In search of ponies: Cats have ability to help; choice another matter

It's hard to imagine them being capable of acts of heroism. First and foremost, even though they do come in larger sizes — tubby being the most likely — domestic cats just aren't powerhouses. Sure they're great at getting themselves out of harm's way, slinking through tight spaces, landing on their feet and climbing out […]

McGee: Magic box 1, Grant 0

A vacation in Florida a couple of weeks ago gave The Lady of the House and I the opportunity to catch up on watching movies. Being out-of-towners we rented our DVDs from the red vending machine called "Red Box" inside the Southern Supermarket. We have a few of these contraptions sprinkled around here on the […]

Laws do no determine right and wrong

Should "wrong" be illegal? Telling lies is generally acknowledged to be wrong, so should it be illegal to tell your wife she doesn't look fat in that dress when she does? Should it be illegal to tell kids Santa Claus visits them? When you criminalize everything you make it all subject to ridicule and increase […]

Double standard makes government its own counterargument

Civilization depends on unwavering respect for property rights, and the recognition of the right to defend property. Without the ability to own property, use it as you see fit, and defend it from those who wish to steal or destroy its value, we would still be living a nomadic stone age life. I don't know […]

Spreading common sense on courts and in the kitchen

Here are three things I was thinking today. They're not really related, except that they all address common sense, or the lack thereof: My office pool is totally wrecked (thanks Lobos), but there's still something else fun to gamble on this week for college basketball. Spot how many times you can see the same lazy […]

Importance always around corner

Time has been a stern disciplinarian in teaching me that I'm not special or unique — except in the way that everyone is. It's been a shock to learn that my profound thoughts and experiences mean little to others. My life is filled with minutiae: sleeping, eating, showering, dressing, shopping, reading, chit-chatting, exercising… Like everyone, […]

True freedom carries no demands

How much freedom do you have? How much freedom do you need? You are free to vote for people to take money from your neighbors on your behalf. You are free to vote to prevent your neighbors from using their property as they see fit. You are free to support violent early morning home invasions […]

To know liberty is to love it

Why isn't liberty attractive to most people? It is a question that crosses my mind frequently. Thomas Jefferson said "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others." He went on to state "I do not add, 'within the limits of the law,' because […]

Their view: Capital outlay necessary tool for improvements

State Reps. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, Bob Wooley, R-Roswell and Dennis Roch, R-Texico, have announced some of the capital outlay projects receiving funding in Roosevelt County: Here's a snippet from their press release: It is time once again for the state Legislature to make decisions on providing capital outlay funding for projects to improve our communities. […]

Military update: Leaders call sequester cuts ‘mindless’

The Joint Chiefs are breathing a bit easier after the House voted last week to fund the government through September, and included a 2013 defense appropriations bill that would give the armed services more money and budget flexibility to ease the threat of a wartime readiness crisis. House passage of the bill, HR 933, also […]

Want to secede? Hope you succeed

Petitioners in every state want to secede. They love our country, but not the way we elect presidents. I don't blame them. Who wants a secret basketball-playing Muslim from Kenya, who wants to use the United Nations to impose sharia law, to win by fooling 65.9 million welfare-dependent socialists (and a few college-educated, wine-sipping, pot-smoking, […]

Biggest pest: Government-owned property

Clovis' Poison Pellet Program for prairie dogs shows some of the flaws with "public" property, and with the sad state of property rights in general. Some people, me included, really appreciate prairie dogs for their historical significance to the region, and for their vital niche in the ecosystem. Wildlife of any sort is a valuable […]

Military Update: Civilian furloughs expected to hit hard

The Obama administration pared back its plan to develop a single integrated electronic health record system for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs due to shrinking defense budgets and rising costs. If the single system were built "from scratch," as planned, it would cost up to $12 billion, double the estimate given to Congress […]

Not a libertarian? You’re not free

So, you're still not a libertarian? Why not? Let's get beyond misguided religious excuses, justifications regarding "fairness" and overblown, irrational fears. What all these excuses boil down to — as reasons why you can't embrace libertarianism — is wanting to feel OK with having someone available to hurt other people who are not harming you. […]

Local burger choice worth sharing

It was a dark and stormy night … followed by a bright and stormy day, with a blizzard that summoned Alice Cooper and belted out, "Schools … out … for … Monday." I was set to go into the office, where hot chocolate and coffee were already available, but I needed more. The restaurant had […]

On reflection, Grandma’s advice spotty

Do you ever think of your relatives, you know, those who have "gone on to glory"? I thought about my father's parents the other day. A few weeks ago their 100th anniversary passed on by. They were married Christmas Day, 1912. She was a cigarette-smoking, Bible-quoting, stern yet fun Virginia mountain girl and he was […]

Dog doesn’t deserve brunt of day’s frustration

It's easy to kick the dog; in fact they almost seem to ask for it, eagerly adopting the role of living shadow and always sticking their noses in, wanted or not. In fact, animals in general provide ample opportunity to vent frustrations and sometimes even a convenient excuse to channel hostility. Admit it, after a […]

More laws will not save any lives

In the weeks after the Sandy Hook massacre, the standard reactions that always follow such a tragedy cropped up everywhere, with a new emphasis on the specter of "mental illness." Surprise! Mentally ill people are responsible for mass murders. What can be done about that? Even more "taxes" to force us to pay to treat […]

Obama should revise energy policy

Just prior to the election, battery-maker A123 Systems filed for bankruptcy. As the recipient of $249 million in federal money, the Massachusetts-based company represents just the latest in a long line of troubled taxpayer-enabled green ventures — some 34 companies and $7.5 billion to date. How little different this is from Houston-based Enron's forays into […]

Local charities use gifts efficiently

One day remains to make a charitable gift that benefits others, make you feel good for your actions, and allows you to take a tax deduction for 2012. A new tax year starts Tuesday. When you make a gift, give with confidence to Curry and Roosevelt charities that have been designated by the Internal Revenue […]