Sunday, November 23, 2014


The oak tree overhanging the driveway entrance here at our house (Click directly on the image to enlarge it):

I took this photograph in October — when leaves were still on the tree.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Oak":

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Open Thread

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So, what's on your mind?

Here is your chance to vent, but please observe the guidelines listed below:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Presidential Speeches

Notice the trend in Who Was America's Most Well-Spoken President? According to the article:
Speeches have grown less sophisticated over time....Despite President George W. Bush's reputation as a poor speaker, Obama's speeches are only slightly more sophisticated.
The analysis was done with the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test.

Read the entire article HERE by clicking on "Next" when that word appears.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Unprecedented Territory

Our nation will be entering unprecedented territory if the President grants immigration amnesty via executive order.

Constitutional scholar Jonthan Turley on that topic:

In December 2013, about the President's changes to the ACA, Mr. Turley stated the following in his Congressional testimony about the separation of powers and the dangers of unilateral action:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Recommended Reading: Obama's Science Czar

See Obama's Biggest Radical, an essay about Science Czar John Holdren.  The essay was published in February 2009.  Why isn't this information getting out to the American public?  If you read nothing else over the next few days, read this essay.  Mull it over.  Something horrifically nefarious is afoot! Furthermore, the essay explains some of what's behind some of the Obama Administration's policies. Excerpt:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Unhinged Rage

In the blogosphere and elsewhere (Jonathan Gruber, for example, although not a ranter), we see on vivid display what Leftist true believers actually believe:
Republicans lie, they want to see you dead, they’d rather make money off your dead corpse.
There should be spittle all over their collective faces and, in the case of television, the camera lens covered with streaks and globs of projective spittle:

Sunday, November 16, 2014


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This purpose of this blog post: an explanation for my sporadic participation recently here in the blogosphere.

Right now, I'm not particularly enthusiastic about blogging.  I'm dealing with matters which are more pressing.

A perfect storm of Murphy's Laws — yes, laws in the plural — has borne down on this household.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lawlessness At The Top

Welcome to AmeriKa:

Barack Hussein Obama has a pen and a phone. Furthermore, he knows that he is not going to be impeached. He is ruling with impunity.

WE THE PEOPLE and Barack Hussein Obama don't have the same definition of "the public good," and he really does hold all the cards — never mind the results of the 2014 Elections and the parameters of the United States Constitution.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Paradigm Shift?

From Salon (dated October 25, 2014) comes this stunner about the nature of Islam:
...[W]hat of all those ISIS warriors unschooled in French semiotic analysis who take their holy book’s admonition to do violence literally? As they rampage and behead their way through Syria and Iraq, ISIS fighters know they have the Koran on their side – a book they believe to be inerrant and immutable, the final Word of God, and not at all “malleable.” Their holy book backs up jihad, suicide attacks (“martyrdom”), beheadings, even taking captive women as sex slaves. This is not surprising; after all, the prophet Muhammad was a warrior who spread Islam by the sword in a dark, turbulent time in history. (Christianity’s propagation had, in contrast, much to do with the Roman emperor Constantine’s fourth-century conversion and subsequent decriminalization of the faith.)

Moreover, the razor-happy butchers of little girls’ clitorises and labia majora, the righteous wife-beaters, the stoners of adulterers, the shariah clerics denying women’s petitions for divorce from abusive husbands and awarding sons twice the inheritance allowed for daughters, all act with sanction from Islamic holy writ. It matters not a whit to the bloodied and battered victims of such savagery which lines from the Hadith or what verses from the Koran ordain the violence and injustice perpetrated against them, but one thing they do know: texts and belief in them have real-life consequences. And we should never forget that ISIS henchmen and executioners explicitly cite their faith in Islam as their motive....
Read the entire essay HERE. Worth your time.

Yes, the tone of the essay is anti-religion. Any religion. But that Salon has actually published the ugly truth about Islam represents a paradigm shift.  For the moment.  People have the inordinate ability to shrug off reality.  Until the situation gets so bad that they can't shrug it off, that is.

And, yes, the Canadian Parliament gunman was obeying the literal word of Allah.  Waiting for those hordes of "moderate Muslims" to make themselves known in a meaningful and visible way.

From the "mouth" of Allah (Click directly on the image to enlarge it):

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

How to thank a veteran:
Rather than writing off the decision to serve with a sterile “Thank you for your service” this year, own the sentiment and make it personal.

Thank a veteran that you knew you would be present for the birth of all your children.

Thank a veteran that you have pursued your educational goals safely and uninterrupted.

Thank a veteran that you can sit home nights and write.

Thank a veteran that you have pursued a successful professional career and are living the high life.

Thank a veteran that you have the security to be a stay-at-home parent.

Thank a veteran that you have chosen to make your home close to or far from your family, close to the ocean or deep in the mountain… but you are able to choose it.

Thank a veteran that you were able to attend every one of your child’s sporting events, music recitals, spelling bees, and parent-teacher conferences.

Thank a veteran that your loved ones come home predictably every day.

Thank a veteran that you have your weekends free.

Thank a veteran that you pursued your passion as an actor, professional athlete, model, musician, etc.

Monday, November 10, 2014

239 Years

(Two posts today. Please scroll down)

My dear friend Mustang reminds us that today is the 239th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps and has posted the video History of the U.S. Marines. Go to Mustang's site to watch the video.

God bless the USMC!

Thought For The Day

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Is there no safe place on the planet?  Is almost everybody on edge or in a state of short-fused rage?

Saturday, I was physically assaulted by an irate Asian Indian woman.  In front of the library's reference desk and several witnesses!  The altercation occurred because two groups, mine and hers, were seeking to acquire a first-come-first-served study room for two hours. 

The woman poked and shoved me, and it's a wonder that I didn't topple backwards.  I might have — except that she was at least a foot shorter than I.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Football Season Humor

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My father (b. 1911) cared about only one sport: baseball. 

Dad was a baseball player himself, so excellent at relief pitching that he was offered a position on the New York Yankees when a NYY's scout spotted Dad in a local sandlot game. Dad turned down the offer because he didn't like to travel. Bummer!

As a result of my upbringing, I've never understood football. This explains the game:

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Few Ideas

Post-election euphoria on the part of the victors is normal. Euphoria, however, is not governance.

What are the realities of the American political situation once the new Congress takes office in January?

Let's talk specifics — feasible specifics.