Decline and Fall – It’s not as bad as it sounds…

Welcome to the last chapter of the Decline and Fall of the American Empire.  In a sense, we have been moving toward this and it is realized with the election of the 45th President.  We now move toward irrelevance in the world in a weird, cruel, and embarrassing denouement.  I know it sounds strange, but … Continue reading Decline and Fall – It’s not as bad as it sounds…

Independence Day? Epilogue

Independence Day? Epilogue Yesterday, I posted about the July 4th holiday.  In my middle age, I have lost the naiveté of my youth and along with it some of my optimism.  I lamented the hypocrisy of our celebrations of independence in that this “independence” should be counted as a political distinction and not an individual … Continue reading Independence Day? Epilogue

Independence Day?

Independence Day? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” Thomas Jefferson - 1776 Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land … Continue reading Independence Day?

Tales of a Cold Warrior – Neurosis in the 70’s

Schieße nicht! Ich kenne Geheimnisse! Or Don’t Shoot! I know Secrets!             I joined the Army right out of high school, and my knowledge of the Army at that time consisted of what I had learned in history classes at Boyd County High School and the war movies I watched on TV.  Oh, and there … Continue reading Tales of a Cold Warrior – Neurosis in the 70’s

All Politics is Local

“All politics is local.” This is a phrase that is often attributed to Tip O’Neill and bears reflection especially during this time of life in what will become Trumpland come January.  In my last post I reflected on how the Democratic Party had left its progressive roots to become a softer version of Republican conservatism … Continue reading All Politics is Local

God and the 2nd Amendment

I’d like to talk a little bit about the 2nd Amendment and how our faith informs us regarding this “Right to bear Arms.” The argument over the 2nd Amendment has captured the spotlight over the past 30 years and is especially relevant today regarding the increase of gun deaths within this country. As a society, … Continue reading God and the 2nd Amendment

ZZ Top and Jesus

Jesus just left Chicago and he's bound for New Orleans. Well now, Jesus just left Chicago and he's bound for New Orleans. Yeah, Yeah Workin' from one end to the other and all points in between.   Took a jump through Mississippi, well, muddy water turned to wine. Took a jump through Mississippi, muddy water … Continue reading ZZ Top and Jesus