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Terry McKenna

Terry McKenna
Dover, New Jersey, USA
July 20
Conservative in the Burkean sense. Little tolerance for fools, less for liars (though I regularly vote for them).


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APRIL 12, 2014 8:12AM

Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus God?


You may have heard about Bart Ehrmann’s new book about Jesus, “How Jesus Became God.”  Books about Jesus are a staple of the Easter season.  Bart is a scholar of the Bible, but is also an agnostic.  He’s a controversial character, but h… Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2014 1:24PM

Fuck You Old Man!

The first open enrollment period for the ACA is now closed.  So now what?

We won’t know if the law is working for a few years.  It will take time to see what sort of rate increases insurers demand for successive re-enrollments and it will also take time to determine… Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2014 1:24PM

Fuck You Old Man!

The first open enrollment period for the ACA is now closed.  So now what?

We won’t know if the law is working for a few years.  It will take time to see what sort of rate increases insurers demand for successive re-enrollments and it will also take time to determine… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2014 9:58AM

Paul Ryan - Reconsidered

By now most of us have hear about what Paul Ryan said to Bill Bennett (radio host) that there is a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2014 6:37AM

A Miracle

Last week I lost my cell phone.

Yep.  And it’s an IPhone 5.  And it was unlocked.

What happened next was a miracle.

But first let me set the scene.  My wife and I were returning from Rochester, a town that is a five hour drive from our… Read full post »

MARCH 1, 2014 2:37PM

There is No Free Market for Labor

There is no free market for labor

Before you start screaming at me that it is the free market for labor that has destroyed US wages, let me elaborate about just how different the market for labor is from what Adam Smith imagined in the 18th century. 

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FEBRUARY 17, 2014 3:33PM

Entrepreneurs are not Job Creators.

Entrepreneurs are not Job Creators.

America has needed to create its own myths in order to make itself a people.  While nations like the UK have tales of King Arthur and the Vikings their sagas, tales which predate the modern nation-state, we had to invent our myths in plain view. &nb… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 9, 2014 8:07AM

What Did Mike Huckabee Mean?

So what did Mike Huckabee say?

And what is it about women and their libido.  I mean really?

Women who need sex and must have it so often that they need to take a pill to prevent pregnancy.  Well I do believe.  And Democrats want us to pay for the… Read full post »

JANUARY 25, 2014 7:06AM

Catholics and Sex

In Thursday’s column, Gail Collins wrote the following, “Without changing any of the Church’s reactionary rules on contraception, homosexuality or abortion, Francis changed the tone just by saying that Catholics should stop obsessing about sex. I cannot imagine what the nuns who ran… Read full post »

Today, Paul Krugman writes (in the NY Times) about the well to do.  It's a must read - as most of his columns are.

We have been sold a bill of goods by right wing think tanks (lie AEI) which have crafted a cunning narrative about job creators (entrepreneurs) and soRead full post »

JANUARY 19, 2014 4:29PM

WTF - what happened?

What Happened to Us.

A Very Short History of the US

We started as a shining city on a hill, founded by geniuses and ended up where we are today; a nation in debt, with a many folks having a hard time finding work.  In foreign policy, we remain… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2014 7:39AM

John McCain Is Mad - Too F'ing Bad

My History Lesson for John McCain.

Preface:  Please read to the end, and remember, this is a blog and the art form is the rant.

The news is out, John McCain is hopping mad.  Lindsey Graham is mad too (though his wrath is of a more sniveling nature).  It turns… Read full post »

Should we extend unemployment benefits for persons who are out of work more than 26 weeks? 

Should we increase the minimum wage?

These are the sorts of questions we place before economists, but should we? 

They may be excellent with explaining what happened after the fact, and great at… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2013 7:36PM

Our schools are not failing.

Our schools are not failing...   

Yet every year we see a news story about the failure of our schools.  If you accept the results, you would think that U.S. teenagers are mediocre in reading and science, and truly terrible with math.  And all this despite a decade of No Child… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2013 12:13PM

Our Last Christmas Miracle

Our Last Magical Christmas


This is my son's apartment.  Magical in its own way.

Christmases can be magical, especially if young children are involved.  Our son is 35 now, so the days are long over when his eyes lit up in wonder over our lit Christmas tree.  I still… Read full post »

Nelson Mandela died this past week, and now those who opposed his rise need to deal with his legacy.  And yes, his opponents were on the wrong side of history.  And many are still around, so watch carefully to see where they end up.

Though I normally bristle at the idea… Read full post »

For many of us, we have become liberals by default.  I am still a registered Republican, and voted for Republicans for most offices.  Over time, Republican talking points got stupider and stupider.  Reagan was the first major Republican that I refused to vote for.  Over time the p… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 28, 2013 9:31AM

My Open Letter About The ACA

Cong. Lance (NY 7th) Votes to Protect the Millions Of Americans Who Have Lost Their Healthcare Under ObamaCare


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ 07) joined a strong bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon in support of H.R. 3350, the &ldRead full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 1:07PM

On A Personal Note

On A Personal Note

Did you ever find yourself in a situation where all you can think is how the hell did I end up here?

In my early years, I bounced around a number of shitty jobs and, as is to be expected when doing shitty jobs, some pretty… Read full post »

Women and Men, Never the Twain Shall Meet

Let me start out by saying that this is not a generalized rant about the many areas where men and women look at each other and think that the other is crazy.  In fact, I believe that women and men perform equally… Read full post »

Let’s examine the least understood part of Obamacare, the part the forces policies to offer a set of minimum benefits.  Critics have mocked this aspect by highlighting the fact the a policy for a 50-year-old man will now include maternity care.  Silly isn’t it! 

And it is… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2013 11:19AM

Obama Lied About the ACA. Get Over It!

Ok, the President Lied* About Obamacare

So what?

Did we think it was going to be easy to craft a major change like the ACA? 

And if we did nothing, what then?

Without the ACA (Obamacare) we would have ever more folks without insurance, as employers continued to drop group… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2013 11:13AM

California Dreaming, a Personal Note

I was born in New Jersey to a family that has been in New Jersey since the late 1850s.  I love my home state, but when I speak to folks who live elsewhere, I never hear anyone tell me that it must be great to live where I do.  That’s ok. … Read full post »

If you want to know why right wing voters are so stupid.  And yes, they are!  Just listen to right wing media.  Even the best is full of outright lies and misinformation. 

Even from experts.


An example is with Larry Kudlow.  Larry is a decent person, upbeat… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2013 10:41AM

Media Bias and the Debt Ceiling

While the mainstream media covered the debt tantrum as Republican extortion.  Fox News took a different tack.

The follow was on their website:


  “To end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling without accepting any meaningful GOP conditions, President Obama has resRead full post »