That Which Can Be Given

A recent conversation about organ donations reminded me of another, decades-old, conversation I had with a co-worker during a company blood drive. Apparently, he had donated regularly for many years. Then, if I recall correctly, a family was soon to undergo a...

Tipper Trump

Movie naughtiness in the pre-MPAA era. “Jazz musicians,” code for black entertainers who smoked pot. Elvis Presley’s hips. Comic book salaciousness. The Beatles’ mop tops. Jim Morrison saying “get much higher” on Ed Sullivan....

Either/Or Terrorism

We witness, yet again, the horror of innocents going about their daily routines murdered en masse by a piece of human garbage. Twice in one day, in El Paso and Dayton. The history of such events cautions us to take our time in our pursuit of understanding, to avoid...

What Has Changed?

Two more mass shootings, and an entirely predictable spectrum of responses and proposed remedies from the usual sources. Politicians, both from the Rahm Emanuel angle and as a general rule, leap immediately to advance the solutions that fit their ideologies....

Alpha By Proxy

Playwright, auteur, and late-in-life conservative convert David Mamet referred to socialism as the abdication of responsibility. The resurgence of socialism in the American political landscape, itself born of the “childing” of age-of-majority youth via...