A Supreme Court confirmation battle begins with a combination of the absurd, the crude, and the insane

Justice Stephen Breyer’s announcement wasn’t even official, but the battle was already engaged with some claiming a secret plot was afoot to install either Mitt Romney or Hillary Clinton as Vice President.  Others took issue with the race of the potential nominee and Vice President Harris. Still others took aim at the rule of law… Continue reading A Supreme Court confirmation battle begins with a combination of the absurd, the crude, and the insane

Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City:  The personal and the universal connect in a timeless and versatile classic

The entire Nebraska album was recorded by Bruce Springsteen alone in his house on a 4-track cassette.  At points, you can hear the creak of the rocking chair he sat in, but these meager beginnings do not limit the songs’ collective scope, power, and impact.  “Atlantic City” combines it all in one haunting track. Bruce… Continue reading Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City:  The personal and the universal connect in a timeless and versatile classic

Fauci has a lot of explaining to do and a simple Darwinian test for the origin of coronavirus

New emails make clear Dr. Anthony Fauci and his boss, Dr. Francis Collins, knew precisely why coronavirus probably originated in a lab, but quickly covered it up in the name of “science and international harmony.”  The complete turn around has never been explained because the virus fails a simple test known since Darwin. When the… Continue reading Fauci has a lot of explaining to do and a simple Darwinian test for the origin of coronavirus

President Biden is unhinged, or at least that’s what the media would be saying were he President Trump

Last year, I proposed the Trump Test, that is imagine your reaction if Trump was the President instead of Biden, and Trump was the one insulting reporters, tacitly granting permission for Russia to invade Ukraine, and claiming he was “outperforming” expectations in the midst of constant crises.  The media had a term for this.  They… Continue reading President Biden is unhinged, or at least that’s what the media would be saying were he President Trump

Progressives have discovered the root cause of violent crime and it isn’t actually criminals

In a rational world, a 55% spike in homicides would prompt an equivalent increase in arrests, but instead arrests have fallen over the same period, putting more criminals on the street. Meanwhile, progressives insist that guns are actually to to blame and they have the non-causative data to prove it. As New York City reels… Continue reading Progressives have discovered the root cause of violent crime and it isn’t actually criminals

Inland Empire and the mad genius of David Lynch

The enigmatic, often inscrutable Inland Empire intentionally defies, if not outright demolishes, traditional narratives at every turn.  Instead of a single, linear story, we have four, almost circular primary threads.  The making of the film in the first place also prompts a lot of questions, something of a mystery in and of itself.  Ultimately, this… Continue reading Inland Empire and the mad genius of David Lynch

Coronavirus testing: Insane in principle, a fiasco in practice

Someone really needs to explain why we are obsessed with testing sick people, healthy people, vaccinated people, unvaccinated people, travelers, workers, and more, even if they have little to no risk for serious disease, the results come in after a person is recovered, and the tests can’t tell us whether a person is spreading the… Continue reading Coronavirus testing: Insane in principle, a fiasco in practice

Did President Biden just have the worst first year in modern history?

The President’s approval rating is at the bottom of the spectrum for the modern era.  More people identify as Republicans than at any time since 1995, and the country is beset by challenges and crises from all sides.  For a man that promised a return to normalcy, we’ve seen nothing like it.  Of course, it’s… Continue reading Did President Biden just have the worst first year in modern history?

The Supreme Court does precisely what it’s supposed to do, prompting progressives to claim there’s no difference between work and play, plus other absurdities

Progressive pundits take aim at the Supreme Court for ruling that a workplace safety law actually applies to the workplace, claiming there is no distinction between the two.  Others believe the Court has exceeded its power by ensuring agencies operate within the bounds of their legal mandate.  Still others blame Republicans in general and demand… Continue reading The Supreme Court does precisely what it’s supposed to do, prompting progressives to claim there’s no difference between work and play, plus other absurdities

The Tragedy of Macbeth and the Immortal Genius of William Shakespeare

An excellent new film adaptation combines a stark abstraction with rich performances and stunning moments to illuminate the complexities underlying a simple plot, but no single version can ever capture the impenetrable duality of man that serves as Shakespeare’s true subject matter.  Free will or foreordained?  We are a product of both, and this play… Continue reading The Tragedy of Macbeth and the Immortal Genius of William Shakespeare