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Handel Was Right!

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

That familiar ring of the Salvation Army’s brigade of bell ringers, Red Kettle campaign, and Silicon Valley’s cyber blitz, serve as a quasi-official notice, signaling American retailers and consumers, that the Christmas shopping season has begun. There’s a more pleasant heralding of the Season, that’s less impertinent. George Frederick Handel’s “Messiah” is universally considered as the opus of musical composition, and another tradition of Christmas worldwide. For many Americans it remains an “unwrapped Christmas gift” never having the auditory privilege of experiencing its transcending, gripping performance. None other than Beethoven himself, reportedly once said of Handel, “To him I bend the knee, for Handel is the greatest, ablest composer that ever lived.” read more

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Avoiding Shadow Boxing

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

For those who’ve embraced Marconi’s gift, that later ushered in commercial radio, one of the most memorable early radio programs, in its’ heyday, was The Shadow Knows, a drama that began as a pulp magazine series, then graduated to radio in the late 1930’s. The principle character was Lamont Cranston, and his female companion, Margot Lane. He opened each drama with, “Who knows what lurks in the hearts of men…The Shadow knows.” He battled crime and evil doers with his hypnotic power to cloud men’s minds, rendering them unable to see him. He was the master sleuth. It spanned nearly sixteen years on the air waves, it graduated into a TV drama, never catching fire as the radio show had earlier. It was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. read more

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“Wear A Suit & Tie and Have A Job!”

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Only a few political races are undecided after the mid-terms. Florida’s infamous Broward and Palm Beach counties, where a $178,000 a year Election Supervisor can’t count-and apparently neither can the machines. Election laws and time lines are merely suggestions. In Congress Nancy Pelosi’s positioned to commandeer the House Majority job. For the few apposing her, it comes with a warning label. GOP’s Kevin McCarthy prevailed as Minority Chief. Drew Carey’s envious of the  deals made in those two chambers. We do know that both side’s attorneys can count. They’re on the clock 24-7. No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s business as usual. read more

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Navigating the Fog

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

In 1941, a Northeastern newspaper editor characterized Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln as “lighthouses in a foggy world.” It’s more than symbolism. Should we be shocked when our “moral light” has been extinguished in most of our public and private institutions of learning, inflicting relativism upon generations of vulnerable students? It spread like fire in a tinder box. But more pernicious. Without wading too deeply into a theological quagmire, it’s safe to say that our country is, and has been for decades, under siege by this secularist plague, permeating every facet of our lives. James Fenimore Cooper, best known for, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Deer Slayer, in his 1838, The American Democrat, exhorted us, “In Democracies there is a besetting disposition to make publick opinion stronger than the law.” We’ve seen public opinion driven draconian “laws” that had no constitutional basis, find its way through the Supreme Court. read more

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Mother Teresa or Dirty Harry?

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

With the Midterms in the rear view mirror, the clamor from the mainstream media and political pundits are focused on whether civility will ever return. Is it only a hollow noun? It’s explicit that the blame rests solely on President Trump’s shoulders. With the House in the hands of the Democrats, and the Senate held by the GOP, one would be wise to keep expectations low. Political rhetoric and rancor are off the chart, we’re told. Which archetype should we be looking to as our champion? Former Secretary of Education, conservative commentator, Bill Bennett, on a Fox News program, was asked about the nation’s harsh tone and incivility, he suggested, “Some times it takes a Mother Teresa, other times, a Dirty Harry.” Why should we insist on political civility? Have we ever had absolute civility? The genie’s out of the bottle. read more

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