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  • How they sabotaged us...

    10/31/2013 10:32:57 AM PDT · by pickrell · 7 replies
    31-Oct-2013 | R. Pickrell
    A highly placed, anonymous White House source, after she got Malia and Sasha ready for school, has reported that the source of the cost overruns for most of the Obama initiatives has finally been identified. It has been confirmed that when the Bush team left the White House, they pried the “O”s off of the keyboards there, and replaced them with “0”s. It now explains why everything that bears Obama’s name costs ten times more than it should have, and is the previous President’s fault. “Those extra zeros are cruel,” Maxine Waters confirmed. “Now that we hired last week someone...
  • Vanity: The right strategy

    10/23/2012 9:31:36 PM PDT · by pickrell · 12 replies
    23 October 2012 | Ron Pickrell
    Bill O'Reilly, along with a good number of other pundits, seems exasperated that Governor Romney didn't hammer away at Obama about the Libyan scandal, during the debate. Bill O'Reilly obviously hasn't taken the time over the years to understand the psychology of scandals. If he had, he would realize that Mitt Romney is either: A.. much smarter that Karl Rove and a good many other former Republican consultants, or B.. has hired a few very smart advisers. When a scandal breaks, a candidate can approach things in one of 2 ways. One way is to immediately attack his opponent with...
  • The right strategy

    10/23/2012 9:31:27 PM PDT · by pickrell · 3 replies
    23 October 2012 | Ron Pickrell
    Bill O'Reilly, along with a good number of other pundits, seems exasperated that Governor Romney didn't hammer away at Obama about the Libyan scandal, during the debate. Bill O'Reilly obviously hasn't taken the time over the years to understand the psychology of scandals. If he had, he would realize that Mitt Romney is either: A.. much smarter that Karl Rove and a good many other former Republican consultants, or B.. has hired a few very smart advisers. When a scandal breaks, a candidate can approach things in one of 2 ways. One way is to immediately attack his opponent with...
  • "Help! I've debated and I can't get up...!"

    10/19/2012 7:06:47 AM PDT · by pickrell · 2 replies
    19-Oct-2012 | Ron Pickrell
    Now for the first time on T.V., a product which can save your life! If you have fallen, and find yourself lying on the floor- in fact lying harder than you have ever lied before when you had the floor to yourself, a new hope is here. Just press “Wife Alert”, and you will find the help and support you need from your loved one. For the first time in your life, you will be proud of a country that can produce such a great product. At the push of her button, your wife with summon help with an immediate...
  • Improving attendance..

    09/08/2012 3:47:10 PM PDT · by pickrell · 12 replies
    Columbus Dispatch | 08 Septem 2012 | Ron Pickrell
    On 15-Jun-2012, a story appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, exposing an ongoing investigation from the State Auditor's office into corruption in the Columbus Public Schools. It seems that a creative way had been discovered to improve dramatically the alarming truancy rate in the Columbus school system. School officials found that by altering attendance records, they could stem the loss of state funding dollars by simply "adjusting" students' attendance data. What they were talking about was not a matter of simply fixing the problems of a few cronies' children. In fact, dogged research by a real auditor, who had been "warned...
  • That liberty guy...

    06/25/2012 12:37:13 PM PDT · by pickrell · 7 replies
    25-June-2012 | Ron Pickrell
    "Wasn't he, uh, that guy who said 'Give me liberty or give me death'?" Yeah, he was. If any mention is made of Patrick Henry, or any incidental reference linked to his name, the vast majority of folks remember he said something like that, since it is cited as his single, or at least the most 'historical thing' that he did. What they don't remember was the obstructionism he caused in the framing of our Constitution. Kindness, perhaps, leaves him with only that one quote as his single contribution to American history. Kindness, perhaps, leaves out the problems he introduced...
  • Climate Change Catastrophe Averted, what next from the hysteriocracy?

    06/24/2012 6:37:00 AM PDT · by pickrell · 19 replies
    Tornonto Sun ^ | 24-June-2012 | Lorrie Goldstein
    As this greatest of all hoaxes crumbles further, it should provide much merriment to watch those who previously slandered all who did not buy into it, now seek to distance themselves from their libels.
  • Survey says...

