Thursday, September 22, 2011

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume III, Issue XXXVIII

The 'Science' of Favoritism

There is so much to report on this week: Palestinian 'statehood,' the economic woes of Europe and the United States and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to New York. The 'other' weekly news magazine is featuring the cover story: "Why Mom Liked You Best." OK, it is a story remeniscent of an old Smothers Brothers show.

Here's a favoritism study worth reporting: Why does the American Left so love the Palestinians and Jihad-friendly folks who'd really like to see us gone right after they nuke Israel into oblivion (and they blatently say so)? American intellectuals have bent over backward to promote disdain for our own amazing achievements as a people in our major universities. Our media is saturated with self-loathing 'reporting' guaranteed to dispirit the most resilient of people.

While it is a sign of maturity as a people to deal honestly with our failings as a people, it is equally mature to recognize the goodness that underpins the American way of life.

It is time to take back the conversation from the naysayers. America still stands as a unique experiment in self-government and individual responsibility. It is still the land of opportunity to millions who live outside her borders. Her Constitution has served as a catalyst to give dignity and a voice to people of every ethnicity and persuasion. The American dream is not about owning a house, it is rather that vision of a bright shining city on a hill, one that inspires and enriches the human condition... a celebration of "imago dei."

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov'd,
And mercy more than life.
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates and the music composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward.

Binyamin Netanyahu Addresses the UN

"The real leader of the free world."

"The Most Important Level of Government is Local"
--Thomas Jefferson

Signs for David Karaffa for supervisor line the entrance to the Brookwood subdivision.