Friday, December 30, 2011

Random Thoughts

Snippets from other conversations:

I want leaders who are not afraid to speak and live their faith and whose principles are grounded in reliance upon God. I do not want leaders who use their station to impose morality on others. If God will not force Himself upon anyone, how shall any man suppose to do it for Him?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Woodbine flag broke the law

Patriotism is no exemption to law

You can't touch me! I'm wearing my 'invincibility flag!'
I don't keep a list of pet peeves like some people do because everything that could be on my list is pretty well covered by a single item: stupidity. Normally, I need only avoid liberals in order to avoid being irritated, since they are the ones who cling to stupidity the most. But every now and then, I run into some stupidity on the right. 

Nowhere does this happen more often than with matters concerning the American flag. Don't get me wrong, I love the flag--I even get a little misty sometimes reflecting on what it stands for. But because I'm not trying to get into the flag's pants (as some seem to be) I don't take those feelings so far as to abandon all reason. And I certainly don't get jealous about the flag, thinking everyone is trying to steal her from me. I'm going to stop this line of thought because it's starting to sound like a typical teen movie.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quick Hit: "Hey Honey, you look fat. Merry Christmas."

BBC News has an idea about the perfect Christmas gift for that someone who has already eaten everything: tell them how fat they are.

The article lists all the oft repeated health risks of being overweight. It also cites a survey that found "42% of 18 to 24-year-olds would not tell a loved one they should lose weight because of a fear they would hurt the other person's feelings." Well, that makes Christmas just the perfect time to cast insults at those closest to you. After all, as Donkey from <i>Shrek</i> says, "It ain't Christmas until somebody cries."

But besides the obvious, let me tell you why this is the most crap-tastic Christmas idea ever. And no, it's not because it is cheap. Speaking as circumferally-enhanced individual, I already know I'm fat. And your loved ones? They know they are fat, too. Christmas is the time to say "I love you" (thank you Billy Squire), not the time to point out others' imperfections.

On the other hand, one could take this all the way and use the holiday as a time of absolute candor. After you are done telling Aunt Dottie how fat she is, may as well tell Uncle Billy that his toupee it completely obvious, tell Cousin Jeff that his problem with women is his personality, that, no Lil' Sis, your singing career is not taking off, and Grandpa, no one thinks that your jokes are funny anymore. Actually, that last one might be alright.

Friday, December 16, 2011

It’s a Wonderful(ly Capitalist) Life(!)

I have a guest article over at Commentarama Films examining the conservative message behind the Frank Capra classic It's a Wonderful Life. Here's a taste:

"It’s a Wonderful Life praises a far more substantial vision of free-enterprise than its detractors seem to apprehend. Besides that, the film is also a tribute to family, a salute to Americanism, an homage to goodwill, and an ode to traditional values all wrapped up in a beautiful golden-age Hollywood Christmas card."
Read more at Commentarama Films »

the Almighty Crock Pot

This is actually the model of crock-pot that I have.
I am a man of few regrets. However, one true regret I have in my life is that I did not discover the power of the crock pot sooner. It wasn't until I became a full-fledged adult, with a mortgage and children, that I came to understand the usefulness of what is quite possibly the greatest convenience appliance of all time. Yes, I'm ranking this thing above the microwave (though I would never go without one of those, either).

The reason I regret not learning about the amazing crock pot sooner is that, contrary to what you might think, this appliance is not just for busy moms (and dads) or for keeping Buffalo wings hot. I wish I could go back in time to visit bachelor me and give him the gift of slow cooking. It certainly would have saved me from weeks on end of Chinese take-out, microwave pot-pies, and canned pasta.

If there is one thing that every single man is wanting, it is a home cooked meal. The beauty of the crock pot is that, with minimal effort and approximately equal know how, one can have just that. You just load it up in the morning with whatever you fancy, go do whatever you need to do all day, and return in the evening to a hot and ready dinner. That's faster than nuking a Hungry Man dinner.

Sure, crock pot cooking takes a little more planning than microwavery. But it has great advantage. With a microwave, everything you make is limited to one texture: mushy. This may be fine for ramen noodles and Salisbury steak. But what about roast chicken with new potatoes and garden vegetables? Yes, armed with a crock pot, a single guy can make for himself a roast chicken dinner. And that is not all, the possibilities are endless. And preparation is as simple as throwing stuff in a pot.

