What “Merry Christmas” Actually Means

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,* when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,the word of God came to John the … Continue reading What “Merry Christmas” Actually Means

Euclidian Geometry and Constitutional Civics

Just after election day, on which MA governor Charlie Baker was re-elected by an overwhelming majority, he signed a bi-partisan bill to require civics education in public schools in our commonwealth. Among other things, the law requires eighth-graders to complete at least one student-led civics project and it establishes a Civics Project Trust Fund, which schools can … Continue reading Euclidian Geometry and Constitutional Civics

The Financial Motivation Behind the Kavanaugh Opposition

It's no secret that the Left's by-any-means-necessary (a.k.a unhinged-take-no-prisoners-search-and-destroy) opposition to now-Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation is their pathological fear that he will provide the 5th vote on the SCOTUS to overturn the abominable (and abominably-reasoned) Roe v. Wade decision. It may very well be that this subject falls within the 7% of cases on which Justice Kavanaugh … Continue reading The Financial Motivation Behind the Kavanaugh Opposition

Why the Crime Fits the Time

And be careful of what you do 'cause the lie becomes the truth. - Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean" If Judge Kavanaugh's last name were a single syllable, I have no doubt that the sleazy tactics being deployed against him would become their own term, a la "Borking" from Ted Kennedy and others slandering judge Robert … Continue reading Why the Crime Fits the Time

Presenting the Right Expectations

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.  -Robert A. Heinlein I have always believed that children will live up to our expectations. If we expect them to work hard and succeed, then they will – or at least they will try to. If we don’t expect them to try, then they won’t. I … Continue reading Presenting the Right Expectations

Tiger Woods as a Symbol of the Left

I am an avid golfer and very much a fan of the PGA Tour. Like everyone else, I was impressed by Tiger Woods and rooted for him in his early years on the tour. I did think it was a bit unfair when he had the gallery move a boulder for him at the 1999 … Continue reading Tiger Woods as a Symbol of the Left

Some Cultural Good News

“Your life is happening now, right in front of you.” – Madeline (“Christopher Robin”) “That’s how she knows the difference between a boy and a man.” – Chris Janson, “Take a Drunk Girl Home” “You sang and I listened to every word, and then I listened to what they said after... that’s how I got … Continue reading Some Cultural Good News

What the Left Actually Means by “Stare Decisis”

Every time there is a Supreme Court vacancy under a Republican president, the Left panics, at least since 1973, when Roe v. Wade was erroneously decided, inventing a supposed right to abortion that is nowhere in the Constitution. With the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the pattern continues. We all know that this panic stems from … Continue reading What the Left Actually Means by “Stare Decisis”

Pride Goeth Before (During and After) the Fall

Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall.  -Proverbs 16:18 I spent last week in San Francisco for work. My duties required me to arrive on Sunday, which means I got there smack in the middle of the Pride Parade. The practical effect of the parade is that it snarled traffic enough … Continue reading Pride Goeth Before (During and After) the Fall

Justice Kennedy’s Mystery of the Cake

In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court (thankfully) ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the baker who declined to be forced to bake and decorate a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding. The ruling was based almost completely on the documented religious hostility of the members of the Civil Rights … Continue reading Justice Kennedy’s Mystery of the Cake

Is a Little Logic Too Much to Ask?

The Massachusetts Legislature is apparently trying to out-California California by considering House Bill 4014, “An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors.” The bill would prohibit any kind of counseling or therapy, even just talking, aimed at helping a confused minor be comfortable in his or her own … Continue reading Is a Little Logic Too Much to Ask?

Three of a Kind

Politics is downstream of culture.          -Andrew Breitbart Between network television and Netflix, I have been watching three separate series that all take place in and around the White House: "Designated Survivor," "Madame Secretary," and "House of Cards." House of Cards is fun (although there are plenty of disturbing scenes made for … Continue reading Three of a Kind

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well. - Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield I hate the term "working mom" because it implies that moms who are not employed do not "work." My wife is a stay-at-home mom and she works plenty hard. More importantly, she works hard at things that matter. And the fact … Continue reading The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

The Destruction of the Boy Scouts is Complete

As I mentioned last year, I spent many years in the Boy Scouts as an adult leader while my son, who became an Eagle Scout, was going through the program, only to be disappointed by the national organization in recent years. As predicted, the Boy Scouts went from allowing homosexual boys into the program, to … Continue reading The Destruction of the Boy Scouts is Complete

Precedent Washington

I've mentioned in the past my daughter's obsession with Hamilton, the musical. We were in the car this afternoon listening to "One Last Time," in which George Washington tells Alexander Hamilton that he is stepping down as president after two terms and asks Hamilton to help him compose his Farewell Address (which was actually published in the … Continue reading Precedent Washington

Woke to a Nightmare

No matter how “woke” you think you are, you are tolerating things right now that will make you cringe in 25 years. – Bill Maher You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – inigo Montoya, “The Princess Bride” While I disagree with some of the specific … Continue reading Woke to a Nightmare

Into the Lion’s Den

So the king ordered Daniel to be brought and cast into the lions’ den. To Daniel he said, “Your God, whom you serve so constantly, must save you.” -Dan 6:17 Just in the past few weeks, we've seen Harvard University defund and suspend the Harvard College Faith and Action fellowship, and we've seen Providence College … Continue reading Into the Lion’s Den

On Negative Target Fixation

When I was a young engineer, I had just started at a new company and, as part of my orientation, we attended a presentation by the company CEO, who was a wonderful motivational speaker. His talk was about “Negative Target Fixation,” in which he related the story of amateur pilots who, sometime have to do … Continue reading On Negative Target Fixation

An Easter Reflection

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.            - Jn 3:16 Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.    … Continue reading An Easter Reflection

Stephen Hawking, RIP

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.           -Stephen Hawking In one of those interesting examples of Cosmic Timing, Stephen Hawking has died on Pi Day. I have been a Hawking fan for pretty much as long as I can remember. I've always been … Continue reading Stephen Hawking, RIP