President Donald Trump certainly surprised the world last week by dropping missiles on a Syrian air base after Bashar al Assad’s chemical weapons attack on a defenseless village – and bombing the hospital where the victims were being treated.
The big event is over. There’s lots of talk about it, of course, with disagreement about the winner, usually divided along partisan lines.
I’m sure my life would be happier and more peaceful without this presidential election, but, I admit, I’m a political junkie right now and just can’t ignore it, or the behavior of our president.
The presidential campaign, no surprise here, is on fire. We’re waiting to see how the other shoe falls for Hillary Clinton, as more government-related, destroyed emails surface from the accounts of people who received them.
I awoke the morning after returning from Europe with a sense of dismay because the hotel where I stayed while in Prague was built on the site where Jews were gathered for transport to the camp called Theresinstadt, to await transfer to death camps.
So, politics can be fun after all. The Republican National Convention has been full of fun, along with some very interesting moments.
Born in Washington, D.C. a blonde white girl, I grew up there in the 1950s. My parents allowed no talk of racism in our home. In kindergarten, I experienced my first crush, on a black classmate, Ricky. No one told me that wasn’t okay. I was allowed to believe that Ricky was a person, just like me.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton shared an Air Force One flight to North Carolina last Tuesday to attend their first joint campaign rally. There was hugging and laughter, as well as a little dance from the shirt-sleeved president, who shared his famous campaign slogan “Fired up and ready to go!”
This year it’s Congress, and by that I mean both the House and the Senate. The presidential race is a mess, with the Republican candidate talking like a bully on the playground, and the Democrat under serious FBI investigation.
It looks like the presidential candidates are buckling down for the general election, and making some changes. Tuesday I heard Hillary Clinton making a measured, anti-Donald Trump speech, without a single shriek. I hear she’s hired a speech coach.
This week has marked the largest mass shooting in American history, the worst terrorist attack on U.S soil since the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
What a crazy time in politics! Our presidential election, just so far, has been unbelievable, from the Republican presumptive nominee’s name calling to the federal investigation into the email use by the Democratic front runner.
Stop torturing me! I mean it. I can’t stand to listen, read or watch you anymore. All you’re looking for is sensation, when I’m looking for news.
It’s coming for me. Another big birthday. In fact, as a cruel friend once told me prior to another birthday, actuarially speaking, I’m already there. This one is the one when I officially become old. I’m pretty sure I’m not ready for that.
We, the people, don’t. Donald Trump’s campaign’s naiveté regarding the workings of the presidential election system, and his surprise that winning the popular vote doesn’t directly give him delegate votes, can serve as a reminder to all of us that our say in the presidential election is quite limited.
How lucky am I, to be married, through my child, into a family that, more than anything, knows how to celebrate. Every holiday, no matter how small, is cause for parties and gifts, which is exactly the way life should be.
It may be over. Yes, we’ll continue to have primaries, but it will be a surprise if Ted Cruz, John Kasich or Bernie Sanders wins their party’s presidential nomination.
It’s happening, and those of us not thrilled might as well get used to it. Donald Trump is winning. He may well win the Republican nomination and run against Hillary Clinton for president.
Within three hours of the announcement of the death of renowned Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, politicians, fight or flight hormones fully engaged, were ready, not to lament his death, or to honor him for his incredible career, but to fire another weapon in their ongoing political battle.
The Iowa caucuses are over, the results interesting. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who mounted an impeccable and perfectly Iowan campaign, won. He appeals to many evangelicals, and this is their heartland. Iowa was his turf, and he did everything right.
2016 has begun in a crazy and difficult way for me. Family members and friends have been sick and in need of help, and politics in my own community turned into a raging maelstrom.
For me, the onset of the Christmas season brings annoyance and anger. I’ll be so busy. All this gift giving and partying, public events and lights, and hours of tree decorating interfere with my plans, not to mention all the things I usually do, which I want to do more than ever now that there’s no time for them.