Sure, a little trial and error will lead you to bigger and better dishes, but I've never known a guy who wasn't willing to eat his mistakes--literally. So, my advice to all you bachelors out there, forget the microwave and get yourself a crock pot. (But don't really forget the microwave. You're still gonna want a Hot Pocket now and again.)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Breakfast Bagel Sandwich


A homemade ham, egg, 'n' swiss bagel sandwich. Ummmmm!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Indoor S'mores

I really like this recipe, and I just made it. It's like rice crispy treats only much, much better.

Indoor S'mores

Ingredients
  • 8 cups (13-oz. box) graham cracker cereal
  • 6 cups (10.5-oz. bag) miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • 5 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
GREASE 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour cereal into large bowl.

HEAT 5 cups marshmallows, morsels, butter and corn syrup in medium, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract.

POUR marshmallow mixture over cereal; stir until well coated. Stir in remaining marshmallows. Press mixture into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Cut into bars.

MICROWAVE METHOD:
Microwave 5 cups marshmallows, morsels, butter and corn syrup in large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 1/2 minutes, stirring every minute, until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Proceed as above.

Keystone XL Pipleine: Good for America. Safe for Nebraska.

As a Nebraskan, expressing my support for the Keystone XL Pipeline is probably long overdue. I guess that's because I don't have a whole lot to say. I've heard the arguments and I think it is a good project. That is all I have to say. But I don't think it is good to remain silent on the subject.

The facts of the debate are remarkably simple. The main arguments against the pipeline are environmental. The trouble is, they are all wrong. But don't just take it from me.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

AotR: Conan the Barbarian (1982 / 2011)

Let me tell you of the days of high adventure. 

Wow, I almost let the entire month of November slip by without posting a review. (That’s if I can get this posted before midnight.) Clearly I picked the wrong time of year to start these. No matter. Let’s get back to it, shall we?

I didn’t know that a remake of Conan the Barbarian had even been done until I saw a display for the DVD in the store. That made me realize that I had never seen the original film, despite it being considered an iconic movie of the ‘80s. So, with a twinge of guilt over my neglected fledgling blog, I did the only sensible thing I could think of: I hit the Redbox® and hoped that the original was available for instant viewing on Netflix®. It was my lucky day.


Read more at Attack of the Remake »

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gratitude: who has it and who doesn’t


A not-so-sappy Thanksgiving message

I realize that Thanksgiving Day is nearly over and that, for many, the Black Friday shopping has already begun. But even though the people and not the birds are the ones now stuffed, I don’t think it is too late for a few Thanksgiving thoughts. Besides, it gives me some room to fire off a rather harsher message than the more cheerful and reverent holiday messages that seem to come earlier while the big parade is still on.

Gratitude. That’s the point of Thanksgiving, isn’t it? Not just feeling it, but showing it, too. Now, I don’t care whether you use the day to give thanks to God or your forefathers, your fellow man or to fate, or if you just want to share in a general, overall attitude of appreciation. It’s not my business to tell anyone where to direct his or her thanks. But it should go without saying that in order to show thankfulness, first you have to be thankful.

Now it’s about to get gritty:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Gaffe that Almost Wasn’t

The smear campaign against Cain continues 

By now the internet, radio, television, and wagging tongues everywhere are all abuzz over the latest campaign blunder by Herman Cain. But is it really the gaffe everyone says it is? Or was it a selective editing job a la Ed Shultz? Well, call me cynical, but I’ve seen enough media shenanigans to be suspicious of anything taken out of context and this definitely tripped my radar.

In the clip that has gone viral (below), Cain does appear to be caught off-guard by a question on Libya, a topic he ought to have been ready for.


My first reaction was to wonder how many clips like this land on editing room floors instead of online. In a world used to hyper-slick video and equally slick candidates, a moment of thought gathering can seem disastrous. Still, this isn’t about a some candidate’s “senior moment.” Rather, it is about a hatchet job gone awry.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Paterno, Penn State Pariah

Is JoePa guilty of being too human?

