The other opioid crisis

After many years of back and knee pain, I got a prescription for hydrocodone, the stepson of oxycodone, from my doctor. I rarely use the pills—about once or twice a month—but the government overreaction to the opioid crisis has left me and others feeling like crack addicts. I used to get 30 pills every six … Continue reading The other opioid crisis

Trump’s immigration plan is working

In their continuing policy of ignoring good news about the Trump administration, the mainstream media failed to note the significant decrease in the number of illegals crossing the Mexican border. The Border Patrol arrested about 72,000 people who tried to sneak across in July — a reduction of almost half compared with the peak of … Continue reading Trump’s immigration plan is working

Norway: stuck in the middle

Norway is stuck in the middle. Russia has been pushing more aggressively past Norway. Recently Russia canceled a polar Norwegian Cruise Line entry into Russian waters, forcing the cruise company to reimburse passengers only two weeks before the cruise. Russia also surged naval forces off the Norwegian coast in its "Ocean Shield" exercise, causing a … Continue reading Norway: stuck in the middle

Greenland? Why Not?

There is much ado about President Trump offering to purchase Greenland, and the Danish government politely turning it down. Was it stupid to make the offer in the first place? It's not the first time the U.S. has offered to buy Greenland, which captured the interest of William Seward in 1867 and President Truman in … Continue reading Greenland? Why Not?

A Rusty Problem

The ocean is a nasty, caustic, unfriendly environment. Between the sea spray, wind and waves, not to mention the wildlife, pretty much everything wants to or can kill you. For a maritime vessel though, the largest challenge is managing rust. The science is simple. Ocean vessels sit in salt water, the iron in the vessels … Continue reading A Rusty Problem

U.S. v. Microsoft

The ongoing conflict between an individual’s privacy and the public interest heads to the U.S. Supreme Court when the justices hear oral arguments in a lawsuit in which Microsoft refuses to turn over data in a drug case. The U.S. Constitution does not include the actual word privacy, but the Fourth Amendment, which prevents illegal … Continue reading U.S. v. Microsoft

The Future of Journalism?

The list of up-and-coming media “stars” has me worried. Forbes recently published its annual list of “30 Under 30 in the Media,” which includes a variety of troubling selections. For example, the magazine highlighted Jacob Tobia, who has written a memoir, Sissy, and essays that “speak both to the gender nonconforming community” in which he/she … Continue reading The Future of Journalism?

There’s More Than One Way to Purge

by baldilocks Has anyone considered that the Democrats may be throwing certain members and prominent supporters under the bus on purpose? I mean they had to know what kind of lives men like Al Franken led and they certainly knew about John Conyers since one of his victims was paid off by The Old Dirty … Continue reading There’s More Than One Way to Purge

A Tale of Two War Criminals

There were two trials recently for two men who were each accused of genocidal war crimes. The men were on opposite sides of a conflict. One man was sentenced to life in prison, one man will serve no time at all and is free to live his life however he pleases. One man massacred thousands … Continue reading A Tale of Two War Criminals

Israel, ISIS and A Tale of Two Mosques

A few days ago amid reports that there was cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia the kingdom felt compelled to make the following statement Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Moday denied any ties between the kingdom and Israel. “There are no relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel,” Jubeir told Egypt’s CBC television, according … Continue reading Israel, ISIS and A Tale of Two Mosques

Telling the Truth Isn’t For the Faint of Heart

by baldilocks … especially if you work for the government, work for a Republican, and are wearing the wrong paint job: A Department of Homeland Security official resigned Thursday after a report revealed he had made racist (sic) remarks in past radio interviews. The Rev. Jamie Johnson, director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships … Continue reading Telling the Truth Isn’t For the Faint of Heart

Death of the NSA

by baldilocks The NSA got the Coconut Treatment. From Business Insider: The National Security Agency, the US's largest and most secretive intelligence agency, has been deeply infiltrated by anonymous hackers, as detailed in a New York Times exposé published Sunday. The NSA, which compiles massive troves of data on US citizens and organizes cyberoffensives against the US's … Continue reading Death of the NSA

The Tax Bill is, Well, Taxing

My opposition to the new tax bill is selfish. It’s gonna cost me money! As a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I live in one of the bluest cities in one of the bluer states in the country. I pay city and state taxes—both of which will no longer be deductible under the proposals. I understand … Continue reading The Tax Bill is, Well, Taxing

Fill the Space of Your Soul or Something Else Will (UPDATED)

by baldilocks Nature abhors a vacuum. --Aristotle Evil, runnin' through our brain, we and evil's about the same. Bad blood through our body flows, where's the love nobody knows. Evil --Earth, Wind and Fire Mark Steyn’s offerings are always worth your while, but this one is outstanding. In between [the Las Vegas, NV and Sutherland … Continue reading Fill the Space of Your Soul or Something Else Will (UPDATED)

Opinion Puppeteering — Also, I Told You So

by baldilocks So, a couple of very popular pro-Trump Twitter accounts have turned out to be Russia bots. Jenna Abrams was a popular figure in right-wing social media circles. Boasting nearly 70,000 followers, Abrams was featured in numerous news articles during the 2016 election, spotlighted by outlets as varied as USA Today, the Washington Post, the … Continue reading Opinion Puppeteering — Also, I Told You So