Gun rights

The horror of the Vegas shootings shocked the nation, and, predictably, was followed by “thoughts and prayers” and “this is not the time or place” when the question arose whether some measures might prevent future massacres.


The NRA wields outsize influence at every level of the body politic. We have all heard the slogans, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, and “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. It may be true in some …

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On Health Care.

Howdy, y’all.

the following was rejected by the Dallas Morning News and the Rockwall Herald Tribune. My purpose in writing it was to try and persuade Republican readers that we are looking at facts rather than ideology. I wanted them to retrace my steps in researching health care and to, hopefully, reach the same conclusion.



The health care debate has fallen prey to perverse political calculations. I am aware that statistics can be interpreted – and spun – so as to fit ideology. I therefore went in …

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Kevin Brady, subtle humorist….

Am I the only one to detect a playful sense of irony in the words of Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Chairman of the US House Ways and Means Committee? On the day that the House decided to summarily do away with our online privacy, he pontificated in the wake of a vote where House Republicans blocked an attempt by Democrats to get a look at Trump’s tax returns.

Here is the direct quote: ” Civil liberties and privacy are still rights worth protecting, and I intend to …

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Trump’s genius

For the past week I have had this maddening tune stuck in my head:

“They’re Pinky and the Brain,

One is a genius, the other’s insane”. Repeat ad infinitum….


Those of you who were kids or had young kids at home in the ‘90s may remember the Spielberg-produced animated show. It has its own Wikipedia page, where I found this not inaccurate description of our current presidential predicament:

“ Brain is self-centered and scheming; Pinky is good-natured but feebleminded. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan to take …

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“The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”.

“The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”


That was one of the sentences I used to practice typing. Since November 8, in my imagination, the quick brown fox quickly slaughters a few of the denizens of the henhouse, frightens some sheep and eventually skulks away back into the forest once the farmer, awakened from his slumbers, recalls the dog – who was not lazy, really, just sound asleep, and had run away to Canada after the fox stole his lunch together with his “guardian …

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Once more into the breach

In Texas, early voting starts on October 24. As an election worker, I will be seated next to my Republican counterparts. I already know most of them, we get along well, as they are generally charming people. I have a feeling that most of the people I work with will not be voting for Trump, but of course we never talk politics when working elections — it would be not just bad form, but against the law.

I do not want to implicate my Republican coworkers …

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