My 2018 Commencement Address

 
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It’s that time of year again. High school and college students are graduating from their various institutions of public or higher learning, and that means they get to sit through another commencement speaker. Some are great (Michael Keaton’s will be hard to top), some are okay, and most are…well, predictable. All inspiring and “reach for your dreams”. Who wants to hear that?

In what is turning into at least a semi-annual tradition, I present the commencement speech I would want to give to graduating seniors.

To the Class of 2018, I have two words for you.

Now, what are you thinking those two words are? If you’re a WWE fan, you might think those two words are “Suck it!” That would be appropriate if I were former President Bill Clinton, but no. If you’re a comic book fan, you might think those words are “I’m Batman.” Considering Michael Keaton beat me to it, it’s not that. If you’re polite, you might think those words are “Thank you.” Not quite. Is it “I’m sorry”? No, that doesn’t come until after my speech.

Give up yet? Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The two words I have for you are…

Lighten up.

I know there are some of you out there who are thinking of two more words to say to me, but this is a family commencement speech. And, I want you to hear me out.

When I was your age, which was…far too long ago, I took myself way too seriously. I mean, I liked to have fun, but I thought I was the smartest thing since sliced bread. (Which, if you really think about it, isn’t that smart.) That ended after my very first class my freshman year of college. I walked in thinking I was brighter than everyone else and walked out knowing I wasn’t.

I offer you the same advice I learned the hard way: lighten up.

Listen, I know you have a lot on your plates. Global climate change which may or may not be considered weather, potential school shootings, online bullying, and any number of other threats that never could have been conceived when I was in your shoes. You may think you have to grow up faster just to keep up with the issues that pop up on a regular basis. I used to think that way, too. But here’s a little secret: this crap has been going on for decades. You’re just the latest group to find out about it.

You have a few options on the table, though. Some of you will choose to try to fix the world’s problems. Others will try to deny the problems exist. Still others will decide the world’s problems don’t have to be yours. After almost 50 years on this planet, I can assure you those of you in that last group are going to be a lot happier. Maybe not as happy as the people who deny the problems exist, but hey, you’re close enough for government work.

That just leaves the fixers out to address. I’m one of you. I love digging into issues and trying to figure out how to resolve them, so I get why you want to change the world. The problem is most of the change you’ll see is of the pocket variety, and most of your best efforts to fix the world will end in failure.

Brought the room down a bit, didn’t I?

This is why it’s important to lighten up. If you shoot for the moon and get frustrated you keep missing, you will get discouraged, depressed, or, worst of all, the urge to run for Congress. This is why it’s important to lighten up: it helps us calibrate our expectations to our abilities while making sure we’re not too hard on ourselves in the process.

And that goes for the lot of you! Have we forgotten how to have fun and laugh? I have seen so many situations where we have assumed the worst from people merely for telling a joke that we didn’t like. Except for you, Michelle Wolfe. You’re just not that funny. We have reached a point where jokes are the source of more outrage than people and actions that deserve outrage.

Lighten up already! Not every joke is an example of the Patriarchy oppressing people or whites oppressing minorities or whatever the outrage du jour is on any given day. To paraphrase Sigmund Freud, sometimes a joke is just a joke. And it’s only when we lighten up that we can recognize the jokes from the actual issues that need to be addressed.

And before the length of this speech becomes an issue, I’d better wrap it up. There’s a big world waiting for you out there, and it’s best experienced with a sense of humor and a smile on your face, if for nothing else than to confuse the people who don’t have either.

Congratulations! Now, go out there and lighten up!

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

 
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To put it mildly, the tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians over the Gaza Strip makes the Hatfields and McCoys look like a polite disagreement at a Lutheran potluck over whose Jello dish was better. Recently, those tensions came to a head when Hamas attempted to overrun the protective fence into Israel in Gaza and was met with violence. Reactions to this situation were mixed. Some said Israel was justified, while others lamented the death of Palestinian women and children. Still others wondered what stores were at the Gaza Strip.

