The Right to Die in Massachusetts

From First Thoughts

Massachusetts voters are considering an assisted suicide law.  I do not deny the right of the states to create this type of legislation; better there than through federal law or mandate.  I can be an American citizen and remain one while moving from a state whose laws I do not condone to . . . . Continue Reading »

Child Abuse

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Remember being befuddled by the claims of the Occupy Wall Street crowd?  I do.   Now those are promoted again in an ad intended to promote the president.    It all seems t oo much, to me, anyway. . . . . Continue Reading »

Romney has it.

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I am not presenting much new about the election and the political scientists here have far more information than I do, by profession.  However, observing the political scene and responding to the recent posts here, I feel compelled to weigh in.  I believe Romney is winning the . . . . Continue Reading »

Death by Presidential Order

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Conor Friedersdorf asks about the president’s kill list, drones, and Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, 16 years old and an American citizen, who was the son of the late Anwar al-Awlaki, who was also born in America, who was also an American citizen, and who was also killed by drone.  There is a . . . . Continue Reading »

Progress and Confusion

From First Thoughts

The New York Times , despite everything conservatives find reprehensible about it, still  showcases interesting and arguable ideas, especially on Sundays.  One such article turned up the other day,  The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent .  There is plenty right and plenty wrong . . . . Continue Reading »

Libya, Protests, and Spin

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I hope you will all have seen the news breaking this morning prior to the meeting of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.   I first saw it on Powerline, in a piece by John Hinderaker.   Now, Paul Mirengoff of that site has a piece about leaking classified briefing . . . . Continue Reading »

Politics on the Lincoln Highway

From First Thoughts

We spent a few days in Bethesda, visiting our son and his lovely wife for an extended weekend, taking advantage of the early Columbus Day official holiday.  (No wonder no one takes Columbus seriously, since his day of memorial wanders around the month like a boulevardier on a stroll.)  . . . . Continue Reading »

Public Service Announcement

From First Thoughts

After reading the complaints about Romney, I asked friends who have seen the candidate speak locally.  They say he does speak in specifics about what he would do about America’s problems, on some issues.  On just some issues, I ask?   Yes, but we know what he is going to . . . . Continue Reading »