Watching television the other night I saw Joe the Plumber, fat body decked out in camouflage gear, reaching for his Prilosec. The ad implied that little pill will keep his stomach happy, and heartburn at bay, no matter what he eats.
What a tragedy, Paris under attack. More innocent people killed, and a clear display of the reach of ISIL.
A dreadful form of “news,” these twisted, context-free headlines and posts, are major obstacles to political dialogue. Can you believe it?
You’ve heard of the T shirt. The alternative is “Plays Well with Others.” I’m sorry to say, fellow conservatives, many of you are going to have to wear “Running with Scissors,” and, on your heads, a dunce cap.
After we finish spitting expletives through our teeth and banging our heads in frustration against the nearest wall, we try to figure out what’s the matter with Congress.
We’ve had quite a ride, haven’t we, Donald? Helicopters, private jets, and adulation everywhere we go. People suck up to us, as well they should, and, because I’m with you, I’m part of it.
Gun control is a hot topic on the national scene right now. Sometimes the media reports it as a solution to crime. At other times the flag the shooter is holding or the uniform he’s wearing is the problem.
We’ve heard plenty about Donald Trump, more than plenty. Most television commentators, definitely including conservatives, wrinkle up their noses and talk about the “post Trump” choices.
The funniest story of the day is that Donald Trump is leading in the Republican primary race. It is also the “unfunniest.” It’s difficult to imagine people really electing such an outrageous narcissist, not to mention electing Hillary Clinton, that beacon of transparency and honor.
On August 18, the Frederick County Council will vote on whether to repeal the law proclaiming Frederick County, Maryland’s official language as English.
It’s been vacation time for me, if you consider putting on a family reunion for 45 people and a dinner for 20, in a place where you don’t live, a vacation. I’ve been on slow speed ever since.
Our society is definitely changing. This is being written on a laptop in a parking lot in Front Royal, Virginia. You remember those, right? They’re obsolete now. I should be using an iPad. I am finding my way by using the GPS on my phone. Still, I am way behind the up to date world.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death on May 15 for his part in the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago. The sentence was imposed under federal guidelines, as Massachusetts forbids this punishment.
Things have definitely improved in the lives of black Americans, and for other persons of color. We have a black president, and many black senior government officials. More and more professionals show up in color. Almost every gubernatorial ticket in the last election in Maryland included a person of color.
We are reeling from Monday’s riot in Baltimore. The people rioting are not animals, and mostly not even thugs, although those from outside, including whoever sent high school students the “Purge” message, along with riot instigators, arsonists and looters, are despicable.
I don’t know how she does it, but Hillary Clinton has done it again. There she is, in her announcement video. (Just take a look, if you haven’t seen it. It’s about the only thing on her website – no actual policy suggestions.)
Sipping coffee with one hand, pulling on your sock with the other, you prepare to go forth and meet your day. It happens over and over, this morning ritual.
Blaine Young suggested “working together to get things done in his recent letter to The Frederick News Post. He had other things to say as well, including that bit suggesting his promise to run only once was the cause of his election loss. How silly was that?
Most of you probably don’t remember the old Peter, Paul and Mary singing group, let alone the song with the lines, “When will they ever learn…?” That’s what one must – unfortunately – ask today about some members of the Republican Party.
Politics can be so annoying, especially when politicians in leadership positions behave unethically, or outrageously. Allowing oneself to become angry about it, though, can limit the possibility of a thoughtful response.
How stunning and horrifying was the most recent ISIL crime, the murder of Moath al-Hasasbeh, young Muslim father, Jordanian military pilot and son of one of Jordan’s most important tribes.
The term “beneficence” is used in ethics, and relates to benefit, or beneficial actions. It reflects a concern for the wellbeing of others, whether research subjects, the sick, constituents, or fellow citizens.
Last Sunday on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd interviewed Gerard Biard, new editor of Charlie Hebdo. Condolences were expressed, and concern for the living staff, those still hospitalized, and those wondering why they escaped injury and what they can do for their colleagues.
