Remember This on This Veteran’s Day, and then on Election Day in 2014


As of November 8th, 2013, there have been 58,846 American soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom since March 19, 2013. How often do you hear that statistic? The financial cost of the warS to date is approximately $4-6 trillion – the equivalent […]

An Elegant Solution to the Unresolved Discourse on Guns

I have devised a brilliant (if I do say so myself) and elegant solution to the never-ending debate around guns, the NRA, the Second Amendment, public safety, mass shootings, selfish stupid people, and mental health issues. Since we don’t seem to be able to even have a reasonable discussion on gun violence in this country, we […]

Posturing, Paychecks and Pink Slips

As I read through the Opinion section of the Army Times this past weekend, I was struck by the comments that soldiers were making regarding the sequester and never-ending game Congress plays with our troops. (They aren’t happy.) Actually I’ve been struck by a lot of things lately; I’m just more struck by the actions and […]

Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell

If  you haven’t had the opportunity, you should check out Thom Hartmann’s book Cracking the Code. Essentially, the book breaks down how politicians and political commentators are able to control what we might call the political narrative. Hartmann calls it “issue framing.” Dragon highlighted this by talking about Chuck Todd’s recent comments on Morning Joe. […]

Chuck Todd’s Problem Spotlights the Death of the Fourth Estate

On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, Chuck Todd made an offhand comment about how the White House had lost the messaging war about the Affordable Care Act, essentially admitting that Fox News and the Republicans had been successful at confusing the public to the point that  many Americans did not understand it, and that the rest of […]

21st Century British Invasion

We are apparently experiencing a British Invasion of the 21st century. Those old enough to remember that Paul McCartney was in a band long before the one he has now, and before Wings, might remember the 1960’s British Invasion of the Beatles, the Bee Gees, the Rolling Stones, The Who, the Yardbirds, the Zombies, the […]