Guess which side the Leftists took. Okay, they might be wondering about the stores, but most of them came down on Palestine’s side. And, yes, even Jewish Leftists came down on their side, which is a head-scratcher. I mean, it’s not like Palestine and Hamas want to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth or anything…oh, wait…

So, let’s take a trip to Palestine, thanks to the Leftist Lexicon. And the best part? You don’t even need to bring your passport!

Palestine

What the Left thinks it means – a country that is trying to fight against Israeli oppression and oppression

What it really means – a country that doesn’t exist today

That’s right, kids. You’re more likely to find Narnia or Hogwarts than you are to find Palestine in modern day 2018. Plus, I hear there’s a lot less violence in the former two, so there’s that.

Updated maps (excluding those of CNN and other Leftist media sources, by the way) do not show Palestine anywhere. This is not to say it didn’t exist previously, by the way. History and the Bible teach us it was a country, but as time went on, it was dissolved and became other countries. Its people assimilated into other countries and until recently things were quiet.

Then, the UN decided to recreate Israel using land in that part of the world where Jews had legitimate claim. Since then, the tensions skyrocketed like a SpaceX launch, bringing us to the present day where things aren’t much better. Yet, with all of that change, there are some constants. One, polyester should never be used to make suits. Two, Palestine didn’t reemerge. And three, Israel is still a target.

Palestinians groups like Hamas and the PLO before them love to sing the same song: Israel is oppressing us. They took our land, they kill our women and children, and are generally bad people. And Leftists, being suckers for a good sob story, have taken up for Palestine. With the frequent photos of the carnage, many non-Leftists are hard pressed to disagree.

Good thing I love a challenge.

There are many problems with the Left’s approach towards Palestinians, with the most obvious issue being the fact Palestinians are going after land that wasn’t part of Palestine. The bulk of what used to be their home country is in Jordan. There is some dispute over whether what is now Israel was a part of Palestine, but for the most part, Hamas and the PLO got their directions wrong.

So, that leads to the question of why Palestine is attacking Israel. Well, remember earlier when I said they wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth? There’s your answer. Of course, the Left doesn’t believe them because of the photos they trot out whenever Israel decides not to take Palestinian crap. Yeah…about that…those women and children? They’re human shields. On a side note, where are the feminists on this? Oh yeah, supporting Palestine! Thanks, Linda Sarsour!

As far as the alleged oppression of Palestinians, you might want to take a look at Israel’s treatment of them. By comparison, Palestinians have more rights and enjoy a better way of life within Israel. They’re even allowed seats in the Knesset, the Israeli version of Congress. If that’s oppression, there are some Republicans in California and New York State who might want to sign up for that. On the other hand, we can imagine how Israelis are treated in the land the Palestinians call theirs. Let’s just say it’s not quite as hospitable. On top of that, Palestinian leaders treat their own people like Ike treated Tina, and it’s been pretty much a constant for decades. I mean, these people use women and children as human shields, put them in places where the leaders know there is a high likelihood they will be killed, and their properties look like Detroit after the Red Wings, Tigers, or Pistons win a championship (because we know the Lions won’t win a championship anytime soon.)

But, yeah, that’s Israel’s fault.

In spite of the facts on the table, the Left sticks up for Palestine for the same reason they take up for illegal immigrants: it’s an easy emotional appeal. Leftists love to take up for the underdog and they love to create images and ideas that play to our own love of them, which is both effective and manipulative. But once you realize it’s all a smokescreen, it’s easy to dispel the narrative.

No matter how you try to parse the situation, Israel was well within their rights to defend themselves against a hostile invading force trying to take land that doesn’t belong to them. That makes the Left’s arguments in favor of Palestine a really hard sell in my book. And by “really hard”, I mean impossible. The facts don’t line up, and they never will, which is why the Left has to make an emotional appeal.

But if they really cared about the Palestinians, wouldn’t they be doing more to stop the violence their leadership and Hamas have caused?

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

 
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It’s been quite a week for former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. For those of you who haven’t been following the news lately, Schneiderman has been accused of sexually assaulting at least four women. Normally, I would avoid this type of story like I avoid watching “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” but it piqued my interest for a couple of reasons. One reason is because he is a Democrat who has built his career around fighting sexual assault, even to the point of being a proud supporter of #MeToo.

