A Meek Heart

Last night, we went to see the movie “A Mighty Heart” about the kidnapping, search for, and death of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl.  The movie focused more on the search for Pearl, and the dramatic measures that the Pakistanis took in

Vatican Explanations

I happened to catch this snippet out of “In the News” section on Yahoo:  “Vatican: Abuse not just Catholic problem“.. the first thought that came to my mind was my mother… You’re probably thinking, What??.  Well, my mom would slap

A Smart Bird

This link is from my buddy, Mark Kelly.  It’s  a 3 minute video that shows an African Grey doing tricks. http://www.upchucky.net/flash-fun/smart-bird.html

Wal-Mart Winery

Wal-Mart announced that it will begin offering customers a new discount item — Wal-Mart’s own brand of wine. The world’s largest retail chain is teaming up with Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery of California to produce the spirits at an

Taxes and Prosperity

There are many among us that believe that taxes bring wealth.  A quick review of the many ways that the State and Federal Treasury separates us from our money: Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax

The Expected Duration of a Democracy

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new Constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: “A

Tyranny of the Weak

A very interesting interview with Ruthie Blum in the Jerusalem Post… a few excerpts: Generally, Westerners prefer to ignore the ideological dimension and focus on pragmatic problem-solving. They seek the “root causes” of terrorism, as if they were material… Indeed, the essential

Everything in Moderation

When I graduated from college (many years ago), I used to seek out medical knowledge in arcane places such as the New England Journal of Medicine.  For those of you not aware, the NEJM is one of the most respected

Scarlet Letter in Iran… Nope

The infamous BBC reported that an Iranian adulterer has been stoned to death in public.  With this Moslem custom of punishment by stoning, a male convict is buried up to his waist with his hands tied behind his back, and