Operation: Mindcrime: How Queensryche’s masterful concept album changed my life

I was twelve years old when Queensryche released their rock opera, combining hair metal essentials with a subversive storyline about a heroin addicted assassin working for an underground revolution.  For me, it radically changed my perspective on what a genre could be, introducing concepts I’d learn more about and fully embrace in the years to… Continue reading Operation: Mindcrime: How Queensryche’s masterful concept album changed my life

Ukraine: Why are we hyping up an invasion we can do nothing about?

President Teddy Roosevelt once said, “speak softly and carry a big stick.”  This is the exact opposite:  We have no stick at all, and yet we’re carrying on as if we had a baseball bat.  So long as Europe is dependent on Russian energy, Russia will do what it wants in Eastern Europe. We should… Continue reading Ukraine: Why are we hyping up an invasion we can do nothing about?

Biden’s “America is Back” is consumed by a conflagration of contradictions, betrayal, and actual flames

As the US completes its retreat from Afghanistan, the alliances President Biden promised to rebuild are perhaps more strained than ever.  The optimism of his inauguration and first international address have been replaced by blame and bickering with key allies like Britain and France openly berating the President and planning their own course in Afghanistan… Continue reading Biden’s “America is Back” is consumed by a conflagration of contradictions, betrayal, and actual flames