December 2015


Most fans recognize this moment from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.  It’s the moment when Captain Kirk has been hopelessly left to die on a seemingly desolate location by his scene-chewing arch-enemy Khan. Watching the film recently, I noticed something that I had previously … Read More

If a year can be summarized with one word it might be entitlement: entitled to ignore the facts; entitled to change the law in order to suit your own religious beliefs; entitled to own assault weapon(s) and high-capacity magazines; entitled to ban all individuals … Read More

The Message of 2015

To whom do you turn in the midst of crisis? Who has the requisite wisdom to lessen your doubts, your fears and anxieties?

Of all the speeches given in 2015, none comes close to that of Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics. … Read More

Chuck Williams’ Moment of Mutual Trust

Author/businessman Chuck Williams’ recent death reminded me of a conversation I had with him in February 1999. I thought it fitting to honor his work by reprinting his contribution to my book, “What Do You Stand For?”

After enjoying good food and friends for years, … Read More

Don’t Mess with Mama

The streets of Milwaukee can be tough. Fortunately, Mama’s on patrol.

Martha Freeman is a 77-year old retired corrections officer who, by day tends to household chores like passing out donated bread to those in need. By night, however, she cruises her neighborhood looking for … Read More

The Ethics of Star Wars?

Yes, I questioned that notion too when I came across a link on a web search. However, I discovered something interesting.

Steven Greydanus is a film critic for the National Catholic Register, a respected resource I’ve visited many times. Greydanus is also the creator … Read More

An Antidote to Fear and Hate

In a political season that has seen far too much prejudice, fear and hate, David Swan, a U.S. Army soldier, reminds us all just what is important and why in an open letter he writes to Muslims. In response to a reporter asking why he … Read More

Line Crossed

What if your neighbors were suspected of being involved in a mass shooting? And after the police and FBI had searched their home, the media were allowed to go through the residence, and among the items broadcast live were photos of you and your family; … Read More

American Demagogue

dem•a•gogue: a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.
– Merriam-Webster

Every time I post a commentary on Donald Trump, I privately vow no more! And then he says something even more bigoted. The Washington … Read More

Sorrow and Shame

Every time an attack, like the recent mass shooting in California, occurs too many of us react badly. Paralyzed by fear and anger, we retreat into a moral relativism that is simply breathtaking. It’s become a sad reality that after every such attack, gun sales … Read More