A Sense of Propriety

“We blush for the impudence and rudeness of another, though he himself appears to have no sense of the impropriety of his own behaviour; because we cannot help feeling with what confusion we ourselves should be covered, had we behaved in so absurd a manner.” ~ Adam Smith, “Of the Sense of Propriety” (1759) “These…

Prophylactic Measures

Buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes even though earthquakes severe enough to do damage property and threaten life are statistically rare. Levees and dams (other than those in California apparently) are designed to withstand 100 year storms even though 100 year storms are statistically rare. Bridges are designed with at least a two times safety…

Forgiving the Unforgivable

My grandfather always told me that you learn the most about a man when he has nothing to lose. I thought about this lesson last night as I wound up my workday and began to ruminate on the pardons, clemencies and the commutations being issued by soon to be former President Obama.   Thankfully, the…

Fear and Loathing in DC

As to the fear of the Democrats about Jeff Sessions, the Democrats are justifiably petrified that so much of their agenda has been executed by Executive actions and by departmental directive, all of which can be reversed by a new president and a new AG and there is nothing the Democrats in Congress can do…

Trafficking in Fear

Last night there was a piece on the local NBC affiliate showing crying and fearful children in the Salt Lake area schools afraid that because Trump was elected, their parents would be deported before the kids got home. I was so sorry for these kids, yet so angry at the people who put them and…

Time to Make the Call

Free speech according to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The Progressive left…