I would like a little help understanding something. Joe Paterno did a) nothing wrong, b) not nothing, c) not too little, but d) exactly what he was supposed to do and still has been fired. What am I missing?

I'm not saying Joe shouldn't have retired years ago--he should have--but his ousting yesterday strikes me as having more to do with finding a scapegoat than anything to do with misconduct. Shouldn't it be Jerry Sandusky receiving everyone's ire? Yet I hardly hear his name. And how does Mike McQueary keep his job if he is held to anything resembling a similar standard that which Joe is being held to? I don't even care about Penn State except for next weekend's matchup with Nebraska—Go Big Red!but this sorta throws a pall over that. I just can't help but see JoePa as a fall guy. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

AotR: Seven Deadly Draculas

A Halloween FilmFest!
It’s Halloween! A perfect time for remakes since the horror genre is replete with remakes. To celebrate the occasion, I figured what could be better than to examine not only one of the most remade films of all time, but one of the most iconic figures in horror cinema: Dracula.

There have been practically countless films made about Dracula, but I wanted to focus only on theatrical releases based on the original Bram Stoker novel. You know, to narrow it down a bit. Well, that still left me with seven films. Yes, seven. But what could be more appropriate considering there are the same number of Deadly Sins?

While the variance between the movies is rather great, I must say I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was not one bad picture in the bunch. I thought for sure at least one would be a slog, but I actually found each film rather engaging, albeit in different ways. It seems that Stoker’s original text is only to be approached with respect. Perhaps the fear of nosferatu inspires it.

However, I don’t want to lavish unyielding praise, either. Each film has its shortcomings as well as its strengths. So, I thought it would be fun to assign to each of the films one of the Seven Deadliest Sins. Shall we? 

Read more at Attack of the Remake »

Friday, October 28, 2011

AotR: Let the Right One In (2008) / Let Me In (2010)

Some relationships can suck the life right out of you.

Vampire children have always been freaky
Though generally billed as horror, the story told in Let the Right One In / Let Me In is really a genre buster. This story about a loner boy and his relationship with the vampire next door has horror, romance, nostalgia, and coming-of-age all rolled into one.

Unlike so many import films, the American version is extremely similar to the Swedish original. Both films are based off of the Swedish best-selling novel Låt den rätte komma in and were both produced with extensive input from the author, which might account for their similarity. In fact, the differences that are there have so little impact on the central story that just discussing them will make them seem more drastic than they are. But, hey, that is what we are here for... 

Read more at Attack of the Remake »

Saturday, October 22, 2011

AotR: Carnival of Souls (1962 / 1998)

Keep your hands and arms in at all times.

Perhaps I should start this article with a warning: both of these films are available through Netflix for instant viewing. Subscribers to the service will understand what that means.

Not that the original 1962 film is all that bad for an independent B-film. The story-line is a bit confusing, but it is well acted, tightly paced, and visually appealing.  According to my research, the film enjoys a bit of a cult status because, like George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, the copyright was left off of the final print, sending it instantly into the public domain, thus freeing it for decades of late-night television viewing.

I wish I could say such nice things about the 1998 remake, but not even tacking "Wes Craven presents" onto the title could raise this flop. The acting is stilted, the directing is bland, and the script treatment would make "Lifetime presents" a more appropriate billing header. 

Read more at Attack of the Remake »

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gaddafi is Dead

I'm gonna miss this face.
How this, too, is about Obama

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, paragon of fashion and autocratic ruler of Libya since 1969, is dead, presumably by sudden lead poisoning. 

The winner of the race to see who can jam Obama's name into a headline about Col. Gaddafi's demise first seems to be the Financial Times, with a piece entitled "Gaddafi death boosts Obama reputation." Clocked in at 4pm London time, FT beats President Obama's speech by a full six hours. Nifty headline, considering new polls have yet to be taken since the late Colonel's passing.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

AotR: Fun with Dick and Jane (1977 / 2005)

George and Jane verses Jim and Téa

"Life sucks," says Dick.
From 1930 until the early 1970s, Dick and Jane and their friends helped first graders learn to read in classrooms all across America. These films have precisely nothing to do with that. This writer is too young to have ever laid eyes on the once ubiquitous children’s primer, but doubts that they tackled such issues as joblessness, armed robbery, and corporate corruption.

