Charlottesville Was Not About History, Federalism, “The Right”, or Southern Culture

This weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally that turned into a literal race riot in 2017 America, had it’s roots within the Charlottesville City Council’s decision to take down a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and the ensuing legal battle to preserve it. It may be true that there are rational arguments for preserving negative

Two Weeks of Nuclear Brinkmanship By Two Irrational Men

It’s been a hectic two weeks of dick-measuring and saber rattling between the leaders of two countries with nuclear arsenals. Whether they’ve been playing a complicated game of multi-dimensional chess, talking tough for domestic consumption, or merely making up for small stature or small… hands… it’s hard for the world to ignore the brinkmanship. The

Author of “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” Memo Fired for Expressing Ideology

I, like many practical people, usually avoid assumptions if at all possible, preferring to research and apply honest questioning. I try to stay open to learning new things and the possibility that there may be valid points I haven’t even considered. This common philosophy often leads people to study and read more into subjects, even

Coercing Sanctuary Cities Using Tax Dollars: The New Anti-Federalism

The City of Chicago is asking a federal court to block implementation of a Department of Justice directive, which would place restrictions on it receiving federal tax money. It’s easy to see why Chicago would fight for every dollar. It’s billions of dollars in debt and growing, primarily from a pension debt that Moody’s rates

The Precedent of Words as Manslaughter: The Legality of Self-Ownership

Three years ago, a Massachusetts teen with horrendous eyebrows (and apparently a horrendous soul) encouraged another teen to kill himself via text messages. He did, and she was charged with a crime. But what crime? Negligence implies that one has a responsibility under law not to actively encourage suicide, and further requires proof that the

Will Trump Be The New “Most Transparent Administration In History”?

Since the end of WW2, the US government has used the Espionage Act to prosecute government workers who shared classified information with journalists thirteen times. Nine (69%) of those prosecutions were under Obama. At least, this is true as of the time POTUS DJT took office. How many do you think we’ll see under Trump?

Trump Would Cut Immigrant Numbers Only In Half, Because Some, He Assumes, Are Good People

During the recent attempts at ACA overhaul, Donald Trump was shown just how fragile Republican control in the Senate actually is. Presuming a unified Democrat opposition, Republicans can stand only two defections in order for Mike Pence to break a tie. So what’s the next bill the POTUS wants Congress to consider? He wants to

Political Tendencies are Healthier than Political Dogma

By Gary Doan Far be it from us to decry personal spiritual fervor, but for some, the moral inambiguity implicit in deviation from self-defined religious principles has bled into nearly all worldly belief systems as well. Religious dogma often mandates strict adherence to it’s comprehensive belief structure for adherents, at least as a matter of

Cory Booker Introduces Doomed Pot Legalization Bill

Yesterday, Senator Cory Booker unveiled his proposed bill to completely end federal pot prohibition. Such a policy has support of, according to Gallop, roughly 60% of Americans and growing. It also has about as much chance at passing this session as Gary Johnson had of winning the electoral college. It’s said that politics is a

Putin Cuts 755 Non-essential US Government Jobs

Over the weekend, Vladimir Putin made it official. He announced that he’s planning to expel 755 US diplomatic workers from his country, in response to sanctions that a rare unified Congress passed late last week. The number 755 (out of over 1200) was reached by equalizing our allowable diplomatic limits, after Obama expelled Russian diplomats