Optimism

No, there is no question mark at the end of that word.  Despite what you all might imagine, I am extremely optimistic about the future.  Of course, we could all ruin it by blowing up the world over some nonsense or a meteor could do that for us, but otherwise the future is bright.  But…

Integrity?

I will always remember Al Franken as a frequent writer and occasional performer on the early (good) seasons of Saturday Night Live.  Mostly I think of a spot in which he declared that the 1980’s, in contrast to the “me decade” of the 70’s, would be known as the Al Franken decade.  Going forward, people…

Unpopular Positions

So this week I watched the NBC version of the nightly news.  My experience with ABC was not good and I don’t remember If I finished the CBS broadcast but I know I didn’t like it.  Surprisingly, I mostly enjoyed NBC’s take on things.  Oh, there was the usual natural disasters (sad,) the latest round…

Five Habits of People Who Aren’t Stupid

Sometimes I like to provide useful information that can help people of all political persuasions, though not that often.  Today is such a time.  I proudly present five habits of people who aren’t stupid. People who aren’t stupid don’t click on links in emails or strange web pages.  They know that that is much the…

Lord Acton anyone?

The 19th century Anglican bishop, Lord Acton, is best known for his remark that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  As I tried to watch the news tonight and found that the stories were almost exactly the same as last week, I thought about this quote. Why, I thought to myself, are…

Not Neutrality 

To judge by the uproar in social media over the past few days, you might imagine that “net neutrality” is some long standing principle which has protected the internet from evil corporatations who would otherwise destroy it.  Well, it is most certainly not long standing as the FCC rules have only been in effect since…

Greed is OK

In the 1987 film Wall Street, the character of Gordon Gecko (played by Michael Douglas) famously announces that “Greed is good.” The character, a bit of a caricature of the corporate raiders and junk bond purveyors who rose to prominence in the Reagan years, expressed a sentiment not unlike that of many libertarian thinkers and…

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…