Aurora Colorado Mayhem

From First Thoughts

We take sympathy and sorrow for granted when people die in circumstances like the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting . Unfortunately, we can also take for granted that a chorus of voices in favor of gun repression, as if the availability of guns inspires mass murderers. You’ll hear all . . . . Continue Reading »

Fifty Shades of Summer Reading

From First Thoughts

That book series!  John Presnall writes about it below.  I have something to add to the discussion. I am on the board of our county public library.  There was a bit of controversy at a board meeting over this book and the genre called Gray Romance.   Yes, it’s selling . . . . Continue Reading »

Constitutionally Hopeful

From First Thoughts

The cover story on National Review is by Jonathan Adler and Nathaniel Stewart, who are insisting there were Positive Steps, Silver Linings in the Supreme Court’s ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius ruling.   Since I am expecting stormy weather over the next few years in the matter of . . . . Continue Reading »

Rape and Women in the Military

From First Thoughts

Yesterday, I received this sad email that I copy in below.  I append my response below it. Kate - I served as a Lance Corporal in the Marines for over three years. During that time, I was raped twice and sexually assaulted twice more. It happened so often that I assumed it must be normal. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Power to Tax

From First Thoughts

I’ve been reading the “The Roberts decision is not as mad and bad as you think” essays this evening.  I offer you this by Joshua Hawley,  this by Paul Rahe and this by Timothy Dalrymple.  A positive way of looking at today’s SC decision is to say that we never . . . . Continue Reading »

Flag Day

From First Thoughts

[caption id=”” align=”aligncenter” width=”490”] I know, the wind carried the flags the wrong way when I made my shot; the flag is honorable no matter which way the wind is blowing. May that be true whether literally or figuratively interpreted.[/caption] . . . . Continue Reading »