"If at age 20 you are a conservative then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are a liberal then you have no brains."
Sir Winston Churchill

Obama obviously knows very little about economics, specifically that "Society stagnates when independent productive achievers begin to be socially demonized and even punished for their accomplishments." This dilemma fogs Obama's reality. To him, accepting this truth is a "false choice", his answer to things he doesn't understand. And by the way... where is John Galt?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RIP Larry Allison, Conservative Analyst and 9/11 Victim, New York City

RIP Larry Allison, Conservative Analyst and 9/11 Victim, New York City

So, who was Larry Allison? Larry was a conservative writer and talk show host who has contributed dozens of essays to our blog for the last eight years. He was a victim of 9/11 but he refused to let that define him. On that infamous day, Larry was flying back from Washington and missed the Pentagon attack by 15 minutes. The horrible World Trade Center disaster awaited him when he arrived back in NYC. As a member of Rudy Guiliani's administration, he volunteered to help as soon as access to the site was allowed. The dust, the body parts, the jet fuel and god knows what else in the air was absorbed into workers' skin and lungs. Thousands got sick, and Larry was one of the worst.

When he got sick, he was officially recognized as a 9/11 victim, so his medical treatment was always taken care of by the City. He also had a car and driver to ferry him around as he became increasingly immobile. His damaged lungs, the ensuing leukemia and all the medicine he had to take, caused him to gain too much weight, which slowed him down even more. His life saving treatment consisted of monthly chemotherapy and blood transfusions. This past summer I spent four days with him in the Bronx and his spirit never wavered. He would talk your ear off, and you loved listening to him. The treatment finally stopped working.

Larry was also an unabashed Catholic and supporter of  Israel and everything Jewish. His jewishness probably came from the three Jewish wives he married and divorced. (he obviously loved Jewish women.) One day we were talking and he said he was very tired of being alone. He said a friend had recommended an international web site for people like himself, so he put forth his information. It took a couple of months before he received any inquiries, and he got two. One was from a Russian tractor driver and the other was from a young grandmother in the Philippines. In the end he visited the beautiful lady from the Philippines and she became his loving wife and soulmate. He was never happier than when he was with her.
Besides being a voracious writer, Larry and his very good friend Frank Vernuccio hosted a conservative talk show on WXOX in the City. Although they mostly concentrated on New York issues, they also gave conservative voices to international politics.
And lastly Larry was a friend, my oldest friend since we were 5 years old. We grew up together along with our other friends back in Corning, NY. When James Dean's movie Rebel Without a Cause was having it's way with young teenagers, we bought identical jackets and started a street gang, the Rebels. Our biggest claim to fame was when we rolled a truck tire through the back door of a bar, and watched it roll all the way to the front door. We hid behind the big stone eagle at the Eagles Club to see what would happen. Sadly, nothing.
Larry has left behind twin brothers whom he was very proud of, two daughters, many cousins, nephews and nieces, too many close friends to count, and his wife Jocelyn. He will be sorely missed by all of us. He went too soon. He had so much more to do, to say and to write. God Bless his soul.
Good bye old friend. The tears will stop.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Will We Aid In the Murders of These Little Girls

Photo by Hossein Fatemi

Pictures sometimes speak a thousand words. In viewing this photo of beautifully dressed little girls playing outside their Afghanistan school, what we don't see is what's important. We don't see the Taleban lurking around the corner waiting for their opportunity to take over the country again. The only thing that is stopping this is the presence of western troups and aid associations. When the coalition troups start to leave in the summer of 2011, the aid association workers and teachers will be the first to be slaughtered, quickly followed by the renewed oppression of women and girls. Schools for little girls will be blown up, women will not be allowed to work, and the Taleban will revert to "protecting" the women by isolating them within their homes or underneath rediculous burkas. Breaking their perfidious rules may mean death or rape. Actually, this is happening now in parts of the country. The "honor" rapes and killings of women and girls still happens, although behind the scenes. Unfortunately, the only thing Obama is considering when he decides to withdraw from the country is whether Al Queda has been destroyed. As soon as he is satisfied or the US political environment changes to what the hollywood liberals want, Afghanistan will be abandoned to the fate promised by the Taleban. Note that the US has had troups stationed in Germany for over 50 years, and the Huns have behaved themselves. The same should happen in Afghanistan, but don't hold your breath... remember the little girls as they are now.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


"Ah ! well a-day ! what evil looks
Had I from old and young !
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge  "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

