Who and What is the Happy Warrior
This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.
(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
A hillarious Frazier episode (in 3 separate clips):
Highlights from Elf:
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Here are a few reasons why I am in morning and deeply lament this piece of legislation:
1. it increases the power of the federal government to dictate in citizen's personal affairs.
2. it increases taxes (doesn't the government claim/take enough of the citizen's labor already?)
3. it reduces incentives for individuals to take responsibility of their own lives
4. it increases individual dependency on the government
5. there was no support by the opposition party (not 1 republican voted for it). For a law that will have such immense impact on the lives of the citizenry, to pass in such a polarized manner is dangerous. While it may technically qualify as a democratic process, nearly half of the citizens are having a law to which they disagree imposed upon them. This degree of political divide over a law has not happened since the Civil War.
6. very few of our political representatives have even read the entire bill.
7. the law does not uniformly apply to all citizens and states (what quallifies Nebraska for certain exemptions and not the other 49 states -except to "buy" the vote of its Senator? Fruthermore, what is so onerous as to make the exemption so valuable... but the rest of the states are subject to the full extent of the law).
8. there was no transparency in this legislation, no period of contemplation.
9. unintended consequences have not been fully (or even summarily) considered.
10. there is no tort reform or other obvious health care reform elements in the law.
11. we have abandoned capitalism or a government mandated fix. Capitalism has been the engine of innovation, national wealth, prosperity and general lifestyle improvement that lifted the US from a fledgling country into a superpower during the 19th and 20th centuries... now we are going to abandon that strategy... why? And we are going to adopt a strategy employed by mediocre and faltering countries... why?
12. our elected officials have arrogantly dismissed the proponderance of public opinion on this issue.
Poorly designed and rashly enacted policies have proven debilative to national progress and injurious to individual citizens. This is one lesson of history every representative should have stamped on their forehead. It is not relagated to republican or democrat, it is endemic in our system of government. But this law far exceeds this danger. It threatens our future fiscal wellbeing (who really thinks we've accomplished sustainability and somehow created a better system than medicare, the post office or any other program with nationwide reach), creates dependency on the government for personal decisions and establishes a preference for social/government mandate over solutions provided by the FREE market of competing ideas.
The grave of classic America is dug and the corpse of the "great experiment" is about to be laid to rest. The greatest tradgey in this story is that none of our historic enemies -not England, Germany, the Soviet Union, communism or radical Islam- killed this remarkable creature, we killed ourselves.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Now his admirers are becoming frustrated with his rhetorical style:
"I have come to the conclusion that the real reason this gifted communicator has become so bad at communicating is that he doesn’t really believe a word that he is saying."
Read the entire critique, it is worth your time and consideration. As I have said from the beginning (and as I hold true also in the case of cataclysmic global warming/climate change): the emperor has no clothes on! Do not be duped by the high-sounding rhetoric.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Our contemporary conception of evil is often quaint and provincial. In fact, there is a large population of the "western world" that believes in an idea called moral relativism. Among other things, adherants to this concept believe that the notions of good and evil are subjective. In other words there is no real evil. Judging things, people and countries as "evil" is a relic and evidence of a non-enlightened people. In a post-modern world of "progressive" thought, to label something evil is as unsophisticated as faith in diety, belief that marriage should only be allowed between two people of the opposite sex and denial of global warming. To this crowd I am a virtual neandrathal.
Evil exists and I only need one recent world event to prove it. You may have heard of the terrorist (suicide) bombing during a medical school graduation ceremony in Somolia last week... Oh, you didn't hear about it? Shocking that our news media was obsessed with story of Tiger Woods! Well, here is a summary and a story link:
Somolia is a hell-hole of a country. Services, infrastructure, medical care, commerce among other elements of civilized society are entirely non-existent. Consider the presence of doctors (let alone hospitals and systems of basic medical support): there are almost no doctors in the country. "Before last year's (2008) graduation, almost two decades had passed since anyone earned a medical degree in Somalia." Think about it, that is a stunning indictment. Not one medical degree granted in almost 20 years!
Enter Benadir Univerity and a group of very courageous doctors: "Benadir University was established in 2002 by a group of Somali doctors who wanted to promote higher education in a country where physicians have become victims of the seemingly endless violence. Medical degrees are obtained there after six years of study." Last week the second graduating class comprised of 43 medical, computer science and engineering students were gathered for their graduation ceremony when some dispicable organization sent a suicide bomber into the middle of the graduation and murdered at least 22 people (people who had spent 6 years in training and preparation to spend their lives in service of their countrymen and to committed to try and build something of their pathetic country).
Want to see what a glorious existence and blessed life we have in America? Want to see the evil that would squelch the light of progress, freedom and goodness? Then take five minutes and read.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
No, the so called "Obama-care" has not completely been passed into law (thank goodness), it is still several steps away and will hopefully never get to that point BUT it matured enough for President Obama to claim victory and to show his left-leaning/"progressive" supporters that he is taking up their cause. This provided sufficient placation protection for him to move forward on the war in Afghanistan in a way that would draw the ire of the same left-leaning/"progressive" crowd. Rather than restating his dilemna, I refer you back to my original predictive blog and simply say, "I told you so."
Thursday, December 3, 2009
That being said, here is a poem that I was force to learn and to love. My mother did it. It is all her fault. She placed this poem over the kitchen sink when I was a child (before electric dishwashers were a common household appliance). So I spent many evenings washing dishes and staring at the only thing on the kitchen counter: this poem. It was probably the first thing I ever memorized and is buried deep in the recesses of my cerebral cortex. Here it is by memory (even though I have not recited it in probably two years):
Thank God for dirty dishes,
they have a tale to tell
while other folks go hungry,
we are eating very well.
For home, health and happiness
we should not want to fusss.
For by this stack of evidence
God is very good to us.
And so, as the week of Giving Thanks continues, I publically express my gratitude to God for the dirty dishes that daily stack up in our sink (and that have been a daily evidence of God's prosperous hand in my life from the time of my childhood til this very day).