Let me be clear, I am a believer in global warming, but I am not quite as convinced as to its cause. However, for a group of environmental scientists to be so adherent, so bedazzled, so spellbound by the concept of global warming, with no evidence whatsoever, that the 20 degree below zero weather in my town of Barrington, New Hampshire a few days ago, a low temperature I have never ever seen here in the 60 years I have lived on this earth and in New Hampshire, to stem from a “polar vortex” that has somehow erratically swept down on our region, the cause due directly to global warming, is laughable, unscientific, and worse, purely political.
Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire noted that prior to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he endured at least three weeks of a constant barrage of John F. Kennedy stories in the mainstream media. How many times have we seen the abandoned book depository in Dallas, discussions of conspiracy theorists, the video of Jacqueline trying to flee for her life clambering over the trunk of the limousine after her husband was shot, the subsequent shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald – the murderer of Kennedy, the barrage of recitations of the incident that fatal day by teary eyed reporters. We hear of the great hope and optimism inspired by the President, and…and….and what else did President Kennedy accomplish? What beyond great speeches, the vast majority of which were written by others, did this man actually do?
He backed and then prematurely abandoned a gang of thugs in the failed Bay of Pigs ‘invasion’ to oust Fidel Castro; he committed “training troops” to South Vietnam (in a ‘police action’) thus starting the long ten years of futile conflict with North Vietnam; he brought us to the very push-of-a-button brink of nuclear destruction by multiple and massive miscalculations and misjudgments of the USSR; he was the most overt philanderer ever to inhabit the White House (save perhaps Bill Clinton). He expressed the necessity of civil rights for all but it required President Johnson and Bobby Kennedy to actually create that legislation and enact it.
But surely there must be something President Kennedy did that so inspires us today, except for mere dramatic speeches composed by his writers. Ah, the Peace Corps. Yes he can take ownership of this. Difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of the Peace Corps through the decades of history, did it do more for the increasingly dependent recipients of Peace Corp services (many of whom have hated us for our wealth to this day), or more for the young Americans who staff it? Who knows?
But at a time when a President’s legacy is apparently more important than actual tangible accomplishments (Obama being a prime regrettable example), it is fact that Kennedy did precious little in his three years in office. Yet, for one solid month this past November, there was a constant gush of anguish over this man’s loss. But articulating his accomplishments? – little is said, conspicuously little.
A tragic event in our history his assassination was, but can we not sober up? Do we commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s assassination? Does anyone even know when he was murdered? This was a truly great man, a great president, a self-made scholar (not a near flunkie from Harvard), a savvy politician, a man who stayed true to his wife, and as much a doer as a sayer. Where is the justice in the homage we pay (or the press pays) to a do-little assassinated president some 50 years ago this past Novermber?
Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire shared that he went to Billie Crystal’s broadway show “700 Sundays” back in 2004 or so; “he was very good, highly entertaining and non stop for two solid hours.”
Billie Crystal talked about his life growing up, using a Sunday sports theme, glossing over the more difficult times (you could tell – he would make brief mention of something emotional and move on), then making the good, funny times absolutely hysterical. Then at the very end of his production, after a final curtain call, he spoiled his moving, solo act by making a predictable far left Liberal downtown Manhattan comment about the man in the White House (George W. Bush) and how his orchestration of foreign policy (War in Iraq) was not to his liking, and the crowd roared its highly biased Liberal approval, apparently oblivious to how these comments symbolically disemboweled our troops and mission in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I see he has come back to Broadway with the same show and am wondering what his final curtain comments will be this year? Will he include snide commentary on the socialist in the White House who has ignored the slaughter in Syria, failed to dissolve Guantanamo, commandeered more drones than a queen bee, pretended to ignore the ticking time bomb in Lebanon, North Korea, Sudan and China, has been so anxious to get his Liberal (no more wars!!) ‘arse’ out of Iraq before nailing down one single U.S. air base in the desert from which the ‘world’s cop’ – the U.S. – could have tamped down all of the Mideast hotspots, totally compromised the Libyan embassy security and then denied its root cause (yep, an anti Muslim film – sweet Jesus – or sweet Allah) and pushed through one of the most destructive healthcare initiatives ever.
