“What is a mere individual to do? Live as sane and decent a life as you can, love your family and friends and understand that everybody is in this together." 

 · Ron Smith

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Monday
Oct152012

TORN ASUNDER

One year ago today, Ron was diagnosed with Stage Four pancreatic cancer. His journey on this mortal coil ended December 19, 2011.

Despite the ravaging deadly disease, he remained brilliant to the very end. He knew death was the intended consequence of life and he faced it with great courage and openness.

He died peacefully in his sleep at home.

It was a devastating loss to our family and those we affectionately called “our radio family”.  

Ron touched thousands and thousands of lives on the airwaves and in print. He loved his work and often said he had the smartest audience in all of talk radio.

He didn’t want people to think like he did, he just wanted them to think, to be aware of what was really going on and to read between the lines.

Ron was passionate about history politics, and the constant struggle between various theories and the hard, cold facts of reality.

He often said “Reality always wins in the end.”

In his final Baltimore Sun column on November 18, 2011, Ron wrote, “Throughout my life, I’ve been motivated by curiosity, always eager to find out what happens next. As I exit, our society faces grave crises and it’s clear that the current political leadership of both parties is incapable of fixing them. I would have liked to witness the next great unfolding of events, even though I believe these will prove catastrophic.

“What must be done will not be done, not at least until all the normal dodges have undeniably failed.”

He had just finished reading Pat Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower: Will American Survive to 2025? and said it laid out “what has let us to the current unsustainable circumstances that bedevil us.”

He recommended the book to “anyone interested in understanding what likely lies ahead.”

Ron went on to say that in his lifetime, America had been transformed from a cohesive society — the greatest country of modern times — into what Buchanan called ‘A multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world”.

“The country is torn asunder,” Ron  wrote, “between those who perceive a profound decline and those who believe passionately that there is no decline at all, but rather the beginnings of a march into a progressive utopia. That all previous utopian schemes have failed utterly is ignored.”

Amid what we are currently experiencing, we are witnessing “the next great unfolding of events.”

Our foreign policy is in tatters. Our Secretary of State is nowhere to be found.

Mitt Romney says Obama’s foreign policy “has left the U.S. less respected and less powerful in the world.”

The Middle East is falling apart. “Arab Spring” is heading into “Arab Winter”.

James Lewis claims “al-Qaeda is very much alive, and America is a paper tiger” in his informative and chilling piece in the American Thinker, “Benghazi: Osama’s Revenge on Obama.”

Lewis writes that “America is asleep at the switch, and Islamic fascists are on the march.”

“U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is still running the same lies Obama told two weeks ago. Hillary and the State Department are telling different lies every day; Obama is blaming the intelligence agencies, who are leaking right back; and somebody is blaming the Pentagon today,” says Lewis.

Lewis details the Benghazie situation, the thinking of the Muslin world, and writes about Afghanistan and adds that “If Americans can’t figure this out, the bad guys will. They already know. Only the ignorant and foolish don’t get it.”

It is a must read:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/benghazi_osamas_revenge_on_obama.html#ixzz29NN2RT75.

Here in the U.S., after 43 straight months of 8% or higher unemployment, the number recently dropped to 7.8%. That .2% decrease didn’t include the number of the “long-term” unemployed. According to the U.S. Labor Department Bureau of Statistics, “In August, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 5.0 million.”

According to the U.S. National Debt Clock, the “Outstanding Public Debt as of 15 Oct 2012 at 02:43:07 PM GMT is $16,172,637,681,648.64.

“The estimated population of the United States is 313,689,430 so each citizen’s share of this debt is $51,556.21.

“The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.89 billion per day since September 28, 2007!”

 As for economic recovery, Janet Yellen, Fed Chair Bernanke’s “no. 2 at the central bank’s board”, said last week that “Spillovers from Europe and a still-depressed housing market also help account for our tepid recovery and elevated unemployment.”

Spillovers? Tepid? Really?

But I digress…     

Obamacare wasn’t designed to cut health care costs; rather, to eliminate private insurance coverage and create a Socialist-style government-run system. Side effects may include— but will not be limited to—negatively affecting younger Americans with higher premiums, possible loss of coverage, and penalties. The estimated cost of the plan of $1.5 trillion over the next ten years will be added to their tab.

Medicaid will be impossible to sustain. The Federal government share paid to the States will decrease, adding an additional $64 billion (from the official report prepared by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) to the already over burgeoned state budgets. And that’s just an estimate.

Entitlement programs and out-of-control spending will be cut.

Conveniently, after the election, Congress will return to Washington to “debate” automatic spending cuts and the estimated $536 billion tax increases—nearly 20%— for 2013.

There’s no way to accurately predict what awaits us, what threatens us, or what will adversely affect us but given the circumstances, most likely, the crystal ball will remain cloudy with a chance of major storms.    

In late November, Ron said, “It doesn’t matter who wins the election. We’re still screwed.”

He truly was the Voice of Reason.

I miss him so very much.

