The Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 1

Last week, I attended the first class of the Citizen’s Police Academy. It is a 10-week course put on by the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable. For the duration of the course, I will occasionally share my thoughts and experiences as I progress through the course.

The first class was largely introductory. We were introduced […]

Awareness as a Choice

I was recently watching a minor league baseball game. A commentator noted that one of the young players showed a great situational awareness–the player was able to quickly assess a situation and determine what action to take. Another commentator asked if that was something that is natural or something that can be taught. The first […]

Why Discrimination is Inescapable

Last week, California banned state-funded travel to Texas, saying that a new adoption law passed by Texas is discriminatory. California law restricts the use of state funds to travel to places that “authorize discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Seven other states are on California’s no-travel list.

Ironically, in issuing such […]

Protecting Fairy Tales

A recent piece in the Chronicle raised the question: What is a sincerely held religious belief? The question was raised in the context of the Legislature’s ongoing efforts to protect religious freedom. The article offers no answer, but instead illustrates the problems that arise when one attempts to protect fairy tales.

For example, the article […]

Words Have Meaning

The Alamo Ritz movie theater in Austin is promoting a women only showing of the new Wonder Woman movie on June 6. Critics claim that this is sexist. The critics are, to be kind, ignorant fools. Words have meaning.

Sexism means to judge individuals by their sex rather than their merits and character. The Alamo […]

The Fallacy of “Cultural Appropriation”

Last week, Leftists in Portland, Oregon found a new cause: “cultural appropriation.” Apparently, while vacationing in Mexico, two women decided to open a taco truck upon returning to Portland. While in Mexico, they spent some time picking the brains of the locals, who were hesitant to share all of their secrets. But the women learned […]

Silencing the Independent Thinker

For decades, Regressives have been waging a war on Houstonians. The individual battles of that war have been fought primarily in the political area, but the target of the war is not political. The target is the independent thinker.

The political battles—outlawing billboards, zoning, historic preservation are a few examples—have all been based on the […]

What is it that “Made America Great?”

My previous article identified the fact that Donald Trump does not know what “made America great”. His rejection of individual rights implicit in his antagonism to free trade and open immigration, and his support and exploitation of eminent domain, reveals this.

Individual rights, i.e. the principle of every man’s right to “life, liberty and the […]

Context and Police Shootings

It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. It is easy to criticize the decisions and actions of others when we have the luxury of time and additional information. However, such criticisms are almost always guilty of the same error: They drop context. As an example, consider stories alleging unjustified shootings of citizens by police […]

Truth Versus Environmentalism

Since the 1960s, environmentalists and their ilk have been predicting a series of imminent disasters. First, it was over-population and mass starvation. Then it was a new Ice Age. That was followed by global warming, which was succeeded with climate change. None of the predictions of doom came true.

But that hasn’t stopped environmentalists from […]