Monthly Archives: November 2015

Giving Thanks


“Thank you for your service.”

It is an expression that rolls off the tongue. Thanking someone in uniform as they trek through an airport or walk down a sidewalk has become commonplace.

The expression can take many different forms, from a simple ‘thanks’ and maybe a handshake to a fireworks popping flyover, flag-waving spectacle at a professional football game.

It is certainly most often a gesture made in hopes of lifting the spirit of a service member, a tiny step forward to express appreciation for what a soldier has done for the country, whatever that might be, from suffering the horrors of warfare to shuffling papers at the Pentagon.

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NOV 19 | Reprinted from

The other day I wrote a column in which I suggested “The easiest and safest approach [to dealing with terrorists hiding as refugees] is to close the border, TFN – ’til further notice.”

I am far from a Tea Party, ultra-conservative Republican. In fact, I call myself a Trotskyite Republican which doesn’t mean anything but is way more fun to say than “RINO.”

Still. Taking a bit more time to figure out what we want to do, and how we want to do it seems to make some sense. Continue reading

Humanitarian, Terrorist Crises Bring Us To Our Knees…Again


They are still counting the bodies in Paris: 129 dead, including a young college student from California, Nehomi Gonzalez, just 23. There were 362 wounded.

There were six simultaneous assaults in Paris by at least eight suicide commandos, seven of whom died and one apparently in jail in Belgium.

It was an internationally organized terrorist assault with effective command and control, accomplices in several countries (one assailant apparently made his way disguised as a refugee through Greece and Serbia). It was so unconscionable, uncivilized, but more tragically, no longer unimaginable. Continue reading

America’s Existential Crisis

NOV 13  |  Reprinted from

I wasn’t smart enough to major in Philosophy when I was in college.

I was never patient enough to wade through Hegal or willing to take the vow of poverty that seemed to be what waited for me at the end of the long arduous road to a Philosophy doctorate.

Philosophy majors crept into the news thanks to the Republican debate the other night. Continue reading

No Hand Raising

NOV 02 | Reprinted from

Fred Thompson died over the weekend.

You’ve read the obits and know about his rural Tennessee roots, his work as the chief Republican lawyer on the Watergate Committee, his service as a U.S. Senator and, of course, as Arthur Branch, the fictional district attorney of New York on the TV show Law & Order.

I didn’t know Fred for most of his life. Like most of us, I knew of Fred. It was during the brief time of his campaign for President in the 2008 cycle. Continue reading