"Optimism Sweeps Nation." So announce banner headlines throughout the nation. Media as diverse as Fox to The Economist to our beloved Signal are chock-a-bloc overflowing with good will toward President Barack Obama. With approval ratings through the roof and reports of lions sleeping with lambs, America basks in the moment, celebrating its remarkable wisdom in choosing such a capable and uniquely American president. Hail to the Chief! Congratulations to us all! May President Obama serve ...
We Dodger fans are a peculiar lot. Rooting for one of the great, storied franchises in Major League Baseball, Dodger fans are often victims of disappointment and frustration - but we always hope that next year will be better.
As Israel defends itself against Hamas terrorist attacks, critics are having a field day with the Jewish state.
Shibboleth: a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning. - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary I enjoy a well-turned word or phrase, but I dislike the partisan shibboleth, handy words or phrases that party faithful can turn to in a heartbeat to end any rational argument or discussion. We all know the national shibboleths. Republican faithful tout prayer in school to cure ...
"If the book is good, is about something that you know, and is truly written, and reading it over you see that this is so, you can let the boys yip and the noise will have that pleasant sound coyotes make on a very cold night when they are out in the snow and you are in your own cabin that you have built or paid for with your work."
You and your family are invited to come and celebrate the city's 60 miles of paseos and off-street trails by participating in "Hit the Trail" with Mayor Frank Ferry and the Santa Clarita City Council.
I see guy things - everywhere. I keep opening drawers and finding guy junk: light bulbs, electrical tape, WD40 and canned air. Canned air? And why, Great Cowboy of the Heavens, doesn't he buy cleaners? I can retrieve a cross-head screwdriver, a concrete drill bit, wood glue (which apparently has a different use than Super Glue), the pooper scooper - I'm very good at using that - and the old lamp he refused the throw ...
Razor blades hidden inside Halloween apples. Heart attack movie popcorn butter. Tina Fey spoofing Sarah Palin.
New Year's resolutions and prayers for the future bring forth wishes for peace, prosperity, and happiness, but the reality of our world is such that hopes for a better tomorrow ring discordantly for millions of innocent people.
"First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement, so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the Pirate's Code to apply, and you're not. And thirdly, the code is more of what you call 'guidelines' than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner."
If you taped that SCV events calendar to your refrigerator last week there's a couple of dates that need to be changed. The annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefit the SCV Senior Center will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21. The intriguing "Night at the Coconut Grove" celebration for Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley has been moved to March 10, 2010. Film Fest at The REP
Art. When we hear the word, many of us think of it as a separate realm reserved for the elite - an indulgence, a luxury, a thing apart from our everyday lives.
"The sad truth is that this decision further elevates someone who has in recent weeks actively promoted legalized discrimination and denigrated the lives and relationships of millions of Americans."
The Santa Clarita City Council hosted its third in a series of Extreme Neighborhood Makeover block parties, this time in Saugus.
"If you get thrown from a horse, you have to get up and get back on, unless you landed on a cactus; then you have to roll around and scream in pain."
SANTA CLARTA - I'm not good at talking to audiences. I don't like talking to audiences. When I am excited, I talk quickly and in a painfully high pitch. When I am emotional, not even my parents, who've had 20 years to learn, can understand my words.
The fact is, everything stands or falls on leadership. Leaders understand the importance of bringing people together to accomplish more than any could do alone. The best leaders are able to recognize future challenges and opportunities, assess and use their team's strengths while protecting their weaknesses, and mobilize efforts in the right way when crises arise. But more than anything else, good leaders have a laser-like focus on the mission they have been charged to accomplish.
Our federal government has been tough on those who would do intentional harm to our nation and its people. Gitmo is filled with "suspected terrorists" - from taxi drivers found in the wrong place at the wrong time to actual bad guys who would slash us with box cutters or far worse if given a chance.
I read and watch a lot of detective stories, and the type I really enjoy are place-centered. The ones where the crimesolver's hometown is as much a part of the story as the crime that starts the story rolling. New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco have more than their fair share of detectives. So does London, and for some reason, rural England. The butler rarely does it, but mystery readers seem to really love ...
Nothing clarifies the mind of politicians like a fear of defeat at the ballot box. And nothing stokes such a fear more than watching an upset happen in a supposedly blue state. So with all the bitter arguments inside the conservative movement and Republican Party over health care and budget strategy, I offer a simple plea for unity of purpose around a common cause - elect Steve Lonegan to the United States Senate in New Jersey on Wednesday, October 16.
Congress has a number of deadlines, but then again, everyone has them. The trick is to deal with deadlines before they loom. It's a lesson many parents teach their children.
Like millions of Americans, I've become a "Duck Dynasty" fan.
"Heal wounds, warm hearts." That's what one sinner said the Catholic Church needs to do in the world today.
Editor's note: This column by Congressman McKeon was published in The Moscow Times on Sept. 17.
My Uncle Earl is probably similar to one of your relatives. You know the one I mean. That one person who is loud, annoying, opinionated, and boorish. But, occasionally, he says the things you really want to say.
Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.
Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama's "problem with his tone" in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard.
If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.
For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.