Though it comes every year, the New Year’s beginning always provides a unique opportunity. One can pause, takes a quick look back, and then take that big step forward.
A lot of people are very angry with Jonathan Gruber these days. He is the MIT professor who wrote the Massachusetts health care law, and earned $393,000 consulting with the White House on the writing of the Affordable Care Act, under President Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama, having waited until after the election, has announced that he will do what he can, using executive order, to create immigration reform. Republicans responded by suggesting that he is violating the Constitution, trying to look good, attempting to create a legacy, trying to pick a fight, etc.
The midterms are over, except for a runoff, and a wait for absentee ballots here and there. The Republicans won. That’s it, both the good and the bad.
What really bothers me about politics is politics. It’s a game, like football, and the objective is to win. It has nothing to do with the people, community needs, the state of the world, the environment, or anything that really matters (except the well-being of the winner and his friends).
It wasn’t going anywhere but Africa. Authorities were trying to keep everyone calm, of course, so we wouldn’t all run to the hospital.
The other day, a good friend of mine posted two photos on Facebook. The first was of the Klu Klux Klan, the second of ISIL fighters. His comment was that no one equates the Klan with Christianity. Why, then, equate ISIL with Islam?
Today is September 11, 2014. I hope and pray that this anniversary won’t be marked with another act of terrorism, another anniversary assault such as the one September 11 and 12, 2012, on the U. S. Embassy Compound in Benghazi, Libya.
I’m with fellow TheTentacle.com columnist Harry Covert. I’ve joined his self-imposed summer election hiatus without even knowing it. My signs aren’t back up yet, not until the end of Labor Day. We definitely needed a break.
What a summer! In the past few weeks alone in our region, an 8-year-old and two 3-year-old children have been murdered by random gun shots, some while standing on the street, others sleeping in their beds.
As you might have noticed, from reading past columns, the subject of immigration and the immigration battles ongoing in our country for decades, at lease, hold strong interest for me.
Immigration, a solvable problem, already extensively studied, with clear, sensible recommendations already written, continues endlessly unresolved, as our present leaders dance around it, political gain remaining foremost in their little minds.
United States school systems are beginning to ban birthday cupcakes from schools, one end result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s strong support of guidelines regarding nutrition in school. Really? Children may no longer bring cupcakes to school on their birthdays?
People call it that sometimes, due to excessive taxes and regulations. It is not a republic, of course, but a state; and, although we sometimes forget this, it actually belongs to the people, if we so choose. We outnumber our leaders and are free to decide who runs things.
A couple of months ago I attended a walking demonstration from Market Street’s Asiana Restaurant to City Hall protesting Frederick City’s inaction on the property, condemned for years. Yes, that’s years.
Along with freedom of religion, the freedom to pursue happiness, life, and liberty, freedom of speech is a fundamental human right in America. It appears, however, that this right has been usurped by the requirement for political correctness in American life.
Banner faces $40K Cleanup” read The Frederick News-Post headline on Wednesday. Sometime between the end of the Willy Wonka play on Saturday night, and 10:30 on Sunday morning, someone blasted the interior of two school buildings with chemicals from the fire extinguishers.
I recently attended to a gripping presentation on “Common Core,” the new, nearly nation-wide system of educational standards being implemented across America. Common Core was decried by the presenter as a federal takeover of the education system, as well as a dumbing-down of American education, not to mention unconstitutional.
It’s spring again. Some said they couldn’t imagine it ever coming this year after the incredible amount of cold and snow we’ve had. It made us believers in old stories about riding to school in horse-drawn sleighs. In many recent winters, we haven’t even needed snow tires.
As the March 31 healthcare sign up deadline for this year approaches, our president and his minions are out there in a last minute push to get one million more people to sign up for Obamacare. The original goal was seven million signups, but now we only need six million.
In more simple English, this headline means catastrophic climate change caused by human activity. Charles Krauthammer, writing in last Saturday’s Frederick News-Post, almost stole my thunder on this subject, except for one thing. In an otherwise excellent column, he said he doesn’t believe in climate change.
