That Was Dreadful

So, as promised, I actually sat through the ABC television network’s version of the nightly news today.  I don’t plan on doing that again anytime soon.  I will “enjoy” the CBS and NBC versions in the near future but only as a service to my readers.  I doubt they will be better.   This program is…

Which is Worse?

Was thinking about a dilemma over the weekend and just thought I would share those thoughts briefly tonight.  When evaluating a candidate for political office, which is more important?  Is it their personal qualities or their political values?  If I am choosing between a wonderful human being whose policies I despise and a genuine scoundrel…

Hypocrisy is Alive and well 

As much as I want to move on from the “naughty celebrity” theme, it just keeps on giving.  It is good to know that two decades later Democrats are finally prepared to repudiate Bill Clinton. Just another example of  political hypocrisy.  As long as a candidate seems viable, ignore their foibles.  But when they are…

Reasonable Doubt

The news continues to be awash with allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against powerful men in entertainment and politics.  It is heartbreaking to hear these stories and has caused a lot of us to reevaluate how we feel about some of the men who are accused.  Of course none of us really knows what…

What Really Grinds My Gears

Despite my rather radical policy positions, I usually manage to maintain a pretty calm demeanor in the face of differing viewpoints.  Not only is getting all worked up about such matters not all that healthy, it is almost always counterproductive.  Getting angry about someone’s views is never going to change their mind.  In fact, they…

Thankful and Thoughtful

I am a terrible coward.  I will do most anything to avoid confrontation, particularly physical confrontation.  Maybe it was because I grew up a rather small and weak child but I prefer to simply mark it down as one of many character flaws.  I suppose my intelligence, highly developed verbal skills and sense of humor…

What’s the Deal?

Our most esteemed and honorable poobah loves to go on and on about “making deals” and how that’s the way smart businessmen make money and create jobs and build buildings (and presumably declare bankruptcy.)   I have always found this notion baffling.  Economic growth isn’t about making deals anymore than baking a cake is about how…

Senseless Century

I didn’t watch the news for you all so I am not sure if anyone mentioned that today marks exactly one hundred years since the Communists seized power in what would become the Soviet Union.  Had I been alive back in those days, I probably would have cheered the news.  After all, Czarist Russia was…

Should I Associate With “Bad” People?

The freedom to associate with another person or to choose not to associate with them is, I think, at the core of libertarianism.  Our human relationships are probably the most important element in our lives and it is only right that we should be able to choose those relationships.  Of course it never quite works…

The Russians are Coming!

Those dastardly Russkies are at it again!  They have been accused of “manipulating” or at least “trying to manipulate” last year’s U.S. Presidential election.  And they weren’t just hacking private email servers or meeting with Trump campaign underlings.  No, they were making false and misleading posts on Facebook and other social media.  Thank goodness they’ve…

Assault Vehicle Ban?

Another terrible tragedy on the streets of New York City.  Another terrorist attack on American soil.  More innocent lives lost to a madman with a terrible weapon at his disposal.  How much longer do we have to wait and how many more have to perish before we take action?  It has happened before and it…

Imaginary Crimes

So I see that a couple of our President’s cronies have gotten themselves into some hot water.  Never too surprising when the sleazy underbelly of the political world is exposed, regardless of party or principle.  With their designer suits, patent leather shoes and expensive watches, they give off an aura of contempt for the mass…