“Rest thee, softly, softly rest.” — Words from the Chorale of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

 

June Smith founded this tribute website in honor of her late husband, Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy Award winner, and Baltimore Sun Columnist. Smith was a media titan in Maryland and beyond for almost forty years. Mrs. Smith is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. She blogs for Red Maryland www.RedMaryland.Blogspot.com; her email is june@friendsofronsmith.com.

 

Wednesday
Oct102012

TEAM REASON FUNDRAISER AT STEVENSON UNIVERSITY

Hope you’ll join us Tuesday, October 23rd  at Stevenson University Stadium in Owings Mills for the Men’s Soccer Team’s fundraiser benefiting the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Hopkins.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. The Stevenson University Mustangs, wearing purple uniforms symbolizing pancreatic cancer awareness, take on the Hood College Blazers.

There is great enthusiasm on campus for this special event. The University’s clubs and organizations have put together some creative fundraising games to be played prior to and during the game.

Those donating a minimum of $5 at the gate will receive a “WIN THIS SEASON – SUPPORT TEAM REASON” tee shirts. Purple Team Reason bracelets will also be available.

We’ll also be honoring Terry Hergen, the mother of Mark J. Hergan, Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University, who passed away in early June from pancreatic cancer.

Our friend, Keith Mills, will be the emcee for the evening and we're hoping to have special guests and a few other surprises.

The stadium holds 3,000. Let’s fill it up, remember Ron and Mrs. Hergen, raise money for the Fund, and cheer on the Mustangs!

Check out the team at www.gomustangsports.com.

Big shout outs to the University, Coach Pleyvak and the Men's Soccer Team!

Here's a link to audio of the announcement of the event on WBAL Radio:

http://www.wbal.com/article/94662/7/template-story/Family-Fun-Nite-To-Celebrate-And-Remember-WBALs-Ron-Smith

 

Wednesday
Oct102012

CONSERVATIVE CARTOON OF THE DAY

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

 

Robert Ariail

Courtesy of Jonathan Garthwaite @ Townhall.com

Wednesday
Oct102012

Obama Has Earned Next To Nothing In Life

Douglas MacKinnon

As much of the far-left mainstream media continues to panic over Mr. Obama’s abject failure of a first debate, they deliberately avoid doing their jobs and reporting the real reason for his totally expected performance.

Said one Obama-fawning editor from The Atlantic magazine, “…The president appeared snippy, his eyes flashing angrily during those infrequent moments when he looked at his opponent, his lips pursed and upturned when he looked down…There was, in the expression, a mixture of annoyance, impatience, and dislike”

The fact is that Mr. Obama was “snippy.” His expression did have a “mixture of annoyance, impatience, and dislike.”

Why? Because in Barack Obama, we have a man who has basically not had to earn anything since about the age of nineteen. At about that time, he was inserted into the protective liberal bubble of political correctness and has had most things handed to him ever since.

Want to get into Columbia and Harvard in spite of suspect grades? Sure. Want to become a loosely defined “community organizer?” Sure. Want to become a state legislator so you can vote “present” most of the time to protect future political prospects? Sure. Want to be the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democrat convention for reasons other than your total lack of experience? Sure. Want to become a United States Senator with no real experience and then spend almost the entire time in the senate running for President? Sure. Want to have the mainstream media line up behind you in the primary season and attack Hillary Clinton because you are the more liberal of the two and the “transformational” candidate? Sure. Want to have that same media elevate you to Messiah status and hold you accountable for nothing as they never question your missteps, misstatements, mistakes or even unlimited golf outings? Sure.

Knowing that gilded history, it’s quite easy to see why Mr. Obama would come across as snippy, annoyed, impatient and even angry. How dare Mitt Romney, Jim Lehrer or even the American people ask him to prove himself or actually earn anything. That’s simply not the way it has ever worked in the pampered and privileged world of Barack Obama. No, in that fairy-tale world, certain people are handed degrees, jobs, and titles. There is no “earning” involved. Only the little people have to earn or learn.

In many ways, Mr. Obama is the poster child for the young unchallenged and unproven wimps being created by the liberal nanny-state. Political correctness now orders that there are unlimited strikes in T-ball. No one can keep score. That everyone gets a trophy. That no one can be disciplined, called any names, or be held accountable for errors. Ever.

In this totally untethered from reality politically correct world, one never has to earn anything and experience does not matter. What matters only is what trophy, job, degree, or health-care plan the nanny-state bestows upon you.

Not only is such nonsense counterproductive and counterintuitive, it’s also quite dangerous. As we have just seen in Libya and around the world, terrorists keep score. Rogue nations know the importance of strength. The People’s Republic of China works day and night to exploit our weaknesses. Both in corporate America and within our government.

In their world and in the real world outside of the Oval Office, experience does matter. Earning a place on a team or a special operations force based upon toughness, strength, and a higher intelligence does matter. Hiring and promoting based on merit does matter.

We now have a president who has been handed most of his “achievements” in life and our country and our citizens are being made to pay the price for his entitlement. Enough.

With a massive unethical assist from the mainstream media, Mr. Obama did make history. Time now to move away from the “snippy” and the entitled and put a premium once again on experience, toughness, strength, and results.

People who always keep score and mean us unspeakable harm are watching and waiting.  

Courtesy of Jonathan Garthwaite @ Townhall.com