Just a few years ago in a town called Frederick lived a man with an amazing dog. This dog was an English pointer, white with black spots, always assumed to be a Dalmatian, because of his disguise.
Two months ago my granddaughter, Rory Murphy McClain, fell off of a running horse. I didn’t see the fall, as the horse was between us, but I heard the thump as she hit the soft, sawdust covered ring floor.
Imagine my surprise to learn that the adult son of a friend was frisked in downtown Frederick on Saturday night – in order to enter a bar.
On December 23 I received a message from a good friend, an educated (graduate degrees), Christian Egyptian, mid-30s in age, who is very upset about current U.S. policy toward Egypt. It, with some grammatical corrections due to the Arabic first language of the author, deserves to be read by TheTentacle.com readers.
It’s a sad day when the President of the United States of America wins the “Lie of the Year Award.” It’s hard to think of anyone who deserves it more this year than President Barack Obama.
The lights are up again, tons of them, already. As new owners in Frederick City take the place of those who have moved on, sometimes to Heaven, the lights and decorations change, a small reminder that life goes on, and that Frederick’s historic homes continue to thrive under the stewardship of successive generations.
So many decry the attempt of some conservatives to impose their religious and social beliefs on the rest of Americans. How could they?
Well, Frederick City elections are over. Congratulations to Randy McClement, and to all the winners, with the possible exception of Phil Dacey.
City elections are upon us. It’s time to vote with a capital V. Otherwise, you’re part of the problem; and, whatever you may think about your puny vote’s impact on the future of your puny town, not voting will definitely have an impact.
Yes, we’re sick of hearing about funding or not funding the government, and raising or not raising the debt ceiling, not to mention some of the most inflammatory rhetoric we’ve heard in a long time, almost unbelievably rude and hostile statements among members of the same government.
Summer is gone, in a flash. As I clean the garden for winter, cutting down plants I hardly remember enjoying, much of autumn activity has already passed, in spite of summer officially ending only a few days ago.
It was a sad day when Vladimir Putin felt comfortable calling U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar one day before President Barack Obama arrived in Russia for the G-20 Summit. An even sadder day occurred when Putin thought it would be okay to criticize the concept of American exceptionalism in The New York Times.
My birthday will never be the same again. From now on I will see my cousin Lance, his hand trembling ever so slightly, saluting the casket of his grandfather.
Political correctness is well intentioned, but, like labor unions, may now be causing more harm than good in our society.
The dust appears to be settling on the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case. Some black American leaders chose it to help foster the cause of racial justice in this country.
This Fourth of July, “during a period when federal employees are scheduled to be furloughed….,” Camp Lejune and Fort Bragg, along with other American military bases, are cancelling the fireworks portion of their annual celebrations. They can’t afford to buy the fireworks.
President Barack Obama has agreed reluctantly to fulfill his pledge to provide support for Syrian rebels, in response to proof that Bashar Assad’s government has used chemical weapons. It has been a two-year rebellion, now a two-year civil war.
If you didn’t know the answer, it’s politicians, that’s what! This week, I joined in a sharp exchange of words with my Texas cousin who leans so far to the left that I worry about his ear touching the ground.
If you were a fan, you might feel kind of sorry for President Barack Obama right now, with all that he is facing. I don’t.
The Republican faithful gathered Tuesday night for its annual Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner honoring both its namesakes and local members who excelled in promoting the party in the county. Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton was the featured speaker.
The people of the United States have been through a lot in the last year. Our most innocent, along with just ordinary people out having fun or even praying, have been attacked and murdered more than once.
As he out liberals the liberals, Gov. Martin O’Malley has earned his way to stardom in the Democratic Party. When I first saw him on national television on a talk show, I, a reasonable conservative, said, in a high pitched voice, “Who is he sleeping with, to be chosen as a national spokesman?”
“Nice pillow pet,” said the man behind the information desk at Baltimore’s Penn Station. Indeed, it was a nice one – a medium, tie-dyed, very soft bear.
