There’s a lot to be thankful for

This Thanksgiving, it is too much to ask that we cast off the bonds of our evolutionary heritage for good, but it should not be much to let the better angels of our nature have free reign for a single day.  Friday, let the complaints and battles continue again, but Thursday, set it all aside… Continue reading There’s a lot to be thankful for

Progressives have officially killed science for their own political purposes

Scientists now champion censorship and cancel culture, scientific publications are reduced to political polemics with no scientific value while claiming their unique expertise is relevant anywhere they see fit.  Science died in 2020.  Now, they want to bury it so deep it might  never be found again. Future historians will likely look back on the… Continue reading Progressives have officially killed science for their own political purposes

Twitter, Elon Musk, and the 2022 technology crash

Twitter’s pending collapse is greatly exaggerated even after a large number of staff members quit, but the social media platform is not alone in the chaos plaguing Silicon Valley.  Facebook, Amazon, and others are all experiencing massive layoffs, crumbling stock prices, and shrinking or non-existent profits.  The progressive gravy train is rapidly coming to an… Continue reading Twitter, Elon Musk, and the 2022 technology crash

Ukraine: We’re spending much more than the entire Russian military budget with no oversight, accountability, or end in sight

As President Biden requests another $37 billion, no one seems remotely interested in ensuring these funds are spent wisely, but the dirty little secret of our forever war strategy has always been that the war itself is just a pretext to turn on the government spigot with no accountability or oversight. Earlier this week, the… Continue reading Ukraine: We’re spending much more than the entire Russian military budget with no oversight, accountability, or end in sight

Trump take three and why millions still support him

As the polarizing former President announces his third consecutive bid for the White House, it’s worth considering the difference between political theory and practice.  In theory, we shouldn’t be talking about Trump at all.  In practice, he continues to dominate the political stage like no other. Donald Trump is the political difference between theory and… Continue reading Trump take three and why millions still support him

The Straight Story and the simple genius of David Lynch

The surrealist auteur is known for his mind-bending, time twisting, character warping visions that defy a straightforward rational explanation, but 1999’s The Straight Story takes a simpler and more direct approach for a tale about a man who journeys 240 miles to reconnect with his ailing brother on his riding lawnmower. David Lynch is not… Continue reading The Straight Story and the simple genius of David Lynch

The national popular vote tells a very different story of the midterms

The Republicans managed to win the national popular vote for the first time since 2014, but a poor performance in competitive states prevented a red wave.  Once, progressives were fond of calling this an “undemocratic” result, but the truth is that our system is exquisitely designed and the GOP needs to look to the states… Continue reading The national popular vote tells a very different story of the midterms

Trump and DeSantis: Rumors of one’s political demise are greatly exaggerated, as are calls for the other’s coronation

Last week’s midterm debacle has renewed calls in certain quarters to dump former President Donald Trump, blaming him entirely for the Republican’s poor performance, and to elevate Governor Ron DeSantis after his domination in Florida.  We should be wary of both.  Many promoting this have vehemently opposed the former President since his candidacy while the… Continue reading Trump and DeSantis: Rumors of one’s political demise are greatly exaggerated, as are calls for the other’s coronation

Republicans need to accept the reality of mail in ballots, Democrats should be careful what they wish for, and other lessons from the midterms

The GOP is behind the times on getting out the vote in the era of mail in ballots and messaging in a world driven by political passion and existential fights, but Democrats should also be wary of ignoring voter concerns.  The red wave did not arrive this cycle, but that only increases the likelihood of… Continue reading Republicans need to accept the reality of mail in ballots, Democrats should be careful what they wish for, and other lessons from the midterms

The bloodbath that wasn’t and the baffling return of regional politics

Votes remain to be counted, but it’s clear the Republicans had a disappointing night, failing to capitalize on voter discontent and underperforming in key states like Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.  At the same time, they were in the baffling positioning of over performing in other key states including Florida and Ohio.  The question is why.… Continue reading The bloodbath that wasn’t and the baffling return of regional politics