Good comments Walt. I think you hit the nail right on the head: "in these United States, we have willingly and knowingly allowed the nuclear family unit to be destroyed."
Caring for a child is the greatest responsibility any human being can possibly undertake. We've left it up to immature women with overactive gonads, over-worked grandparents (they've already done their bit) - and the Welfare State.
No mention of a Bread Winner; no mention of a husband. I think parenthood ought to be taught as a skill- and licensed. People like this make a good argument for Eugenics. The smartest ones in that household were the dogs. And Newt Gingrich was right when he said orphanages were preferable to irresponsible natural parents.
Poor, poor little baby. Shame on everybody else (except the dog- he didn't know any better- I hope he isn't put down; save that for the people).
February 10, 2016 at 9:34 p.m.
Good Comment Bill- that is for us- the readership: Not so good for Bertram.
"...just go ask your significant other. Remember, she gets one of these evil state pension checks. I'm sure your benefiting from it as well."
How do you say "Ouch" with an Indian accent?
P.S. I got another collection call last night from the Vindy about my overdue three month subscription bill. The nice lady said I needed to get something in this week if I wanted to keep getting the paper delivered to my doorstep every day. I'm still undecided what to do- a 23 per cent increase at one pop- seems a little excessive to me.
But then again, if I pay up- maybe some of that extra money will work itself down from the executive suite- Mark and Mrs. J's "palatial penthouse"- to benefit the people who actually produce their newspaper. Like Bertram.
Maybe if he got a raise it would stop his whining about "public sector" greed. Could be?
But, on the other hand, if I renew and hear that Mark bought himself a new Luxury Yacht- I'm going to be mighty upset...
February 10, 2016 at 5:50 p.m.
@Walt " I don't recall the Democratic party ever trying to change the process when they were in power."
Tongue in Cheek, Right?
You Can't Be Serious.
Saying that is like saying: "Al Capone was NOT a Bootlegger! He was an upstanding family man and head of his Parish Altar and Rosary Society- and he gave to Charity. His wealth came from God as a reward for being Virtuous".
January 18, 2016 at 12:53 p.m.
Well said, Dogwood: "The trick is to make sure your party is in the majority when it's time to redraw."
Nice link, too. I followed it: much food for thought there.
I'm glad you provided it for Bert to use for raw material for his next column(s)- which I'm sure he will: being scrupulously fair minded. I hope Dave sees it, too. (Not that it'll make any difference to him: he knows where his bread is buttered!).
January 17, 2016 at 6:34 p.m.
Correction: Should be G. K. Chesterton for Gilbert Keith, not C.K. as I had it.
I like Chesterton because he's one of the influences that started me thinking more seriously about the Catholic Tradition I was born into.
Chesterton wasn't a born Catholic- he converted to Catholicism- away from the Church of England- in 1922: the very height of the Modern Secular Era- when people were turning away from religion in droves- as today.
He was a very smart man- brilliant- and an outstanding writer- so, it started me thinking: if somebody like that can find value in the Catholic Tradition- then maybe I should look into it a little more: before discarding it like cleaning out a closet.
"Throwing Baby out with the Bathwater"?
January 17, 2016 at 2:35 p.m.
On a serious note, I do like Walt's comment which encourages us to look into- and try to understand the modern relevance of- the Judeo-Christian tradition which shapes- and continues to shape- every aspect of our lives.
I know plenty of people- I used to be that way myself- who take a shotgun approach to Religion: "It's all a bunch of Nonsense, etc., etc" shooting it down, thus "Throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater"- if that isn't too badly mixed a metaphor.
I like what C.K. Chesterton said on the subject: " When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything." I think our culture illustrates that maxim amply.
I guess- when push comes to shove- I still prefer Jesus Christ to Bobbie (Dylan) Zimmerman as a moral compass.
January 17, 2016 at 1:53 p.m.
I have a friend who could handle this and, I'd like to see him take a crack at it.
It's true he received his Divinity Degree mail-order from an outfit in Southern Missouri, but he's very good and I have a lot of confidence in his abilities.
Right now, I have him working on a personal project for me.
We're trying to come up with a Blessing that would convert tap water into Draft Lager- preferably Great Lakes Oktoberfest, or Yuengling or Killian's- in order of preference.
But, in a pinch, I would accept Bud.
I will keep everybody posted as to our success.
And if it works out, I'll offer his services to the Vindicator to supply liquid refreshment for the Annual Recognition Banquet for Commentators.
