Archive for the ‘General’ Category

on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016

There are a lot of emotionally healthy reasons for learning to be thankful and grateful in life. That may be fairly easy in the United States, since life can be so good in so many ways, but it can be done by anyone regardless of their situation. Victor Frankl’s book on finding meaning in life is a remarkable testimony to that fact.

I have a lot to be thankful for, which is what I’m going to spend the day thinking about. I hope whatever your current feelings about the state of affairs in your place in the world, you’ll be able to enjoy at least some time today with people you care about, being grateful for the good things in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Libertarian humor

January 7, 2015

I’m sympathetic to a lot of the values highlighted by libertarians, but this really made me laugh:

h/t Daniel Mitchell

The year that was

December 31, 2014

2014 has been a fairly ordinary year. The main event was our youngest graduating from high school and starting college. She had a great first semester, and we’ve started to get a handle on life without children in the house consistently. The Christmas holiday has been very pleasant with all the kids at home.

On a personal level, a stand-out feature of the year has to be the elimination of $8000 in credit card debt. A lot of that was an zero-interest until 2015 deal from our bank that we used for some major house repair in 2013. It’s all gone, as well as a few thousand on my wife’s card and a couple of store cards. We’re ending the year with a completely zero balance on cards, even after buying gifts for Christmas. It’s a great feeling.

2015 doesn’t necessarily have to hold any major events like vacations or such. The kids are all in college, we’re both working at jobs we enjoy, and the main itch we both have are some additional maintenance on the house. It would be nice to look back in 12 months on 2015 and see a couple of those big improvements in place. Here’s hoping for peace and progress in the new year.

A morning Christmas gift

December 25, 2014

After several days of overcast sky, and a couple of days of cold sprinkles, this was a nice gift on Christmas.

Christmas sunrise

Hope for change

January 3, 2012

Michael Leeden writes about internal affairs in Iran relatively frequently, and this column offers some evidence for serious problems for the regime of the mullahs.

It’s odd that one tack the Democrats may attempt this fall is to argue for Barack Obama’s foreign policy success. As Leeden points out, Iran and Syria have been directly responsible for numerous American deaths and terrorist attacks, yet Obama has failed to offer any assistance to the increasingly powerful opposition groups in both those countries. Instead, his assistance has gone to opposition groups in Egypt and Libya, helping to topple two regimes that were certainly oppressive to their populations, but they were far less violent and repressive than either Iran or Syria, nor were they actively opposing U.S. interests in the world, as are Iran and Syria.

It makes one suspect that our President’s foreign policy ambitions are limited to advancing his own political interests rather than his country’s foreign policy interests.

Powerline on the Wednesday press conference

July 1, 2011

President Obama press conferences are more rare than his golf game these days, which may be a good thing. Sure, he gets criticized for how frequently he plays golf when so many things at home and abroad are going not well. That’s a limited beef, and it’s hard to take it further or draw inferences.

When he speaks at a press conference, though, the things he says raise a lot of questions and inferences that undermine his reputation and standing. Criticism of his performance on Wednesday are widely available. This one from John Hinderaker at Powerline is on point. The President’s actions over the past two years belie the claims he makes about his commitments and his agenda. It’s troubling.

on implementing change

March 14, 2011

The administration of the high school my kids attend has announced a new arrangement for funding extra-curricular activities. Generally understood, rather than each program charging association dues and planning fund-raisers of various types, there will now be an umbrella booster club from which all the activities will be funded. The organization and formula for disbursement decisions is unclear at this point, but as you can imagine this has created a lot of anxiety among various groups, parents, and students.

One of the associations we are part of due to our kids’ activities is meeting later this evening. Hopefully more light will be shed on this deal. And I hope it’s mostly light, not heat, though the two may go together naturally in this case.

On Freezing a Target

March 14, 2011

It seems to me that picking the target is an important step for radicals hoping to make an important change. This is why I’ve yet to understand the obsession with the brothers Koch and their eponymous company. That in their attempt to polarize their chosen target the leftists are beclowing themselves is an additional problem. It just seems to me a lot of energy wasted when more recognizable and vulnerable possibilities exist.

Barnes burns Adelman

October 27, 2008

This is going to leave a mark:

[Ken] Adelman recently endorsed Obama and said he “would not have hired [Palin] for even a mid-level post in the arms control agency.” Well, I know both Palin and Adelman. And Ken, I’m sorry to tell you, but I think there are an awful lot of jobs in Washington that Palin would get before you.

What’s wrong with the world

October 8, 2008

An inauspicious beginning, I suppose, but like most things it has to start somewhere. This election season is a huge disappointment in a lot of ways, for reasons that will hopefully become clear. For whatever reason it seemed good to throw up some ideas for public consumption in the hope that they might be an overall plus. I’m sure they won’t be unmitigated good, but there’s so much in our public discourse that’s getting close to unmitigated bad that the time has come to add my voice, even if it is one crying in the wilderness. Those can eventually catch some attention and make some changes, apparently.