    06/09/2012 10:51:02 AM PDT · by pickrell · 6 replies
    9 June 2012 | Ron Pickrell
    {ring}....{ring}....{ring} Glance at clock, 8:23 A.M, Saturday Morning. Reach out from under bedsheet.. "Hello." "Hello. This is an automated survey from the University of Cincinnati. You will be asked a series of questions on your views abo-" CLICK. Grrrr. It suddenly occurs to me that the autoringer I bought on a lark from EBAY for 25 bucks plus shipping, is about to find it's first use. Throw on P.J.'s, pad down to basement desk, fire up computer. Click Internet Explorer. Click on Google.com. Enter 'University of Cincinnati Board of Regents phone numbers'. ENTER. Ahhhhh. Flip on printer. Print Screen. Locate...
  • Moving the market..

    06/07/2012 7:17:11 AM PDT · by pickrell · 2 replies
    07-Jun-2012 | Ron Pickrell
    Heavy gains were made in the stock market yesterday as traders reacted to the news that a shoelace factory in Burma would increase hiring. An unnamed spokesman for White House spokesman Jay Carney, brushed aside suggestions that optimism was instead more closely related to the recently demonstrated power in Michigan that voters have finally had just about enough of progressive economic vandalism. "Suggestions that extremist conservative ideas, such as acting responsibly with taxpayers money, could possibly have any bearing on whether or not people choose to invest, is simply silly. It had to be the shoelace factory. Anyway, that's our...
  • We're all Wisconsiners today..

    06/06/2012 7:00:18 AM PDT · by pickrell · 10 replies
    06-June-2012 | Ron Pickrell
    Last election cycle, voters in both Wisconsin and Ohio elected conservative governors committed to breaking the death-grip that unions held over state finances. In the case of Wisconsin, the backlash took the form of a recall vote, which "backlashed" badly against the backlashers. Us Tea Party types got to spend last evening pleasantly musing as to exactly how the liberal media was going to spin this one. However... lest we forget, in Ohio, John Kasich did about the same thing, putting his political fortunes on the line to break the Ohio union machine. The only difference was that he did...
  • A time for apologies..

    04/18/2012 11:47:26 AM PDT · by pickrell · 4 replies
    18 April 2012 | Ron Pickrell
    President Obama has spent several years apologizing to persons and powers all over the world. Far more is now needed. Pundits have warned about the damage that could have been done by hookers being in the same hotel rooms with secret service agents who had access to matters of national security. They are shocked- yes shocked- to realize that the country's interests could have been damaged by this occurrence. These hookers deserve a public apology. Which of these hookers could have damaged our national security as much as the persons the President installed in place to advise him? Could any...
  • The luxury..

    04/12/2012 11:42:56 AM PDT · by pickrell · 23 replies
    12-April-2012 | Ron Pickrell
    My father delivered a bread route in the 1950's. In that day, the trucks had no heaters, so the drivers kept a small fire going in a metal pot, set on the floorboard. It was risky, but they survived. Starting at 3:00 in the morning, in was rather chilly in Ohio on winter days My mother stayed at home and raised nine kids. We were a catholic family, and no shame attached to being a primary care-giver to a large family. Imagine my shame today, to know that dear old mom was in the same class of ne'er do well...
  • Who cried out?

    04/02/2012 8:27:45 PM PDT · by pickrell · 27 replies
    02-April-2012 | Ron Pickrell
    The latest report from the coroner is that Martin's body didn't show any evidence, of any sort, of being in a fight. No bruising or anything else. The latest photos of Zimmerman show lacerations and bruising on the back of his head, stark testimony of being struck from behind, or else having his head impacted on something hard, such as the ground, when he was lying down. Someone called out "Help, help!" Considering human nature, I wonder whether it was more likely that the person desperately calling for help was the one receiving the beatings and bruising... or the one...
  • The danger of incompetence..

    03/10/2012 1:29:33 PM PST · by pickrell · 10 replies
    10 March 2012 | Ron Pickrell
    The origins of the conflict between Iran and the U.S. go back decades. To understand them is to get a better idea of how we got here. At the start of Eisenhower's presidency, in 1952, Iran was a country barely removed from the middle ages. The famed General H. Norman Schwarzkopf's father, (who, after retiring from the New Jersey State Police, was best for a radio "gang-busters" show he did,) had been hired by the Shah to build an Iranian national police force- the first successful attempt to even nudge Iran towards the 20th century. Illiteracy was rampant; poverty was...
  • The town criers..

