Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Some thoughts about spring on its first day:
I love how it is often warm and rarely humid.
I love that bright, shimmering shade of green that new leaves give to old trees.
I love how wildflowers turn ordinary roadsides into vivid profusions of color and life.
I love going swimming with my daughter again.
I love sitting outside in the afternoon and drinking a margarita beneath a cloudless blue sky.
I love spring training baseball.
And finally, I am riveted by the most intense pursuit in all of sports: the NHL playoffs.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
It is two months after Inauguration Day, and the power grabs of the most dishonest administration in our history continue unabated.
With each passing day, Obama & Co.’s mischiefs accumulate so quickly it has become almost impossible to keep up with them. The Exalted One is trying to turn America into a sluggish quasi-European welfare state that will snuff out the creative, spiritual spark that defines humanity.
I predicted this from the beginning, and am clearly against it, so how can I possibly have mixed emotions on how to feel about it tonight? Well, let me tell you: On the one hand, everything we are seeing makes it look like our federal government is happily inviting disaster to come into our lives, but on the other hand, there are signs that the public is starting to realize it and resist it. So perhaps Obama & Co.’s avarice is just what we need to spark a reawakening of pro-free-enterprise, anti-central-government fervor…much like the economic contraction of the 1970’s (in tandem with Jimmy Carter’s meekness on foreign policy) served as a catalyst for the Reagan Revolution of the 1980’s.
Of course, if hope comes in the form of Republicans regaining control of any part of the federal government, “over the horizon” is two years away at best. And if such a thing does occur, recent history tells us not to get excited too fast. We must hope any Republicans who make it into office are genuine conservatives – the kind of people who will hold true to principle rather than follow the example of the last bunch of Republicans, who went native when they got to
I am against pretty much everything Obama & Co. is trying to do, and am disgusted at the thuggish way they are trying to achieve their goals. But at the same time, I also believe that their arrogance and overreaching will cause the pendulum of public sentiment to swing back and sweep them away. And since that would be good, I am not sure if I should feel competely dismayed by their actions, or if I should feel encouraged by the reaction I expect them to generate.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I was just checking the headlines and was surprised to see that Ron Silver died yesterday at age 62. Apparently he had been battling esophageal cancer for some time.
You may not recognize his name, but you would probably recognize his face. He was an excellent actor whose movies included “Silkwood” and “Reversal of Fortune” and television shows included “The West Wing” and “Crossing Jordan.” On stage, he won a Tony Award in 1988 for “Speed the Plow.”
I have liked what I’ve seen of his work over the years but I am not going to go into his specific acting abilities, place in acting history, etc…because, well, I’m not really into any of that.
What I will say is that for some time I have admired Mr. Silver’s authenticity, for lack of a better term, when it comes to political matters. He started off as a conventional
And on those policies about which his opinions diverged from mine, I have no doubt that he sincerely believed those policies would benefit others. Unlike the vitriol-spewing members of the Hollywood Left who always seem to be involved in causes for the sake of puffing up their own image, Mr. Silver was in them for the right reasons and he never sought the spotlight. His example will be missed.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This past Saturday, we took Sarah to her friend Hannah’s fourth birthday party at Bane’s Hydroponic Farm. The kids picked strawberries under a sky of robin’s egg blue, gobbled down cupcakes, and enjoyed talking to a pot-bellied pig. It’s incredible how healthy it feels to be outside for hours when there is no humidity to ruin the sun’s warmth.
On Sunday, we went to the Gasparilla Arts Festival in downtown
Some who read this blog probably think I’m obsessed with politics, but I’m not. I follow politics because I feel a responsibility to be aware of government’s dealings and keep it in check, but at the end of the day I feel a kind of kinship with John Adams, who wrote: “As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scenes, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.”
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The National Intelligence Council (NIC) is responsible for sorting through the mountains of data mined by 16 intelligence gathering agencies, in order to determine what information gets presented – and how it gets presented – to the president and senior policymakers. As such, the person who heads the NIC has enormous influence on how well our government is able to defend the nation from its enemies.
What would you think if that person was a man who believes that China’s communist government was justified in its crackdown against freedom demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, during which it murdered one of them by running him over with a tank? What would you think if he was recently on an advisory board of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, which is owned by the communist government and known for its ties to many of the world’s dictatorships? What would you think if he had literally worked for the Saudi royals whose nation is the world’s largest exporter of terrorists? What would you think if he is currently president of an anti-Israel organization that receives the bulk of its funding from the Saudi king? What would you think if he believes America brought the September 11th attacks on itself by being allied with Israel? Would you think that person really believes in
Well, the above description is the real biography of the man recently named head of the NIC. His name is Charles Freeman. His ties to
The position of NIC Chair does not require Senate confirmation, so it often goes under the radar. Freeman was named to the post on February 26th, not by President Obama but by Dennis Blair (director of national intelligence). Obama can undo it, however, and he should. If he does not, this country is on a predictable path to disaster – and by extension, so is freedom everywhere.
On a side note: Notice how you hear virtually nothing in the media about Freeman being tabbed to lead the NIC, but you hear so much about the Obamas buying a swingset and choosing a dog and the president's hair starting to turn gray?
Monday, March 2, 2009
From the beginning, I have been crystal clear expressing my belief that Barack Obama does not care for this country and is unfit to be its leader, yet even I could not have expected this level of calamity to rear its head this soon. Obama is already well on his way to becoming the worst president in our history, which is phenomenal when you consider that he was sworn in just 42 days ago and his plans are still waiting to be implemented.
When he spoke about important matters on Inauguration Day, his words showed him to be “an unconvincing lightweight who has taken little time to think things through.” That was not a good way to start your reign when the country you are leading is facing enemies who are so determined to destroy it that they are happy to kill themselves and their children in the process.
Then, less than three weeks after taking the executive reigns, Obama was off fear-mongering about how America might never rebound from its economic doldrums if we don’t bow down and submit to his schemes for expanding the reach of the federal government…you know, the same federal government whose involvement in economic matters has a decades-long record of failure; the same federal government that never does anything well; the same federal government that will “go after the proprietor of your local hardware store with thermonuclear weapons if he underreports by $300, but will ignore Jesse Jackson or the chairman of Enron when their returns are a million dollars out of whack.”
Then, assuming that his fear-mongering would soften opposition, Obama came out with his quasi State of the Union address last week. In it, he reaffirmed his intention to expand the reach of federal power – with more specifics this time! And in the wake that address, the stock market, always sensitive to the words of politicians, went into a nosedive both steep and sustained, the likes of which I don’t recall seeing since I became an adult.
But for me, the kicker came today, when it was reported that The Exalted One has contacted the Kremlin and said he is willing to consider discontinuing our plans for a missile defense system in Europe, if
On the one hand, this gives the lie to his oft-trumepeted concern for our country’s “standing in the world,” and on the other it is an indirect dereliction of his duty to defend America. It tells our friends we are unreliable and that there is no reason for them to stand by us. And by displaying a profound lack of principle and nerve, it is sure to embolden the world’s wicked forces and invite their aggression.
It would be bad enough if Obama was simply naïve, but I don’t think that is the case. Several times I have identified him as a Marxist. I once wrote that he “wants to weaken our national defenses against the rest of the world” and that he “is the politician for which every Bolshevik since 1917 has been waiting.” As intemperate as that may sound, the evidence supports it more and more.
Please note that when this post was first published, it contained a factual error that has been corrected in this version. Also, since this post was first published Obama has contradicted parts of the report about his contact with the Kremlin (I do not find his contradictions credible when you pay attention to what he said, but that’s a whole other post.)