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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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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 »

In this fantasy, the conservative is an academic economist who is currently employed by a conservative think tank, since he earned his PhD he has only worked in Academia or in think tanks.  He has never managed a real profit making business.  The liberal is a businessman who has never worke… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2014 8:42AM

Remembering the Dead

We don’t remember the dead anymore. 

While we make a show of mourning for the victims of violence, especially if many died (such as happened on September 11, 2001 or the Sandy Hook shootings) mourning is no longer part of our daily life. 

Folks in the 19th century mourned copiously.&n… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2014 4:38PM

For Men Only

Ok, you know the drill.  Mother’s Day is just a few days off, and you still have no idea what to get her.  Me too.  And to make it worse, the Thursday after Mother’s Day is my wife’s 65th birthday.   So after a quick panic, what do we do?Read full post »

Conservatism and the Mean Spirited Flouting of the Law

For all the patriotic drapery, when conservatives get power, they use power not to create the prosperity that they campaign on (and they really can’t since their ideas don’t work).  Instead they pick small battles that have the… Read full post »

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 »