The Marines Hit Cleveland

From First Thoughts

We are celebrating Marines Week in Cleveland.  There are activities all week and Public Square, Voinovich Park, Burke Lakefront Airport, are all full of sights like this.  Welcome to America, where ordnance in the streets is a celebration that brings out the day tourists. . . . . Continue Reading »

Repealing Economic Law

From First Thoughts

While I was reading Peter Lawler’s post on The Fat Tax , I was reminded of a conversation with one of my sons about the amazing abundance and prosperity in America.  Even in an economy that we perceive as shrinking or receding or depressed, we live better than kings did, and even the . . . . Continue Reading »

Liars, All

From First Thoughts

In my morning’s lazy read of my morning paper, The Wall Street Journal *, I note that today’s most popular read of that newspaper is Why We Lie.  Since Saturday, 4,100 people have shared this article, which is by Dan Ariely, explaining his book “The (Honest) Truth About . . . . Continue Reading »

A Little Bit about Memorial Day

From First Thoughts

I have heard it said that if you do not have family, close family, serving in the military, then your attitude toward government, and especially U.S. involvement in war and military conflict, will be quite different from those of us in that position.  On Memorial Day, theoretically, we come . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Other Hand, for Memorial Day

From First Thoughts

On the other hand, there is media kerfuffle on the Right about Chris Hayes of MSNBC saying he has a problem with using the word, “heroes” for the dead on Memorial Day because that word ennobles war and worst of all, ennobles the current war effort.   What could be worse?  I . . . . Continue Reading »

“We’re all Catholics now.”

From First Thoughts

This morning’s Wall Street Journal has an opinion piece by Mary Ann Glendon  about the Catholic bishops’ defense of religious liberty.  They have “filed 12 lawsuits on behalf of a diverse group of 43 Catholic entities that are challenging the Department of Health and . . . . Continue Reading »

Choose Your Own Victim

From First Thoughts

The other day,  John Hinderaker, on the Powerline blog , wrote in “George Zimmerman, Not Guilty” about the mounting evidence apparently exonerating Mr. Zimmerman.  I wrote a comment that generated a positive response.  I am still trying to figure out what Postmodernism is . . . . Continue Reading »