SPECIAL NOTICE – RECOMMENED READING ADDITIONS

Earlier today I added two books to the Recommended Reading Section.  They are A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes and Shattered by Jonathan Allen and Aime Parnes.

A Colony in a Nation is a rather short book that deals with inequity, policing, racism, mass incarceration and white privilege.

Shattered deal with the 2016 election focusing on the Clinton campaign.

The Sources

A crime has been committed in your neighborhood and the police show up. Are you concerned about the perpetrator(s) being caught and brought to justice or about who called 911 to report the crime? In today’s political environment I guess that depends on whether you are a Trump supporter or not. Let’s explore. Continue reading The Sources

No Opinion Required

Today is the first work day after the Memorial Day holiday. While he was busy embracing autocrats, insulting allies and generally embarrassing America in the Middle East and Europe Russiagate got a lot more serious for Donald Trump. He began to lawyer up and is supposedly instituting a “War Room” in the White House to handle what he calls the “Russia thing”. I don’t exactly know just what is burning yet but with this much smoke I know there has to be a hell of a fire. How will Trump defend against that? His entire strategy will be summed up in two words: fake news. Let’s explore. Continue reading No Opinion Required

My Memorial Day Fear

Today is Memorial Day in America. It is a national holiday dedicated to honoring our war dead. The first official Memorial Day was held in 1868 and like much of the legacy of the Civil War it had some ugliness to it. While I’m much more of a dove than a hawk I can admit that sometimes wars are necessary. What worries me is that we could easily be led into an unjustified war for no reason other than to provide the current occupant of the White House with a diversion and chance at unifying the country behind him. Let’s explore.   Continue reading My Memorial Day Fear

Insufficient Material

The other day I had another youthful flashback caused by American politics. Since 9/11 we talk about connecting the dots to find the answers we seek. Every day we are presented with multiple dots that don’t bode well for the Trump administration. With a little poetic license I will call them polka dots. That brought to mind Brian Hyland’s 1960 song, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Polkadot Bikini. Let’s explore. Continue reading Insufficient Material