Category Archives: Gun Control

Our Guns

No one was surprised. President Obama went to Florida and did the obvious: President Barack Obama tore into opponents of gun control on a visit to Orlando on Thursday, saying they should meet with the victims of the Orlando nightclub … Continue reading

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The Fatalists

That last year of college was going to be odd. In the spring of 1968, so long ago, Martin Luther King was assassinated. Many cities exploded, and after the riots burned themselves out, in the summer, it was Bobby Kennedy … Continue reading

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Choose Your Narrative

The last trip to Paris was in 2001 – two weeks in early December, solo, quietly slipping into another culture. Then things got complicated. Folks in systems management never know who they’ll be working for the next week, or if … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Armchair Psychoanalysis

Santa Barbara is Southern California done right – green hills that drop down to perfect beaches, a picturesque marina with the evocative little sailboats all in a row, fine restaurants, giant white homes with red tile roofs, a perfectly preserved … Continue reading

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Civilization and Its Discontented

There were contradictions from the start. We all want to be free, but we also want to live in a safe and somewhat orderly society. Those two don’t mix easily. After all, we started out declaring our independence from a … Continue reading

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When Democracy Interferes with Freedom

No one plans a vacation in Houston – it’s a rather nasty place. There’s a reason their football team is called the Oilers – that’s what the city is about, oil and big money, and it’s hot as hell too. … Continue reading

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The Naughty Flamethrower

Things sort themselves out without any real agreement. Anyone who’s even vaguely conservative watches Fox News – run by Roger Ailes, who had been Richard Nixon’s media advisor and seems to be still at it, making unpleasant and shifty Republican … Continue reading

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