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Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog, Politics | 4 comments

Should the Boston Marathon Bomber Get the Death Penalty?




I refuse to write his name.

He doesn’t deserve to be mentioned.  He doesn’t deserve to be known.  He doesn’t deserve to be remembered in any way.  Not in any way whatsoever.  Not in any way, shape, or form.  We don’t care who he is, or what he thinks.  Even writing the word “he” in place of his name troubles me deeply.

Accordingly, throughout the remainder of this essay, I shall refer to him only as the “Boston Marathon Bomber.”

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 1 comment

Russia Invades the Ukraine — America’s Shit Sandwich




Russia needs to get out of the Ukraine!

Right now!

Who does Russian President Valdimir Putin think he is — invading a nation divided amongst itself and caught up in the midst of a revolution?

The United Sates of America would never do such a thing — except when it came to fighting wars in Korea (1950-1953) and Vietnam (1964-1975).

What does Russia expect to accomplish — crossing international borders and intervening directly into the domestic affairs of a sovereign nation?

The United States would never do such a thing — except when it came to lauching invasion forces multiple times within our own hemisphere, in Cuba (1961), the Dominican Republic (1965), Grenada (1983), Panama (1989-1990), and Haiti (1995).

Russia needs to learn to mind its own business and not meddle in the affairs other nations, no matter how justified military action might seem to be.

The United States would never do such a thing — except in places such as Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Guatemala (1954), Cambodia (1970-1975), Chile (1973), El Salvador (1982-1986), Nicaragua (1981-1987), and Libya (2011).

Russia is dead wrong to use its powerful military force to restore order.  Russian troops have no right to be anywhere on the ground within the Ukraine/Crimea.

The United States would never do such a thing — except in war-torn regions like Kuwait/Iraq (1990-1991), Somalia (1992-1994), and Bosnia-Kosovo (1993-1995).

Russia is staging an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack against a foreign nation, which showed no discernable intent whatsoever to threaten or intervene in Russian affairs in any way.

The United States would never do such a thing — except when it came to going to war under false pretenses in Iraq (2003-2012, with ongoing occupation in the form of military bases) and Afghanistan (2002 to present).

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Blog, Politics | 14 comments

Ranking the Presidents (1900 to Present)




Today is Presidents Day.

Put another way, it’s an excuse to take the work day off.

Before we head off to the beach, or clean out the garage, or down that six pack, let’s use this day as it was intended, which is to remember the people who have resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

What follows is a ranking of the presidents since 1900.  The start of the 20th Century up to the present era is the perfect time frame for comparison since that span includes the sum total of 20 presidents — all in the post-industrial age and when America took an active role in world affairs.

What measure did I use for my rankings?  Well, there’s certainly a Liberal bias to the grading.  But Liberal versus Conservative isn’t the primary criteria.  Some Conservative presidents fare quite well in my rankings, while Liberals are graded poorly.  Instead, I tried to look at the overall status of the nation, the role of the federal government during the term (and aftermath), and the state of the executive branch in particular when the President departed office, contrasted with the date of inauguration.  In other words, did the President make the nation and the office better or worse?  How did the country fare from start to finish?  Most important — how did the President handle the events of the day, including wars, economic problems, scandals, and so forth?

Let’s find out.  I expect some raised eyebrows.  I’m convinced history has graded a few presidents wrongly, and I’ll explain why.  Each President is also graded based on what I believe history will ultimately decide.  Judgement certainly takes time, decades perhaps, in order to reflect back on the term and assess the full impact of a presidency.  That makes the more recent Presidents particularly difficult to judge.

Here now are the presidents ranked 1 through 20 during the period 1900 to 2014:

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 7 comments

“The light has gone out of my life”




One hundred and thirty years ago on this day, an ambitious young man stepped down from the front stoop of his home in Oyster Bay as a proud new father.  A joyous occasion, indeed.

This February 14, 1884 was expected to be a Valentines Day to remember.  And it was.  But not for reasons anyone, least of all the bright young attorney, could possibly have envisioned.

The young man, then 25, lived and worked in New York City.  He had a promising political career.  He was well off, even prosperous by standards of the day.  Married happily for four years and now father to a newborn daughter, future possibilities seemed to know no bounds.

But this day wouldn’t be remembered as a joyous occasion.  Early that morning, the man was shaken to learn his mother died from typhoid fever.  This crushing news was almost too much to bear, instantly transforming emotions of joyous fulfillment to utter despair.

The nightmare was only beginnning.  Only hours after hearing of his mother’s passing, the man’s wife who had just given birth lost all conciousness.  She slipped into a coma.  Then unexpectedly to everyone’s horror, she took her last breath.  Turned out, the pregnancy had concealed a serious disease within her body, and she died from kidney failure.

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Blog, Politics | 0 comments

Are Flashers Protected by Free Speech Laws?




Did you hear about the recent legal decision in Missouri?

Flashers are now protected by free speech laws.

According to a federal judge in St. Louis, flashing in public is permitted by the First Amendment.  Laws prohibiting flashing violate the individual right to free speech.


Okay, so we’re talking about a different kind of “flashing” here.  Not perverts standing around in raincoats.  More like cars driving down the highway who warn other drivers.

Gotcha’ for a moment there, didn’t I?

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