"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door"-Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus "We can't turn them away That's not who we are" Maybe we are, but even if so, I suspect that's not how we always were. But, before we move to make "The New Colossus" our 28th Amendment, let's parse it a bit and apply it to our present situation. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." I think that's an important qualifier right there: "yearning to breathe free". People came to America, come to America, because it is a land of freedom and[...]
Silvio Canto, Jr. Tuesday, November 24, 2015 9:35 AM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Just learned that the great Rod Carew is waiting for a heart transplant. Carew survived a massive heart attack. Let's wish him the best and a quick recovery.Carew came up with the Twins in 1967, won a batting title in 1969 and quite a few more in the 1970s. He hit .388 in 1977 and retired with a .328 career batting average.One of the all time greatsTags: Rod Carew baseball great To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the My View by Silvio Canto, Jr. Thanks
(My new American Thinker post) Argentina made an important right turn on Sunday. Mauricio Macri, the opposition candidate, won Sundays election. He is not perfect but offers a more realistic option than the misguided populist policies of the incumbent party. At the same time, argentinos longing for change will have to be patient because Mr. Macri is inheriting a mess of huge proportions, as we read in Bloomberg: Neither candidate has addressed the elephant in the room: the reforms needed to reduce inflation, fix a fiscal deficit of 7.2 percent of gross domestic product the largest in over 30 years and[...]
... his own ideas on marriage.In The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress and, as I recall, in Stranger In A Strange Land, my man Robert suggests that marriage will evolve in the future into all kinds of different, flexible alternatives. Everyone will be cool and groovy with whatever floats your boat.In Harsh Mistress, the hero has a line marriage, where a couple starts the line and then after a while, a new, young wife is added to the mix making 3. Then a new, young husband is added, making 4. Then another wife making 5. Then another husband making, so long as no one has died, 6. And so on. People die and sometimes people are "divorced," but on the whole, the family is one, big, happy cluster off into infinity with the kids being raised[...]
K T Cat 11/22/2015 8:32:46 AM Prompted by some twaddle I read on the web about social justice warrior tantrums over science fiction, I've gone back to reading the "classics" - Asimov's Foundation, Clarke's Childhood's End and Heinlein's The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.They were all horrible and I was only able to finish Heinlein's book. I could only make it through half of the other two. Reading the last quarter of Moon was like crawling through broken glass. In each case, the authors draped a science fiction robe around their own personal, political manifestos. Only Heinlein managed to work in a healthy dose of science and engineering. The other two didn't bother. Instead, Foundation and Childhood were more fantasy than anything else.Foundation is a[...]
Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to be a guest on Canto Talk this Tuesday, Nov. 17th. Click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or after for a podcast.Our featured guest will be my niece, Julia Addington.The subject will be a dark one: Human trafficking. Julia is on her way to India for a mission to fight this particular plague.In a six-bed womens ward in New Delhis Safdarjung Hospital lies a frail 15-year-old girl. Her face and head are bandaged, leaving visible only a bruised blue-black eye and swollen lips. Burn marks and scabs extend down her neck to her whole body, and a disfigured ear clings on to her face like a piece of mangled flesh. A strange stench surrounds her. The nurse who comes to check on her explains the[...]
Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be joining Silvio Canto Jr. for another Halloween special. So, please join us for another spook-tacular session this Thursday, Oct. 29th to discuss the history if the now ubiquitous Halloween costume with one of the country's premier costume designers. (Click HERE at 7 pm PST/10 pm EST or after the show for a podcast).Daisy Viktoria will be the featured guest. I had the privilege of meeting her at an ancient Egyptian themed event, during which she won the historical garb contest by universal acclaim. I then had her create one, for my Goddess of Capitalism collection:Daisy is one of the most remarkable artists it has been my fortune to meet:Daisy Viktoria is an award winning fashion and costume[...]
B-Daddy 11/15/2015 8:30:00 AM My Dad was old enough to remember Pearl Harbor and its effect on this nation. After the Paris atrocities, he said some things that seem like such common sense, but in an age of uncommon stupidity, they need to be said.From Pops:My wife had just read The Fall of Japan and we were having a discussion with Dean about our feeling over the dropping of the bomb. I told him that the number of people killed at Hiroshima meant nothing to us [Americans]. Our only thoughts were a giant sigh of relief and its over, we wont be getting any more telegrams. Those telegrams always started, We regret to inform you that your son has been killed ... Each telegram sent a shock wave of grief through our[...]
As many of you know, I am a veteran. The amount of attention given to veterans on this day has grown over the years, to the point that some on the left object to it. Dean has a great post deconstructing leftist objections to Veteran's Day here; predictably the left's objection include the specter of RacismTM. For myself, sometimes the attention is a little embarrassing, because I feel so blessed to have served and benefited from my service. Today, I say thank you to my country for the opportunity to serve and for the benefits I received. Here is a short list that pertains to me:I received a first rate education in Annapolis and in Monterey.I made life-long friendships with some great[...]
