Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Doing the Work

John Kasich
For awhile now, I've thought that John Kasich is the one to watch in the presidential contest. Last week I was talking with a friend about him as a good choice for the Republican candidate, and she wasn't really sure who Kasich is. This happens often, I notice when I mention him. People don't know him. Kasich doesn't grab headlines or attention. He just does his job.

Kasich (rhymes with "basic") is a workhorse candidate who doesn't seek the limelight, just does what he needs to do to succeed by inches and keep going. He's a bit rumpled looking and has an Everyman-style delivery when he speaks--ordinary, plain spoken, down-to-earth. He's blunt without being insulting, critical without being nasty, specific without making outlandish promises. Kasich is kind of a Donald Trump who has graduated from charm school. Furthermore, he's got more political chops than most of the Republican candidates combined.

Currently serving as Ohio's governor, Kasich has been in government since the Reagan years. He served 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and six years on the Budget Committee. Kasich is also a best-selling author of three books. I read Every Other Monday soon after it was published in 2010. The man is interesting, sincere, and underestimated. Tonight he came in second in the New Hampshire Republican primary. Keep an eye on him, and watch out for some more surprises as the primaries continue.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Technology Troubles

Life happens. "The Kids" were visiting from the East Coast, we celebrated my birthday and enjoyed some family time, so I've been offline for awhile. When I went to log back in, I was locked out of my website account.

This was no small matter. First I had to change my Google password, then update my cell phone number, then check my email to get my secret log-in code. After entering the new password and the secret code, I then had to sign in twice--just to get into my blogsite.

Although I was planning to launch on current events tonight, I'm somewhat distracted after twenty minutes of electronic red tape. We'll catch up another time. If, of course, I can remember my new password.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Birthday Thoughts

Sometime in the 1950s
You know you're getting along in years when the rock stars of your life start dying in clusters. But staying young at heart is always a choice available to each of us.

This weekend I'll mark the passage of yet another birthday. It's still hard to accept that I'm a widow, a grandmother, and I often qualify for senior discounts. I've never met a 120 year old woman, so it's impossible to reassure myself that I'm "middle-aged." No, I'm old. That's not a dirty word. Not everyone gets the blessing of this much time. There's a sobering consolation in knowing that I'm living in my bonus years.

I long ago learned the hard lesson that life can be cruel and punishing, yet also full of delightful surprises. When it comes right down to it, it's wonderful to be here still. Happy birthday to me.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Truth At Last

...truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long...truth will out.

~ William Shakespeare

This is a movie I will not miss: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Watch for it to arrive in theaters January 15.

13 Hours is the true story of the terrorist attack on the U.S. in Libya, told by the men who were ordered not to assist their fellow Americans under siege. In the midst of the meaningless political cacophony over Benghazi, these unsung heroes who lived and suffered the true story in real time are the ones I've been waiting to hear from.

The film is based on the book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, by Mitchell Zuckoff. That's on my must-read list, also.

The politicians have kicked this around far too long. It's about time we finally heard from the real people who actually were there, rising up and fighting back against the Islamic terrorist enemy. 

Friday, January 08, 2016

Questions for the Media

  • When I first heard the reports of today's Islamic terrorist attack on a police officer in Philadelphia, there was no mention of either man's race. That media omission informed me immediately that the terrorist was black and the victim was white. Hey alphabet networks, do you think I was surprised to see my conclusion confirmed on the evening news?

It's becoming increasingly obvious that Americans don't trust the old mainstream media, either. Again I ask: why should we?

Friday, January 01, 2016

High Hopes

Here's hoping this year is better...

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Comedy, Tragedy, and Time

Tragedy plus time equals comedy.
~ Steve Allen

The ability to make any rational person even smile, let alone laugh out loud, about the events of the past year takes a major writing talent. It takes someone like, say, Dave Barry, who reviews 2015 in his classic, highly hyperbolic comedic style.

So read, and weep--and laugh.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Rockefeller Center, New York City, USA
Merry Christmas! Peace to men of goodwill.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Presidents and Consequences

In the wake of the third Republican presidential debate, I stumbled upon the most straightforward and rational explanation of Donald Trump's success thus far in the campaign. It's written by Conrad Black, with a good dose of historical cause-and-effect included. Every American voter should read it.

The key paragraph, towards the end, offers a cogent summation of the deplorable current state of the nation's politics:
My view, as persevering readers know, is that it all started to go horribly wrong with Watergate, when one of the most successful administrations in the country’s history was torn apart for no remotely adequate reason and the mendacious assassins in the liberal media have been awarding themselves prizes and commendations for 40 years since.
I've never read a more logical explanation for the mess we're in.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Worst. President. Ever.

It's official. Barack Obama is the worst thing that ever happened to the United States of America. He is The. Worst. President. Ever.

Don't take my word for it. The sad facts are eloquently stated by such well-known names as Victor Davis Hanson, Bret Stephens, Mark Steyn, just to name three authors of the most cogent summations of the psychotic circus unfolding from the White House. It terrifies me to think of this failure of a president in charge of the country throughout the coming, very dangerous year.

If you really want an earful, listen to Mark Levin expound on the rolling disaster that is President Obama. I hope the country survives until the next election.