Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

We are informed by the hoary cliche that one cannot teach an old dog new tricks. To a certain extent, there is some hoary truth in the adage, but it was coined long before the advent of tasers and cattle prods. These days, it’s amazing what a dog of advancing years can pick up with an electrode sparking into his backside.

And that was precisely the effect Bill Haney’s words had on me when read his e-mail yesterday morning. In it, he castigated me for doing what I have been doing on a regular and semi-regular basis for the past three and a half years: telling it like it is in a style all my own. Continue reading

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At Long Last: Tea Party Unity

The past two weeks have kept me very busy on matters that I was reluctant to discuss in any detail for fear, quite frankly, of jinxing the whole enterprise. My last post – dated July 11 – hinted strongly at what might happen with regard to the Tea Party movement in New Jersey and I’m pleased to announce that, indeed, something truly wonderful has happened. Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Lately, regular readers and visitors to this site have been likely been disappointed by the paucity of posts; I’m sure you’re wondering just what the heck is going on and why I seem to be AWOL from my once active blogging schedule. There are two reasons for my absence: the first involves a change of residence and the second involves the Tea Party movement. Continue reading

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My Take on This Day in History

I’m tired of simply copying and pasting long passages from the History.com website – fascinating as most of the tidbits I choose may be. What’s needed here is a dose of Bulldog commentary, the kind that makes the historical tidbit in question that much more interesting to read. Henceforth, when you plotz in front of your computer with your favorite morning beverage (and I hope it isn’t bourbon) you’ll get a dose of canine sense only The Bulldog can dispense. Continue reading

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My Take on This Day in History

I’m tired of simply copying and pasting long passages from the History.com website – fascinating as most of the tidbits I choose may be. What’s needed here is a dose of Bulldog commentary, the kind that makes the historical tidbit in question that much more interesting to read. Henceforth, when you plotz in front of your computer with your favorite morning beverage (and I hope it isn’t bourbon) you’ll get a dose of canine sense only The Bulldog can dispense. Continue reading

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Independence Day in Perth Amboy

Faithful readers know by this time that on June 2 the lovely and ever-gracious Nicole and I were pronounced man and wife by Judge Maria Del Valle-Koch in the drawing room of the Royal Governor’s Mansion (soon to be formerly known as Proprietary House) in romantically historic Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

In the course of planning the event, I had occasion to chat over the phone with Mayor Wilda Diaz, who invited me to deliver Patrick Henry’s famous “Liberty or Death” speech at the annual Independence Day ceremony at the historic City Hall Circle. Needless to say, I was both deeply flattered and deeply honored. Continue reading

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Does a Bear Crap in the Dunellen Woods?

Yes he does – as surely as the pope is Catholic.

(07/04/12) DUNELLEN- Animal control officers and firefighters rescued a black bear cub from a tree in Dunellen, where it had been stuck all afternoon.

Witnesses say the 150-pound bear was seen running down New Market Road around noon, before it made its way up into the tree. Around 4 p.m., animal control shot the bear with a tranquilizer dart, and firefighters sent a ladder up to bring the bear down to safety.

Animal control says the bear will now be released into its natural habitat. Continue reading

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My Take on This Day in History

I’m tired of simply copying and pasting long passages from the History.com website – fascinating as most of the tidbits I choose may be. What’s needed here is a dose of Bulldog commentary, the kind that makes the historical tidbit in question that much more interesting to read. Henceforth, when you plotz in front of your computer with your favorite morning beverage (and I hope it isn’t bourbon) you’ll get a dose of canine sense only The Bulldog can dispense. Continue reading

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My Take on This Day in History

I’m tired of simply copying and pasting long passages from the History.com website – fascinating as most of the tidbits I choose may be. What’s needed here is a dose of Bulldog commentary, the kind that makes the historical tidbit in question that much more interesting to read. Henceforth, when you plotz in front of your computer with your favorite morning beverage (and I hope it isn’t bourbon) you’ll get a dose of canine sense only The Bulldog can dispense. Continue reading

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Independence Day 2012

On this day in 1776 an intrepid group of the most extraordinary men who ever lived formalized the most extraordinary document of its kind ever created in human history – a document that both declared the independence of the United States of America and elegantly summarized the rights of all mankind.

Here we are 236 years later in an even worse condition of servitude than our forefathers: the outrages visited upon us by servants who have now become our masters exceed by orders of magnitude anything the British have done and the patience of American patriots has all but expired and if the present climate continues unabated, it may be the will of Heaven that our republic will face calamities more wasting and distresses far more dreadful than anything we can presently imagine – and these days our imagination need not wander far afield.

The Executive branch of the United States government has arrogated to itself a degree of power beyond anything ever imagined or exercised by King George, where a Man-Child President has determined he will rule by executive order and administrative decree.

The Legislative branch has become a Parliament populated with either corrupt and serviceable villains or feckless and pusillanimous weaklings.

The Judicial branch is in peril of being overrun with jurists more interested in rewriting the Constitution than interpreting it.

The once limited federal government of our ancestors is today a bureaucratic Leviathan – a juggernaut of regulation and control whose abuse of power dwarfs by any measure in our day the over-reaching arrogance of the British government in the days of the Founders and I have no doubt that if he could be made to witness what his American colonies would one day become, King George III would blanch in horror.

If we are unable to stop the mad progress of our own federal government, the day will come when the freedoms we presently take for granted will not survive a new dark age of despotism. We cannot allow this to happen, for chains and slavery will most assuredly be waiting for us when that nightfall descends – and it will not descend with the sudden shock of a light switch being turned off, but rather, in the softness of encroaching twilight – imperceptible to the eye until darkness engulfs all.

The burden of saving this republic has fallen with as much oppressive weight upon our shoulders as the onerous responsibility for creating it fell upon that of the Founders. We are the last hope for liberty and it is incumbent upon us to ensure that it survives. If we do not face the enormity of the task, who will face it? If the decisive blow is not struck now, when – if ever – will it be struck? I assure you that if we have the fortitude of our convictions and the valor to act upon them while the opportunity to peacefully do so still exists, we may yet avert catastrophe.

On the other hand, if fortitude and valor are absent from that field of political battle then ammo up and may God have mercy on us, because an appeal to arms and to Heaven will be the only recourse our generation will have against a Leviathan far more powerful than any tyranny a much earlier generation ever faced.

We are the posterity for whom our ancestors hazarded their all at a great expense of treasure, tears and blood to bequeath the very liberty that is now in dire peril of perishing from the face of the earth. Our generation must decide whether or not we will preserve it for our posterity and ensure they will make a good use of it. If not, a much earlier generation will repent in Heaven that they endured half the pain to obtain it.

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