    02/04/2012 9:21:01 PM PST · by pickrell · 9 replies
    4 February 2012 | Ron Pickrell
    In the closing hours of World War 2, the Japanese found themselves in a fix. Increasingly Japanese citizens, who had been assured by their mainstream media that the war was practically won, emerged from the shelters after the latest bombings of their cities, and asked themselves, "If the week before last we annihilated the all of American carriers in the battle of Saipan... And last week we sank all of their remaining few ships off-shore of Iwo island. And yesterday we decisively destroyed their poorly defended airfields, then exactly why... today, is it us who are eating grass and burying...
  • Two rules for Sister Sarah

    01/03/2012 10:27:12 PM PST · by pickrell · 12 replies
    3 January 2012 | Ron Pickrell
    In a dated Clint Eastwood movie, "Two Mules for Sister Sarah", the female lead played a nun who was protected and escorted across Mexico during the revolution. It's always good to have a gunslinger to deal with the fire. Of course sometimes, scary as it is, you have no choice but to become the gunslinger. On the upside, you draw the fire to yourself that otherwise would drive so many to ground and into foxholes. On the downside... you've drawn all the fire to yourself! For Sarah Palin, who has done a fair job in the last couple of years...
  • Ohio guards its rights

    11/09/2011 8:11:10 AM PST · by pickrell · 12 replies
    9 November 2011 | Ron Pickrell
    In the elections last night, Ohio voters decisively turned back "Ohio Senate Bill 5", which would have limited the power of the public service unions, and forced union members to pay a significant part of their own health care insurance premiums. Granted it was not as much of a share as the Ohio taxpayer had to fork out for their own coverage, but compared to what the union members had been paying... it was an outrage. The issue was settled by State Issue 2, which was a referendum on the Senate bill. The unions can now celebrate a key win,...
  • Army Guys

    10/04/2011 9:47:11 PM PDT · by pickrell · 10 replies
    04 October 2011 | Ron Pickrell
    The sun had long since finished breakfast and turned serious. Then the best of the cartoons were over. It was time to find stuff to do. Buzzie would invariably recommend, "Let's do army guys." "Yeah, army guys." "I'm the sergeant-", "No, I'm the sergeant, you were last ti-","No, I'm the s-","No","Huh-uh" And so, eventually, by committee approval, we finally sorted out our respective roles as Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, and two unnamed krauts. We knew that krauts were the scoff name for germans, and since all of us were of between half and full german heritage, we further defined krauts...
  • The Chicken Little Franchise

    05/20/2011 8:07:10 AM PDT · by pickrell · 6 replies
    19 May 2011 | Ron Pickrell
    Get ready for the Mother Of All Hypocrisies. It's coming your way on the 22nd of May, courtesy of the leftist media. This will be the day after the world is predicted to end, by a religious sect that was trained by the network news mob. Once the world doesn't end, the sect followers will shrug their shoulders and pretend that nothing remarkable occurred and that old news is simply tiresome. The media, of course, will make a great show of rolling their eyes for the cameras and belittling those who would make a practice of profiting from false alarms...
  • Leading indicators..

    04/04/2011 8:03:10 AM PDT · by pickrell · 2 replies
    02-Apr-2011 | Ron Pickrell
    One of the worst effects of the collapse of media credibility is the current inability of viewers to gain any insight or even discern any clues as to the future direction of the economy. This is a relatively new phenomenon, leaving those who need to plan ahead, with little guidance other than rough guesses. Unemployment rate reports are exposed as little more than expected propaganda. Fortunately there exists a seldom-discussed indicator, unknown to the average entrepreneur, which has over the years proven to be unusually and surprisingly accurate. This indicator involves very little cost, and requires little training to master....
  • Hearth & Home

    01/25/2011 12:05:34 PM PST · by pickrell · 3 replies
    25-January-2011 | Ron Pickrell
    At issue is the eligibility to hold office. A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision reverses a lower court's ruling, and declares that Rahm Emmanuel's name must be included on ballots for the upcoming mayor's election. A spokesman for the court explained that the justices have affirmed that those who question Rahm "Dead Fish" Emmanual's residency in Chicago are "nutjobs." "Chicago is hearth and home to Rahm," affirmed his consigliary, "and Rahm has never left the city." When challenged by right wingers known as "hearthers", who demanded proof of residency, such as utilities receipts or subscriptions with a valid Chicago address,...
  • Risky Tax Scheme..

