Category Politics

WWIII began and ended

So, last night WWIII started and ended. I found out about it this morning. A couple of years ago 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 had retired early and had been careful with their […]

Qassem Soleimani

Thoughts on the assassination of Qassem Soleimani : It does not matter if he was a “bad guy” or not. The question is whether or not his assassination furthers U.S. interests. Saddam and Qaddafi were “bad guys” but the U.S. led toppling efforts were serious strategic errors. The assassination (as well as the arrest of […]

The Great Porn Debate of 2019

On the right wing of the internet some commentators – mostly Catholics – are saying we should ban porn, while the libertarian-right is saying “FFS are you serious”? My take on the hypothetical ban: porn is obviously not political speech and obviously degrading to everyone involved so there is no reason not to ban it […]

A changing political landscape

In light of the Tory victory across the pond I thought I’d share an old post of mine that might shed some light on events, and then expound on a new theory of mine about racism. The modern world started out with the transition from feudal Europe to Nations. The process started in the 16th […]

Not this guy again

George Zimmerman is back in the news as he is suing the family of the young man he shot. I don’t know the details, nor do I want to know, the whole affair is sad. It is possible to take a middle position in on the Zimmerman affair: George Zimmerman had every right to carry […]

Screw the fish, use plastic straws.

This morning on the radio my state governor (R) was arguing for the benefits of making it illegal for restaurants to serve plastic straws unasked under pain of a $300 fine. Apparently the straws can still be held under the counter somewhere and customers will have to request them or go strawless. It does not […]

Cars are unaffordable

Around the time I stopped being poor I fantasized about buying a small, lightly used 4×4 pickup truck. Such a vehicle would have made winter travel and outdoor activities so much easier, but I investigated prices and there was no way I was going to take out a $20,000 dollar loan. So I’m still driving […]