Modern Medicine: What a Pill!

From First Thoughts

The more our government has been involved with regulating and directing health care in the US the more expensive that care has become. New, expensive technology: hardware, pharmaceuticals, modes of treatment, are all aspects of modern medical care and wonderful because they keep people alive . . . . Continue Reading »

If You Cannot Believe the President …

From First Thoughts

The biggest story this weekend concerning the nation’s financial condition and especially the sequester is the prevarication of the president. The other day the president made a speech wherein he bashed the Republicans for creating the frightening situation of the sequester. The government . . . . Continue Reading »

Ted Cruz and Good News

From First Thoughts

This evening I was at a local Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner. The keynote speaker was Ted Cruz. He was good. He was really good. The essence of his message was hope and good news. I’d say his message was about hope and change, but I think that phrase has been taken and tarnished. That . . . . Continue Reading »

How would we control guns, anyway?

From First Thoughts

Via Ben Boychuk, I have this article out of Washington State about proposed gun control legislation there. Responding to the Newtown school massacre, the bill would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons that use detachable ammunition magazines. Clips that contain more than 10 rounds would be . . . . Continue Reading »

Starbucks Newspeak

From First Thoughts

Coming home from our two day visit with my son, Owen and his lovely wife, Margaret, tired of driving on the Pennsylvania turnpike, my husband and I stopped at a rest area. As I came out of the ladies’ room, I saw said husband, Tom, in the Starbucks line. He never wants to stop at Starbucks, . . . . Continue Reading »

Trying Not to Listen

From First Thoughts

I simply couldn’t bring myself to listen to the president last night. I honor the office, or want to. Honor implies some sort of trust and I cannot find that in myself any longer. I did not listen last night because I cannot stand to hear the president of our nation offer full whoppers about . . . . Continue Reading »

Required Reading

From First Thoughts

Ross Douthat effectively discusses what we should all be reading, mostly in periodicals, in 2013.  He calls it “How to Read in 2013” and is suggesting we could all effectively read more of what the rest of the political spectrum has to say.  That necessitates what to read, and . . . . Continue Reading »

Holidays and Hobbits

From First Thoughts

Earlier this month I fell ill with the horrible flu that is going around and lying abed in misery decided not to pay too much attention to the news for sanity’s sake.  Of course, the space between not too much and no attention leaves plenty of room for discouragement and distress.  . . . . Continue Reading »