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Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht — A German Moon’s Christmas Eve Stillness (25 December 2015)

George Stephanopoulos’ 20 December 2015 Interview of Donald Trump — Illustrated American Media’s Propagandizing Function — Glaring Bias and Intellectual Dishonesty Concealed as Inquiry (21 December 2015)

The United States Will Resume Buying Russian Rocket Engines — so as to Launch American Military Satellites — How Stupid Is that for Our National Security? (17 December 2015)

Spinning Hot Air — Illusionist John Kerry Did His Soothing Warm Blather Dance — with the Coldly Pithy Climate Scientist, James Hansen (15 December 2015)

Médecins Sans Frontières Petitioned the White House — Regarding the American Attack on its Kunduz Hospital — a Comment about the Failure of International Law (11 December 2015)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s over the Top Irony — about the San Bernardino Shootings (07 December 2015)

Impenetrable Cynicism or Just Simple Stupidity from the Obama Administration? — A “specialized expeditionary targeting force” Is Going to Turn the Battle with ISIS around — Implies Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (02 December 2015)

The United States Says that a String of Errors — Explains Its Doctors without Borders Hospital Bombing at Kunduz in October (29 November 2015)

President Obama’s Arrogance toward the Russian Federation — Is Likely to Force an Unnecessary Military Confrontation — You Have to Wonder whether the Man Possesses a Shred of Common Sense(26 November 2015)

Robert Kuttner’s Insightful Comment about American Fascism (25 November 2015)

Rick Atkinson, The Day of the Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy 1943-1944 (2007) and The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (2013) — a Combined Book Review (24 November 2015)

Laurie Calhoun, We Kill because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age (2015) — a Book Review (23 November 2015)

Plutocrat Silly-Smart Hillary (20 November 2015)

Waa Waa Senator Cruz Laughably Tried to Put a Tough Guy Edge on Anti-Terrorism’s Cry Baby Demagoguery (19 November 2015)

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker — as Used with Non-Bluetooth Laptop Computer — a Review(18 November 2015)

Prominent Republicans Are Promoting a Jackass America which Christ and Lady Liberty Would Reject with Contempt (17 November 2015)

Senator Ted Cruz Immediately Jumped on the Crusades War Wagon — after the 13 November 2015 Paris Terror Attacks — Indicating How Unfit He Is for any Job that Requires a Combination of Effective Strategic Sense and Emotional Balance (14 November 2015)

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial — Cimetière Américain de Meuse-Argonne — a Visit on Veterans and Armistice Day 2015 (12 November 2015)

“White Boy Speak” from University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe — How to Read Confederate Code (09 November 2015)

Imagine if You Were One of the Many Victims in this String of Sexual Assaults — and None of the Criminal Accountability Jury Looked Like You (06 November 2015)

Fanaticism in US Intelligence Gathering Undermines Civilian Decency — Is Wrecking Trust to Save it a Good Idea? (05 November 2015)

If We Want Just One Way to Symbolize the Obama Administration’s Legacy — Its Steel-Headed Stalling — regarding the Kunduz Doctors without Borders Hospital Bombing — Is Just about Perfect(04 November 2015)

Legatum Institute’s Impressionistic 2015 Prosperity Index — Implies that the United States May Not Be Exceptionally Great — but — We Are Still Pretty Good (03 November 2015)

Jeb Bush Keeps Tripping over His Ponderous Mediocrity — Attacking Senator Rubio’s Voting Record without Foreseeing the Senator’s Obvious Response — Is Slow-Witted Jeb Someone We Would Want as President? (29 October 2015)

Sending Attack Helicopters to Iraq and Special Ops Troops to Syria? (28 October 2015)

FBI Director James Comey Needs to Get Booted — a Little too Much Totalitarian Lip Flapping (27 October 2015)

Smart Fortwo and Trailer — A Sight More Typical than Not in Germany — Where People Use their Fuel-Efficient Cars to Pull Whatever Needs Hauling (22 October 2015)

American Cancer Society’s New “Average Risk” Mammography Recommendations — Come Closer to the USPSTF’s Controversial 2009 Recommendation — but Disagreement Persists (21 October 2015)

It Looks as if the Obama Administration Is Going to Skate on its Doctors without Borders Hospital Bombing — Arguably Courtesy of Our American Media’s Willingness to Enable War Criminality (19 October 2015)

Does the Pressure of Political Campaigning Justify Foolishly Timed Statements? — Like Hillary Clinton’s Suggestion that We Establish a Syrian “No Fly” Zone with the Russians already in the Air There (16 October 2015)

New York PD Is Using Xrays to Penetrate Vehicles and Buildings — Evidently Looking for Terrorist Paraphernalia — Can You Imagine what these Do to Your Body when You’re in the Way? — And Police Commissioner Bratton Refuses to Tell Us anything about What Is Going on (15 October 2015)

Rick Atkinson, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942-1943 (2002) — Book Review (13 October 2015)

Looking for People to Emulate? — Matthew R. Francis Highlighted African-American Dr. Claudia Alexander — Whose NASA Project Scientist Story — Should Inspire anyone Seeking to Beat the Cultural Odds against Achievement (08 October 2015)

A Mistake Was Made — in Blowing Up Doctors without Borders — General John Campbell Reportedly Said — Evidently Implying that Mistaken Collateral Damage Cannot Be a War Crime — and Inadvertently Demonstrating the Near Impossibility of Exercising Effective Accountability in War (07 October 2015)

The Duplicitous Trans-Pacific Partnership — More Jobs Lost, More Money Stolen — and Even More Control Given to the Robber Baron Elite (06 October 2015)

After the United States Apparently Blew Up 22 People in a Hospital — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Implied that — Collateral Damage Is too Difficult to Track until We Forget about It (05 October 2015)

David Chadwick, Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki (1999) — Book Review (01 October 2015)

Philip Giraldi’s Juxtaposition of a Handful of News Stories — Tells Us the Reasons — for the United States’ Carefree Slide into History’s Landfill (30 September 2015)

Martin Luther King Jr (author) and Cornel West (editor), The Radical King (2015) — Book Review (29 September 2015)

Andrew Feinstein, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade (2011) — Book Review (27 September 2015)

Americans Think that Religion Is Good — until It Starts Telling the Truth — the Cynically Humorous Result of a Bloomberg Opinion Poll regarding Pope Francis (24 September 2015)

VW Joins GM in Having Done Evil for Profit — Will the US Justice Department again Make Itself Immorally Complicit? (22 September 2015)

Cornel West and Christa Buschendorf, Black Prophetic Fire (2014) — a Book Review (21 September 2015)

Jess Zimmerman’s Darkly Delicious Pseudo-Conspiracy Theory about the Ultra Rich Leaving the Planet(18 September 2015)

The Infuriating Absurdity of the US Racial Condition — Is Concisely Symbolized by the Arrest of a Brown Skinned Kid and His Clock in a Texas School (18 September 2015)

Nothing to Show for the $500 Million Spent on Training Supposedly Moderate Syrian Anti-Assad Rebels — Yet This Profoundly Stupid Idea Apparently Continues on (17 September 2015)

Self-Contradictory Neo-Conservative Brainlessness — Luke Coffey’s Recent Slam against President Obama’s Handling of the Syrian Civil War (16 September 2015)

The CIA’s Denial of Torture Wrongdoing Rises to Laughable Hot Air Balloon Heights — with an Apparently Out of Control Government Like This, Who Needs Stalinists? (15 September 2015)

Hotel Huberhof, St. Georg-Weg 6, 6063 Rum, Austria — Review (13 September 2015)

Comparative Culture — German Illogic on the 7.5 Kilometer Eibsee Rundweg — No Outhouses but Plenty of Trash Cans (05 September 2015)

General Stanley McCrystal, My Share of the Task: A Memoir (2013) — a Book Review (02 September 2015)

Denali — Semantic Cultural Justice — Predictably Opposed by Some Prominent Members of the Republican Party’s Band of Bigots (01 September 2015)

Regarding the United States’ Dangerously Air Headed Mainstream Media — CBS Sunday Morning’s Decision to Help Dick Cheney Promote His — “I’m always Wrong and Proud of It” — Book (31 August 2015)

The Painful Joke that Is the US Congress — Going after Litigation Financing — while Accepting the Gargantuan Overflow of Quasi-Bribery that Citizens United Permitted (28 August 2015)

North Dakota Police Are Now Allowed to Fly Drones — Carrying Bean Bag Cannons, Tasers and Tear Gas — apparently because Drone Manufactures Need Profits — My Observation about Frittering Freedom away (27 August 2015)

The Joy of a Fine Mind’s Products — Belen Fernandez Smartly Reviewed — Insightful Greg Grandin’s Book — about Quasi-Nihilist (Former National Security Advisor) Henry Kissinger (26 August 2015)

Pew Research Center’s Distorted Overview — of a Recent “Russia versus US” Global Reputation Opinion Poll — Represents a Heads Up for “Wannabe” Strategists (25 August 2015)

Witnessing History’s Momentum — An Anecdote about Seeing Institutional Inertia Create the Future(24 August 2015)

A Potentially Important Paper about the Inadequacy of Currently Used Antibiotic Resistance Detection Methods (23 August 2015)

Helen Russell, The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country(2015) — a Short Book Review (21 August 2015)

Abolish School Teachers' Lounges? — Supposedly Reasonable Ohio Governor John Kasich Spouted this Anti-Union BS in a Joke — which Makes One Wonder How Our Republican 2016 Presidential Candidates Dress Themselves without Assistance (20 August 2015)

Clive H. Church and Randolph C. Head, A Concise History of Switzerland (2013) — a Book Review (17 August 2015)

Sweden and the United Kingdom Should Be Embarrassed — the Julian Assange BS (14 August 2015)

My German Landlord Told Me that — a Nation Cannot Afford to Have an Idiot Like Donald Trump — and His Fellow Buffoons — Represent Its Face — and an Added Comment about the Arguably American Id (13 August 2015)

Peter Van Buren’s Essay about Guantanamo Prisoner Tariq Ba Odah — Shows Us an Excellent Example of Hannah Arendt’s “Banality of Evil” (12 August 2015)

