Brooks Robinson & Norman Rockwell

A nice story about baseball and Americana, with no political hoohah at all. Written by the always terrific Jonathan Pitts of the Baltimore Sun - one of the most consistently great feature writers I've ever read.For many, Brooks Robinson's most lasting achievement seems less the 16 Gold Gloves and two World Series titles he won as a player than the unshakable courtesy with which he won them. The O's legend displayed a rock-solid decency that seemed, somehow, as quintessentially American as … [Read more...]

Bush’s victories receive scant attention

Gasp! Do ya think?Hey, at least someone, somewhere acknowledges it!Last week, there was much less media coverage of a Rose Garden ceremony in which Bush presided over the swearing-in of Kavanaugh, who had been confirmed by a 57-36 vote.Bush has quietly been racking up small victories like these that seem at odds with the media’s conventional wisdom of a presidency on the skids. [...] In addition to success with his nominations, Bush also is presiding over a booming economy and is even s … [Read more...]

“Is Coulter missing a humanity gene?” UPDATED

:::Scroll down for update:::My brother Thom asked that question after reading this piece about Ann Coulter's latest over-reach.She's never been my cuppa, as I have written before. While she is whip-smart, I've never liked her because Coulter tends to overdo - she routinely loses sight of boundaries of common decency. She goes too far and discredits herself and the values she says she espouses.I must say, my skin crawled to read some of her statements. To me she is embodying everything I … [Read more...]

Thank you for your condolences

I have decided that when I die, I don't want the wake thing, at least not as we do it these days. I don't want two days of lows and highs, then the terrible closing of a lid and all of these people crying and crying...I mean, there were some wonderful tributes made to my brother in law - a note from a woman who had never seemed particularly close to him and yet whose words of tribute were so on-target we read them again and again, and re-appreciated the fact that my BIL was a man who never … [Read more...]

“Illegals” hysteria & the place I can’t go

I had doctor's appointments most of the day, and while I was in the car I kept switching around on the radio. I pulled up Rush and couldn't listen more than a few minutes. What I heard was a disappointing, strange, paranoia-feeding rant on how the "moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Senate" have a deliberate plan afoot to "enlarge the number of victims and people who will need welfare services" so as to "enlarge government..."It's all a plot and a conspiracy, you see...nothing could … [Read more...]

NSA leak/Jefferson/Congress, Whaaa?

Okay, this is just getting too interesting...or too confusing, I can't decide which.Here's Mac's Mind, this morning:(Quoting CNN) The FBI wants to interview top members of Congress from both parties about the leak to The New York Times concerning the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program, sources told CNN.The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call first reported that the FBI wanted to question federal legislators as part of its probe. The sources do not know if any members … [Read more...]

“You want to jump and scream and encourage your child”

Yes, you do want to "...jump and scream and encourage your child." But comes a time - and I'd say it's around 8th grade, where you really should no longer feel compelled to scream your kid's name and hoot and holler every time you see them perform in a band, sing in a choir, etc.Apparently, this bishop feels the same way and after repeated requests to parents to please refrain from carrying on and applauding, hooting, bellowing, etc until all the High School graduates were named were ignored, … [Read more...]

House and Senate “moving toward each other?”

California Conservative thinks perhaps they are moving toward each other on immigration.Considering how pissed off America is with all of them, that might be wise. I'm thinking there must be some ground between the "no amnesty" rock and the "give it all away" hard place.Writes California Conservative:Jim Sensenbrenner is exactly right about it being difficult, if not impossible, to “have legal proceedings to deport 11 to 12 million people.” If he’s saying that nothing “is a dealbreaker” at … [Read more...]

Jefferson and Hastert – OUT NOW!

UPDATE: Mac at Macsmind thinks Bush is doing the biggest rope-a-dope of all and I kinda hope he's right.If he is right, maybe Hastert can stay...if not...we return you to my original post: ***I want them both out! And Pelosi, too, since she's the minority speaker and she's in agreement with Hastert. OUT! They all deserve each other, and they all need to resign, and since they won't do it without pressure, I say we apply pressure. I don't actually know how we do that, but I'm sure others … [Read more...]

The Essential President Bush

A much-esteemed, long-neglected friend sent an email this morning, which was delightful to recieve. At one point he mentioned this post from yesterday and wrote: I think (President Bush) has lost his bearings. but then, so did Moses from time to time, it's quite understandable.That made me wonder a little - has President Bush lost his bearings, or have we? Is it President Bush who has broken faith with "his base" or have they?When I read my friend's line, I thought of a line from Pride … [Read more...]