. The key conclusion that Darwin reached was that stronger individuals within species, and stronger species outbreed the weaker, subsequently achieving dominance in their spheres. Darwin the deist unwittingly became a resource for atheistic thought.

The Jung-Freud-Nietzsche nexus is the keystone of liberal thinking. Freud believed that every human motivation proceeds from a sexual urge, that we are powered by the self-contained psychic energy of ambivalence and driven by structural complexities that are the only real differences between us and the other non-human animals. The notion of a unique soul occupying the heart of man, necessarily elevating humans to a higher moral standard, ran contrary to his concept of man-as-animal. One can easily see how this and Freud’s Oedipus fits with modern day hedonic liberalism. Much more could be written but we all get the point. God becomes most inconvenient when one is considering killing his father so he can sleep with his mother.

For Nietzsche, God probably wasn’t as much of a nuisance because God was dead. One could expect this conclusion from someone who proposed that myth is more real than reality. Again, liberalism has jumped on that bandwagon in a big way. When has truth ever stymied the propagation of myth when the myth better serves the “greater purpose\”?

Jung’s long repressed dream about God defecating on a cathedral has been widely and wildly misinterpreted. It clearly didn’t mean that God does not exist. What one could rightly take from this very personal bit of personal inspiration is that God does exist but that he is not too happy with the way some men have corrupted his program. Jung propounded the existence of a “collective unconscious\”; the “over-soul\”, as it were. Lacking in true divinity, it is the basis of the rationale for the perpetuation of the purely self-serving inertia of the natural man; the status quo of mortal mediocrity. It can be very convenient to have a God that one can’t put one’s finger on; a God that is everywhere and nowhere; a God of mystery; a God that is unconscious. If He is mysterious, how can we know Him and His program and how can we be expected to understand? Does it matter how we behave if we are not responsible for knowing how to behave? One of Jung’s most ironic legacies; his belief in meaningful coincidence or “synchronicity\”, was met in the cross pollination of his notion that God is in the psyche and Nietzsche’s assertion that “God is dead\”. Where does that leave us? Maybe we really do need therapy!

Pantheistic, rabid environmentalism combined with a secular-sacred regard for the ancient cultures that butchered each other on this continent before the white men came, are the walls and ceiling of this teetering house of cards.

When we combine these elements; Marxism’s aggressive disdain for intellect, entrepreneurialism, spiritualism and personal initiative; Darwin’s survival of the fittest (and the conclusion to which this naturally leads, that the weak do not survive); Freud’s grand rationalization for hedonism; Nietzsche’s myth that God is dead; Jung’s collective unconscious as God’s panhuman replacement; the primitives’ belief that God is diffuse in the universe, as ubiquitous as the sub-atomic particles that comprise all matter; and that the white man has desecrated and polluted everything he has touched, we are left with an ideology that supports and defends the following:

The welfare state, which promotes qualities and behaviors antithetical to those that foster initiative and esteem, weakening those trapped within and placing additional burdens on the rest.

Excessive taxation, which punishes those who produce ideas or goods, limiting their ability to expand their businesses, hire new workers and create new and better products, weakening everyone connected to the economy.

Abortion and the euphemistically named Planned Parenthood: approximately 40,000,000 unborn children have been killed in the USA alone since Roe v. Wade, weakening us in incalculable ways. Was the cure for cancer to be found among those intelligences extinguished before birth? What about the contributions of their children; talents and ideas that we might never experience?

Gun Control, which limits the rights of law abiding citizens to protect and defend themselves, their families and their communities, weakening our ability to resist those who would do us harm.

The push for drug legalization with the unavoidable consequences of addictive enslavement.

Drugging children in the public schools to combat the effects of testosterone.

Attacking the Boy Scouts of America and the virtues it promotes.

Euthanasia; the practice of terminating lives before the natural conclusion of the mortal experience, weakening families by cutting short vital conversations at a critical time in life’s concluding moments when true human priorities are most in focus and resistance to discussing them is all but non-existent.