Jeff Shaara, A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg (2013) — a Mini Book Review — and a Comment Regarding the Story’s Arguable Relevance, Even Today (11 August 2015)

Humanitarian Comic Jon Stewart Handed off His Baton with Two Memorable Reminders, Humbly Delivered (08 August 2015)

Mikhail Gorbachev Agrees that Nukes “Gotta” Go — and More Provocatively — that US Militarism Is the Biggest Obstacle to Achieving that Desirable Step (07 August 2015)

Little Boy Blew Up Hiroshima 70 Years ago — and Most People Agree that No One Should Use Nukes again — Yet, We Keep Cultivating the Soils that Spawn the same Levels of Hatred and Inhumanity (06 August 2015)

Jesse Kellerman, Potboiler (2012) — a Micro Book Review — and an Observation about the Contemptuous Misuse of Talent (05 August 2015)

Doug Anderson, Keep Your Head Down: A Memoir (2009) — a Book Review (04 August 2015)

Former President Jimmy Carter Recently Acknowledged that the United States Is an Oligarchy — but the Mainstream Media Ignored His Statement — Collaterally Proving His Point (03 August 2015)

President Obama’s Imperious Hypocrisy in Africa Ruffled Some Feathers (31 July 2015)

Unbelievably Stupid American Policy Makers Are at It again — This Time Selling Anti-ISIS Kurds Out(30 July 2015)

Christian G. Appy, American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity — a Mini Book Review (28 July 2015)

The FDA’s Bland Perspective on the Cardiovascular Dangers of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) — and My Observation regarding How to Protect Yourself (27 July 2015)

Buffoons and Bumbleheads — After Reveling in Donald Trump’s Id-ish Revelation of the Republican Party’s Core Values — I Admit a Corresponding Sad Chuckle at Democrat Hillary Clinton — Being Caught Out for Her Arrogantly Displayed Lack of Political Foresight (24 July 2015)

We Humans Do Love the Cycle of Violence — Take Israel’s New Rock Thrower as Terrorist Law (23 July 2015)

I Derive Cynical Enjoyment — from Donald Trump’s Temporary Drivership of the Republican Party’s Buffoon Bus — a Colorful Cartoon of the Mindlessness of American Politics (22 July 2015)

Novelist Susan Abulhawa Saw Something True that Everyone Else Missed — “Merkel and the Palestinian Girl” — and My Larger Point that Our Actions and Omissions Have Consequences that We Intentionally Avoid Holding Ourselves Accountable for (21 July 2015)

Professors Muhammad Khalifa and Felecia Briscoe Met Opposition while Trying to Obtain Student Discipline Numbers by Race in Texas — and My Related Comment about Academicians’ Mission-Defeating Jargon (20 July 2015)

2015 Orbea MX 10 — 650b (27.5) — Hardtail Mountain Bike — Review (17 July 2015)

Can One Take a Working Measure of Someone Based on Only a Couple of their Sentences? — Consider the Casually Malevolent Mayor of Airway Heights, Washington (16 July 2015)

Chris Hedges’ Take on Corporatism Is Accurate — Now What to Do? (14 July 2015)

Germany’s Characteristic Rigidity May Be on the Verge of Making the European Union Unattractive to Nations of Dissimilar Mind — Deutschland’s Treatment of Greece as a Prime Example (13 July 2015)

Jeb Bush May Be Doing a Good Job of Fostering Bush Dynasty Revulsion among Sensible People — the Resemblance to His Incompetent Brother and Out of Touch Dad Is Striking (10 July 2015)

Three Telling Paragraphs of Neocon Idiocy — if This Illogic Made Americans Look any More Foolish, We Would Have to Mercy Kill Ourselves (09 July 2015)

Sharks ‘n Terrorists Gonna Kill Us! — Fraidy Cats — Orwellian Government — and D-Day Beaches (07 July 2015)

Loren Eiseley, All the Strange Hours: The Excavation of a Life (1975) — a Book Review (01 July 2015)


Jules Archer, Mao Tse-Tung: A Biography (1972, 1973) — a Mini Book Review (26 June 2015)

The New York Times and the Washington Post — Missed the Point about the Senate’s Decision to Fast Track the Trans Pacific Partnership — Why Care about Workers, when Camouflage and Political Legacies Are More Fun to Force Feed? (25 June 2015)

Professor Chris Lebron Recently Asked the Only Pertinent Racial Question — Malcolm X Answered It(23 June 2015)

Twisted Souls, Guns Out the Wazoo, and an Apparently Murder-Loving Society — from Germany, My American Culture Looks beyond Nuts (20 June 2015)

Andrew Bacevich’s Essay — “Washington in Wonderland” — Synopsizes Our Policy Madness in Iraq — but His Diagnosis May Mask the True Psychic Culprits — Profit and Insider Advancement (19 June 2015)

Robert Mueller, Fields of War: Fifty Key Battlefields in France and Belgium (2009) — a Mini Book Review (18 Jun 2015)

Sometimes the Cosmos Just Likes to Mess with Us — G4Free Mini Bike 130 PSI Bike Pump with Hidden Flexible Hose — a Review — and a Related Post-Concussion Syndrome and TBI Story (16 June 2015)

One Sign of Stupidity Is the Inability to Learn No Matter How Graphic the Lesson — A Comment about William Astore’s Excellent Summation of American Militarism’s Predicament (15 June 2015)

When the Goal Is War Profits — No Amount of Deadly Silliness Appears to Be too Much — Repeating the Tiresomely Futile Training Mission in Iraq (11 June 2015)

The Editors of the Los Angeles Times Think that It Is a Good Idea to Prosecute American Whistleblowers Like Edward Snowden — Talk about Sheep Worthy of Totalitarian Takeover (09 June 2015)

Educators Take Note — Neil Halloran’s The Fallen of World War II Brilliantly Demonstrates the Educational Utility of Intelligently Animated Graphic Representations (08 June 2015)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Implied that Republicans Are Not Happy — unless They Are Wrecking the Founders’ System (05 June 2015)

Republican Party Leadership Is Filled with Genuinely Nasty People — Take the Revealing Depth of Ted Cruz’s Comment about Vice President Biden (04 June 2015)

The Irony of the United States’ Prosecution of FIFA’s Money Grubbers — Is Inadvertently Summed in a Quote from Attorney General Loretta Lynch (02 June 2015)

France Just Did Something Experimental and Possibly Helpful regarding Hunger — In Contrast, Consider How American Government Would Approach the Same Problem (29 May 2015)

The Terms “Post-This” and “Post-That” — as Indicators of an Inability to Think and Communicate (28 May 2015)

Regarding the Clintons’ Never-Ending Ability to Completely Screw Things Up — Hillary’s State Department Emails (21 May 2015)

In a Seemingly Universal Culture of Lies and Misdirection — How Can anyone Know whether Seymour Hersh’s Alleged Expose of Osama bin Ladens Execution Is Bogus? (20 May 2015)

Chris Hedge’s Essay — “Pathology of the Rich White Family” — Will Reward with a Defensible Slant on Truth — but You Will Need a Strong Stomach and an Open Mind to Get through It (18 May 2015)

Robert Scheer Gave Edward Snowden His Due — in a Few Words that Would Jolt Americans — Provided Anyone Were Paying More than a Branch-Sitting Monkey’s Attention (16 May 2015)

Paul Krugman’s Take on the Fraternity of Failure Is Justified (15 May 2015)

A Ten Speed SRAM PG-1050 12-32 Cassette — Did Not Work — with the Shimano 105 5700 Shifter — on a 2013 Cannondale CAAD 10— A Heads Up (14 May 2015)

Two Lessons from Google on How to Irritate Users — the Fiasco of Chrome’s Old and New Bookmark Manager (13 May 2015)

The Problem with Creeping Totalitarianism at the Core of American Government — Is Not that Its Minions Are Necessarily Evil People — It Is that the Minion-Keepers’ Paranoid Tunnel Vision Prevents Them from Understanding How Democracy Is Constitutionally Supposed to Work (11 May 2015)

Today Is the 70th Anniversary of the End of the European Component of World War II — My Comment on the Contrast between Repentant Germany and Morally Recalcitrant Japan — and the Implied Parable for the United States (08 May 2015)

Texas Governor Greg Abbot, Senator Ted Cruz, and the Jade Helm 15 Conspiracy — Republican Sub-Monkey People Arise (07 May 2015)

France Appears Ready to Join the United States — as another Example of Quavering Poodle People(06 May 2015)

Stephan Richter Sized Our Smallish President Correctly (05 May 2015)

Foolishly Designed and Implemented U.S. Clinical Medical Registries — Fail to Track Much of Noticeably Useful Substance — What Else Is Not New? (04 May 2015)

A Truthful Paragraph from Ajamu Baraka — about the Right to Resist Oppression (30 April 2015)

When a Dad Role Model Is Not Immediately Available — a Baltimore Riot Video Shows the Difficulty of Dealing with Male Adolescence (29 April 2015)

The Immense Value of Robert Reich — Writing Understandably about Stomp-Down Capitalism’s Obvious Wrongs (28 April 2015)

Government Giving Authority a Bad Name — According to the Washington Post, the FBI Consistently Lied about Forensic Evidence (25 April 2015)

Did We Did Drone Murder You by Mistake? — Oops — Says the Commander-in-Chief (24 April 2015)

With American Democracy Functionally Dead — We Will Have to Settle for its Occasionally Humorous Theater — Senator Rand Paul Blasted Two Republican Blowhards with a Dose of Truth (22 April 2015)

Doug Bandow Posed the Core Question about Our American Brand of Warmongering (21 April 2015)

Is this Thoughtful Leadership? — The US Air Force Position on A-10s and F-35s (20 April 2015)

Reportedly, even US Central Command Thinks that Aspects of American Foreign Policy Are Self-Destructively Dumb (18 April 2015)

The Medical Money Machine — A Newly Published Study Takes Aim at Unnecessary Preoperative Tests before Cataract Surgery (16 April 2015)

Morality Compartmentalized Makes Poor Spiritual Instruction — Pope Francis, the Armenian “Whatever” and Turkey (13 April 2015)

