James M. Thunder

James M. Thunder is a Washington, D.C. attorney.

Who’s the Greatest Songwriter of All Time?

 

Let’s think about how we would answer this question. Maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda for his marvelous, creative, catchy musical Hamilton with its 47 songs? Well maybe it’s premature to anoint him as the greatest songwriter of all time, eh? What about Andrew Lloyd Weber with his: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968; Broadway 1982), Jesus […]

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Countercultural Pro-Marriage Music: A Proposal

 

February 7 starts National Marriage Week. I propose that, in conjunction with this annual event, we identify, and create, music that promotes marriage, including forgiveness and reconciliation within the context of marriage. I concur with the statement of Ellen Wilson Fielding who wrote on July 2, 2015, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision […]

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The Shock Factor: New Federal Report on ‘The Cost of Raising a Child’

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon release its annual report “Expenditures on Children by Families,” better known as “The Cost of Raising a Child.” And you will see media headlines like those from January 2017: “Cost of Raising a Child: $233,610” — Money “Raising a Child in the United States Costs $233,610” — Huffington […]

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Go Big, Bill de Blasio

 

I can’t be the only one who gets sick as they drive toward New York. No, not the noise, the crowds, the congestion, the traffic, the taller-than-tall buildings. No, it’s the signage! As I see the signs, from which I can’t possibly turn away, my throat constricts, my eyes redden, I sweat. The medicine my […]

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Christian Charity in Myanmar, Bangladesh, and United States

 

Pope Francis is making apostolic visits to Myanmar and Bangladesh November 27 through December 2. You will immediately note that these countries do not have large Catholic populations. In fact, Catholics are 1.24% (659,000) of the population in Myanmar and 0.24% (375,000) in Bangladesh I decided to gauge the charitable activities, open to all people, […]

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Pope Francis Chose the Wrong Cemetery

 

On Thursday, November 2, Pope Francis traveled about 30 miles south of Rome to the site of the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery at Nettuno, administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission, where 7,860 American service personnel are buried. Pope Francis celebrated Mass there and walked among the graves, placing flowers on some headstones. The Catholic Church […]

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Is Judge Gorsuch Biased for Business?

 

My purpose here is very narrow. In 2005, when Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was in private legal practice, he co-authored a paper published by the Washington Legal Foundation. (It is an organization, for whom I, too, have written.) This paper is being used by the media as one example to allege that Judge Gorsuch […]

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Does Trump Still Have a Mandate?

 

(*Sounding: noun, the act of measuring the depths or the heights.) Trump Opponents Say He Has No Mandate They cite the fact that he received 2.9 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. (All of the excess popular votes by Clinton could be had simply from California: 8.7 million to 4.5 million.) Frankly, after every election […]

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Measuring the Depths and Heights of Our Politics

 

(*Sounding: noun, the act of measuring the depths or the heights.) Would Obama Have Beaten Trump? Obama supported Hillary. “There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton.” (Charlotte, N.C., July 5, 2016.) “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more […]

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Marching for Life, 2017

 

If you look at the marchers today, you’ll see tens of thousands of young people. This intimidates the pro-abortion crowd because they have long thought that the idea of pro-life would die out over time, that pro-life people were adherents to “that old-time religion” that had been left behind by modern culture. If you look […]

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