Gordon Osmond

Gordon Osmond
Location
Sao Paulo, Brasil
Birthday
November 09
Company
those with whom I choose to keep
Bio
Retired lawyer, playwright, Author of So You Think You Know English: A Guide to English for Those Who Think They Don't Need One. ISBN: 978-1-61546-414-2 and Wet Firecrackers http://www.publishamerica.net/product3892Slipping on Stardust was released on 1/11/13. Check it out at http://i-m.co/GordonOsmond/SlippingonStardust Osmond's latest novel, Turner's Point, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others.

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JANUARY 26, 2014 10:28AM

Rouhani--So Right, So Wrong

President Rouhani—So Right, So Wrong

Iran’s President was recently interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakarig, and I found it fascinating, a quality that is in short supply when journalists interview hyper-prepped world leaders.

Zakarig is an oasis of intelligence and balance in the CNN… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2014 11:52AM

Hill v. Liz--What a Choice!

Clinton, H. and Warren, E.--Scylla and Charybdis

Democrats, and, more generally, collectivists tend to be slow learners, so it’s more than possible that they may once again put romance over reason in coming up with a presidential candidate for 2016. Given this mental framework, who better to f… Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2014 11:32AM

Income Inequality -- The New Sin

Let’s Attack Income Inequality Right

My mother-in-law, whose economic status was the essence of middle class, once said, quite simply, “I don’t resent those that have more than I, and I don’t expect to be resented by those who have less.” She was, of course, speaking of… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 2:49PM

Golden Globes -- 2014

A Few Random Reactions to Golden Globe Awards Ceremonies—2014

 I don’t know if eating was involved, but all food was removed prior to the broadcast making for a clean and uncluttered promo for Moet champagne, which is very good. Somehow, however, Cate Blanchet, whose complexion suggRead full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 9:43AM

An Author's Pet Peeves about Writing

My shrink (who doesn’t exist, by the way) informs me that a step toward attaining inner peace, the external version having been a lost cause for some time, would be to reduce to writing writing attributes that annoy me. As a lifetime advocate of reduced fat-free writing, the concept of reducing… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2013 12:05PM

Blue Jasmine--Treasure or Travesty?

Until recently, I was prepared to chalk up Blue Jasmine as another late-in-career miss by Woody Allen, along with his earlier Match Point. But the year-end buzz about the film being not only worthwhile but also prize-winning material impels me to file a minority report.

It may be that theRead full post »

Obama’s Unbeatable Defense Team—The Needy and the Nerdy

The incandescently brilliant Charles Krauthammer, whose latest book made it to the top of, of all things, The New York Times Best Seller List, has predicted a Republican victory across the board in 2014 and 2016. I think Mr. Krautha… Read full post »

As Obama casts his lot in favor of Iranian terrorists and against its ancient ally, Israel, he marks a new low point in American foreign relations. 

Nothing is so low that it can't go lower. I'm speaking of Obama's dismal and totally deserved popularity ratings.

When are adults going to take… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2013 8:15AM

Obama's Allergy to Intelligence

Why This Allergy to Intelligence?

The latest developments in Obamacare underscore an increasing trend in the sensitivities of those who seek to mold public opinion on the subject of politics—an allergy to intelligence.

While demagogues and pundits of both political persuasion strut their palt… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2013 11:44AM

Republicans Turn Tables on Obama

Republicans Turn Tables on Obama

By introducing legislation that would fund particular federal operations, e.g., national parks and monuments, all without reference to Obamacare, House Republicans have deftly taken the wind out of the sails of the Obama slogan that the Republicans are using amendment… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 1:34PM

Obama: Respondeat Inferior

Obama:  Respondeat Inferior

That’s lawyer Latin for The Buck Stops Here.

Lots of responsibility allocation is going on now. Democrats are using the most lurid imagery while the Republicans are accusing Obama et al. of being childlike in their insistence on having things their way and no ot… Read full post »

Hillary: Another Minority Mediocrity in 2016?

Americans are notoriously romantic. So why not give a half-black graduate of Harvard a go? Forget about the absence of qualifications and a grievous lack of wholesome philosophical principles. Miracles happen, uniquely in America.