Mitchell Zuckoff, Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II (2011) — a Brief Book Review (08 April 2015)

According to John Oliver — NSA Surveillance Does Not Matter to Americans — Unless They See Our Dick Pics — the Depressing Scope of Public Ignorance (07 April 2015)

An American Meets the German Autobahn (06 April 2015)

Ranjana Srivastava’s Essay about Cancer Prognoses, Truth Telling and Ocean Cruises — Illustrates the Challenge of Oncology Practice — and Subtly More (31 March 2015)

PCSing to Germany — Be Prepared for Some Short-Lasting Cultural Irritations (30 March 2015)

The Twisted Stupidity of American Foreign and Military Policy — Is Seen in Iraq and Yemen (27 March 2015)

Plutocracy’s Chief Puppet Is Reportedly Trying to Slide the Job Killing Trans-Pacific Partnership Past Us — by Closing the Congressional Session(s) that Are Slated to Pass Judgment on It (24 March 2015)

The Occasional Rewards of Reading Escapist Trash — Long Deceased John D. MacDonald’s Interjections of Condensed Rumination — into His Macho Man Dialogs (19 March 2015)

Hillary Clinton’s Lack of Foresight May become a Problem for Her (16 March 2015)

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends Perfectly Explained Why We Reluctantly Tuned President Obama Out — When He Spoke on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge — and Why Tragedy Stings (13 March 2015)

Chancellor Merkel’s Diplomatic Smarts with a Prickly Small Thing — Why Don’t We Have anyone Like that? (12 March 2015)

The United States Appears to Be Starting Dangerous Conflagrations wherever It Can — Does this Make Strategic Sense? (09 March 2015)

Attorney General Eric Holder’s Genius for Informative Public Speaking Was on Display Yesterday — Too Bad that He So Rarely Harnessed It to Democracy’s Ideals, when Expressed outside the Civil Rights Arena (05 March 2015)

What a Joke the National Security Argument Is — Former General David Petraeus Skated on Having Loose Lips because He Is “Da Man” (04 March 2015)

Duodenoscopes — Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) — and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — Does Regulatory Laxity Make Sense? (03 March 2015)

Dale Hansen at WFAA Television Illustrated American Media’s Usually Unfulfilled Potential — with His Wise Comment about How to React to Racism — Why Aren’t There More Like Him? (27 February

Jim Hightower Admirably Explained How Plutocrats and Judges Pickpocket Our Wallets (26 February 20

Edward Snowden Is apparently More Thoughtful than His Critics (25 February 2015)

Canadian Journalist Michael Petrou’s Portrait of German Chancellor Angela Merkel — Demonstrates Why I Respect Her More than any Other Leaders (24 February 2015)

Matt Taibbi Took Rudy Giuliani’s Crass Nastiness and Made Something Funny Out of It — and a Comment about Evolving Prejudice (23 February 2015)

Arguing about Who Loves America — without First Discussing How Sound Patriotism Would Manifest — with Regard to Choosing Wise Policies — Does Constantly Missing the Point Characterize the United States? (20 February 2015)

Jackassery Appears to Be Rudy Giuliani’s Strongest Suit — His Claim that President Obama Does Not Love the United States Overlooks the Obvious (19 February 2015)

By Selling Armed Drones to Allies — The United States Is again Doing What It Can to Create Deadly Tumult wherever It Goes (18 February 2015)

Are We Going to Wake Up with a Nuke in Our Soup? — Germany’s Markus Becker Points to What Should Be Obvious (13 February 2015)

The United States Is Provocatively Sending A-10 Thunderbolts to Germany — and 600 Paratroops to train Ukrainian Troops — Chancellor Angela Merkel is the Only Grownup Left (12 February 2015)

The FDA Evidently Colludes in Hiding Medical Industry Corruption in Clinical Trials — according to an Investigation by Charles Seife and His Students (10 February 2015)

When We Frame Geopolitical Issues in Mistaken Terms — We Guarantee that We Will Come Up with Unwise Solutions — Is the Ukraine Problem One of Russian Hegemony or Blatant Aggression? (09 February 2015)

US Recklessness May Backfire against the Russian Federation’s Aggression in Ukraine — History Hints that their Small Dog May Be Rabidly Tougher than Our Big One on its Home Turf (05 February 2015)

American Outrage over ISIS’ Burning of Jordanian Pilot — Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh — Reflects in Equal Measure Our Own Killing Hypocrisy (04 February 2015)

The Logistical Inertia of American Militarism Means that Our Foreign Meddling Will Not Go away (01 February 2015)

There Should Be a Larger Uproar over the DEA’s Plan to Surveil Us — Wherever We Drive — Gestapo America Rolls on (28 January 2015)

Michael J. Glennon, National Security and Double Government (2015) — a Brief Review (26 January 2015)

President Obama’s Soaring State of the Union Cynicism — Matches Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s — These Two Men Symbolize Our Narcissistically Destructive Age (22 January 2015)

Oxfam’s Global Wealth Report Indicates that 80 Percent of the Population Subsists on Only 5.5 Percent of the Planet’s Wealth — with 2016 Likely to See the Top One Percent of Richest People Owning More than Half (20 January 2015)

All-Cause Mortality Appears to Trump the Few Instances in Which Medical Screening Tests Work to Reduce Disease-Specific Deaths (17 January 2015)

Laura Hillenbrand Unbroken (2010) — a Review — Mainly regarding the Book’s Relevance to Three of Today’s Issues (15 January 2015)

A Handful of Paradoxically Deep Words — from SAS Veteran Robin Horsfall — Synopsize the State of the World (13 January 2015)

An Example of How Institutionalized Racial Discrimination Works — Texas and (Hair Braider) Isis Brantley (12 January 2015)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Absurdly Magical Inference — about the Source and Timing of Our Economic Recovery — Proves Alan Grayson’s Point about Tribe — and Mine about Influential Loons (10 January 2015)

Representative Alan Grayson Says Politically Incorrect Things that Are often True — His Latest Zinger about the Republican Tribe Made Me Smile — and my Sneaky Parallel to the Satire at Charlie Hebdo(09 January 2015)

A Probably Sadly Unteachable Moment — Recognizing the Emotional Identicality between Our Reaction to the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack — and Islamic Reactions to Our Retaliatory Attacks on Them (08 January 2015)

Loving Sanity Is so Rare that It Stands Out — Malik Abdul Hakim’s Example in the Hell that Is Afghanistan (06 January 2015)

Ryan Bell’s Three Sentences about Dropping Theism Demonstrate the Use of Ockham’s Razor — a Comment about the Utility and Occasional Disutility of Clarity (05 January 2015)

Rogue Fitness Mini Deadlift Bar Jack — Review (01 January 2015)



Jesuit James Martin’s “The Not so Social Gospel” — Republished as, “What if Jesus Had Been a Republican?” — Perfectly Satirizes the Foolishness of Compartmentalized Minds (31 December 2014)

The Pretended End of War in Afghanistan — Josef Goebbels Had Nothing on Our Own Ability to Lie (29 December 2014)

Pusillanimity Appears to Have become the New American Watchword — Lou Turco’s Asinine Statement that “Main job is to ensure the safety of yourselves and your officers” — A Comment Regarding the Predictable Emergence of the Racio-Neo-Fascist Political Right — after the Murder of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos (22 December 2014)

Seeing Democracy as a Defense against Torture and Unnecessary War Is Naive — A Comment about Henry Giroux’s “Radical Democracy” (19 December 2014)

Depressing Decades Culminate with the Torture Report — Stephan Richter and Patrick L. Smith Draw the Only Historically Reasonable Conclusion (18 December 2014)

American and NATO Propaganda in Regard to Russian Aerial Probing — Has Deadly Potential to Bite Us Later (16 December 2014)

With Jeff Follmer Heading Cleveland’s Police Patrolmen’s Association — It Is Not Surprising that a Noticeable Proportion of the City’s Cops Are Apparently Clueless — regarding the Nature of Constitutional Policing (15 December 2014)

The Torture Report Has Motivated a Few Insights — Take William Rivers Pitts — on Our Shared Ability to Nourish the Paranoia of American Cowardice (12 December 2014)

Andrew Bacevich’s Recent Few Paragraphs about Torture Summarize What Needs to Be Said — about the American Republic’s Decline into Fomenting Perpetual War (11 December 2014)

When We Torture, We Stoop into Weakness — Effective Torture Is beside the Point — an Example Demonstrating Why, Using Saddam Hussein as a Hypothetical (10 December 2014)

Could an Entire Country Be Affected by ADHD? — The United States as an Example of “Frenetic Twit Affliction” — Ebola’s Disappearance from American News Is a Telling Example (04 December 2014)

Sometimes it Is Difficult to Distinguish between Stupidity and the Lack of Intellectual Integrity — TakeBusiness Insider’s Misleading Story about Russia’s Alleged “Brain Drain” — A Comment about the Consequences of Making Unsupported Statements (03 December 2014)

American Foreign Policy Is Not What it Seems — Mike Whitney’s Take — and Mine (02 December 2014)

Bastogne War Museum, Belgium — a Must See for People Interested in World War II (01 December 2014)

Sandweiler (Luxembourg) German War Cemetery — Visited a Week after Deutschland’s Volkstrauertag — Germany’s National Day of Mourning (26 November 2014)

Thanks to Missouri’s “Kill Em on Sight” Use of Force Statute — Grossly Incompetent Officer Darren Wilson Escapes Moral Justice — Even with Michael Brown’s Contributing Violence, African-Americans Have Reason to Be Enraged (25 November 2014)

Budgeting the Military Industrial Complex and Other Juxtapositionally Humorous Indications of Our Anti-Strategic Stupidity (24 November 2014)

Alexander Nekrassov Writes Appealingly Dry Columns about the Varied Idiocies of Our Age — The Former Kremlin Adviser Is Worth a Read for those Bored by the American Media’s Blanket Ignorance(20 November 2014)

Yanking President Putin’s Chain while Standing on Hypocrisy’s Ice — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Laughable Chastisement (19 November 2014)

The Masai and Avaricious Dubai — a Short Allegory about Greed (18 November 2014)

