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Election Tricks

When it comes to electing a President of the United States of America, we use a very convoluted AND antiquated system that remains in place to this day because ironically, even the problems are advantageous to some. Unfortunately, American citizens on average are proving to be woefully ignorant of what these problems are. First off, […]

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Analysis Economics Politics Semantics

The Jobless Rate Is Not 3.5% It’s 37%

There’s a lot of happy talk about the incredibly low unemployment rate these days but it’s a misleading statistic. As Erik Sherman explains in an April 2018 op-ed for Forbes Magazine, “the unemployment rate is the ratio of the number of unemployed people to the total workforce, which itself is the sum of the employed […]

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Analysis Economics Politics

NAFTA vs USMCA: The Best of Shadow Boxing

  “It’s a disaster. … We will either renegotiate it, or we will break it. Because, you know, every agreement has an end. … Every agreement has to be fair. Every agreement has a defraud clause. We’re being defrauded by all these countries.” – Trump talking about NAFTA during an interview on 60 Minutes in […]

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Politics Rhetoric Wiping Off Spit

“Left” Accused of Hating “Patriotism”

USAToday published an opinion on 7/5/2019 by Gary Varvel, entitled “The real reason why the left was against Donald Trump’s July 4 speech“. As you can imagine, this is a right-wing reaction to the agitation in the media regarding Trump’s decision to break a long-standing tradition by inserting himself into the ceremonies with a presidential […]

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Analysis Politics

A Great American Irony

One of the great American ironies is the fierce dedication and support that self-described adversaries of socialism have for our most predominate socialist systems. Indications of this dedication and support appear in the traffic streams of bumper stickers as tributes to various “thin lines” that protect the people from all the dangers that threaten them. […]

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Social/Culture Wiping Off Spit

Antifa in Context

Antifa is a subject that often comes up in discussions with my right-leaning friends. To me it often seems like a “go-to” when they need something they think is associated with the left and is easy to demonize. Despite our political differences, my friends and I do consider each other decent people; it’s just that […]

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Tenents

On Cruelty and Punishment

I am not opposed to capital punishment in cases where a person has been found guilty of murder and cannot claim any defensible reason for the action. But I refuse to support the use of cruelty in the process. The state, being a representation of the people’s will, should not lower itself to the level […]

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Analysis Law Politics

An Impetuous Court

In 1991, William Lynn a minister in Alabama was murdered in his home. His wife was badly injured but survived. One of the two people convicted of murdering William Lynn was Christopher Price who is now on death row, scheduled for execution and the subject of a controversial decision by the Supreme Court. The controversy […]

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Noise Social/Culture

WBT’s Katz on Gay Penguins

This is a letter to Jeff Katz, a radio personality in North Carolina who recently broadcasted his opinions on WBTabout a children’s storybook about two gay penguins. Hi Jeff – I just happened to catch your show about gay penguins yesterday. You said that this story of the two male penguins was a way of […]

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Analysis

103 Americans

Recently, USAToday produced a webpage titled Trump Nation that presents the opinions of 103 Trump supporters. It’s a rather well-done multi-media exhibition complete with photographs and , audio recordings but as I read through these 103 opinions I noticed a lot of redundancy. So, I wrote a short program to extract the opinions and from […]