We're also working on a Special Prayer to turn bread crumbs and table scraps back into a sumptuous six course banquet- thus saving a Caterer's Fee. Only expense would be napkins, Plastic Knives and Forks- and rental of a suitable Banquet Facility- Mr .Anthony's- which I've suggest to the Publishers before (so far I haven't heard back- but I'm hopeful...).
P.S. Thank God, the Judeo-Christian Deity has a sense of humor (wasn't always like that! At one time He used to Hurl Thunderbolts and Send Floods, but, luckily for me, He's more laid back these days, resembling more Mr Rodger's in Sneakers and Sweater than the Bearded Jehovah).
Let's face it, if I'd made similar satiric statements about the other Guy whose names starts with "A"- I might be dodging bullets right now- or, if his followers caught me- about to "lose my head"- permanently.
Nowadays, it's sooo easy and painless to be an irreverent Christian- especially using a pseudonym.
January 17, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Interesting column- I won't say "good" because that would suggest I agree with Bert's conclusions and I'm not sure I do: I have to do further research in the matter. It's not a simple issue. ("These are Deep Waters", to paraphrase Sherlock Holmes to Watson in "A Study in Scarlet"- which ties in very nicely with the Countries Red-Blue-Purple Division.)
One suggestion off the top of my head. Why not use computers for the re-apportioning of Congressional Districts- that way it would be guaranteed fair: determined by an algorithm rather than partisan wrangling?
I'm not sure the idea of having them drawn up in a "bi-partisan" way would work: it would just lead to more partisan gridlock, right? At least "winner take all" is decisive.
Of course the Dems are calling for a "fair- bi-partisan approach"- because they're' the losers, right?
If they were in the saddle, their tune would be different, right? Their record of "sharing power" is not so great, right?
Kasich seems to be on their side, but that just proves Kasich is too nice of a guy to be President: the Dems would flay him alive. He'd be playing "softball" and they'd be pitching curve and "spitball" Hard balls at him left and right- one after another- until he caved.
Regarding Kasich: To paraphrase another of the Donald's immortal statements (this one directed at Jeb Bush: just fill in John Kasich):
"You are a nice guy, Jeb (John)- a VERY NICE GUY- But We Need Tough People!"
That says it. The Republicans need to be tough and savvy in order not to be snookered by the Democrats. Not necessarily Trump- but somebody like him- Ted Cruze? Rubio? I'm not so sure about Rubio, but I think Cruze could cut it.
I know one thing- people like Kasich and Bush couldn't. "Nice Guy's Finish Last". Isn't that how the saying goes? Bill Clinton would know about that- did he achieve political success by "being nice"?
Finally, getting back to my idea of using computers to figure these things out: that has to be done very carefully: we need not only accuracy but, just as importantly, speed.
If the process were handled like certain Websites- not mentioning any names- by the time they got it right the country would be gone.
Hell, the Sun would have Imploded!
P.S. By the way, ask Dave Betras his expert opinion here. Ask him whether he'd be calling for a "fair-bipartisan approach" in Ohio, if the Dems were in Control? I think I know his answer. Dave may be "nice" to his family and friends, but in Politics he's a Cutthroat- that's his job: just like his Republican Counterpart should be- but isn't: Republicans- most of them- are too "Little Lord Fauntleroy Gentlemanly" for their own good. The Dems know this and take advantage- running away with the marbles every time. That's why so many Republicans like Trump. You can't accuse HIM of being a "Nice Guy", Right!
January 17, 2016 at 12:33 p.m.
Ytown, I missed that part of the story- about Dellick's admission- partly because I haven't been able to spend as much time on the website as I normally do.
I followed your link: I had no idea his mental state was that serious to include the possibility of suicide. If I had I wouldn't have written about it the way I did.
He definitely needs psychological counseling and I hope everything turns out alright for him.
January 17, 2016 at 11:19 a.m.
Also, how do we know the gun wasn't in the room BEFORE Dellick checked in: we have only the motel staff's word that it wasn't.
Also, what was young Dellick doing in that Motel Room? I'm sure he didn't go there to play Solitaire or work on the Great American Novel? There has to be a female involved: maybe the weapon was hers and she brought if for personal protection: to protect herself from Young Dellick? (unless she set him up with it: revenge for some inadequacy of his in the Manhood Department? The case offers numerous tantalizing possibilities. We owe the Dellick family much thanks for all the vicarious pleasure they're providing us.)
January 16, 2016 at 7:51 p.m.