Mattis Resigns

“Mad Dog” Mattis is officially stepping down as Secretary of Defense. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Some surmise the abrupt decision to remove troops from Syria was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The full text of his resignation is below. While it is written diplomatically, it is clear that Mattis is fed … More Mattis Resigns

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

Treason Summit?

It seems that “a lot of people are saying” that Trump is a traitor, and that his actions in Helsinki (and prior) constitute treason. That’s quite a statement. How well does it hold up? Well, here are some definitions: Merriam Webster definition of traitor: (1) one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an … More Treason Summit?

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

Historic

A few days ago, President Trump met with Kim Jong Un of North Korea, at a historic summit. It is historic, no matter whether one thinks it was good idea or whether one thinks the outcomes were positive, simply because it had not happened before. Both supporters and detractors jump on that last point. Trump … More Historic

Trump & Kim

Photo credit: CNN Just a quick note after watching the historic handshake: No matter what else happens during their meeting, this moment was a huge win for Kim Jung Un. Shaking hands with the leader of the free world with a backdrop of US and North Korean flags all standing at the same height… A … More Trump & Kim