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...

Faith and Risk

“Colonel, thank you for waiting for me.”   The LTC glanced up from his book and squinted at me through the dimly lit room. Firelight from the fireplace created shadows across his face and reflected off his round glasses. I could see he was holding a massively annotated Bible on his lap from which he was...