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The debates are now in the can… the only thing left is an election next Tuesday…  (Well… maybe next Tuesday… we’ve been voting for weeks now, and from everything I am hearing we are potentially going to be voting for days after as well.  Tuesday, November 3rd is more or less a causal suggestion...

When I was 13 years old my parents and I took a trip to New York.  During that trip we did the kinds of things that parents with teenage kids do when they go to New York:  We visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and I seem to recall taking a Circle Line...

In 1971 the New York Times printed the “Pentagon Papers”.   These leaked classified papers showed the full scope of the war in Vietnam, including the then unreported expansion into Laos and Cambodia.  This revelation incensed the Nixon Administration.  First, it shed light on a floundering operation the administration would have preferred to keep from...

The Pot Boils Over Like many Americans (and a few international observers… you know who you are), I watched the Presidential debates last week.  Afterwards I had the same reaction many people did…I breathed an audible sigh thanking the heavens that it was over. Sort of… The truth of the matter is that I rushed home to...

Artemis Banner used for Blog: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité A few months back I wrote a blog about the times we are experiencing right now and rejected the claim that we were, as a few pundits have pontificated, “a modern French Revolution”. My feelings on this have not diminished as it relates to our instant situation but, upon further reflection, I think...

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Jacques Cousteau and Political Philosophy A number of years ago I wrote a blog that went over this pivotal event in my life, but it bears repeating now as we watch the continued tribalism playing out on the news.  To be fair, I am not singling out any particular “tribe” in the preceding sentence.  The...

Artemis Banner for Blog: Federal Officers and the Fashionistas

“From now on all law enforcement activity must be performed with officers wearing approved pith helmets, rainbow armbands, and unicorns festooned on their uniforms in a minimum of three separate locations.  Additionally, all police vehicles must be painted pink, and have at least one happy-face emoji located on each operational door… our focus group...

“We hold these truths to be self-evident…” As we approach this particular July 4th, I feel it is time to pause and reflect upon what has become of our American experiment. Land of the Free and Home of the Brave… We use this moniker to describe ourselves.  It seems bold and speaks to the bravado that is...

Artemis Banner for Blog: HR 838

HR 838 Immediately after 9/11 our nation was both stunned and angry.  We knew we had been sucker-punched and we had two goals at the top of the priority list:  hitting back and hitting back hard, and making sure we never suffered such an attack again.  As had happened after the attack at Pearl Harbor,...