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Respecting boundaries

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either." Mark Twain's words came to me several times over the last few weeks as I encountered, and engaged in, a number of events that characterize the fragile balancing act

A warning from history

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Most nations learn little from history; Americans excel at forgetting it. 1983 was the year our engagement as Lebanon's peacekeepers saw the escalation of terrorist operations against U.S. forces and interests in the Middle East. In October, the Marine Barracks was destroyed by a suicide bomber (242 killed) in addition to suicide bombing attacks against our and allied embassies (over

I hate Obamacare!

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
I hear similar sentiments around here, aided and abetted by the steady drumbeat of Fox pseudo-News Network talking heads. How come? A clue comes from answers to questions posed to passers-by on the Jimmy Kimmel show: "Do you prefer Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?" A majority responded: "The Affordable Care Act". Spoiler alert: the two are one and

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