Posts by William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expert Latest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016) Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016) I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

The last “normal” rehearsal

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Well tonight is the last “normal” rehearsal for Pippin…I have a feeling it’s going to be a long one. Not a big deal, though; I’m used to it.
At the risk of sounding sappy, sentimental, etc. (which really is NOT me at all–maybe deep down, but not a side I generally show to lots of people.), I need to explain some things:
First, I used to be shy. No, seriously, I was. All through grade school and into my first year and a half at DuBourg, I was shy. I felt kind of like an outcast, a “nerd”, label it what you will. Then, I found the Guild. It happened in a weird way: I auditioned because the two girls I carpooled home with were auditioning. Now, I’d been doing little grade school plays (in our school with no theatre, nonethless) since I was 10 or 11, and I was always “on stage” so to speak. It was something I wanted to do, but never had the guts to do until my friends auditioned. Well anyway, I made the show (“Gypsy”) and they didn’t–they were crushed, I lost two really good friends, it was pretty rough. BUT, the friends (FAMILY) and memories I made in the Guild the next 2 1/2 years FAR surpassed any little tiffs that happened outside.
Second, I started doing community theatre in October of 2000. I’ve worked with St. George Theatre Group, KTK, and Family Musical Theatre. (I feel like I’m writing a resume here…) I’ve made some great friends through these shows, along with some great memories, that I wouldn’t trade for the world. But something was missing. And, as “cliche” as it may sound, I think that thing was the closeness of the Guild. When Mr. Leibrecht announced this SAT, I was ecstatic–however, I had a decision to make: audition for this show, or audition for “Into the Woods” with a director I’ve been working with since my first community theatre show. Obviously, I chose this one. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it shouldn’t have been as difficult as it was. I was worried my friends I’d made in that group would maybe resent me for “branching out”, and lots of other BS excuses. But then I remembered the years, memories, talent, tears, laughter, joy, hard work, and dedication I had spent and loved in the Guild. And the decision was final. And you know what? It’s been a “long and winding road”, so to speak, but I think I’ve found it. We’ve got a really talented, awesome group–let’s do it right! Bust your buns everyone!
(*sigh* ok, so I AM kind of a sap… 😉

I miss my wife

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Tuesday night, I stood backstage, waiting for The Finale to begin. Susan and Bob were saying final goodbyes on stage as Pippin and Catherine. I was alone. Suddenly, as if an angel had tapped my shoulder, I was awakened into a dream of my wife.

Until rehearsals began, we spent so much time together. We rarely go out, nor do we entertain a lot. With five kids, those things are just out of the question. But we’re so lucky that we both recognize each other’s company as one of God’s finest gifts. Through her, He reveals emotional planes to me that could never be taught in a religion class nor described in a book nor even captured in a painting. I missed her.

The real world, then, broached the surface of my dream. “I guess I’ll miss the man. Explain it if you can . . .” And it carried me back. I missed her, oh so much. While I could act forever, beginning one play the day after strike, I couldn’t do it without her. I envy the Bucks and the Haberbergers. What a joy it would be to work with my best friend.

Global Warming Caused by the Sun

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Poor Dr. Sami Solanki.  He and his colleagues at the Institute for Astronomy in Zurich have discovered that sun spot activity–which has been measured since 1610 and can be reliable tracked for a thousand years before that–has a powerful influence on the earth’s temperatures.

Moreover, the sun, they’ve found, has been more active in the past 60 years–which coincides with “global warming”–than any time in the past 1,000 years.

Wait until the environmentalist whackos go after this poor bastard.  Apparently no one told him that when good science contradicts liberal prejudice and emotions, science be damned. 

He’ll find out.

Nod to Drudge

Weather and Home Improvement

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If you’ve come here in the past few days, you’ve noticed that my site’s been down. There are a couple of reasons:

1. I spent 24 out of 38 hours working in my family room (and, no, it wasn’t a Godfather maration). I painted, ripped out the carpet, and put in laminate flooring that looks wonderful. In the process, I re-routed some cables and forget to reconnect them until Monday morning.

2. Six hours after I got my servers back online, massive storms moved through the St. Louis area and took my electricity with them when they moved into Illinois. I just got that back.

I apologize for the inconvenience. If anyone would like to donate a generator, item 2 will never happen again.

UN Oil For Food Scandal (reposted)

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The stories, the facts, the meat of the case, against the United Nations are beginning to leak out.  Here is one such story from the New York Post

Saddam used bribes to UN Officials to divert $10 billion from food and medicine for the Iraqi people to building palaces and killing people he didn’t like.  The UN quietly endorsed this practice.

Giving money to UN relief agencies is more than a waste:  it’s supporting corruption that kills innocent people.  The UN must be destroyed.