    01/14/2011 11:20:30 AM PST · by pickrell · 14 replies
    14-Jan-2011 | Ron Pickrell
    I'm in the office, now, doing the weekly payroll. We're part of the 'old breed', you see, who still use a combination of DOS programs and dot-matrix printers- the DOS & DOT dinosaurs, so to speak. As a result, we have to page through the booklets each year that the IRS and the Social Security Administration send out, to glean the changes for the upcoming year. This year, the powers-that-be have decreed that FICA withholding rates have been changed. To reduce things too english, let's say you earned $ 500.00 this week. You won't receive that money. Instead, of course,...
  • "Let them eat spongecake..."

    12/23/2010 11:53:51 AM PST · by pickrell · 2 replies · 1+ views
    23 December 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    If the People's Republic of China has doubts about the ability of its dollar holdings to retain value, how then can they begin converting these dollars into another currency without causing a run which will feed back at them and cause the dollars they still hold to drop even further, perhaps drastically, before they have a chance to exchange the last of them? What other currency in the world is large enough in its scope to trade out the large amount of dollars they hold? And, since they never act with only one goal in mind, what else can they...
  • Start up venture..

    12/10/2010 10:49:23 AM PST · by pickrell · 2 replies
    10-December-2010 | Ron Pickrell
    A new high-tech company has formed offering unique insurance services. For those who would incur losses from suddenly dropping temperatures, such as the citrus industries, a new hedge is becoming available. For a fee, the U.N. Committee on Man Made Global Warming will be prevented from scheduling a meeting in your area. Rates vary according to latitude, payment acceptable in sequential, marked bills. Send all payments to Freerepublic donations.
  • Mousehole...

    11/12/2010 9:29:01 PM PST · by pickrell · 18 replies
    12 November 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    I was ensconced upon the commode awaiting developments, while idly looking around the bathroom. We had an old-style freestanding steel bathtub, then, its porcelain badly cracked. Two water lines, together with the heavier drainpipe, ran down from it and into cutouts in the floorboards. The hole for the hot water pipe was covered with a cheap, pot-metal dress ring about the thickness of a soap bubble, meant to hide the ragged edges of the linoleum. It failed sadly. The whereabouts of the other dress ring was never properly explained, but we always held out that it was communists what done...
  • When one man is determined..

    11/07/2010 3:45:21 PM PST · by pickrell · 8 replies
    07 November 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    Those who lined the rails had different viewpoints and destinies. But the one thing they all agreed on was that the men trapped below the sea in front of them, in the sunken U.S. submarine O-5, should at least have had a chance. A number of the crew inside might still have been alive, with less than the length of a supermarket parking lot separating them from the surface, and their chance to live. For most of the men in the ships above, the sense of utter helplessness was overwhelming. It seemed to define the unfairness of the "silent service",...
  • A time for compromise..

    11/07/2010 9:23:01 AM PST · by pickrell · 10 replies
    5 November 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    Over the last few months Barack Obama, Joe Biden and other Democrat power players bought season tickets here to Ohio's political podiums. Ours was a state that had to be won decisively in order for the agenda of change to be advanced, and so every third day saw the liberal media highlighting yet another trip by the Dynastic Duo to our Buckeyeland, (or as Barack referred to it, "...our 59th state.") When such overwhelming time, money and the remaining dregs of political capital are spent in one state, the outcome, sadly, is a foregone conclusion. On election night, the Democrats...
  • A star to sail her by...

    09/29/2010 11:54:42 AM PDT · by pickrell · 3 replies
    29 September 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    Instead of looking for that celebrity to chart our course, we need to return to looking at our children. But that is one of those throwaway phrases, right? It is something that can mean anything and so has no meaning. Except, that it is not. It is in it's simplicity a signpost to what has gone wrong. No one outside of the Democratic base disputes any longer that something has gone terribly adrift. And most everyone recognizes that this time- we don't have the luxury of a slow, cautious, gentle series of course corrections to see how effectively the rudder...
  • Diligence

    09/06/2010 4:51:37 PM PDT · by pickrell · 8 replies
    05 September 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    "You still have enough time to change your mind and make things right between you and Him," the priest intoned. "Are you certain you wish to waste this last chance at salvation, Jerry?" "It's long past having gone too far for that, Father," the younger man sighed. "I did what I did, and if I escaped, I'd do it all over again." He faced the two guards at the cell door, and squared his shoulders for the long walk. Given the lifestyle he had chosen, it had to come to this eventually. Funny, but the thing that caught his mind...
  • Being There...

