Devvy Kidd is At It Again

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It was back about 15 or 20 years ago, more or less, that Devvy Kidd was making headlines along with one Joe Banister in challenging the federal income tax. The matter interested me because I was practicing income tax law, and would have liked nothing better [...]

AIDS, Ebola and Politics

EbolaI was living back in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1980s when AIDS first became a major news story and a horrible problem for many people. In 1991 I went to work for a major San Francisco law firm and soon after people began disappearing from [...]

Political Chicanery in the City of Houston

About 10 years ago when yours truly left California for Texas the Golden State was recovering from the administration of Gray Davis, who had been labeled in some media as the state’s first coin operated governor. Texas, at the time, didn’t seem much better. A major issue at the time was property taxes, which many [...]

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

Adam Smith002I first encountered Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments years ago on the recommendation of my economics professor who was, as I liked to say in jest, a power mad Libertarian. It was his opinion that this book was at least as important as The [...]

Freedom of Religion is Not a Suicide Pact

My worthy colleague George Handlery recently wrote a piece on how the enemies of freedom are using our constitutional protections and similar freedoms in other nations as a leverage to take over those governments and societies. Mr. Haldlery’s analysis is correct, raising the question of when one may restrict freedoms in the name of preserving [...]

It’s About Time

Back when Eric Holder was nominated for Attorney General of the United States a non-attorney acquaintance asked me for my opinion of the appointment. Did I think he would be a good man for the job? My reply, took them rather aback. Holder, I said, was absolutely the wrong man for the job. I cited [...]

Pre-Election Blues and Reds

Dead DonkeyNot a day goes by when my mailbox isn’t filled with a variety of prognostications regarding the potential outcome of the November 2014 general elections. First the Republicans are going to sweep the Senatorial races. Then they won’t. Rush Limbaugh says that the Republican legislators don’t [...]

The Last Election - Book Review

Last Election About 30 years ago I encountered a book by one Joel Garreau entitled The Nine Nations of North America. Just recently I received my review copy of The Last Election by James Glenn Reynolds. Surprisingly, when I saw the cover the first thing that struck [...]

Re-Assessing the Iraqi Situation – Obama Still Hasn’t a Clue

In our last episode yours truly explained a basic problem with the assessment put forth by others and asserted that the ISIS terrorists should not be judged by the same criteria as any similar group, declaring a “caliphate” 50 or 100+ years ago. The fact that this group has access to better financing, better technology [...]

Misunderstanding the Military

General Patton was famously quoted back during World War II that it wasn’t the job of the soldier to die for his country; his job was to make the other SOB die for his. Patton was correct, as is Rush Limbaugh when he says that the job of the military is to kill people and [...]

Changed Circumstances Must Equal Changed Assessment

Just recently I encountered a piece by Daniel Pipes in which he took a somewhat dismissive attitude toward the ISIS / ISIL phenomenon as another of those groups that often appear in the Middle East, but eventually collapse due to internal issues and outside pressures; particularly from rival groups or differing sects that contest their [...]

Racism, Cowardice and Responsibility

Cowardice has been variously described over the years. When asked for a definition Microsoft Word provided several, including one from Wikipedia that seems to cover all the bases:

Cowardice is a trait wherein fear and excess self-concern override doing or saying what is right, good and of [...]

Worse Than We Expected?

The headline at WND proclaimed: Mitt Romney: Obama worse than I expected. The article is a stub, which links to the full piece at The Washington Times. The fact that Romney did not expect this bad an outcome speaks volumes about how many people viewed the election of the first openly anti-American person to the [...]

Ideology and Diplomacy

I can well remember back in fourth grade when I was introduced to the music of Tom Lehrer, the mathematician and musical satirist whose album This Was the Year That Was became very popular about that time. Among the songs it contained was one entitled Send the Marines, which incorrectly suggested that sending the Marines [...]

Evil and Civilization

Professor Hugh Hewitt, recently published a column for Townhall.com in which he cited a statement by former Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who represented the US in Afghanistan, in which he called the present ISIS/ISIL force wreaking havoc across Iraq as “evil incarnate.” There are those of us who understand this and have done so for a [...]

Why the Left Hates Israel

Sometimes one is left wondering exactly why the political left hates Israel so much. After all, a large number of people who founded the state were on the left, themselves. That is why the Kibbutz settlements were so popular. People voluntarily organized into collectivist communities in some of which private property was not recognized. Additionally, [...]

Whatever Happened to Peggy Joseph?

pgyjsphThe above title is a question I have been asking for the last 5 years. As the economy continued in the doldrums one has to wonder. Now many of you may be asking who is Peggy Joseph? The answer is that she is the woman who, in [...]

Islamism and Reality

I recently encountered a piece of commentary entitled Moral Equivalence, Moral Idiocy by Bruce Thornton; an excellent item explaining exactly what is going on in the “Arab-Israeli dispute.” It reminds me, in some ways of a piece written by Israeli commentator Ephraim Kishon that I read in 1968 or thereabouts, in the wake of the [...]

The Establishment Removes Its Mask

Growing up during the 1960’s in the People’s Republic of Berzerkeley, I was, more often than desired, treated to statements criticizing “the establishment.” As I grew older I found opportunity to ask exactly what this “establishment” was, and found that the only answers I received were nebulous, blaming “the established order” or a bit more [...]

The IRS Scandal and Other Stories

 

As an attorney who concentrated in the area of tax law for fair number of years after spending another two years at a CPA office, which specialized in tax work, the entire Lois Lerner centered IRS scandal is enough to make a call for some sort of revolution sound like reasoned judgment. The whole [...]

Understanding Obama’s ‘Irrationality’

 

For the last several years American political analysts have been politely arguing about exactly what was going on in the Oval Office. Was Barack Obama ignorant, or misguided, or simply foolish in his conduct? After all, his foreign policy actions looked as if he was completely out of touch with the reality of the [...]

The Scandal of the Month Club Comes to the Veterans Administration

The Obama administration has been plagued with scandals ever since it came into being. It would have been so plagued earlier, were it not for a fawning press that cared less about the truth and more about toadying up to a man who deserved nothing more positive than the back of a hand.

The first [...]

One Nation - Dr. Ben Carson's Prescription for America

OneNation_300I have been an admirer of Dr. Carson ever since he burst onto the national political scene via his address to the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. His common sense logical approach to America’s current issues provides something that has not been seen in the political arena [...]

Failure to Acknowledge Failure

For many years this writer has understood that one of the main problems with modern government is something that may be called “self legitimization.” It is a process by which government grows despite failures to effectively address problems that it claims are about to bring the world to a screeching halt more effectively than Michael [...]

Foreign Affairs in the Land of Wishful Thinking

Barack Obama was supposed to be a foreign policy genius. There were two reasons cited for this. Firstly, he had spent a portion of his youth in Indonesia, and purportedly had traveled to Pakistan at some point. Secondly, he had taken a class in foreign affairs or foreign policy while at Columbia University. Proponents of [...]






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