Tag Archive 'Gun control'

The Critical Mass

Losing their religion, their guns, their flags and their minds For the first time in years, on this Fourth of July, I’m optimistic. Proud to be an American. I really started to feel it while a handful of us were sitting in a bar after a night at the jazz festival here at the end […]

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The Critical Mass

The boys in the junk store The bravery of the citizens who rushed to the aid of their fellow citizens maimed by the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, and the bravery of the police and assorted authorities and military personnel who brought the two suspects to justice on Friday, bookended the shameful cowardice of the […]

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The Critical Mass

Founding Fathers, welcome to the 21st century The 21st century has been tough on our Republican friends. This week has been particularly unnerving. The world’s most-famous Marine, Gomer Pyle, married his longtime boyfriend. Female soldiers were granted a privilege formerly reserved for men, engaging in hand-to-hand combat. And now, we’re finally having that gun discussion […]

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The Critical Mass

A very strange conversation Seen from an airliner window at 30,000 feet, the Earth is a beautiful work of art. Especially the Rocky Mountains, spectacular precipices that fall away to deep canyons, brown and gold terrain unexpectedly giving way to red. This is what the surface of Mars must also look like. In fact, we […]

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The Critical Mass

The price we pay for living in a civilization Tuesday night’s snowfall and Barack Obama’s words on Wednesday met in a perfect storm this week. The snow: about eight inches of it had fallen overnight. At eight in the morning, I stepped outside and began shoveling the driveway. It went quickly; the snow was heavy, […]

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