Monday, July 27, 2015

The Many Reasons We Rely Upon Our Clutter : zen habits

The Many Reasons We Rely Upon Our Clutter : zen habits



I especially need to read articles like this and/or follow some of the suggestions, here.  I'm torn between dealing with one item at a time and just chucking the whole bit.  Clutter is Me.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Resonant Words, and Wisdom, of "Silent Cal" | RealClearPolitics

The Resonant Words, and Wisdom, of "Silent Cal" | RealClearPolitics



"... the accumulation of wealth cannot be justified as the chief end of existence.”  So said Calvin Coolidge. 


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chief Justice Roberts said this, 

 "If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."LINK

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Use the Internet to Learn and Refresh Your Bank of Knowledge




Knowledge is Money?  Right?  Actually, knowledge is a lot of things. 
You never know when it's going to come in handy.  Maybe learning the
geography of the world isn't what you'd call essential knowledge, but I
really don't want to call it trivia, either.  You see, I'm very poor in
my knowledge of the geography of the world.



I'm good at word games, less adept at jigsaw puzzles, and more challenged by math and science than any other subject.  So, to release my stress, once in a while, I decide I'm going to learn something about this world we live in.  Learning where places are is interesting and gives me the smallest edge when I'm watching world news or reading online.  I'm not out to impress someone and I learn by rote, mostly.  Maybe I won't be able to recall everything, but if my mind needs sharpening, I know right where to go.  





Links:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Why the Confederate flag won't come down in South Carolina anytime soon - LA Times

Why the Confederate flag won't come down in South Carolina anytime soon - LA Times



This issue is being revived as a way to assuage the feelings of folks who are angry.  Yes?  No?  The issue being revived to remove the flag from the property has become a point of political correctness.  Yes?  No?



The fact is that the flag doesn't fly over the South Carolinian statehouse.  It flies over a Confederate Memorial.  Does the flag represent a real historical context with the Memorial?  Yes.  Should all Confederate Memorials everywhere be denuded of the Confederate Flags?



Now, no doubt there are some South Carolinian's who wish that history could be changed.  There are some of us who regret that the War Between the States was fought.  But we cannot change history, or if we do, the lessons of history will be lost and forgotten.  



Real families suffered.  Real people died.  Real blood was spilt.  Studying the history will disturb you.  As it should.  Hopefully, by studying the history, you will realize what a horrible thing war is.  Hopefully, you will discover that sometimes it is difficult to say who the good guys are.  War is a complex issue and happens when a set of circumstances and actions come into conflict and remember the phrase, "Follow the Money"--it really applies.  Money = Power in the small minds of those who are in positions of influence, sometimes.

Every GOP Candidate Who Called for the Confederate Flag to Come Down Showed They Can’t Win the Election

Every GOP Candidate Who Called for the Confederate Flag to Come Down Showed They Can’t Win the Election



Here's a ploy that the Democrats utilized to show the inability of Republican candidates to engage in politics in a positive manner.  The issue is not the South Carolinian Flag.  The issue isn't South Carolina and the issue certainly isn't how flying the flag connects to the atrocious act of a 21 one year old radical.



The issue is:

  • The history of the Democratic Party in South Carolina and how it has nurtured a climate of division.
  • The history of the Republican Party in Southern politics.
 My own personal belief is that Mitt Romney did, indeed, make a gaffe by taking the bait in the ploy.  As have others.  We (conservatives) have no cause to be defensive.  See also:

President Clinton sent 20, 000 troops to protect the white citizens of Europe's
Bosnia, but sent no troops to Africa's Rwanda to protect the black citizens
there. Consequently over 800,000 Africans were massacre

During the 2003 Democratic Primary debates, the Rev. Al Sharpton, said the
Democrat take the black vote for granted and treat African American like a mistress.
They [Democrats} will take us to the dance, but they don't want to take us home
to meet mama."

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/3554#sthash.JeDNXQxK.dpuf


President Clinton sent 20, 000 troops to protect the white citizens of Europe's
Bosnia, but sent no troops to Africa's Rwanda to protect the black citizens
there. Consequently over 800,000 Africans were massacre

During the 2003 Democratic Primary debates, the Rev. Al Sharpton, said the
Democrat take the black vote for granted and treat African American like a mistress.
They [Democrats} will take us to the dance, but they don't want to take us home
to meet mama."

- See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/3554#sthash.JeDNXQxK.dpuf

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sultan Knish: Whatever Happened to John Kerry

Sultan Knish: Whatever Happened to John Kerry



This column echoes some of my thoughts re Kerry.  Is he still a key player in the Democratic scenario?  Is he going to frame his service as Secretary of State as a peacemaker and man about Europe?