Recently, I was staring at a beautiful night sky above my Carolina home and wondering, just as I did as a wee lad, what the dickens is out there?
The tantalizing flickering of the stars and the never blinking glow of the planets still thrills me today just as it did so many decades ago. That velvet blackness punctuated by portals of sparkling light ignites a yearning deep within that part of me where lies my soul.
I long for a New World. No, I haven’t slipped a cog, at least — I don’t think I have. Follow along here, for a while, and then determine if I make any sense to you. Continue reading
There is NO free lunch. That is a truism with which my entire generation grew up.
I was born at the tail end of the Great Depression and spent my formative years in a family — and society — that had been rudely dealt with by the inexplicable vagaries of the local, national, and global economy. Families that made it through the Depression still intact had learned many valuable lessons. Among them:
- You can never fully trust the government.
- Take nothing for granted.
- The price of something does not necessarily reflect the value — nor the cost. Continue reading
The Frankenstein monster is loosed on the land and the authorities are helpless to do anything about it. It’s the point in the movie where the peasants grab their pitchforks and scythes, hay rakes, and whatever they can lay their hands on, light their torches and pour into the streets determined to take matters into their own hands and rectify that which is out of whack.
And BOY! is it out of whack! Continue reading
I’m tired of writing about Obama and Obamacare. I’m tired of writing about the idiots in Washington who have driven our country into the ground and “reformed” us into a third world banana republic akin to so many of the socialist dung heaps staining the southern hemisphere of the globe.
Just days ago, I was reclining betwixt the white sheets of a hospital bed with tubes attached to my veins dumping — Lord only knows — what into my fairly used-up body.
Suffice to say that, as of this writing, I remain on the sunny side of the grass and am able, to some extent, to continue my campaign of aggravating the living daylights out of my political opponents on the left. Continue reading
Welcome back dear Brother… (Ed.)
There are lots of things that are sure and certain like: death, taxes, and democrats will cheat during elections. Now we can add another to the ever growing list. The Dems want Chris Christie, of New Jersey, to be the the GOP candidate for President in 2016.
The Mainstream Media, which is the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, has already begun its less than subtle campaign to secure that position for Christie.
The President’s plan to utterly destroy the GOP is on the cusp of total success and having Christie as the 2016 GOP candidate for President would be the cherry on top. Continue reading
Obama has billed himself as the champion of America’s Middle Class. It’s bull. His policies are destroying the Middle Class.
The recent unemployment figure is 7.2%. Well, that’s the figure the government reported for public consumption. Of course, the REAL unemployment figure is closer to 12% than 7.2%.
One of the most important contributing factors to the decrease in the unemployment figure is the fact that so many Americans have simply stopped looking for work. See, THEY are not included in the unemployment figure let by the US government. If they were counted we’d be looking at an unemployment figure much closer to that 12% I mentioned above. Continue reading
Those who follow the nation’s politics understand that the creation of a viable and effective third political party in the US is the LAST thing Washington wants. The dems and repubs will fight a third party with all the power, energy, zeal, vehemence, vigor, cunning, and skulduggery they can manage — and then some.
Look. Our political system was designed for multiple political parties … not just two parties such as we have today.
Having only two parties is extremely risky. Over the years we have seen the two parties switch positions and recently we have watched as the Republican Party, supposedly the home of those of the conservative persuasion, adopt the liberal and progressive positions of the Democratic Party on a scale that has rendered the GOP as something of a pale reflection of the party that has been the traditional home of Socialists, Marxists, and Progressives– the Democratic Party. Continue reading
Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days.
Didn’t need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days.
And you know who you were then, girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days.
Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win.
Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin.
Hair was short and skirts were long. Kate Smith really sold a song.
I don’t know just what went wrong. Those Were The Days. -
“Those Were The Days” by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
An old friend and I were conversing recently and reminiscing about the world we grew up in as opposed to the world we actually live in today. It is something “old-timers” like us have been doing since the dawn of time. Continue reading
I had a meeting a few days ago with a man I have known for at least thirty years. He is a registered democrat … a CONSERVATIVE democrat. (Yes, we do have conservative democrats in North Carolina. My Congressman is a conservative democrat.) Our political philosophies run parallel, though I am an Independent.
Our initial meeting was about something else, entirely, but as usual, soon turned to politics. It came as no surprise to either of us that we both felt the country was in dire — extreme — danger of utter collapse.
My friend is currently in his second career as a local businessman. He retired from his original career and, being the highly motivated man that he is, chose to return to the business world in a different field of endeavor. He has made a success of his second career, working for himself. I would have expected no less. Continue reading
“I called de witchdoctah…”
I am fully aware that most Americans today have no clue as to the damage one federal law brought to — and did to — America. I refer to Prohibition. It was then, just as it is today with Obamacare, all brought down on our heads by a bunch of people who were absolutely, positively, convinced they knew what was best for America and they were one hundred percent determined to “fundamentally change” America.
Boy! Did they ever change America!
It was the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. Americans referred to it as “Prohibition” just as today the “Affordable Care Act” is referred to as “Obamacare.” Both these nick names were/are intended to demonstrate the disgust in which Americans hold both Prohibition and Obamacare. Continue reading
The dictionary defines bastard as:
1. a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child. (SOURCE)
In America today “73 percent of black children are born outside marriage, compared with 53 percent of Latinos and 29 percent of whites.” (SOURCE)
What ever happened to shame? An even better question to ask, perhaps, is what has happened to self-respect?
