Veterans Day

Originally posted on The View from the Armchair:
Veterans Day used to be Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I. It wouldn’t become a national holiday until 1938. Veterans Day in its current incarnation is meant primarily to celebrate living former service members. Memorial Day emphasizes the fallen, and Armed Forces Day emphasizes…

Boys Will be Boys

Just some quick thoughts and observations: There are a number of things I did as a young man that I would be a little embarrassed about were they to come out, but those embarrassing things do NOT include sexual assault or attempted rape. Being young and dumb does not give one a pass for violating … More Boys Will be Boys

Bribery

Senator Susan Collins of Maine recently complained about a crowd-funding effort to influence her to vote “no” on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Although the group is not offering money to her directly – instead the plan to use their money to support an opposition candidate if she votes yes –she … More Bribery

We’re Still Missing the Point of the Protest

It’s our second anniversary (yay!), and we’re still talking about the very fist topic introduced on the blog – Kaepernick, protest, and the national anthem. The discussion has been reinvigorated not just by the new football season, but by Nike’s decision to feature Kepernick in a new advertising campaign. The new ad speaks of sacrifice, … More We’re Still Missing the Point of the Protest

Intellectual Nihilism

In recent weeks we’ve heard some interesting thought on the nature of truth from the current administration and its chief supporters, building on the cornerstone of “alternative facts.” Such as: Truth isn’t truth. Crimes aren’t crimes. What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening. Truth is hate speech. I’m reminded of a … More Intellectual Nihilism

RIP John McCain

I frequently found myself at odds with John McCain’s political positions. And yet, he never seemed as cynical and mean spirited as other politicians. He had humor, was self-deprecating at times, and willing in some instances to put principle ahead of party. He served his country with honor as a Sailor and Naval Aviator. He … More RIP John McCain