Gambling with Our Future

A quick google search turns up the statistic that 70% of lottery winners go broke within just a few years. As the recent Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots got up over $1 Billion a few weeks ago, I confess I bought a couple of tickets and allowed my mind to wander to what I might … Continue reading Gambling with Our Future

The Self-Identification Retirement Plan

“Age is a state of mind.” –Hermann Hesse “Age isn't how old you are but how old you feel.”  - Gabriel Garcia Marquez One of my favorite subjects in high school was geometry. I especially enjoyed doing geometric proofs where, using a set of rules, or theorems, we would start with a set of agreed-upon … Continue reading The Self-Identification Retirement Plan

It’s Not About the Cake

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court, relying on little more than the majority’s “reasoned judgement” that “liberty” as mentioned in the Fourteenth Amendment somehow encompasses the dignity of same-sex couples, created a right to same-sex marriage. As the case was being deliberated, traditional marriage supporters, including me, were concerned that creating such a right … Continue reading It’s Not About the Cake

The Neverending Tantrum

Everyone knew that whoever let the sadness overtake him would sink into the swamp. -The Neverending Story It’s now been a year since President Trump’s election and I, for one, think that’s plenty of time for all the tantrums to have played themselves out. I can understand the disappointment of the losing side in the … Continue reading The Neverending Tantrum

Sign of the Times

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride by William Goldman I live in a relatively small town in Massachusetts and, like most towns, we have our political differences. They usually play out in local issues, but something happened about a year ago … Continue reading Sign of the Times

A Trojan Horse at the Supreme Court

In Gill v. Whitford, democrats are challenging Wisconsin’s congressional district map, claiming that the Republican majority redrew the lines in an unconstitutional way back in 2010. The Constitution permits states to determine legislative districts, thus it is a legislative function. However, since Democrats haven’t won what they consider enough seats in Congress (i.e., all of … Continue reading A Trojan Horse at the Supreme Court

The Anti-Seuss Deuce

"But I think that the most likely reason of all May have been that his heart was two sizes too small." Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas We now have a Dr. Seuss two-fer here in Massachusetts. A couple of weeks ago, a librarian in Cambridge rudely refused, without the authority to do so, … Continue reading The Anti-Seuss Deuce

Stop Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Massachusetts [Updated]

[If] you do not speak up to warn the wicked about their ways, they shall die in their sins, but I will hold you responsible for their blood.    –Ezekiel 33:8 Massachusetts General Law defines abortion as “the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child.” Further, it defines an “unborn child” as “the individual … Continue reading Stop Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Massachusetts [Updated]

President Trump Six Months In

When Pete asked me to write about my thoughts on the first six months of the Trump Presidency, my fist inclination was to echo the thoughts of Kurt Schlichter and say that he's fulfilled my most important goal for a president: that of not being Hillary Clinton. His appointment of Neil Gorsuch, rollback of regulations, … Continue reading President Trump Six Months In

Yes, Prayers Do Get Answered

She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” –Matthew 9:21-22 Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by. There was a strong and violent … Continue reading Yes, Prayers Do Get Answered

Through the Looking Glass in Boston

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” Humpty Dumpty, Through the Looking Glass Our Constitution is meant to provide the framework within which a government that “derives its just … Continue reading Through the Looking Glass in Boston

Eating the Rule of Law

At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Planned Parenthood v. Casey Quoted by Justice Anthony Kennedy, Lawrence v. Texas I have never heard of a law that attempted to restrict one’s … Continue reading Eating the Rule of Law

In Honor of Justice Gorsuch: A Parable of Judicial Originalism

“A rose is a rose is a rose” –Gertrude Stein, Sacred Emily “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet With Justice Gorsuch finally being confirmed to the Supreme Court last week, I wanted to take a moment to look back at the confirmation process and hopefully … Continue reading In Honor of Justice Gorsuch: A Parable of Judicial Originalism

The Boy Scouts Disappoint, Again

"You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything." – Aaron Tippin "How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." – Abraham Lincoln Well, it finally happened. After more than 100 years of standing on the … Continue reading The Boy Scouts Disappoint, Again

Democrats and The Big Con

Gondorff: There ain't a fix in the world gonna cool him out if he blows on ya. Hooker: I'll take him anyway. Gondorff: Why? Hooker: 'Cause I don't know enough about killin' to kill him. Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting "Sincerity? I could fake that." Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce, M*A*S*H, "Foreign … Continue reading Democrats and The Big Con

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

“..For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, … Continue reading Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Unexpected, But Cautiously Optimistic

Wow. Just, Wow. I have to admit that I was much more anti-Hillary than pro-Trump in this election, but as a Catholic and a Constitutionalist, I was pleased with Donald Trump's victory on several levels. As a Catholic, this was an election about Life. There was simply no way I could support a radically pro-abortion … Continue reading Unexpected, But Cautiously Optimistic

Legislative Time Travel

"I only know this is wrong." - Guinan Star Trek: The Next Generation "Yesterday's Enterprise" I'm a sucker for time-travel stories. Whether it's Harry Potter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Back to the Future, Stephen King's 11/22/63 or anything else, a good story about the hero traveling back in time and affecting (or restoring) "the … Continue reading Legislative Time Travel

“Pro-Abortion Catholic” is an Oxymoron

As a Knight of Columbus [that's where my nom de plume comes from], I was particularly pleased to see the recent op-ed column by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson (whom I've had the pleasure to meet) in which he called for Catholic politicians either to stop supporting abortion "rights" or to resign their office. I could … Continue reading “Pro-Abortion Catholic” is an Oxymoron

Hamilton and Marriage

My teenage daughter is obsessed with Hamilton, the musical that has taken Broadway by storm. Not being a fan of rap music, I was not particularly interested in listening to the soundtrack, but seeing my daughter's reaction to it made me more than a little curious. We recently had occasion to spend quite a bit … Continue reading Hamilton and Marriage