    06/20/2010 2:30:46 PM PDT · by pickrell · 13 replies · 1+ views
    20 June 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    In 1979, a Peter Sellers film was released, with mixed success at the box office. In the film "Being There", Sellers played a savant gardener named Chance, who was totally isolated from the world, except for what he saw, and tried to make sense of, on T.V., until his reclusive employer eventually died. With nowhere to go, and no way to support himself, he came under the care of an elderly and powerful couple, Eve and Ben, who decided to repackage him as a profound philosopher, changing his name to "Chauncey Gardner", and eventually maneuvering to install him as an...
  • The blight...

    06/16/2010 7:52:06 PM PDT · by pickrell · 21 replies · 559+ views
    16-June-2010 | Ron Pickrell
    Before telephones became common, before rural America saw electric service, before automobiles were available to the wage earner. At the turn of the new century, it came in from abroad. No one noticed at first as the infection spread silently and swiftly. The most devasting part was that by the time the the first alarms were heard- it was already too late. In 1901, as the American age began, the mighty American Chestnut tree was king of the eastern forests. One out of every four hardwood trees in the United States was a chestnut, and formed a part of the...
  • Moving target

    02/13/2010 5:59:12 PM PST · by pickrell · 7 replies · 439+ views
    14 February 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    It may be difficult for many to understand, who did not see the movie, but a simple fact remains. There were many who fought their way across France and Germany in World War Two... in addition to General Patton. There were infantry, signal intelligence, military police, and yes, morale and propaganda officers. And every last one of them played a significant part in the victory. Yet, when it comes to politics in the United States, the pundits would have us believe that there are two, and only two, categories of persons. One category is the A. list- those being groomed...
  • Extended forecast

    02/03/2010 7:09:13 AM PST · by pickrell · 151+ views
    3 February 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    "On cue.. three, two, one..air!" The finger pointed accusingly at me. "This is WQBX broadcasting to you live outside the recently discovered home of Gahanna Jim, on this fine groundhog day! We're waiting to record whether or not Jim comes out of his hole and sees his shadow. The sage little guy will tell us whether or not we're in for 6 more weeks of winter." Passersby glanced over at us sadly, and admonished their kids to note well what they could end up like if they didn't study hard. "Hmmm." An acne-challenged youth sneered at us from his bicycle,...
  • In a dark land

    01/22/2010 8:05:09 AM PST · by pickrell · 5 replies · 417+ views
    22 January 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    After several days on the Congo river, we branched up the Likouala for another two days, before finally leaving our boat secured along the bank. The heat from the jungle was a physical thing, requiring an act of will for us to penetrate overland. But after several days of hacking through the dense foliage, we wearily came to the spot the crude map referred to as Natabangi. It was only then, after so much travel, that we encountered the first of the tribe. As I swung my waterproofed and ruggedized camcorder into action, we noticed the natives bristling, and the...
  • Breakthrough

    01/17/2010 5:53:02 PM PST · by pickrell · 3 replies · 598+ views
    17 January 2010 | R. Pickrell
    Scientists have today confirmed the existence of a phenomenon know as "cold confusion". Dr. Stanley Pons, together with associate Dr. Martin Fleischmann, have described a new technique whereby mental processes, once requiring near-absolute-zero temperatures in order to lower the resistance of observers and reporters to baseless scientific claims, have now been confirmed occurring at temperatures approaching the melting point of Himalayan glaciers. "We had less success than anticipated in certain of our, ummm, our earlier research, and so are now thrilled to describe this new process. And since we have been unsuccessful in our attempts to suppress the contents of...
  • The Top Ten Reasons Letterman will get away with it...

