A family goes to a restaurant weekly. The parents enjoy dinner while their little girl watches DVD’s on a portable player through headphones. Parents get to converse and she catches her favorite flick—again. She cycles through a small library of modern Disney classics, but invariably settles on The Little Mermaid.
Now, based on the little girl’s general behavior, I venture to say that the DVD player is a babysitter (rather than an appeal to the inborn film genius that she could grow up to be)—she’s obnoxious. I would bet that the DVD is... Read More
Hard to disagree with a statement like "The Government Is Not Your Daddy," but there are a few things worth mentioning in reference to "Land of Opportunity or Land of Entitlement?" by whoever that is writing under that title. (Since no name is given I'll call the author 'Not'.) In this piece 'Not' discusses 'not' letting no-account lay-about illegal aliens fill up our prisons and take a free ride. Well, it certainly inspired me.
First of all, it's worth noting that the particular four year period covered by the GAO report 'Not' references includes 9/11 and the days and years immediately... Read More
If you saw last Saturday’s Myrtle Beach debate among the three Democratic contenders, you saw Shrillary Rotten Clownton and Barack Hussein Osama-bama fighting like two-year-olds. There was more “he said”, “she said” in that hour than in a month’s worth of daytime soaps! The best line of the evening was when John Edwards said that he was, “trying to remind everyone that there are three candidates” on that stage. Edwards reiterated his position as the most mature candidate of the Democrats last night on David Letterman’s Late Show when... Read More
My grandparents just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They got hitched right after Grampa got back from the war. They’re both educated professionals. They’re proud Americans. We come from a long line of Southern Democrats. My grandparents, the mavericks, are first generation lifelong Republicans. Grampa has a portrait of Ronald Reagan in his bathroom. Not in the place that would make ‘trickle down’ literal - let alone actually manifest. The portrait is near the sink, where he brushes his teeth. Every morning he wakes up, and The Gipper is proudly smiling at... Read More
After watching the TV coverage of Heath Ledger's passing yesterday, I couldn't help but be reminded of Don Henley's song, "Dirty Laundry". For those of you who aren't familiar with it, "Dirty Laundry" is Henley's commentary on the decline of journalism and how the people who cover the news are really just failed actors and news coverage is all about finding the "dirtiest" story about someone and running with it whether it's true or not. (Henley wrote the song fifteen years ago.) The lyrics that particularly came to mind in light of Ledger's passing are:
"Dirty little secrets, dirty... Read More
In a very short but in his to-the-point manner, former senator Fred Thompson withdrew his candidacy from the race for the White House today.
“Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people.” -- Official statement from Fred Thompson, from his website.
The loss of Fred Thompson in the Republican race means there is no decent choice for the Republicans... Read More
The New York Times City Blog this afternoon opened as follows: "The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment in Manhattan, according to the New York City police. Signs pointed to a suicide or an accidental overdose, police sources said. Mr. Ledger was 28." It struck me how much is laid visible simply in our reactions to such an event: people are divided on the tragic nature of a single death when there is so much widescale atrocity. blog comments from readers in New York and beyond exhibited, in turns, sincerity, inanity ("we would expect this of britney but not... Read More
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