I was just watching Senators questioning the heads of U.S. Intelligence agencies on worldwide threats, and had to turn off my television in disgust. Why? Because the joint intelligence report identified deaths from opioid addiction and suicide as first and second respectively on the list of causes of death in the United States. In response, … Continue reading American social policy creates Opioid Crisis. Senators blame Mexico for meeting demand.
Not a great start to the day. President Trump's approval rating (fivethirtyeight.com) has risen yet another tenth of a percentage point to 40.9 per cent--a slow but steady increase I've observed since his State of the Union speech. This is spite of the resignation of two of his staffers for domestic abuse, and questions over … Continue reading The Needle Keeps Rising
Last night, I read a fascinating Washington Post article entitled, Republicans want to turn the entire country into Oklahoma. The article had such strong echoes of a Richard K Morgan novel I read years ago that I felt compelled to write this post. If you're a Netflix junkie, you'll recognize Morgan's work from the mini-series … Continue reading On the Road to ‘Jesusland’
Years ago, one of the most popular courses offered by the History Department at my University was entitled Conspiracy and Dissent in American History. The lecturer was a visiting Professor from California who looked exactly the way we Canadian students thought a Californian should look: tall and tanned, with a full head of 'silver fox' hair. … Continue reading A New Civil War?
What sort of bitterness compels you to gratuitously speculate that immigrants who haven't registered for DACA were "too lazy" and should "get off the couch and register"? One would have expected much more from Chief of Staff John Kelly. For one, he led men and women at a time when the demographics of US armed … Continue reading The Sad Irony of General John Kelly
My wife and I have lived in Puerto Penasco, Mexico for the past three months. Like many tourist destinations in Mexican coastal areas, it evolved from being a small fishing village into its current incarnation as a collection of massive condo developments and 'planned communities' sprawled along miles of sandy beaches. It boasts three excellent golf … Continue reading Trumpism and Two Canadians
Every time I boot up my computer in the morning, I find myself going to fivethirtyeight.com and clicking on the link to Donald Trump's approval rating. I feel compelled to do so because somewhere, deep inside, I'm still hopeful that the poll will show some indication that the American public has finally reached the breaking … Continue reading Forget Russia. The Real Enemy is Within.