Jul 222016

I didn’t watch a single minute of the Republican convention, which means I didn’t see or hear any of Donald Trump’s speech last night. I haven’t seen many excerpts or reactions today that surprise me.

However, I’ve seen more than one person up in arms about this:

Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America first, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. The respect that we deserve.

The American people will come first once again. – Donald Trump, July 21, 2016

Boys and girls, that the President of the United States should think first of the welfare of the American people should not be a controversial notion. Of course, the United States should be a good world citizen, but we are best equipped to be such when we are strong.

There will always be a biggest kid on the block. Throughout recorded history, when it hasn’t been obvious which nation is that biggest kid, there has been widespread war. (If that thought makes you uncomfortable, or you doubt it, or both, go have a look.)

The most powerful nation is in the best position to propagate its values. And despite the shots on the chin the United States has taken over the past several decades, liberty still has its first, best opportunity to thrive here.

The “community of equals” world model, evidently favored by our esteemed president and the generation of tongue-clucking hand-wringers who’ve come of age during his administration, is woefully naive because it ignores human nature. There are several world citizens who are considerably more likely to ignore or discount opportunities for mutually beneficial agreements, and just take by force—whether land, blood, treasure, or all of the above.

American strength is one of the most effective mitigators of such. You don’t build strength to go to war; you build strength to avoid war.

Whatever else Mr. Trump has to say notwithstanding, he’s not wrong about American exceptionalism.

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Jul 212016
  • You know, I tried to be a pajamas guy, but I’m just not. Doubt I ever will be. I have an around-the-house classification of shorts and T-shirts, and that’s what I put on when I get home. I take them both off and go with just underwear for PJs in warm weather, and frequently leave my shirt on for PJs in cool weather. That’s as classy as I’m ever going to be, I’m afraid. That whole $75-100 set of pajamas with the shirt pocket that makes me feel vaguely like I should be smoking a pipe too? Not happening.
  • I remain wholly untouched by Pokemon Go. I expect Beth will be the one to eventually sully me with it.
  • Dudes and dolls, it’s hot, but there is still a lot of room for it to get worse. Was it 2008 that we had 17 days in a row with a high temperature over 100º? And there was a four-day run in there of 105º+? We’re still six to ten degrees off that.
  • Unilever has purchased the Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion in cash. If you’ve been a Dollar Shave Club person but now don’t like the idea of lining the pockets of The Man, may I suggest Harry’s, with which I’ve had good experiences. (Or drop all the way back to a real safety razor, which is actually what I’m using now and getting the best results of my life, only you can’t do Chisel Shave Club because they folded.)
  • In response to Paul Tracy’s assertion that IndyCar needs a “bad guy,” Robin Miller offered: “Will Power would get my vote because he’s won so much in the past six years and isn’t afraid to lean on people. He could wear a black helmet and uniform and get out of the car in Victory Lane and say something like: ‘That was like clubbing baby seals’ or just pick a fight or two. But he drives for Roger Penske, so that can’t happen.” I have so enjoyed listening to that quote in my head in Will Power’s Australian accent.
  • My ridiculously attractive Rocket City Mom editor and I are going to try what is, as far as I know, Huntsville’s first Persian restaurant next week. Watch for a post.
  • I didn’t have a lot of money to play, but I bought two flashlights and a watch for $44 on Amazon Prime Day this year. The order would have been $75 the day before or the day after. I am pleased with everything I bought. I can’t believe how much flashlight you can buy for nearly nothing now.
  • Sometimes I wonder about people, track them down, and…they’re dead. Sheesh. I guess I can reasonably expect that to pick up a bit. First, most of your friends get married. Then, most of them have kids. Then, half of them get divorced. Finally, they start dying.
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Jul 202016

I understand there is a norovirus outbreak. Write your own joke. Melania Trump has been accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. And yes, whether the fault is her own, that of a speechwriter, or someone else, I believe she did. However, I consider the real tragedy here not that she did it, but […]

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Jul 182016

For all of the bloviation about Wal-Mart taking over suburbia and whatever else, it’s Amazon.com who’s really making a hyper-aggressive play for your business every single time you buy anything. I’ve even started searching for car and appliance part numbers there, for cryin’ out loud. More often than not Amazon.com has them, and at a […]

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Jul 162016

How about the tantalizing smells of basil, oregano, and freshly-baked crust, underpinned with eight local draft beers in a family-friendly environment? Amore! A new franchise to northern Alabama, Uncle Maddio’s has a made-to-order fast-casual model, but with a decidedly premium feel. There is an impressive array of toppings for both pizzas and salads. Everything you […]

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