CW reminded us of the seminal document for today's many cookouts, family reunions and fireworks displays. I'd like to ask you to take an hour or two, if not today, in the coming week, to forego more coverage on Michael Jackson and replace it with some excellent video coverage of some (my opinion only) far better examples of what is great about America. In the meantime, if you just can't get enough of young African American males who unexpectedly burst into flames during their earlier careers and you are willing to consider one who did NOT become a freakshow child molester whom for some reason the rest of the world is attempting to beatify, I urge you to consider reading about Mr. Alvin Shell. I should not treat this with such cynicism whether aimed at a ridiculously detached pop-culture and the media who feed it or not. The people in these videos, and their many peers, should not be grouped alongside such self-serving narcissists (redundancy intentional), even if only to serve as contrast, for it cheapens such rare coverage of what they did. But why, oh why, do these kinds of stories not displace the vacuous stories that fill so much of the space the networks were unable to sell off to advertisers in their so-called "news" programs? Could it be that they don't fit the script into which so many of them have vested themselves?
The Blog: A compendium of thoughts on politics, world affairs, economics, pop culture and social issues, from the center right perspective of me--Bryan McGrath--a University of Virginia graduate who spent a career in the world's greatest Navy keeping my mouth shut about politics and social issues (ok, publicly keeping it shut). Those days are over! I've also invited a few friends to join in, so pull up a chair and chime in where you will. Keep it clean, civil, concise and relevant.
The Fish: The fish is a "coat of arms" for the blog, symbolizing three formative influences in the life of the blog founder. The first is his experience at the University of Virginia--symbolized most importantly by the fish itself, or a caricature of a "Wahoo", the fish we have acquired as an informal nickname. Additionally there is the sword, the sword of a Cavalier. It is not wielded in a threatening manner, as this is a civil blog. But it is there, should it be needed. Secondly, there is the influence of 21 years in the Navy--symbolized by the anchor on the Wahoo's fin (and again, the sword) . Finally, there is the bowler, tuxedo, and monocle, symbols of a refined, intellectual conservatism, or what I seek to encourage here.
The Policy: I take FULL responsibility ONLY for what I write. I do not take responsibility, nor will I be held responsible, for what my guest bloggers write or for what those who offer comments write. I will occasionally exercise my right to edit/delete both blog posts and comments if they do not meet my view of what clean, civil, concise and relevant mean.