Archive for February, 2010

Worth Repeating

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

-George Washington, from his farewell address.

Hypocrisy or Hubris?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

John McCain must believe that he lost to Obama because he wasn’t socialist enough. This is the only way to explain his having written a bill to regulate nutritional supplements a la the European model, and this before sitting down with a handful of real Republicans at Obama’s health care summit.

Most people who are even slightly conscious do not have a problem understanding that proper nutrition is a critical component of good health. How many of the 60+ minerals essential to good health are found in the food we eat? How many maladies are the result of inadequacies in our diets? Are supplements an important element in maintaining good health?

I have lived in Europe and have been subject to socialized medicine. Their control over the supplement market is part of their socialized program. European governments do not want people to be responsible for their own well-being. That sounds like a bold statement on the surface but what other conclusion can be drawn? My friends over there give me orders for things as simple as multivitamins and vitamin C every time they hear that I am coming over, so tightly are these things controlled and so expensive are they when available at all.

I honor McCain’s service to our country but I think he has been on the DC cocktail circuit way too long. What is he thinking? Is this hypocrisy or hubris? From whom is he taking advice? McCain should fire that person or the people of Arizona should fire him. Adding this to the disaster that was McCain/Feingold and the best solution to the problem seems obvious; to generously contribute to JD Hayworth’s campaign to unseat the increasingly unhinged senator from Sedona.

Justification for Reconciliation

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Appealing to emotion, while emotionally appealing, is not a rational reason for spending $2,000,000,000,000+ that we do not have, especially on another unconstitutional program we do not want or need.

Math for Deaf and Dummies

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The purpose of the Democrat health care plan is ostensibly to provide coverage for the approximately 30,000,000 Americans without current coverage while simultaneously reducing the cost of health care across the board. The plan calls for raising taxes immediately while providing coverage beginning in 2014. At an anticipated cost of at least $2,000,000,000,000, this is calculates to $66,000 per person presently without health insurance. These uninsured citizens (those who actually want insurance) could certainly obtain cheaper coverage through 99% of the insurance carriers in the U.S. marketplace. Does all of this add up? Only to those who have other motives altogether, and who are not only altogether dumb but deaf.

Something About Harry

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Harry Reid was quoted yesterday saying, “Men, when they are out of work, tend to become more abusive.” This should serve as a warning for Mrs. Reid. She might want to get him into counseling now or plan on an extended vacation beginning this November 2.

Say No to Food Deserts

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

The First Lady, in an admirable effort to rein in childhood obesity and borrowing a line from Nancy Reagan, has been quoted as saying “Just say No to food deserts”. I am wondering if California’s lower central valley, turned into a dust-bowl by the EPA’s favoritism of the Delta smelt over the human population, qualifies as a food desert. Or was she actually saying “Just say No to dessert”?

Real Transparency, At Last

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The man who promised but consistently failed to deliver openness and transparency in his administration has finally revealed the major component of his plan for the political future of his party, and his own; graft.

After having twice offended the people of Las Vegas, and having nearly destroyed that city (and Harry Reid) with his thoughtless remarks, he has come to the rescue of the city (and Harry Reid) he besmirched with $1,500,000,000 from the Democrat slush fund, aka TARP (or the Stimulus package; take your pick). While I am sure that no one will refuse the money, not even the blind will miss the point of this political exercise.

This is the most transparent thing Obama has done. But one thing, Mr. President; you have hurt and offended me. Is my payola check in the mail or are you guilty of discrimination?

Tea for Two

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

As a life-long politically active unaffiliated voter and as a former independent candidate for the California Assembly and early organizer for the Reform Party, I offer this advice to the Tea Party. Do not run candidates for office. Instead use your grass roots mobility to hold both Republicans and Democrats to account, thereby forcing both parties to field better candidates and to be more responsive to the recommendations of the movement. Running third party candidates will do little to generate the change needed in both major parties. It would, however, dilute the effectiveness of the organization’s message while providing little chance of electoral victory to the Tea Party. Throw your weight to the best candidate or accept being marginalized to extinction.

An Educational Moment

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The Harvard educated Alabama university professor, Amy Bishop, who shot and killed the male members of the faculty who had just denied her tenure has provided us with some timely insight into the nature of irrational anger and its manifestations.

In this age of the politically correct vilification of men (especially while men) it is appropriate to recall some of the famous and infamous women whose deeds overwhelmingly prove that women can also be cold, hard, calculating criminals. Lucretia Borgia comes to mind, along with Lizzy Borden, Bonnie Parker, Salome (the one who asked for John the Baptist’s head on a platter), Typhoid Mary, Eva Peron, Susan Atkins, Squeaky Fromme, Andrea Yates, Frances Newton, Blanche Moore, Diane Downs, Susan Smith, Elena Ceausescu, Tokyo Rose, Ma Barker, Jezebel, Ethyl Rosenberg, Mata Hari, Belle Starr, Pearl Hart, Etta Place, Ellen Watson, Elizabeth Bthory, Mary Anne Cotton, Genene Jones, Marybeth Tinning, Karla Homolka, Ailene Wuronos and Janet Reno, whose Justice Department made it chic to revile men.

A Texas University study, conducted by two women, on the subject of domestic violence determined that women are more likely to commit violence on their counterparts than the other way around. The reason that we do not hear much about this is because men are less likely to call the cops. It is simply not manly to complain that one’s wife or girlfriend beat him up.

It would be well to have an open dialogue about the realities as opposed to perpetuating the myths; not just about domestic violence but about all things that have been protected and promulgated by the PC police over the last generation. Don’t you think we have had enough of the lies?

I am sure that Professor Bishop will now find a life-time position in an Alabama institution as a result of her actions.

(The Bishop story also tells us that a Harvard University education is not the imprimatur that some would have us believe.)

Uncommon Sense

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Common sense is found in the willingness to objectively view available evidence and draw conclusions based upon the application of logic and then to ethically employ that information in formulating a plan of action consistent with the principles thus identified. Common sense would then dictate that one use rational thought in conveying one’s findings to others without fear of contradiction or without the necessity to impugn the character of the other; in other words exercising discretion sufficient to avoid the thoughtless temptation to misrepresent the content and context of a conversation in which one has lost intellectual traction, choosing instead to mis-color the other as a racist, bigot or fool. One cannot claim to possess common sense if he cannot defend his position other than through a virtueless effort to vilify the other in a manner wholly inconsistent with point being debated.

Clearing Up a Misunderstanding

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

My last post was not motivated by nostalgia for the Clinton days as much the pure disdain I feel for the current administration as a result for their disdain for the rest of us. Compared to the present occupant of the Oval Office, Bill was an affable rogue with a testosterone problem. By contrast Obama perceives all Americans as wearing blue dresses.

I Never Thought I’d Say It–

Friday, February 12th, 2010

—but I miss Bill Clinton.

Worthy of Notes

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Is there really something wrong with using notes when speaking in public? Is there a significant difference between occasionally jotting a few notes on one’s hand and using a teleprompter in nearly every venue?

Last Post

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

No, this is not my last post. I refer to my last post in which the text reads “test”. Merely an accident. But while we are here I must confess that I do focus heavily on politics, economics, history and foreign affairs and I am sure that many merely sigh and move on when they see my posts. This is certainly your option but I hasten to remind you that he who does not learn from history is condemned to repeat it and he who is not conscious of the present will be called to account. All Americans will ultimately be held to held to the standards set forth by our Founding Fathers and the Founding Father. What will you say when you are asked what you did to defend the liberty and truth?

Inescapable Conclusions

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010