Ross Mackenzie

--Tin-eared corporate bigwigs just don't seem to get it about how greed plays with the general citizenry. Once again, they're raking in record compensation. A November Wall Street Journal article notes regarding a survey of CEOs at 456 companies that "the median pretax value of CEO salaries, bonuses, and long-term incentives, such as grants of stock and stock options, rose (in the just-ended fiscal year) by 3 percent to $7.23 million."

--Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are proposing tougher warnings on cigarette packs -- such as "Smoking can kill you" and "Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease." But why doesn't everyone heed those warnings, including our president? At last report, Barack Obama was keeping on as a closet smoker.

--Republican John Boehner says that once he becomes House Speaker next month he'll continue to fly around the country commercially. That will be in stark contrast to departing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who's regarded flying aboard a 42-seat Air Force C-32 as greatly befitting her lofty status. Documents obtained by Judicial Watch indicate that between March 2009 and June 2010, Madam Pelosi and her retinue logged 85 flights on military aircraft covering 206,264 miles and costing $2,100,745.

--...Which is but one of the many reasons even leftist columnist David Broder says the Democrats erred big time in voting to retain Ms. Pelosi as House Minority Leader in the next Congress.

--Pelosi thinkalike Michael Moore has informed the world that "white America does not like having a black president." Why? Because, he said on "Real Time With Bill Maher," "Obama lost the white vote." But wait: Since 1964, every Democratic presidential nominee has lost the white vote -- meaning the white demographic is not hostile to blacks but to Democrats.

--Question: If Sarah Palin is such a ditz, then why do leftists so fear her?

--Probably for the same reasons they dissed Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush as dumb. Underestimating one's ideological opponents rarely brings political success.

--If it is true -- given astrophysicists' recent upward revision of earlier estimates by a factor of three -- that the universe contains about 300 sextillion stars, then is it not even likelier than in pre-revision days that life exists beyond Earth?

--Michio Kaku, author and CCNY professor of theoretical physics, recently noted that NASA scientists have indeed found alien life -- "not in space but in California, in the form of an exotic microbe with DNA never seen before that feeds on arsenic, a poison....To the scientific community, this...means that every biology textbook now has to be revised. Even the very definition of life may have to be changed."

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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