United, We Drink!
I'm a big fan of Norman Rockwell, and I've even visited all three of his museums at least once, and immensely enjoyed the experience each time. I so love Rockwell and his work because he was truly an intuitive, sensitive and patriotic American, and his work exudes Americana. So too, I find true with pubs.
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:15:48 AM
What Part Of The Word "Minimum" Do Minimum Wage Workers Not Understand?
The numbers, which Sherk acquired from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, just don't support the claim and most minimum wage earners are just what we think they are, school kids, working part time while still living with Mommy and Daddy. Even those in their mid-20's, according to Sherk are usually part timers going to school, few are bread winners, and only about 22% live at or below the poverty line. More than half are teenagers. Only 5% are even married.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:23:44 AM
A Bright Flag In A Dark Fog
For this flag and who she represents seems unnoticed if not abandoned. But somebody mounted her there, and set up that light, somebody tangible, human and very real, and certainly not a heartless phantom. She flapped and she waved as if to keep my attention, and ask if someone.....anyone else did possibly see. I looked around yet again, feeling helpless, it was still just Old Glory, the foggy darkness, the bright light, and me.
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:10:28 AM
Mother's Day Observations: Mother's Day Is Not Always Just About Mom
Some years back, a priest told me that he long ago ceased wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas," and instead wished them a "peaceful" Christmas because for many people, estranged from their loved ones, be they deceased, or even still alive, Christmas, for some, is not a joyful holiday, but a dreaded one, worsened by the constant reminders from every conceivable venue of communication from about Thanksgiving on. I have adopted much the same practice, including with holidays like Mother's Day, equally joyful in intent, yet also equally commercialized, and for those suffering the loss, of whatever reason of their mothers, the incessant reminders are like continually pouring lemon juice into a gaping and already painful wound.
Jun 2, 2013 - 5:03:47 AM
Screams From The Womb; Regrets From The Tomb
My panicked screams are fervent, even strident to my protector, my beloved and nurturing mother dear. Yet they pierce through my surrounding darkness only to vanish unanswered in the outside air, as if no one is there, capable, or perhaps even willing to hear. In a foot race, my now rapidly bounding and terrorized heart could easily beat us. Yet I am but a mere lump of internal tissue to be vanquished and wasted. I have a name, but they insist on calling me "fetus."
May 8, 2013 - 1:43:45 AM
The Battle Of The Sinuses
It is simple arithmetic, yet it can also make us sick. If they multiply, you feel like you will die. Yet their aim seems to be to divide and conquer. The end result is a dry, runny or generally sore honker. But of course, aside from all these pluses and minuses, I speak of our temperamental nemesis, those dreaded, awful sinuses!
Jan 29, 2013 - 1:13:42 AM
Small Man, Big Boulevard
Joggers and walkers, cell phone talkers, cars, trucks, missing mufflers, revved up motors, blaring horns all smothered him, as one half of his mind drowned them out as if he was on a peaceful lake, fishing. Yet the other half, desperate for distraction, forced the thoughts; who are they? Where are they all going? What is purpose? Do they even have a mission? Does anybody even see him?
Jan 27, 2013 - 1:10:02 AM
Just After The Newtown School Massacre: Gun Smoke Clearing; Silly Season Beginning
It is now scantly a month since the horrific and unimaginable tragedy that has befallen Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. And already, the extremists are coming out of the woodwork like sharks sensing blood in the water. Former Obama advisor and now Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel was famous (more like "infamous") for warning to never let a good crisis go to waste as an opportunity to advance the agenda. As I look over the horizon, I see an increasing number of approaching fins, and no, I don't mean citizens of Finland!
Jan 16, 2013 - 12:17:22 AM
And Now, From The (S)hallow Halls of Congress: "Take Me Out To A Movie"!
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) deemed the matter insignificant enough to stop and have a daytime version of "movie night" with his colleagues from both sides of the aisle. Meanwhile, while our elected legislative branch recreated in the middle of a work day, scarcely no one other than the Senate janitor was holding down the fort to mind the country's urgent business.