Now comes Hillary Clinto… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 8:44AM

Obama Turns CNN into FOX

Listening to CNN lately, particularly Piers Morgan's show last night, I had the feeling I was listening to FOX. It seems that Obama's obvious incompetence is causing even his staunchest defenders to admit that he's way over his head when it comes to international relations.

Is it conceivable that Put… Read full post »

By "best" I mean the egotism and clumsiness of the Obama Administration.

When Russia made a proposal that a smart U.S. president should have considered long before it adopted its Nothing v. Bomb binary, the Ketchup Consort stated baldly that Syria surrendering its chemical stockpiles would  neve… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 4:47PM

Obama's Waterloo

Will Russia be Obama’s Las Vegas?

O.J. Simpson got away with murder, but only for a while. He’s now cooling his heels in a Las Vegas prison, not for murder but for some lesser charge. Many, however, feel that it’s Karma at work.

Obama hasn’t murdered anyone unless you humanize… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 1:22PM

Obama's Syrian Pig's Breakfast

Obama’s Pig’s Breakfast, Syrian Style

Obama’s range-of-the-moment foreign relations policy regarding Syria exemplifies the maxim that nothing is so bad that it can’t get worse.

Starting with non-intervention, segueing to getting rid of the regime (when he thought it was vulner… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2013 11:40AM

Obama Overfollowing the Leader?

Did Obama Learn Too Much from Professor Bush?

It’s old news that Obama’s romantic view of international relations was quickly informed by reality, and that in response thereto, Obama adopted most, if not all, of his predecessor’s eminently sensible protective policies, much to the d… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2013 4:11PM

Obama's Endless Amateur Hour

Obama’s Endless Amateur Hour

No need to rehash Obama’s past manifestations of his utter unpreparedness to be President of the United States. They’re too (n)(h)umorous to mention.

Lately, he’s added to the inventory of missteps, and in both instances, it’s a case of being… Read full post »

AUGUST 8, 2013 10:54AM

Obama Gets It Right

Obama Gets It Right

Although it is true that a broken watch is right twice a day, I would not dismiss Obama’s recent decision to stand up to Putin so facilely.

From the moment some Russian official ungallantly and publically corrected Hillary Clinton’s attempt to press the reset button in… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2013 5:38PM

Anthony Weiner

Even Democrats should be able to come up with someone less slimy, sleazy, and mentally unwholesome than Anthony "sloped shoulder" Weiner. Now his equally ugly aide has added her two cents. What a pair.

And anyone who thinks AW's "stand by your man" wifey is doing anything other than feathering her… Read full post »

Obama Butts In (Again)

Early on the Zimmerman/Martin case, Obama chose to interject himself by noting that his ghost son resembled Trayvon. Notwithstanding this presidential plea for prejudice in deciding the case, its jury determined unanimously that Z shot M in self defense.

To the chorus of racist… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2013 1:31PM

The Big Butt Obamas

When Did Having a Big Butt Become a Crime?

The Obamas have big butts. Brazilians tend to have ample mouths. The Irish inspired the lyric “skinny-lipped virgins with blood like water.”

I don’t see how and why identifying these general, but no doubt not universal physical characterist… Read full post »

Having accurately predicted, along with many other bloggers with some sophistication in legal matters, the result of the Zimmerman trial, I now direct my gaze at the crystal ball featuring AG Holder’s palliative announcement that he is going to look into the possibility of accusing Mr. Z of fed… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2013 2:56PM

Obama and Morsy

Morsy and Obama

The Egyptians have a lot to learn about democracy. Considering their short experience with the system, their juvenile reaction to Morsy is totally understandable.

Egyptians must learn that a democratically elected leader who breaks campaign promises, packs his administration with corr… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2013 5:32PM

The Good, Bad, and Ugly in Brazil

Tea Partiers + Occupiers = Brazil Manifestations

The mission and means of most participants in today’s marches through the streets of many cities in Brazil are in many respects similar to those of the Tea Partiers. Both groups are incensed by governmental overreach and corruption. Their modest… Read full post »