The Hopper

West Virginia’s Four Ballot Measures

Elections in the United States involve selecting the men and women who create and execute the laws and policies of the land.  However, we sometimes forget that state legislatures will sometimes refer an issue directly to the people for their approval or disapproval.  In West Virginia, citizens must ratify any changes to the state’s constitution.  … Continue reading West Virginia’s Four Ballot Measures

Manchin throws a lifeline …

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) continues to demonstrate he is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.  From the beginning of President Joe Biden’s administration, Manchin has acted as a gatekeeper of sorts for any policy.  Too frequently, he has denied his party’s ambitions for spending packages which might be transformative for the country … Continue reading Manchin throws a lifeline …

America’s right turn

“The pendulum goes too far to the right, it’s going to swing back. The same thing too far to the left.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg  The Supreme Court just finished a wild term, capping it with the announcement that it would overturn Roe v. Wade.  This touched off protests, rallies, and a social media dumpster … Continue reading America’s right turn

The Allure of Top Gun: Maverick

Americans love the movie-going experience.  Since the invention of the motion picture, we flock to the theaters to see and experience the best stories come to life on the big screen.  And summertime brings out the best Hollywood has to offer.  This past weekend, Top Gun: Maverick premiered to an astounding $250 million payday globally, … Continue reading The Allure of Top Gun: Maverick

Russo-Ukrainian War: where it was, is, and is going

The world expressed shock when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of neighboring Ukraine on February 24th, less than two days after sending a ‘peace-keeping’ force into regions of that nation which attempted to claim independence.  It appears that Putin has terribly miscalculated a significant number of issues related to his invasion:  the defiance … Continue reading Russo-Ukrainian War: where it was, is, and is going

Post Rittenhouse Observations

If you’ve been living under a rock, a jury of 12 men and women returned a non guilty verdict for Kyle Rittenhouse on multiple felony charges, including reckless homicide.  Rittenhouse shot three men, killing two in the process.  Rittenhouse, an 18 year old from Antioch, Illinois, traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin with an AR-15 rifle because … Continue reading Post Rittenhouse Observations

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