Archive for September 2019

Was Botham Jean a victim of innate bias?

Was Botham Jean a victim of innate bias?
Amber Guyger screwed the pooch in the worst possible way and it cost Botham Jean his life and Guyger her future. On September 6, 2018, Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger headed home after a double shift and pulled into a parking spot on what she thought was the third floor of her downtown apartment complex.... Read more »

Are U.S. farmers being asked to sacrifice their farms to stop China from pirating Iron Man movies?

Are U.S. farmers being asked to sacrifice their farms to stop China from pirating Iron Man movies?
Back in the 70’s I sold bootleg tee shirts at rock concerts.  We imprinted artists’ images, logos and album covers onto tee shirts without their permission and without paying them royalties. We followed those artists around the country selling our shirts in parking lots.  Everyone got screwed; artists, promoters and venues alike. In 1976 legendary... Read more »

Seven words that just don't seem so bad anymore

Seven words that just don't seem so bad anymore
According the great George Carlin, there were seven words that you couldn’t say on the radio or on network TV.  To this day, networks still bleep out most of those words or risk being penalized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If you want to find out what those seven words are, click HERE.  It’s... Read more »
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September 11: George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump

September 11:  George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump
George W. Bush gave the first 9/11 address on that very date back in 2001. His composure, reassurance and resolution struck exactly the right tone for a nation reeling from the attack earlier that day. Donald Trump gave his 9/11 speech yesterday and his tone could not have been more discordant, self absorbed and detached.... Read more »

Terror, TSA and the grand illusion

Terror, TSA and the grand illusion
Most years, on this date, I repost Ten years after – A 9/11 retrospective, originally written in 2011.  You can still read that piece by clicking HERE. This year I’m reposting the following, written in 2013: The Transportation Security Administration was created in the wake of 9/11 under authority of The Aviation and Transportation Security... Read more »

Kenny Weismuller's head is stuck somewhere, but at least he won't get sunburned

Kenny Weismuller's head is stuck somewhere, but at least he won't get sunburned
Kenny Weismuller (fake name) was one of two blasts from the past I encountered during a recent condolence call (shiva). Shortly after I arrived, a woman introduced herself as having been my high school shop teacher’s assistant back in 1967.  At the time, I was a junior and she was a senior and I may have... Read more »
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Why are the children of the Florida school not being listened to?

Why are the children of the Florida school not being listened to?
The title question was posted on Quora by Tom Kehoe, a self-described “firearms instructor, martial artist, bonsai-ka and longtime journalist.” Since Kehoe posted an answer to his own question, it appears that he asked it just so that he could answer it.  You can read his answer HERE. One of Kehoe’s main points is that being... Read more »