Archive for the 'History' Category

What they’re talking about when they’re talking about Australia

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Regular readers may recall I’m not a member of the National Rifle Association, because I strongly disagree with one of that organization’s most basic modern stances: that all existing “gun control” laws should be enforced.

‘The world is changed’

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

“The world is changed,” she says (and behind, just audible, the same voice echoing in the original Sindarin Elvish, “I amar prestar aen.”) “I feel it in the water.” (“Han mathon ne nen.”) “I feel it in the earth.” (“Han mathon ne chae.”) “I smell it in the air.” (“A han noston ned gwilith.”) “Much […]

‘Tolerance’ sounds great. But is there no limit to what we can wisely ‘tolerate’?

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Charles C. Haynes, who works out of Gannett’s financially strapped “Newseum” in Washington, holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and promotes himself as a champion of the First Amendment (though, being a statist Democrat, he has of course written in favor of federal “anti-hate-speech” legislation — http://capcityfreepress.blogspot.com/2009/11/charles-c-haynes-say-what-you-want-hate.html .)

Stacked to convict

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Ever been called for jury duty?

‘The Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner’

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

I grew up in a New England Democratic family. Since politics were a matter of culture and ethnicity (I never actually heard it described that way — we just knew), it would have seemed unnatural for us Swamp Yankees to be anything else.

Getting their kicks (52 miles off) Route 66

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

ABE Books — now owned by Amazon, last we checked — occasionally posts features intended to encourage customers to frequent and buy from the nation’s remaining “used and antiquarian” bookstores.

67 years of The Vinyl Cavalcade

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Cat’s Curiosities also sells vinyl LP records, by the way — nearly 200 offered online, at last count. Simply go to our online ABE store at www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sortby=0&vci=51238921 and enter the word “LP” or “vinyl” or “record” — results may differ slightly, but any of the three will do — in the “Search Within these Results” […]

If we don’t have ‘common-sense gun control’ now, time to start over

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

“There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture,” said Cornell William Brooks, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, after a visitor to a Bible study group at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church […]

Going after the green-tip

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

(A version of this column appears in the May 10 issue of “Shotgun News.”) Back in mid-February, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced it was considering a ban on the popular M855 variety of .223 rifle ammunition — the popular “green-tip” fodder for the AR-15 rifle — by re-categorizing the round […]

Does it matter if we’re oppressed for what we ‘do,’ rather than what we ‘are’?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Vin’s latest post at https://www.academia.edu/s/965353a49d , where Nese Devenot invites members of the psychedelic community to “come out of the closet”: I believe a false dichotomy is being embraced by some correspondents here, a dichotomy which is beneficial to the oppressors, but not to the oppressed — who would be better advised to form common […]