    10/02/2009 6:36:14 AM PDT · by pickrell · 102 replies · 2,116+ views
    2 October 2009 | Ron Pickrell
    Fill them in, guys...
  • The Centaur papers

    09/07/2009 3:04:51 PM PDT · by pickrell · 5 replies · 503+ views
    6 September 2009 | Ron Pickrell
    An incredibly old wall has been discovered during excavation in this ancient land. Within that wall, behind a deeply engraved stone, certain ancient scrolls were discovered. Until they were read, the existence and fate of a people was unknown. After they were read, most disbelieved. It was a hoax, of course. Certainly improbable. Snippets are still legible among the crumbling, ancient writings. * * * * * The first scroll (what remains and can be read). They had their orders, and they followed their orders, all while watching the behavior of those across their eastern borders. The ranks of centaur...
  • Determination

    08/09/2009 11:09:18 AM PDT · by pickrell · 2 replies · 330+ views
    09 August 2009 | Ron Pickrell
    I had to preserve the image below, since it says so much. I've struggled against the weather, here in Columbus, Ohio, trying to get some of the normally well-performing vegetables to grow, given the greatly reduced sunlight levels and temperatures here, this year. Pampered the little plants with Miracle Grow fertilizer, watered them religiously (or at least agnostically), hired their own personal masseuses, and generally played the part of the expectant father ready to pass out cigars- "Look, everyone..., it's a squash!" Yet, as if to make a point- around the side of the house, near the garage side door,...
  • Decatur's way...

    04/10/2009 7:20:41 AM PDT · by pickrell · 4 replies · 297+ views
    10 April 2009 | Ron Pickrell
    In the year 1803, the conventional wisdom in Europe was for tribute. The best and the brightest of Paris and London, seeing that European ships were being routinely seized by pirates along the Barbary Coast, with the crews of those ships then imprisoned, and often sold into slavery, reached an enlightened and sophisticated decision. Since it proved impossible, after many attempts, to defeat the pirates, the practical solution was to pay the Algerians, the Moroccans and the other Barbary States, in order to induce them to seize fewer European ships. What many of today don't realize, was that in addition...
  • The New Soviet Medicine

    03/12/2009 11:31:30 AM PDT · by pickrell · 1 replies · 275+ views
    12 March 2009 | Ron Pickrell
    In the maddened times, reason disappears, and old scores are ripe to be settled by those who live for such opportunities. But sometimes the mad overreach, and an outcry from others who will not accept further madness... can made a pivotal difference. An organization is quietly under assault, perhaps one that you've never heard of- AAPLOG. They are a group of physicians who insist that the right to disagree was never reserved for liberals alone. The email speaks for itself..... ************************************** ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Donna Harrison Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 9:02 AM Subject: A brief chance...
  • Urgent need..

    02/04/2009 11:01:19 AM PST · by pickrell · 7 replies · 428+ views
    04-February-2009 | Ron Pickrell
    In an unexpected move, the Speaker of the House upped the ante on the President's pay scale rule that private executive pay must not exceed $ 500,000.00 per year. This afternoon it was announced that executive jets must be powered by alternative energy, in order to fly in the United States. In the House's pending Community Aviation Investment Act, no aircraft will be permitted to fly unless painted green, certified as emission-free, and serviced by disadvantaged labor. In an interim period, extension cords may be permitted. "Over ten million politicians lose their credibility every day, and so this legislation cannot...
  • The volunteer spirit isn't dead..

    02/01/2009 6:02:39 PM PST · by pickrell · 10 replies · 377+ views
    01-February-2009 | Ron Pickrell
    Sources close to the Democratic leadership today disclosed that former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle was part of a previously undisclosed experimental program designed to evaluate new economic concepts. The program was testing the concept of the Individual Volunteer Tax Reduction Program, and initial indications have been promising, according to Washington insiders. "It's been a useful program so far," Tim Geithner stated on conditions of anonymity, "It's just a shame that the Republicans have made this program a partisan issue, by refusing to join. On the test committee, there was just Tom and I, and whatever other Democrats are, uh,...
  • Conservatist #1; Debt.

    01/28/2009 7:43:09 PM PST · by pickrell · 3 replies · 330+ views
    28 January 2009 | Ron Pickrell
    When Alexander Hamilton, having been chosen as the first Treasury Secretary by George Washington, set up the basis for our entire economic system, he did so virtually single handedly. Never in human history had a single human being drafted, constructed and emplaced such a collossus. Fan or foe of our present mechanisms of finance must both grant that the driving force behind our American Financial System was a man who understood the grave risks facing the new nation, if it were to hope to survive its birth. By the end of the Revolutionary War, the separate States, and the weak,...
  • For the record...