Professor Jonathan Gruber Said Something True about Voting Stupidity — and the Lack of Government Transparency that Fosters and Takes Advantage of It — Now, Democrats Are Trying to Pretend that Deception in Writing the Affordable Care Act Never Crossed their Minds (17 November 2014)

Another Go Round between the Two Camps of Self-Promoting Narcissists in Washington DC — Immigration Reform — the Mechanics of Intentionally Never Getting Anything Constructive Done (15 November 2014)

Irrelevant Criticisms of Russian Expansionism Indicate How Foolish Anti-Russian Strategists Have Been — No Wonder President Putin Is Running Wild (14 November 2014)

Klarstein 3MC Light Therapy Sunlight SAD Disorder Lamp Medical CE — 10000 LUX — Review (13 November 2014)

Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial — Veterans Day 2014 — Painful Transience (12 November 2014)

Reflection on Armistice Day — One War Ended by Planting Seeds for Another — What Is Not so Different Now (10 November 2014)

When Your Adversary Sees You More Clearly than You Perceive Yourself, Can Trouble Be Far behind? — A Surprisingly Accurate Chinese Perspective on the United States (07 November 2014)

Jeb Lund Wrote Some Insightful Words about the 2014 Mid-Terms — regarding the Democratic Party’s Puke-Prompting Wimps (06 November 2014)

The 2014 American Mid-Term Election Result Probably Justified Oligarchs’ Feelings of Superiority (05 November 2014)

A Meaningless 2014 Election — Comprised of Competing Narcissist Clones — Governor Chris Christies Cynically Theatrical Photo Op — and Americas Continuing Aversion to Dealing with Anything that Actually Matters (30 October 2014)

An Illustrative Media Non Sequitur — from Fox Television’s Lisa Kennedy Montgomery — Who Told Shepard Smith that Elon Musk Is Wrong to Fear Aspects of Artificial Intelligence because — “Machines can’t make souls” (28 October 2014)

Max Boot’s Article about “More Small Wars” — Is a Good Overview of What Needs to Change — It Can Be Summarized in Just One Phrase (27 October 2014)

More Camouflaging Silliness from the Obama Administration — We Will Be Training Moderate Syrian Militias to Be Defensive, Not Offensive Forces — and in Only 8 Weeks — Given the Obvious Stupidity of this Idea, Guess What Actually Underlies It (23 October 2014)

Detroit’s Water Shutoffs to the Poor Have Caught the United Nations’ Attention (22 October 2014)

After Screwing the Middle East Up — for Seemingly Ever — the United States Is Now Provoking NATO Ally, Turkey (20 October 2014)

A Noticeable Number of Medical Providers Appear to Resist Learning to Use Antibiotics Appropriately over the Long Term (16 October 2014)

Nurse Nina Pham’s Ebola Illness — Anthony Fauci’s Uninsightful Comment about an Inadvertent Breach of Protocol — the CDC’s Belated Admission that It Screwed Up — and How Managerial Complacence Leads to Being Unprepared (15 October 2014)

Paul Verhaeghe and Jane Hedley-Prôle (translator), What about Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society (2014) — Review (10 October 2014)

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Unfortunately Ridiculous Strategic Justification — for Letting the Syrian City of Kobane Potentially Fall to ISIL — When We Act Brain Dead, it Would Be Better to Hide (Not Trumpet) the Fact (09 October 2014)

A Matt Bors Editorial Cartoon — Sums US Race Relations, Totalitarian Policing, and our Inane Media — in Just 4 Picture Panels (07 October 2014)

American Bumbling in the Middle East Illustrates Andrew Bacevich’s Washington Rules at Play — Plus a Psychological Explanation for Our Self-Destruction from Paul Verhaeghe (06 October 2014)

Agriculture Has Increased Its Overwhelmingly Medically Unnecessary Use of Antibiotics by 16 Percent — during an Era that Supposedly Was Trying to Corral Escalating Antibiotic Resistance (04 October 2014)

Dallas Is Not Looking Medically Competent — America’s Probably Indicative Screw Up with Ebola — even after Lots of Advance Warning (03 October 2014)

Imran Khan’s Comment about the Non-Existence of a Group that Calls itself Khorasan — American Lemmings Off to War (02 October 2014)

Welcome to the Autocracy — Implies FBI Director James B. Comey (29 September 2014)

Three Smoking Paragraphs from Retired Colonel Douglas MacGregor PhD — an Example of Superbly Pointed Writing — regarding American Anti-ISIL Military Action in Iraq and Syria (25 September 2014)

The President’s Casual Disrespect for Other People’s Sacrifices May Have Slipped through with His Latte Salute — or Not (24 September 2014)

Confirmation from the New England Journal of Medicine — as Things Stand, Ebola Is on Its Way to Endemicity in Africa (23 September 2014)

The United States Is Finally Trying to Regain Its Abandoned Human Spacefaring Capability — but Why Did NASA’s “CCtCap” Contract Give (Proven) SpaceX — Substantially Less Money than (Unproven) Boeing? (22 September 2014)

Questionable Risk Analysis by the Obama Administration — Prioritized but Unworkable Strategy against the Islamic State — versus — Under Reaction to the West African Ebola Epidemic (19 September 2014)

Tristar Europe BV — 2200 Watt Bagless 220 Volt (German Market) Vacuum Cleaner — Review (17 September 2014)

When I Was a Kid, Going to War Was a Big Deal — Now, It Is Just Something We Do (15 September 2014)

More Deadly American Silliness — This Time against ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State — the Apparent Political Futility of Acting as if One Has a Strategically Minded Brain (11 September 2011)

A Valuable Essay Requires a Concisely Substantive Point — that Illuminates Something Unknown or Misunderstood — Two Examples from Matthew Yglesias and Jim Newell (10 September 2014)

Silhouette® Rimless Eyeglasses Frame — Review (08 September 2014)

Seagate Backup Plus — 2 Terabyte Portable Hard Drive — Review (05 September 2014)

Peter Schweizer Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets (2013) — a Micro Review (02 September 2014)

Ian Millhiser’s Observation — about Georgia’s Eagerness to Arm Criminals — Is a Good Metaphor for Americas Accelerating Slide into Sheer Lunacy (26 August 2014)

Why Does James Foley’s Beheading Defeat Our Ability to Think Rationally about Achieving Strategic Objectives? — Terrorists Snap Fingers and We Foolishly Dance to Their Tune (25 August 2014)

American Volunteer Mark Gregory Paslawsky Died in Ukraine — Knowing What He Was Up Against — a Comment regarding How Easily Political Corruption Overcomes Personal Courage — Think of His Example Occasionally and Ponder the Nature of Duty (21 August 2014)

White Denial and Apathy Constitute Racism — an Illustration of Ethically Rotten Culture Taken from Michael Brown’s Apparent Murder at Police Hands in Ferguson, Missouri (20 August 2014)

Another Piece of History’s Symbolism — Israel Recently Killed the Innocent Gaza Relatives of Dutchman Henk Zanoli — Whom They Had Honored in 2011 for Saving a Jewish Child from the Holocaust (18 August 2014)

Matthew Hoh’s Illumination of the Lie that Constituted American Involvement in Afghanistan — U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene’s Symbolizing Death by Insider Attack (15 August 2014)

Alex Kane’s and Chris Hedges’ Cautionary Perspectives on Gaza Can Be Understood More Universally — Both Are about the Global Trivialization of Evil for Profit (14 August 2014)

Paul Szoldra’s Objection to the Militarization of American Policing Forces Mirrors My Own Ex Cop’s Perspective — Serve and Protect Has Given Way to Kill and Occupy (13 August 2014)

OneSimCard — and OneSimCard’s “Global” Dual SIM Quad-Band GSM Unlocked International Cell Phone — Review (11 August 2014)

William Rivers Pitt’s Assessment of President Obama’s Excuse for America’s Torture Program Parallels My Own — Cowardly Platitudes (09 August 2014)

Leonid Bershidsky’s Observation — that Leaders of the Developing World Emulate President Putin’s Authoritarian Ways — Is Insightful — as Is His Comment that American Hypocrisy Has Itself to Blame(06 August 2014)

Three Eloquently Cogent Antidotes to Americas Self-Defeating Support of Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza(05 August 2014)

Political Liberal Christopher Ketcham’s Essay in Favor of Bearing Arms — Is a Thoughtfully Core Defense of the Second Amendment (01 August 2014)

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan Lost His Life Taking Care of Sierra Leone’s Ebola Virus Patients — Compare the Physical and Spiritual Cowardice of the World’s Warmongering Civilian Leaders (31 July 2014)

Israel Is Quickly Erasing its already Convoluted Legitimacy — Human Rights Lawyer Brad Parker and Political Analyst Marwan Bishara — Join Henry Giroux — in Pointing to Militarism’s Moral Double Speak(30 July 2014)

Henry Giroux’s Essay — “Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism” — Goes to the Heart of the Moral Disease that Afflicts the United States and Israel — Both of which Have Now become the Evil that They Once Professed to Fight (25 July 2014)

2013 Fiat 500 Pop and 2012 Fiat 500 Sport — Review (23 July 2014)

Comrade President Putin apparently Shot Himself in the Behind by Supporting Separatists in Ukraine — After Those Cretins Evidently Shot Down a Malaysian Airliner — so Much for Putin’s Visions of Adroitly Conducted Russian Expansionism (19 July 2014)

Does Self Loathing Explain Why Poor and Middle Class Americans Vote against their Interests? — Edwin Lyngar’s Autobiographical Essay Implies So (16 July 2014)

A Surprisingly Good Editorial about Foreign Policy from Senator Rand Paul — In this Instance, Usually Unworkable Libertarian Philosophy Gets It Right (15 July 2014)

Germany — Scattered Initial Impressions (14 July 2014)

Consider the Broad Cultural Significance of Kentucky Republican State Senator Brandon Smith’s Cartoonish Comments about Mars and Earth (10 July 2014)

Hand Washing Compliance in Health Care Is Probably Grossly Over Reported — a Canadian Hospital Study Estimates that the Actuality Is Three Times Less (09 July 2014)

