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Bubba Watson and The General Lee

By on Jul 4, 2015 | 14 comments

In the newest round of pilers on to the ex post facto Confederate Flag outrage, pro-golfer Bubba Watson has announced that he will deface a significant piece of The Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia that he owns post-haste, because he truly believes all persons are equal and this action will absolve him of historical guilt: All men ARE created equal, I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA — bubba watson (@bubbawatson) July 2, 2015 Ostensibly to coincide with his newly developed sensibilities to which he hadn’t yet evolved prior to purchasing the vintage 1969 Dodge Charger in 2012, this repainting will cure all inequality. How wonderful. If we are to take the change of heart on its face, better late than never I suppose. But it raises the question: Why not sell a prominent part of such an integral piece of Americana, rather...

Puerto Rico’s Failures Belong To All

By on Jul 2, 2015 | 2 comments

Let’s get this out out of the way: Everyone deserves a share of responsibility. No single entity can be solely responsible for amassing $72+ billion in public debt for an island of less than 4 million people in a span of 40+ years. So the farcical claims that this is due to US policy, evil corporations, colonialism, vulture hedge funds, or socialism need to have several seats. Notwithstanding the wasted breath in playing the blame game, explaining the various causes of Puerto Rico’s crisis is key to understanding some of the short term and long term solutions.1) Status/US Economic policy: I won’t go into the nuances of Puerto Rico’s status with the United States here. It deserves its own discussion, and I’ve already written on it previously via Latino Rebels. Nevertheless, status played a significant role. Puerto Rico is, as the Courts have said,...

The Disappointment of Bristol Palin….And Gawker

By on Jul 1, 2015 | 1 comment

Bristol Palin is back in the news, announcing via her blog that she is pregnant with her second child. This comes after canceling her wedding last month to Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. Certain news outlets lost no time snarking about the 24-year-old single mother being pregnant once again. The most astonishing of these was from Gawker, with a headline that reads, ‘Bristol Palin Makes Great Argument For Abortion in Baby Announcement.’ The article goes on to say:Bristol barely suppresses her extreme dread at the thought of having another child. “I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I am pregnant,” she writes. “Honestly, I’ve been trying my      hardest to keep my chin up on this one.” Eeek. She continues: “At the end of the day there’s nothing I can’t do with God by my side, and I know I am fully capable of handling anything that is put in front of...

Chief Justice Roberts Legacy Is Heller, Not Obamacare

By on Jun 26, 2015 | 1 comment

The US Supreme Court handed down its decision on Obamacare subsidies yesterday and people were rightly pissed off. The Supreme Court basically said, “Look, we know this is what they really meant even though the text of the law says otherwise, so meh….we’ll allow it to stand as they intended.” Justice Antonin Scalia was not pleased and actually said because of the action by the court in two decisions that it should be called “SCOTUSCare.” Justices, when they dissent, usually write, “I respectfully, dissent.” Scalia wrote, “I dissent.” The decision set off a firestorm of comments directed at Chief Justice John Roberts ranging from garden variety criticism to idiot rantings about him being beholden to the socialist whims of President Obama. There are some calling him a “traitor” which is just appalling. I don’t...

U.S. May Never Point The Finger At China For OPM Breach

By on Jun 25, 2015 | 0 comments

It’s looking more an more like the U.S. government may not take retaliatory actions against the state behind the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach. China, who the FBI believes was behind the attack, gained access to the security clearance documents (SF86) of past and present government employees, including military and intelligence officials. While knowledge the breach was made public on June 4, the scope and severity of the hack wasn’t disclosed until approximately one week later. Additionally, the initial number of 4 million people affected may become as high 32 million after family members and other contacts listed in the employees’ forms are taken into account. For better understanding of what is disclosed in these documents, see the conclusion of John Schindler’s entry. The likelihood of the U.S. even pointing the finger at China is slim,...

What Happened In The Aftermath Of Charleston Shooting Was No Surprise

By on Jun 23, 2015 | 4 comments

I was born in Queens, NY. I grew up in Sunnyside. I lived in an apartment on Barnett Avenue between 44th and 45th street. I attended PS 150. I was a Queens kid that thankfully became a Yankees fan and not a Mets fan. My family moved across the Hudson to New Jersey where I lived until I was 27. I still loved New York City. I worked at the World Financial Center for four years and visited Manhattan often. Then I moved south. To Florida. Many people say that Florida is not “the south” and in many areas that is true, but it is definitely not the northeast no matter how many NY/NJ transplants live down there. Three years ago I moved to the Atlanta area. I live on the border of Woodstock in the city of Canton. I am 35 miles from downtown Atlanta yet less than a mile from my house you can drive past farms with goats, cows and horses all grazing in pastures. I love the south. I...

Alexander Hamilton is the Necessary Face of the $10 Bill

By on Jun 19, 2015 | 1 comment

The U.S. Treasury plans to replace one of the historical male faces on some denomination of paper currency with a woman influential in American history. It is not the first time a woman has appeared on United States money – think, for example, of the Susan B. Anthony dollar – but it is time for another. Exactly who will now grace one of our newly printed bills remains to be seen. The Treasury has been asking Americans who they would like to see. Most of the potentials are good candidates for the position: Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks, among others. A more contentious question is who will be replaced. At first, Andrew Jackson seemed primed to be removed from the $20 bill. But this week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that it would Alexander Hamilton that would be replaced on the $10 bill.*  (Or rather that Hamilton would share the $10 with a woman; “Mr....