Archive for December, 2008

30
Dec
08

What happened to working hard?

I have a friend, lets call him Will.

Now Will is your average guy. A hard worker who slogs his hours and treasures time with his family.

Will tells me a story the other day about a woman he has never met before standing in line in front of him at a store who struck up a conversation with him.

The unsolicited conversation went something like this: Continue reading ‘What happened to working hard?’

19
Dec
08

Snow in Vegas and other Christmastime delights

Winter wonderland

Las Vegas, Nevada was blanketed by nearly four inches of snow Thursday. The record-setting snowfall was just one of many across the nation, with record-breaking totals reported in Seattle, Washington and Spokane, where 17 inches of the white stuff fell in 24 hours setting the all-time record for Spokane’s most rapid snowfall.

Snowfall was also reported in Malibu.

Winter weather is sweeping across the nation crippling traffic in Los Angeles as Chicago and New York brace for major snowfalls. Continue reading ‘Snow in Vegas and other Christmastime delights’

16
Dec
08

“I had no contact…” Really?

Remember when I told you that Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, declined to answer questions about his possible ties to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich?

Now, according to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Obama’s right-hand man not only discussed Obama’s vacant Senate seat with Blagojevich but was dispatched by Obama to deliver a list of candidates preferred by Obama to the governor and his representatives.

Blagojevich and Emanuel

Blagojevich and Emanuel

Team Obama has not disputed this fact as they continue to collect information regarding any links between the governor and the incoming administration for public unveiling Dec. 22. Continue reading ‘“I had no contact…” Really?’

12
Dec
08

At first blush

It has been 10 days since my last post. Far too long as far as I am concerned. However, sometimes life just gets in the way with viruses and car crashes and the like.

I have been quite ill for two days and prior to that, Mrs. the Right side was in a nasty car accident. And, since I have a soapbox, I want to take a moment to thank the police officer that responded to the crash and made my wife feel at ease. Thanks to all our first responders for serving and giving of yourselves when others might not.

Anyway, my political thoughts were briefly pushed to the back burner. But, on this snowy Friday in southwestern Pennsylvania, let me share some of my observations on a few subjects.

-Nuclear umbrella

At first blush, President-Elect Barack Obama’s alleged policy of providing a “nuclear umbrella” for Israel sounds like it might be a good thing. He announced the umbrella policy during a press conference earlier this week. Basically, the policy states that if Iran nukes Israel then we will nuke Iran. Continue reading ‘At first blush’

02
Dec
08

The beginning of the end?

Posse Comitatus Act

I never really knew much about it before today.

Then I read the Washington Post: Pentagon to Detail Troops to Bolster Homeland Security

The gist of the article is that the U.S. military is prepping 20,000 soldiers for deployment to U.S. soil for rapid response to emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

On Oct. 1 the U.S. Army announced that the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will fall under the control of Northern Command and will work as the on-call disaster squad for the federal government.

Enter the Posse Comitatus Act. Continue reading ‘The beginning of the end?’