The Hopper

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

No, Biden isn’t a tyrant, and yes, the mandate is legal

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

Afghanistan really is another Vietnam …

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 …

Olympian Simone Biles just did something, by not doing something

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

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