Niger. Up until recently I’m willing to bet that I was among the very few Americans that actually knew how to pronounce the name of this African country. I think I could have found it on a map; I know I would have at least been very close. Over the last week or so it has been one of the hottest topics in American politics and serious political thinkers still have many more questions than answers. Let’s explore. Continue reading Niger Questions
Monday night I settled in front of the television just before 9pm to hear President Trump address the nation from Ft. Myer in Arlington, Virginia about his plans for handling the nearly 16 year-old conflict in Afghanistan. (Early in his speech he referred to it as a 17 year-old war. He must have been using Paul Ryan arithmetic. 17-1=16 where I went to school; I’m giving him the rounding errors.) In my mind it was worse than a 25 minute nothingburger; the tiny bit of substance that it contained was mind bogglingly dangerous. Let’s explore. Continue reading Trump Said Nothing Of Substance That Wasn’t Dangerous
I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. I believe in the American legal principle of innocent until proven guilty. I try not to leap to a conclusion, especially when there are ramifications to that conclusion. But there comes a point and that is what I want to discuss today. Continue reading At What Point?
Baseball players and serious fans often refer to the major leagues as “The Show”. The major leagues are where the biggest rewards (fame and fortune) are as well as where the spotlight shines the brightest. Boot a grounder in Class A ball and only a few hundred people will ever know. Boot that same grounder in the major leagues and it just might end up on Sports Center and be viewed by millions (not counting live TV, radio and nationally syndicated news columns). In politics often sins go relatively unnoticed until you reach the highest levels. Many House members toil in relative obscurity. Reach the Senate and certainly the presidency and the entire world seems to monitor your every action. I don’t think Donald Trump ever realized that. Let’s explore. Continue reading In “The Show”
The other day I heard a talking head (I honestly can’t remember who) state that more Americans are killed by their household furniture falling on them than by terrorists. That intrigued me. In the process of trying to verify it, (I could neither verify it or not), I ran across some very interesting statistics. Let’s explore. Continue reading Stats Trump Hype (And Trump)