Category: American Life

Five Days Without Television

I recently read an online complaint by a parent waiting for the cable guy to show up and fix a broken connection. “I scheduled the day off of work as I have three kids and 5 days without TV makes for…

Taking Government out of Christmas

A recent article in a small town newspaper began: For years, atheists have tried to take Jesus Christ out of Christmas. That first sentence is another one of those inflammatory phrases that is careful worded  to distort the truth. Speaking…

The Broken Chained Consumer Price Index

There is a sound that does not exist Philosophers torture themseves (and us) with silly questions such as, “if a tree falls in a remote forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”…

Immigration Reform needs more than new policies.

A recent PBS interview with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discussed immigration policy reform and enforcement. What follows below is the text of a response to her, posted on the PBS web site, just below the interview. I hope Ms. Napolitano reads this posting…

John McAfee? Been There, Done That

I’ve been following the sad story of 67-year-old John McAfee, who is, at this moment, in a Guatemalan jail. A story posted on the net a few hours ago says, “Software guru John McAfee wants to return to US.” I feel for…

You Can Walk Away. Just Pay $1,000 Cash

You’ll understand this post better if you first read the two other articles in this series. Busted for Possession You Might Need a Friend, Someday Late one afternoon, mid-Fall of 1968, shortly after I turned 35-years-old, as I was visiting…

You Might Need a Friend Someday

The previous post left you with a mystery. What was the connection between illegal spying by the Chicago Police Department during the 1968 Democratic National  Convention and my walking away from an extortion attempt backed by the threat of 10 years in…

Busted For Possession

Do you remember 1968?  Chicago? That wild democratic Convention? Yuppies? “The Whole World is Watching?” I wonder how many of you think that chant originated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Unh-unh. It echoed off the walls of the Michigan Avenue hotels…