Monday, December 21, 2009

White Christmas

After many years and a few Christmas celebrations here in Washington, DC it looks like the Hat Trick will finally get to enjoy a White Christmas. The Hat Trick Family survived the “Blizzard of 2009” that dropped 16 inches of snow on the Washington, DC area beginning Friday night and lasting well into the night on Saturday. We are now in the process of digging out while also trying to finish preparations for Christmas. More importantly we are also doing our best to avoid the Washington drivers out there who simply don’t know how to drive in this kind of weather!

Unless an unprecedented amount of global warming takes place in the next three days it looks like we will have some snow on the ground for Christmas. This was the first real big snow for our son (very exciting for him!) and our dog has also taken a lot of joy out of the snowfall. Even the Hat Trick enjoyed getting some exercise on a sunny Sunday when I dug our car out of the drifts. Enjoy the photos as we quickly approach the biggest holiday of the year. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thank You Harry Reid

Well folks it looks like the cat is finally out of the bag. According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) you are a racist if you oppose health care reform. Yes, that’s correct. On Monday Senator Reid, in prepared remarks and not off the cuff, stated on the Senate floor that Republicans who opposed the health care bill currently being debated are akin to those who in the past who blocked the abolition of slavery, voting rights for women and the civil rights legislation of the mid-1960s.

Of course this is the genius that called President Bush a “loser” while conducting a civics lesson in a Nevada school room in 2005 so this isn’t exactly surprising. What is shocking to the Hat Trick is that Senator Reid is up for re-election in 2010 and faces a tight race…it’s not like Nevada is the bluest state out there. I can only imagine the moral outrage from the left and the media if a Republican had made that same statement.

It’s a shame that we can’t have an honest debate about one of the most massive pieces of legislation to ever come out of Congress. Just like it wasn’t right for Republicans to question ones patriotism if they opposed the Iraq War this is equally wrong. The Hat Trick isn’t sure where he stands on the current bill being debated…there are a lot of problems with it and the Republicans and Democrats who have raised these problems have a right to do so. In the same light Republicans needs to be careful about opposing everything because reform is needed in some very critical areas. Regardless, we need to have this debate…not be called out because Harry Reid wants everyone to march in tune to his agenda.