Author Archives: dpmonahan

SCOTUS thoughts

Merrick Garland’s dying wish was that a smokin’ hot babe one day be appointed to the Supreme Court and I think we should honor that wish. My impressions of the hearings are: Barrett is smart. She’s compared to Scalia but she sounds more in the mold of Thomas, a historian at heart. People hate Ted […]

What to make of the polls?

Biden is dominating the polls but Ace of Spades notes: I was observing some politicos I know. They’re having a hard time squaring the current polling with what they know anecdotally. They all note this: Of all the people they know — including RINOs and squishes and NeverTrumpers who voted against Trump in 2016 — […]

2 Heuristic Fails

I went kayak fishing Saturday planning to target mackerel early in 25-40′ of water and then to come in shallow later in the morning for flounder. I drifted over a spot that had produced mackerel and pollock for me in the past, jigging a sabiki just off the bottom. I felt a light tap that, […]


A few months ago I shared this story: (In 2017) I met a well-educated middle-aged couple at a sushi bar. We had a good conversation. As they got up to leave the wife let it drop that they had retired early and had been careful with their money, but with the election of Donald Trump […]

Taking Solidarity Seriously

My political instincts have always been right wing, which in America means individualist in economic matters, nationalist in military matters, and traditionalist in moral matters. I have always been aware that this juxtaposition is arbitrary, I could just as easily have believed in some other assortment, and I have always recognized that in theory many […]

Peace in the Middle East?

Back in 2008 during the McCain / Obama debates, then-Senator Obama asked McCain why the United States doesn’t have diplomatic relations with countries like Iran. What is wrong, he asked, with just talking? McCain fumbled about and muttered that it just isn’t done. What McCain should have said: The United States does “talk” to countries […]

Saltwater lessons

I’ve always been a shore based freshwater fisherman but living in Salem I decided to take up saltwater fishing. Fishing from shore proved a failure, I caught only rocks, so I got a used kayak and have been exploring the inshore waters around the city. I’ve learnt a few things. Lesson 1: This aint New […]

Is this the week the Democrats lost the election?

I’ve been wrong on most electoral predictions I’ve made, so I’ve been avoiding predicting this one. Trump is behind in the polls but the polls were worse for him last time around. Trump had a small but enthusiastic core, Biden an army of Trump-haters. Then came the limp Democratic convention and the confident Republican one, […]

Speckled Mountain, Maine

I took a little backpacking excursion to Maine to clear my head. It was just a short overnight trip. The Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness Area is just across the border from New Hampshire’s White Mountains and about 3 hours drive from where I live. This waterfall is just a couple of miles in. There wasn’t any […]

No good news on the horizon.

1. The election will be contested. Mail-in voting is going to be a disaster, so we are going to have a contested election. I think it is planned: the Democrats are not confident that Biden can win so they want to muddy the results and create as much chaos as possible. Trump doesn’t mind the […]