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Today's Opinions

  • Sharing some of my all time favorite Christmas memories

    Christmas has got to be my favorite time of the year.

    With the aroma of hot apple cider stirring in the winter air, the joy that rings from every child in regards to Christmas vacation, and the holiday music that echoes merrily out of the car speakers, you know it’s here, ready or not.

    Also, with the new additions to my family, this Christmas is going to be one of the best so far.

  • All I Want for Christmas is a Senate Seat

    There is one for sale in Illinois - if the price is right.  From Gov. Rod Blagojevich to Tony Resko to Rev. Jeremiah Wright to Father Michael Pflegor to William Ayers, the Chicago cesspool of politics is very deep.

    One peculiar thing is that Chicagoan President-Elect Obama knows little about them, what they have been saying or what they have been doing.   He, who is said to be one of the most intelligent politicians ever, is completely oblivious to what has been happening in Chicago, or his church for that matter, for the past 20 years.  

    Or, is he?

  • Golf reveals something about a man’s character.

    Golf reveals something about a man’s character.

     In Joe Carson’s case, it showed him to be warm, honest, compassionate, gentle, but with strong convictions -- a man of real integrity and fierce loyalty.

    Joe died last week in much the same way he had lived and played the game: quietly and with dignity, in the recliner beside his fireplace after a long illness that sapped his strength but never his will or his courage or his good humor.

  • The best resolution is none at all

    The first president of the United States George Washington once said, “Undertake not what you can not perform, but be careful to keep your promises.”

    Imagine if you will, the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Everyone cheers, exchanges a kiss or two, and sing verses of the legendary song, “Auld Lang Syne.”

    Everything seems to be going in great harmony. And where there’s great harmony is also a lot of caution throwing to the wind.     

  • Power Shift for Israel

     There’s an old saying in politics- Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line.  This is really instructive given what’s going on now in Israel.

    At the time of this writing, Israel is engaged in a full assault on Gaza.  

    They are bombing enemy targets and planning a ground invasion of 10,000 troops in the coming days. Thousands of soldiers are being called-up for the campaign.  It’s the worst fighting since 1948, when Israel first became a nation.

  • History of the Red State Rural Regulators

    Early in the 18th century a group of farmers in North Carolina established a political identity for themselves that has become the ideology of today’s Red State voters.  They were the Regulators of Orange County.  They would be known today as values voters espousing the political orthodoxy of the rural and suburban middle class.  They fought the corrupt elite as well as the ruffians who were not being properly restrained by the government.  

  • Red Ryders just aren't for movies

    Christmas time is nigh upon us.  

    Kids must be getting pretty excited as the days tick down.  When I was growing up, this time of year put me on pins and needles.  Had I been good enough?  Had I been a little too naughty?

    I love the movie, A Christmas Story, starring Peter Billingsley. First released in 1983, it’s now a true Christmas classic.  Little Ralphie is obsessed with getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.  The movie does a masterful job of reminding one what it is like to be a child once again.

  • Little Jacob

    This past weekend, we welcomed the arrival of my nephew, Jacob Isaiah McCullah.

    He is doing great and my sister is on cloud nine headed for cloud number 100.

    With the arrival of Jacob, we now have four arrivals in our family this year.

    We’ve welcomed a niece, a soon-to-be brother-in-law, a Boston terrier, and a partridge in a pear tree. In fact, I am rather jealous of my little nephew because he’s got more hair on his head than I do.