01 January 2014

Good-Bye.

This will be the last post to Red Stick Rant. The address will remain open, as I have some 6 years of posts and comments here - some of which I refer back to occasionally. But this is it.

20 years ago this very day my wife and I left Boston, with our new baby in hand, to return to our native Louisiana. We returned to Louisiana because is where our families are. To raise our own family without them was just not an option for us. But looking back on that move, it hasn't been the always blessing we had hoped for. The grass is not always greener.

In 2011 (when I put this blog on hiatus for a year), my former business partner, behind my back, seized my share of our 10-year old design practice (as my wife and I were leaving on a two-week vacation, no less), leaving us with nothing but a guarantee on the firm's debt (which he later defaulted on, wrecking my credit). This put huge strains on our family in the last few years, as my wife and I struggled to re-establish our professional names and professional practices under a mountain of debt, judgements and legal bills.

Yesterday, those strains burst.

The what and the how, are not for public airing. But the hopes and the optimism we had as we got into my friend Hugh's VW bus to head to the airport on 1 January 1994, are gone. Healing my family, and getting those hopes and optimism back, are now my first priority - and my sole New Year's Resolution. Blogging, Facebooking, Twitter, or all of the other distractions in my life are now very low on the list.

To everyone who has stopped by to read Red Stick Rant over the years, and maybe leave a comment... Thank you, and may God Bless. Good Bye.

.....CLIFFORD

22 November 2013

Best. Twitter. Response. Ever.

From Scott at The Hayride:, one Congressman's classic tweet puts the last five years in sharp perspective.

And if you are not reading The Hayide, well, you should. Scott is on a roll.

07 November 2013

We Won't Get Fooled Again. Well, Maybe.

Dear Readers, if you truly believe in individual liberty, limited government and the Constitution, remember this when you step up to the ballot box: A vote for the Libertarian Party candidate is really a vote for the Democrat candidate.

02 November 2013

George Santayana, Call Your Office.

“Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.”

Well, Dear Readers, meet the the doomed generation:



This is our future. And you wonder why Obama was elected and re-elected?

30 October 2013

Today's Required Reading.

Modernism, sucks.
All of modernism is a pit, into which beauty must be eradicated. Tragedy must not exist. Art is a kind of self-mocking joke. Judgementalism is the only true crime and is not permitted. The moderns are incapable of seeing that to like something is to pass judgement, and requires the disliking of something else. Perfect egalitarianism does not exist in the universe, and is impossible in the art world, in nature, or in human affairs. The galleries will never again discover genius like Leonardo or Breker so long as they contain trouts nailed to walls and televisions playing static. They exist within that vacuum of intellectual nihilism, from which there is no escape. Perpetually pushing invisible boundaries like hamsters on a wheel. If, as I believe, we are not actually doomed to this abstraction as part of a long-suffering demise, as Spengler would have us believe, then a revision of style is possible. There are still those that might break through this obscurity, rediscover beauty and the perfection of idea that comes from the mind of a single man, acting on instinct. Cut away the useless fat of a hundred years and start again from where Art Nouveau and to some degree Art Deco left off. But at this late stage it involves a courageous negation of hubris. Those lone warriors must strive for those ideas that can be retrieved from the perpetual wellspring of true creativity, that flowed about the great minds of antiquity like a raging river. Ideas and work that is not abstract or indefinable, but natural, primordial, and the product of intense labour and a devotion to an orderly ├Žsthetic.

15 October 2013

The Bishop's New Clothes.

Real Clear Religion looks at the worst vestments in Christendom today, and - surprise! - The Episcopal Church (tm) sweeps the field. Katherine Jefferts-Schori's famous 'Technicolor Oven Mitt' is number one. My fellow Anglican blogger Christopher Johnson gets a shout-out for his excellent Bad Vestments blog.

14 October 2013

Prediction Fail.

March 2013: Hanry Chao, one of the chief IT architects for the ObamaCare the "exchanges": "Let's just make sure it's not a Third-World experience."

October 2013: Yep. It's a Third-World experience.

I guess turning us into is Cuba is the transformative hope and change you millennials were looking for. With Zimbabwe's fiscal policy and Iran's tolerance thrown in for good measure.

The Barack Obama Work Ethic.

Welcome to America, transformed:
Lynd explained the cards weren't showing limits and they called corporate Walmart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700.00 and only had .49 on her card. She was held by police until corporate Walmart said they wouldn't press charges if she left the food.

Lynd says at 9 p.m., when the cards came back online and it was announced over the loud speaker, people just left their carts full of food in the aisles and left.
UPDATE: More here.

UPDATE: And more over at The Hayride.

RELATED: Mother of 15 demands: "Somebody, needs to pay for all my children . . . somebody needs to be held accountable, and they need to pay." And by "somebody", of course, she means you and me. The same people who (almost) paid for all those groceries in Mansfield.

10 October 2013

Say What You Want About Chris Christie...

...But if you debate the man, he will own you. Own. You. An utterly Reagan-esque response to a petty nipple-tweak:



Sad thing is, I bet Ms. Buono's campaign staff spent hours coming up with that line.

And The Winner Of This Year's Ben Franklin Look-Alike Contest Is...

...Aging hippie and Obama's IRS enforcer, Sarah Hall Ingram:

























"A penny saved, is a penny you owe the government"
- Poor Barack's Almanac

07 October 2013

Heeeeeeeeeere's... Hypocrisy!

Seems Johnny Carson, who loved to put down gun owners and hunters, "carried a .38 pistol on his hip in a holster."

Once again proving the point that the elite in this country think their lives are worth defending, but ours aren't.

We're not, y'know... important.

Sweet Dreams vs. The Wrecking Ball.

Annie Lennox, who could send adolescent boys (and not a few grown men) to their bunk with just a look and a riding crop back in the 80's, has a few things to say about the about the twerk-a-jerk performances passing for music these days. Sweet Dreams.