January 30, 2007
#8) This whole FAQ seems like a cheap shot. Big deal. We’re supposed to believe you’re suddenly against conspicuous consumption?
I’m not. Quite to the contrary, I conspicuously consume as much as my meager means allow me to. Furthermore, conspicuous consumption is good for the economy. The design and construction of the Edwards house is no doubt employing dozens of artisans, craftsmen and day laborers.
But I’ve always felt that Edwards is a phony. I don’t call him an empty suit – that’s too generous. I refer to him as a suit filled with anti-matter. It’s a bit hard to believe that someone who is actually obsessed with the plight of America’s downtrodden would devote so much energy and so many resources to building a home fit for a modern Medici. I just don’t buy it.
You can read the whole thing here.
January 28, 2007
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January 26, 2007
The JOSEPHSON INSTITUTE OF ETHICS has published the Six Pillars of Ethics that breaks down the basics of ethical behaviour in a simple easy to understand format. The six main pillars are:
It should be required reading for anyone with political aspirations (There will be a test!) and for those interested in their own or their children's ethical development.
January 24, 2007
Today, I would like to welcome a new contributor to The Salmon. Coming to you from deep in the heart of Texas by way of Pittsburg. A graduate of Texas A&M and all around great gal is my favorite sister in law JJ. She called me several days ago and asked to join up and I am, as I am sure you are, anxiously awaiting her first post. Visitor traffic will surely skyrocket due to her efforts.
The first time I met JJ I knew she was a keeper. She was just dating my younger brother at the time and they made a trip up to visit me in Alaska. We headed down the Kenai Peninsula to do some halibut fishing in the little fishing port of Homer. The charter we had booked proceeded to take us out to the waters off of Ushagat Island in eight foot seas. In no time we had a boat load of pukers. We anchored over a chicken hole and proceeded to fish. One by one green faced fishermen headed for the cabin, each emerging occasionally to chum the waters of the north Pacific. JJ though was a trooper. She got her limit before heading inside to warm up and never did have to pay a visit the rail. I also have to give some credit to my brother for hanging in there and catching his fish at the same time that he was sacrificing his breakfast to the seas gods. It was not a pretty sight. Three or four of us hauled in fish for those that had taken ill so the trip was not a total waste for our flatlander companions.
January 09, 2007
Sometimes I wish we could all see the world through the eyes of a child, things could be so much simpler.
We have a three and a half-year-old daughter that from the very beginning, and I know I am biased here, has been a very special little girl. Arwen was what her doctor called a precocious talker before she was one. Not only that she knew a lot of words but that she was using them is sentences that strangers could actually understand. She has a gift for music and often breaks out in song for no apparent reason. I could go on of course, but what she did the other night left me in awe of her little mind and I would like to share it with you.
As we were watching a show about the conjoined twins, Abby and Brittany Hensel, from Minnesota, Arwen came into the room and stopped cold in front of the television. She stood there silently, as I watched her eyes scanning the action on the screen. You could almost hear the little wheels whirling as she intently watched the story of the two girls. “You get to answer this one.” I whispered to my wife as we waited for the inevitable questions to come.
After a long moment of contemplation she looked to me with a seriousness I had never seen and stated matter of factly “Those girls are stuck together”, and that was that. There was no need to question the how or the why. She had boldly stated something so innocently simple that it left me dumbfounded. She had figured it all out on her own and no further explanation was necessary. Nor would I attempt to offer one.
That job done, she climbed up next to my wife on he couch and snuggled in for a bedtime story.
January 04, 2007
…The Union soldiers expected that as so often before their commanding general would admit defeat, give Bobby Lee the best of it and pull back across the Rapatan… The men were ordered to move back, form up in column on the Brock Road and prepare to move out. Wearily the men came back grumbling that nothing had changed, that Bobby Lee had outfought yet another Union general. They formed column, shouldered their muskets, and prepared to march-and then General Grant and his staff came jingling out of the night. The soldiers stepped back and let the horseman past and then realized, suddenly, that Grant was riding south. It took some little time for the Union soldiers to realize what was happening. Most of them had no idea which way they were facing when the march began, but some did, and the story quickly spread along the column from regiment to regiment: Grant and the army were indeed marching south. Spirits revived. Here and there regiments even began to cheer…
Grant was well aware that pressure on the president was mounting. Support for the war had waned as the cost and the casualties had mounted. General George B. McClellen, the former commander of the Army of the Potomac, fired by Lincoln, was now the Democratic candidate for president running on an anti-war platform, promising to negotiate a settlement with the south.
George Bush is at the same crossroads that Grant found himself in the Wilderness. Like Grant the president is now listening to his staff as he decides which direction he will take. He can either retreat and wait for an inevitable fight on another day, as has been the case for the last 27 years, or instead march on, completing the strategy that he laid out in the 2002 State of the Union Address.
As he makes his deliberations and formulates his plan the president needs to consider why he was re-elected in 2004. The majority of the American people saw in him the same thing that Lincoln saw in Grant. Lincolns response to those that were demanding Grants dismissal after the debacle at Shiloh was "I can’t spare this man…He fights". Grant determined the strategic goal and focused on the ways to achieve that goal. For him, fighting to a final victory was the only option in 1864 and for us it is the only option in 2007.
March on Mr. President.
Neillands, Robert. "Grant, The man who won the civil war." 2004
January 03, 2007
I too have found that my family’s trips to the movie theater dwindled over the last decade because of many of the same issues. But a number of years ago we started a little something that has gotten us back in those comfortable stadium seats. It started with a beat with a close friend of ours. The beat, which one of us could sneak the best, most elaborate food into the theater...As we settle down and prepare our presentations I felt confident that our freshly popped popcorn, sodas and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies would be the clear winner. That was until I looked over at our friends to discover that they had a full spread of chips, salsa and to top that off, freshly made guacamole. Wow! In short, I have found that not only do we save those concession stand dollars, but during the promos it gives you an opportunity to get your feast set up and get comfortable before the main attraction. Oh, you might get a look from some guy that is jealous of you as you add your salsa to that mixture of scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese, but chances are he’s to comfortable to get up and complain to the 18 year old theater manager.
Have fun with it, life is to short!
Thanks Anonymous for that wonderful idea.
I had been known to sneak in some refreshments, but my wife finally refused to carry the 50 quart Igloo as her purse.
I doubt that he will be able to erase his empty suit image and hone his class warfare message enough to suit Iowa Caucus goers this time around. Iowans love thier Walmart so that tactic wont play well. He will he be relegated to the also rans of democratic hopefuls.
A behind the scenes look at John "I'm so pretty" Edwards.