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UFO, navy, flight, tracking, military, disclosure, secret, conspiracy,

The Whys Behind the Whats

“[H]ow quickly our differences worldwide would vanish,” said Ronald Reagan in 1987, “if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.”  Does that Reaganite talking point give us any hints about the current series of disclosures about Unidentified Flying Objects?  I noted the most recent story to hit

Chuck Schumer, Rachel Maddow, deep state, Donald Trump

Long Gone Rogue

Back in the 1990s, we used to talk about “rogue agencies” of the U.S. Government. And for good reason: the Branch Davidian massacre and the Ruby Ridge fiasco were hard to forget. After 9/11/2001, however, we cut the agencies some slack. Why? Their incompetence and our hope. But it became

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, secrecy, transparency, negotiations

Put the Public in Public Policy

“Negotiations are impossible without trust,” wrote Leon Panetta in a Washington Post op-ed. What with all his experience, Mr. Panetta has some reason to be trusted on his chosen subject, government shutdowns. The California Democrat spent 16 years in the Congress before joining the Clinton Administration as Director of the

Pence, Vice President, sleeping, transparency, negotiations

Full Frontal Negotiations

Last week’s political circus reached a new level of Big Top. Or three rings, as President Donald Trump hosted two Democratic leaders in the White House, debating border security and government shutdown — in public. House Minority Leader, soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer

drain, swamp, Trump, Donald Trump, Washington DC

Fill Up the Swamp Some More

Donald Trump’s “drain the Swamp” promise was good rhetoric, great politics — because nearly everybody knows that the federal government just cannot restrain, constrain, or re-train itself. So it would have to take an outside force. Along comes said Outside Force — the current president — yet the Swamp remains.

Maine, Ranked Choice Voting, black box, elections, democracy

The Rank Reality of Math

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) doesn’t like Ranked Choice Voting. Last week, I suggested that’s because he lost his re-election to Congress in his state’s first use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Perhaps I spoke too quickly? Congressman Poliquin argues that RCV is a “black-box voting system.” “We heard from

Diane Feinstein, Kavenaugh, Supreme Court

Last Week’s Least Credible Answer

So, who was lying, last week, at America’s big show trial — er, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing? Professor Christine Blasey Ford or Judge Brett Kavanaugh? Many Americans took sides. I cannot. Both said believable as well as scarcely believable things, but I’m with that minority who admits not to know

A Faulty Gun Report

While statistics are generally unreliable, data about gun crimes often qualify as “anti-data.” “This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools . . . reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting,’” National Public Radio told us yesterday. Like previous stats

Arlington, Texas, term limits, democracy, initiative,City Council,

Strange It Is

Strange for the Arlington, Texas, City Council to hold a meeting on a Sunday evening, much less one to “consider suspending the city charter.” That is how the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported “the latest twist in the term limit controversy that has engulfed the city with a lawsuit and competing

salt, lies, politicians, politics, Donald Trump, truth, economy, trade

Never Trust a Politician

One of my more persistent critics on this site asked, last week, why I might believe anything the current president says — considering all the lies. For reasons of decorum I won’t repeat his exact wording. The odd thing about the comment was not the vulgarity, though (unfortunately). It was

Trump cards, Donald Trump, The Madman Theory, strategy, negotiation, deal, trade, tariffs, trade war

Most Outrageous Negotiation Strategy Yet

The best defense of Donald Trump’s presidency, so far? He is smarter than the rest of us, and knows how to negotiate with bad guys and insider players. We have to discount what he is saying, the theory goes, because he is not telling truths . . . obviously.  He

Lunacy, money, Congress, health care, magic, ACA, budget, spending

It’s Only Money

“If we can put a man on the moon,” went the old 1970s saw, we can do . . . well, fill in the blank. Anything! Man, can that “anything” get really expensive. And when promoters of big government drive the program, anything quickly serves as a first-stage rocket to

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