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Day: August 9, 2017


*I posted this on Facebook in January 2017 before Inauguration Day. Over the last couple of months, a few people have told me how much they have enjoyed my political […]

The Great Recession

On September 15, 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy – the largest bankruptcy in history.  What followed was a predictable reaction in the financial markets and an even more intense […]

Historic Socialism Revisited

October 1917 saw the most significant event in the 20th century and perhaps all of world history (this, of course, is yet to be determined).  Prior to that critical month, […]

LA Riots – 92

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles police officers responded to a plea for assistance from fellow officers who needed help in apprehending a suspect who had thrown bottles at their […]

The Great Debate

*Note:  This was posted on Facebook right before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. So tomorrow is a big day. We should be celebrating the peaceful transition of power, regardless of […]

In Defense of the European Union

If you could commission a time machine to go back and ‘re-do’ a specific event, what would it be?  Would it be Germany 1933, when President Hindenburg issued the decree […]

Capitol Shooting

My aunt worked on Capitol Hill for the better part of 20 years (actually, it was probably more). She started in the state office of Kansas Senator Pearson and then […]

Defunding Planned Parenthood

What’s up with defunding Planned Parenthood? So it looks like we survived the G20 – if survival means, “try not to embarrass the United States more than your last trip […]

Voter ID and Suppression Laws

I have had two topics twirling in my head for weeks now, each itching to be written; both hopefully bi-partisan and of interest to all. They were to be edifying […]

John McCain’s Last Vote

I cannot help but wonder if last night’s vote (or I guess this morning) was the last one Senator McCain will cast in the United States Senate. Certainly, I hope […]

Etched in Stone

When Carrie and I were growing up, our Grandma Johanning (Grandpa got credit too) gave us books for Christmas and birthdays. Sometimes we got magazine subscriptions but in those early […]