Blood brother finally found after long search

People might have noticed in the last week or so a decrease in the number of posts to this site.

Cindy and Mark Hill accepting their winnings. Web photo by Dave Kaup.

Cindy and Mark Hill accepting their winnings. Web photo by Dave Kaup.

Sorry about that, but there’s a good reason: I’ve been researching my ancestry and have come up with some disturbing results.

Growing up in Olathe, I’ve long had the feeling that there was something lacking in my life, something that I did not know about my lineage and this family void was creating a deep, dark hole within my soul. There were times when I tried talking to my parents about this emptiness I felt; I tried asking them questions but never were there any answers. Continue reading

Brownback says Kansas will not secede

As of mid-day Wednesday, Nov. 14, around 6,800 people, presumably who were all Kansans, had signed a petition wanting Kansas to secede from the Union and form it’s own country. Similar petitions have been circulating in every state since President Obama won re-election last week.

Fact is, these kinds of petitions are bogus at best, a feeble symbolic sour grapes protest by mostly far-right, ultra-conservatives who can’t accept that America voted to give Obama a second term.

Well, even their right-wing, ultra-conservative Gov. Sam Brownback said today that Kansas is not attempting to and will not secede from the Union.

Level-headed Kansans already knew that and if the 6,800 people who signed the petition, especially for those who actually do live in Kansas, can’t accept that, then, well, I’m thinking the next best thing for them to do is to move, maybe pool their money and buy an isolated island somewhere to start their own country.

Pelosi: A Democratic albatross

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Calif.,  is to the Democrats what Todd Akin, Mo., is to the Republicans: An albatross!

And today, she announced that she would remain an albatross, er, leader of the Democratic Party in Congress, a position she has held the past 10 years.

First elected to Congress in 1987, Pelosi, 72, became House Minority whip in 2002, became Minority Leader in 2003 and then became the first woman Speaker of the House in 2007 when Democrats took control of the House the last two years of the Bush administration and the first two years of the Obama administration. She served in that position until 2011 when she was again elected the Democratic Leader as Minority Leader after Republicans took control of the House. Continue reading

Political views, free speech and lifetime friendships

I have always believed in the Constitution with its Bill of Rights and have marveled at the forethought and vision Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers had in creating and approving this fascinating document, which has guided the nation, its leaders, and its people these past 237 years.

Talk about withstanding the test of time!

Sadly, the same sometimes can’t be said about the bonds of friendship. Continue reading

Stop the gridlock; working together will benefit the country

The long, hard-fought, ugly presidential election finally has come to an end. Barack Obama won a second term; Democrats remain in control of the Senate after even adding some seats; and the House remains firmly in the grip of Republicans.

While confetti fluttered throughout the Democratic celebration in Chicago Tuesday night, the party atmosphere should be short-lived. There should be no dancing in the streets today. The president narrowly won the popular vote, 50 to 48 percent, meaning his victory is not a mandate but rather is a result of a better campaign strategy than challenger Mitt Romney‘s in the crucial Electoral College battleground states, which Obama nearly swept. Continue reading

Want real change? Then change Congress

It will be better for the country if President Obama is re-elected for a second term.

That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the best man for the job, but historically, good pieces of legislation typically are accomplished in the second term of a two-term president that benefit the country as a whole no matter whether the president is a Republican or Democrat.

That’s because Congress and the Senate are the two chambers that wield the power and in the first term of virtually every modern presidency, partisanship gridlock prevails. The party not represented in the White House locks arms and does everything possible to block legislation to make the president look bad and be vulnerable in the next presidential election.

But in the second term, the pressure to stifle what is then a lame-duck president is not as great and that leads to better legislation, increased compromise between the parties, and beneficial action for the Middle Class so that elected officials can go back to their constituents with a list of accomplishments to justify their bid for the mid-term re-election cycle. Continue reading

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