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DeVos--A Long Awaited Pivot in U.S. Education

For those of us who believe that there is no more significant factor in the peace and prosperity of the U.S. than the success of its educational system, the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education comes as both a respite from the past and a promise for the future.

It is hardly necessary to chroncle the deterioration of the U.S. educational system in recent years, from K-12 to the halls of Ivy. Even with ESL schools, propaganda has largely replaced basic learning. On my…


Added by Gordon Osmond on February 8, 2017 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

A Rational Approach to Abortion

Rational Approach to Abortion

Perhaps we can start by agreeing that sex is fun and that abortion and childbirth are anything but.

Somehow this simple truth has been caught up in some very serious discussions about a woman’s right to choose.

My friend of longest standing in New York responded to my query of how Jews could support Obama’s obviously limp defense of Israel by asking how I could support a candidate who presumed to tell her what to do…


Added by Gordon Osmond on February 6, 2017 at 3:45am — 2 Comments

Women's March 2017

Women’s March 2017

Kudos and admiration for the millions of mostly women who took to the streets in cities throughout the world to celebrate the rights of women to equality under the law. Their cause is just, and their peaceful means of expressing it most admirable.

My observations about the march, which may not be known to many of its participants, are:

One of the principal organizers of the event is one Linda Sarsour, a proponent of Sharia law. Now hold…


Added by Gordon Osmond on January 22, 2017 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

Hail to the Chief

Hail to the Chief!

What explains how a successful businessman with no prior political experience and with no mercenary motive is now being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States?

Add to the question that Donald Trump has withstood from every conceivable source attacks from the silly to the scurrilous, from the childish to the churlish. Fortunately, due to the magic of videotape, Trump can relish forever the sneering and laughing…


Added by Gordon Osmond on January 20, 2017 at 1:27am — 3 Comments

Obama in the Mirror

Obama in the Mirror

The Obamas must surely be forgiven their emotions as they pack up to leave the White House after eight years of living there.

But Barack Obama is not prepared to go quietly into that sweet night.

Aware that his legacy is in the toilet, as confirmed by the results of the 2016 election not to mention the facts, BO has engaged in some truly remarkable last-gasp moves. Most remarkable is his commutation of the sentence of admitted traitor…


Added by Gordon Osmond on January 18, 2017 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

Hyper-Steroidal Hypocrisy

Hyper-Steroidal Hypocrisy

When, in a late debate, Trump stated that he would wait until the election was decided before himself assessing the legitimacy of its result, H. Clinton pounced as if Trump had just struck the Queen. Characterizing Trump’s position as “horrifying,” Clinton went on to say that Trump had a habit of crying foul when things did not go his way and that any challenge to the election result would be an attack on democracy, the rule of law, mother love…


Added by Gordon Osmond on January 14, 2017 at 11:19am — 8 Comments

Megyn and Greta

Megyn and Greta

Two gloriously intelligent journalists have recently jumped the Fox News ship. Greta took advantage of an “out” in her contract on account of her disaffection with the Fox News culture. Megyn’s reasons are less expressed, leading to the inescapable conclusion that money is at the root of her defection.

Both are lawyers and rose steadily in the Fox News ranks, first by sharing their show with another Foxite but graduating in good time to solo stardom.



Added by Gordon Osmond on January 3, 2017 at 1:44pm — 2 Comments

Obama's Mess Pile

Obama’s Mess Pile

“We/I inherited from Bush the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.” Sound familiar? It should. Obama and his minions uttered it continually throughout Obama’s long tenure to apply a magnifying glass to the tepid economic recovery of the U.S. that occurred during it.

The economic disarray that Bush left Obama is a molehill compared to the mountain of mess that Obama is amassing for Trump. And he’s doing it with shocking disregard…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 30, 2016 at 3:46am — No Comments

Dems Discover Fountain of Youth

Dems Discover Fountain of Youth

Ponce de Leon would be pleased to know that as a result of a surprising result of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, many of the losing class have discovered the secret of, if not youthful appearance, at least childish behavior.

Mini-leaguer to coach: “We lost the game, coach. Why didn’t you let me in? If you had, we would have won.” Coach responds, “What makes you think that, BO? You single-handedly made us lose our last eight…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 28, 2016 at 5:59am — No Comments

2016--From Relief to Optimism

2016—From Relief to Optimism

The first source of relief dates back to the U.S. Constitution—Presidential Term Limits. FDR inspired the amendment; BO proves its value. The imminence of BO’s presidential (and hopefully political) demise has produced panic, or what Newt Gingrich referred today as “frenzy” to do “big” things in pursuit of a positive legacy. Ex-president elect BO is no great fan of term limits; indeed, he is reported to have told an interviewer that he would have won…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 26, 2016 at 2:40pm — 6 Comments

