No End in Sight for Gun Violence – July 4th Edition

Another day, another mass shooting here in the US. This time at a July 4th parade in Chicago. After Uvalde, we got some bipartisan legislation that doesn’t do much, followed by a SCOTUS decision the seeks to limit states’ abilities to rein in gin violence. Half-step forward, two steps back. Our previous writings, which sadly … More No End in Sight for Gun Violence – July 4th Edition

Quick Thoughts: Thank Goodness SCOTUS is Taking a Break

The current SCOTUS term ended 30 June, and they will be on break until 3 October. Thank goodness; we could use some mental rest before they finally fully destroy our representative democracy. And yes, the complete destruction is coming if we don’t take action to stop it. This term culminated in nearly two full weeks … More Quick Thoughts: Thank Goodness SCOTUS is Taking a Break

Memorial Day 2022

For Memorial Day, remembering the fallen with whom I served: LT Terri S. Fussner LT Wayne F. Roberts PO2 Jason E. Lawson SSG Joseph R. Ray SGT Joshua L. Hill SGT Anton J. Hiett SGT Kevin D. Akins SGT Jeffery S. Wiekamp CW3 Eric W. Totten SPC David N. Timmons Jr. SPC Justin L. Odonohoe … More Memorial Day 2022

GOP Principle

I have been re-reading the Dune series lately, and I found a quote in Children of Dune that sums up the current GOP’s basic operating principle: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom … More GOP Principle

What to do about Russia…

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, with the likely expectation that they would secure the capitol within days. Nearly six weeks later, the Russians have lost some of their initial gains. They have expanded territorial gains in the east beyond the areas where they previously controlled through separatists proxies, but have not made significant progress … More What to do about Russia…

Dropping the Masks

Most of the masking requirements are being reduced or dropped across the US now. It seems appropriate given that we are lower than when we began our most recent omicron/delta surge, but the current low is still higher than most of the first year of COVID in terms of new cases. Deaths remain fairly well … More Dropping the Masks