Archive for March, 2010



As a reporter for the Herald-Standard I am limited in the topics I can blog about. While the affiliation between The Right Side and the Herald-Standard is very limited, I am still bound by journalism ethics to refrain from blogging about certain subjects.

I receive requests nearly every day to blog about this local issue or that local politician, however I am precluded from doing so.

While other bloggers can write freely about all subjects, I am restricted to national politics, sports, entertainment and anything without a local news angle. It would represent a conflict of interest for me to delve into local politics on my blog and then go cover events regarding the same subjects. Blogging about local issues and politics would alienate me from my sources and at least give the appearance of impropriety and agenda-driven writing. So, blogging about local issues is not possible.

In the past, my blog was directly linked to the Herald-Standard Web site along with several other bloggers, but the HS blog roll was abruptly terminated last year.

The Right Side was rebooted as its own entity. You need to bookmark it,, and keep the address to find it, as it will not be linked to

I encourage all readers of The Right Side to post comments and post often.


Health care, Big Ben and the Girl Scouts

Thoughts on a Wednesday:

–          Is it just me, or do Democrats like to gloat much more blatantly than conservatives? I had a liberal friend approach me yesterday, put his hands on my shoulders and, with a big grin, proclaim it as a “Great day to be a Democrat.” I can honestly say that I have never done this. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the guy despite our political differences, but what is the fundamental difference in this instance and what does it say about us?

–          Georgia authorities have withdrawn a request for a DNA sample from Ben Roethlisberger in the alleged sexual assault case in a Georgia nightclub.


An interesting development in that Roethlisberger, or as the good Sheriff Blue likes to say, “Roffembarger,” has not been charged with a crime but has taken a monumental beating in media coverage nonetheless. I think it is important to remember the basic fact that an American citizen is innocent until proven guilty. I’m not saying that this claim is false and I am not saying that Big Ben isn’t guilty of poor judgment, but I do think people need to take a wait-and-see approach and let this play out.

–          Obama called the signing of his health care overhaul the beginning of “a new season in America.” He could not be more accurate. Our electorate has moved past a representative government to a new hybrid government that tells you what you want or may not want to hear and then, regardless your protests, forces it down your throat, while massaging your neck to help it slide down. We have been reduced to little more than pets and for some that appears to be the real appeal. Remember the women from Detroit after Obama was elected claiming they were going to get “their Obama money?” That type of reasoning would have no qualms with ingesting anything that comes their way so long as it appears to fix their problems.

–          Dozens of states are talking about suing the feds over the health care plan, claiming it is unconstitutional. While my affiliation with the Herald-Standard in regards to this blog is looser than in the past, I will still refrain from talking about our state’s planned action against the overhaul to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Just, when you get a chance, check it out.

–          Not everything is about health care overhaul right now. In fact, some pretty amazing stories might just fly by under the radar, like this little whopper that appeared on World Net Daily about what Planned Parenthood and the Girls Scouts of America have concocted in some cauldron and are now trying to feed to innocents. The tandem, at a “No adults allowed” meeting at the United Nations, decided to teach girl scouts about sex, when and where to have it and how to make sure that if you are high or drunk you don’t get pregnant. Their audience, girls from 10 to 14 years old. For the disturbing details, read here:

–          Before the resurrection of this blog site, it had been nearly a year since I was able to share any thoughts with you. I am working on a bullet-point recap of what we missed and where I think we are headed. Stay tuned.


Stay tuned…The Right Side return is imminent

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Talk to you all soon.