Private enterprise vs. government-owned

I love cars. What I love the most about cars is, cars represent independence: An individual with a car at their disposal is free to go anywhere they please, whenever they please, unfettered. All they need is a driver's license and a full tank of gas. You may not even have to know how to … Continue reading Private enterprise vs. government-owned

Alinsky wears high heels

Alinsky rule #5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” This time ridicule came in the form of violations to the military dress code: Cadets and cadre put on their favorite pair of high heels and marched in Temple's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to raise awareness of sexual assault against women. The cadets, … Continue reading Alinsky wears high heels

A happy thing for Easter weekend

Anyone paying attention to the news yesterday has reason to worry, and to pray, since, in short, we lost, and lost big time. But this Easter weekend let's also not lose sight of good people doing good things, too. A little thing may inspire many. A little thing may bring joy to many. A little … Continue reading A happy thing for Easter weekend

Yes, it’s April Fools’ Day

It's April Fools' Day, the annual event where the passive-aggressive take out their inadequacies on others. As I see it, there's no need for April Fools' Day. No need to make up jokes and pranks, when you consider, The right, with the exception of Ted Cruz,  hasn’t gone on offense on the Indiana law modeled … Continue reading Yes, it’s April Fools’ Day

Oh, for the days when silence was golden!

One of life's seldom-asked, but very useful questions is, "Why am I here?" It can be writ large, as "Why are we here"?, an existential question on the meaning of life, pondered by philosophers. It can be asked in a smallest way - when you momentarily get distracted and forget why you're in the garage, … Continue reading Oh, for the days when silence was golden!

Is that you, Sabo?

Liam Neeson, Irish guy turned Hollywood star of gun-held thrillers, fired a shot for U.S. gun control following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris,There’s too many [expletive] guns out there,” he continued. “Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s … Continue reading Is that you, Sabo?

Jihad by any other name is still the same

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II The bard's immortal words come to mind when one reads about Gitmo alumnus Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab, (a.k.a. Abu Wael Dihab, a.k.a. Jihad Ahmad Diyab, a.k.a. Abu Ammar, … Continue reading Jihad by any other name is still the same

The attack on LIBRE: What happens when Latinos don’t toe the line

The LIBRE Initiative is a 501(c)4 non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community so it can thrive and contribute to a more prosperous America. LIBRE is dedicated to informing the U.S. Hispanic community about the benefits of a constitutionally limited government, property rights, … Continue reading The attack on LIBRE: What happens when Latinos don’t toe the line

What’s going on, or the consequences of “smart diplomacy”

The Democrats' reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Address to Joint Meeting of Congress (you can watch the speech in full at the link) offers a rare opportunity to highlight the disconnect between the Democrats-and-the-media (but I repeat myself, as Pete says) talking points and the consequence of a policy where the U.S. abdicates … Continue reading What’s going on, or the consequences of “smart diplomacy”

Argentina: A case of “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown?” UPDATE

At the end of the 1974 crime drama Chinatown, Walsh drags Jake away from the scene and says one of the all-time classic lines in movie history,Forget it, Jake. It's ChinatownEarlier in the film, the plot has established that Chinatown is a lawless, dangerous place, where even the District Attorney advises its men to do … Continue reading Argentina: A case of “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown?” UPDATE

Netflix in Cuba, yeah, right

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced on Monday “We are delighted to finally be able to offer Netflix to the people of Cuba, connecting them with stories they will love from all over the world,” said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. “Cuba has great filmmakers and a robust arts culture and one day we hope … Continue reading Netflix in Cuba, yeah, right

Univision plays the world’s smallest violin

If you google "RNC Univision" you get 229,000 results, most of them criticizing the GOP's decision last month to not include Spanish-language TV channel Univision on its presidential debate schedule. "Republicans need Univision", decries Adrian Carrasquillo. "Univision is the country's fifth-largest TV network, reaching 94 million households," rattles off Raul Reyes, and on and on. … Continue reading Univision plays the world’s smallest violin

Cuba’s outdated Cold War mentality

The next round of US-Cuban discussions is scheduled for January 21 and 22, a week from today, in Havana. Almost a month ago, Pres. Obama gave his Statement on Cuba Policy Changes,In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed … Continue reading Cuba’s outdated Cold War mentality

Cuba: Is Fidel dead yet?

The first time I was in England I heard a phrase, sure as rain (that stuck with me, since it was raining), which means something will certainly occur. Sure as rain, rumors that Fidel Castro is dead are coming up again. For Latin America watchers, this is routine, happening at intervals over the years. In … Continue reading Cuba: Is Fidel dead yet?

Were taxes an issue in the 2014 midterm election?

My Magnificent Seven colleague A.P. Dillon tweeted this morning, Why New Yorkers are rushing for the exits | New York Post http://t.co/2oz69hhXbu— LL1885 - A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) January 2, 2015 Which brought up the question in my mind, Were taxes an issue in the 2014 midterm election? Obamacare, as Chief Justice Roberts ruled, is a … Continue reading Were taxes an issue in the 2014 midterm election?

The Interview. Yes, The Interview

[Spoilers ahead. Proceed accordingly.] It was Christmas Day, the gifts were opened, brunch was done, and I have watched The Princess Bride and A Christmas Story enough times I can lip-synch them, but I felt like watching something. Of course, I had to watch The Interview. Mind you, for as long as I can remember, … Continue reading The Interview. Yes, The Interview

Last-minute shopping: The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

It's Christmas eve, you hate, hate, going to the mall, and you have readers on your list who don't like fiction. I strongly recommend you buy them The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels on Kindle edition, which they can also read on line and in their tablets and cell phone apps. Epstein created the Center … Continue reading Last-minute shopping: The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Cuba: Whose “outdated Cold War perspective”?

The opinions of those of us who strongly oppose easing up restrictions on Cuba are dismissed as "an outdated Cold War perspective" (the link I use here is typical but not alone). The implication is that the Cuban Communist regime has evolved, and we have not. Let's take a brief glance at four points of … Continue reading Cuba: Whose “outdated Cold War perspective”?

Time to put Greenpeace vandals out of business UPDATED with before & after photos

Note: This is a rant. Proceed accordingly. Back in my much younger, stupider days, I sent Greenpeace a check for $25 of my hard-earned bucks. That was a couple of decades ago. Yes, I recycle; yes, I don't waste water or electricity; yes, I owned a house in a lot that had two dozen trees … Continue reading Time to put Greenpeace vandals out of business UPDATED with before & after photos

U.S. releases 6 al-Qaeda detainees to Uruguay

While the Senate releases a CIA report without talking to the CIA directors, Jonathan Gruber refuses to say how much government money he received, and John Kerry raises $5billion for Gaza, the U.S. released six Gitmo detainees to Uruguay. In a country where polls show a majority of people oppose the transfer of the prisoners, … Continue reading U.S. releases 6 al-Qaeda detainees to Uruguay