Friday, April 20, 2018

Throwing Blessings Away

Some of us are so fortunate- our children are healthy. Others are not as lucky. Last night, someone we have known casually for a few years, since before her pregnancy and birth of her son who is now less than a year old, told us her child is blind and likely has cerebral palsy. We will keep her and that precious baby in our prayers. We, who have not had to contend with such a challenge, should count our blessings. We have been so blessed so far with a healthy daughter and I thank the Lord for that. As older parents, that healthy youngster was anything but a given. We are not strong. Our time is not long. We take far too much for granted.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Just as Brutal

The new dictator of Cuba may not have Castro as a last name, but he will likely be just as ruthless in putting down any dissent. I do not see any leader in a line initiated by Castro as loosening up on tyranny and allowing Cubans more freedom.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

War or Peace

North Korea is talking with South Korea and the US. If North Korea can be persuaded to give up nuclear weapons without a war, the talks will have been a great success.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Public Relations Disaster

Having two black men arrested for trespassing at a Starbucks in Philadelphia is an awful a corporate image. In this day and age, treating a customer who is a member of a minority like that is suicide for a business.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Russia Menace

A few years back Barack Obama laughed at Mitt Romney, when Romney said Russia was the greatest threat to US national security, during a debate before the Presidential election. I don't think too many folks are laughing now.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Loyal Opposition

Democrats always seem to rally around their trash. Whether it is Bill Clinton with numerous marital infidelities and possibly rape, to the late Ted Kennedy with a drowned girl and with Chris Dodd, a "waitress sandwich" sexual assault, to Barney Frank with his male lover running an escort service in Frank's basement, to Gerry Studds being applauded and re-elected after his sexual relationship with an underage boy, who had been brought to DC as a Congressional page, or Hillary with her Clinton Foundation slush funds and unsecure server leaking national secrets, Democrats never condemn a high ranking Democrat, no matter what is alleged against him or her. Republicans, on the other hand, can not wait to turn on one of their own. Look at the difference between how Democrats put Bill Clinton's accusers and Ken Starr on trial in the court of public opinion, and how different it is with almost all Republicans talking about the integrity of Robert Mueller and the objective nature of his investigation. When allegations against a Republican arise, maybe Republicans think if he is knocked off, they will be the one that rises to replace him.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Russia Promises Retaliation

After the US and her allies struck the chemical weapons capacity of the criminal Syrian regime, the poisoner Putin has promised retaliation. When Putin is not trying to murder Russian defectors in Western countries, he is propping up other dictators, some even more bloodthirsty than he is. One of Putin's worst allies is Bashar Assad who has used indiscriminate methods of killing against the Syrian people, including barrel bombs and poison gas. After the last outrage, a gas attack that killed women and children, America and the West had little choice but to respond by force. Not punishing Russian client Assad would have been an open invitation to the Syrian butcher to use WMD even more than he has. It would be a terrible mistake for Russia to follow through with their threats but knowing the nature of dictators, particularly Napoleon-complex little men with big egos like Putin, I am absolutely certain Russia will attempt some foolhardy ad ultimately self-defeating act of revenge.