The past year has not been a good year for our family. In February, it will be a year since Mom passed away and it has not been easy to know I can never see or speak to her again. However, there has been one gift that really does keep on giving. On May 26, 2012, Decklyn Kent Fine was born into this world and he was in trouble from the start. For those → Read More
I have been contributing here at Political Realities for over a year and a half, and it has been a wonderful experience. Larry invited me in part because I am a libertarian, and he wanted some different perspectives on this predominately conservative site. So I have focused my political writing on subjects where libertarians and conservatives differ to provoke debate, and the readership here has not disappointed! Through excellent debate I have learned a → Read More
I received a phone call around 12:00 today. It was our daughter, Alisha, and she was calling to tell me they were leaving Arkansas Children’s Hospital and wanted directions to I-40. They were headed home with Decklyn. They finally made it back to Roland around 3:30 this afternoon, and for that, we are thankful. Looking back at the last 24 days, I can honestly say I wondered how long this would last. I often → Read More
Just a quick note to update everyone on Decklyn and his surgery. It was moved up to this afternoon and the doctor just came out a few minutes ago. He said the little fellow came through the surgery with flying colors. They had to clamp the aorta to do the repair, which they thought would take about 45 minutes. Instead, it only took about 22 minutes. This prevented the blood flow from being cut → Read More
I wanted to share with you the news we have on Decklyn, our grandson who was born on May 26. About a week after he was born, the doctors discovered he had a heart murmur. After doing several echocardigrams at the local hospital, his doctor determined further testing was needed. He was flown to Arkansas Children’s Hospital last Wednesday. His father was able to fly with him and we drove Alisha and Alexia down → Read More
An explanation is in order as to why I have not been posting or visiting the blogs I normally visit. On Saturday, our second grandchild was born. Decklyn Kent Fine weighed in at 5 lbs. 12.4 ounces. He had to be taken by c-section about three weeks early, because of complications during the pregnancy. Because of those complications, his lungs are not developed as good as they should be. The doctors are calling them → Read More
It has now been 101 days since Mom passed away and went to be with God. As this day approached, the first Mother’s Day without my Mom to call or visit and let her know how much I love her, it has become harder and harder to be of good cheer. I have to keep reminding myself that Mom will not be on the other side of the phone, or sitting in her recliner → Read More
Is this where the prosecutors from the Stevens case belong?
I apologize for deviating from my regular schedule (today should be politics), but yesterday I had to address the jaw-dropping rise in interest rates on 10-year Treasuries last week. They spiked again yesterday, meaning the last 6 days of trading will (very) roughly add $40 billion to the budget as old debt is retired and re-issued at higher rates.
Be that as it → Read More
This is a guest post from Harrison of Capitol Commentary. He is currently on vacation in Wyoming and wanted me to share this post and the photos with the readers of Political Realities. Please be sure to click on the thumbnails to view the photos. They are truly amazing to see.
They say when you’re young you can’t wait for your next birthday then as you get older your enthusiasm wanes until what was → Read More
As most of you know, I have been away from Political Realities for the past couple of weeks, trying to help my Mom and Dad, as she neared her passing. She was determined to make it until February and she did. At approximately 9:04 PM this evening, Opal Fern Jackson passed from this life into eternity. Peacefully and quietly, with her family and friends around her bedside, she slowly stopped breathing, shed her worn → Read More