Yep, wise words from Billy Crystal on the mean spirited, misguided George Bush ’04. Hell, with Obama around in ’13, GW looks like he was Mensa material.
Dr. Michael J. O’Connell noted, Nelson Mandela was an effective revolutionary, perhaps even great. He spent nearly a third of his life in prison for the cause of destroying apartheid. This has the face of a noble cause versus an entirely ignoble system of racial inequality.
Political leaders from the past two decades were tripping over themselves to attend his funeral. Why taint our remembrance of the man with the puny and tainted minds such as Obama, Clinton and Carter? On that note, why should we remember Mandela only for his courage in the face of African violence, when the total view should include his disloyalty to Winnie, his wife, during his quarter century of incarceration, and his loyalty to such infamous thugs as Libya’s Khadaffi and Cuba’s Fidel Castro.
Something smelled bad about the celebration of Mandela’s life (the stadium in Soweta was apparently half full – not full as it is during World Cup Soccer), without a remembrance of his innumerable warts. The moral to this story is that all men and women have weaknesses and skeletons. Let’s once and for all realize that and stop the nonsense of idolizing fallible humans.
Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire, noted the 2014 MLK celebrations on the National Mall were truly a spectacle, or rather, a spectacular regurgitation of the usual and expected Liberal pap with a parade of left wing speakers from government (past and present) as well as of course the entertainment industry.
All of them predictably and idiotically implored our country to essentially become ‘color blind’ – as though by wishing color away, it would make it so. Why did not one presenter, especially our black President, say what needs to be said….that the “racial problem” is not mostly about racism and hasn’t been for decades. The problem is the “character” of the race in question. Sure whites and yellows have a ways to go in attitude, and many white trash takes advantage of the welfare and social security disability programs, but this is puny stuff compared to the distance the average black must travel to EARN the respect of other races. The lack of character and intergrity of the black population is a cancer that must be excised. And, only blacks can do it.
Obama warned us that his speech would not come close to that of ‘the King’ five decades ago, and sadly he was so right. Given the golden opportunity that could never be afforded a white President, Obama totally fumbled the ball. Rather than taking his own race to task for not benefiting from equal opportunity and myriad other programs, but rather turning to violent crime, drug use and distribution, and illegitimate fathering.
Bill Cosby for President anyone?
Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire, notes that there has been lots of concern over the National Security Agency (NSA) gathering information on our telephone call records and also, albeit somewhat less concerning, Intel gathering on our allies abroad.
All the controversy originated with information theft by Edward Snowden (if ever the latter returns to this country he should tried for treason…better yet he moves to a particularly exposed area where we can call in a drone strike and spare him and us the labors of a court trial). One very positive aspect of the actions of this confused and wrongheaded man, he has afforded us a tremendous opportunity to shine the light on the real and much more efficient invaders of our personal lives. As Pogo said, “we have met the enemy, and he is us.”
Through Facebook, Twitter and numerous other social media, hundreds of millions of Americans and hundreds of millions more worldwide, expose their private lives and opinions and in often intimate detail every day. This largely accepted, or ignored, exposure, absolutely dwarfs the information gathering by the NSA, manifold. Now that potential employers and would-be personal ‘enemies’ are accessing social media, we should wake up and recognize that Sir Edward has actually done us a service.
Question is, will we avail ourselves of his treasonous acts and come to grips with the very dangerous downside of social media? The NSA is hardly 1984; Facebook is!
Michelle Obama turned 50 not long ago, and used the date to promote her “Let’s Move!” program, with the admirable goal of reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity. Clearly she is excited about this, deeply dedicated to it, just as her husband is dedicated to his legacy…..oh well, we won’t go there.
Too bad Michelle does not lead by example. Her efforts in weight control would be spectacularly vaulted if she were anywhere NEAR ideal body weight herself. She is one BIG woman. Did I just say that about the First Lady? Yes. I will also say she is about the heftiest of all first ladies since before Eleanor Roosevelt. Who is she kidding? Perhaps this is part of the reason she has been so sensitive lately about her husband’s overt flirtations with some rather attractive heads of states.
Drop a fast thirty, and keep it off, and the First Lady would be eminently more credible. Otherwise her ‘legacy’ will have a hard time getting off the ground. No pun.