It’s talked about so frequently, in relation to everything from children growing up, to organizing your closets.
It’s time to talk about Egypt. Of all Middle Eastern countries attempting to overthrow their despotic rulers, Egypt is the most modern, vital, educated and sophisticated society.
A recent Parade magazine poll, taken just before the presidential election, asked 1,000 people what they wanted from the next president. The answers were to create more jobs, improve the economy, balance the budget, be honest and truthful, and improve healthcare.
Do you think your vote counts? Well, it doesn’t, certainly not in the presidential election, and far less that you might wish in more local elections. The weight of your personal vote is decided by partisan politicians, both Republican and Democrat. Worse yet, most people are completely unaware of this.
Smoking is not good. Everyone knows that. In recent compiled data reports from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, covering the years 2000 to 2004, an estimated 443,000 annual premature deaths can be attributed to smoking cigarettes alone….
As the “Ball” dropped over Times Square Monday night, the evening’s host, Ryan Seacrest, stood surrounded by a group of zombies, or something: an Asian guy wearing white fur, a person white from top of head to tip of toe who was not an albino, and someone with shaved sideburns and hair sticking on the top of his head, to mention a few.
Most American adults would give their lives to save the life of a small child. That someone would shoot 20 of them and their loving, caring teachers, is almost unthinkable.
One of my closest friends just moved out of Maryland. Actually, he didn’t move. He just changed his residence by extending his stay in his second home to six months and one day each year. That’s the official requirement to end his residency in Maryland.
Even before the recent election, the Republican Party was in need of reform. Out of touch with the reality of even the conservative American population, the party had come to be seen as the home of successful white men and their families, and an unfair supporter of big business.
It’s that time again. Thanksgiving and the holiday season have arrived again – already. It seems to me that it has been a rough year.
The election is over, $2 billion have been spent, and we have ended with essentially the same government we already had. Although the Electoral College voted heavily in favor of the president, the popular vote was very close. About 50 percent voted for Barack Obama and 48 percent for Mitt Romney.
In a little less than two weeks, the presidential election will be over. We wait with both trepidation and anticipated relief.
Poor guy. Can you imagine being on welfare for decades when you are fully capable of caring for yourself, and even earning a decent living? Even worse, can you imagine having people suggest you need welfare when you are fully self supporting?
How exhausting is politics? How one longs for beer or soda commercials in this time of constant, often misleading, political sound bites.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the eleventh anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings, brought another attack against the United States, with the murder of Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the eleventh anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings, brought another attack against the United States, with the murder of Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans.
This past week, two controversial movies entered the Frederick consciousness, both of which were well attended.
One stupid remark…one stupid remark, and now Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is to be drawn and quartered by both the left and the right. What cowardice indeed!
My original column for this week started with, “My head is hurting.” The subject, and what was causing the headache, was the lies, misleading sound bites and vituperative remarks that have, until now, characterized the current political campaign for president.
Everywhere I go, I become involved in conversation about the Summer Olympics, presently underway in London.
My brain, my best tee shirts and the lamp shade to my most beautiful lamp are lost, and lost again. I miss my brain the most.
I don’t fully understand President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform act, although, as a working nurse, I do understand a lot. While our president rejoices that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the requirement of individuals to purchase health insurance, he should be tossing and turning at night over the meltdown that will soon be coming if this bill governs our health care system.
Responsibility is the core issue between the true right and the true left. Shall the person who works very hard to create a home for his two children, and to raise them with all the benefits he can provide, be required to support the 26-year-old welfare mother of eight…
Republicans are obstructionists. Just ask the media if you don’t believe this. They want to impose their moral values on others.
How unfortunate that the issue of gay marriage has come to the forefront of the presidential campaign. The media continues on its too frequent path, distorting this story as it has so many others.
Barack Obama, our president, half-black, half-Caucasian, with a half-Asian half-sister, is running for re-election. His apparently well funded campaign includes many websites and support groups.