The other reason has nothing to do with Schneiderman directly. Instead, it has to do with someone on the opposite side of the political spectrum, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Recently, MSNBC host Nicole Wallace asked reporters, “How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her [Huckabee Sanders] neck?” complete with hand gestures replicating choking a person…in a question about tensions between Huckabee Sanders and the White House Press Corps.

Two different situations that fall under one word the Left slings around like hash browns at a Waffle House: misogyny. It seems to be a complicated, nuanced word to hear the Left talk, but is it?

Not so much.

misogyny

What the Left thinks it means – attacking a woman and her agency through thought, word, and deed

What it really means – attacking a Leftist woman and her agency through presumed thought, word, and deed

When the Left talks of misogyny, it’s usually in relation to existing economic or societal structures. In their minds, men run the world and do everything in their power to keep women down. Through this, Leftists weave a convincing narrative covering everything from women having to pay more for certain products like deodorant to women making less money as men for doing the same work to a lack of women in positions of power. All of this is wrapped up in a tidy bow and presented to us as fact.

Of course, it’s utter bullshit.

The Left needs women to think they’re being oppressed by The Man because that notion keeps them on the Leftist reservation with all the other people who think they’re being oppressed and the Left is the only group that can help them.  And, believe me, the Left talks a pretty good game when it comes to saying they want women to succeed. But try getting them to support a conservative or Republican woman. They abandon their identity politics faster than Bill Clinton hits on a woman at a Hooters and say “Supporting women doesn’t mean supporting women who aren’t qualified.”

In other words, Leftists support women so long as they think, speak, and act like they want. For anyone else, it’s open season.

Which brings us back to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Because she’s not a Leftist, she can never be the victim of misogyny, no matter how vile the sentiments being expressed or how serious the threats to her personally and professionally.

But that sword cuts both ways. If you are a Leftist, you can never be a misogynist because you believe the right way. Even though it appears some of Schneiderman’s sexual escapades may have been non-consensual, there are Leftists weaving conspiracy theories stating President Donald Trump was behind it all. Granted, Trump has a lot of power, but he doesn’t have the power to make a powerful man treat women like trash, allegedly. That’s all on Schneiderman.

And that’s not the whole of it, either. Leftists also find ways to make just about everything misogynistic, even when there is no logical way it could be. One popular example of this is video games. The Left thinks video games are misogynistic if they don’t have enough strong female characters…or if they have strong female characters that are attractive to young men (the main demographic of video games)…or if the female characters don’t have compelling stories…or if they conform to the same goals as the male characters…or if they are the antagonists…or because their feefees got hurt.

This is one reason I always laugh when Leftists start seeing misogyny everywhere: because they are inventing outrage to justify their beliefs. (That, and they look like rejects from “Battlefield Earth.”) Another reason is because Leftists often fail to recognize actual misogyny. Extreme Islam, which actually attacks, kills, and enslaves women? The Left can’t be bothered to discuss that. They’re too busy protesting the obvious misogyny in Superman not being female!

Or hiding it when one of theirs is guilty of it.

Or attacking a conservative woman for not being one of them.

Leftists have a major blind spot when it comes to misogyny, which makes them not that credible when it comes to spotting misogyny. Instead, let’s call out the real misogyny that’s out there. Anytime a Leftist calls a conservative woman a horrible name, take them to task for it. Heck, if you really want to make a statement, insist Leftist males give up their positions to conservative women!

After all, they wouldn’t want to be misogynists, right?

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Promises Kept, Deals to be made

 
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Another promise has been kept. President Donald Trump continues to keep his campaign promises. The dreadful Iran Deal is no more.

This deal was just bad from the beginning. The inspection provisions were a joke and the enforcement options non-existent. Iran had it made.

We basically were letting the world’s leading sponsor of Islamic terrorists develop nuclear weapons without so much as a glance. Iran in turn would use these weapons against the United States and Israel to start with before moving on the the rest of the world. Iran has stated many times that they wished to wipe the US and Israel off the map. And with nuclear weapons it would be possible to achieve that goal.

Iran would also sale these weapons of mass destruction and terror across the globe to any terrorist group wanting to get one. Forget the stadiums full of people. You could hold a whole city hostage with a nuclear device.