Homosexuality; the lifestyle from which the average male can expect an average reduction in life expectancy of 20 years; the result of a weakened immune system and overexposure to significant health hazards.

Situational ethics and morality; weakening the moral structure of the culture by resorting to whatever, however and whenever.

The attack on the traditional religious underpinnings of the nation and the culture.

The attack on those who protect and defend the nation.

Sex education that includes demonstrations on the use of condoms but exludes the common sense discussion of consequences.

Laws to protect childrens skulls but not their brains.

Various environmental groups whose concern for all things natural seems to exclude man, with fairy shrimp, kangaroo rats, squawfish, spotted owls and mold spores all falling in line ahead of the human enterprise. Certainly we need to be wise stewards but reasonably and realistically, using science not myth as the proper motivation to act. The Hudson Institute, back in the late 60’s conducted a major study on population growth and its potential impact on the planet. They determined that the earth could reasonably sustain a population of 35 Billion. There is enough timber in Siberia alone to build a house the size of the White House for every family on earth. Saudi Arabia alone conservatively estimates that they have oil sufficient to supply the world, at current usage levels, for at least 80 years. That doesn\’t count all the other reservoirs of resources presently available. There are significant energy reserves to get us to the place where John Galt is in hiding.

Population control.

Finite thinking and lack mentality, and the list goes on and on.

If one adds all this up, what we have is an active conspiracy among liberal socialists to minimize human potential; to weaken modern culture and thereby the individual. Some will buy into this notion and will actively participate in the decline of morality and decency, weakening themselves, their families and their nation in the process.

How does this square with their understanding of the Darwin they profess to follow? Darwin identified the means by which some individuals would have descendants and others would not. He later called this sexual selection. Those males who beat other males or were selected for breeding by females left more offspring and so subsequent generations would resemble them more than those who succeeded less often to reproduce. As Darwin pointed out, \”A hornless stag or spurless cock would have a poor chance of leaving offspring.\” Where does this leave the products of the leftist agenda? Will there be any?

A reminder to all those who contemplate pursuing the liberal course; it is not the weak who shall inherit the earth.

The Cave Man Principle

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

At the risk of becoming even more unpopular, or should I say, with the absolute certainty of becoming more unpopular, allow me to share a very un-PC thought. I do so with no small amount of trepidation, knowing full well that some people will intentionally misunderstand; but this is entirely the point I hope to make.

Modern liberalism has a significant gender related element that must be understood in order to comprehend liberalism’s power and the attraction it holds for a large number of people. Again, I approach this warily because I do not wish for anyone to take what I am about to say as a slam against women. My mother, sisters, wife, daughter and granddaughters are all women. I love them deeply and truly. I esteem and revere them. They are wonderful human beings with gifts and talents I do not possess. I would not argue with the oft-stated notion that women are the most beautiful of all God’s creations but would add that their beauty is not skin-deep.
This said——–!

Liberalism has an emotional foundation and is sustained by the manipulation of the natural tendencies of women to be fundamentally and overtly emotional. Facts are inconvenient in any attempt to logically formulate an argument for use in a debate with a liberal. When intellectually cornered, they immediately latch onto a tangential point in an effort to slither away. This tangential connector can link the escape artist, via free association, to another subject altogether, permitting the logic-challenged individual to skip away emotionally unscathed. All that must exist in order to execute this slight of thought is for one word to be identified in the conversation that can be applied within or accessed through another context. Arguing with a liberal, or a woman, is like playing pick up sticks with a plate of cooked spaghetti. Everything touches upon everything else. There is simply no way to touch upon one point that does not touch upon another. This is okay (albeit frequently a source of difficulty) when dealing with a woman in a male/female relationship! Women are that way, in the main, and must be accepted in this light. They are equally exasperated with a corresponding lack of emotional complexity among the male gender. We are all equally provoked.

