The steak was grilled to perfection and a homemade strawberry shortcake dessert helped to round out the weekend quite well.
I don’t know if I have something in common with the POTUS or not. I do know I am rooting for the Chicago Blackhawks as they pursue Lord Stanley’s Cup. I know a lot of people don’t “get” hockey but is far and away one of the greatest sports going in the North American market.
I saw a post at a blog and it really just blew me away. I think you can boil the whole down to the close:
Bubba’s “private” business relies a lot on public infrastructure – infrastructure created with tax dollars. Bubba’s business couldn’t exist without that infrastructure.
Reggie the successful black businessman pays his taxes and thus contributes to the infrastructure.
So, does Bubba’s “private” business have a right to exclude Reggie? I think not. I think not.
Next week I have a sales meeting out in Tempe AZ. Now that should be interesting.
I don’t like to get into the whole web flame thing but this post just screamed to me. It screamed “How can otherwise smart people be so wrong and dishonest? Sorry HP but I just can’t help but to say you are wrong and misguided.That post was a big league turn off for me from a blog that although I rarely agreed could always at least respect to a degree.
In the Abrahamic faiths there is only one God,the kicker is that none of the trio believes the others got it right. Because of this we will always be at odds secure in each of our own faiths that we have it right.
Alfie, I would be interested in some information that puts our involvement in the “splendid little” Spanish-American War in a light that characterizes it differently than entered into “lightly, casually, and without grave cause.”
Although I am not a proponent of good war vs bad war I do think the criticisms of the Spanish American War are too often leveled in a manner that is out of context.Historical events too often get revised and reviewed by people that have an agenda or refuse to accept the reasoning of a time past secondary to their present day beliefs.
The Monroe Doctrine was a reality. The sentiment of the Roosevelt Corallary was brewing before Mr. Big Stick came to town too. People can pooh pooh this as simply being American imperialism. I don’t buy that. Ergo the precedence of US policy allows for the Spanish American War.
It is an undeniable truth that the Spaniards were repressing people. I find it kind of bizarre that there are folks that are cool with modern day “humanitarian” efforts in places like Kosovo,Haiti and Somalia but somehow insist that the Span-Am was 100% imperialistic nation building. I dare say the progressive darling W. Wilson offers an example of the same principles that McKinley is crucified for in his actions leading up to WWI. Unacceptable!
There was much lead up to the Spanish American War and it was indeed fueled by Yellow Journalism and corporatism. Again on the full spectrum of US history in the 20th century I can’t help but notice similar transgressions that somehow get tallied up differently. Corporatism isn’t necessarily something worth dying for I’ll give you that;however,it is undeniable that it is intertwined with overall US interests. No matter how unpalatable that may be,there are fruits of war. What one does with those fruit is a key to how one criticizes the wars that bear them. In the case of the Span-Am we enjoyed a short period of being liberators. We then became occupiers. (Iraq?)These points are fact. The counter points are equally true though.Oversea bases,fueling points and earning a notch on the world stage were of the utmost importance in setting the stage we played on for the next 30 years.It is in this area though that McKinley was in turmoil though so I cannot buy the thought he entered the conflict lightly.Minor casualty rates and gains as listed I don’t see the grave part.
Spain declared war first. I don’t want to get all playground on it but it is a surprising truth. Spain made the first declaration and the USA then made a retroactive declaration.Perhaps casual applies. Cavalier is perhaps better? The reality is though until pre WWII and definitely the Cold War the USA never really maintained a standing military that matched its politics. This is why previous enforcement of the Monroe Doctrine was nil essentially. We also had everything we really needed at home. The eagle was always bound to leave the nest eventually though. The Span Am was just the prescribed nudge.
So there it is. Perhaps not an answer in the eyes of some and disjointed but I’m in a rush. I confess a bias, but I truly believe the Spanish American War is too often viewed incorrectly or at least incompletely.
Some Memorial Day WPBA posts I liked…
Is this a little racist?
The following image is one I’ve had on my desktop for a bit. As a rule I don’t like the cartoonist,Oliphant, but it definitely got me thinking so I guess he did his job.
The dishonesty of the image is in line with the talking points of the Left.This is sad in it’s own right but I got caught up more in the imagery. Rand Paul a little weak white boy? The unmistakable big black man striking fear in whitey. Now I don’t imagine Oliphant wanted to illicit those thoughts in a million years. I bring it up since one obviously cannot draw certain cartoons….I’m wondering where’s the line? Anyway, I’m sure I’m the racist now. That too is sad since I am actually one of the folks willing to have the needed and honest discussion on race.Unlike NPR/WGBH FM 89.7 hump Kelly Bates….
I don’t have a link to the audio since I was suffering through it live. This douchebag wants to use the public airwaves to beat the Arizona is racist drum. She has a natural tan per her commentary so she feels the need to get her US Passport. I kid you not she actually puts that out on the air. Her whole commentary was a fucking joke and a disgrace. All lies ,all the time but its ok if you’re lying for the Left I guess.
Speaking of Arizona
So the feds are going after a law Janet Naps signed back in her governor days. This is to set up the challenge against Arizona’s new anti illegal alien law. I was especially pissed off reading about that story going into Memorial Day. What a bunch of sneaky,nasty turds we have masquerading as public servants. AAAAHhhhhhhh