Dec 21, 2012 - 6:37:43 AM
The Score So Far: Evil, 2; Good, 0
I have previously worked in every facet of public safety, as well as in public health, and in the criminal justice system. I have admittedly developed a pretty tough skin and even a pretty sharp cynical edge over the years from those days. Being immersed in the sordid side of the human condition easily jades a person, or at least toughens them. It's a defense mechanism I guess. And in my current capacity, I have recently worked quite a bit in Newtown, Connecticut, and in the village of Sandy Hook within it within the past couple years, and as recently as just a couple months ago.
Dec 19, 2012 - 5:40:18 AM
Yeah, You Know..."Christ"...Remember Him?
I would only add that given the state of our world today, and for all our political correctness, when we take "Christ" out of "Christ-mas," quite obviously, all that is then left is... "the mess"!
Dec 18, 2012 - 7:57:49 AM
The Hypocrisy Of Liberal So Called "Tolerance"
Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I have once again survived the lion's den. Being the only sane (which is to say, conservative) member of my died-in-the-wool far left liberal and very political family, and in this, a presidential election year no less, I can proudly say that I gave as well as I got, and then some (hardly a task against liberals) and exited bloated, content and relatively unscathed, especially in comparison to the remaining carcass of the woeful and apparently "independent" turkey of which we all mercilessly feasted upon with carnivorous and glutinous impunity.
Nov 25, 2012 - 12:23:58 AM
A Tale Of Two Fridays
The last I heard, the nations of Israel and Switzerland still require a firearm to be in each home. In Israel especially, that's probably not at all a bad idea. Likewise in Kennesaw, Georgia, where crime also dropped since that law's implementation. Crooks are basically cowards. They are opportunists who hate hard work. They just as soon move on to an easier "mark," than risk a confrontation.
Jul 22, 2012 - 2:13:48 AM
Nun-sensical And Nun-constitutional
Growing up as a Catholic kid in the 60's and 70's, like many, I thought that nuns who wore plain clothes were cool. They would likely tell you back then that they thought they could better assimilate into society to carry on their work by wearing every day garb. Now that we know in hindsight that the 60's and 70's brought us pedophile priests due to dissident and failing seminaries, I can't help but wonder now if those cool nuns were trying to escape more than blend in.
Jul 8, 2012 - 12:10:57 AM
My Coming Out: Inspired By Anderson Cooper, I Am A Bespectacled Fan Of Big Bosoms!
In our modern cowardly world dominated by political correctness and obsessing to simply be liked, even if just as wrong as those doing the liking, the boundaries of "tolerance" and "embracement" get fuzzy. Not all that long ago, and still even somewhat today, gays were often discriminated against and even viciously harassed and assaulted. But now the pendulum has swung to the other extreme and they don't want or expect equality, but rather, preferential treatment.
Jul 4, 2012 - 12:36:49 AM
The Dark Eyed Musician
The miles I travel are as long as the days. How many have passed? I do not know. They are all too far back in the now residual haze. I'll be playing in your hometown tonight, and in someone else's tomorrow. I am in constant movement, much unlike my embedded sorrow.
Jul 4, 2012 - 12:15:46 AM
When Is A Child's Self Esteem Too Much?
My sage old grandmother was right when she said, "Everything comes back." So have those hideous signs from the 80's: "Baby on board" So what? Why is your little drooling offspring so special? What are we adults, chopped liver? Does your precious baby on board produce a paycheck every week? And does that really mean that I can't hit your car now, as if I planned on it in the first place?
Jun 30, 2012 - 3:43:48 AM
Answering The Question, "Who Are You?" Should Not Be Rocket Science
The Democrat Party and its minions are also trying to suppress laws requiring positive identification to vote, citing "disenfranchisement" of minority and poor voters by Republicans who typically favor ID laws. The fact is, Democrats are also pushing for illegal immigrants to acquire driver licenses, and other types of ID based on shoddy documents, which thus makes identifying these people more difficult, and theoretically, gaining their sympathy and support as payback, come Election Day, pretty sad coming from the same ilk that cried foul after the Florida debacle in the 2000 election. Having unidentified illegal immigrants among us also poses a significant public safety and public health risk, but that is a possible subject for another day.