The problem arises when one translates this logical logic problem into the political world. Facts should matter most in an honest and meaningful debate about energy policy, highway construction, military matters, judicial appointments, environmental concerns, etc. Instead, there is a lot of intentional misunderstanding promulgated by the left for the purpose of defending their true and unspoken objectives. Yet these all become tangentially emotional issues, first by design and then by inertia. The Million Mom March was a purely emotional appeal to the women of the nation to join in the fight to destroy the Second Amendment, although this was not the publicly stated purpose. While no one wants to see kids hurt or killed by criminals using guns, or by improperly educated children using guns negligently stored by their parents, the real motivation of the organizers of this event had little to do with any of these things. By linking the word “guns” with the emotional content relating to the insanity that caused the “Columbine” catastrophe, the socialists who want to disarm law-abiding citizens enlist the aid of those most likely to experience the event emotionally rather than logically. No one stopped to point out that men protect their wives and children from criminals and tyrants by the use of arms.

Bill Clinton, who shepherded in the Reno Administration and the rise of militant feminism, could never have become president without the overwhelming support of women. Why did they vote for him? Really? Hillary would never have a prayer of winning a third term in the White House if not for women. Why would they vote for her? What is the real reason?

Not all women are duped by the likes of Bill and Hill, and thank goodness for this fact. Yet, we must forgive the vast majority of those that do play into the hands of the deceivers, understanding that the emotions being manipulated are part of the program design. Women are shaped differently, inside and out, physically, mentally (yes even our brains are differently shaped) and emotionally. The only place we meet on a truly even playing field is in our spiritual lives, and here it can reasonably be said that women are the Christians and men, the theologians. Lock and key, female and male, each one vastly different but inescapably interlocked; neither going far without the other. Men must understand the cave man principle in order to truly be successful in a relationship with a women; he must cave early and often (this also explains why conservative politicians so frequently acquiesce to the wishes of the Left—–it is familiar territory to them, having learned the ritual at home).

Liberal men are another story altogether. Some are actually the conniving villains that modern white conservative males are made out to be in modern media. These are the ones who subtly manipulate the tender emotions of our dear sisters. The rest are testosterone deprived postmodern Milquetoasts masquerading as men. The sinister males and the radical feminists, dangling the prospect of intimacy, use these weak-willed, weak-kneed whimperers as kindling to keep their witches brew aboiling.

The National Organization for Women and other feminist groups have long since succeed in debunking the notion of the weaker sex. It is time to likewise disabuse ourselves of the myth of the “fairer” sex. They may indeed be fair to look upon but they are not fair in the methods they use to maintain dominion.

Men have long pondered the mysterious Mona Lisa smile. The mystery is now solved. It isn’t a smile; it’s a smirk. She knows you can never pin her down, for if you ever get close to figuring her out, she will intentionally misunderstand what you are trying to explain, even if only to yourself. Even, and especially if you are right, even and especially if you try to win, you will lose.

Modern liberalism is fueled and perpetuated by playing to and with the natural emotions of the average women. Any debate on this subject without acknowledgment of this fact will be a meaningless exercise.

Poached Frog?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

(From time to time I will repost this, my initial post, at the top of the page to give new readers a better perspective on the name I have chosen for this blog. All other posts will remain in their original time frame.)

How do you cook a frog? And what happened to the great melting pot?

Alexander Pope posed the problem poetically,

Vice is a monster of so frightful mean
As to be hated needs but to be seen
But seen too oft, too familiar that face
First we endure, then pity, then embrace.

“Character is destiny\”, wrote the Ephesian, Heraclitus. The least degree of immorality (or unethical behavior, if you prefer to present this concept in secular terms) can only serve to corrupt one’s character and destroy the future of those who are thus tempted or engaged. We fortunate citizens of the United States can be proud of Tocqueville’s profound pronouncement that “America is great because Americans are good\”, but we should never forget his equally sobering prediction that “America will cease to be great when Americans cease to be good\”. We are nearly equally divided between those who still respect God and an emanating set of governing principles, and those who support a more secular, a more temporal worldview in which the overarching purpose is not the observation of principles but rather the evasion and avoidance of consequences. We can only imagine what awaits us if the balance is tipped in favor of the latter orientation; when the majority is finally hooked on hedonics.

