Entries by Charles M. Strauss

What A Fool Believes

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

“What a fool believes, no wise man has the power to reason away.” Doobie Brothers, 1978 Liberalism/Progressivism (or whatever they are calling Marxism these days) is a mental illness, characterized by delusions impervious to facts and reason.  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th Edition (DSM-5) defines “delusions” as “…fixed beliefs that are not […]

Weekend Read: What Does The Second Amendment Really Mean?

Estimated Reading Time: 9 minutes

Let’s take it word by word. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” What is a “Militia”? What is a “well regulated” Militia (as opposed to a poorly regulated one)? What about a well-regulated Militia […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Laments of Victims of Communism

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

It was NOT what I was expecting. I went on a Viking River Cruise, east-west up the Danube: Romania-Bulgaria-Serbia-Croatia-Hungary-Slovakia-Austria. Sounds pretty boring, right? A bunch of American geezers wandering around in ribcage-high Madras shorts and calf-high black socks? What a shock. Everywhere I went, from everybody I met, I got an earful about how bad […]

Biden, Harding, and a Ray of Hope

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Among the treasured books in my collection is Lost Men of American History, compiled by Stewart H. Holbrook — copyright 1946. Say again, 1946. I purchased it for 25 cents at an elementary school fundraising book sale. One chapter is about the “most corrupt presidential administration in history” (up to that point), that of Warren […]

A Conversation About Gun Violence

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

We need to have a conversation about gun violence! OK, you start. You hate children! That’s slander, not a conversation, but go ahead. Schools should be Gun-Free Zones. Those signs have been up since 1990. I said then that Gun-Free Zones wouldn’t work, and I was right, wasn’t I? What else? Background checks! We’ve had […]

Was Alec Baldwin’s Finger On The Trigger?

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

Last October, Alec Baldwin shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.  The bullet passed through Hutchins’ body and wounded director Joel Souza. Whose fault was it? Alec Baldwin insists it was not his fault; somebody handed him a gun and told him it was unloaded. According to Baldwin, assistant director Dave Halls inspected the gun to […]

Is The AR-15 on Trial or a Defendant?

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

OK, I want to write this before the jury reaches a verdict. From the closing arguments, I conclude: The prosecutors are complete idiots. The defenders are no prizes. They may have snatched defeat from the jaws of certain victory. Here are the biggest errors that I thought the defenders made. (Keep in mind that I […]

The Rittenhouse Case: Observations and Predictions

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Note: This article was written before closing arguments. If facts mattered, the jury would find Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts, except for possession by a minor. However, facts don’t matter. If facts mattered, he would not have been charged in the first place. So, there is always the possibility that the jurors are a […]

Afraid Of Ghosts

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

“Ghost Guns” are the Latest in Hoplophobic Pants-Wetting “Facing Republican resistance to new gun laws, the Biden administration has not pushed for a solution through Congress; instead, it is aiming to do so through an executive order, requiring the Department of Justice to come up with new ways to curb ghost guns. ” The Economist, […]

Good Cop/Bad Cop

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

Is there no middle ground? On one hand are those who spray graffiti and carry signs proclaiming “ACAB” (All Cops Are Bastards.) They demand that the police be “defunded” (that is, abolished). At their (mostly peaceful!) protests, they chant “Pigs in a blanket; fry ’em like bacon,” as well as the more direct “Kill the […]

Leg-Shootin’ Joe (Biden)

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

To paraphrase Will Rogers, it ain’t so much what Joe Biden doesn’t know about guns; it’s what he is sure he knows that just isn’t so. Biden considers himself an expert on guns; just ask him. He is completely unaware that he knows nothing, and that what he thinks he knows is just flat wrong. […]