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Michael Ryland

Michael Ryland
Location
Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA
Birthday
February 10
Bio
I seek the truth. My truth. Your truth. I express opinions and humor designed to enlighten and confound. Your comments, positive or negative, are always welcome. I may reply.

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"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle,Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2012 1:21PM

The New Adventures of Old Conservatism

So the new right-wing tactic seems to be a call for Revolution in America. I'm so inspired that conservatives love their country so much they are willing to destroy it just because their guy didn't win.

Since 1789, America has held presidential elections every 4 years. We've had Federalists, Whigs, Re… Read full post »

I hate Broccoli. I hate it cooked, I hate it raw. I hate it smothered in cheese or cream sauce. I don't have anything against broccoli. I just don't like the taste or the aroma of the stuff. It is, as a matter of fact, the only thing that President George… Read full post »

A young girl in my area has been repeatedly disciplined and scolded because she respectfully sits during the Pledge of Allegiance. The girl reportedly is an "A" student and was given detention for her actions. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the school district on the girl's behalf. As you… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2012 6:23PM

A Wall Of Separation

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

Thus begins the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Along with 9 additional amendments, ratified on December 15, 1791, they constitute what is known as the Bill of Rights. The First… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2012 1:31PM

Has It Been 4 Years Already?

Where has the time gone? Wasn't it just yesterday we were basking in the warm glow of a near-lanslide victory for the then Senator Barack Obama?  Was it not only a few hours ago that I could barely speak because I was hoarse from celebratory screaming? I'm certain I just turned… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2012 4:31AM

The Love Of War & Other Nice Things

I've come to the conclusion that the thing Republicans love more than anything else in the whole wide world, is War. If not, why do they wage so many?  The War on Women is just the latest in a string of armed and unarmed conflicts carried on by the GOP stretching… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2008 9:36AM

What Is Your Favorite Curse Word?

For many years I have been a fan of the Bravo show, "Inside The Actors Studio".  Host James Lipton, Dean Emeritus of the Actors Studio MFA Drama program, has interviewed nearly 200 of the world's most accomplished actors, directors, musicians, and comedians, allowing viewers a unique, inside loo… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 25, 2008 12:04PM

The Woman I Never Expected To Meet

Terrifying.  The only word to describe it.  I had never been on a "blind date" before.  I had never been "fixed up" before.  In the name of God, why did I let Joan talk me into this?  What was I thinking?

It was a couple years after my divorce.  I was… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2008 3:03PM

Not A Great Career Path

Richard Mentor Johnson, William Almon Wheeler, Levi Parsons Morton, and Garret Augustus Hobart.  How many of you recognize these four names?  Anybody?  OK, how about John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, and George H.W. Bush?  Aha!  Everybody knows these four g… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2008 12:44PM

Throw-Away Candidates 1984 & 2008

1984.  Ronald Reagan is running for re-election.  Seemingly everyone is a Republican.  The "conservative revolution" is in full force.  The incumbant President is enormously popular.  If you believe the talking points, he won the Cold War, single-handedly defeated Communism,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2008 10:08AM

The Random Rant

Good Morning!  Welcome to another edition of the rant.

In no particular order, here are some things I'm thinking today.

President-Elect Obama is in the process of picking his Cabinet.  I have one request:  Don't raid the Senate.  While I do think that John Kerry, Dick Luger, Hilla… Read full post »

The campaigns are over, the outcome decided, the transition begins.  It's too early for me to start picking apart the minutiae of who's in and who's not in the new administration.  Quite frankly, I really don't care if Rahm Emanuel becomes Chief of Staff.  So, in order to quench my des… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 5, 2008 11:15AM

Have We Learned Anything Here?

Well, well, well.  We have a new President, huh?  And, it's our guy to boot.  That's good.  In fact, it's great.  I really do believe that change will come.  But, is it possible that the bloom is off the rose already?

I've been reviewing the live blogs from last night.&n… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2008 9:15AM

Pennsylvania: First Look

11:00pm: Habemus President.  We have a President.  Our long national nightmare is over.  Good night, and God bless. 

9:55pm: 3 out of 4 House races in Allegheny County going Democratic.  Obama pulling 62% of the vote. 

8:30pm: It's not my state, but Elizabeth D… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2008 4:36PM

RIP Toot

MSNBC has just reported that Barack Obama's Grandmother has passed away.

Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

The Associated Press is reporting that the juror who left during deliberations on the Ted Stevens verdict lied about the reason for her needed absence.  Originally, Marian Hinnant, Juror #4, told the judge her father had died.  The judge suspended deliberations until her return the followin… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2008 1:33PM

Who Are These Undecideds?

It's almost here.  In less than 24 hours, the polls will open and we finally get to vote.  I'm not dissing those in states with early voting.  In PA we have to wait until Election Day.  It's kinda like not opening presents until Christmas morning.

Anyway, the polls are showing us… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2008 11:54AM

Who's Paying For This?

For as long as there have been political elections in this country, money has been an issue.  The history of political campaigns in the United States is rife with instances of corruption, bribery, and fraud.  The raising of money by and on behalf of candidates, parties, and interest gr… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2008 4:51PM

The Thrilla From Wasilla

This just in:  Sarah Palin just entered the hall for her latest campaign rally.  She was accompanied by the haunting strains of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Makes sense.  She scares the hell out of me!! Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2008 1:24PM

Somebody Talk Me Down

I know, I know, I've got to stop watching the news all day long.  I just can't help myself.  Last night, I watched the Obama commercial and was again amazed and inspired by this man.  Later, I watched the rally in Kissimee, Florida where Bill Clinton finally stood up and did… Read full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2008 5:51PM

No Respect Due

I have had it.  I have just spent 5 minutes yelling at my television and hoping bad things would happen to people I have never met.

Tom Delay, former House Majority Leader, is most famous for being corrupt.  He resigned from the House of Representatives in disgrace and now makes a… Read full post »

Bill McInturff, the top pollster for the McCain Campaign, is on MSNBC right now telling Andrea Mitchell that the race is tied.

He makes up the difference from the other polls by taking all the undecideds in the swing states who belong to groups that voted heavily for Bush in 2004,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2008 12:58PM

The Random Rant

Welcome to another edition of the Rant.

Here, in no particular order, are some of the things I'm thinking about today:

Tuesday is Election Day.  If Barack Obama wins, what reasons will I have to rant?  If John McCain wins, what reasons will I have to stop?

 Here is a Sarah… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2008 11:49AM

For Whom Should I Vote?

It's almost here.  Election Day is one week away.  I've considered my options and have made my choice.  In fact, I made it quite a while ago.  I'm voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  Many of you will agree with my choice, others will disagree.  Surprisingly, there ar… Read full post »