Is it too late to alter our course? Perhaps, but we as individuals must continue to do what we know to be right and proper. That is why I have chosen to erect this website and offer my views on cultural and political issues, opinions gleaned from 55 years of life, from a penchant for history and a passion for truth. I know how to cook frog legs. I was a chef for nearly 20 years. (You may even find a recipe or two in these pages. We all must eat regardless of our divergent philosophies.) So, how does one cook a frog? If thrown directly into hot water, he will immediately jump out. If you put him in cold water and slowly turn up the heat, he will quietly endure the incremental increase in temperature, then only too late will it be obvious that he has become poached frog.

(Unfortunately, no comments may be left here as unscrupulous advertisers have bombarded this site with hundreds of thousands of solicitations for everything imaginable. Naturally, as this is a free site, they take advantage and it is hard to keep it clean.

For Brian Bozzuto, USMC

Monday, February 18th, 2008

SEND ME

I dreamt I met Miss Liberty
and in my dream she asked of me
“Who will keep my people free?”
I took her hand and said, “Send me”.

She lowered the lamp held fast in her hand.
“Who will defend this wonderful Land?”
“Who will protect the Land of the Free?”
I looked in her eyes and answered, “Send me”.

Send me.
I will go and I will do.
Send me
I’ll be faithful, brave and true
Send me
I’ll stand beside our friends
Send me
And we’ll battle till we win
Send me

I promise to remember that Tuesday in September
When the enemies of freedom took to flight
But our resolve was never measured in concrete, glass and steel
But in our courage when we’re certain of what’s right

They don’t know who they’re messing with
in this Land that God keeps blessin’ with
sons and daughters brave and true
who’ll give their all for me and you.

So who will keep this nation free?
I will, Lady Liberty,
I’ll keep the faith with history
To pass on what was left to me
Send me

Send me.
I am brave and I am true
Send me
I am faithful through and through
Send me, Lady Liberty
And I will keep our people free
Send me

The Big O

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Anyone who has ever visited this site knows that I am no fan of the Clintons, most Democrats and a fair number of Republicans. I have never belonged to either party because both are corrupt; as an elected member of either party, one does what one is told and the party leadershiip will do what they can to perpetuate your incumbency. Both parties are more obsessed with money than they are passionate about principle. I think most people feel pretty much the same and are anxious to vote for someone to counteract their cynical conclusion about politics in America.

I understand what eager idealists see in Obama. They see someone who has no significant history with Washington politics, or anything else for that matter. He is bright, articulate, fresh and clean. On his shiny surface the impressionable can project their own images of what they want this man to be. He is telegenic, charismatic to a degree and engaging. He can talk for an hour allowing the audience to hear exactly what they would like to hear and yet we still have no clue who this guy is. The big \”O\” on his campaign signs and bumper stickers is truly the best representation of him that I have seen. Colorful all the way around but absolutely nothing in the middle, leading one to wonder, \”Isn\’t that actually a zero?\”

Free at Last

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

The long term effect of Obama\’s candidacy, win or lose, will be the severing of the previously indestructible bond that has existed between the blacks and the Democrat Party. Sure, there will be some who will remain true (for all the mysterious reasons that manage to persist) but the monolithic black block once guaranteed to vote Democrat will be forever shattered by this, the 2008 election contest. And on that day they shall be free at last.

Romney\’s Brilliant Stroke?

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Now confident of victory, the Straight Talk Express will comfortably meander. Now confident of victory, the Major Media will no longer be forced to wait until convention time to begin their attacks on McCain. The strategy which was designed to unfold along a future time-line is now unencumbered. We shall see just how much LUV and respect the left-wing press really has for their \”maverick\”. We shall also see how much respect and genuine affection McCain has for the conservatives he courted yesterday. There is a long time between now and the convention. A less-distant backward glance reveals Giulliani as the Republican front runner. Who would then have imagined what has subsequently transpired?

