The Queen

We have certain characters… fictional characters… who have acted as proxy guides and, in some cases, guardian angels as we traverse the decades of our lives. Role models, and we absolutely need role models, help us to understand the amorphous goals of what we want to become. Sometimes these are purely career related; sometimes...

The Neo-Fascists

Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.   That definition was cut and pasted from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary...

The Ring

Ceremonial events have meaning. That is why they are largely ceremonial. They connect us with our past and provide, at least to an extent, the promise of a future. (If there were not a predictive value for future experience, then participation in a ceremonial act would be largely insignificant, an exercise in nostalgia at...

When Is A Gun A Gun?

A few months ago a fellow service member in my JAG unit reached out to me.  He handles criminal defense in his civilian practice and focuses primarily on federal cases.  While he is familiar with firearms, he is not a “firearms attorney” per se, but the case he was handling had firearms-related issues as...

Franternité

I like Old Fashioneds. I like whisky and bourbon. I enjoy congenial conversations with night nurses who are troubled with what they encounter on their way to their cars after work. Pathogens don’t particularly bother me, and I do like guns. Yes, I really like them. I like the inherent symmetry they have and...