I’m not going to link the original articles that I’m disagreeing with, so you’ll have a little catching up to do. Not to worry; those that make it here are bright enough to do a bit of mental exercise. I have faith in you. (more…)
The news stories on the current government shutdown are composed almost entirely of quotes from various lawmakers who want nothing more than to try and cast the blame on each other and on the President. After all, there were three perfectly good compromise plans (they say), and if only there were effective leadership and reasonable people on the other side of the aisle, we could have picked one and got on with our lives.
What they all carefully avoid mentioning is that a shutdown is arguably better than us passing yet another continuing resolution.
Let me explain, and then you can tell me if you agree. (more…)
I owe you an explanation.
Today’s article was to be a fairly brutal indictment of Congress for failing to address bump stock legislation. There’s a lot to explore here, and a fair amount (more…)
Make no mistake, ladies and gentlemen: This is war, and we need you.
I have read your learned articles on the healthcare debate. I have reviewed your proposals on climate change and environmental protection. For the many (the most of us) who haven’t written or even linked any of those, I’ve read your angry memes and mocking anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts. I have seen these things, my friends, and in listening, the source of your anger has become apparent, as has the problem’s only solution.
The trouble is, you’re sick of corrupt morons in charge of things, and you’re tired of being treated like an idiot yourself by everyone running for office. Tell me I’m wrong; I dare you. (more…)
The NFL is being boycotted in retaliation for some players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. The protests began as against police brutality, particularly against members of minorities.
There was another mass shooting, this time against a crowded open-air concert. Thoughts and prayers are being sent, and they’re being ridiculed by people demanding gun control — never mind that no practicable gun laws would have prevented this latest atrocity.
Marches and protests and riots. Tearing down statues. Congressional stalemate matches. Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes. Bad economy, lousy job, sick parents and sick kids, student loans we can never pay back and an underwater mortgage.
Not just the country but the whole world is in rough shape, my friends, and small wonder there are protests. But I put it to you that there are better ways (more…)
I’ve argued it before, and I’ll argue it again; I’d shout it from the rooftops if I thought it would help: We need to do something about the damned Jones Act before we strangle Puerto Rico’s economy for good.
Just… not today. (more…)
Those who read my articles surely know by now I tilt at windmills on the Internet. Most people in my circle of acquaintance see the inhumanity and incivility and they just accept it; they say, “What do you expect? It’s the Internet.” And they let it go.
I could, I suppose, but I’ve long believed that we all have a duty to improve the world around us if we can; that an accumulation of small good deeds and kindnesses is the only bulwark we can raise against that genuine evil (more…)
It’s getting so I hate to turn on the news. I physically cringe. Bear with me here.
Here’s a quick recap: There was a shooting yesterday, a man I think can best be described as a domestic terrorist plinking away at a Congressional charity baseball team at practice. There was a horrific fire at a London apartment highrise where, apparently, the sprinklers malfunctioned and dozens of people were killed. (It’s been called “corporate manslaughter”.) Congress approved a multibillion dollar arms sale to Qatar, a nation presently (more…)
On March 20th, I wrote an article about Director Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. The headline was, “Comey Testifies, Says Nothing”. Today, he testified as a private citizen before the Senate, and the story is the same. Once again, James Comey said nothing, and he said it well. (more…)
Once again the headlines are blaring alarms. This time, the stories are (allegedly) full of news about Donald Trump’s proposed budget.
To begin with, I’d like to mention in passing that his intent to slash services is not news. We knew it already; it’s merely him keeping his campaign promises. Which, admittedly, is unusual for politicians in general, but Mr. Trump has kept a fair number so far, so this (more…)