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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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DECEMBER 21, 2014 7:51AM

Cuba - Time To Give This Up

Cuba – It is not about them

It is about us.

The rights of Americans to trade and travel are basic, far more so than the right to own a semi-automatic weapon.  If you counter that our constitution says nothing about either travel or trade, you are right, but what… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2014 8:05AM

Government of the People... NOT

Are we really a government of the people?  This week’s two major news events tell us that we are not. 

The events?  The first was the report on the CIA and torture.  The second was the omnibus budget bill with its Christmas gift to the big banks.

But first,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2014 11:43AM

On The ACA

The following is from Randy Barnett and was published in USA today, and in my local paper, the Morris County (NJ) Daily Record. 

I have edited it for space. 

There is now a clear path to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act next year, but the only wayRead full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 8:13AM

Thankful For:

Being Thankful

It is easier to be thankful now at 63, than when I was a young man.  An older man has the long view, and can ignore the small stuff.  And to be frank, we earn more now so the pressure to make a living is over.  We were… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2014 6:36AM

So Who Is The Christian?

So who is the Christian?

Once again, our most conservative singer showed himself to be anything but.  Yes, he goes to Church, receives communion, bows and crosses himself when he passes in front of the altar.  He is also a good father, a hard worker and may even be a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2014 7:53AM

Obama Has Acted, Now Get Over It

The president has acted and Republicans are mad.

It is not clear what they will do.  Some, like Ted Cruz, have threatened to shut the government down, but in the coming weeks we will see how that goes.  Some Republicans pretend that this insult by the president will stop any… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 8, 2014 12:13PM

The Election - My Take

Ok, the Republicans won, so now what?

Let me start by summarizing what democrats would have done over the past 6 years if they had had veto proof majorities.  We would have had a carbon tax, a minimum wage hike, and the initial stimulus would have been all spending (not… Read full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2014 12:05PM

The Funeral

Tom was dead.  Funny, I never liked Tom, even as I respected his hard work as a scout leader and father, especially after he lost the one really good job he ever had (and went bankrupt in the process).

I wanted to pay my respects to the family, and I… Read full post »
OCTOBER 26, 2014 8:25AM

The Ebola Panic

Funny about the Ebola epidemic, from the recent Congressional hearing you might imagine that the danger is here.  It is not.  While the disease rages in western Africa; there have been a very small number of US cases. The only US death so far involved a man who cared for a… Read full post »

So who was our worst president? 

James Buchanan? Andrew Johnson?  Possibly Millard Fillmore?

How about a more modern figure, a modern president?  Who is the worst president since WW2? 

I immediately thought George W Bush – and I assumed most educated voters would agree.&nb… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 5, 2014 7:02PM

Regarding Chris Christie!

I think Chris Christie’s career is over.  Yes, he may try for the presidency, but it is all over.  His flaws have been exposed.  Even if he managed to win in the primaries (which he won’t) he can’t go all the way.

As a Jersey Boy, I had high hopes… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 8:43AM

Benghazi and Right Wing Talking Points

My local paper printed yet another letter about Benghazi.

How did a really small event (a single attack in the midst of a civil war) gain such staying power.  Truth be told, the attack in Benghazi was not a scandal, it was a tragedy and a limited one.  But as… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 8:01AM

There is no endgame (with ISIS)

There Are No Freedom Fighters

There is no end game. 

I keep hearing about how the president needs to have an end game.  That it is ok to become involved again, but only if there is an end game. 

The end game is a term from chess, andRead full post »

AUGUST 23, 2014 9:54AM

My Reaction to Ferguson

Everybody else has chimed in, so why not me.

After more than a week, I have had the benefit of time to reflect.  I may not have inside information, but now I have a lot more information than most of those who have written so far.

The police in Ferguson fucked… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2014 10:07AM

More on art criticism

So why are art critics full of shit?

Maybe the issue of why criticism is such bullshit is impossible to sort out.  After all, the teaching of psychology has become warped over time by political correctness, even if psychology is useful.  And as for things as gender studies, they are… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2014 8:17AM

Art and Bullshit

Art and Bullshit

Sadly, shit floats.

My son and I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art this past Friday to see an exhibition of the work of Gary Winogrand.  I had the good fortune to study with Gary for one semester at the Cooper Union in 1972 or 73. 

He… Read full post »

My local papers regularly post letters from what are clearly angry conservatives.

Here is one from the local Daily Record (excerpted as fair use). 

As a proud American, it's a total embarrassment that our president is such an incompetent leader. In 2008, Barack Obama pulled off theRead full post »

Israel and the American Political Right

On Friday … Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) called on Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry to “knock off” their calls for Israeli caution.   … “President Obama and Secretary Kerry must do more than denounce Hamas… Read full post »

Paul Ryan continues to pretend that he is the adult in the room, ready to make the hard choices that everyone one else avoids.  He has been in the news with his take on poverty programs.  For reference only (and used under the doctrine of fair use) I  quote from… Read full post »
JULY 26, 2014 1:58PM

Why the Tea Party are so Stoopid

Do you ever wonder why Tea Party politicians are so stupid?   The culprit is the very Right Wing media that informs them and eggs them on.  I have two examples, one an example from Sean Hannity (radio)show and the other from a column by Charles Krauthammer.   

Hannity first.Read full post »

Border security is all the rage.  Republicans cite failure to enforce our borders as their chief excuse for avoiding action on immigration reform.  Politicians regularly scream about the border, but when you examine what border security might mean, you find no single answer.  Vague pol… Read full post »

Chicago and Israel, Two hopeless Messes

Both are hopeless.   Yes, both.

I know far more about Chicago, so I will comment about Chicago first.  My wife once managed a bookstore there, and a brother lived there as well.  I have been to Chicago twice and enjoyed the city immensely.&… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2014 1:32PM

God Does Not Want Me To Sing

Does God intervene in human affairs? 

Long ago, the answer was yes. Before the modern era, whenever disaster struck, people assumed that God was angry, and so looked to appease him.  Since no one was really responsible, what happened next was that a scapegoat was found. When the plagues… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2014 10:10AM

Are Conservatives Stupid?

Are conservatives stupid? 

I spend a lot of time on line, and post lots of comments.  I post under my own name and am a fearless competitor in an argument.  I am a regular on two local newspaper websites, tussle with a few conservatives.  Funny about the conservatives, the… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2014 8:34AM

To My Father in Heaven

To my father (Joseph L McKenna) not to God the father. 

My father was almost 52 when I was born.  A late bloomer, whose life was interrupted by the stock market crash a few days before his 30th birthday, and then by the depression and a world war.  He met my… Read full post »