Germany — Observations about No Fee and Tourist Passports for American Military Families (08 July 2014)

Brock Sarbeck’s Photo of Three 737 Fuselages Derailed into Montana’s Clark Fork River — Says Pretty Much All that Needs to Be Said about Incompetent American Railroading (06 July 2014)

Speaking of Monkey Brains — a Map of Influential American Fools from ThinkProgress — and Some Surprising Numbers from CJ Werlman about the Prevalence of Idiocy in US Culture (03 July 2014)

Ecologist Enric Sala’s Portrayal of His Awakening regarding Global Warming — Illustrates Why We Are Not Going to Do anything Effective to Ameliorate It (03 July 2014)


Timberland Claremont Luggage — and Timberland Jay Laptop Backpack — Review (30 June 2014)

John Oliver — Bless His British Heart — Highlighted a Snippet that Shows the Bottomless Nitwitism of American Culture — Will We Smile in Self-Recognition? (24 June 2014)

The Feds Can’t even Play with Anthrax Correctly — Is Stupidity America’s Most Deadly Terrorist? (23 June 2014)

Dick Cheney and John McCain Illustrate the Brain Block Conundrum — Namely, “We Could Not Possibly Be Wrong, so You Have to Be — No Matter What Reality Says” — A Good Illustration of Why Experience Is Wasted on Human Beings (18 June 2014)

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Document Scanner — Review (17 June 2014)

Ron Fournier’s Paragraph about President Obama’s Failed Leadership Puts the Commander in Chief into Early Historical Perspective (10 June 2014)

The Obama Administration Remains Silent over Egypt’s Tyrannical Imprisonment of Three Al Jazeera Journalists — Business as Usual for America’s Pet Totalitarian Regimes (09 June 2014)

On this 2014 Commemoration of D Day — It Should Be Obvious that General Shinseki’s Resignation Alone Will Not Fix Veterans Affairs — So What Is Our Self-Involved Commander in Chief Going to Do about It? (06 June 2014)

The American Judiciary already Has More than Its Share of Ideologically Driven and Unrealistic Fools — Let’s Not Add Michael Boggs (05 June 2014)

Brother MFC-J650DW — Wireless Inkjet Printer — Review (03 June 2013)

A Nation of Sheep Tolerates Its Liar in Chief — American Combat Troops Are Going to Stay in Afghanistan because It Pleases the Military Industrial Complex (01 June 2014)

The Increasing Hold of Capital on Wealth Is so Obvious that Criticisms of Thomas Piketty’s Bad Math in Proving the Proposition Are the Moral Equivalent of Laughable (30 May 2014)

Memorial Day 2014 — A Continuing Failure of Leadership regarding Caring for Our Military Veterans(26 May 2014)

Physicians Reportedly often Ignore Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines — For Example, Even When the Continued Efficacy of Antibiotics Is Partially at Stake (21 May 2013)

Time to Boot Eric Shinseki from the Veterans Administration — It Is Way too Late for Him to Say that He Did Not Know about VA Appointment Backlogs and Cover Ups (19 May 2014)

2010 Subaru Outback Limited — Review (updated 18 May 2014)

Liberal Commentator Thom Hartmann Noticed Something Subtle about American Politics — which Explains Excessive Partisanship’s Nation-Wrecking Qualities (16 May 2014)

America’s Irresolute Abandonment of Its Space Shuttle Program — Deservedly Came Back to Haunt Us during the Ukraine Dustup (15 May 2014)

Tabloid America versus the Real World (14 May 2014)

Youthful Adversity Appears to Temper Our Penchant for Narcissism — Perhaps Loosely Suggesting that Great Souls Are Statistically More Likely to Come from Painful Times (13 May 2014)

Senator Marco Rubio Demonstrated How Partisanship Trumps the Ability to Make Intelligent Points Hidden in One’s Theme — Is This a Sign of Stupidity or Intellectual Laziness? (12 May 2014)

A Paragraph by C J Werleman — Illustrates How to Make a Point before Losing Audience Attention (09 May 2014)

The Globalist’s Stephan Richter Captured the Silliness of American Foreign Policy — in Two Essays about the Ukrainian Situation — It May Be Impossible to Be too Cynical about the Money Driven Stupidity of US Leadership (07 May 2013)

Schistosomiasis Documentary — River of Hope by Clifford Bestall — Addresses the Burden of Snail Fever/Bilharzia — as Caused by Dam Building in this Instance — in a Problem-Solving Way that Will Interest Medical Professionals and Ecologically Oriented Biologists — a Tribute to Elizabeth Huttinger and Her Colleagues (06 May 2014)

President Obama’s Initiation of a New Cold War —  Paradoxically Aggravates Problems for the Russian Periphery Nations (05 May 2014)

The World Health Organization Belatedly Acknowledged that Antimicrobial Resistance Poses a Serious Public Health Problem — Yet WHO’s Summary Makes No Mention of Agriculture’s Irresponsible Non-Medical Use of Tons of Antibiotics — and My Comment about Communicating Effectively in a World Filled with Shouting Fools (02 May 2014)

A Pummeling Paragraph from Renee Parsons Sums the Obama Administration (01 May 2014)

Propping Regimes that Finance Anti-American Terrorism Works to the Military Industrial Complex’s Advantage — another Manifestation of Manipulative Corporatism (30 April 2014)

2013 Ford Focus 4-Door Sedan — Avis Rental Car — Review (29 April 2014)

Matt Taibbi, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (2014) — Book Review (22 April 2014

Representative Reasoning regarding Our Ability to Picture the Historical Christ Is Consistently Absurd — Wishful Thinking Dominates a Potentially More Useful Ability to Tolerate Ignorance and Ambiguity(21 April 2014)

What Happens to Democracy when Nobody Cares enough to Preserve Its Efficacy? — The Triumph of the Greedy Minority Is Probably Inevitable (16 April 2014)

Do We Really Want Our Teaching Hospitals Run or Influenced by Pharmaceutical Industry Fat Cats? — Conflicts of Interest that Our Greed-Based Culture Seems to Take for Granted (15 April 2014)

Medical Establishment Greed — A Proposed New Ailment Called “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo” — More Traditionally Called Slow Wittedness or Even Stupidity — SCT Seems Designed to Pull in Big Bucks for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Quasi Quacks — Perhaps Illustrating Yet another Disorder Called “Ingrained Medical Avarice Delusion” or I-MAD (14 April 2014)

Economist Ha-Joon Chang Made Some True Statements about Economics — which Consistently Escape Most Economists and Politicians (11 April 2014)

Anthony Mancuso — LLC or Corporation? How to Choose the Right Form for Your Business — 5thEdition, 2012 — a Short Book Review (10 April 2014)

Dying Well — in a World Filled with Vicious Maniacs — Father Francis Van Der Lugt Refused to Abandon His Pastoral Duties in the Besieged Syrian City of Homs (08 April 2014)

American Minorities Are Grossly Underrepresented in Medical Clinical Trials — which Demonstrates (again) How Little the Medical Establishment Actually Cares about Being Soundly Scientific (07 April 2014)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s Predicament Demonstrates How Questionable Engineering Can Cause What Should Have Been Avoidable Problems (06 April 2014)

An Angry Column from Andre Vltchek Attacks Western Hypocrisy in Regard to Ukraine — by Pointing to the Indefensible Things the West Has Done around the World — If You Can Get Past His Enraged Presentation, Much of What He Says Is True (03 April 2014)

Derek Hough’s Choreography for Amy Purdy — during 2014 Dancing with the Stars (31 March) — Illustrates what Other-Centered Genius Can Do in Art (01 April 2014)

Why Let a Competitive Commercial Advantage Slip Away by Being Lazy and Brainless? — That Is What Many Brick and Mortar Electronics Stores Have Done (31 March 2014)

The Associated Press Reported that No Air Force Generals Were Punished for Proficiency Test Cheating in Three Missile Squadrons —the Message Being that Air Force Generals Are Responsible for Nothing and Accountable for Nothing (28 March 2014)

The Commander in Chief’s Unskillful and Crisis Escalating Trash Talk about Russia Continues — Donald Rumsfeld’s Critique of the Administration’s Too Public Foreign Policy Was Exactly on Point (26 March 2014)

The Out of Context Quoting of Donald Rumsfeld’s “Trained Ape” Comment — regarding the Obama Administration’s Undiplomatic Handling of Afghanistan President Karzai — Perfectly Demonstrates Robert Reich’s Hypothesis about Destructive American Tribalism — and Probably Equally Well Illustrates Chris Cilizza’s Observation that Americans Historically Have only Read Headlines — Ignorance’s Debilitating Brew Served Hot (25 March 2014)

US and European Reactions to the Crimean Situation Are Poorly Thought Out — and May Be Pushing Russia into another Territorial Expansion (21 March 2014)

Duca’s Neapolitan Pizza — 12229 Voyager Parkway #170, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 — Review (19 March 2014)

England’s Anti War, World War II Member of Parliament, Tony Benn Died Last Week — Reminding Me that Horrific Shared Personal Experiences Make No Dent in Subsequent Generations’ Rock Headed Sensibilities — a Comment about Futility and Hope (18 March 2014)

A study of 5,815 elderly Medicare patients indicated that 22 Percent Received Pharmaceutical Prescriptions that Might Have Worsened One of Their Multiple Medical Conditions — the Take Away Is that the Therapeutic Cost-Benefit Ratio for Drug Combinations Needs to Be Assessed for Each Patient(14 March 2014)

Senator Dianne Feinstein Got a Taste of Her Spying Prescription for the Rest of America — and She Doesn’t Like It — Funny How that Works with Power-Hungry Narcissists and Vegetatively-Dead Legislators (12 March 2014)

Genius of Right Wing Brainlessness Can Nowhere Be Better Summarized than in US Representative Paul Ryan’s Statement about a Boy and a Free School Lunch — I Make a Point that Goes beyond that Made by the Rest of the Media (11 March 2014)

Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley Teed off on the American Judiciary — in His “Constitutional Tipping Point” — Separation of Powers — Testimony to Congress (08 March 2014)

