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Memorial Day: What do we owe the dead?
On Memorial Day we honor those fallen in combat in service of the United States. Some of the dead are buried in Flanders Fields. John McCrae’s poem by that name speaks of what we the living owe the dead.
Socialism: A self-inflicted wound
Political commentator Bruce Bialosky recently wrote that progressive U.S. cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago are at the vanguard of social and economic deconstruction. He compares these once great cities to the former economic powerhouse, Venezuela.
North Carolina, rent control is not a solution
State Senator Linda Grafstein recently introduced Bill 255 aimed at repealing North Carolina’s prohibition of rent control. Surely, Senator Grafstein is aware of the inefficiencies inherent in rent control?
Who stole Arbor Day?
In 1885, Nebraska declared Arbor Day a state holiday, to be celebrated on April 22. Within the next 20 years, Arbor Day was celebrated in most states. Tree-planting on this holiday remained popular, until the 1970’s. Then events overshadowed it.
Advanced AI is inevitable – Good luck, humans!
Tucker Carlson recently talked with Elon Musk about artificial intelligence. Elon Musk concurred with most people that as AI develops abilities to perform increasingly human-like functions, it also increases threats.
DA Bragg’s case against Trump: dubious
Progressive New York DA Alvin Bragg presented his case against Donald Trump. Unfortunately for him, even the liberal media has pointed to the pitfalls in the case.
Biden’s 2024 Budget: 5 loaves and two fish
The current trajectory of the U.S. national debt could be attributed to Keynesian Economics or to Modern Monetary Theory. However, a more accurate description would be Kicking the Can Down the Road.
Choosing life is admirable, but so is choosing mercy.
The rash of state anti-abortion laws popping up since the overturning of Roe v Wade has led to heartbreaking situations in which an expectant mother must carry a fatally abnormal baby only to bury him at birth.
Friendly advice from a former Californian
California’s handling of its population growth resulted in astronomical housing costs and an exodus of residents. Hopefully, North Carolina will handle its current growth a lot better.
Who is more racist, Song of the South or Disney?
Complex situations can be overwhelming, so we reduce all the variables into one attribute, then we use an instrument we happen to have at hand to deal with that one attribute. If all we have is a hammer, the complex variables become a nail. If all we have is the word “racism” to describe the…
Doing the best with what one is given
Merry Christmas everyone! If you do not observe Christmas, have a wonderful time anyway. This season of the year marks a turning point from darkness to light – the Winter Solstice – a good time to celebrate however few or many blessing we have been given.
Democracy is at risk from climate experts
The recent UN conference on climate change was a reminder: We the people do not chose the delegates we send to UN conferences, we do not choose the issues the conferences discuss, we do not have any say on what our delegates commit us to do. Therein lies the threat to Democracy.
November 11, 1918
November 11 is Veterans Day. This commemorative day was once called Armistice Day, the day WWI ended. At war’s end came the infamous Paris Peace Conference that created a “peace to end all peace.”
No more “cowardly wokeness” for Tulsi Gabbard
To no one’s surprise Tulsi Gabbard — former Congresswoman, war veteran and Presidential candidate — has left the Democratic Party. She made the announcement during her first podcast in what she hopes will be the Tulsi Gabbard Show. Gabbard’s long list of ills encouraged by the new Democrats is worth noting.
Views from a happy California expat
California boasts of being an economic powerhouse and a compassionate sanctuary. So, why are so many Californians moving to other states?
Elizabeth II leaves very big shoes to fill
Elizabeth II, queen and stateswoman, died on September 8, 2022, leaving very big shoes to be filled. Hopefully, King Charles III will lead by example as did his parents and grandparents.
Read till you come to the end: then stop
Children are familiar with animated film version of classic tales. But how much more interesting are the original books! Even more interesting is the quest for learning to read well.
Biden’s strange soul of nation speech
President Joe Biden delivered a speech on September 1, calling for supporters to join him in the fight for the soul of the nation. Virtue must defeat the monsters of MAGA, he implied. That was it.
CA AB 257 vs Fast Food Industry
A more sustainable way to guarantee good wages and benefits is to encourage workers to obtain marketable skills, rather than engage in a never-ending battle with the realities of the market.
Google’s Prebunking: Eyes that never close
Although the purpose of Jigsaw is not directly to shut people up, it would not be unreasonable to surmise that anyone who does not follow whatever prescribed agenda Google/Jigsaw need to follow would be served with a cute audience-distracting video.
1619 Project: any equity yet?
Some ideas in The 1619 Project have some merit, but the Project is riddled with illusory truths, which relegate it to the realm of propaganda.
Hardfire asks – “Ukraine: Weapons or Immigration?”
The Hardfire show deals with thought questions on out of the box issues — “what if,” “would you want it?” “what stands in the way?” “what could make it work?” Watch this one. Only 30 minutes long.
E Pluribus and More Pluribus
The motto the Founders chose was “E Pluribus Unum” — From Many, One. The “many” were the several states carrying their own philosophies, economies, and customs. The “one” was the new nation governed by one Constitution and one goal of realization.
Mayor: “Sometimes accountability means community service”
It might be tempting for law-and-order advocates to think that DA Chesa Boudin’s recall marks a shift towards more meaningful crime prevention. A broader view of San Francisco realities does not support such hopes at this time.
MACA: Make America Civil Again
Famously, the U.S. has the highest age-adjusted rate of firearms homicides per 100,000 population among developed higher-income nations. The U.S. should have a new slogan: MACA: Make America Civil Again.