If you’re a naval history buff or a Patrick O’Brian fan, put this book at the top of your list. Tim McGrath’s biography of John Barry is excellent. McGrath gives a wealth of detail without being tedious.
December 5, 2013 No Comments
Mang’s second book is a delightful break from the dreary news of the day. Sometimes it’s better just to laugh.
December 3, 2013 No Comments
It’s now evident that the president lied about Obama Care. Nancy Pelosi’s comment, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it,” takes on a whole new meaning. Politics and ideology prevailed over truth, as they always do with this president and deceptions, both overt and covert, abound.
December 2, 2013 6 Comments
So what if Obama lied? That’s what moral relativists do. What’s a lie to people who believe truth is an artificial cultural construct. In any case, truth is irrelevant in the larger scheme of things. Machiavelli wrote, “the end justifies the means,” and the end relentlessly pursued by this president is the preservation and extension of government power and control.
November 26, 2013 No Comments
Just in case you haven’t heard, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has set new standards for government ineptitude. A website that works about as often (and as well) as my brother-in-law, insurance companies forced to drop customers faster than the Food Network dumped Paula Deen, and presidential guaranties as worthless as, well, presidential guaranties. All of this adds up to President Obama’s approval ratings nose diving to an all-time low of 37%. Further, only 7% of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act is working well and requires no changes. For perspective, that is less than the 9% of Americans who believe Milli Vanilli should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
November 25, 2013 No Comments
Daughan tells the story of American Navy Captain David Porter in a way that takes the reader from admiration to, if not disdain, disappointment in the foibles of a man obsessed with reputation. Porter’s story is sad in some ways. He had many virtues and talents, but these were ultimately cast in the shadow of overwhelming ego, ambition, and a convoluted sense of entitlement. But for all that, Porter was an American hero who left a legacy that included his adopted son David Farragut, Civil War admiral David Dixon Porter and commodore William D. Porter.
November 11, 2013 No Comments
Last week Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, testified before Congress concerning the botched rollout of the Obamacare website. In keeping with the tradition of the most transparent administration in history, Ms. Sebelius was less than forthcoming. (Honest! Barack Obama told us so and he wouldn’t lie…wait, never mind.) As a public service, we will provide some of her answers to congressional questioning and then explain what she really meant.
November 4, 2013 1 Comment
And now for something completely different.
On a whim, a few months back, I bought some tickets to see Vince Gill. I’ve always liked Gill, but was never a fan in the way I am a fan of Suzy Bogguss …
November 1, 2013 1 Comment
Some things are worth fighting for … aren’t they?
November 1, 2013 1 Comment
Some thoughts on what is rational and what is self-delusion. Reason is no more than a tool that can be used for good or ill. Its use. President John Adams wrote that reason depends upon the strength of the self-love of the one who employs it. Self -love empowers self-deceit to cloud the world as it is and replace it with a more agreeable reality. … Well agreeable to the person engaging in the deception anyway.
October 31, 2013 No Comments