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Bad Guys, Bad Germs and Bad Decisions ... It is often said that all politics is local. Perhaps true. But the job of the President - in particular - and of other figures in Washington requires that, from time to time, they rise above local politics and act in defense of US and western interests, doing so in a timely manner. Consider some recent events. (See Page 8, Sept 25, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Harvest time in America, Pursuing and Reaping Happiness ... Is happiness possible? Problems plague the world. They always have. The world has never been void of troubles. War, hunger and unhappiness have dominated this life. There is plenty to go around. The news gets us down. We hear about ISIS, Ebola and abusive NFL football players. We've watched communities torn apart such as Ferguson, Missouri. On top of this we cannot avoid non-stop political ads that pick opponents apart but never offer solutions on how to fix some of our troubles. (See Page 8, Sept 25, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The President's Strategy ... The President has enunciated a strategy, consisting of the following (for clarity, the President listed four major points, but he gave seven points): The Goal: Degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL How: Through a comprehensive and sustained counter- terrorism strategy. (See Page 8, Sept 18, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
What is the Real Deal About Our Economy ... Do you have a problem - when you call a tech or service department agent and can't understand what they are saying? - that your income is not keeping up with rising prices? - with finding goods that have been made and packaged in America? - although goods cost much more than in the past they are inferior in quality and don't last nearly as long? (See Page 8, Sept 18, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
New Alternatives to a COS? ... In last week's paper you were treated to a "two-fer;" two sides of what some have called "The Great Manassas Debate" on the question of a Convention of the States. As to who won the debate, I hesitate to call it. Anyone who came with their minds already made up cannot reliably produce an unbiased opinion. Ask someone who went there with the issue still unresolved who won (does such a person still exist?). (See Page 6, Sept 11, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
ICBMs, the Long War and Minimum Wage ... The White House is struggling with the world around it (a world it helped create with its decisions over the last five years); as is often the case, the President has tried to use domestic issues to refocus the nation. (See Page 6, Sept 11, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
America's Problems, Be a Part of the Solution ... While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the world. (See Page 6, Sept 11, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Citizens Must Become Engaged in our Own Governance ... Today, the government of The United States of America is a massive, convoluted maze of rules, regulations and laws, confusing to most, and nonapproachable to almost all but a small minority. The Founders intended that, to be a successful Republic, the participation of an informed and engaged citizenry would be paramount, and so set up our Constitution with these principles in mind, but somewhere along the way of this great nation, our government has become dangerously centralized. (See Page 5, Sept 4, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Pork Poison Goes Oink ... sausage and pork chops. We raised hogs. We butchered at least one a year. There is nothing like a big skillet of fried bacon and sausage in the morning with hot biscuits, scrambled eggs and gravy. Unfortunately this lifestyle of sumptuous dining has its health risks over the long haul. I essentially gave up these breakfast choices several years ago. I can certainly remember those good old days of mommy's cooking and fine dining. (See Page 5, Sept 4, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Here is a Strategy Mr. President ... The President made an amazing statement yesterday: he plainly stated that he, and his administration, had no strategy to address ISIS. There are several possible things to conclude from this: 1) he has a strategy, but feels the need to deny it for some subtle reason - perhaps to mislead ISIS and others; 2) he has no strategy but one is in the works and this, again, is some sort of attempt at a"head fake" to mislead ISIS (and others around the world) as to US intentions; or 3) he has no strategy. (See Page 5, Sept 4, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
A Discussion on the August Debate of the Merits of an Article V Convention ... In the Manassas Tea Party event, Aug 28, Virginia Del. Bob Marshall debated against a constitutional convention; Mr. Farris supported it; Ken Cuccinelli moderated. Del. Marshall has always voted against Virginia applying for convention in its various comebacks over the years; he has been in the General Assembly for over two decades. Mr. Farris, director of "Convention of States", as well as a homeschooling advocate and chancellor of the college he founded, Patrick Henry, in Virginia, acknowledges that he and Bob have been friends for a long time. Both are conservatives. The audience was divided as to support or oppose; some didn't know much about it and came to learn. (See Page 6, Sept 4, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Foley's Horrifying Death, ISIS Is A Cancer That Must Be Eliminated ... The beheading of American journalist James Foley was horrifying. My prayers are with his family. May God comfort Foley's soul in eternity. Foley was one of our sons, brothers and friends. He was an American. I don't see how we can sleep in this country until we destroy ISIS. ISIS, is a world cancer and must be eliminated. I realize they are a long way from America, but cancer spreads fast. (See Page 6, August 28, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
A Long War ... In the wake of Mr. Foley's brutal murder there is a surge in the number of people calling for the US to eliminate ISIS. Taken alone, the idea has merit. But before we strap on our packs, pick up our rifles and head out the door, we need to consider several points. ISIS isn't alone. Yes, ISIS must be destroyed; no sane individual will debate that. But, if we managed to destroy ISIS in short order, we would find them quickly replaced. (See Page 6, August 28, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Civilizational War ... The "siege of Mt. Sinjar" is now over, per the President. But no one who has studied the situation believes this ends the persecution of Christians - or others - by ISIS. That is because the real issue isn't the singular - and terrible - persecution of Christians by ISIS, and the issue really isn't ISIS alone. Rather, the issue is that the long discussed, and often dismissed, clash of civilizations is gaining momentum. (See Page 6, August 21, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
America's Depression, Robin Williams, Millions More ... Robin Williams made us laugh but we're not laughing now as we mourn his suicidal death. His tragic ending has placed a national spotlight on the seriousness of depression. In the midst of this heart wrenching tragedy maybe good will come as people may openly discuss their daily demons of clinical despair. (See Page 6, August 21, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
General Green and the Arc of History ... Major General Harold Green, US Army, is dead. His death, like the death of any soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, is a personal tragedy for families and friends; and all are - sadly - rapidly replaced, and the war (like every war) grinds on. The general's death is of some historic note, he being the first US major general killed in combat in 44 years. (See Page 6, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

 





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