Meanwhile, after having delivered one of the best speeches anyone has ever heard, Romney has claimed the conservative mantle. He will be at the convention. Will the Party still be happy with an overconfident McCain who is given to gaffes and who, for months, has been targeted by the Democrats, the NY Times and the rest of the usual suspects? Will it be candidate McCain who shows up at the convention, or Captain McQueeg? Will the polling data cause the GOP\’s knees to go all wobbly in the face of a probable Democrat victory? Will the delegates mutiny?

With the Straight Talk Express thus stalled in factional gridlock, Romney\’s decision to ride it out at home might just be the only avenue to victory; for him, the Party and the Nation.

It Doesn\’t a Take a Giant

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

But it takes a big man to put his personal aspirations aside in favor of the greater good. Let us hope that this purpose can be fulfilled by Romney\’s noble act. After running the numbers and examining the facts, Mitt has done what Mike (now rendered irrelevant) should have done before Super Tuesday. On the one hand, Mitt\’s decision is understandable but on the other he has left the battle for the RIGHT in the hands of someone who is untrustworthy as a champion of the conservative values that made and make this nation the shining city on a hill. Whether or not this helps McCain recognize the responsibilities he will now bear is unclear. I cannot hold out much hope for an epiphany on the Straight Talk Express because an epiphany requires a listener, but I do still believe in miracles. This is, after all, God\’s country.

Conservatives vs McCain

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

The issue is the Supreme Court.

McCain Supporters

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

McCain supporters fall into the following categories:

1) Economic conservatives who are socially liberal (Log Cabin Republicans, etc)
2) Social liberals who believe that the War on terror must be proactively fought
3) Those for whom his Vietnam service provides all the evidence required
4) Liberal independents and Democrat crossover voters who have voted for him knowing that he will be the easiest Republican to defeat in November
5) The otherwise gullible (those who still look to the NY Times, ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN for news and opinion if they search for these things at all)

None of the above consistently apply what passes for principle to all all the facets of their lives or all of the evidence available before making choices effecting their lives and the life of the Republic. This is quite understandable as the candidate is similarly afflicted.

Tornadic Activism

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

It strikes me as exceedingly peculiar that these freak winter tornadoes struck four of the five states that Huckabee won within hours of the closing of the polls. Senator Kerry today attributed this extremely uncommon event to the phenomenon of global warming. Others, including myself, suspect the change in the moral climate epitomized by the above referenced minister\’s willingness to sacrifice age-old principle for personal gain and aggrandizement. It is bad enough that the simple folk sin. Better have a storm cellar if you plan on voting for Huckabee.

Gang of 14

Monday, February 4th, 2008

If you are considering the idea of voting for McCain, please remember the Gang of 14. As you may recall, McCain was at the center of this group of \”moderate\” (lukewarm) Republicans and Democrats who defeated attempts by Republicans to force the issue on the Democrat practice of filibustering conservative judicial nominees. There has never been precedent for such unseemly partisanship in this Senate function, the role of advice and consent on administration appointees. This abuse of power on the part of the Democrats would have been challenged and probably ended by a vote had it not been for McCain\’s meddling. He insists upon being relevant regardless of the cost to others and the cost to the nation. He is not a maverick, he\’s a megalomaniac. He is not a conservative. He is ill-liberally liberal. If we wanted someone like him as our standard bearer, we would be Democrats!

Let the voter beware.

Open Letter to Huckabee

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

I emailed the following to Mike Huckabee after he ignored earlier and more discrete counsel.

\”Governor Huckabee;

You know you cannot win the nomination. Your choice to stay in the race will give McCain the nomination and Hillary the White House. The only question that remains is \”WHY?\” The only possible answers are these;

1) You are a selfish ego-maniac who doesn\’t care about this nation enough to set your personal interests aside
2) McCain or Hillary have paid you off
3) You dislike Mormons so intensely that you would jeopardize the nation\’s best interests to prevent one from ascending to the presidency.

There are no other answers possible. Which is it? Get out of the race or forever be held in contempt by the vast majority of conservative voters. You have no political future if you are not willing to sacrifice your personal interests in this, the present moment.

Do the RIGHT thing!\”

Please let the Governor know how you feel about his decision to stay in the race, willfully handing the victory to the liberals.