Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene – And a Lesson for Monday Morning (Originally Posted 4 Feb 2013)

I’ve been accused in the past of having some “Cliff Claven” tendencies – spewing out random facts on every occasion.  That is (or can be) one of the downside effects of having a ridiculous memory – sometimes all those factoids stored in the dark corners of the brain just need to come out, whether you want them to or not.  Maybe this is a disease I acquired from my Uncle Mike. Continue reading

A National Tragedy That the Nanny State Refuses to Address (Originally Posted 17 Jan 2013)

Great op-ed today by Lee Habeeb in National Review. Focuses right in on a national tragedy and major social issue that EVERYONE in this country should be concerned about.  And if conservative politicians had any balls, they would call out the liberal media, liberal establishment, and liberal politicians for the lack of attention to this matter. Do I need to tell you AGAIN, that it is those with a liberal/progressive bent who are the REAL RACISTS in this country? Continue reading

The Human Factor (Originally Posted 6 Jan 2013)

I don’t care that Big Blue was programmed to understand nuance and could beat Ken Jennings on Jeopardy. There are some things that are just done better by humans than by a machine.  You can write a program for Pandora that tells it that certain songs HAVE to be played together or not at all (far as I can tell based on recent sampling, they haven’t yet figured out that they need to write this program), but you can’t tell a machine what it means to feel the raw human emotion of “getting it right.”

This morning, as I was driving to church, I decided to check out iheartradio, rather than listening to Pandora as I normally would do.  Sometimes you don’t mind hearing another human voice (the DJ) or a couple commercials and thinking that other people someplace are hearing the exact same thing.  It is a form of connecting to the greater humanity around us and not being isolated in our own technological bubble (which I am as guilty of as anyone, or at least anyone who is not a teenager). Continue reading

What’s In A Name (Originally Posted 23 Dec 2012)

This is another one I am glad I found . . .

23 Dec 2012 –

I have recently reconnected with some friends from my deep, dark past and I cannot put into words how grateful I am for that having happened.  But a funny thing has happened as a result, and I thought I would take the opportunity to write about it here. I’m not sure where this subject will lead, we’ll just have to run with it for awhile and see what we get.

Okay, so what’s so funny?    Until my first day of college, I was not known as Ken.  Everyone I knew growing up in Dearborn, MI called me Lee. Not many people may think this story is funny, but I do.  I also think in some ways it tells me some things about myself, things I maybe need to explore more deeply at some point. Continue reading

Orville Hubbard Rolls Over in His Grave (Originally Posted 21 Dec 2012)

I admit, I was struggling with a title for this post.  The waters of a race discussion are filled with sharks and other unseen dangers. Many people in this hyper-sensitive, PC world have lost their jobs after stepping into the race quagmire, sometimes for seemingly innocuous comments.

I’ve used the “Rolls Over in His Grave” line a few times in the past (NOTE: Prior posts Entitled Arthur P Rolls Over in His Grave and Val P Rolls Over in His Grave, And This Time I’m Not Kidding). So, after a little reflection, it came to me.  For me, any discussion of race, race relations, and racism starts with Orville L. Hubbard, the man who was mayor of my hometown of Dearborn, MI throughout my childhood.

It has been a VERY long time since I thought about Orville Hubbard.  Continue reading

Who Benefits from Right to Work and As Importantly, Who Doesn’t? (Originally Posted 11 Dec 2012) and Response to Joe Bronco (Originally Posted 12 Dec 2012)

Oh boy, did I open up a can of worms with this post.  Got some HEATED commentary back from one of my boys back in Michigan – Joe B, you know I love you man!!  I’m am combining the original post and a subsequent follow up here:

Who Benefits from Right to Work and As Importantly, Who Doesn’t? –

his is a response to a posting (and assorted comments) that I saw today on Facebook. As such, I anticipate that I may refer to some people by their first names only in this post.  Apologies in advance if you don’t know these people or get any of the references.

So I saw a post earlier today from a high school classmate of mine, asking the first part of the question above. It was interesting to see the comment, in part because I had previously posted a link on FB to an oped from today’s WSJ, titled “Worker Liberation in Michigan.” Continue reading

Sophie’s Choice and Make That Caught Between Scylla and Charybdis (Originally Posted 22 Nov 2012)

After I posted first piece, my dear sister Meghan chastised me because she thought the title reference was in bad taste.  And because she sometimes has difficulty with the English language, she also did not understand one of the comments I made.  As a result, I posted another piece to clarify the first.  I’ve put them both together here:

Sophie’s Choice –

Today’s Thanksgiving Day match up between the Cowboys and Redskins is a real Sophie’s Choice situation for me.

Growing up in Southeastern Michigan (Dearborn to be exact) I was a Lions fan.  It is wholly unnecessary and redundant to say I was a “long suffering” Lions fan.  There are few teams in professional sports that have been as consistently poorly run as the Lions – who last held the NFL championship in 1957. Continue reading

The Catalyst? (Originally Posted 9 Nov 2012)

This from today’s Wall Street Journal:

For Republicans unhappy with Tuesday’s election, we have good news—at least most of you don’t live in California.

I said here that anyone who wanted to get a glimpse of where Democrats in the White House and Congress plan to take this country just needs to have a look at what’s happening in California (or Illinois or several countries in Europe).

No state has been a bigger beneficiary of the Maker’s dilemma than California. Silicon Valley is littered with super smart people who move there from all over the world.  Often the places they have come suffer from abject poverty and/or limited opportunity. Continue reading

Two Possible Solutions and the More Likely Outcome (Originally Posted 7 Nov 2012)

I’ll admit it.  I got my hopes up, and I shouldn’t have.

Until early October, I was absolutely convinced that there was no way in HELL that Mitt Romney could win the election.  While I thought he was the best candidate the Republicans put up and immeasurably better equipped to turn around the economy than Barak Obama, the odds were clearly stacked against him.  That the Fourth Estate (ie the press) was so blatantly in the bag for Obama caused me to feel certain that a turn back from the coming disaster was impossible.

Then came the Denver debate.  Continue reading

Wisconsin Foregoes Another Helping of Baklava (Originally Posted 9 June 2012)

This past Tuesday, voters in Wisconsin went to the ballot box to decide on the recall of Governor Scott Walker.  And by reconfirming Walker with a larger percentage of the vote than he won in the original election in 2010, Wisconsinites decided to say no to the kind of public-sector union extremism that is currently bringing Southern Europe (not to mention California and Illinois) to the brink of insolvency.

Would you like a piece of Greek baklava?  No thanks, I’ll have a good bratwurst instead. Continue reading