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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?)
U.S. Senate Brings Human Trafficking Bill to a Standstill After House Approval ... The Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, House Resolution 2283, passed by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support last Wednesday, July 23. The Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 1249, had already been referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where committee leaders Sens. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, and Bob Corker, RTN, decided to put the bill aside for the time being. (See Page 6, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Little Kids Soccer, the F-35 and Foreign Policy ... I heard someone complaining the other day that the next generation is learning all the wrong lessons of life when they are encouraged to play sports in which scores aren't kept, winners aren't celebrated and everyone gets a trophy and a medal. Perhaps it's too late. (See Page 6, August 7, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
America's Backyard War ... I'm going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now. Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational. (See Page 6, August 7, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Cure to Restrictions of Free Speech is More Speech ... It is beginning to appear that America as a nation is so concerened about offending someone that we can no longer express outrage at clear violations of our security or our basic human rights. Who determines what is right and proper? Where is respect for differing points of view? (See Page 6, August 7, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Personal Liberty ... Liberty is a state of affairs in which individuals are free to live authentic lives. Because of the value of the individual under free systems of government, it is important to analyze liberty on the personal level. I propose that liberty on the personal level is most fundamentally experienced through the conscience, the mind, and the heart. (See Page 6, July 31, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Palestine, Israel and Building Codes ... When building a house there are certain rules that you need to follow, both actual regulations enforced by local government, and other hard-learned lessons from home builders and home owners in your town. But, whether formal or informal, buildings are built to meet or exceed code, so that they don't come apart in the next storm season. Just ask anyone who built a house "not to code" along the waterfront - after the first noreaster has blown through. (See Page 6, July 31, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Presidential Indignation ... An airliner enters hostile airspace, air defense forces respond, the aircraft is shot down, nearly 300 die; a President responds with a call for justice and international action to force those who did this to comply with international law and basic morals. That flight was not MH-17 but KAL-007, shot down nearly 31 years ago by the Soviet Union; the President who called for action was Ronald Reagan. (See Page 6, July 24, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Constitution and Our Military ... Our Constitution makes the rules clearly defining what the federal government is authorized to do. As for a military, the Constitution states in Section VII that the federal government is to maintain a navy because a navy was needed for all the states to be protected. Those states without access to the coastline were unable to do so for themselves. But a standing army was not to be for more than two years. Why so? Each state had its own militia to protect itself. (See Page 6, July 24, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
America's Poverty, Do Something About It ... I've never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times. I do know that poverty is not pretty. I've never been around a hungry family that was dancing in joy because of their dire situation. Poverty is hard. (See Page 6, July 24, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Children are in Charge ... One of the indicators of maturity is the ability to put off immediate gratification for long-term gain. Thus, while a baby or young child will simply eat until full, or later, spend everything in his pocket on candy, as he grows older he learns to set aside food (save that apple), or set aside half the change in his pocket so that he might someday buy a new baseball glove or video game. Eventually, this leads to such concepts as saving for college, saving for a car, putting money aside for a house, even saving for retirement. (See Page 6, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Political Storm ... It looks to me that domestic politics are changing before our very eyes. Therefore, our strategies may need to change as we try to maintain our tradition of liberty. (See Page 6, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Love, Justice, and Law ... It seems he believed the natural world was like the human societies we all experience. "Love" attracts us together, and "hatred" divides us. In our human societies, there cannot be too much "love", or we will force all to be one, regardless of individuality. On the other hand, if there is too much "hate", there would be no living together in community. Justice within society - giving to each person what that person is due - depends in part on the right amount of attraction and separation between the individual members. (See Page 6, July 10, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Ethics, Loyalty, and Nuremburg ... Imagine you hire a tutor to teach mathematics, hoping to improve your child's grasp of math. The first criterion for such a tutor is a sound knowledge of mathematics. Wouldn't you be a bit worried if a highly regarded tutor arrived at your house and, lo and behold, didn't know the fundamentals? (See Page 6, July 10, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Celebrating the Fourth, Who Will Keep America Going? ... We live in an interconnected world. Energy, cars, televisions, clothes and much more are traded among the countries. There are positives with global trade. If we can't get a good price at home then we can shop elsewhere. Shopping is as easy today as clicking on a computer webpage. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
To Be An American ... In the midst of this months celebration of someone else's month (everyone must have a month) the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, opined that: "Diversity is at the heart of America's Strength. I take issue with the Secretary of Defense and his understanding of this nation and its strengths. The motto of the US is not "diversity makes us strong", the motto is "E Pluribus Unum" - "One out of many". It is our similarities not our differences that are glue; is it a common acceptance of a new nation, one dedicated to principles best developed in four separate documents: the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
The Fireworks In Our Minds ... When I look up at red, white, and blue in the July 4th sky I think of all the 88 soldiers that had to die At The Siege Of Yorktown so we could live free. Although those soldiers didn't get to live and be or see all the things they wanted to see, and all those fireworks tend to remind Us of the fireworks in our minds. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)


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