So now that the US is out of this deal. This enables us to act quickly against Iran if the need arises. And we are able to impose and enforce sanctions against Iran as well. Iran will have to come back to the bargaining table.

And this time it wont be a one-sided deal.

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Let’s Unmake a Deal!

 
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It’s official. President Donald Trump announced we will be pulling out of the Iran Deal brokered by former President Barack Obama. And if your dogs heard a high pitched shriek, that was from Leftists losing their shit over it.

Let me make one thing crystal clear. I am not a fan of the Iran Deal, nor have I ever been. Although the Left says now it’s because I’m racist and want to erase a major accomplishment of the Obama Administration because Obama is black, nothing could be further from the truth. A bad deal is a bad deal, no matter who makes it.

And the Iran Deal is the Academy Award of bad ideas.

First off, it’s an agreement where the other party got the store without much effort on their part. The original terms of the Iran Deal included a provision where Iran agreed not to develop nuclear weapons while promising to allow inspections of their nuclear facilities. Sounds good, right? Wellllll…there’s part of the issue. In order for those inspections to occur, Iran would have to agree to let them happen and were given 24 days to comply with a request to inspect their nuclear sites. And if they refused or didn’t respond, there would be another vote by a Joint Commission…in which Iran would be allowed a vote.

In other words, if Iran got a request to inspect their nuclear facilities, they would have nearly a month to respond. Now, what could happen in that time frame? Maybe…oh, I don’t know…make it look like they were complying with the terms of the Iran Deal while not actually complying?

In addition to that, there isn’t much of an incentive to comply. If Iran failed, the sanctions they had before the Iran Deal could be put back in place, which is basically the equivalent of a sternly worded memo. You know, like the UN likes to send when a member country does something bad. And with those sanctions back in place, Iran could go back to doing everything it was doing to develop nuclear weapons prior to the Iran Deal.

Then, there’s the bribe…I mean payment we gave them. First, we gave them $400 million for an undelivered weapons shipment from the US to Iran during the reign of the Shah of Iran. After he was toppled by Islamic extremists, that money was frozen. Enter Barack Obama, who not only gave them the $400 million to settle that tab, but also gave them an additional $1.3 billion in interest to boot! That’s like giving a school bully your lunch money for the days he was too sick to bully you as well as your lunch money until you’re, oh, 75.

Good thing Iran has a history of liking us…oh, wait. Remember the aforementioned Shah of Iran? Well, his successors love to chant “Death to America” and want us wiped off the face of the planet. And no number of concerts with James Taylor sponsored by then-Secretary of State John “Robert Mueller’s Stunt Double” Kerry will change that. If anything, it might make Iran more driven to build nukes. Talk about seeing fire and rain, kids!

The kicker for me is the fact the Iran Deal wouldn’t move the needle on preventing them from building nuclear weapons. Under the terms of the deal, Iran would still be allowed to develop nuclear energy, just not nuclear weapons. But why would Iran need nuclear energy in the first place? They are sitting on one of the richest oil reserves in the world, and let’s just say Iran hasn’t been joining in the Earth Day celebrations since…ever. And considering the environmentalists don’t exactly like nuclear energy, it’s hard for me to believe they would be willing to roll over for this.

But let’s go back to the oil reserves for a moment. The bulk of the world still needs oil, which means Iran has a vested interest in continuing to drill for it. What would be their incentive to switch to nuclear power? Frankly, there isn’t one. Even if they found out their oil reserves were dryer than an Al Gore poetry slam, there is no upside to them going nuclear.

And that’s the point the Left completely misses when defending the Iran Deal. No matter what the terms of the agreement were, it wouldn’t stop (or even hinder) Iran from getting nuclear weapons due to the Mack truck sized holes in the deal. It would, however, give them plenty of incentive to play the same games Saddam Hussein did with his chemical and biological weapons while making the world community look like buffoons in the process. Brilliant diplomacy, Barack and John.

No matter what the world leaders say, the Iran Deal was a dog turd on top of a cold vomit sundae that we would have to eat while Iran got all you can eat ice cream. President Trump was absolutely right to get us out of the Iran Deal.