The remake is an update more than anything and so it doesn’t depart much from the original. The basic story is that Dick and Jane Harper (George Segal and Jane Fonda in the 1977 version; Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni in 2005) are a couple on the fast-track to success. Things take a turn for the worse when Dick loses his job and, despite months of searching and frugal living, he is unable to find new employment. Faced with mounting debt and desperation, the couple eventually resorts to a life of crime to pay the bills. Hilarity ensues.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Introducing: Attack of the Remake


This blog sets out to do what has been done before. It compares remade films to the originals. Every time a remake is released, the critics don't even try to avoid comparisons to the original. And neither will I.

Read more at Attack of the Remake »

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Introducing: Attack of the Remake


This blog sets out to do what has been done before. It compares remade films to the originals. Every time a remake is released, the critics don't even try to avoid comparisons to the original. And neither will I.

Read more at Attack of the Remake »

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rick Perry's New Ad

Rick Perry's campaign released a new ad on Tuesday. I just wanted to share my thoughts on it and invite others to express theirs:


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Damned if they do, damned if they don’t

Nancy Pelosi is pissed off at Republicans. While that isn’t all too surprising, her reason is. In advance of President Obama’s jobs address before a joint session of congress tonight, Boehner’s office announced that no one from the Republican Party will issue a formal rebuttal. Boehner spokesman Mike Steel said Obama's proposals "will rise or fall on their own merits." 


Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Results Are In - But Do They Matter?

Bachmann Wins Ames Straw Poll 


Just announced, Michelle Bachmann has won the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, taking first place with 4823 votes and becoming the first woman to do so. With 4671 votes, second place goes to Ron Paul while third goes to Tim Pawlenty with 2293 votes. Mitt Romney and Rick Perry did not participate (the latter being a little late to the game) but they took 567 and 718 votes, respectively. So what does it all mean? 

Monday, June 27, 2011

On Bachmann and Intelligent Design

Okay, not one of my best titles

In light of the supposed dust-up between presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann and anchor Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," I fully expect the liberal media to start dredging up all the things that she has said that they find “flaky.” Among those I bet will be her statement in support of intelligent design (ID) theory being taught in classrooms.

It just so happens I was was defending Bachmann’s statement on another forum lately. Of course I had to start from behind, first having to correct my opposition’s understanding of ID:

Problem is… “intelligent design” is a RELIGIOUS theory, not a scientific one. It absolutely belongs in a classroom… religion class.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Palestine, the 1967 Border, and Other Works of Fiction

A Crash Course on Arab-Israeli conflict in the 20th Century

In his excellent article, “Whencesoever Palestine?” Hassan Nurullah handily exposes the very idea of Palestine as an ancient-world political fabrication carried into modern times by anti-Semites of every stripe and color since. I highly recommend reading his article before reading this one.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Just a beautiful day

It is a beautiful day in Omaha today; sunny, warm, peaceful. It is a perfect spring day for opening the house up for some fresh air. As I write this, I can hear a lawn sprinkler repeating somewhere in the neighborhood, someone shuffling thing in their driveway, the occasional car as it drives past, and children shouting from a block or two over. My children are napping peacefully at the moment.
After a typical "dad" lunch of BBQ meatballs and fried apples, after the messy faces were wiped up, the three of us migrated to the living room. It wasn't long before my girl (3) was nestled into my shoulder. The next thing I knew, my son (1½) joined the pile. Spontaneously, my daughter awarded us boys with kisses and we all cuddled up, me stroking my daughter's hair, and she stroking her brother's. It was a moment of intense sweetness.

The next thing I knew, 20 minutes had gone and two little sleepers were drooling all over me. I whisked them to their beds and now I am telling you the story.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Return to Racism

Distancing conservatism from “birthers” may not be as easy as it seems

Trump is strutting like a peacock over the release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate. Not surprisingly, even this does not quell the birthers, as indicated by Trump’s promises to now investigate the document. So leave the kooks to themselves. For the rest of us, the issue is put to bed and we can all move on, right? Maybe not.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

No Passport For You! -- Not Quite.

