Monthly Archives: February 2015

Celebrities Do Politics

Sorry, but I just can’t take it.  I don’t really like to post about politics but at some point you hear something that just demands a response.

Charlie Sheen should stick to acting. Today he called himself  a “Constitutional Republican” – as if there was any such thing. The idea of a Constitutional Republican is a textbook definition of an oxymoron – something we all learned about in 10th grade English. The Constitution enshrines human freedom and limits the federal government to specific tasks intended to protect those freedoms.  Those freedoms include being able to put into your body what you want and having control over the most intimate decisions in your life. It also includes being able to engage in peaceful commerce with anyone that you want to, regardless of where they were born or where they live.   You won’t find a Republican, at least not one that elected to federal office, that believes or supports anything like those simple concepts. All you have to do is look back a few weeks to our current president’s attempt to take baby steps to normalize relations with Cuba. Republicans want none of it. They are very happy to punish regular people people, who just happened to have the misfortune of being born in Cuba, in order to fulfill some kind of political fantasy. Do they really believe that if the US government just keeps applying a de facto blockade of Cuba another day or two that the Castro brothers will disappear and Cuba will become a constitutional republic? I believe it was Aerosmith that said “Dream on”. But realism or taking into account the economic condition of real human beings – again those who happened to have been born in Cuba – is not part of the current Republican concept of governance. Nor is the idea that you and I ought to be able to decide for ourselves what we eat or put into our body. Every Republican supports the DEA and its war to punish and imprison people who get caught with a little bag of leaves or powder on them.   Never mind that the war on drugs has resulted in grenades being thrown into babies cribs or children being hit in the head with rifles – such things are immaterial to Republican thinking. The Republican attorneys general of Oklahoma and Nebraska are even suing Colorado because the citizens of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana! And I thought Republicans were in favor of states rights, limited government, personal freedom and individual responsibility??!!   What a pathetic joke. They would rather blow holes in infant’s chests then let people decide for themselves what they can smoke. Could anyone describe a person holding such an opinion as a “freedom lover”??  It is utter nonsense. Republicans are no more in favor of freedom than Fidel Castro is. At least Fidel tells you where he stands. Although I despise communism, socialism, fascism or any other philosophy that exults the state over the individual, at least Fidel is honest about what he believes and why. I’d rather deal with an honest communist than a lying Republican – at least one of them is willing to tell you what he really thinks. The other one will argue until he is blue in the face about beliefs and concepts that he either doesn’t understand or doesn’t believe in.

My advice to Mr. Sheen: Don’t quit your day job. Oh, and when you get a minute – read the Constitution and tell me where you find the war on drugs, a military that conducts operations in nearly half of the countries on the planet and the authority to collect and store the private communications and banking transactions of every American, possibly every soul on the planet. You will find those things easily enough in the speeches and votes of our elected Republicans.  I have yet to find any of them in the Constitution. Until you can locate these things in the Constitution, decide if you will be a supporter of the Constitution or a supporter of the Republican Party. You can’t be both.

Pictures From Antigua

My son and I had the opportunity to go to Antigua in January 2015. It was the first trip to Antigua for Sam Junior, but I have been there three or four times in the past. It was beautiful, stunning and relaxing as always. We stayed at the Jolly Beach resort and had the opportunity to take a couple of boat rides. One of these boat rides took us all the way around the island over the course of a day.

 

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Lake Chelan 2014

It is no secret that Lake Chelan in Washington state is one of my favorite places in the world. For those of you not familiar with it, Lake Chelan is a natural lake, not like the reservoirs in Texas that are man-made, in Washington state that is 50 miles long in the mountains of Western Washington. It is one of the clearest, cleanest and deepest lakes in the US, if not the world. I have been privileged to spend a lot of time at the lake. There are many recreational activities that are generally associated with large bodies of water such as boating, to being, water skiing, canoeing, paddle boarding etc. But it is also a very beautiful place to hike. There are many trails that go into the mountains that are excellent places to fish and enjoy the mountains and other lakes as well. One of those lakes is called Domke Lake.  It is a small lake possibly a mile long by about half a mile wide. But it is nestled into a valley in the mountains and so it is exceptionally clear and clean. There is a town at the head of the lake called Stehekin.  It’s a small town boasting a year-round population of approximately 70 people. I’m not sure I would want to spend a summer in Stehekin, but it’s a magnificent place to spend a few days. There are trails, rivers, Rainbow Falls, which is a magnificent 300+ foot waterfall and a hometown bakery with ice cream, fresh pastries and homemade pies.  For a weekend excursion it’s certainly second to none.

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