WORDS: 897 — The media has had their parade of retired generals and admirals and think-tank strategists for nearly a couple months now providing their insights at the conduct of the war, with of course the acknowledgment of the tenacity of the Ukrainian defenders in being critical in fending off the Russians. Given I am completely not qualified as a credible military strategist given my military service didn’t include War College or Pentagon service or having served as Supreme Commander of any theater of operations, I am offering some armchair input regarding just that.
WORDS: 585 — The Trump White House Actually Thought This Up. Yeah, it’s a draft… but it’s not in the least “only” a draft. Someone in the White House actually thought about this, and Trump senior staff echoed it’s premise in public.
WORDS: 1,693 — Trumpian Republicans don’t enjoy reading ‘fact check” sources, and when they do it’s just an exercise in defensive anti-Trump distraction for them. Ignore the facts to save their leader. Another world is created. But one seldom, if ever, sees Conservative-based fact checking. Why is that, do you think? Today is Jan 6th, one year later. It’s good to review, and reflect.
The Future Of American Democracy: Part One of Two – Everything Is Possible, Nothing Is Predictable, And “Bad” Is Very Probable
WORDS: 2,050 — “The world isn’t run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. It’s run by little ones and zeroes, little bits of data. It’s all just electrons.” – “There’s a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it’s not about who’s got the most bullets. It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think… it’s all about the information!” – Ben Kingsley as “Cosmo” in Sneakers (1992)
WORDS: 1,506 — It’s getting more apparent that our domestic fight to retain our democratic republic ideals is a growing concern. Yesterday, as a nation, we recognized the sacrifices and heroism of three soldiers by awarding our nation’s highest medal, each with diverse and outstanding displays of battlefield valor… two of these heroes having died while carrying out their exemplary duty. At a time when the nation truly needs heroes to believe in, there’s a lesson to be learned for those of us not military in what these soldiers did.
WORDS: 540 — Simply My Judgmentally Dismissive Opinion Of What Passes For Headline News.
A brief “tongue-in-cheek” compendium of headline news that wasn’t worth mentioning much less headlining. The hidden rants to my other rants.
December 13, 2021
WORDS: 1,234 — Pick your descriptor and likely Covid is it. Working from home, re-alignment of careers, re-evaluating life in general… and those are just the the personal wage earners adjustments as a result of Covid. Health is a “new” priority. That’s not to imply that all the other factors currently affecting our national stress levels are not causing some effect on top of that. Society.. humankind… is engulfed for at least the near future, if not longer. In the meantime, people are still dying… and they are dying needlessly because of politics and disinformation.
It Would Appear The Need For Guns Is A Pandemic By Itself… With Its Own Mandate To “I Better Get One.”
WORDS: 2,123 — I’d not wait for a vaccine for this social “disease”. The only way to fight off this pandemic is to go get your own gun…. thus spreading the good cheer to all. Nothing like herd immunity in gun ownership. After all, Colt Firearms back in the 19th century sold guns using the motto… “God created man, but Col. Colt made him equal.” Seems to me that still holds true today. There’s an awful lot of “equal” people out there.
WORDS: 1,286 — “No country venerates its “Founding Fathers” like the United States. Academics, legislators, judges, and ordinary citizens all frequently seek to validate their opinions and policy prescriptions by identifying them with the statesmen who led America to nationhood. It is not surprising, therefore, that debates about the role of religion in the United States are infused with references to the faith of the Founding Fathers and to the two greatest documents they gave to the fledgling republic: the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.” – Anthony J. Minna, Journal of the American Revolution
WORDS: 1,247 — Everyone has an opinion on this trial and the end result. But I tend to think that this is less about any opinion for or against the verdict, and far more about the ramifications of loosening gun laws and the impact on society in general. This is not about some Second Amendment interpretation of “freedom”, but rather a violation of our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without the intimidating trigger finger of an openly armed, unregulated, populace.
WORDS: 1,088 — The long term effect of this trial goes way beyond the boy’s guilt or innocence, way beyond being Liberal or Conservative and taking sides on some variant of trying to live with the Second Amendment. This trial is a foretelling of one of many crossroads we will realize when we mix freedom of speech with the freedom to keep and bear arms… at the same event. Is that not a bit worrisome to you? It’s certainly very worrisome to me.