Barack Obama may have been too cute for words with his Executive Action on Immigration timed to be in sync with the Latin Grammy's.  His pandering like his lying simply knows no bounds.  Even if you believe that he had some uber prosecutorial discretion for not deporting millions of illegal foreign nationals, he did not have any constitutional authority to grant them Work Authorization Permits and Social Security Cards which despite his protestations to the contrary are the gateway to almost every Federal benefit.  Besides if you are still one of the dwindling few who still believe this man please buy one of my bridges in NYC!
This was a callous and ultimately cruel act of political trickery disguised as compassion to avoid the ripping apart of the families of the "Dreamers"  he created  in 2012 through DACA.  His prosecutorial discretion or amnesty or whatever you may want to call it however is not tied to any Immigration Law passed by Congress.
It is ironic that and disingenuous that Obama and his supporters of his illegal overreach want to justify it by saying the Senate passed a bi-partisan comprehensive bill in 2013 that the House refused to pass and thus the President now gets to make law on his own.
According to a detailed Heritage Foundation analysis, the so called "Gang of 8" bill was a seriously flawed bill that granted amnesty and path to citizenship to 11.5 million illegal foreign nationals and authorized billions of dollars of spending without the guarantee of a secure border.  The cost to the taxpayers would have been trillions of dollars which would have increased both spending and the debt enormously because of the huge dependency on government it would have engendered.  The already bloated Federal bureaucracy would have become morbidly obese.  Hidden in the bill was also tons of pork and sweeping new powers for DHS which is turning  into this administration's  version of a secret police.
 On a moral basis more than 4 million people are waiting in line to come here legally.  They are paying outrageous fees for forms and verification documents and doing everything by the book yet Washington just doesn't seem to give a damn about them.  Last but not least the bill disregarded federalism by not bringing the States into the process.  
The fact that supporters of amnesty keep harping on this bill is supposed to make the public forget that the House passed over 370 bills many with bi-partisan support or even Democratic sponsorship, that Harry Reid refused to let see the light of day as per his instructions from Obama.  What Chutzpa!
As he tugged at the heartstrings of America  which even included the invocation of scripture, he even lied about the "record" number of deportations his administration had performed which is a fiction since he has included people caught at the border and sent back immediately.  No other administration has done this because of the obvious fraud it creates statistically.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Barack Obama went to Beijing and  the country received   a symbolic  t-shirt saying " Obama went to China and all we got was higher energy prices and more lost jobs while China gave up nothing"  The results of this farce  will fall most heavily of course, on the working class and middle class of the nation.
While the far left "Greens" and sycophant Obama press swoons over this mythical game changer, much of the real story  goes untold.
First, President Xi simply agreed verbally in a non binding format to do what China was already planning to do by 2030 without this agreement.
Second, the U.S. would be made even more economically weak if we were to cut the emission rates for the nation that Obama promised Xi.  Already reports are circulating that he has a slew of Executive Orders ready to fulfill this pledge.
Third and the piece not discussed at all is that Xi and his new best friend, Putin, both know  that the politics of this phony agreement will add to the mass turmoil, Obama is planning domestically to stop the new majority in the Country and de facto nullify the 2014 mid-term elections.  While the U.S. rips itself apart thanks to a hard left partisan press, China will continue to rearm in its bid to become the leading economic and military power in both Asia and the world.  Russia likewise will have free and easy sailing to continue to threaten  Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Central Asia.
Fourth, the cabal of friends and enemies who use this nation for their own selfish reasons, do not want to see the U.S. become either energy independent or a reliable energy exporter because it will lower the world wide price and dramatically reduce the energy strangle  hold that  dangerous countries have on the rest of us.  Obama will be complicit in this by refusing to sign the XL Keystone pipeline deal because that now would be in contradiction  to his bogus deal with Xi.
So this is just one more political tactic in helping to keep this President on course to weaken this country in the eyes of both friends and foes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Barack  Obama took a far worse "shellacking" on Tuesday November 4th 2014 than he had in 2010 but you would never know it to hear him talk about it a day later.
Repudiated by his own party for a year, the GOP wave rolled in and all he really had to say in effect was that none of it was about him.  Apparently in his imagination the two thirds of the electorate who stayed home were still his voters and there fore he was still master of the universe. 
The Republican drubbing was both wide and deep and included a majority in the U.S. Senate, a gain of 14 seats in the House, 60% of all the Governorships and an increase in control of state legislatures from 60 to 69.  The people were more than angry ...they have had enough!.
Charles Krauthammer sagely opined that Obama would not offer an olive branch to the GOP because that would weaken his intention and need to be relevant once again.  Thus he threw down the gauntlet of a unilateral fiat by executive decree for millions of illegal aliens to be given amnesty while open borders would in all probability remain open out of political need for a weakened party.
Then he doubled and tripled down by the disclosure of a new secret letter to the Ayatollah Khamenei for military support against ISIS in return for alleviating sanctions  and guarantees  that Iran could continue to enrich as long as they would "promise" not to become a nuclear military power.  Next he decided to try a Russian born Taliban POW in a U.S. Federal Court as a trial balloon designed  to finally shut down Gitmo and transfer all remaining POWs to Super Max facilities in the U.S..

