There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.
The Obama Administration is rejecting Kurdish pleas for assistance in fighting against ISIS. This is stupid beyond belief. The Kurds not only know how to fight, they will fight. After all, they have been occupied, run over and mistreated by conquerors for thousands of years. The Kurdish region is now the haven of Christians fleeing the rest of Iraq. Despite the best efforts of His Oneness and his gormless group, the Kurds actually like Americans, as many of them have crossed paths with U.S. Army Green Berets, and even fought beside them. Our history is complicated to being with, but His Oneness and the sheer stupidity of the State Department are dismissing the last chance to blunt ISIS in Iraq.
One would almost think His Oneness doesn’t want to win. Oh, wait — this is the man who refused to win two wars. Why would he risk backing a group which actually wants to win?
This new voter registration campaign by the NRA, with true tough guy Chuck Norris as its honorary chairman, will set liberals’ hair on fire. The sad part is that the campaign is correct – the Second Amendment is the protector of all the others, and the guarantor of the citizens’ ability to withstand their government. People who want to abolish the Second Amendment do so with a purpose in mind – to remove that protection and turn citizens into subjects or slaves. I dare you to find me a single proponent of gun control who has not either done something with that purpose, or who is not seeking to do so.
I happen to agree with Dennis Jones about his custom yacht being as much of a jobs engine as it is a personal indulgence, but I am stunned that the Gray Lady would actually print this piece. It’s not as if it remembers what happened when Congress jacked up the tax on luxury yachts a while ago, and it’s not as if liberals cared about the havoc it wreaked until they got caught.
…for trying to leave their neighborhood after the IDF issues a pre-attack warning. This is who the Israelis are defending themselves against. This is who His Oneness and Secretary of State John Kerry keep throwing lifelines to.
Shouldn’t you ask yourself WHY?
I’m too lazy to go to this much trouble, but I found Curtis Wallen’s excursions into creating an online persona quite fascinating. But unlike him, I’m already quite clear where the boundaries are – stay out of my life!
If you’re an artist in China, it is probably best not to create a giant inflatable yellow toad which when photo-shopped with glasses looks uncomfortably like the head of the Communist Party. Tyrants and despots are noted for lacking a sense of humor.
Of course dogs get jealous of your time and attention. Most mammals seem to, for whatever reason. I’ve had horses, dogs and cats, and some of them displayed signs of jealousy as we humans understand it. It makes perfect evolutionary sense to me, just as baby mammals having over-sized eyes does. Holding the time and attention of those around you improves the chances of your survival.
As for whether dogs understand what humans say to them, most do, and it goes beyond simple commands. My Border Collie was a talker, either mimicking my tone and intonation, or using his own developed sounds to convey something. I talked to him as if he were a young human with a somewhat limited vocabulary, and his actions made it quite clear that he grasped what I wanted him to do. I think I may have scolded him lightly perhaps four times in all the years I was blessed to have him, because he so seldom did anything wrong by human standards.
Big Girl lives by canine rules, but despite having been rather a holy terror when young, she has proven herself a dependable companion, ever ready to spring to my defense, or to chase her ball, or to curl up at my feet when I’m on the computer. While she doesn’t have the working vocabulary of 300 or more words and phrases that her predecessor did, she certainly understands that “Is it time for dessert?” means a trip to the kitchen for food in a dish which will nearly always wind up on the floor for her to lick clean before going into the dishwasher. Dogs are well attuned to human emotions and downright gifted at responding to them, and we dog lovers don’t needs scientists or doctors to convince us.