Today in America “…. More than half of births for women under 30 occur outside marriage.” (SOURCE)
It would appear, from the current figures, that our friends of the liberal and progressive persuasion have done a heck of a job in their efforts to destroy the American family. It has worked beyond their wildest expectations. Continue reading
RISE, O Brethren of the South!
In my youth there was a popular song entitled: “Save Your Confederate Money, Boys… the South Is Gonna Rise Again!”
I began thinking about it as I watched a group of talking heads discussing the future of America, as a single entity comprised of 50 states. The consensus was — America will not survive as a 50-state nation. It is a conclusion, which I, unhappily, arrived at years ago.
I am convinced we Americans are being lied to by our government. I am also convinced our economy is on the verge of collapse. Maybe it is just my natural paranoia, but I simply don’t see the “silver lining” inside the dark clouds hanging low over Wall Street and other financial centers in America. I think we are in for a total collapse of our economic system.
What then? Continue reading
There are lots of different kinds of conservatives in the US. Social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, political conservatives, religious conservatives, and the list goes on. That is why it is so difficult to define exactly what a conservative is and who is a true conservative. Me? Well, I am a conservative who can identify with everyone of the categories above… and then some.
As a conservative conservative… I am looking for a leader for America. I don’t mean another limp-wristed suck-up who’ll go, hat in hand, to our fair-weather friends in Europe, and the UN, seeking permission to take care of America’s business, no matter what that business for America happens to be. No! I want a leader who will act –and act without worry — (or more than passing consideration) for what the remainder of the world thinks. See, I don’t care what the rest of the world thinks! Continue reading
Oh, this is embarrassing! Our wimp of a President trying to fit into the hat of the Commander-in-Chief. Geez! He could at least take the “Kick Me” sign off his back.
Look. This is what you get when you put a guy in an office for which he is not suited, not ready for, and does not have the cajones to make hard decisions. And believe me, Mr. Obama is decision averse! He hates making decisions of any kind but he hates hard decisions the most dragging his feet hoping he can outlast the problem, run out the clock, and not have to make a decision at all. Continue reading
America has lost the War on Terror.
I can hear the exclamations now: “Whoa! Wait a cussed minute, Longstreet!” How EVER did you come up with that idea, huh?”
It’s not exactly an Idea. It’s more like a fact. In fact, it IS a FACT!
All America has accomplished, so far, anyway, is to “wall” ourselves in. Heck, we have barely scratched the enemy, the terrorists. Each week, or so, we take out a few desert dwelling bomb-makers and terrorists out in the wilderness of the Middle East with Hellfire missiles from a circling drone, pat ourselves on the back, and then go right back to monitoring the phone calls, and email of American citizens.
The average American citizen has had far more freedom taken from him, denied him, refused him, since the so-called War on Terror was declared than any of the countries aiding and abetting the terrorists themselves. Continue reading
DEFINITION of HERO: A man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength
This country, America, needs some heroes. Badly.
Have you noticed that we have none?
In my youth heroes abounded. There were, first and foremost, the military heroes, then the sports heroes, even the guy down the block who saved the neighbor’s cat by climbing up the tree to retrieve the cat, he, too, was a hero. But it is not so, anymore.
Humans need heroes. Heroes remind us that there is a better side to us. Heroes remind us that we DO have it in us to be better than we are… to accomplish what was thought to be the impossible, and that we do have it in us to defend those things most precious to us, like our families and our homes and even our country.
But today there are no heroes. Continue reading
I wrote the commentary, which follows below — and published it — in late October of 2012, just days before the Presidential Election in November. Here we are, some ten months later, and we seem no closer to the truth, or to answers for multiple questions that arose at the time of the incident.
WHY? Continue reading
I’m a Tar Heel and I am fed up with the unadulterated bunk, and that’s what it is — BUNK — being spread by the Democratic Party and the Mainstream Media about NC’s newly passed Voter ID law.
At first their idiocy was almost funny, but no more. Now it is vicious and hurtful and condescending and designed to show North Carolina in a bad light and I will not sit idly by and allow it to pass without challenge.
Leftists have come to the WRONG state looking for a fight, for it is here, rest assured, that you WILL find one — and find one quickly! Continue reading
The push for a new constitution for the United States of America has begun.
We have all heard the expression “A Living Constitution” – meaning the constitution of 1787 is a document that should be interpreted by taking into account and consideration that Americans live today in different times, not in the 18th century when the current constitution was first drafted.
Many will claim the 21st century American is much more sophisticated than his ancestor who fought a world super power to gain their freedom — and won, and drafted a constitution, created a government for a country that would show the way to people seeking freedom anywhere in the world, and would, reluctantly, become the police force of the planet. Continue reading
The Mainstream Media’s assault on evangelical Christian Conservatives is going to backfire on them. Some feel it has already begun. Consider the number of major news outlets in financial trouble today.
First of all, it is wise to understand that the mainstream media in the US is the voice of the Democratic Party …. the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party, if you will. You must keep that in mind to be able to interpret what they disseminate as “news.”
The MSM is out of touch with real Americans, especially real Americans who subscribe to the Christian faith… and to parse it even more… real Americans who subscribe to the evangelical brand of the Christian faith. This disconnect has existed for decades now. And yet, the MsM continues to flail about either not recognizing the problem, or intentionally ignoring it – even to their own detriment. Continue reading