Hear me out by by Charles Hear http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/ en-us Round Two http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/63741 __12:15 a.m. Sept. 17__ The second Republican Presidential Primary debate is over. My first thought is that the Democratic hierarchy has made a poor decision in trying to shield their chosen candidate rather than let the voters hear from their candidates then decide. Listening to the Republicans debate is great entertainment and draws substantial attention to their candidates. The Democrats are left in the shadows. Their strategy could result in conservative Democrats and the "all... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:41:34 -0400 The First Debate Is Over http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/63325   There is no doubt that Carley Fiorina made the best showing in the Republican primary debate undercard. There is a good chance that her pole numbers will go up and she will make the next main event. Now the question is, which of the people in the top tier will drop off. I have no idea. My crystal ball is on the fritz. (Gosh, I hope that isn't a politically incorrect phrase!) Which brings us to what is obviously the most important question in 2015. Can you be politically incorrect... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 22:17:42 -0400 Puppy Tales - Outnumbered Again http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/63227 Some would call us "empty nesters." However, our home is anything but an empty nest. My wife and I have our "fuzzy children." Two years ago, our yellow labrador retriever, Rocky, died from cancer. We have never suffered the loss of a real child. Losing Rocky, like Rebel before, was really hard. We still tear up a bit when we talk about him. Since then, it has been us and the "guard beagles," Maggy and Sherman. I love beagles. They give all of the love and affection of any other dog, eat... Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:58:48 -0400 Let the Games Begin http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/63226 We are on the eve of one of what may be shaping up to the biggest gladiatorial event since the Colosseum in Rome. If you have seen the movie "Gladiator," think to the scene when Russell Crowe and his co-stars walk onto the sands of the Colosseum for the first time. Now think of the sixteen (more or less) Republican presidential candidates heading to the stage for the first set of debates. I can almost hear "We who area about to die salute you!" Yes, the first round is a "set" of debates... Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:56:57 -0400 Donald Trump http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/63051 Let me first state that among the sixteen announced Republican candidates for President [number subject to change between date of writing and publication] I have no favorite. Unlike the Democratic primary, I haven't the foggiest clue who will win. I can only say that I just don't believe that Americans are willing to create a dynasty by electing a third Bush. Among the herd of candidates, the only one getting any coverage at the moment is Donald Trump. It has been said that he "sucks all of... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:36:41 -0400 Environmental Pope - Church and Science http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/62892  The last time that the Catholic Church took a definitive stand on matters of science, it nearly excommunicated Galileo for observing spots on the sun, moons orbiting Jupiter, "ears" around Saturn, and for agreeing with Copernicus that the Earth orbited the Sun. Since the mid-1200's, following the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, it was the belief of the Church that since God is perfect, his creation is perfect. Corruption and imperfection existed only on the Earth as a result of the... Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:59:33 -0400 Martin O'Malley 2016 http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/62709   This year's presidential race reminds me of an amalgam of 1975-1976 and 1979-1980. The Democratic Primary of 1976 had 16 Democratic candidates for President. Among them were some really big names: Jerry Brown, George Wallace, Mo Udall, Henry "Scoop" Jackson and Frank Church. John Glenn, Hubert Humphrey and Ted Kennedy officially declined to run. It was an "unknown" peanut farmer turned governor from Georgia, Jimmy Carter, who won the primary and became President of the United... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:58:56 -0400 Visiting Our Nation's Capital http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/62622 From time to time, I am compelled to take a vacation. Give me a long weekend any time, but I am not a big fan of vacation. Every day I am gone I get three days behind in work. Vacations cost a lot of money. Inevitably something bad happens with a client while I am gone and I can't do anything about it until I get back. I have been to Washington D.C. four times previously. It is a lot of walking and I will be having knee replacement surgery in the near future. Moreover, once you have seen the... Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:14:20 -0400 Hey Y'all, Watch This! http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/62455 Dateline: Twin Falls, Idaho. Authorities say BASE jumper James E. Hickey died after jumping from a southern Idaho bridge. As part of the stunt, he set his parachute on fire as he jumped from the bridge. What are the odds that before he jumped he yelled, "Hey y'all, watch this!"? According to "officials" cited in the story, Hickey had planned to jettison the flaming parachute and deploy a second chute in the stunt. Professional BASE jumper Sean Chuma told the Twin Falls newspaper "The... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:26:41 -0400 What's Wrong With America http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/62428 Since they are all human beings, police officers aren't perfect. Nevertheless, they are turning out to be better than early news reports would suggest. Still, people are looking for reasons to riot and loot. Why? But rioting is just one symptom of a pervasive and virulent cultural disease at large in western culture. