Can a Dog Improve Your Life and Tax Life?

Written by Lotus on Tuesday, 5 of May , 2009 at 9:16 pm

buster-is-cute.JPGI’ll never forget the first time I saw him. We met on the Internet in 1999 and I fell for him instantly. He had the most beautiful brown eyes. Then he was just known as number 81 by the Washington D.C. Humane Society. He was a beagle and chocolate lab mix. The adoption process took a bit of time. I had only met him once, but I fought for him. He was in a short-term foster home that didn’t seem to want to give him up despite having me go through the process. Four days before Christmas I showed up unannounced and took my Buster home.

Buster was more than just a pet. He was my companion and best friend. I had him for almost nine years before he passed away last September. He suffered from a heart murmur for many years and as he got older his heart problems worsened. Any time he needed an EKG, x-ray or new medication, my wallet, heart and mind were open to the possibility that it could extend our time together. My finances took a heavy toll, but he lived a comfortable six months longer than the veterinarian predicted.

I am so thankful that I was able to take care of him until the end. It might have been too much of a financial burden for another owner. Given that there are over 80 million homes that have a dog or cat, there are millions of pets that will be in the same situation as my Buster. I recently learned that there is a proposal that can ease the financial costs of our companions.

Click here to read the rest of my Townhall column.

Click here to read a response from my libertarian friend, Trevor Bothwell at the Washington Examiner.

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Davi’s Passion for Politics and Film

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 15 of November , 2008 at 4:52 pm

A few weeks ago I blogged about Robert Davi’s new movie, The Dukes.  I’ve now seen it three times and just finished a review on it for Townhall.  The Dukes opened in New York on Friday and opens nationally next Friday, November 23.  You must go see it for the following reasons:

1. The main character has the same last name as me.

2. Great story

3. Catchy soundtrack

3. Robert Davi sings

4. Italians are the best filmmakers

5. LOTUS has excellent taste in movies (and music)

Davi in The Dukes

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Obama Watch: Putting on Ayers

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 8 of October , 2008 at 3:46 pm

Last week the indispensable Sweetness & Light blog dug up a 1997 article in the University of Chicago Chronicle on a conference on juvenile justice organized by Michelle Obama. Speaking at the conference was William Ayers, cofounder of the radical leftist “Weather Underground” terrorist group and perhaps one of the least qualified people to speak on matters of justice.

The Chronicle reported, “Ayers will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the Law School, who is working to combat legislation that would put more juvenile offenders into the adult system.”

Ayers, however, is qualified to speak on putting adult criminals in the education system.

Click here to read the rest of this week’s Human Events.

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Obama Watch: The Least of Her Brothers Get the Door

Written by Lotus on Friday, 5 of September , 2008 at 4:26 pm

Barack Obama says we have “an obligation” to fix the current health care system. In his plan, “No American will be turned away.” Michelle Obama disagrees. While an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center, she developed the hospital’s Urban Health Initiative, a program to refer patients without private insurance to other health care facilities in their neighborhood. Those shown the door tend to be poor minorities, mostly blacks.

In order to sell the program to the community, the hospital hired ASK Public Strategies, co-owned by David Axelrod, a top aide to the Obama campaign. The recommendation to hire Axelrod’s firm was made by Obama’s wife and by his advisor Valerie Jarrett, who sits on the hospital’s board. Syrian national and Obama fundraiser “Tony” Rezko also had a hand in seeing the program move forward by recommending another Obama friend to take over the program in October 2007. Rezko seems to be the go-to-guy for the Obamas.

Click here to read the rest of my column this week.

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Obama Watch: Convention Edition

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 28 of August , 2008 at 7:09 pm

The Rocky Mountain News reported this week that Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi would be performing at Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field.  Bon Jovi will perform two songs before the speech and Springsteen will close out the event.  

The choice to put Obama in the middle of a rock star sandwich is no surprise.  In May 2008, the media was ecstatic about the crowd at Obama’s speech in Portland, Oregon.  However, they neglected to mention that the event included a free concert with famed local band The Decemberists.

At Obama’s July 2008 speech in Berlin, the bands Patrice and Reamonn performed gave a free concert to the thousands that attended.  Additionally, the Obama campaign provided free beer, pizza and bratwurst during the concert.

There’s no doubt that Invesco Field will be packed on Thursday.  However, just like Obama himself, it’s all show and no substance.

Click here to read the rest of my column this week.

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Category: LOTUS Decides 2008,Weekly Column

Communist Party Pamphlet or Obama’s Platform for Change?

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 14 of August , 2008 at 7:25 pm

The indispensable Sweetness & Light blog points out that Obama’s Platform for Change is very similar to another party’s platform.  The Communist Party of the United States’ “Election 2008” brochure is virtually identical to Obama’s platform.  Here’s a quiz I’ve put together for HUMAN EVENTS readers.  Answers appear at the bottom of this column.

1. “A new day is dawning. Our country is at a turning point.  This is a time of great possibility.  Across the land, people are coming together to reshape our nation’s priorities to make government ‘of, by and for the people’ a reality.”
2. “From the Midwest to the South, from coast to coast, in big cities and rural communities voters have turned out in record numbers for change.”
3. “While wages remain flat, the costs of basic necessities are increasing. The cost of in-state college tuition has grown 35 percent over the past five years. Health care costs have risen four times faster than wages over the past six years. And the personal savings rate is now the lowest it’s been since the Great Depression.”
4. “Voters are demanding a new kind of politics to rebuild our country for the common good. A democratic spirit of unity and hope is inspiring millions to get involved.  During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, unemployed workers and their allies marched and organized until public works jobs, Social Security and New Deal programs were won.”
5. “[U]se proceeds from the cap-and-trade auction program to invest in job training and transition programs to help workers and industries adapt to clean technology development and production… [C]reate an energy-focused Green Jobs.”
6. “Working people want bold new policies to end war restore democratic traditions and create green living wage jobs, affordable housing, healthcare and quality education for everyone.”

To get the answers, check out my Obama Watch column this week.

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Obama Watch(es)

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 6 of August , 2008 at 9:44 pm

I haven’t posted my weekly column in awhile, so here are the last couple weeks:

Obama Watch: A Ludicrous Double Standard (August 6, 2008)

Obama Watch: Worldwind Tour (July 30, 2008)

Obama Watch: Democrats (Finally) Angry About Security Breach (July 23, 2008)

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Obama Watch: Barack Won’t Meet with Military Families

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 16 of July , 2008 at 8:04 pm

Obama Watch has a new format!  Click here to read this week’s column.

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Obama Watch: Will Obama’s Flock Keep the Faith

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 12 of July , 2008 at 9:26 pm

To those that have followed Barack Obama’s career, his announcement last week endorsing faith-based initiatives doesn’t come as a surprise.  As a community organizer, Obama frequently solicited help from black churches in Chicago during his get out the vote efforts.  Obama said, “I didn’t grow up in a particularly religious household, but my experience in Chicago showed me how faith and values could be an anchor in my life… I wouldn’t be fulfilling God’s will unless I went out and did the Lord’s work.”

Click here to read the rest of my column this week.

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Obama Watch: Shooting From Both Sides of His Mouth

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 3 of July , 2008 at 10:50 am

Here’s my Human Events column for this week:

Reaction to last week’s historic Supreme Court decision overturning the D.C. ban on guns illustrates how far the American people have come in embracing and understanding  the Second Amendment.  Democrats have accepted that they have been on the losing side, so much so that their presidential nominee is whitewashing his radical anti-gun record. 

Click here to read the rest and make nice comments (please).

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