Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to All!!!

A rather rare white Christmas around here.

Fortunately too tall to lose in the snow

Monday, September 3, 2012

National Empty Chair Day

Leaning left and on the rocks

“We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go.”      –Clint Eastwood

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Cynical Ploy

  One of the chief virtues of our Constitution is the clarity with which it addresses the separate powers of the various branches of government. Each branch has it's role. The Congress, the branch most readily accountable to the people, to enact the laws. The Courts, the branch least subject to the vagaries of popular opinion, to interpret the laws and reconcile or remove conflicts within them.  The executive to enforce the laws.

 In the exact wording of the Constitution the duty of the President as regards the law, is as follows: "he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" ( Article 2 Section 3 )  Not to create new laws, amend existing ones at whim, nor pick and choose which he would care to enforce.

 Today President Obama has once again, this time publicly, tread on the law, the Congress, the Constitution, and his oath to uphold it, by announcing a new policy substituting executive fiat for the rule of law.


 That the purpose of this abrogation of his responsibility is cynically shameless pandering in the hope of garnering votes only renders such faithless dereliction of duty even more despicable.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Can you hear them now?

 Scott Walker came out on top last night, but the real winner was democracy. The citizens of Wisconsin elected him a year and a half ago to rein in an out of control budget.  Survival in this economy entails hard choices, whether for individuals, businesses, or governments at every level, and the people of Wisconsin are to be commended for their resolve in reiterating their determination not to be spent into bankruptcy to placate those used to sweetheart deals from politicians.

 Scott Walker's kept his promise, balanced the budget, and is once again the clear choice of Wisconsin as governor. It's just a shame that they have been put to the trouble and expense of having to repeat themselves so soon by those who weren't listening the first time around.

Monday, May 28, 2012

There are no words

 Or maybe there are. 

—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I, Me, Me, Mine

I'm told that the only time Dwight Eisenhower used the personal pronoun "I" in his announcement of the D-day invasion, was to tell his troops "I am very proud of you"

'nuff said?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

An Intolerable Act

"To what purpose are powers limited, and to what purpose is that limitation committed to writing, if these limits may, at any time, be passed by those intended to be restrained?"        John Marshall.

 In almost surreptitious fashion, by the nearly unanimous passing of another un-debated bill, the Federal government has trod roughshod over several of our most basic freedoms. 

The problem with the seemingly innocuous title: ‘‘Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011’, is that it has damn little to do with pointing the bricks and sprucing up the landscaping, and everything to do with limiting the First Amendment. It gives authority to the Secret Service to decide arbitrarily who does and doesn’t have access to the sight and hearing of the President, and other officials under their protection, by making it a Federal offense to be within any perimeter that they deign to establish. 

 No matter where on the political spectrum you reside, this is a chilling prospect. Handing over the 'context' under which we can express ourselves to arbitrary authority confers an unconstitutional control over the content. Free speech and the right of assembly are now at the sole discretion of the head of some politician’s security detail.  If they don’t want to hear you, or don’t want you in view of the cameras, you can now be forced away under threat of a prison sentence. 

 Are we merely to trust in the assurance that the intention is only to provide security, and that we won’t be silenced? I think not. When our rights are at issue the only safe course is to assume that the worst case scenario is inevitable.