Friday, November 7, 2014


“Is this the curse of modernity, to live in a world without judgment, without perspective, no context for understanding or distinguishing what is real and what is imagined, what is manipulated and what is by chance beautiful, what is shadow and what is flesh?
The new alternative culture is in reality the old traditional culture.  The Progressives who were once  Fascists and Communists, have taken what once was commonly shared and historic morality, values, rights and common sense and made them political .  Once they have been repositioned as such, they have been attacked, compromised, made immoral and then destroyed. 
Mark Steyn makes perhaps the most salient point of the of our current political situation when he states "you can't have conservative government in a liberal culture".  Steyn is not alone in understanding that culture drives politics and not the other way around.  That's why the hard left has invested so much time and effort in the subjugation of the arts, the media and the academy. 
These are the gaps in the lines where the progressive invasion have attacked and laid waste to  traditional  America even as the census numbers still reflect a center-right majority.  The thrust of the progressive cultural putsch has been to dismiss and demean the traditional  values of "old" America such as patriotism, free speech, a free press,  religious rights, the nuclear family, the melting pot, the sanctity of unalienable individual rights, rugged individualism, American  exceptionalism, a free market system, respect for the law, the military and the flag, sobriety, chastity, the second amendment,  equal opportunity not equal outcomes, and national unity when foreign affairs and national defense takes us to the waters edge.

Friday, October 31, 2014


"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics."
Benjamin Disraeli
When the public finally decides that the Emperor has no clothes, it becomes impossible to find a tailor to fix the problem.  In a somewhat  similar vein, Casey Stengel the first manager of the hapless New York Mets once asked plaintively of the team "Can't anyone here play this game?"
Today America is full of both Casey Stengel's and aroused,angry skeptics pointing out the President is incompetent and naked to boot. His incompetence however is merely a cover for his lying. Our politics have always been full of liars coupled to a partisan  press who reports on them in ways that enable their lying.  We have always had a free press but it has not always been an honest press. 
Today with the technical capacity to deliver massive information  to the average person there is ironically a growing tuning out and turning off on the part of far too many citizens.  Past generations had what would be arrogantly determined today as a sub-standard or limited education emanating out of one room school houses or the early public schools sans any teachers union.  These however produced a well informed and comparatively sophisticated educated class that could  follow and understand complex legal, political and economic arguments  on a level  and in numbers you would not find today.  Now the information overload and ideological social justice propaganda disguised as factual knowledge has in fact made far too many people ignorant. 
The cultural hype that echoes  and sustains this travesty in subtle and insidious ways have also given the pathological liars of politics an open field with few defensive tacklers.  Lincoln once said "You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time!".  But today there is a sinking and forlorn feeling that we are close to if not arrived at an "all of the people...all of the time " moment in our public affairs.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


The American public is anxious over the spread of Ebola (EVD) within the U.S. because our officials are creating that anxiety.
As Peggy Noonan wrote in last Saturday's Wall Street Journal, "Who do they think we are?"  Are we children, idiots, simpletons, schmucks?
For example authorities should have to once and for all either logically and cogently explain how containing and treating EVD in Africa but allowing people to travel from the Hot Zone to other parts of the world makes any common sense or just shut up!
Calming public nervousness and effectively treating and containing the virus actually require doing and communicating the same things.  If new Ebola Czar Ron Klain has the power, the intelligence and the will to accomplish this, then he will be the man of the hour.  If he does not then he will be what so many now think him to be, just a political hack  with phony authority designed  to protect  the Presidents political ass by any means necessary.
So that's the first  issue to address i.e. how an adult  with an  important title who doesn't even report directly to the President (in order to give Obama plausible deniability) will be able to cut through the political White House crap and become the Patton of this war and then have the balls to seize the necessary legal powers and not to be blocked or undermined   by the incompetent, malicious and vicious hacks that dominate the beltway. 
The second issue which must be addressed swiftly and comprehensively is  to stop the influx of passengers from the three hardest hit West African countries by either/and visa denial, a 21 to 42 day quarantine  in the country of departure  before being allowed to travel here if they are virus or symptom free.  African countries are shutting their borders and best practices of diagnosis, containment and treatment can be learned from Nigeria, the Congo, Senegal and Cameroon for starters.  Isn't interesting however how the homicidal PC left aren't calling these countries racist for closing their borders and cutting off travel?

