Trump’s Ignorance is Unpresidented

Tweet Nobody knew health care was complicated, believe me.   Several years ago I changed jobs while my wife was pregnant.  In order to make sure our health insurance extended beyond her delivery date, I paid extra so my family was insured with the existing company until August 31.  We expected our baby to be born near the end of June, so we believed in the wisdom of extending our…

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Donald Trump Goes Crazy for Applause

Tweet That’s what happens when only crazy people applaud him. Henry David Thoreau wrote about men living lives of quiet desperation, but Donald Trump lives a life of noisy desperation.  Long ago he realized the hold he had on people, but failed to realize people were interested in his fame and his money, but not necessarily in him.  Show business people of every stripe and political figures gladly posed for…

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The Ghost of J. Edgar Hoover Haunts Trump

Tweet There’s a reason they call them spooks.   Years ago I stood in a bar talking to a young woman I knew, a nurse, who expressed anger at two other women who came to the bar in their work uniforms.  My friend took pride in her profession and thought wearing the uniform to a bar disgraced all nurses.  We were both about twenty-four at the time, but she was…

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Life is a Strange Attractor: The 5th Grade Dimension

Tweet One of my strange attractors was nun of the above.   Sometimes we know when a strange attraction occurs, and sometimes we never know what hit us.  I once asked my older brother to identify the most significant strange attractor in his life, and he chose the years he spent working at a neighborhood grocery store.  I also worked at that same grocery store for years, but I don’t…

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Kochroaches See No Reason to Investigate Treason

Tweet Koch bottle lenses prevent congressional Republicans from dogged pursuit of the truth.     One day my younger brother and I spent the morning at our friend’s house playing with his Lego blocks, a remarkably large collection of toys I thought.  Our neighbor liked Legos much more than we liked them, so he tended to build some “real” things, boats, buildings, and other recognizable stuff from the world around…

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Will the Bears Finally Draft a Great Quarterback?

Tweet Is it Bearly possible for Chicago to draft a great quarterback?   For the second time in the Super Bowl era, the Chicago Bears own the third pick in the NFL draft. In 1972 they drafted offensive tackle Lionel Antoine out of Southern Illinois University.  Antoine may well have been a great football player, but I always held doubts.  His career ended quickly because of knee injuries, but the…

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The Kochroaches Need to Stop Being so Afraid of Science

Tweet Scientific complexity doesn’t mean the end of prayer.  It’s as simple as that. As a child I heard random references to the Dark Ages, a term I took literally.  I also heard references to Jesus being the Light of the World, and to His birth bringing people out of the darkness, so I attempted to justify the two.  I imagined a world without sunshine that miraculously saw the light…

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A Mark of Grace for the Diamondbacks

Tweet Mark Grace proved to be the strange attractor when Arizona won the World Series. In the final inning of the final game of the 2001 Major League Baseball season, the Arizona Diamondbacks staged a two-run rally to catch and defeat the New York Yankees by the final score of 3 to 2.  The hero of the game was Luis Gonzalez, the last batter of the game, who blooped a…

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Tom Brady Still Ranks as Just the 5th Best Draft Pick

Tweet Brady is the greatest, most important player ever, but that’s not the same thing as being the best draft choice.  Darrell Green left a mountain to climb. Years ago I decided I wanted to create a system for assessing draft picks.  I decided the most important statistic would be games played plus games played for the drafting team.  I recognized immediately that meant a “good” player who lasted twelve…

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The Kochroaches Must Be Stopped.

Tweet Please don’t feed the Kochroaches. Identifying the single biggest hypocrite among Conservatives ranks as the most difficult assignment any concerned American faces.  Take Newt Gingrich, for example.  Gingrich jumps at every opportunity for self-promotion all while wrapping himself up in images of patriotism and traditional family values.  He once carried a legal pad while he sat down in a hospital room beside his first wife, a woman recovering from a…

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Colin Kaepernick is a Very Good Quarterback

Tweet People keep protesting Kaepernick’s protesting.  Apparently it doesn’t matter if he thinks Black lives matter.     “Checks and balances” exists as one of the most famous phrases in American history and culture, an idea our founding fathers instilled in the fledgling democracy to make sure no one person held too much power.  On the flip side of that idea another, similar idea echoes through not just the United…

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