Changing Names to Protect the Innocent?

 

I have never considered myself thin-skinned, but I am sensitive to those words that cause distress to others.  Lately, I have focused on the long-simmering dispute about whether the Redskins (That’s a football team out of our nation’s Capitol, which will probably lack your attention until they start winning more games), and whether they should change their name to something that is more politically correct.

 

The Role of Politics

The Role of Politics

 

I know I am going to offend a lot of people who consider their role in life is to tell everyone else what to do.  I am a devout believer in the idea that government should stay out of people’s bedrooms, and they should refrain from even talking about social issues.  They are not qualified, you are not qualified, and our country has nine people who will decide how we handle it.  It is called the Supreme Court of the United States of America.  It is one of the three branches of government, and once they decide an issue, it becomes law.

America Needs a New Party

While Congress has decided to shut down government and cater to both extremes in the Democrat and Republican parties, I have taken this pause in rational political news to ask you to consider an important question:

“If the Republicans are now considered the conservative party, and  the

Democrats are now the liberal party, who represents the vast majority of

                                                                                      Americans who are stuck in the middle?”

I Am Detroit.

I am Detroit.

You should have seen me in my youth, forty years ago. My car companies were pumping out the best cars in the world, we were prosperous, and families made a good living.

I don’t know what happened. Cancer, I guess. People started moving away, taking their families away from the crime and stagnation. Politicians started raping the economy, and the tax collector went on a vacation. I began to feel bad, and then I got worse. After a while, I began to look sick. Big parts of me stopped functioning, and my lifeblood began flowing away.

I told you it was all our fault.

Perfect Quote

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon,

Find Jimmy Hoffa

Find Jimmy Hoffa

When I was a college student in Michigan in the 1970’s, there was a bumper sticker on thousands of American cars tooling down the road in the Detroit area.   “Where is Jimmy Hoffa?”  It was big news back then:  The pugilistic head of the Teamsters had disappeared after a meeting with the Detroit Mafia at a fancy restaurant named the Machus Red Fox, never to be seen again.

The bumper stickers didn’t help.  Jimmy was never found.  This powerful union leader, who had clashed with the Kennedys, done time in prison, and emerged from the experience in a return to the power he had enjoyed in his heyday, never came home for dinner.

Bradbury’s Legacy

Ray Bradbury was the writer who allowed me to escape the realities of childhood and explore uncharted parts of my imagination.  I have read many authors, but he was the only one who challenged me to turn the page.  I would try to predict the next scene, and he would mess with me every time.  It was almost like he wrote his prose to lead the reader into a mental dead end, and when the page was turned, he created a “Wow!”  I would imagine him sitting in the shadows of my bedroom, watching me read.  I would turn the page, and my mind would picture the great author, arms crossed, smiling and smirking, leading me on.

Can Congress Declare Cyberwar?

CAN CONGRESS DECLARE CYBERWAR?

One of the basic principles of our Constitution is the idea that only Congress can declare war.

The last time Congress passed joint resolutions saying that a “state of war” existed was on June 5, 1942, when the U.S. declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Rumania.  Read it again.  We haven’t declared war since those members of the “evil empire” justified our wrath.  We didn’t declare war with North Vietnam. We never declared war with Iraq. The only declared war since Pearl Harbor was with three impoverished countries in Eastern Europe that had no standing armies. They had no navy. They certainly did not have an Air Force.  America is under- utilizing its constitutional powers.

No Alarm Clock

Bradbury ideas

Rubio Has Drinking Problem

If you are a political junkie, or if you happen to enjoy the pain of watching a political speech, you watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.  If you have reached the point of subjecting yourself to punishment that may require professional intervention, you stayed tuned to what followed.

Marco Rubio, the junior Senator from Florida, followed with the Republican response, and he stole all of the attention with an act that most of us perform on a daily basis:  He paused in the middle of speaking to take a sip of water.  You would have thought, from the visceral reaction of many who don’t agree with his political views, that he had substituted vodka for spring water and loaded a semi-automatic weapon with a high-capacity clip in the middle of that speech.  Again, all he did was take a sip of water from a bottle.