The Fight for Ideas, The Fight for Survival

So I went outside for a couple of days, attacking a weed-infested garden tract in my backyard, and allergies rose up and hammered me toward a sinus infection, which I'm currently refusing to bow to. Perhaps it's an appropriate penance for the sin of neglecting this nice little piece of ground that could be used …

The Questions, The Moral Fight, and Love

I don't like politics.  Men and women struggling over power, wealth, and good.  Forces of human action contending valiantly and corruptly, if need be, to control, coerce, or more nobly, to free.   Senators beaten with canes in full view (see pre-Civil War politics), Congresswomen shot at close range in grocery store parking lots, and …

Still in the Wake of The Civil War

Here's an interesting question:  what types of ceremonies, rituals, and celebrations are appropriate for remembering the war officially known as "The War Between The States"?  (So said Congress in 1948, one reenactor pointed out to me last weekend.) Actually, Wikipedia refutes my friend the reenactor, saying Congress never officially legislated a name for the war. …

Reluctantly Asking the Health-Care Questions

Here's a question: what does Beauty have to do with the health-care debate? I'm not much of a political animal.  Whether that's a badge of honor or shame depends on who you talk to, but it's getting harder to avoid getting drawn into the "debates" (read mud-slinging) about health-care, economics, race, and other areas of …