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Writers Block

Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 8:52 AM

They say write what you know. At the moment it's writers block. There is nothing that moves me at the moment in my stockpile of unsubmitted columns and there isn't much in the news to offer meaningful commentary. For example:

The number one news item is the oil spill in the gulf. Most oil rigs never have any notable problems. Eventually, one had to have a major problem. Deepwater Horizon did. The government has severely restricted drilling within 75 miles of shore to minimize the risk of oil from a disaster washing up on shore. Forcing drilling in deep water means disasters are much more difficult to fix and more oil is dumped into the sea. Which is better?

The President hasn't done anything about the oil spill. He didn't even talk about it for weeks. The past president would have been crucified for that. But what can he do? What can any president do about it other than flap their gums? Do we really expect a president to grab a huge crescent wrench and jump in?

Congress can't allow any major news event to happen without manufacturing a way to get in front of the cameras. They have now set up eight separate investigatory commissions to look into the disaster. That will give them months of TV coverage as they yell at people who probably had nothing to do with it while trying to convince us that they are doing something important. Again, no news here.

The family of the newly crowned Miss USA are extensively involved in the terrorist organization Hezbollah, including family members who are high in the leadership. That definitely raises the eyebrows. However, as near as I can tell, it's not the young lady's fault. Is it fair to criticize either her or the judges for her family?

A rocker recently overdosed on Viagra. How do you write about that?

The U.S. just concluded high-level talks with China. At the talks, we repeatedly apologized to the Chinese for OUR human rights violations. Considering the fact that our government has been apologizing to everyone else about everything else, where is the story in that?

Arizona is being boycotted by Los Angeles. Go figure. Arizona is being sued by the ACLU. Big surprise. Illegal aliens are protesting the Arizona law and there are no Immigration officials any where to be found. Nothing new there, either.

The newest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court is young with little in writing for the Senate to trap her with. That's standard. She may be a lesbian. There is a better than fair chance that two other members of the Court are gay. She's Catholic, but so are all of the other justices who are not Jewish. She's liberal. I'm shocked!

What else is out there?

Sarah Palin has continued to give energy packed speeches "throwing red meat" to her fans. TV and radio have been covering the speeches. The TV still has a blatantly liberal bias. The Radio is still overwhelming conservative. Television is picking on radio and radio is ridiculing TV. Yawn.

An old Chinese curse is "may you live in interesting times." Interesting times are unpredictable and often scary. There hasn't been all that much interesting lately. Perhaps I'll just count my blessings.

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Charles, as I watch the news I find it extremely odd that Attorney General Holder, the Homeland Security Secretary, and many others in the administration openly admit they haven't read the Arizona Immigration law, but yet they choose to say it's un-constitutional. They make themselves look foolish.

As for our president's America Apologizes tour, As I see it (my opinion only) we are THE greatest country in the world. Nowhere else do citizens enjoy the rights and privileges that we enjoy here. America really has nothing to apologize for. China really has the nerve to accuse us of human rights violations?

I would ask that all voters demand term limits for all political offices, from the local level all the way to the capital building. If it's the law for governors and our president, why not the lawmakers? I don't believe that the founders of this great country ever intended for career politicians.

Charles, thank you for your well written posts. I know that people may not always agree with what articles are published, and posts can sometimes become heated debates I still enjoy reading them.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Tue, May 18, 2010, at 10:57 AM

Dear Localguy1972

Thank you for your feedback and encouragement. I think that the "blah" in the weather has become contagious.

You may have guessed that I enjoy sparring with the people who comment. It stimulates thought and perhaps we all benefit from the exercise.

It is remarkable that our Attorney General has obviously spent more time reading reports and analyses of the Arizona law, but couldn't take the 30 or so minutes to read it. But what do you expect from Washington where perception, image, and being on the right side of an issue is more important than facts?

I do feel very strongly about term limits. I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court struck down the States laws that limited the terms of their delegates to Washington. I believe that there is no shortage of qualified and capable people for elective office. Often potential candidates are dissuaded or prevented from challenging the incumbent during a primary. Over time there develops a "political class" which I believe to be unhealthy.

Que sera sera.

-- Posted by Charles Hear on Tue, May 18, 2010, at 11:57 AM

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