Archives : Apr-2007

The headlines give the story away. A hike into horror and an act of courage I have read countless articles that began as this one did. I knew what was coming. The usual plot goes like this: Some nice folks are wandering in the wilderness. The day is pleasant with chirping birds, sunny skies and … Read more

I am sick as a pup. Lungs again, blast them! Why can’t they do as they are supposed to do and allow proper breathing? Is it a conspiracy, an assault by the body upon the spirit? If so then it is rebellion pure and simple. Stupid lungs! If their revolt is successful then they themselves … Read more

There is much-ado about much-ado at work and play these days. Busy and busier I am and will be so until late Sunday afternoon. No time for thoughtful essays outlining my latest method to save mankind—or at least the American part of it. So I will only be able to indulge myself in Short Takes. … Read more

Writing daily—or almost daily—is an affair of the heart. Who would do it if that were not so? It is also a responsibility. Once a blogger develops a readership—no matter how small—he owes his readers his time. The big time bloggers simply cannot do this, of course. They get hundreds of thousands of hits a … Read more

Much ink has been spilled about the end of civilization since Gibbon wrote his Decline and Fall. Christians fret and write about the End Times, environmentalists fret and write about global warming, statesmen fret and write about the end of the world as we know it. Many a bright fellow today frets and writes that our present times resemble … Read more

Teaching is not a job. It is a calling. Those who consider it merely a way to pay bills and fill the fridge are in the wrong profession. I have no idea how most teachers become teachers. I only know how I became one. It was an accident, at least from my end. Fifteen years … Read more

Sometime during the past year in one million Civics classes in one million public schools the following lesson was taught: America is a democracy. In a democracy the people vote. Voting is a great responsibility. It is what keeps America free. Part of that is true. Part of that is false. Part of that is … Read more

Oh dear! The excuse factories have gone into high gear about that mass killer fellow. We all know the litany by now: ‘Bad childhood.’ ‘Mentally disturbed.’ ‘Bullied.’ ‘Loner.’ ‘On medication.’ ‘Unpopular.’ ‘Victim of racism.’ ‘Butt ugly.’ ‘Did not have a puppy as a little boy.’ Ok, I made up the last one. Our media have … Read more

I am not a legal scholar—thank you, Jesus—but even I can see that the Supreme Court decision yesterday is scarcely a complete victory for those who hate abortion. Still, one takes what one can get. Think what you want about the president—his war-time leadership has lacked, well, leadership—but none can deny his stubborn position on … Read more

The blood is not yet dry in the halls of Virginia Tech, yet those bold and brave Europeans have spoken. They have it all figured out, you see. It is America’s love affair with guns that is to blame. Oh, that and an old man with Parkinson’s Disease named Charlton Heston. Some gems from the … Read more