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Archive for January, 2012

Then We Came To The End

I don’t want to suggest that you need to work in a cube city office to enjoy this book.  I don’t want to suggest that you have to have endured a series of layoffs at your work to enjoy this book.  I don’t want to suggest that you have to work for an advertising agency to enjoy this book.  I do suggest that the more of these experiences you have the more you’ll enjoy Then We Came to the End and I consider myself somewhat an authority since I’ve experienced two of the three.

MLK, Jr. Was a Republican

Many times as I read an article I find a few sentences that capture the essence of the piece. In “Phrase-e-ology” I’ll post some thought followed by key phrases. As always I’ll have a link (in blue) to the original article.

A few years ago Human Events posted an article about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the fact that he was in fact a Republican and generally, and contrary to the fiction taught and put forward by media, the Democrats fought AGAINST rights for blacks.  It is appropriate to review the FACTS (not the liberal narrative) about Mr. King, Jr., the Democrats, and the civil rights movement.

Keeping Up With The Barbies

I should probably check this story on Smoking Gun.  Reuters is reporting that Mattel is going to come out with new Barbies fashioned after the Kardashian sisters.  I remember buying one of my daughters “Paleontologist Barbie” and the brand is famous for some of the career choices available for Barbie, including President of the United States.  Why on earth would Mattel risk the wholesome Barbie brand by featuring Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe?

Top Ten Reasons Why Mattel Will Offer a Kardashian Barbie

  1. They figured they could make a lot of money on clothing by using less fabric and charging the same amount

As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us

Sometimes I need help explaining what appears to be inexplicable…

Our local chapter of the “Occupy” movement (though they really don’t move all that much) has been occupying a local, privately owned park in the downtown area of Pittsburgh.  The owner, BNY New York, had been allowing the occupation, but recently figured out that placating stooges who hate you won’t make them like you.  In fact they lose respect for you, feel like they can push you around, and seek more.  That’s the whole “Occupy” movement.

The King of Torts

The next time I am watching television and one of those commercials comes on asking if I took a certain drug and now suffer one of a hundred or so maladies I’ll have a better understanding of the lawyers behind the ad. The King of Torts traces the meteoric rise of a struggling public defender to the “king of torts.” John Grisham spins a legal tale that includes greed, selfishness, waste, cheating, illegality, and jealousy and that’s just the lawyers.  Class action suits are shown to be the sleazy, ambulance-chasing profession that it is. 

The Ten Cannots

There was a news item a few days ago that got very little attention yet was perhaps the story of 2012 less than two weeks into the new year.  It should have been front page above the fold with a bold, red headline.  The total debt of the United States now exceeds our Gross Domestic Product, or

“The 100% mark means that your entire debt is as big as everything you’re producing in your country.”

“Economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics says reaching the 100% mark shows ‘the grave need to address our long-term fiscal problems.”

My 10,000 Steps

Perhaps not as widely used as “drinking 8 glasses of water each day” or “an apple a day…”, the belief that taking ten thousand steps each day will pave the way towards total health is almost as well known.  On many levels that makes sense to me.  I have a relatively new position where I work that entails a fair amount of walking 2-3 times per week with some climbing slopes included.  I had been doing this for a few months and I noticed something weird.  I was able to tighten one more belt hole, my pants got a little bigger, and I didn’t gasp for air when I strode up a steep slope.

Korea Strait

The Korean War is perhaps the least understood of America’s modern conflicts. It is hard for me to understand the deep hatred between the different countries in the Pacific forged through centuries of occupation and wars. Former enemies are now allies; countries are split apart by ideology. Korea Strait is a novel using this geopolitical canvas as the base for an intense naval exercise reminiscent of Tom Clancy’s Hunt For Red October. While not in the same class as that novel, Korea Strait moves beyond the Cold War to what may be today’s version. Unless one has his head buried in the sand, it is hard not to envision some future conflict with North Korea who may just be capable of nuclear strikes.

Lawless

As I sit in my house and earlier at work I am struck at how the world turns and turns as our country fades and fades.  If you read this blog you know that I don’t like the policies of Obama, Democrats, liberals, and progressives.  Their positions only make sense if the goal is the end of American as it was founded and prospered these last few centuries.  The latest bile to spew from the White House were two, in my opinion, huge decisions by our “Banana Republic” chief executive – B. Hussein Obama.

End of Story

So it was my last day of vacation.  I had just finished a book and wanted a book that was not too deep nor too long.  My goal was to sleep and read, read and sleep.  I guess that I judged this book by its cover in one of my “to read” piles of books.  End of Story fit the mold and was not too deep, not too long, and was suspenseful enough to induce me to read more than sleep.  That’s a good book to curl up with.