A commonplace book

The Millennial hope | Human Events

Becoming a parent is life changing. And among the greatest changes are some surprising moments of great self-awareness.

Time has a way of blurring memories | Human Events

Time has a way of blurring memories’ edges. Or in some cases obliterating them.

Big Government Ripple Effect

it’s easy to see why the “ripple effect” is a metaphor for how a single event or action can have far-reaching and unforeseen effects. In the field of public policy, that ripple effect can have devastating results when combined with the law of unintended consequences.

Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

What comes to mind when you think of Scotland? Bagpipes, certainly, perhaps Scotch whisky, maybe William Wallace (or at least a version that looks suspiciously like Mel Gibson). Above all these, however, is the unofficial national dish of Scotland, haggis, maybe ranking just below the inescapable fashion choice that is the kilt.

Government and Baseball. And Government.

Have you heard the one about attending a boxing match and a hockey game breaking out?

Appreciating D-Day’s 70th anniversary | Human Events

When Dwight D. Eisenhower’s former executive assistant was asked about the General’s use of the “D” in “D-Day”, his response was perfunctory. He used it merely to indicate the “designated day” for his army to advance as ordered.

The rising class-war chorus

Income inequality tells us nothing about the absolute condition of the poor.


Today’s daily cartoon by Barbara Smaller: http://nyr.kr/1ewm0HS


Today’s daily cartoon by Barbara Smaller: http://nyr.kr/1ewm0HS

(Source: newyorker.com)

"Happy Easter: Message from David Cameron"

Happy Easter: Message from David Cameron:

Lawn darts, BB guns, and the trouble with protecting us from ourselves

Managing risk is a tricky business with no one-size-fits all solution. So it is downright dangerous when politicians or, worse, un-elected bureaucrats try to do it on our behalf. Basing public policy on the extreme behavior of Darwin Award winners is decidedly counterproductive.