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that we have incrementally and systematically destroyed the three pillars upon which any culture great stands. Although the... Wed, 20 May 2015 14:02:09 -0400 Je Suis Charlie http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/62345 I must be getting old. My memory must be failing. I could have sworn that only five months ago that we were all Charlie. At least everyone in the broadcast and print media were. Surely you haven't forgotten. On Jan. 7, 2015 Islamic gunmen went into the publishing house for the satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" and murdered several of the writers and editor. The gunmen escaped and went to a Jewish deli to murder more people. Following the mass murder, I thought that all of us who supported... Wed, 13 May 2015 11:58:29 -0400 A Writing Sabbatical http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/62261 From time to time, my friend David Lewis and I get together and talk. Inevitably, a small portion of our conversation will turn to writing blogs for the Times. Inevitably (for about the past five years) David will say that he doesn't think he has anything else to say. As it would turn out, that is what happened to me first. When you take it upon yourself to comment upon the news, there should be a never ending fount of material to write about. But things have gotten so crazy, it is difficult... Tue, 05 May 2015 16:03:52 -0400 I like cops http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/60885 As most of you know, I am a defense attorney. That makes me and law enforcement professional adversaries. Interestingly, the officers who have challenged me the most I like the best. I think that this "Get the Cops" activity among the professionally offended to be outrageous. Those who think that they are trying to illuminate an issue are simply wrong. Rather, for reasons unknown to me, the national media have shown the spotlight on a couple incidents involving a couple officers and a couple... Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:36:46 -0500 Ferguson http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/60547 I recently read a news article that the church that Michael Brown Sr. belonged to was burned down during the rioting. That the church was not anywhere near the neighborhoods where the protesters, looting and other fires were located. It was most likely burned by vandals. In a word, "Haters." While one innocent victim of the riots, a bakery owner, has received over $200,000 in donations to rebuild her business, according to the article, the pastor has received only $2,000. This morning I... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:11:33 -0500 Recipe for Unrest http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/60411 The numbers of recipes for unrest are limitless and no recipe is the cause for all unrest. Nevertheless, systemic problems tend to create systemic unrest. Prior to the introduction of modern abortion, of all births, approximately 51 percent are male and 49 percent are female. This seems to work out well as teenage boys are much more likely than girls to say, "Hey y'all! Watch this!" Suppose that you were the father of a girl. To whom would you have her marry? The goofy neighbor kid? The... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:35:42 -0500 Hero Worship http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/60339 Yesterday I heard someone read an editorial about how wrong it is to refer to our soldiers "generically" as heroes. That it is a pernicious form or hero worship. That to do so diminishes the meaning of the word hero. Moreover, we haven't fought a just war in some 70 years. I have taken some time to think about this and I have to register my disagreement. I think I know what it means to be a hero, but I decided to go to two dictionaries. The Internet allowed me to copy and paste the... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:01:49 -0500 Lessons From the Farm http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/60105 When a friend of mine was a young man on a farm, one of his jobs was to kill the mice that inevitably set up house keeping near the corn crib. This frequently meant doing dusk patrols with a .22 caliber rifle. On one occasion, he located a borough in the ground that seemed to be a hub of mouse activity. He poured a gallon of gasoline into the borough, tossed a lit match and shouldered his rifle. FOOOFFFHHH! The ground trembled and a bit of flame and smoke came up from numerous unseen holes... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:33:52 -0400 Don't Panic! http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/59919 That's not only on the cover of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it is also the phrase of the day for the Nice Government Men. Some guy, who coincidentally is a Muslim, hacks the head off of a female co-worker after being fired for the disruption caused by his attempts to persuade his co-workers that it is right to stone to death women who commit adultery. Don't panic! It is not terrorism. How do we know it is not terrorism? The Nice Government Men said so. In the same week, some other... Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:23:35 -0400 Patriot's Day http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/59630 That is the official name for September 11. It is a bit less direct than Pearl Harbor Day, but different ways for different times. What is so special about the date September 11? In 1683, Islamic armies from the Ottoman Califate had conquered all of South-Eastern Europe: Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and much of what was then Russia and more recently the Soviet Empire. The Islamic armies were harassing Poland and Lithuania in North-Eastern Europe and Vienna, the capital of Austria was... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:23:46 -0400 ISIS Made a Mistake http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1487/entry/59456 This week ISIS made what could be a significant mistake. They conducted a state sanctioned beheading of an American photo journalist using an executioner who spoke fluent English. Expect the other journalist hostages to be executed soon. Western media, American media in particular, have been afraid of broadcasting anything negative related to Islam. But ISIS is a religious movement. It is a populist movement. ISIS has, in the name of God, committed wholesale slaughter of women and children for... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:50:19 -0400