Clear Thinker

Apr 222011
 
Suggested US State Dept Questionnaire for All Presidential Candidates

There is, ahem, a bit of controversy about our present President and the legitimacy of his claim for American citizenship.  Apparently all he has had to do is show a ‘short form’ certificate of life birth, unsigned by any attending doctors or hospital officials, and that is all. Some people think that it should be necessary to show more evidence to prove one’s eligibility for the supreme office in the country, and with it, the […]

Apr 092011
 
Easter Eggs?  Or Spring Spheres?

Why is it that liberals attempt to expunge all reference to Christianity from Christmas, while simultaneously welcoming and respectfully honoring all sorts of other festivals that are new to this country, such as Ramadan, Diwali and the made up nonsense known as Kwanza? Not content with changing Christmas to ‘the holiday season’, they are now focused on making Easter a secular holiday too.  You might wonder what is left when you remove references to Christianity […]

Mar 292011
 
The Simple Problem with our Economy

I’m having a tough time at present.  Like many of us, particularly self employed, I’m not making as much money as I used to.  So, guess what – I’m cutting back on my expenditures.  More meals at home; and cheaper meals when I still eat out.  I don’t buy as many movies as I used to.  I’ve cut back on my shooting.  And so on. Chances are, you’re feeling some of the same pressures I […]

Mar 262011
 
The Enemy of My Friend is My ????

There’s a huge amount to dislike about the actions we are taking in Libya at present.  It is so extraordinarily inconsistent – why are we ignoring all the other nasty dictators around the world, and all the other popular uprisings, and instead deciding to take on Gaddafi in Libya? You might say, cynically, that it is all about the oil, but I’m not even sure that oil is a large part of this equation – […]

Mar 132011
 
It is Official - the Police are getting Stupider (per Justice Dept mandate)

Your city’s finest?  Apparently not quite so fine these days, at least not if the Justice Department has its way. The Department of Justice – increasingly a source of political correctness, and sadly less frequently a source of justice – has decided that the solution to ‘too few’ black people being in certain police departments is to lower the entrance exam standards.  Presumably if it is easier to pass the police entrance exam, more black […]

Mar 092011
 
Sting or Entrapment?  Mission Creep or Commendable?

Sting or Entrapment?  Mission Creep or Commendable? Don’t get me wrong.  I detest creeps who prey on young children as much as anyone else, and feel society’s needs would be well served by lining them up against the wall and shooting them, whether it be in the balls or in the head. But. We have to be very careful to be just as ethical and fastidiously honorable in law enforcement actions to apprehend pedophiles as […]

Mar 072011
 
US Legal Tender - ie Cash - Not Accepted Without ID on FL Turnpike

I don’t know when you last drove on one of the toll roads operated by the Florida Turnpike Authority, but believe you me, it can be an expensive experience.  What do they do – pave the roads with gold? Anyway, so there you are, pulling up to the ticket collector’s box, and you’re due to pay maybe a $7 or greater toll.  The good news is that the Florida Turnpike website says Customers can pay […]

Mar 072011
 
Don’t You Have to Pass an English Test to Become a Citizen?

Answer me this, if you can. First, only citizens can vote, right?   Okay, so that’s a no-brainer question.  We all know the answer to that.  You have to be a citizen to vote. Second, foreign immigrants have to pass an English language test to become a citizen, don’t they? Yes, they do.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Here’s the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website that states, under eligibility requirements (to become […]

Feb 282011
 
Baa, Baa, Rainbow Sheep - A More Politically Correct Nursery Rhyme

You might remember the nursery rhyme Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, Three bags full. One for the master, One for the dame, And one for the little boy Who lives down the lane. An innocent enough ditty, and one I’d always thought to be related to the fact that black sheep are rare and so have a more valuable wool than normal white sheep – or at least […]