Of course, the Left will tell us such a move puts us all in more danger than if we had stuck with the Iran Deal or negotiated for a better plan. Here’s the thing, kids: Iran wasn’t going to comply because they are intent on getting nuclear weapons. They were stringing us along from the word go, and the Obama Administration were willing to hold the string. And, no, the Iran Deal wasn’t better than nothing, as nothing wouldn’t have given Iran an influx of cash they could divert to making or buying nuclear weapons, thus ensuring they would be a nuclear power either way.

Leftists also say pulling out of the Iran Deal is proof Trump, and by extension Israel, wants war. I beg to differ. Few people in this world want war, but blowing shit up tends to make it harder for our enemies to strike back or use their nuclear arsenals against us. If it’s war that will accomplish a non-nuclear Iran, then it will be a good sight better than the Iran Deal. It’s not the endgame I favor, but it’s the endgame we may be facing, and it was caused by an inept President and his inept State Department trying to get anything they could just to look like they did something.

In other words, they wanted a participation trophy for diplomacy. And we know how those tend to work.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

 
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Last weekend was the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which some people call “Nerd Prom” and I call a waste of time. Among the usual back patting, chest puffing, and smugness, there was a… well, I guess you could call it a performance by a…well, I guess you could call her a comedian, Michelle Wolf, who delivered…well, I guess you could call it jokes, mostly directed at President Donald Trump and members of the Trump Administration. In the audience were White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, who sat there and took the lines with a straight face. (Then again, judging from the YouTube video of Wolf’s comments, most of the people in the audience took the lines with a straight face, too.)

But the Left thought Wolf’s comments were brave, hysterical, and…get this…speaking truth to power. What is that, you ask? Well, good thing I decided to write about it this week!

speaking truth to power

What the Left thinks it means – bravely telling uncomfortable truths to people in power in the hopes it will change their minds and behaviors

What it really means – Leftists being assholes

I sat through Wolf’s remarks for two reasons. First, I wanted to make sure to get the full context of what she said. Second, so you wouldn’t have to. I came up with a drinking game where I took a shot for every time I laughed during her comments. After the full 19:17, I was…stone sober. Well, except for the shot I took when I realized Wolf is what you would get if Joanie Cunningham and Rachel Dolezal had a baby.

As far as speaking truth to power, I didn’t see much truth, and the media have lost a lot of their power through their incompetence. There were occasional facts thrown in for good measure, but much of what I endured was more talking point than truth. And I will admit Wolf made a couple of good points about what the media cover and what they overlook in lieu of continuing coverage of Stormy Daniels because God knows we need more of that.

The idea of speaking truth to power is funny to me because the Left isn’t always on speaking terms with the truth. In fact, some Leftist intellectuals (an oxymoron if ever there was one) argue truth is subjective based on personal experiences. This, of course, makes as much sense as putting Bill Cosby in charge of the refreshments at a sorority party. Truth doesn’t change because your background is different than mine. I’m pretty sure gravity affects us all the same regardless of whether you’re dirt poor or filthy rich, as do death, taxes, and the inevitability of the Rolling Stones going back on tour.

What the Left means when they say someone is speaking truth to power is that person is speaking a truth the Left agrees with, and anything that doesn’t conform is dismissed as false. Take gun control, for example. The Left squeed like I did at “Avengers: Infinity War” when David Hogg and his Parkland Pals “stood up” to the NRA by pushing for stricter gun control laws. They and their ideological allies point to the number of people being killed every year by guns, usually around 30,000 (all while ignoring inconvenient details like the number of suicides and gang-related killings that make up a decent chunk of that larger number), and by itself it’s pretty persuasive.

But it’s not the truth, or at least not all of it.

Research from the FBI to the CDC show there are more defensive gun uses than there are gun deaths. The term “defensive gun uses” refers to the number of times a gun is used in the defense of one’s person or property, and by sheer volume, it’s not even close. Last time I checked, the low end of this spectrum is in the neighborhood of 800,000 defensive gun uses per year. And, regardless of how you feel about the issue, regardless of your experiences, 800,000 is a bigger number than 30,000. To put it another way, you are over 26 times more likely to use a gun to defend yourself than you are to be killed by a gun. And when you take out suicides and gang violence, that number goes even higher.

