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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

My latest at Medium.

No allegation has been made that the student actually physically attacked fellow students, teachers, administrators, or the cop/resource officer. No allegation that he brought a weapon to school. He was arrested because they were unable to talk to him. I thought they all had to go through years of college education and certification to know how to talk to a child. All of them failed.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Kaepernick won, and good for him

My latest at Medium.
When L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recorded making racist remarks, the NBA forced him out of the league. Commissioner Adam Silver knew that an openly racist owner could not be tolerated in a league of mostly African-American players. 
Like the NBA, most NFL players are African-American. If a Sterling-like revelation came out, or two or three or four of them, that would be disastrous to say the least. There’s no amount the NFL wouldn’t pay to prevent it.


Friday, February 08, 2019

3 reasons it must be frustrating to be a woman, Part 2

My latest at Medium.

People might object, “Well, they don’t really want to wear the burqa, no matter what they say. They’re frightened. And they don’t no any better.” 
In other words, we’re not to respect their agency. We are not to believe what these women say. 
If a Muslim woman asks me for help in leaving her home and ridding herself of the burqa, I would help. Otherwise, I won’t make assumptions about the women who wear them. If I don’t respect their freedom, I don’t respect them.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

3 reasons why being a woman must be frustrating, Part 1

My latest at Medium:

As it still remains, men can go topless in public. Women can’t, either by local ordinances or by social expectations, no matter how uncomfortable they may feel. My preference is that the standards were equal. I’d rather see neither sex go topless in regular public areas, but I wouldn’t pass laws about it. I’d also prefer that it was socially acceptable for both sexes to go topless at beaches and swimming pools; to force women to cover up is to provoke men to over-fetishize that body part to unnatural degrees.

4-min read.

Friday, February 01, 2019

If I ran for President

My platform on Medium:
The number of people running for President of the United States increases by the day. Most of them have one thing in common: their proposals depend on Congress passing them. But we know that what is “promised” on the campaign trail becomes a lie after Congressional deals are made. 
I’m generally repulsed by such candidates. Telling voters “I am capable of getting my way in Congress, unlike all of my predecessors,” insults one’s intelligence. It’s wishful thinking. It’s silly. 
What Presidential candidates can and should do is announce what they will do with their power as President

4-minute read.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Super Bowl’s Russian Roulette

My latest at Medium, what with the weather in the news.
As I write this on Wednesday morning, January 30, 2019, the Polar Vortex is causing wind chills as low as -40 in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Indianapolis. The weather is so dangerously cold that schools are closed in those cities. 
The Twin Cities area and the Detroit area have each hosted two Super Bowls. Indianapolis has hosted one. The New York City area, which will see wind chills in the negative teens today, has also hosted a Super Bowl. 
Through 2024, host cities for the Super Bowl have been selected and, fortunately, they’re all in warm climates. 
But I strongly urge NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL owners who vote on future host cities to remember Polar Vortex of 2019. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Hitler excuse

My latest at Medium. In reality, regime-changers are as bad as racists, sexists, and homophobes.

Your child is bullied at school for being a “sissy.” Your sister was murdered for being trans-gendered. You find out your salary is thousands less than a male counterpart for doing essentially the same job. Your brother-in-law was shot by cops for the crime of driving while black. 
All of that is terrible. I can’t downplay it. 
I also can’t downplay when someone in another country is starved because of U.S. sanctions. Or murdered by drone strike for the “crime” of trying to survive under a dictator whose interests don’t jibe with American politicians. Just like women, minorities, and gays, these victims deserve a voice.
3-minute read.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens belong in the Hall of Fame

My latest at Medium:
Their association with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), which led to federal investigations, is the reason they’re not in already. Many say they both cheated by using PEDs, which are illegal if used the way Bonds and Clemens allegedly used them.  
But federal prosecutors should hardly be the moral arbiters of their Hall of Fame credentials. What a person puts into his own body is not the business of the federal government (or any government). In any case, Clemens was acquitted and Bonds’s conviction was overturned.
3-minute read.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Shooting the sheriff but not the deputy.

My latest at Medium. Who need evidence?
Bob Marley’s “I Shot the the Sheriff” is about a confession followed by a denial “I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.” 
Although the song provides a story about a morally innocent man, that particular line pops into my head often in today’s political/media environment. One who’s guilty of A must also be guilty of B; “If he shot the sheriff, he must have also shot the deputy! It’s logical that he did, so why do you need evidence?”
2-minute read.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Covington Catholic and the betrayal of trust

My latest at Medium. Journalism is committing suicide:
While some still blame the boys, and others blame Phillips, and others blame Black Israelite activists who were in the area, I blame none of them because nothing newsworthy happened. 
The villains are the first person who lied about the boys saying “Build the Wall!” and the journalists from respected news organizations that spread the lie. The rest of us who condemned the boys are guilty of trusting mainstream news sources. 
Fake news happened, and professional, mainstream journalists allowed it to happen. They piled on. How lazy and biased are they?
3-minute read

Friday, January 18, 2019

4 reasons to leave NATO

My latest at Medium:
You may dislike President Trump and his Administration for a variety of reasons. The majority of American do. I do on several important issues. But your reasons, and my reasons, are not the Beltway Establishment’s reasons. They hate Trump because they want a perpetual Cold War with Russia. For all his faults, Trump wants to end it, and he’s right.  
That’s the origin of Russia-gate. That Trump wanted to change the course of American foreign policy is the only “evidence” of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. After all, who in their right mind doesn’t want to continue the hostilities? The Russians somehow got to Trump! There’s no other possible explanation!
And when it was revealed that Trump has often discussed pulling out of NATO, the critics shouted, “See! See! This will benefit Putin! Trump is Putin’s puppet!”But Trump is right. Antagonism with Russia makes the world a more dangerous place, and helps justify an absurdly large Military-Industrial Complex. 
And Trump is probably more right about NATO than he realizes.

4-minute read.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

3 takeaways from the Gillette commercial fallout

 My latest at Medium:
... in late 2017 and all through 2018 the Right gleefully pointed out that Harvey Weinstein was a major Democratic Party donor. But when a commercial calls out the Weinsteins and Bill Clintons of the world, and tells other men to stop covering for them, the Right views it as a leftist plot.
3-minute read.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

5 Takeaways from the Syria Memo to Hillary Clinton

My latest at Medium.

The memo treats the U.S. as a parent spoiling the unpredictable child Israel: let’s do what Israel wants, or we don’t know what Israel will do! But how is it any of our business? Does Paraguay worry about Israel? Does Switzerland? Singapore? Why should the U.S.?

3-minute read.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Would you defend landowners against the Border Wall?

My latest at Medium:
You see their arguments and memes on social media. Many gun rights proponents say that the Second Amendment was intended to protect the right of the people to resist tyranny with arms.  
I’m not sure if it that’s true. The Militia was expected to put down insurrections, not start them. But in any case, I have to ask, why hasn’t tyranny been resisted with arms? Isn’t the federal train of abuses long enough already?

3 minute read.