Comrade Putin’s Revenge? — A 2013 WIN/Gallup International Global Poll Showed that the US Is Internationally Seen as the Biggest Threat to Peace — and Nicolas J. S. Davies’ Essay — 35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists — Gives the Polled Perspective Credence (06 March 2014)

Advaita, Neo-Advaita, Non-Duality — Spiritual Philosophy — Leo Hartong, Awakening to the Dream(2001) — Book Review (05 March 2014)

Short Sighted American and European Tactics regarding Russia in Crimea May Backfire (0d March 2014)

American Trash Talk — against Russia’s Military Movements in Crimean Ukraine — Demonstrates again that Drawing Lines Is Foolishly Provocative — when We Cannot Effectively Back Our Threats Up(01 March 2014)

William G. Howell, Thinking about the Presidency: The Primacy of Power (2013) — Book Review (27 February 2014)

Homophobic DC Lawyer-Lobbyist Jack Burkman — Earned His Minutes of Fame by Being a Dumb Ass on So Many Levels — that He becomes an Exquisite Expression of Human Stupidity (25 February 2014)

I Doubt that the United States Could Have Produced the Meaning-Filled Artistry of the Russian Federation’s 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Sochi — which May Say Something about Comparative National Soul — and Cautions Us against Hypocritical Screeching about Purported Evil(24 February 2014)

Maybe We Should Select Just One American State and Pour All of the Nation’s Most Spiritually Reprehensible People into It — Arizona’s Republicans Want the Title (22 February 2014)

Epson Artisan 835 Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer — Review (28 March 2012, updated 20 February 2014)

Justin Peters’ Intelligent Vignette about Bode Miller and NBCs Inane Coverage of Him — at the 2014 Sochi Olympics — Stands as a Summary Example of How Stupefyingly Useless American Media often Are (19 February 2014)

Just Published Canadian Study that Legitimately Questions the Utility of Annual Mammography — Will Not Change Minds — Due to Understandable Cancer Fears and “Costs Be Darned” Thinking (14 February 2014, expanded 18 February 2014)

Just Published Canadian Study that Legitimately Questions the Utility of Annual Mammography — Will Not Change Minds — Due to Understandable Cancer Fears and “Costs Be Darned” Thinking (14 February 2014)

The Unbelievable Stupidity of America’s Olympic Speed Skating Authorities — the Suit that Apparently Slows Our Athletes Down at the 2014 Sochi Olympics Was Never Tested in Competition — even after the Dutch Abandoned a Similar Design — and Guess Who Bears the Lifelong, Painful Burden of these Nitwits’ Brainlessness (14 February 2014)

Wisdom Comes in Asides that We often Do Not Want to Hear — an Admirable Example from Rick Salutin’s Review of Silken Laumann’s Book, Unsinkable (12 February 2014)

“I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line” — 2014 Sochi Olympics Canadian Coach Justin Wadsworth Pays Forward Norwegian Bjornar Hakensmoen’s Kindness from the 2006 Torino Olympics — Cathal Kelly’s Toronto Star Story Tells It Best (11 February 2014)

Slopestyle Snowboarding Women Put on a Display of How to Youthfully “Be” at the 2014 Sochi Olympics (10 February 2014)

Cabela’s Outfitter Pro Showshoes by Atlas — Medium (30 Inch) Size — Review (07 February 2014)

Moral Hypothetical — Is It Better to Trash School Lunches — or Continue to Give them to Poor School Kids — Whose Families Are behind in Paying? (03 February 2014)

Is All of Washington DC Rotten? — DC Fire Station Refused to Aid Man with Heart Attack, Who Later Died — This Probably Would Not Have Happened in New York City (31 January 2014)

America’s Pretended Outrage Syndrome — MSNBC Staff Member Fired for Relatively Mild and True Anti-Conservative Tweet — another Example of Just How Idiotic Our Political Times Are (30 January 2014)

When You Cannot Be Genuinely Decent in Your Own Right — Point to Someone Who Is and Implicitly and Vicariously Claim His Courage and Fortitude as Your Own — President Obama’s Cynical Use of Maimed Army Ranger Sergeant Cory Remsburg — as an Applause Prop at the 2014 State of the Union Speech (29 January 2014)

Peter Van Buren, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (2011) — a Serendipitously Good Companion to — Robert Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War — a Book Review (28 January 2014)

Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War (2014) — a Book Review (26 January 2014)

Finally — the Republican Party’s National Committee Passed a Resolution — Calling on the NSA to Stop Mass Surveillance of Citizen Communications (24 January 2014)

Nasaline® Nasal Rinsing System — More Effective for Blocked Sinuses than a Neti Pot — a Review (22 January 2014)

It Is Occasionally a Bad Idea to Irritate a Smart Guy — as David Brooks Will Have Discovered — in Arguing that Orders of Magnitude of Socio-Economic Inequality Are Not a Real Problem — Robert Reich’s Perfect One-Liner in Response (19 January 2014)

A Lesson in Knowledge and Writing from Germany’s Der Spiegel International — Its Made-Relevant World War I Centennial Series — Not Something Major American Press Outlets Would Generally Attempt (17 January 2014)

Absurd Twists of Modern American Life — 5,893 Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks Found in the District of Columbia — and a Comparative Risk Imagining that May Come True (16 January 2014)

Failure of Public Imagination regarding US Drone Murders Abroad — See the Washington Post Opinion Piece by Yemen’s Minister for Human Rights, Hooria Mashhour (15 January 2014)

Israel’s Penchant for Self-Isolating Provocations — Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s Diplomatically Outrageous Comments about America’s Secretary of State, John Kerry (14 January 2014)

Benjamin Wallace Wells at New York Magazine — and Dana Milbank at the Washington Post — Got Governor Chris Christie for Something that Actually Matters — and It Is Not the Bridge Lane Closures(13 January 2014)

Barry Lando’s “The American Legacy in Iraq” Documents what Happens — When the United States’ Ignorance Combines Arrogance with Militarism — to Produce Geopolitical Hell on Earth — Then Turns to Ask (Like a 4-Year-Old), “Who Me?” (11 January 2014)

A Contrast in Courage and Spiritual Worth — Young Aitezaz Hassan Died Preventing a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Suicide Bomber from Entering His Pakistani School — Despair and Hope in the Same Incident(10 January 2014)

A Super Big Deal for a Few Minutes in American Politics — then Predictably Completely Forgotten — for Example Governor Chris Christie’s Allegedly Politically Directed Bridge Slow Down Payback to Fort Lee, New Jersey’s Mayor — and a Comment on Leadership (09 January 2014)

Two Grace-Filled Words Pierced the Heart during Air Force Captain David Lyon’s Cortege through Peterson Air Force Base (07 January 2014)

Ex-Marine Infantry Squad Leader Paul Szoldra’s Short, Eloquent Summation of the Moral and Strategic Futility of the Iraq War Cannot Be Bested — a Comment Expanding His, Tell Me Again, Why Did My Friends Die In Iraq? (04 January 2014)

Jacob Kastrenakes, at The Verge, Spotted a Sensational Sky Diving Video Advertisement by Sony — for their Alpha 7 Line of Cameras — an Uplifting Visual Introduction to 2014 — and a Reminder of the Beauty of the Planet We Live on (03 January 2014)

George Will’s Book Review regarding Ilya Somin’s Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter — Is a Seemingly Persuasive Argument — until You Look Back at the Historical Record (02 January 2014)




2013 Ends on a Depressing Note — the NSA Is Indiscriminately Installing Spy Gizmos on Our Electronics — We Can’t Even Keep Trains on Track and from Exploding — and too Few Americans Seem to Care  (31 December 2013)


America’s Obsession with Linking Insurgency and Terrorism to Al Qaeda (30 December 2013)


Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing Jesus: A History — Not What It Purports to Be — a Review (29 December 2013)

Self-Confessed “White Trash” Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty Spoke Like Such — So Why Is this News? (27 December 2013)


HBO’s “Getting On” — a Slightly Contrarian Mini Review (26 December 2013)


American and British Media Hypocrisy Is Eagerly at Work in Blaming Newly Deceased Mikhail Kalashnikov for the Deaths His Rifle Caused — Conveniently Forgetting Our Unparalleled Role in Dispensing Destruction around the World (23 December 2013)


Making Elephants Extinct this Decade — Just because Humans Are Greedy and Dumb — Zac Goldsmith’s Article in Britain’s The Independent (20 December 2013)


Stanley Mountain Colorado (12,521 feet) an Easy Altitude Acclimatization for Newcomers Preparing to Tackle Some 14ers — A Review for Hikers with Joint Disease, Joint Replacements, or Mild Neuromuscular Deficiencies (19 December 2013)


2013 Nobel Winner Randy Schekman (Medicine) Cautioned Us — about the Science-Distorting Effect of Artificially Prestigious Science Journals  — a Point Coincidentally Illustrated by the Journal NatureGetting Caught Acting Badly (17 December 2013)


Goodbye 60 Minutes — John Miller’s “Whatever You Say” Report on the NSA — Stupider You Could Not Get (16 December 2013)


Rajiv Narayan Dug Up a Clip from a 1996 Charlie Rose Carl Sagan Interview — that Warns about the Divorce between Science and an Ignoramus Public — One Cannot Present the Concern about Uncontrolled Government, Ruling an Ignorant Society, More Succinctly and Persuasively than Professor Sagan Did (15 December 2013)


Jane Araf’s Short Account of Journalist Yasser Faisal’s Death in Syria’s Civil War — Says Something Profound about Fate and the Frequent Irrelevance of Courage and Human Will — You May Not Agree with Her Implied Conclusion, but Then — You Probably Haven’t Lived It, Have You? (14 December 2013)


A Superb Essay and a Deprecating Quote — regarding President Obama on Nelson Mandela’s Passing — as Seen through Azad Essa’s Eyes — Exceptional Insight into Something Still Close in Time (13 December 2013)


Time Magazine’s Choice of Pope Francis as Person of the Year — Demonstrates How Irrelevant Most of the Major American Media Are to anything True or Insightful — “Cowardly Dunderheads” Describes this Pack of Influence Peddlers (12 December 2013)


