UPDATE: A Little (More) Scotland in Houston

Updated for a friend’s request:  Gracie and I attended the Robert Burns Dinner last night in Houston.  It is the 5th largest event of its kind in the world, and great time of tippling single malts, celebrating the Haggis and baudy poetry in honor of the Bard. The world famous St. Thomas Pipe Band performed […]

Worth Revisiting

This appeared on CNN’s Crossfire in 2004. Not much seems to have changed. We’re still grossly partisan as a nation (or at least the politicians are), and the media are still hacks. “I’m not your monkey” … Jon Stewart, I love you. As you know, CNN cancelled Crossfire in January of 2005 — more info […]

Karzai’s Power Grab and the Pentagon’s Blank Check

A couple of items of interest from Afghanistan. 1) President Karzai’s latest power grab: “…a presidential decree to take total control of the country’s electoral watchdog commission. Yes, that is the same commission that exposed widespread fraud in the 2009 vote…The Electoral Complaints Commission adjudicates violations and will play an important role in the September […]

A Time to care

I realize I often times come off as sounding uncaring. Maybe it is a bit of the old-school in terms of education coming out. You can’t help but listen to dinner conversation about work growing up without being affected. So, sometimes I come off as callous and maybe even a bit conservative. It’s funny, I […]

Virginia Republican: Special Needs Children Punishment For Abortion

Republican Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall claims that disabled children are God’s punishment on women who aborted their first pregnancy.   Yeah, he really did. “The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically,” he said. “Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes […]

History Repeats Itself

In the latest news from the war in Vietnam Afghanistan, General Westmoreland’s McChrystal’s strategy of “winning the hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese Afghani people took a hit over the weekend as another 33 civilians, including women and children, were blown away by an “errant airstrike”. General Westmoreland McChrystal immediately issued an apology to President […]

Gracie Cavnar on Obesity: We Can Make Kids Healthy

Guest-blogged by Gracie Cavnar.  Original piece appeared on the Houston Chronicle opinion page today, February 21, 2010: First lady Michelle Obama recently announced her sweeping national initiative to combat childhood obesity. For the first time since this epidemic emerged, a comprehensive federal effort will coordinate with nonprofit organizations and the private sector to address the […]

Teleprompters at CPAC

Sen, Jim DeMint, this past Thursday at CPAC (which he read from a teleprompter): “Now let’s talk a minute about the Presidential race in 2012. I hope Americans will expect more from their next president than a great speech. You can’t govern from a teleprompter.”   Apparently Mitt Romney didn’t get that memo: Neither did […]

No Accountability for Torture

Title 18, U.S. Code 2340 defines torture as “an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering…upon another person within his custody or physical control;” USC 2340A defines the penalties: “Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture […]

Facebook Group Created to Praise the “Philosophy of Joe Stack”

Just as the right scrambles to blame yesterday’s plane crash into a building in Austin, TX as a left wing nutjob, about 600 people as of the time of this publication have joined a group called “the Philosophy of Joe Stack” on Facebook. The discussions on the page paint Stack as some kind of “hero” […]