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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

Political ‘Infrastructure’ and the future of West Virginia Politics

With all the discussion of physical infrastructure in the last six months, the possibility exist that we have forgotten about a more important type of infrastructure in society.  The political institutions which comprise key aspects of a democracy arguably constitute a more important ‘political’ infrastructure in our society.  In the last decade, the West Virginia … Continue reading Political ‘Infrastructure’ and the future of West Virginia Politics

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