The USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship, is moving closer to North Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated "all options are on the table" with regard to pressuring Libyan thug dictator Muammar Gaddafi into stepping down.
Meanwhile, back in the United States, unemployment remains stubbornly high, deficits are in the stratosphere, sensible politicians are finally saying "enough is enough" to greedy, bullheaded unions, and gasoline prices are rising fast. If gasoline rises to 2008 levels of $4 or more per gallon, it will choke off our fragile, nascent recovery.
President Obama's signature legislation, the rube goldberg clunker known as Obamacare, has been struck down by a couple of judges, and a Republican House of Representatives is as eager to take a few swings at it as a kid at a birthday party who steps up to the pinata.
Muslim extremists continue to plot against us, and we're catching them just in the nick of time. One of these days, they'll strike before we catch them. The latest, a Texas college student from Saudi Arabia, purchased chemicals over the Internet and planned to blow up dams, nuclear plants and the home of former President George W. Bush.
Clearly, things are not going well for The One. Is it possible he might want to flex his muscles to prove his macho bona fides and topple the hated Gaddafi? Does he possibly think he could score brownie points with moderates and even a few conservatives if he firmly pushed the despot out the door with some well-placed bombs and predator drones?
Who knows. It's been a crazy couple of months, and with the 2012 election approaching and no signs our economy will robustly recover, one can't help but wonder what kind of hope and change our president has in store for us.
ENOUGH ALREADY — It's high time the professional rabble-rousers camping out inside the Capitol Building in Madison, Wis., be on their way. Hey, folks, WE GOT THE POINT! You're pissed off and think you're being railroaded. We get it. Now, can the good people of Wisconsin have their State House back again? The picketers and protesters have trashed the grounds outside the State House, and have been asked to leave the inside because it is badly in need of cleaning. Come now, children. This isn't very "green" of you, is it? What about Mother Earth and the environment?
PAMPERED PRIMA DONNAS — There are many reasons I don't pay much attention to the NBA, but one of the biggest reasons is the arrogant and piss-poor attitudes of so many of the prima donna players. The Detroit Pistons, who seven years ago won the championship, and in 2005 lost in the NBA Finals, are a disaster these days. And the players' bad morale and dislike of their head coach caused many of them to skip a mandatory "shoot-around" on Friday, then get scratched from the list of prospective players in the game vs. Philadelphia. Only six players played for Detroit. These guys are getting paid millions to play a kids' game. They don't realize that most people would give their eye teeth to earn one tenth as much as they do. And our economy still is very much in the dumps. Yet these spoiled players decide to let their teammates and fans down. Get real, guys. Do you realize that about three quarters of the NBA teams are losing money, and your salad days may soon be over? Do you also realize that were it not for your basketball skills, many of you would be pumping gas or washing cars?