President Joe Biden took a significant step in combatting the COVID-19 virus this week by utilizing the significant amount of executive power his office permits. However, is it a wise policy? Does it violate constitutional rights? Is Biden acting like a king or dictator? These are a few of the questions worth exploring. What exactly … Continue reading No, Biden isn’t a tyrant, and yes, the mandate is legal
Government officials have a difficult job, particularly in the era of COVID-19. Even matters which are only tangentially related to public health need consideration before decisions are made. In their best decisions, most public officials will still upset at least a third of their constituents. That’s the nature of politics in most places, let alone … Continue reading Cabell County leadership … yikes!
After nearly 20 years, four presidential administrations, and thousands of deaths, the United States armed forces precipitated a departure from Afghanistan, marking one of the most significant foreign policy disasters in American history. Why was this such a disaster? Because the Taliban, whom the United States removed from power in 2001, reclaimed authority over Afghanistan … Continue reading Afghanistan really is another Vietnam …
Since the development of the internet during the 1990s, information has become more readily accessible to Americans than at any point in human history. Most people carry around a smart phone in their pocket with the ability to search for answers to many questions which once required either expertise in a field or access to … Continue reading Does the internet make us stupid? Probably
“Pleasing, tho’ dreadful.” — An early explorer of West Virginia, noting in his journal about the geography of the region If you live, work, or have roots in West Virginia, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to presume that you possess an understanding of the culture. There are so many aspects of the state to love … Continue reading Five Contradictions of West Virginia
Yesterday, Simone Biles shocked the entire nation, and a significant segment of the world, by voluntarily removing herself from the gymnastics team competition in the 2020 (or is it the 2021?) Tokyo Olympic Games. Biles’ reason for withdrawing from the competition was not a physical injury. She revealed that her rationale for removing herself was … Continue reading Olympian Simone Biles just did something, by not doing something
“When a child first catches adults out — when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just — his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is … Continue reading Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne
“Voters quickly forget what a man says.” — Richard Nixon Politicians are always keenly aware that their tenure in office often hinges on the mood of the electorate. But politicians have always understood that a scandal would end their career, or at the very least, put it on life support. Government officials knew this was … Continue reading Nobody likes a quitter — even in politics
Films are one of my favorite parts of modern culture. They tell us so much about our society, people, and ourselves. Good films, like any piece of art, should make the audience feel something. And if a two hour film can somehow draw out emotion, that’s an accomplishment. In this post, I want to … Continue reading Great Cinema: Four Films Worth Watching
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