If I Shake Your Hand in Greeting at a Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela — Does that Mean I Approve of You and the Government You Represent? — a Comment on Why Bombs and Missiles Will always Come First for Reflexively Aggressive People Like Senators McCain and Rubio — and the Irony of these Nitwits Making the Comments They Did — while in Temporal Proximity to the Applauded Meaning of Nelson Mandela’s Life (10 December 2013)


Bryson, Bill — A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (second edition, 2006) — Review (09 December 2013)


Yesterday’s Alleged Vitamin D Dethroning Is a Good Example of Why It Is Wise to Withhold Judgment on Widely Hyped Dietary Medical Benefit Findings — Ask Instead, Where Is the Evidence and What Is Its Quality? — and Do Not Confuse Markers and Associations with Causation (06 December 2013)


An Unarmed Pedestrian Who Acted Crazy in New York City Vehicular Traffic Has Been Charged with Felony Assault — Even though He Didn’t Attack Anyone — on the Theory that His Traffic-Impeding Sudden Movements Caused Overaggressive New York City Police Officers to Shoot Two Innocent Bystanders — This Incompetence-Covering Prosecutorial Idiocy Sums the Plutocratic American Police State to a Tee (05 December 2013)


Michelin Defender Tires — Review (04 December 2013)


Pema Chodron, Getting Unstuck (2006) — Audiobook — Review (03 December 2013)


Amazon Dot Com Delivery by Drone? — A Comment on Stupidity’s Inability to Think Even One Step Forward (02 December 2013)


Charles Krauthammer Provided Us with an Excellent Example of Nonsensical Republican Party Thinking — that Perfectly Illustrates the Barf-Inducing Hypocrisy of the Allegedly Conservative Right(29 November 2013)


Driving Meditation through Early Cold Season Landscapes (28 November 2013)


Unexamined Statistics Lead to Dumb Conclusions — the Questionability of Critics’ Use of the United States 26th Place OECD Life Expectancy Ranking — as Evidence for the Inferiority of Our Health Care System (21 November 2013)


Libertarian Nick Gillespie Wrote an Entertainingly Scathing Indictment of President Obama’s Record — as Seen from Young People’s Perspective — Recommended Reading for Anyone Interested in the Demographics of Politics and How to Write in a Captivating Way (20 November 2013)


Effective Leadership Is Based on Paying Attention — So, I Have to Laugh when Liberals Say that President Bush’s Katrina Failure Was Much Worse than President Obama’s Jaw-Dropping Incompetence in regard to the ObamaCare Rollout — a Sublimely Apt Lesson for Future Strategists(19 November 2013)


The World of Spiritual Parables Has Its Share of Pretentiously Silly Ones — Here, Comparing  Two Such with a Genuinely Meaningful One  — and a Comment about the Mistake of Taking Nonsense More Seriously than It Deserves (15 November 2013)


Jason Mick’s Story — about How the Federal Government Shut Down Lavabit Entrepreneur Ladar Levison — Should Outrage Every Freedom Loving American — and You Thought the Fourth Amendment Actually Meant Something (13 November 2013)


ProPublica Analyst Charles Ornstein Thinks that another ObamaCare Surprise Is Going to Arrive in January— He Might Be Wrong — but I Think that the Act’s Complexity, and the Market it Operates in, Favor Ornstein’s Concerned Perspective — and My Comment regarding the Larger Message about America’s Political Leadership (13 November 2013)


American Pragmatism Is Out the Window — Stefan Richter Focuses on Our Nihilistic Blame Game (12 November 2013)


Using Two Books to Illustrate His Point — the Intelligently Thoughtful Ezra Klein Explains the Meaninglessness of Political Campaigning — Virtually all of Us Vote according to the Partisan Outlooks of the Clans to which We Belong — There Is No Such Thing as “Game Change” — in the John Heilemann and Mark Halperin Sense (08 November 2013)


Do You Want to Emulate Superb Opinion Writing? — See This Column about U.S. Senator Rand Paul from Joan Walsh — with Its Incorporated Reference to Journalist Jill Lawrence’s Worthy Work — a Combined Display of Admirably Effective Political Kneecapping (07 November 2013)


If You Read Only One Book Review about Geopolitics This Year — Read This One by Larry Gross — regarding Max Blumenthal, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (07 November 2013)


India Is in the Process of Making an Impressive Statement in Space — by Sending a Probe to Mars —  and Implicitly Adding that — “Earth ain’t America’s oyster, no more” (06 November 2013)


A Depressingly Accurate Caricature of Today’s United States — Pakistani Drone Victim Rafiq ur Rehman’s Trip to America — and to a Government that Was too Busy Doing More Wrong to See Him(04 November 2013)


DxO Optics Pro 9 —Is It a Decent Upgrade from Optics Pro 7? — A Mini Review (04 November 2013)


As a Digital Photographer, Do You Really Need to Color Calibrate Your Computer Display? — X-Rite ColorMunki Display — a Mini Review (31 October 2013)


Greed in Medicine Turns to Semantics for Help in Fooling the Unwary — the Culprit in this Case Is the American College of Cardiology — Its Intentionally Blatant Misuse of Language further Conceals Hundreds of Thousands of Medically Inappropriate Stent Placement Procedures — a Good Example of Professional Scumbaggery in Action (30 October 2013)


President Obama Keeps Coasting along in His Ratbag Style — if a Lie Is Not Enough, He’ll Throw an Innocent or Two under the Bus — Anything To Escape Accountability for His Lapses or often Questionable Intent — and a Necessary Comment in His Defense (29 October 2013)


A Psychological Study about the Effects of Inter-Generational Economic Discounting — Not Surprisingly Demonstrates that We Are Not Going to Do Anything about Global Warming — We Cynics Are Probably Correct in Our Gloomy Predictions (25 October 2013)


Frontline’s Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria Is a Wake Up Call regarding the End of the Antibiotic Era — and a Related Comment on Capitalism’s Inability to Do What Is Needs to Be Done in the Development of Antibiotics (23 October 2013)


“Not Physiologically Plausible” — Says a Study of 39 Years of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Data — and Why Has this Arguably Newsworthy Allegation Received No Coverage from the American Media? (22 October 2013)


What to Do about the Radical Dumb-Heads Running American Government? — Redistrict by Less Partisan Committee — the New York Times’ Adam Magourney Used California as an Example of How this Might Work (21 October 2013)


The ObamaCare Enrollment Fiasco — Serves as an Indicator of the President’s Cavalierly Uninvolved Leadership Style — Had This Been “Your” Most Important Baby, Wouldn’t You Have Insisted that the Techno-Dweebs Who Set It up Were both Competent and on Schedule? (20 October 2013)


Scum People Are Arguably Necessary to Our Spiritual Ecology — Comments on — (a) the Occasional Appreciation We Owe the Low-Lifes among Us — (b) another Way of Looking at the October 2013 Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Crisis — and (c) the Spiritual Conundrums that the Mess Raises (18 October 2013)


Law Professor Rosa Brooks Wrote a Pretend Letter from the Future that Lays Out the Possible Consequences of Tea Party Thinking — Her Forecast Is both Believable and Depressing — and the Chinese May Be Preparing to Act Accordingly (17 October 2013)


How to Build a Quasi-Adjustable Height — Sitting to Standing Desk — from a Solid Core Interior Door and Two Rockwell JawStands™ — Quick, Workable and Comparatively Cheap (16 October 2013)


The Only Branch of Federal Government that Still Works Is apparently Finally Getting Fed up with the Two that Do Not — a Constitutional Crisis May Ultimately Be the Result — and that Might Be enough to Start a Revolt by Responsible Sanity against Neo-Confederate Idiocy (14 October 2013)


Our MisbegottenWar on Terror Should Have Been Aimed at Our Own Stupidity — for Example, the Vanished American Supply of Lithium 7 — and Its Relationship to Maintaining Nuclear Safety on American Soil (11 October 2013)


Ladar Levison versus the American Police State — a Courageous Patriot (10 October 2013)


Jon Stewart Was Correct on Republicans’ Failure to Own What they Say They Believe in — regarding the 2013 Government Shutdown — Neo-Confederate Thinking Lacks the Old One’s Legitimate Claim to Martial Honor— and a Comment about Libertarianism’s Role in This Mess (09 October 2013)


Sometimes You Can See How Bad a Decision Was by Imagining It in a More Familiar Context — Take President Obama’s Decision to Skip Visiting Malaysia, the Philippines, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit — due to the 2013 Government Shutdown (08 October 2013)


Substituting Special Operations for Drone Strikes — in the Capture of al-Qaeda Leader Abu Anas al-Liby in Libya — and the Attempted Capture or Execution of al-Shabaab Leader Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr in Somalia — May Indicate the President’s Temporary and Perhaps Cynical Retreat from His Drone Murder Policy — during a Time when the 2013 Government Shutdown Has the Spotlight Aimed at Him(07 October 2013)


On the Importance of Semantics in Framing an Argument — James Painter in Regard to Reframing the Foolish Public Dispute over What Is Causing Climate Change — and a Comment on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Inept Communication Style (04 October 2013)


In Fat Cat America — Our Metaphorically Porky Upper Class Never Pays the Price for Sucking other People’s Lives Dry — a Completely Representative Example from the Marine Corps’ Alleged Sacking of Two Generals — an Action that Rewarded, rather than Punished, the Incompetence that Led to the Camp Bastion (Afghanistan) Disaster in September 2012 (03 October 2013)


Americas Form of Government No Longer Works — a Perceptive Essay from Matthew Yglesias — about Political Scientist Juan Linz’s Idea — regarding the Functional Superiority of Parliamentary over Presidential Government (02 October 2013)


When Humor Is the Totality of What We Have Left — Republican Congressman Devin Nunes and Citizen Derek Goodson — Crafted Two Richly Descriptive One Liners about the October 2013 Government Shutdown (01 October 2013)


Reporter Miranda Green Noticed Something about the Food Stamp Cut that Most Commentators Missed — Better to Drag the Nation Down by Pretending to Do Good, rather than Profit by Actually Doing Good — with an Added Reference to Amanda Marcotte’s Take on the Delusion of Religious Rectitude (30 September 2013)


