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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Marching to a Different Tune

I wonder how much coverage of the annual pro-life March for Life will be featured in print and on the air this week? I'm certain any reporting on March for Life 2017 will be far more muted and perfunctory than the lavish coverage today's protests received.

It's fine to protest peacefully--that's the American way. It's the media's job to report the news, and that's been done with great enthusiasm today. It would be only fair and equitable if a differing point of view might receive the same respect and attention from the various media outlets. As the poet said, "Hope springs eternal..."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Lesson in Brotherhood

It doesn’t matter if it’s in Iran or in Iowa—a building collapse that kills firefighters elicits the same profound response from the universal brotherhood that unites all firefighters.

Mahmoud Hosseini/Tasnim News Agency/Reuters
Firefighters live with the knowledge that death in the line of duty is a shadow over every work shift. They go on about their vitally important work with a tacit acceptance of the ever-present danger. When that ghostly danger becomes hard reality, as it did today in Tehran, we are all reminded of how much gratitude that we—the collective humanity of Earth—owe to these brave souls.

If everyone lived as firefighters do—dedicated and devoted to their calling, caring and compassionate of others, in a fraternal union with all of their colleagues—there is no doubt that the world would be a much better place. Thank you to all of them—worldwide.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January Reflections

Deep into this month of auld lang syne, most of us are past wishing each other a Happy New Year and have plunged headlong into living it.

For me, January has always been an introspective month. Aside from the futuristic aura of a new year, this month marks both my birthday and my daughter's, exactly one week apart. It was also my husband's birthday month, as well as the month that he passed away, eleven years ago. So January always catches my attention on many levels.

In recent days, several unfolding events have underscored the forward march of time so tied to the month of January:
  1. The San Diego Chargers, our hometown football team, are moving to Los Angeles. We in San Diego have suffered through this ongoing sports drama for years, and last week it culminated in the dreaded announcement of the unwelcome move. As my son wistfully noted, he grew up watching the Chargers every Sunday. It's an era that will not pass without pain.
  2. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding up the Big Top after 146 years. When the animal rights activists managed to shut down the elephants last year, the writing was on the wall. I only went to the circus once, at age eight, but I remember it vividly, in a positive way. It's too bad that so much of what made the circus fun and fascinating has become socially objectionable.
  3. Astronaut Eugene Cernan died today at age 82. He was on Apollo 17, the mission that earned his moniker, "the Last Man on the Moon." It's impossible to describe what rock stars the astronauts were to children when I was growing up. The space program represented the best of America--industrious, creative, exciting, full of brave endeavors and monumental achievements. Cernan's passing gives me the sense of a wonderful book thudding shut.
We're going to have a new president in a few days. It will be a very different presidency from the past eight years. If we're fortunate, it will be better. Many critics refuse to countenance any optimism about the 45th president, but I think we should all take a breath and see how it goes, just as we do every January. Start fresh, look forward, and hope for the best.


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Hacking and Consequences

I think it's clear that Russia is a guilty player when it comes to Internet hacking. I think that's been true for many years.

Suddenly, because Hillary Clinton lost the presidency, Russian hacking has become a very big deal. It's quite the international incident that Democratic party emails were hacked, what with Russian diplomats being booted out of the country by President Obama. (And, it must be noted, to get President Obama to actually act on anything other than showing up for his tee time is a very big deal, indeed.)

Russia has been messing with us for at least fifty years, and nobody has showed much interest in holding them accountable. But this election, why, Hillary lost! This was the last straw. And what effect did Russian hacking really have on the results of the election? None that anyone can prove, as even the White House has admitted. Electoral votes in decisive states simply followed Trump in droves.

Regardless of Russia's meddling--which is unquestionably bad and unacceptable--some facts of the election season remain unassailably true.
Hacking may have its consequences, but so do elections. Blame Russia if you must, but have some clarity about what just happened in our country. In this election, everyday American voters who are sick of empty promises did not allow themselves to be manipulated by spin or excuses. It's a fact that both the dinosaur media and the Democratic party are having a very difficult time accepting.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Honoring Pearl Harbor


Break, break, break
         At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
         Will never come back to me.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Well, Excuse Us

"I attribute my success to this--I never gave or took any excuse."

 ~ Florence Nightingale

Listening to radio news today as I usually do each weekday morning as I prepare to go to work, I heard something that made me laugh out loud--at 7:00 AM (no easy feat). President Obama was blaming the Democrat loss of the presidency on the ubiquity of "Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country"--and he was serious!

Now, I understand that Air Force One bypasses all of the Little People International airports. But does no middling advisor or government lackey ever report back to the president on the never-ending CNN (sometimes called "Clinton News Network") channel blaring in every airport terminal from sea to shining sea? CNN is not exactly known for its conservative slant. Throughout the campaign, they were firmly in Hillary's corner, broadcasting gently in her favor while slamming Trump at every mention. And airports are more heavily populated than bars.

What about the alphabet networks? Anchors and pundits at ABC, CBS, NBC, plus public television stations and major newspapers across the land were hard-pressed to find a positive word to say about Donald Trump, as all the while they dodged and weaved among the Hillary scandals raining down with alarming regularity. In addition, the media minimized and made excuses for any Clinton negative and amplified and belabored negatives for Trump. Example: The Clinton Foundation and her personal fortune? No problem, move on. Trump's business empire? The death of the nation.

In short, Hillary Clinton had the entire mainstream media apparatus of the USA, both print and video, working for her, while Donald Trump stood alone except for Fox News and conservative talk radio. She also had academia, social media, and Hollywood on her side. Yet she managed to lose. And somehow this is the fault of Fox News? I keep hearing and reading about how brilliantly smart this president is, but he can't prove it by statements like that.

Ever since Election night, when television commentators stared blankly at the reddening map and glanced speechlessly from each other to the cameras, excuses for the loss have been snowballing, culminating in the farce of recounts underway in traditionally Democrat states that (because of Fox News) voted Republican this time. It doesn't occur to the exalted elites that the American people just decided to try a different approach this time. They will never consider the possibility that they have alienated too many voters with too many broken promises and too much political correctness, to the point that they have lost the people's confidence as well as their attention.

The privileged liberals of our country--our current president the most prominent among them--think that anyone who disagrees with their incontrovertible wisdom is simply stupid. For that pomposity, there is no excuse.

Thursday, November 24, 2016