In 1955, I saw a so-so Texas team play Bear Bryant's Texas A&M at Kyle field and win, 21-6. I was dating a twin at the time and her sister dated an Aggie. God that was a great trip from long ago, especially coming home.
Why Buddhism is True is really a terrific book. The title needs a brief explanation. The author argues that Buddhism, at least one form of Buddhism, offers a true way out of our delusions, shared delusions, and helps us to think more sanely, calmly, and reflectively. This is a book that deserves many readings.
Once again, a mass killing, this time in Las Vegas. Once again, a public outcry for something to be done. And once again, we will be told that politically, this is impossible.
Few senior senators or house members will stick his or her neck out to call for gun control.
Why? Because the "gun lobby" will rain fire down on the reelection campaigns of any elected official that dares speak out.
This is political cowardice, pure and simple. It is also political bullying by the gun lobby. We need to have a massive, national demonstration against the gun lobby along with a massive police presence to prevent violence. We need to tell any elected official if they duck this issue they will not get our support. Period.
We no longer live in the wild west. We are an urbanized mature democracy with a political class bearing a yellow streak down their back.
Shame on the politicians. Double shame on the hypocrisy of the NRA. Shame on us.
We made highways, workplaces, the environment, the marketplace and much else safer as a result of the Great Society. It's time we finish the job.