Jun 27, 2012 - 9:25:40 AM
The U.S. Is Still Not Ready For A Black President...Or A Mormon One, Either!
We no longer segregate blacks from public accommodations like buses, diners, restrooms and water fountains, yet they can now enjoy their own segregated colleges, pageants, and other associations, where whites need not apply. And in employment and college admissions, "discrimination" has been replaced by "Affirmative Action," wink, wink. Yet oddly enough, folks in my 50 + age range repeatedly say that no one wants to hire them because of their age anymore, in this progressive era of "equal opportunity."
Jun 13, 2012 - 6:05:15 AM
Newsflash For The GOP: The Democrats Don't Worry About "The Middle"!
Wake up, folks! In political parties, the only thing you typically find
in "the middle of the road" are long, yellow streaks, and dead skunks.
And if you continue to follow that "middle of the road" long enough, it
just might even lead you to a surprise gift - in the form of a Trojan
Mar 10, 2012 - 7:40:55 AM
Government: Friend Of Unemployment And Foe To The Unemployed!
As I write this piece, Greece's economy is barely hanging on, with those of Italy and Portugal supposedly set to fall like dominos after it, and the tsunami effect of Europe's rapidly spreading economic woes to soon presumably cross the Atlantic and beyond.... In astronaut parlance, "Houston, we have a problem!"
Nov 9, 2011 - 2:45:12 AM
"Occupy" A Shower!
But many of our problems also stretch back to the numerous abuses of our Constitution, including burdensome federal entitlement programs and the creation of the Federal Reserve. But plenty of Wall Street and corporate greed added fuel to the fire as well. As in many a garden variety domestic dispute, there are three sides to this story, too: his, hers, and the truth, which is hidden somewhere in the middle.
Nov 6, 2011 - 12:25:50 AM
Smarter Technology, But Dumber People?
When I try to log onto my voicemail on my telephone, or onto my email on my computer, some little electronic voice says, "Welcome!" Amazing! I have neighbors who are often stumped for an answer when I simply say "Good morning"!
Jun 18, 2011 - 1:45:31 AM
How To Attract More Company At Home.....Or Not!
My friend reminded me of a former house he owned, a charming little seasonal cottage renovated to year round use, just a scant rock's throw from a private beach. The down side of his abode however, was that his yard was so small that it would make the average postage stamp seem vast.
May 15, 2011 - 4:23:01 AM
Thank You - To "Nobody"
As we know all too well, to put it mildly, some of these supposedly superior people aren't quite at all what they're cracked up to be in terms of character. That little old lady in my church is a monumental pillar to absolute nothingness. She's nobody important. In fact, she's simply a nobody - here.
May 8, 2011 - 12:15:50 AM
I've Been Demoted ....To An Adult!
What politically correct, warm and fuzzy, touchy-feely chardonnay sipping, half-witted, whale-saving youth soccer sycophant dim bulb with way too much time on his or her hands dreamt up that little ingenious brainstorm? Shucks! You mean I can't ram your car or force you into the guardrail now, just because little junior is having quality time with his environmentally friendly toys in the back seat?
May 1, 2011 - 12:30:56 AM
When I passed Mama, her swill du'jour almost bowled me over! I don't know what this crap she was wearing was, but I finally realized now that it wasn't screaming Junior that was killing off the sea gulls. I can only imagine that this perfume (for lack of a better term), that she must have bathed in before stepping out was called "Essence of Over-Fleau'd Le' Porto-Let!" It took me a block and a half past the purple haze just to be able to breathe again
Apr 24, 2011 - 12:13:11 AM
Libya - No, The Third War Is Not The Charm!
While we police the world, the safety of our nation and its people, the primary objective of the federal government, is flagrantly and unconstitutionally ignored to our ongoing and increasing national peril. America, erroneously deputized as the world's cop, now needs to return to its own beat and stay there.
Mar 22, 2011 - 12:15:37 AM
Is The Westboro Baptist Church Wrong?