Glenn Beck doesn’t like to be accused of looking for “booger bears,” so I won’t.

The top story today on Glenn Beck’s…well, almost everything is about proposed State Department form DS-5513, “Biographical Questionnaire for a U.S. Passport.” Glenn is weirded out by some of the questions that it asks—and there are some weird ones—but the speculation he engages in because of it sounds like a part of the FEMA camp conspiracy theory that he worked so hard to debunk

Monday, April 25, 2011

Farewell, World As We Know It

While the Middle East is realigning, Obama says, "No it's not."

Since anti-government protests began sweeping the Middle East and North Africa since late last year, President Obama has been living down to the tongue-in-cheek definition of a politician by trying to jump in front of every parade. The one glaring departure from this pattern--if you can call it that--is Libya, where Obama and the UN are apparently out for the hide of Muammar G/Kh/Qadhafi. The contrast becomes all the more stark as these same groups hold back from Syria and Côte d'Ivoire.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Obama and Autism

Blue Puzzle PieceYesterday, President Barack Obama delivered a speech revealing his “framework” for $4 Trillion in Deficit Reduction. While the speech did not reveal any such framework at all, what it did do was attempt to trash Republicans on every issue at every turn. But what got to me, as a parent of an autistic child, is how he dragged those living with the disorder into his “Parade of Victims” in the speech. No one even asked me if we wanted to join in.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Could we have a budget, please?

Who I blame for the government shutdown.


Elephant vs. DonkeyIt sure would be impressive if I could write page upon page exploring why the looming government shutdown would be the fault of this party or of that. My prose would probably be littered with terms like political grandstanding, finger-pointing, deadlock, stalemate, or at the very least controversy. Of course, if I wanted to blame Republicans, I would need a ream to provide ample space to contort facts to my forgone conclusion. Or, if I were a devoted centrist, I could probably use several pages to assign blame all around. But all this supposition is just me burning words.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Federal Behemoth

Just how big is the federal government?

The government keeps getting bigger and bigger, and there are few who would debate that. There are those, however, who would debate that it matters. Well, does it matter? Let’s see how big the problem is:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

So simple, an autistic can understand it

If you haven’t seen it, I recommend watching the film Temple Grandin. It is based on the real-life experiences of a woman diagnosed with autism at a time when it was considered practically a psychosis. Rather than have her institutionalized, Temple’s mother insisted on doing everything she could to give her daughter a normal life. While her family and mentors eventually realize that there is no “normal” for people like Temple, they do enable her to become a successful professional and a world leader in not one, but two entirely different fields.
I like the movie for a number of reasons.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Media Bias Matters

In psychological theory, projection is when a person denies his or her own characteristics and then ascribes them to other people. Liberals do this all the time.

Media Matters for America has made a habit of leaking Fox News editor, Bill Sammon’s emails that supposedly “expose” the bias that drives the network. They apparently find no irony in the fact that their entire existence is predicated on a bias against Fox News.

Full article after the jump »

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Star Spangled Banner

There’s enough national anthem to go around.

I learned something surprising yesterday. I had no idea, but apparently the national anthem is to be sung in a certain style. I’m still a little vague as to what that style is, but I do know this much: it is reverent, it does not involve any “ghetto yodeling” (whatever that is) and anything that is not in that style is an affront to the nation.

Of course, this knowledge would never have come to me if it weren’t for Christina Aguilera’s unfortunate lyrical snafu when performing “The Star Spangled Banner” for Super Bowl XLV. But every cloud has a silver lining, because I learned that she only got the words wrong from singing an improper version of the song. Well, that and because she’s a talentless, egotistical hack who didn’t bother to practice and hates America anyway. Or something like that.

I am glad to have received this information because, like Jimi Hendrix carelessly strumming his guitar, I’ve been haphazardly singing “The Star Spangled Banner” in any style that suits me for years. Think of the faux pas that may have been! It really got me thinking about my own, personal experience with our nation’s song.


When I was a college junior, I became a member of the Dana College Chorale. It was an honor and an experience I would not trade. One song we kept neat and polished in our repertoire at all times was the director’s own arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner,” always ready at a moment’s notice. I don’t recall if his was an “approved” arrangement, being ignorant of the stipulation at the time, but I suspect it was not, being a rather soulful rendition.

