18th Anniversary of the September 11 Terror Attacks in the US

On this 18th anniversary of the attacks of September 11 2001, we offer some previously expressed thoughts for consideration. —————————————————————– It has been 18 years since the towers fell, the Pentagon was damaged, and Flight 93 crashed en route to a fourth target. It has been nearly as long since the US first invaded Afghanistan, … More 18th Anniversary of the September 11 Terror Attacks in the US

Happy New Year!

Last year I made the following “resolutions:” – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for those who violate the laws and principles they are sworn to … More Happy New Year!

Travel Ban: Upheld

The third version of Trump’s Travel Ban was upheld along partisan lines by the SCOTUS today as constitutional. Since I have a day job, I have not yet read the actual ruling. I have looked over a few analyses and will include a brief one from Chris Cillizza here. The full text is in the … More Travel Ban: Upheld

Ed Snowden Reboot

Yesterday, the ACLU celebrated the anniversary of Ed Snowden’s “revelations” in 2013. I’m normally on board with the ACLU, but not in this case. Ed didn’t use legal channels to bring his perceived issues to anyone’s attention, so he was and is not entitled to whistleblower protections. He was indiscriminate in his collection and release … More Ed Snowden Reboot

The Art Of The Bluff

The recent news that North and South Korea are finally agreeing to end a 65-year-old conflict has many cheering and celebrating. President Trump is touting his toughness and his political base is calling for a Nobel Prize to be awarded for his efforts to bring the two sides to the table. How much credit does … More The Art Of The Bluff

Sh!thole

I think everyone is probably tracking the President’s awful comments about immigration from “shithole” countries by now. The defense from the White House might be even more offensive. The notion that immigration programs harm us economically or provide an easy avenue for terrorist infiltration have no merit. These are blatant lies. While Trump’s administration labels … More Sh!thole

Immigration Programs Pose No Significant Threat

In any context, correct identification of the root issue is critical to development of meaningful courses of action. Calls for doing away with immigration programs on the basis of a handful – or just one – person committing a terrorist act are ill-founded. Terrorist acts aren’t driven by means of entry. In order to determine … More Immigration Programs Pose No Significant Threat