I wouldn’t call that speaking truth to power, though, because to me the truth is power. And with that power comes a level of fearlessness that steels your resolve and calms you as you wait for the slings and arrows of outrageous outrage at dismantling a poorly-reasoned talking point. When you boil it right down, the Left loves thinking they speak truth to power because they think it shuts down all arguments. It doesn’t. One person armed with the truth can take down an army of liars. All it takes is the courage to unapologetically stand with the truth in the face of criticism.

That’s what Michelle Wolf (and much of the audience at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner) failed to do. They spoke and believed their own truths and overlooked the power they wield on a daily basis. I mean, it’s not like these folks have to take on a second job to make ends meet; they willingly take on second jobs as DNC spokespeople.

In closing, let me leave you with a joke.

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Michelle Wolf
Michelle Wolf who?
Precisely

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Life is Heartbeat to Heartbeat

 
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On Thursday May 4th 2018 history was made in the State of Iowa. For the first time since 1973 the unborn have a fighting chance for life.

Around 3 o’clock in the afternoon that day Governor Kim Reynolds was in agreement with the Iowa Assembly when they determined that human life started with a heartbeat. Senate File 359 landed on her desk after it has passed both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. The Governor then signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law.

At the Governor’s desk was a large crowd of children, parents, and supporters of Life. Even before Governor Reynolds signed the bill making it part of Iowa Law, she knew it would be met with opposition and legal action, by those who seek the death of the unborn for profit and personal gain. Planned Parenthood of Iowa had already threatened the Governor that she would be sued if she signed the Fetal Heartbeat Bill into law.

Two dozen protesters were outside of the Governor’s office at the time of the signing. It has yet to be determined if these people were even from Iowa or if any of them were from outside the state. Here to protest where there was little to no opposition.

Governor Kim Reynolds is a devout believer in the Word of God. She is a champion of Life. And despite the terrible odds that unelected black robed tyrants will in all likely hood prevent this law from taking effect on July 1st. She signed it anyway.

For this reason alone she has my deepest respect. And my continued support and vote for re-election this fall. This champion must remain the Governor of the great State of Iowa for the next 4 years.

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Peace in Our Time

 
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The Korean War began in the summer of 1950. And although the fighting stopped and the guns fell silent in 1953, the war isn’t over. The only thing stopping it is a cease fire agreement between the principle parties.

President Donald Trump is poised to be the president that brings a lasting peace to the Korean peninsula and an end to the Korean War. Something the last 6 Republican and the last 6 Democratic president have failed to do over the last 65 years.

This month will be the first meeting of a US President and the Leader of North Korea. The first of several meetings yet to come between the two national leaders and others.

And by the end of 2018. There will be an end to the Korean War. And we will have President Donald Trump to thank for the peace in our time.

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Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

 
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This past week saw something people thought would never occur in our lifetimes. And, no, I’m not talking about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. That doesn’t happen until the fall, and on top of that, this event is more geopolitical. For the first time in decades, North and South Korea have agreed to meet to discuss peace, and it happened under President Donald Trump’s watch.

And that drives the Left crazy.

What drives the Left even crazier is a notion making the rounds: nominating Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. If Tweets on the subject are any indication, Leftists either laugh in disbelief or foam at the mouth in anger. After all, the Nobel Peace Prize is reserved for people who brought peace to the world. You know, like Yasser Arafat?

Regardless of where you come down on Trump’s worthiness for the Nobel Peace Prize, it gives us a chance to examine the award and why it means so much to Leftists.

Nobel Peace Prize

What the Left thinks it means – a prestigious award that deserves to go to only the most worthy people who want world peace

What it really means – an award that has become as meaningless as Hillary Clinton’s 2016 victory plan.

Back in the day, a Nobel Prize winner was someone to admire and emulate if possible. In some fields, like science, it still is. In the field of peace…let’s say Elizabeth Warren’s credentials with the Cherokee hold more weight. If anything, today’s Peace Prize has more to do with politics than with peace.

