Making Changes!

So I have been experimenting with some different page designs for the blog this week and am still trying to settle on the best one.  I kind of like the current one as it has links to all the most recent posts, but am still playing around with some other more eye-catching layouts. In addition,…

Changes Coming This Week

The blog is currently on a short hiatus.  Going forward, you will see changes in the page design and also a new focus on more frequent short pieces.  That is not to say there won’t be longer pieces of analysis from time to time as the mood strikes but that won’t be the norm. This…

Me Too?

I have to say that the latest and greatest Facebook “thing-y” is just horrifying to me.  Completely leaving aside the issue of what precisely is meant by sexual “assault” or “harassment,” the sheer number of women who have been violated, both physically and emotionally, is mind boggling and leaves me disgusted at the number of…

Quick Hits

A few things I keep wanting to get off my chest but aren’t worthy of 500 or 600 words: The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist minister back in the 19th century but the words “under God” weren’t added until 1954, in part as a reaction to the Cold War and Communism.  In…

Why You Shouldn’t Watch the News

Once upon a time, the news was something that happened a couple of times a day.  There was the morning newspaper, packed from sea to shining sea, with all the news that was fit to print.  And there was the nightly newscast with Walter Cronkite or, if you were weird, one of those other guys. …

Another Modest Proposal

In 1729, J.R. Swift’s (intellectual) ancestor, Jonathan Swift, published an excellent piece of political writing, which is entitled “A Modest Proposal.”  It is fine reading and his proposals are most sensible and represent a fine solution to many of the problems of his day!  In that spirit, I offer what I believe to be an…

A Brief Thought

This will be a short piece today but I wanted to comment on the terrible incident last night on the Las Vegas Strip.  As a frequent visitor to the city, it is particularly disturbing and heart breaking to me.  For a change, I think the President said it best, “It was pure evil.”  And sadly…

Freedom’s Just Another Word…

I don’t like the word “freedom” very much.  I’m in favor of what I believe it stands for but, like love, it seems to mean something different to everyone.  Words like that aren’t very useful.  Besides, everyone is in favor of it.  Even the most oppressive and totalitarian nations typically sell their actions as promoting…

Obligatory Controversial Column

Geez…I do so wish people got as worked about real issues as they do about symbolic ones.  We are $20 Trillion in debt, embroiled in conflicts all around the globe and faced with educational and healthcare systems that are just flat out failing, but we just shrug our shoulders at those problems.  Somebody refuses to…

Wham Bam Vietnam

So it is time for one of those (all too rare) television events that might potentially illuminate rather than obfuscate.  And, no, I don’t mean the season premiere of the Big Bang Theory.  However slanted his perspective has been from time to time, a new Ken Burns documentary is almost always worth sampling.  Sometimes it…

Is The Constitution Libertarian?

Many within the liberty movement, particularly among those who define themselves as classical liberals or libertarian conservatives, look upon the US Constitution as almost a holy document.  Copies are distributed much in way the Gideons might hand out copies of the New Testament.  The exact wording is carefully studied as are the arguments within the…

Why We Write

I suppose most anyone who has ever written anything from a short poem to a lengthy tome has, at least occasionally, stared at an empty screen and wondered if any other person was going to read it.  There is little point in putting “pen to paper” unless one wants to communicate with other people.  It…