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Cuba: Whose “outdated Cold War perspective”?

The opinions of those of us who strongly oppose easing up restrictions on Cuba are dismissed as "an outdated Cold War perspective" (the link I use here is typical but not alone).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 Let's take a brief glance at four points of … Continue reading Cuba: Whose “outdated Cold War perspective”?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

Russia aims at Latin America

UNASUR, the Union of South American Nations, is holding its summit this week in Ecuador. The envoys or the heads of state of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guayana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela are in attendance. Latin American countries, particularly the socialist countries, hold summits frequently throughout the year, so this is … Continue reading Russia aims at Latin America

On thankfulness and apple pie

Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday of the year. As my friend Perla puts it, it's a holiday everyone celebrates, no matter their religion. I would add to that, it is a holiday one can celebrate in ways small - alone, when circumstances demand, or big - in public or in private. I also like … Continue reading On thankfulness and apple pie

Amnesty: A slap in the face to all of us, not just to #Fruitpickers and #Bedmakers

I did not watch Pres. Obama's speech for a number of reasons, the main one being that I simply could not stand it. Instead, I read the transcript. Leave it to the lawyers and experts on the Constitution to duke it out, but, no matter how you cut it, this was a flagrant violation of … Continue reading Amnesty: A slap in the face to all of us, not just to #Fruitpickers and #Bedmakers

Why weren’t taxes an issue in the last election?

I was in my friend Rick Moran's November 5th Election Night Extravaganza podcast, and among the many topics we discussed, I mentioned that I relocated from Princeton, NJ to Miami, FL a few months ago. Rick asked me why, and I gave the totally honest, simple answer, "Taxes." I went on to explain that at … Continue reading Why weren’t taxes an issue in the last election?

And now for a @BatDadBlake break

Obama's amnesty (Obamanasty?) is just around the corner - probably next week; the Russians will be flying regular patrol missions from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico; Jonathan Gruber's the gift that keeps on giving, Gruber said the measures in the bill that attempt to lower costs constitute a "spaghetti … Continue reading And now for a @BatDadBlake break

Keith Hennessy on Jonathan Gruber’s honesty

Honesty, you may ask? Yes, honesty. MIT's Jonathan Gruber has been quite explicit on his position: Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.As Alinsky said, “A good tactic is one … Continue reading Keith Hennessy on Jonathan Gruber’s honesty

Why Obama should not be impeached when he grants executive amnesty

I expect that President Obama will grant amnesty to all illegal aliens by executive order before year's end; indeed, I would be surprised if he doesn't by the end of this month. In his press conference after the Republican's "good night", Obama stated,So before the end of the year, we're going to take whatever lawful … Continue reading Why Obama should not be impeached when he grants executive amnesty

Comparing voting in NJ to voting in FL

I sold my house in New Jersey and moved to Florida this summer. Registering to vote: When I moved to New Jersey decades ago, you had to go to town hall to register to vote, and you were sent a paper postcard with your information. That postcard was never updated. It was so long ago … Continue reading Comparing voting in NJ to voting in FL

About those walking in NYC for ten hours videos

If you haven't seen it yet, a video of a young woman walking in areas of New York City for ten hours has made quite a splash. It is supposed to show How Women Are Constantly Harassed on the Street. Maybe the advertisers are trying to tell me something, but every time I've watched it, … Continue reading About those walking in NYC for ten hours videos

Whatever happened to the Carnival Magic with the ebola scare?

It came up in yesterday's MA3 debate, and ebola is still in the news (especially when you see headlines like this: Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO MONTHS: Tests reveal certain strains survive for weeks when stored at low temperatures), so it's time for an update on the curious incident of the Carnival … Continue reading Whatever happened to the Carnival Magic with the ebola scare?