Why We Remain Armed

On this day, 243 years ago, the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought. “The Shot Heard Round The World,” made legend by Ralph Waldo Emerson, was fired on that fateful day, and the American Revolution was underway. What was that day about? Why was...

The Mind of a Child

I’ve been binge-watching an old British television series called MI-5 (or Spooks, depending where you are). One episode I watched last night, late in Season 4 (or Series 4, to use British nomenclature) included a character that was an old, unrepentant Cold War...

Scientists Are People Too

I recently took a break from my hoovering “urban fantasy” novels to read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. The book is a history of the science of the Earth and the universe, with the “history” aspect being discussion...

Pounding the Table

Many of Trump’s cabinet appointments have elicited howls of outrage, but one that stands out from the pack is that of Betsy DeVos to Education. DeVos was beset upon all sides by the public-education-monopoly apologists, the teachers unions, the knee-jerk...

The Fruits of Ignorance

Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated war movie Dunkirk opened this past weekend. Highly anticipated and stellarly-reviewed, it tells one of the great stories of 20th century history: the rescue of 400,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers from a French beach...