The German word “schadenfreude” translates roughly as “taking pleasure in the misfortune of others.” Now the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is under scrutiny after video tape showed ACORN employees offering advice to a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute on how to skirt state and federal laws. Geopolitical Editor Chip Wood is now watching ACORN get its come-uppance, and he’s enjoying it.
One of the dirtiest campaigns ever conducted for the U.S. Senate is finally over. The mean-spirited, hate-filled, dishonest demagogue Al Franken was declared the winner, giving the Democrat Party a filibuster-proof majority. On the surface this may seem to be bad news for the country. But maybe not. Read on to see how Franken’s election may actually help Republicans…
On July 4, 1776, representatives of the Continental Congress voted unanimously that, “These United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States.” Thirteen colonies voted to become something new in history—the United States of America. Now, all they had to do was to win their independence from a government that would consider them traitors. Read this week’s Straight Talk to learn more about those early, heady days of our great nation…
It was not a moment to make one feel young. I was seated behind the seniors at this year’s graduation of my former high school — in a section reserved for the “golden graduates.” That is, those of us who had received our diplomas 50 years earlier. It didn’t seem possible that five decades had […]
It was not a moment to make one feel young. I was seated behind the seniors at this year’s graduation of my former high school — in a section reserved for the “golden graduates.” That is, those of us who had received our diplomas 50 years earlier.
Let me say it right at the outset: Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a long way from being the sort of strict constructionist I’d like to see on the U.S. Supreme Court. I want someone who respects the U.S. Constitution to the point of revering it.
I don’t know how it was in your neck of the woods, but I’m delighted to report that in our area, this Memorial Day was truly memorable. There were lots of flags flying on our street; the cemeteries (especially those containing the remains of veterans) were filled with flags and flowers; many of the stores and supermarkets — and even the local baseball game — observed a few moments of silence at 3:00 pm, as our country paused to pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
I’ll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked hard since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
What a difference a year can make. Last year at this time, investors at the various financial conferences I attend were feeling pretty good. Oh, there were a few storm clouds on the horizon. No one was singing “Happy days are here again.” But an air of quiet contentment seemed to prevail.
If you’re as tired as I am of all the hoorays and hallelujahs an adoring press has bestowed on Barack Obama for his first 100 days in office, here’s a welcome respite. To help counter all that saccharine applause, one of the left’s sharpest critics in Washington, D.C. prepared a different sort of list. Gary Bauer, who heads the Campaign for Working Families, compiled a list of Obama’s 100 mistakes, misstatements, and missteps since he assumed our nation’s highest office.