Escapism

From First Thoughts

I can’t help but notice it here, notice it there, notice it everywhere.  A few days ago, I read Steve Hayward, on Powerline , asking, ” So When Can We Expect Obama’s Malaise Speech? “  This does feel familiar, a sense of dread, a hopelessness.  Well, in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Syria and What is Good

From First Thoughts

I thought John Kerry did a beautiful job, a presidential job, trying to convince the American people and the world that we ought to go to war against Syria.  Really brilliant, save one problem, that we would be siding with Al Qaeda in the conflict.  Or rather, not siding with them as much . . . . Continue Reading »

Privacy and the NSA — Arguments

From First Thoughts

Certainly there are arguments about data collection.  Facebook does it, Google does it, and why they should be free to quietly collect some kinds of personal data and not the NSA?  Maybe folks being squeamish about the NSA and other agencies of government collecting  varieties kinds . . . . Continue Reading »

Everyone Deserves a SWAT

From First Thoughts

One of the consequences of the inner city violence that Peter mentions in the previous piece was the rise of the SWAT team. The country’s first official SWAT team started in the late 1960s in Los Angeles. By 1975, there were approximately 500 such units. Today, there are thousands. According . . . . Continue Reading »

We Rate a Mention

From First Thoughts

On Powerline, Steve Hayward mentions Postmodern Conservative as a “Blog to Log”. The other blogs to log are interesting and worth looking at.  Hey, Carl!  Hayward notes Acculturated.com , too. . . . . Continue Reading »

Detroit Regrets

From First Thoughts

Someone recently told me that he was going to Detroit.  I felt sorry for him, knowing that last trips to Detroit, driving form the Cleveland area, had been through areas that looked as devastated as anything seen in post WWII photos.  I had not read of improvement, in fact of . . . . Continue Reading »

Notable by Ken Masugi

From First Thoughts

Yes, here is the great question that has gripped me about the Egyptian coup; would there have been democracy tomorrow if not a coup of the democratically elected Islamists yesterday? Ken Masugi asks, “Was the anti-Morsi coup in Egypt justified on liberal and democratic grounds?”He  . . . . Continue Reading »

MOOCs, Books, Kooks and Federalist 10

From First Thoughts

Coursera woos me to MOOC through my college email.  I haven’t succumbed yet, but only because they haven’t offered anything interesting enough.  I signed up for one course on logic, but backed out after clarification over the goal of the course which was to prove through logic . . . . Continue Reading »