Attacks on Tradition

A thought on statues, symbology and such things: This isn’t just about racism, bigotry or history. This is about controlling what you feel and believe, it is designed to strip any meaning anything holds for you and replace it with some generic, government approved belief. I grew up 30 miles from the University I have…

Cages

The other day I was introduced to the Rat Park experiment. Basically, there was an experiment where a lone rat was put in a cage, and got to choose between regular water or heroine-laced water. He chose the drugged water every time until he died. This experiment was apparently the impetus for the war on…

No True Scotsman

That race is part of culture, I can do nothing about, so this is probably going to be seen as racist – but it is really more a commentary on cultures. America, as it exists as a concept, one sealed in the words of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and in practice, i.e.…

Getting it Good and Hard

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” ~ H. L. Mencken Several people, primarily Trump supporters, think his lack of definable ideology is a good thing. He’s there to make good deals, I’m told. This is how he worked in heavily Democrat…

You Govern You and I’ll Govern Me

A friend asked if I could distill my political philosophy down to one sentence. “Absolutely,” I said, “If it takes more than one sentence to describe what you believe, you probably aren’t that sure what you believe. In most cases, I find that is true – if you can’t apply Occam’s Razor to your belief…

God Bless Texas

It is a tale of two cities – both subjected to disasters of historic proportions, both large and modern port cities, and both disasters happening under a Republican administration but that seems to be where the similarities end. With Katrina and New Orleans, even though the real disaster was caused by the breaching of a…

Houston: When Americans Answer a Silent Cry

The disaster in Houston has proven again something that reasonable people intuitively know – that in a crisis, neither skin color nor who your great-great-great granddaddy was matters. In the floods, blacks worked to save whites, whites worked so save blacks and they worked together to save everybody they could. Caravans of people looking to…