This arrived in the mailbox of a self-employed friend in Pennsylvania. $1803 per month for health insurance That's 41% of median Pennsylvania household income And then there are thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket health care costs on top How is a family supposed to pay for food and shelter?Obamacare is all about destroying entrepreneurism and the upward mobility of the middle class, and forcing people into indentured servitude to the corporations and the state. Government workers don't have to pay $1803 per month.
Dean 11/11/2015 9:22:09 AM Over the weekend, Salon writer, DAVID MASCIOTRA, caused quite a dust-up on social media with his own salute to the troops ahead of Veterans Day . Here is the headline, followed by the sub-headline and then followed by the first paragraph of the piece:You dont protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracyIt's been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must endPut a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as heroes.If you desire, you can read it[...]
Theres no denying that over the last few decades most all on-field rules changes made by the NFL have been exercises in increasing offense and scoring. This has created an arms race in a sense where the pendulum swings back and forth between the NFL offenses and NFL defenses whereby the offenses get aided by rules changes and the defenses counter with a combination of innovative schemes and superior athletes. To wit, for years, its been conventional wisdom that the best athletes in the world were in the NBA. Now days, we would add NFL defensive backs and possibly outside linebackers/rush ends into that mix (you dont think dudes like Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and J.J. Watt can ball a little?).But[...]
It is more apparent than ever, during this ripening presidential election contest, that there are two parties in America. One of diversity, youth, vigor, and which challenges the status quo; the other of tired old ideas and of old white guys and one old gal.In a world turned upside down moment, we see the two political parties flip roles, each become the other's stereotype.The Republicans this year have become the party of diversity; running a host of candidates who include two Hispanics, an African-American, an Asian, and a woman. The Democrats, the Party of Diversity, are running five old, white men and an old (and very entitled) white woman.The average age of the 15 Republican candidates (Rick Perry dropped out today)[...]
It seems a long time since the attacks on 9/11/2001; and it seems like yesterday. Thats a trick your mind plays on you with traumatic memories: putting a healing distance between then and now, all the while indelibly imprinting the memory so it always seems fresh; easily recalled as clearly today as when it occurred.In 2001 I was living in Michigan, a business man who worked out of his home office. That morning, I got my coffee and walked down to my office. It was just a few minutes before 9am on a crystal clear autumn morning. My office had a large window, and as I sipped my coffee I looked out at squirrels playing on my lawn.As always, I turned on my computer. Back then, Yahoo was my Homepage. As it booted-up, I glanced[...]
Doo Doo Econ Wednesday, August 05, 2015 5:00 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
Do you remember the headlines when Obama apparently declared America a Muslim country on French television? Taken from an Islamic perspective this statement is dangerous. It sounds as if the President of the United States sees America is a Muslim nation. When you consider translations, this may presented to the masses as exactly that, American President Hussein (an exclusively Islamic name) Obama declares America to be Islamic. Thus America would be "al-Islam", or territory which may never be ceded to non-Muslims.Semantics, right? Over-reaction, right?Except, this is a long standing meme from not only the President, but also his staffers. [...]
It has been a while since writing an entry in this blog. A quick explanation is in order.I have been investigating and accumulating evidence related to the Obama administrations financing, arming and training of Islamic extremists in the middle east. This investigation uncovered the entire Obama Middle East Strategy.Several interviews were with a source who was in the room during many of the highest level meetings during the end of the Bush administration through the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq under the Obama administration. These conversations revealed the Obama administration's middle east strategy, or at least the facade used when talking to American military commanders. The strategy is outright[...]
Every once in a while a piece of legislation is introduced here in California that just completely makes me flip my lid. Now it has happened again. The piece of legislation that is creating more Nanny State and less Manifest Destiny is SB 8 offered by Bob Hertzberg of CA Senate District 18. This bill would tax services offered by small businesses. So just think, the myriad of Vaping and Hooka stores that have cropped in my neighborhood would now have to tax your experience. The small nail shop owner, the hairdresser you have been going to since you were in college, all of these services could potentially be taxed.The worst part of the bill is that Hertzberg actually believes this would enhance the states business[...]
At the end of this legislative session in California Governor Brown vetoed a few bills that, the legislature passed in Sacramento, which dealt with ethics. His reason was that he did not want to make the ethical practices the elected in Sacramento must follow to be made any more complex. Huh? Given that under his watch three separate Senators have been indicted on various federal and state charges ranging from voter fraud to gun running, how complicated are the current ethics rules?This gave me pause as to how complicated it must be already for these guys given their current legal troubles, so I went looking for the complex ethics one must follow if ever elected in our great state. Listed below are some of the ethical[...]
Heres a political head-scratcher: an ad from the Democratic National Committee, out last Friday, that features no Democrats, not even a narrator. The ad consists of a series of clips from current Republican presidential candidates, followed by clips ...
After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, and the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris this month, everyone has hastened to remind themselves that some of the first responders, and best citizens of France, are Muslims. This much is true. But in truth, it ...