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Charles In Charge

Nearly three and a half years ago I dubbed Charles Krauthammer a True American Hero.  Most of the folks to whom I have given this honor have lived up to the title, alas some have not, but Charles Krauthammer remains one of my favorites.  I look forward to Fox News’ Brett Baier and his all-star panel and especially Mr. Krauthammer’s commentary.  His words are especially delicious when he follows the liberal “newsperson” usually seated to his right and soundly refutes their assertion.

Camel’s Nose – Libya Style

I am starting to feel more and more like a conspiracy theorist these days. The timeline and events in the Middle East and Libya in particular have me wondering. We have so-called popular uprisings in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Libya. None of them have been particularly peaceful yet the World Order chose Libya in which to intervene. Why Libya? They do have oil, but from a geopolitical standpoint they are less disruptive than Syria (though the fact that they hate Israel like most U.N. members may be a factor). Egypt under Mubarak had been a decent ally to the West and fairly peaceful so you would think that would be a better place to try and influence even though Mubarak didn’t use his military to attack the protestors.

One To Watch

A few days ago I lamented about the weak slate of Republican presidential candidates lining up to take on Obama’s projected billion dollar war chest.  There has been an intriguing development in the arena as former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman has entered the fray.  Real Clear Politics has reported that Mr. Huntsman has formed a Political Action Committee to explore a potential run against Obama since he resigned his ambassadorship.  Mr. Huntsman has an impressive resume before serving as Utah’s governor he worked in the Reagan, Bush 1,  Bush 2, and Obama administrations.  He also had a solid record as a businessman working for the Huntsman Corporation (started by his father). 

The Liberal Hour

I guess I’d describe reading this book as if I was walking in a strange world…a liberal world…I didn’t like it.  It is interesting that liberals, like author John Kenneth Galbraith, from that era (this book was first published in 1960) were not quite as socialistic as they are today.  They were socialistic, but not as shrill.  Perhaps one of the endorsements on the back cover says it best, “a reasoned attack on the productivity ethic and a concrete, provocative program for altering the economic structure to maintain a new social balance.”  [emphasis added]

The Case For Democracy

In his book, Decision Points, President George W. Bush mentioned the impact of a book authored by a former Soviet dissident.  Natan Sharansky spent years in Soviet prisons simple because he was Jewish, wanted to leave the USSR, and was vocal about it.  Sharansky shares his experiences first as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union then as an Israeli official.  The Case For Democracy is his story and history as it relates to his experiences in perhaps the two most threatening periods of our time; The Cold War, and The Global War On Terror.  Sharansky provides a compelling case showing “the power of freedom to overcome tyranny & terror.”

We Are The Enemy????

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

Ulysses S. Grant

Keeping Up With The Jones

The joke goes;  A Brit, a Canadian, a Croatian, a Frenchman, a German, an Irishman, a Mexican, a Romanian, a Dutchman, a Norwegian, a South Korean, and a Swede rush out of a bar one day.  Barry the bartender says “What’s the hurry?  Did someone spill something?

The joke unfortunately is on us as our federal goverment has refused the help of these nations to control and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Many of us seriously have our doubts that the White House was on top of things from “day one,” but the linked article provides a glimpse into the fact that many of our allies offered help in our hour of need.  The Dutch, in particular, offered help almost from DAY ONE.  Here we are nearly two months later and the Obama administration is still refusing help from other countries.

To Unionize Or Not

I have had varied experience with unionized labor.  My father belonged to the Communication Workers Union and was an adamant supporter his whole life.  As I got older I wondered how he came to almost despise the company that he worked for and paid his salary.  I have never been in a union, but I have been around them throughout my career.  An interesting issue has been raised about the fastest growing segment of unionized labor…government workers.

Ever Wonder Why?

Starting a book like this is a daunting task.  Thomas Sowell is one of my favorite writers and I marvel at the ease in which he dissects complex subjects in a very practical and entertaining way.  Ever Wonder Why is a collection of past articles and “other controversial essays” covering race relations, taxes, black history month, public education, the media, and much more.  Because of the format, none of the articles is more than three pages and sometimes the subject left me wanting more from Sowell.