A Further Perspective

A Further Perspective

Santa’s Nuclear Wish List

By 12.2.13

So the just concluded nuclear agreement with Iran isn’t really an agreement after all. As State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki replied, when asked when the interim deal, which is supposed to last for six months, goes into effect: “That’s a good question.” The “next step,” she continued, is a series of “technical discussions at the working level so we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement.”

In other words, what the brilliant team of negotiators drew up in Geneva is essentially a “wish list” to Santa Claus. How, when, where — or even whether —  Santa delivers on those wishes remains to be determined “through discussions at the working level.”

Meanwhile, Iran has agreed to do absolutely nothing, and the regime can continue building its bombs and their delivery systems to its heart’s content — all the while basking in the glow of its newly won reputation for moderation.

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Walmart’s Black Friday, Obamacare’s Black Saturday

By 11.29.13

An old but stubbornly funny yarn showcases the contrasting attitudes of private and public enterprise. A shopper purchases a gift a few days before Christmas in an overcrowded downtown store. “Wow, it’s a madhouse in here,” he remarks to the clerk. “Yeah, it’s our best day of the year.” The shopper walks across the street into the post office and finds a similarly chaotic scene. “Wow, that line is a mile long,” he observes to the clerk. “Yeah, it’s our worst day of the year.”

One needn’t wait until Christmas to discover the fundamental truth of this tale. Just compare the facial expressions of the people waiting for freebies at the local Social Security Administration building with the people in line to give their cash to Best Buy.

On Black Friday, Walmart wants its stores packed like a mosh pit. On the following day—surely it will be a Black Saturday at the White House if the revamped health care website hiccups—the president wants a manageable, mild, modest number of Americans to visit healthcare.gov.

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Our Debt to Squanto

By 11.28.13

Recently while visiting a center of learning (aka university) whose president asked me to leave it un-named to protect its reputation, I came across a charming and amusing scholar, Isaac Pequot Vogelkopf, a bit of an eccentric if you go by whispers in the faculty lounge but popular with his students and – I might add – an excellent tennis player, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport’s history as well as a nigh-untouchable forehand when he is in the mood. Prof. Vogelkopf shared with me a document he says he found in his great-aunt’s attic on Nantucket. She declined to be interviewed for this article. Until I can persuade her to sit still for a chat (about her nephew as well as about the junk she has collected over the years) and, moreover, until I run this by some of the good prof’s colleagues in the American history field, I cannot vouch for – er, for anything, really. —RK

Dear and Honored Bradford Sahib,

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Giving Thanks

By 11.27.13

There’s always plenty about which to grumble. A stagnant economy. Encroaching Big Government. Soaring federal debt and uncontrolled entitlement spending. Marriage deconstruction. Family breakdown. Over 40 percent of American children born without married parents. Coarsening popular entertainment. A post-modern amoral culture that demonizes virtue. Continued abortion on demand.

Internationally, plenty of evils brew. Iran’s crazy mullahs may yet get their nukes. Brutal wars rage in Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and several other hot spots. Radical Islam captivates tens of millions. Millions of Christians are routinely persecuted. Anti-Semitism persists. Drug lords bankroll billions while killing countless souls and bodies. Millions of women and children are sexually trafficked internationally.

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Enough About JFK!

By 11.27.13

I never intended to write about the life or death of John F. Kennedy, seeing how that subject has been infinitely covered for the past 50 years, especially by numerous leftists who don’t believe the reams of material supporting the Warren Commission findings. But seeing all the fawning press JFK has received these last few weeks and the revivals of the beloved conspiracy theories surrounding his assassination have nearly sent me over the edge.

What has particularly irked me all these years is the specious argument that Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald on orders from the CIA or LBJ or somebody else, since he could have had no motive otherwise. Right. Even my father, who despised Jack Kennedy, was ready to shoot Oswald, based solely on the premise that no one should be able to kill the president of the United States. 

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