November 11, 2013 |
Like many Republicans - what's more, like many Americans - I regard Ronald Reagan as my political hero and inspiration. For conservatives who came of age in the 1960s and '70s, President Reagan offered a principled and compassionate argument for individual freedom and an equally compelling case for personal responsibility. In 1989, Reagan described his view of America "as a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity.
November 6, 2013 |
Kentucky cross-country athlete Codie Thacker was told at a recent meet she had to wear bib number 666. So, she decided not to race. And that gives her something in common with Ronald Reagan (see below). Thacker told local NBC affiliate LEX 18 she had trained for Saturday's race for months. But she could not bring herself to put on that number. She felt it put her relationship with God at risk . Some background: The number 666 is the biblical mark of the beast. In the book of Revelation, two beasts arise -- the first a seven-headed beast from the sea. It's this monster whose number must be imprinted on everyone's right hand or forehead.
October 22, 2013 |
Conservatives with long memories had to laugh at the recent New York Times front-page headline: "Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in GOP's 'Civil War.'" That diagnosis largely hangs on the judgment of 1970s New Right direct-mail impresario Richard Viguerie, whose ears have been ringing with the thunder of Ft. Sumter for a quarter-century. Within a week of Ronald Reagan's 1981 inauguration, Viguerie was denouncing the Gipper as a traitor to the cause. The Associated Press ran a story headlined "Conservatives Angry With Reagan.
September 30, 2013 |
A.C. Lyles, a producer whose affiliation with Paramount Studios spanned more than 85 years, has died. He was 95. Lyles died Friday night at his home in Los Angeles, said his assistant Pam Gibson. His long association with the studio began when Lyles was 10 and started handing out fliers for a Paramount-owned theater in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. It continued after he came to Hollywood, knocked on the famous studio gates and got a job in the mail room. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 He eventually became a studio publicist and then a producer best known among western-film buffs for such B-movie westerns in the 1960s as “Young Fury” and “Waco.” He was active as a producer into his late 80s, contributing to the HBO western series “Deadwood.” His best friends included James Cagney and Ronald Reagan, and when Reagan became president Lyles advised him on private sector initiatives.
September 27, 2013
By utilizing the dual threats of a government shutdown and a default on the debts owed by the United States, House Republicans have moved far beyond traditional political horsetrading and into the realm of government by extortion. Rush Limbaugh and the partisan crew at Fox News, of course, echo GOP talking points that say any shutdown or default will be President Obama's fault because he failed to bargain with Republicans. But that is akin to saying a warehouse owner is at fault for the fire that destroyed his warehouse because he refused the ransom demands of the arsonist who set the fire. In a normal political negotiation, one party grants something the other side wants in order to get something they want.
September 14, 2013 |
Our Comedy Radar is going off because … Who: Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff. What: His one man show, “Happily Ever Laughter,” has been extended through Sept. 28 at the ACME Comedy Theater in Hollywood. The Punchline : Forget Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan -- or any other political superpowers of the 1980s, for that matter. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff says his '80s-era “sidesplitting stand-up” was partly responsible for ending the Cold War. He's not joking.