Thoreau on Schiavo

The right to life trumps the right to privacy? Since when did we have a hierarchy of rights? I thought all rights were created equal, so to speak. There’s something extremely confusing and… Continue reading

If the Fascist Shoe Fits…

The word “fascism,” as many of you know, comes from the “fasci di combattinmento” of Mussolini conceived at the end of WWI. It means “bands of combattants.” Most simply, it is the “true… Continue reading

Emerson, No. 2

The other day, I wrote a diary quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson in relation to the blogs.  Today, allow me to continue: Hundreds of writers may be found in every long-civilized nation, who for… Continue reading

They Never Seem to Learn

On his revitalized web site, Jeff Gannon calls himself “A voice of the new media.” Yet his is only up to his old tricks. Gannon was always a good argument for a little… Continue reading

"I am not solitary"

In Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes: I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. Right you are, Ralphie.  Why is it, then, that so many so often… Continue reading

Posts From Old Blogs and dKos

I am going to be re-posting some of my old blogs from 2001 here, as well as my recent ones from dKos. As you may see, I stopped blogging soon after 9/11, starting… Continue reading

The Virtue of the Filibuster

In The Federalist No. 10, James Madison wrote: By a faction I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by… Continue reading

Oh, How We Have Fallen!

In Citizen Soldiers, his book on the US Army in Europe in 1944 and 1945, Stephen Ambrose wrote: The U.S. Army in its treatment of POWs compiled a record of decency and efficiency… Continue reading

Commission For Africa Report

From the Introduction to the report: Our starting point was the recognition that Africa must drive its own development.  Rich nations should support that… Right… and if Africa is ever going to stand… Continue reading

Surprise! Hypocrisy From "Focus on the Family"

Not a big one, but emblematic: Yesterday, during an interview with Mel Gibson, James Dobson referred scathingly to critics of Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ who spoke without having first seen the… Continue reading