Simone Biles and the Art of the Tactical Retreat

•July 29, 2021 • Leave a Comment

To be clear: I don’t know if Biles is physically 100%. Reports said that she was seen with her leg taped up after her failed vault attempt, but almost every major outlet is focusing on “mental health”, so this article will be assuming that she is physically fine and bowed out of the team and individual all-around as a mental health check. If that is still interesting, please read on.

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The 2020 Election: A Post-Mortem

•November 17, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Two posts in one month? I’m smothering you! This is the longer, more explained version of something I already said on my Facebook wall. I don’t claim to be the smartest guy in the room, the most informed, or even the best predictor of the future — but, fools rush in where angels fear to tread, so let’s get into my key takeaways from the 2020 election. ((author’s note, I am writing this assuming that nothing earth-shattering happens to overturn the apparent Biden/Harris victory))

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In Defense of the Electoral College

•November 9, 2020 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a while since I wrote something of importance, but this election cycle has brought out the claws again from people wanting to get rid of the vestiges of America’s unique civic structure. I’d like to offer my two cents on why this should be avoided… while also admitting that since we abandoned gold-backed currency in 1971, two cents isn’t worth nearly as much as it used to be. Let’s get into it.

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Being Relateable

•July 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Buried underneath a ton of media fluff and bluster about who is investigating what or subpoenaing whom, who launched ballistic missiles this week, and who we are on the brink of war with now, there has been an easily missed bit of introspection happening amongst the DNC Elite.  Hillary Clinton and the various party leaders have finally admitted to a fact that is as true as it is uncomfortable: the DNC has completely lost touch with rural voters and uneducated whites — and they can’t win consistently without those voters.  As such, the DNC has been quietly asking itself how they can win back the rural votes.  As much as I hate to do it for fear that someone will actually read it and take it seriously, I have, here, set out to try and lay out my roadmap for the Democrats to find their way back into rural America.    Continue reading ‘Being Relateable’

Kaepernick and Nike

•September 7, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Colin Kaepernick — martyr.

It’s a popular storyline. Too bad it’s wrong.    Continue reading ‘Kaepernick and Nike’

A Retrospective

•December 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’m going to assume that the reason for this is because my birthday is fast approaching, but I’ve been looking back and thinking a lot.  I would like to think that I’ve learned some things, but I know that the learning process is still just starting.  It’s almost like for the first 20 years of my life, I thought I knew everything while the last eight have mostly been realizing just how little I actually do or don’t, while this is the beginning of getting some wisdom related to what I know.  So what have I learned?   Continue reading ‘A Retrospective’

The Four Types of Adaptation

•July 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I was having a discussion with a friend about film and that led into discussing various film adaptions and how they aren’t all created equal. So the question has to be asked, what makes a “good” adaptation? There is such a broad range and scope of material to deal with that, at first, the task feels insurmountable — however, most of them have a certain amount of similar characteristics that makes it possible to break them down into four broad categories; each with their own sets of rules and characteristics. Hopefully, by presenting this now, some people will have a better understanding of how I approach these kinds of films and some others will find it helpful for becoming a smarter moviegoer. Before beginning with the list, I would like to remind you that this is largely subjective and based on observation — it isn’t iron-clad or set in stone. If you have additions or suggestions, please put them in the comments below. And now, the four categories of adaptation with their strengths and weaknesses.   Continue reading ‘The Four Types of Adaptation’

The Sky Is Not Falling

•June 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Wow. I said it. I’ve seen the squabbling and the outrage and the friendships breaking… and it has me concerned. This week, the Supreme Court of the United States has officially reinterpreted the 14th Amendment to include preventing the states from “discriminating” against same sex couples in issuing marriage licenses. Unsurprisingly, social media exploded. Some rejoiced, others snarled and a whole host of others wondered what the hell was going on.     Continue reading ‘The Sky Is Not Falling’

Mad Max: Breaking All The Rules

•May 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Because “Max Mad: Fury Road” is unlike most films you will ever see, it can’t necessarily be reviewed the same way that other films can.  And that’s totally fine.     Continue reading ‘Mad Max: Breaking All The Rules’

Hands in the Cookie Jar — The Saga of Net Neutrality™

•March 3, 2015 • 1 Comment

— Author’s note: I apologize for the length of this post.  Source links have been added in parenthesis.–

It’s a story that has been told so many times that it is worth wondering if more people know about it than don’t.  Comcast, being one of the yeeeevil Telecom corporations with no desire greater than that of getting more money, strapped Netflix to the rack until they were willing to pay an extortioner’s fee to deliver their content to Comcast users; going so far as to intentionally throttle Netflix’s connection to the Comcast network unless they paid up.  So the problem got worse and worse until Netflix finally caved, bit the pillow, and paid Comcast’s blood money.  Here’s the problem… it’s not that simple.   Continue reading ‘Hands in the Cookie Jar — The Saga of Net Neutrality™’