Take one of the recent winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama. He was nominated before he had even had time to get the new Oval Office smell out of his clothes. Although the head of the committee at the time said Obama was being awarded the Peace Prize based on what he did during 2008 (which was, well, campaigning to become President and skipping out of his job as Senator), this explanation defies simple logic. What did Obama do to foster world peace in the year he was focused on winning the Presidency?

Nothing. And that’s being charitable.

And after he won the Peace Prize? He waged war on several countries, alienated allies, emboldened enemies, and made conditions around the world less peaceful. The irony is the Nobel Committee were persuaded to give Obama the Peace Prize because of a speech he gave in Cairo…which incidentally kicked off the “Arab Spring” that gave us ISIS/ISIL/INNAGODDADAVIDA.

Well done, Nobel Committee.

And when the Committee isn’t giving out Peace Prizes to terrorist enablers, they give it to actual terrorists (the aforementioned Arafat), a former Vice President who is pushing global climate change like a crack dealer working straight commission (Al Gore), a global agency doing what Gore does (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and a group pushing to get rid of nuclear weapons supported by TV POTUS and the progenitor of Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). Oh, and they finally gave Jimmy Carter one only, oh, 24 years of doing the work that warranted him earning it in the first place.

In the past 10-20 years or so, the Peace Prize has become more of a Leftist participation trophy than an actual acknowledgment of achievement. Even when a person or group earns the Peace Prize, the fact the Committee has made so many ideological and substandard choices takes the shine off the medal, even more than anyone thinks Trump could.

That brings us to two central questions. First, does Trump deserve the Peace Prize? There’s an argument to be made either way, but I’m going to say he’s done enough to warrant the award. I mean, he’s done more than his predecessor to bring peace to the world by getting North and South Korea to the table. Having said that, I would wait to nominate him until after the Koreas kiss and make up officially.

Second, should Trump accept the nomination and award? I’m going to make some Trump supporters mad by saying this, but I don’t think he should. After all, imagine being forever tied to Leftist halfwits and terrorists. That would taint his Presidency even more than Stormy Daniels could.

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Gotcha Day

 
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Today is my dog Chico’s “gotcha day.” This is the term for when a pet gets adopted from a shelter and becomes part of the family, but it feels a lot like a second birthday for my little buddy.

My wife and I were looking to add to our family, but with my wife’s allergies, we had to be careful. After a couple of failed attempts to find the right dog, we went to our local Animal Rescue League to check out two Bichon Frises named Freddie and Fannie. (At the time, I worked at a mortgage company that will remain nameless, but can be identified as one that has a billion dollar fine hanging over its head, so the idea of having dogs named after two major players in the mortgage industry.) As we walked by his pen to see Freddie and Fannie, Chico jumped and caught my attention. Little did we know it was at that moment Chico jumped into my wife’s and my hearts.

We spent a little time with Freddie and Fannie, but they didn’t seem to take to us very well. As we thought about leaving, my wife suggested we check out Chico. And am I glad she did! Spending time with Chico showed us he was fun, lovable, and above all else the piece of the puzzle my wife and I needed to find to make a whole family. Even though he was 9 at the time, it didn’t matter to us. The three of us bonded in the time we spent with each other. An hour later, we walked out of the ARL with Chico and started our new lives together.

When my wife and I adopted Chico, we didn’t know a lot about his history, so we had to learn by trial and error. From what we were able to gather from his mannerisms, Chico had a tough life. His previous owners gave him up after only a week because they felt he wasn’t potty trained right. He also came into our home with a distrust of men, which made things a little awkward for me since, well, I am one. I also had a slight fear of dogs stemming from a childhood incident where a dog scratched me on my forehead when I tried to pet it.

After months of trying to figure each other out, Chico finally got comfortable enough with us to start playing and being more outgoing. He still has issues to deal with, but my wife and I keep those issues in mind and act accordingly. Now, four years later, Chico is a happy little guy.

Aside from celebrating Chico’s “gotcha day”, I do have a serious message. Don’t overlook the older animals looking for homes. Sure, they’re not as cute as puppies and kittens, but they’re no less loving, no less deserving of a good home. They may have issues as Chico did, but they need love and understanding. And, as Chico did for me, they teach us to be better people.

So, if you’re looking for a pet, adopt, don’t buy. You will save a life and experience a whole new understanding of love in the process.

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