Background Checks and Firearms Purchases

Much is made by anti-gun activists about the need for “universal background checks.” This claim shows the speaker’s ignorance of the law and the facts. Let’s start with the basics. Anyone who goes to a sporting goods store or a gun shop and wants to purchase a pistol,...

Meaning of the Words Sole and Chutzpah

According to the on-line Merriam-Webster dictionary, when the word “sole” is used as an adjective, it means “one and only.” The word “sole” occurs only twice in the U.S. Constitution. Both are in reference to legislative powers which suggests how careful the Founding...

Nancy, What’s the Rush?

It appears now that the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives are in a hurry to send the two articles of impeachment voted out of the Judiciary Committee to the floor for a vote.  Assuming that it passes, it goes on to the Senate for a trial. Rather...

Revisting Pearl Harbor

Seventy-eight years ago, the Japanese attacked U.S. bases on the island of Oahu.  It was one of the biggest military disasters in U.S. history and occurred despite the fact that President Roosevelt and his closest advisors knew the attack was coming, just not when and...

Dealing With a Bug

Disease is never a pretty thing.  It becomes easier to deal with when one knows the end game, i.e. either death or a cure or a disability.  But, when the outcome is uncertain – just being sick, long term antibiotic treatment, possible loss of a limb – all just play in...

Adam and Nancy’s Dilemma

One of the joys of being retired is that if one is interested, one can spend hours in front of the TV watching Congressional hearings, or in this case, the farce that are the impeachment hearings.  It doesn’t matter which side one sits, several “facts” have become...