Another 5-Star Book Review on Amazon

A Hip Pocket Guide To Sports

by Gordon Osmond

Review by Fred James

In 1999 sportswriter Rick Reilly wrote an hilarious article in Sport illustrated called “On a Wing and a Prayer” in which he described a ride he endured in an F-14 fighter jet flown by the toughest guy he had ever met. This article was a non stop laugh because Reilly was not aware of what he was in for. Reilly wrote; If you are ever offered a like ride don’t do it: “Move to Guam. Change your name. Fake your…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 24, 2016 at 7:54am — 2 Comments

Ivanka and the "Art" World

Ivanka Trump and HER paintings

In the latest leftist assault on free enterprise and private property, some sellers of art to Ivanka Trump and her husband, presumably on an outright sale basis, are now kvetching that the buyers should not display them as they choose. You can’t make this stuff up.

Once again, reason to the rescue. The artists and their representatives have every right to complain and express the complaints even though these actions make them look like total…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 22, 2016 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

Inaugural Antics

Inauguration Antics

Now that it’s settled, as if as of 11/9 it was not, that Trump will be the 45th President of the United States, a silly subsidiary issue has arisen as to which show business personalities will or will not be part of the inaugural festivities.

With verbal sloppiness, there’s talk of a show biz “boycott.” This is defensible if we’re talking about the right to observe or not observe the show. But the real thrust of the “boycott” issue…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 21, 2016 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

Losers Not Only Sour but Silent

When Will the Left Critique the Left?

Despite petitions, bribes, a celebrity video, a media blitz, and strong-arm threats, the Electoral College has performed its proper function, and now it is conclusively clear that Donald Trump will be the totally legitimate next president of the United States. Great day in the morning!

Let’s analyze these efforts to derail the electoral and democratic process:

Petition: What a joke. Does anyone seriously believe that…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 20, 2016 at 6:05am — 5 Comments

Post-Election Depression Syndrome

Dems/Libs Supplying New Sources of Wind Energy

Whether it be Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, or Michael Moore, there is enough twisting in the wind to eclipse solar.

Let’s start with this Quixotic effort to persuade members of the electoral college to betray their pledge to vote for their respective constituencies’ choice for president. Fortunately, these delegates understand that no one voted for them per personam, and that their sole function is to implement the vox…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 17, 2016 at 6:59am — No Comments

Post Trump Victory

Let’s take judicial notice and move on.

In the law, there’s the concept of judicial notice. It means that you don’t have to produce specific evidence of a universally acknowledged fact, e.g., the earth is not flat.

Obama tried to invoke it by telling poor John McCain that “the election is over.”

But now the shoe is, blissfully, on the other foot although you’d never know it.

While Trump is assembling a stellar and mixed cabinet, saving jobs, and spiking the stock market…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 10, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Trump as Nazi

Trump as Nazi

It started with a Facebook entry by a downstream relative equating Trump with Hitler. I observed that Trump’s advocating more stringent immigration policies than the poster might like was probably not morally equivalent to the murder of millions of Jews.

More recently, a former colleague in the rarefied, bubbled environment of ESL education posted from some source a fanciful extrapolation of a scholar identifying the seemingly innocent beginnings of…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 6, 2016 at 7:44am — 5 Comments

Bolton Bolts to the Fore

Bolton Bolts to the Fore

As many voices express concern/alarm about Trump’s taking a congratulatory call from the President of Taiwan (including, incredibly, Charles Krauthammer), John Bolton has cut through the fog by saying that “of course” Trump should have taken the call.

Taking the call conveys several messages:

These are new days, China

I respect a country, Taiwan, that has done a much better job than yours in promoting democracy and…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 3, 2016 at 7:31am — 1 Comment

Victory Becomes Winners

Victory Becomes Winners

Three weeks after the election victory of the Republicans across and in every political corner of the land, the attitudes and activities of the victors and vanquished provide fascinating contrasts.

The Victors:

Trump has been vetting a rich assemblage of business, political, and military stars in a due diligence effort to put together, from an embarrassment of riches, the best possible team to promote his agenda. If put to a…


Added by Gordon Osmond on December 1, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

Melania Undressed

Melania Undressed!

In one of the most desperate publicity grabs ever, pudgy fashion designer Sophie Theallet has penned an open letter on Twitter saying that she will not design clothes for our about-to-be First Lady.

Two questions instantly arise:

Who asked her to?

Who needs her to?

Tommy Hilfiger, a name much more well known than that of Ms. Theallet, has already indicated that he will have no part in the latter’s pathetic plea for a boycott. And the…


Added by Gordon Osmond on November 26, 2016 at 6:19am — 7 Comments


Jack Fruit Breakthrough

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Where To Now?

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Twenty-Three Minutes

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