The buck stops here

That line right there, as definitive and well intentioned as it might have been, perhaps best illustrates the greatest weakness of our modern government.  And by modern, I’m willing to go back as far as the 1950’s. In one word- accountability.  Truman meant to say responsibility was his, he was… Continue reading

Temujin Teaches 21st Century Diplomacy

A long time ago, on a continent some drive from here, there lived a guy with a bad mustache and a great mind for international relations.  He also had some fairly forward thinking ideas on resource management.  One of his better ones, to his mind, was the idea that since… Continue reading

They’re just thinking of the children…

http://news.msn.com/us/in-calif-district-students-facebook-posts-are-closely-watched What’s the best way to trial a service designed to monitor what people are saying and thinking outside of a particular environment?  Why, disguise it as a means to protect children, of course! The firm referenced in the article is providing a valuable service by snooping on what America’s… Continue reading

I posted this response as I was musing on this article here.  I decided to repost my response here for later musings. ———————————————————————————– I love the post and I want to comment at length, but it has been a tremendously long day and I just don’t have it in me…. Continue reading

Agree to disagree- No, just don’t be an ass

I don’t care if you agree with me, I welcome all dissent and criticism.  I don’t even have to like you as you tell me I’m wrong- in fact, I might think you’re the biggest damn idiot on the planet.  And if you give me lip about how everyone is… Continue reading

Penny Arcade

The Penny Arcade had a great comic up today pointing out the irony in the gun control/free speech debate.  What I enjoy about these guys is their ability to call bull shit without necessarily taking a particular political side or stance.  We’re a country of people who are all too often… Continue reading

Obama on gun control

So Facebook has this post going around where Obama is saying the guns don’t make people safer while it has all his secret agents with their guns circled.  I’m all for the 2nd Amendment and I’m for the responsible ownership of guns, but this particular message is a bit off… Continue reading

The Constitution- Hallowed be thy name?

The Constitution is kind of a unique thing in American minds.  In a nation where change is constant, where people and institutions will change their political, theological and ideological stance whenever the wind blows, in American conservative politics the Constitution is held up as this inviolate document that does not… Continue reading

Tragedy as politics

What happened on Friday the 14th was a tragedy.  A tragedy perpetrated by evil for purposes we can only guess at.  No amount of analysis will ever give us all the answers we could possibly want for why such a horrible act occurred.  But that hasn’t stopped many people from… Continue reading