    12/07/2008 8:37:17 PM PST · by pickrell · 5 replies · 340+ views
    07-December-2008 | Ron Pickrell
    It is much easier to look backwards, to examine all of those plans, decisions and safeguards which could have been crafted a little better, if we had only known then, what has proven so expensive now. Accordingly, it is also stunning, and downright humbling, for us beneficiaries in that distant future, to now appreciate just how much effort, foresight, and stark brilliance, obviously went into the proposals, conflict and eventual agreement by those of the past who got so much so right. And yet if we are to do our part now, as they did theirs then, we must begin...
  • One if by land...

    12/06/2008 11:53:15 AM PST · by pickrell · 4 replies · 286+ views
    06-December-2008 | Ron Pickrell
    In the early and mid 1770's, we suffered from a dearth of heroes. None were bullet-proof, embued with special powers and devoid of character flaws. None were without families and relatives to be held hostage, none would have been welcomed at the gay parties of the nobles of Europe, where family and title reigned supreme. No, that solitary shiny figure did not ride in from the countryside to slay the oppressive dragon of Distant England. I've come to the conclusion that that was our secret weapon. When rebellions of the distant and recent past were "won," the Generallissimo or Mega-madman...
  • When we fought smart...

    10/26/2008 5:33:39 PM PDT · by pickrell · 3 replies · 530+ views
    26-October-2008 | Ron Pickrell
    When the Drudge Report posted, one morning near the end of August, 2001, that Osama Bin Laden had been appointed the "Secretary of Defense" of Afghanistan by the Taliban, many of us suspected that the time was suddenly nearer. I have to admit personally that it never occurred to me that it would be by airplane. I, (and I accuse many others,) suspected that it might happen on a July 4th, for instance, when crowds of hundreds of thousands gathered tightly together to celebrate the freedoms handed to them by the sacrifices of many- no longer able to enjoy fireworks....
  • Well, thanks, Joe...

    10/24/2008 8:07:00 AM PDT · by pickrell · 3 replies · 435+ views
    24 October 2008 | Ron Pickrell
    It was a time that truth may have slipped out, in an unguarded moment. Fresh from the National Security Briefing which is given to two men- one of whom will become President in a few weeks- and apparently confided to their running mates as well, a nervous Joe Biden approached the microphones. He had presumably heard something which had given him a dry mouth and wet pants, and so felt that the secret must be immediately compromised, in order to show how seriously he takes security. "Mark my words, Barack will be challenged in the next six months. And it...
  • Age of Aquarius

    10/21/2008 7:58:58 PM PDT · by pickrell · 9 replies · 584+ views
    21 October 2008 | Ron Pickrell
    HOROSCOPE or HORRORSCOPE? Scorpio (October 23 to November 21): You are a free spirit, longing for change. A tall, dark and mysterious stranger is about to reorder your life. Cast your ballot to leave behind those bitter clingers in rural areas. Don't get caught obsessing over returns on your investments. Seize the chance for free health care; don't let misgivings about how it will be paid for, cause you to miss out. Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21): There will be many who seek the safety of isolation, in the months to come. Take care not to fall victim to...
  • When things get better

    09/28/2008 7:53:25 AM PDT · by pickrell · 9 replies · 388+ views
    28-Sept-2008 | Ron Pickrell
    And the debate continues, "Is the bailout the right way to end this economic crisis?" If the trend continues true to form, never once will the media allow a deeper probe of what actually caused the current problem. "We can argue later whether it was the Republicans or the Democrats who bore most of the responsibility for this problem... which developed during the last 8 years of the Bush Administration, nudge,nudge,wink,wink.." And of course that defines the boundaries of thought which will be allowed to be aired. Enough rhetoric will saturate the airways about the proper way to solve the...
  • Failed policy

    07/02/2008 6:46:23 AM PDT · by pickrell · 2 replies · 47+ views
    2-July-2008 | Ron Pickrell
    In a startling new development in the Salmonella crisis, focus is shifting away from the tomato as the main suspect. Investigators had previously named the tomato as a "..vegetable of interest.." in the case, but have since sought to backpedal on the pronouncement. As of noon, tomorrow, over 3,000 law firms have filed Motions of Habeus Chorus against the FDA, seeking billions in legal fees. "The taxpayers must be protected," explained Mary Exmas, a partner in the firm Fennel, Romaine and Kale, "from those who would hold foodstuffs hostage without being charged. They rushed to judgement on the tomato, acting...