Hillary vs The Law vs The Truth

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has decided not to recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information.  The legal reasoning for this decision is complicated and nuanced and politically confusing.  Some people will be elated by the decision, some will be angry; both are wrong. Continue reading


Dear Momma: A Mother’s Day Letter

Dear Momma,

I had a good laugh today and, as always, I thought of you.  Of all my memories, the ones of you laughing are my favorites.  From the soft giggles to those tear-inducing, breath-stealing hoots, remembering your happiness is a wonderful comfort.

Whenever I see and hear your great-grandchildren laugh, I do so wish you could be there to show them how it’s really done!  But, as you taught us, we have to do things our own way and as we see fit. Continue reading

A Phantom Menace to Stop ISIS

What can we do is stop ISIS’s momentum, eradicate its leadership and shut down its resources?  We know it can’t be accomplished by air strikes and pale international pacts. History is smothered in examples of failed diplomacy in the Middle East. Forget coalitions with Arab countries. Previous such alliances have ultimately failed and have been fraught with debilitating concessions. We usually find ourselves allying with former foes and fighting forces to whom we had previously given support, including weapons, training and intelligence.  And after our “intervention,” the weasels pop back up out of their holes and resume that which we were “committed” to stop. Continue reading

For America: Roll Tide!

On January 9, 2017, Clemson and Alabama will have a rematch of last year”s NCAA football National Championship, won, fortunately, by the Crimson Tide.  

My sentiments have not changed.

I am a Gamecock: an alum, husband of an alum, parent of two alums, uncle to two alums, brother to two alums and of the fourth generation to attend the University of South Carolina.

I have friends, neighbors, colleagues and (sadly) family that are Clemson alums or fans.

In 2015, the Gamecock football team was not just a disappointment, it was an abysmal failure.  Clemson is undefeated and playing for the national championship.  The team is talented and indisputably the best team in the state.  This year.

As a South Carolina resident, I am told I should root for Clemson in their championship quest as a show of Palmetto State brotherhood.  “It’s a South Carolina team” is the mantra for co-opting Gamecocks into Tiger Nation, if only for one game.


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The Fools We Are

The American voting public is showing itself to be a collection of the selfish, lazy, ignorant and foolish.  As the world gets smaller, its constriction is choking our economy, strangling our security and suffocating our national pride.  And all the while, we champion the most absurd group of political candidates in modern times.  Rather than caring, we just get more stupid. Continue reading

On Refusing Refugees

I had an online “conversation” recently about Syrian refugees coming to the United States. I was lectured to by presumed liberals repeating the Obama “that’s not who we are” mantra when I promoted caution over altruism.

Their argument is understandable – to a point.  Being a nation of immigrants, America is a nation that celebrates diverse roots and transplanted citizenry. So why not let in more, especially those seeking asylum from danger? Continue reading

The Confederacy Is Dead, So Everybody Shut Up!

The removal of the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia from the South Carolina State House grounds took a lot more energy and drew far more attention than necessary.  The circumstances that prompted its furling was beyond horrible and the person responsible is the lowest form of human scum; that cannot be debated.

The ensuing and nauseating conversation not just about the flag, but of things Southern is far beyond reasonable.  In the name of reason, good manners and national sanity, the two most vocal sides of the Great Confederacy Debate of 2015 both need to shut up. Continue reading