Big news from one of NET3D’s own

NET3D is hittin’ the big time! Well, Amazon, anyway. My first book will be published October 1 and available on Kindle or in paperback. (Preorders are available now for Kindle!) What kind of book is it? It’s an Advent devotional but the twist is that it’s based on the greatest movie ever made: “It’s a Wonderful Life.” For each day of December, there’s a story from the movie, a Bible story/lesson, suggestions of ways to apply that day’s lesson, a prayer, and a Bible verse. It’s a few minutes a day of focusing on the real reason for the season. … Continue reading Big news from one of NET3D’s own

When Mercy Is A Quiet Death Under A Bridge

In the real world, good intentions count for little.  Thus it is that our inhumane treatment of the mentally ill, in spite of what are (for the most part) the very best of intentions, is a national disgrace.  It’s a multi-dimensional problem of confounding complexity, admittedly; but that’s no excuse for our allowing it to continue largely unabated and often ignored.  At the worst, its victims are literally dying in our streets; even at best, the demons inhabiting their minds make life a horrible experience, and, as their suicide rate attests, often not worth living. In the TriCities, the homeless … Continue reading When Mercy Is A Quiet Death Under A Bridge

The Constitution Is Not Contingent

It says what it means, and means what it says. The Supreme Court has struck down a New York state law that restricts carry permits to people who can show a “proper cause” for needing one.  The Court held that this violates the 2nd Amendment, which simply acknowledges that Americans have the right to own and carry guns.  It doesn’t say a word about “proper cause”. National Review’s Brittany Bernstein reported that “Justice Stephen Breyer wrote a dissent accusing the majority opinion of deciding the case ‘without discussing the nature or severity’ of gun violence”. Well, duh.  The Constitution is … Continue reading The Constitution Is Not Contingent

Peak Wokeness

Comes word that Chesa Boudin, District Attorney of San Francisco, has been recalled, and the size of the vote leaves no question about the results.  Even San Francisco has had enough of the radical Left. In 2013, in another life, business took me to San Francisco for a few days.  The combination of perfect location, staggering beauty, unbeatable climate, rich soil, vibrant population and what’s probably the greatest harbor in the world have made it one of the world’s great cities.  An article resulted, but wasn’t published by the newspaper I was writing for at the time.  I wrote: It’s … Continue reading Peak Wokeness

Magic Bullet Redux

(This essay was originally published in 2019. Sadly, it has held up pretty well. Our prayers and kindest wishes go out to the people of Uvalde, Texas. – KDG) Mass shootings – what won’t work, and what might. Pardon the inappropriate title to this essay.  Unfortunately that’s the term we use when describing the can’t-miss sure thing that is going to fix the problem under consideration.  Or, rather, the can’t-miss sure thing that someone is absolutely convinced will fix the problem.  But, of course, it won’t. Mass shootings are the problem.  The magic bullet is gun control.  It would seem … Continue reading Magic Bullet Redux

The End of Roe – So Much, Yet So Little

It appears that the end of Roe v Wade is near at hand – or so we should hope.  So many millions of gallons of ink and billions of bytes have been expended in the last 50 years-plus that there seems little to add.  So, rather than attempt to say something original – very likely an impossibility – let me offer an opinion on what has – and hasn’t – happened. It is remarkable that so little has changed.  Surveys confirm that opinion has hardly budged since the day Roe v Wade was handed down.  On one end of the … Continue reading The End of Roe – So Much, Yet So Little

Wounded Animals, Machiavelli, and Madmen

Most people have heard of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, but did you know that Machiavelli wrote a short book with the same title?  Machiavelli’s work is a treatise on the organization of a medieval army for battle.  I found it interesting in an antique sort of way, because armies no longer arrange themselves in neat order for set-piece battles that are designed and intended to be final arbiters of disputes between princes.  Sun Tzu’s book is far more general in outlook; not a manual on how to fight a battle, but on how to win a war; and, consequently, … Continue reading Wounded Animals, Machiavelli, and Madmen