The US Supreme Court recently upheld the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest homosexuality at funerals of fallen military veterans, regardless of their sexual orientation. As much as this whole disturbing affair nauseates me, it is significant enough to warrant analysis.
Mar 9, 2011 - 12:13:55 AM
A "King-Sized" Mistake: More Knee-Jerk, Feel Good Gun Control Legislation
History has also taught us repeatedly that once the law abiding citizenry is disarmed, a tyrannical government can and will take over.
Jan 21, 2011 - 12:17:21 AM
Survivalist Tip # 1: The Trusty Ice Scraper!
An Army Airborne Ranger once told me that part of his training involved him getting airdropped into a swamp and made to survive for two weeks with only a compass, a knife and a length of fishing line. Ha! Child's play! Just give me an ice scraper and I'll do just fine!
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:15:18 AM
Newly Elected House GOP majority May Keep An Old Bulb In The New Spotlight
Yes, elections do have consequences. This last one rid us of many (but alas, not yet quite enough) new wave (A.K.A. : "Socialist") Democrats, rewired a few slipping Republicans drinking too much of the Washington water, and maybe, just maybe, it gave us a last vestige of hope of clinging to our remaining and endangered liberties, not the least of which is for American consumers to choose which type of lights they wish to purchase to illuminate their homes and businesses without interference from Uncle Sam's perpetually pesky nephew, "Big Brother."
Dec 28, 2010 - 12:23:12 AM
Christmas: The Real Reason
"What's a matter with 'ya, you dumb birds? Can't you see I'm tryin' to help 'ya? WHY WON'T YOU LISTEN TO ME? Do you WANT to die?" And still uninhibited, the birds continued pecking at the window, suffering needlessly on and apparently ignorant of all they needed and truly wanted, lying just there, only a few feet below them.
Dec 23, 2010 - 12:30:58 AM
'Tis The Season...For The "Humbug" Infestation!
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Dec 21, 2010 - 12:26:28 AM
Yes, Virginia, There Are Still Christmas Cards!
I'm a purist (though far from pure), so none of this politically correct "Happy Holidays," or "Seasons Greetings" nonsense for me in my Christmas cards. It's "Merry Christmas," period, and no, I really don't care what your religious faith or whiz-bang , rocket science theory of atheism is.
Dec 16, 2010 - 12:27:07 AM
Want To Prepare For Advent? Help The Endangered Among Us Live Through It!
Father mentioned how Pope Benedict, in his opening Advent Mass in the Vatican, spoke of preparing for the celebration of Christ's coming by praying for the unborn, many of whom worldwide will be savagely slaughtered by Christmas, and most ironically, as Father Corapi has often said, in what should be the safest place on earth, the womb.
Nov 30, 2010 - 12:25:51 AM
I'm Hungry, Therefore, I'm An Idiot (They Think)
I'm not stoned, but on a good day, I do like to consider myself to be a deep thinker. Restaurant staff, however, seem unanimously convinced that I'm an idiot because I'm hungry, I think.
Nov 25, 2010 - 11:00:01 PM
Text Alert: Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") Could Have Just As Easily Died!
And thus, to you (questionably) "post"-adolescent bubble dwellers, who sat there and did nothing, or worse yet, tried to make a spectacle out of the event for the cheap jollies of your pathetic selves and your cyber cronies, shame on you, assuming you're even capable feeling any semblance of shame.
Nov 20, 2010 - 12:33:57 AM
Sometimes A Cell Phone Is Not Just A Cell Phone
Noted shrink, Dr. Sigmund Freud once allegedly quipped, "Sometimes a
cigar is just a cigar." A sage observation, indeed, but had cell phones
existed in Freud's day, I doubt he would say the same of these
profoundly diverse, yet bizarre little electronic gems of wizardry.
Jun 30, 2010 - 8:03:15 AM
Obama Should Kick His Own (Expletive Deleted) First!
Even the Trojans of Triviality in the "main" (left) stream press and media are now in an uproar because in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, Obie The Wonder One took umbrage to the question on America's collective mind, of which Lauer inferred, "What's he been doing all this time regarding the oil spill in the Gulf?"
Jun 29, 2010 - 7:26:42 PM