Current Events, Just musing

Southern Snow and Lessons Learned

Last Tuesday was one of those days in Atlanta, and much of the Southeast.  It snowed.  It snowed where it wasn’t supposed to.  And it caused lots of problems.  The next day wasn’t any better because, although the sun came out, it never got out of the 20’s and the snow and ice stayed.  Not… Continue reading Southern Snow and Lessons Learned

Just musing

Looking back on 2013

As we look back on 2013, and ahead to what’s to come, we tend to take stock – an inventory, if you will, of what we have learned, experienced, and overcome.  It is a time to evaluate one’s self.  We look in literal and figurative mirrors and write ourselves a critical year’s end report.   As… Continue reading Looking back on 2013

Current Events, Just musing

Other Lessons From A Government Shutdown: A Plan to Take Back Our National Parks

It seems that the people’s enjoyment of our national parks and historic places has been the biggest - or at least the most visible - casualty of this shutdown debacle.  With nearly 80% of the federal government system deemed “essential,” and untouched, the arrangement leaves the President with few good options with which to demonstrate… Continue reading Other Lessons From A Government Shutdown: A Plan to Take Back Our National Parks

Current Events

Political Terrorism Language

So, what exactly is a “Weapon of Mass Destruction?” The Boston bomber has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction for setting off a homemade explosive made from black powder and nails. We’re told that we never found Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, and we assume that means nuclear or chemical weapons.… Continue reading Political Terrorism Language

Constitution, Current Events

Look! Is That A Squirrel, Or a Gay Marriage Protest?

Average Americans are earning $8,000 - $10,000 a year less now than they were in 2007.  The value of the average home (where members of the middle class hold most of their wealth) is $35,000 less now than in 2007.  Record numbers of Americans depend on government handouts just to get by.   Unemployment is still… Continue reading Look! Is That A Squirrel, Or a Gay Marriage Protest?

Current Events

Sequestration Review – in case you’ve forgotten how we got here.

If the Super Committee failed to reach an agreement (which was pretty much a foregone conclusion), then a “sequester” would kick in, forcing automatic budget “cuts.” The automatic budget “cuts” were designed to be to some of the most basic functions of the Federal Government – ie. Defense spending, and to programs that had some of the most visibly painful consequences if cut.