Friday, October 24, 2014


When Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, the Royal Fife and Drum played a tune called "The World Turned Upside Down".
The greatest military machine of the 18th century had been defeated by a colonial rag tag fighting force which had been turned into an inspired and effective army.  The world in truth had been flipped over!
Today as the planet and in particular the United States descends into paralytic despondency, "We the People" are taking the brunt of incompetence beyond imagination born out of arrogance or outright malice.
Whether it is the incomprehensible policies on treating and containing Ebola, fighting Islamic terror in general, degrading and destroying ISIS in particular, deliberate policies and actions to keep the economy stagnant and make good paying jobs disappear or the unilateral disarmament of our military, the world  we have known and trusted is disintegrating before our eyes.
Our popular and political cultures have become our mortal enemies, celebrating every possible appetite that will spiritually, psychologically or physically devour us as individuals and as a people.  When the radical progressive left makes moral issues political issues, it is an attempt through fraudulent "legal" means to silence their opponents.  It becomes a thinly disguised attempt to extinguish religion,  religious believers and patriots by making them 2nd class citizens or worse...bigots  or criminals.  This has become a major front in the war against "We the People".
Our political leadership assaults us on multiple battlefields...
religion by atheists with the support of progressive courts...patriotism and love of country  mocked and derided as jingoism...dependency  promoted and instantly gratified.  Our educational system wallows in anti-American bile and PC propaganda making our children both ignorant and seditious. 

Friday, October 17, 2014


(with apologies to Charles Dickens )

Washington D. C. and New York City are capitals. One of the nation and the other of the world. What happens in either has enormous impact on people far removed from those who actually live there. With their access to political, economic and cultural power, they set things in motion for everyone else and often what they set in motion is not good.

In both D.C. and NYC the inmates are running the asylum. Standards, laws, rules and regulations are now subject to the whim of those in charge. In both cities the governments are run by zealots who dislike law and order, capitalism, religion with the exception of Islam, conservatives, educational choice, tax cuts, non union workers, Israel, the military, cops, free market health care, energy provided through coal, gas, nuclear and oil, counter terrorism and the Constitution for starters.

In Washington, President Obama has crippled the economic, military and political power of the United States. He has done everything possible to create a socialist nation that is not the freest or the strongest nation on the globe. He has undermined the rule of law and the Constitution and used the agencies of government to attack and punish his enemies. His Health Care, tax, budget and energy policies have made most Americans poorer save the wealthiest 1% whom he rails against and then solicits money from.
His administration is inept, amateurish,incompetent, ideologically driven, prone to thuggery, illegal activities, race baiting, using dual standards for friends and enemies and unable or unwilling to solve the real problems of real people.

His handling of the IRS , Benghazi, Ebola, ISIS, ObamaCare, the Ukraine, Russia, China, Iran, immigration, energy and Syria and Iraq are just a few examples of a man who through his own ineptitude or willful design has now built a scaffold to hang himself on as the country burns. To be fair he did not do this alone he had the help of a Democratic Party comprised of people like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who has castrated the Senate and not allowed even bi-partisan bills to see the light of day. Congress does not function because Obama, Pelosi, and Reid don't want it to. If it did they would not be able to blame the Republicans any more.

Friday, October 10, 2014


High School students in Jefferson County Colorado are up in arms over an Advanced Placement History Curriculum that wants to promote patriotism, the benefits of free enterprise and the cessation of promoting civil disorder and instead stressing civic responsibility. For many in the media this has been deemed "controversial" and Media Matters for America, a progressive, left wing Soros funded entity which blames Fox News for this controversy, has moved in to ratchet up the discontent over efforts to stimulate love of country. 
These students are pawns yet again in the multi generational crusade to portray the U. S. as a bad country and the source of evil both domestically and in foreign affairs. 
Advocates for the new curriculum say historic figures such as Franklin, Jefferson, Martin Luther King and Madison are currently minimized while the wars against the Indians, the Black Panther Party, slavery (without any mention of the Gettysburg Address) and the dropping of the A bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are prominent. In fact the question is asked with regard to the latter "Does this makes you question the values of America!" 
Are these people kidding? Do they have any historical perspective or knowledge whatsoever as to what the country had gone through during WW II or the bloody sacrifices to free black Americans in bondage of the American Civil War? It is difficult to impossible to believe they  want balance or objectivity.