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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

What We Can Expect or Not Expect from U.N. Inspections

The news of U.N. inspectors confirming chemical attacks in Syria, but not confirming that the government was involved, reminds me of an article I wrote on April 22, 2007:

[In regards to the U.N. inspections during the run up to the war, there is very little that can be said as to the effectiveness of the inspections. My personal favorite is what I call the "30 30 30" inspection in which U.N. inspectors entered a 30 acre compound that included about 30 buildings and conducted a 30 minute inspection!

There are now several independent sources from Iraq, including critics of President Bush, who have confirmed the mass movement of WMD from Iraq into Syria during the period leading up to the war while U.N. inspectors were traveling around Iraq and either looking the other way or not looking at all.]

(Declarations Concerning Iraq --Donny James Jr., WRH)

http://thewesternrowhouse.blogspot.com/2007/04/declarations-concerning-iraq.html

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Low-information voters may have tipped the balance for Obama

Not to harp on election results, after all, that was so last month, but I did find TIME magazine's response to their choice of Person of the Year kind of interesting.

When asked by Charlie Rose, Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME magazine had this to say about the choice of Obama for Person of the Year: 

"The Obama campaign discovered that these people who say they're not interested in politics who do not like the Republicans who do not like the democrats, who do not like Washington, you know what they do like?  They like Barack Obama because they sense something about him that he's not really a part of it. So even that first debate, which we all thought was a debacle, a lot of those people thought 'Well, I liked that because he's not playing that game. He's not playing gotcha. He's not saying nasty things.' That helped tip the balance for him."

Stengel concludes that these low-information voters determined the outcome because they liked seeing Obama disengaged.  They liked seeing someone who was not interested in what's going on in Washington.  That's cool, 'cause they don't like Washington, they don't like Democrats, don't like Republicans.  And Obama acted like he didn't want to be there, either.  Obama became their guy.

It makes sense that low-information voters would find Obama appealing, except for one thing.  Why would they watch a presidential debate in the first place?  I guess it wouldn't be out of the question.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Separation of "Business and State"

...if our country had a separation of "business and state" as it does a separation of "church and state," crony capitalism or crony socialism could not exist.

http://www.creators.com/opinion/walter-williams/our-government-created-financial-crisis.html



Monday, December 17, 2012

Just One Suggestion from an Old Street Cop

If we must do something and do it right away, here's one idea that won't take long to establish, nor will it be too costly for budget strained state and local governments.

What if we were to have one or more armed staff members at every school? There are teachers and other administrators across this country who are proficient with firearms, who, with specific training would be in place and ready to stop an active shooter. Even the idea that such a possibility exists would likely deter such an attack. Another idea along the same lines, and in cases where staff members are not up to the task, would be to use qualified volunteers such as retired law enforcement officers.

Now, some may find this idea objectionable, but so is the idea of another active shooter being able to successfully attack a school without meeting any sort of immediate resistance.

I'm sure that we will pass more gun legislation, build higher fences around schools, and consider changes in mental health care, but if we want to to something practical in a relatively short amount of time, this would be just one suggestion from an old street cop.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Prayer for the Victims

Almighty and Ever-Loving God, in you we place our trust and hope.
Violence and cruelty can have no part with you.
You guide everything with wisdom and love.
Hear the prayers we offer for those who have been hurt or lost their lives in attacks of any kind.
May the love and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ bless and console us.
May your love gently wipe the tears from our eyes and remove the fear from our heart.
Look also with favor upon the families and friends who mourn the victims and comfort those who are in grief and despair.
Console them in the hope all who trust in you will find peace and rest in your eternal Kingdom.
Bless them with your presence and surround us all with your love.
By the wisdom of our leaders and integrity of those around us, may harmony be restored and justice be served.
Allow our leaders to strive for what is right and just.
Grant that peace, the fruit of justice and charity, may reign in every family and nation throughout the world. Amen.

Friday, November 02, 2012

We need fewer ships?

As for the notion that we need fewer ships because we have aircraft carriers, nothing could be further from the truth. The photo below is the formation for the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. As it turns out, that ship with planes makes the best argument for more ships needed in our navy. Typically, carrier groups and most battleship groups require major escorts for protection. At minimum additional ships include:

2 Guided Missile Cruisers
2 Anti-Aircraft Warships
2 Anti-Submarine Destroyers