We performed the piece regularly, always aiming for perfection, but also for feeling. That was very important to our ensemble. (A good dose of Moses Hogan will do that to you. He was a favorite composer of the ensemble.) I expect we performed perfectly exactly zero times, not because we were bad—we were quite good actually—but because that is how music is: unforgiving. Either it is perfect, or it is not.

It is easy for me to pinpoint my single, most memorable performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” with the ensemble. It was at the annual 4th of July celebration held in Denmark’s, Rebild National Park, the largest 4th of July celebration outside of the U.S. The Chorale had performed every fourth year stretching well back before I was inducted into the ensemble. Yes, the school had Danish ties, but we would not have been invited if we were not worth hearing, much less given the privilege of singing both American and Danish national anthems. We took our places on a stage once trod by Ronald Reagan and George Bush attending the same event.

I can sum up the experience in a single word: hard. You sing your nation's song on her birthday, on foreign soil to an audience beaming at the mere idea of America, welling inside with that strange blend of humility and pride that is peculiar to patriotism and God's embrace, with a heart too big and too high to swallow down and eyes that are so full the world is a Monet painting, and then you tell me that it is easy. No, it was hard. And, I was proud, damned proud, proud to be seen and heard, because I was doing a thing worth being proud of. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Singing a song with a heart so full is the nearest thing to impossible I can remember doing. Remember, mind you; this is no reverie.

So now I’ll go back to Christina Aguilera. I imagine what I experienced was nothing compared to what she was up against. When singing the national anthem, you want to do your best. But when the full meaning of the song hits you, mid-verse, in a time and a place already too awesome to anticipate, there’s no preparation for that. I got through my rendition okay, I think I missed a couple notes, but I had a couple dozen friends to prop me up. And we all sang with feeling. Christina was swaying in the emotional winds alone.

I’ve encountered a number of people criticizing the performance, and certainly any performance is open to criticism, stating that they would rather have the national anthem sung right rather than with emotion. That’s fine, if that’s what they want. But just because that’s not what they got with their Super Bowl does not make it a national disgrace. But while they are swooned by their tepid, mechanical, but technically precise anthem, I will gladly take my country’s song with a heaping dose of heart and soul, because those ingredients have a sweetness that will overpower any sour note.

Monday, February 7, 2011

To err is human, not unpatriotic.

Christina Aguilera did not ruin the national anthem.

I, for one, feel bad for Christina Aguilera. What should have been the highlight of her singing career (yes, even above five Grammys) has instead become a launch pad to criticize her beyond her lyrical flub and into her singing-style, preparation, and even her patriotism. I'm sure she is feeling beyond embarrassed, today.

For any American singer, being requested to perform the “Star Spangled Banner”—a notoriously difficult piece besides being the national anthem—is a great honor at any event. For the Super Bowl, the most viewed television program annually, the honor is magnified beyond calculation. Whatever one thinks about her music or singing style, Christina Aguilera takes her musicianship seriously. So it is an honor that I doubt she took lightly, as is being supposed by so many.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

What if Cairo comes home?

I’m not sure how to frame this, so I’m just going to come out with an idea. Really, it’s a prediction—or maybe it’s a question—or maybe it’s both.  Whatever it is, it occurred to me while Glenn Beck was issuing his oft-repeated plea for conservatives and patriots to remain peaceful while so many are agitating for violence. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Worked up over Nothing

Yesterday I responded to an article that quoted heavily from the Washington Post on the subject of whether Rep. Gabrielle Giffords would lose her congressional seat. Let me it make clear that I was responding to claims made in the article, not attempting to interpret Arizona state law. More accurately, I was responding to the sentiments expressed in the claims.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Leftist Hand-Wringing over Giffords seat

Giffords could lose seat because of obscure statute
Follow the link to read the story if you like. I think the astute observer of the media can guess without looking what the hubub is all about. I haven't listened to the radio today, but I expect this to be the talk all over by tomorrow if it wasn't already today. While I am filled with compassion for Ms. Giffords and the other shooting-spree victims and their families, my observations on the story will be to-the-point:

Full article after the jump »