Our Deadly Record of Crapping on those Who Helped Us in Iraq — Now Repeats in Afghanistan — Making Us Not Exactly an Admirable Nation (27 September 2013)


As Senator Ted Cruz Blabs His Narcissistic and Absurdly Well Televised Way — into the Hearts of His Tea Party Supporters — in Regard to Defunding ObamaCare — We Can Representatively Conclude that America Has Gone Psychiatrically Crazy — Just as Henry Giroux Has Suggested (25 September 2013)


Someone Else’s Perspective Can Be Eye Opening — Provided We Are Neither Stupid nor Abysmally Ignorant — an Example from a Context Shifting European Article about U.S. Gun Control (24 September 2013)


Sloppy Voter Thinking Makes Political Manipulation Easier — an Example from the House of Representatives’ $40 Billion Food Stamp Funding Cut — and a Comment regarding the Difficulty of Fact Finding in Politicized Situations (23 September 2013)


The World’s Unreasoned Love Affair with Pope Francis — a Little Butter around the Margins Does Not Make a Bigoted Meal Tastier — Katie McDonough’s Critique Gets It Right (20 September 2013)


Robert Reich’s Essay about the Myth of the Free Market — Represents a Timely Dose of Truth about the Economic Basics — that America’s Plutocrats Do Not Want You to Know (19 September 2013)


The Washington Navy Yard Shooting Is a Good Example of the Federal Government’s often Deadly Incompetence — a Comment regarding What Has become a Lunatic Nation (18 September 2013)


The United States Actively Promotes Socioeconomic Inequality — Sometimes in Subtle Ways Motivated by Institutionalized Greed — an Eye-Opening Education Report from Pro Publica (16 September 2013)


Speaking to George Stephanopoulos — in regard to Syria’s Use of Chemical Weapons — President Obama’s Responses Were as Superficially Coherent as Weak Critical Thinking Skills Can Make Them — which Prompts the Question, “What is the Commander in Chief Really Up to?” (15 September 2013)


Oh Please, Mr. Robinson, Is This the Best You Can Do? — A Comment regarding Columnist Eugene Robinson’s Poorly Thought Out Swipe at the Obnoxious Vladimir Putin (13 September 2013)


Who Would Have Thought that a Former KGB Officer Would become the Geopolitical Strategy Grownup in the Room? — Vladimir Putin’s New York Times Opinion Piece Countered President Obama’s Naive World View — a Calculated Ploy, but True, insofar as It Goes (12 September 2013)


A Methodologically Clever Psychology Study Shows that — Politically Biased Bone-Headism Leads Us to Sink with Our Peer Group — in Defiance of Fact (10 September 2013)


Moral Outrage May Not Be Enough to Justify War — especially When the Outrage Lacks Comprehensible Strategic Direction (09 September 2013)


David Sirota’s Timely Reminder about the Meaning of Labor Day — When You Forget Your Own History, You Have No Idea How Far You Have Fallen (02 September 2013)


The One Sentence Observation — that Synopsizes Government, Politics, and the Human Condition (01 September 2013)


King Obama’s Administration Is Reportedly Irritated with the British Executive Branch — because It Asked Parliament, whether Killing Syrians Is a Good Idea — the Historical Irony Drips (30 August 2013)


Worthy Analysis and Writing from Lt. Colonel Daniel L. Davis — “Purge the Generals” (28 August 2013)


Obtuse Strategic Thinking about American Intervention in Syria — a Good Example of How We Get Ourselves into the Foolish and often Bloody Situations that We Do (27 August 2013)


Bill Moyers and Mark Leibovich on Washington DC’s Insider Narcissism — Stealing Our Wallets and America’s Future (26 August 2013)


Continental GP 4 Season V — 700 x 28c Bicycle Tires — on a Redline d440 29er Utility Bike — Review(25 August 2013)


Differing Interpretations of the Merits of the Length of Bradley Manning’s 35 Year Sentence —Illustrate the Societal Conundrum of How to Deal with Lawbreakers, Who Expose Significant Government Wrong Doing — a Comment on America’s Institutionalized Lack of Self-Reflection (22 August 2013)


Representatively Docile Reporting from the Atlantic Wire — Regarding the Death of Reporter Michael Hastings — Exemplifies, in Reverse, How Dependent We Are on a Skeptical Press and a Reasonably Trustworthy Government (21 August 2013)


Clever Writing from Jacob Sullum Points to President Obama’s often Evident Lack of Soul —  Demonstrating that Good Insight, Combined with Concise Writing, Can Pointedly Show Us How Things Really Are (20 August 2013)


Without Edward Snowden’s Leaks — We Would Not Know that Our Habitually Lying President and the National Security Agency Had Routinely Violated US Law — so Who Is the Real Bad Guy? — And an Ironic Comment about President Obama’s Genius for Politics (19 August 2013)


Newt Gingrich’s Rare Display of Accuracy Goes to the Heart of What Is Wrong with American Politics(17 August 2013)


A Wise Perspective on Radical Islam Comes from Two Chris Hedges Paragraphs — both of which May Be Prophetic regarding America’s Own Accelerating Socioeconomic Inequality (15 August 2013)


Logan Penza’s Suspicion about the Reason for the Obama Administration’s Delay in Implementing ObamaCare Appears to Be Justified — Our Presidential Narcissist Reveals His Soulless Cynicism Yet Again (14 August 2013)


Vehicle Downsizing — due to Rising Gasoline Prices — often Does Not Make Financial Sense (13 August 2013)


The President Muffed a Chance to Act Like a Leader — rather than as a Political Hack — when He Declined to Meet with Russia’s President Putin — As Is Usual with Him, Other People Will Be Paying the Price (09 August 2013)


Finding Trailer Towing Capacities for Cars, Crossovers, and SUVs Can Be Tough — Kudos to Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler — as well as Ford — with an Honorable Mention to Volvo — and a Comment on the Automotive Industry’s Inexplicable Failure to Use the Internet Intelligently (08 August 2013)


Terrorist Threat Warning and Embassy Closings — a Little too Convenient — the Price of Impenetrable Government Secrecy Is that It Makes Cynics and Slaves of Us (05 August 2013)


A Reminder of the Price of War — Cortege for Fallen US Army Specialist Rob Lee Nichols — at Peterson Air Force Base (02 August 2013)


When Law Is Designed to Conceal Government Wrongdoing It Loses Moral Legitimacy — a Point Implied by John Glaser’s Short Essay on the Injustice Done Bradley Manning (02 August 2013)


It Is Apparently Okay to Kill Hundreds and Not Tell Anyone We Did It — the United States’ Cowardly Comfort with War Crimes (01 August 2013)


Two Practices Symbolize President Obamas Plutocratic Big Brother View of Government — Refusing to Name the Enemies that American Secret Operations Are Fighting — and Considering Putting Pocket-Lining Larry Summers in Charge of the Federal Reserve Board (30 July 2013)


William J Astore Capably Rebutted Major General H R McMaster’s Superficial New York Times Article — about The Pipe Dream of Easy War — with the Penetrating Dismissal that It Deserves (27 July 2013)


Although the House of Representatives Voted to Continue Funding the NSA’s Limitless Spying on Americans — the Vote Was Surprisingly Close — Perhaps Some Americans Are Finally Waking to the Fact that Abandoning America’s Historically Held Values Away Is a Bad Idea (26 July 2013)


It Is a Sad Reflection on Government’s Ability to Get Away with Killing People — that Virtually No One in the Public or the Media Is Demanding Answers — about Investigative Reporter Michael Hastings So-Called Car Crash (24 July 2013)


Mount Ouray (13,971 feet) — A Review for Hikers with Joint Disease, Joint Replacements, or Neuromuscular Deficiencies (23 July 2013)


King Obama’s Judicial Mouthpiece Said that the King Can Kill You — and There Aint $#*t You Can Do about It — the Incorruptible George Washington Would Be Mortified (20 July 2013)


A Revealing Excerpt from The Colbert Report Illustrates Why so Many Americans Can Be Characterized as Intentionally Sheep-Like — when It Comes to Understanding and Reacting to What Is Going on around Them (18 July 2013)


New York Times Columnist Nick Kristof — and Klaus Brinkbäumer, Deputy Editor in Chief of the German Newspaper Der Spiegel — Described the United States in the Ludicrous Light that We Deserve (17 July 2013)


In the Moral Calculus, Does Prominent Republican = Evil Douchebag? — Paul Krugman and I Suspect So (16 July 2013)


In Racist America, a Self-Important Pussy with a Gun Is a Dangerous Thing — Regarding the Not Guilty Verdict in George Zimmerman’s Killing of Trayvon Martin (15 July 2013)


Who Are You Going to Let Operate on Your Sarcoma Tumor? — a Disturbingly Ambiguous Finding from the University of California at Davis — which Serves as an Example of How the United States’ Lackadaisical Approach to Collecting Medical Data Causes Decision Problems for Patients (12 July 2013)


King Obama’s “Insider Threat Program” Bears Indicators of a Metaphorically Stalinesque Purge of Government — Done under the Guise of National Security (11 July 2013)


How to Delete a Map from Garmin’s BaseCamp — on a Windows 7 Operating System (10 July 2013)


A Nation of Easily Manipulated Dimwits? — Independence Day Passed with its Customary Superficiality — Even though George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four Is Pretty Much Here (09 July 2013)


Garmin GPSMap 62sc — Mini Review (08 July 2013)


Three Lakes Loop — Kebler Pass, Colorado — Mini Review for Hikers with Joint Disease, Joint Replacements, or Neuromuscular Deficiencies (07 July 2013)


Is Having James Clapper in Charge of National Intelligence the Same as America Having the Clap? — Probably — Crypto Autocracy in Action on Independence Day, 2013 (03 July 2013) 


America’s Burgeoning Secret Government Intentionally Plays Us against Our Frequently Ignorant, Reflexively Partisan, and Fear-Filled Selves (01 July 2013)


Measuring Life in Trees (30 June 2013)


The Flip Side of Hiding the Supreme Court Conservatives’ Non-Logic underneath a Layer of Apparently Reasoned Analysis — as Chief Justice Roberts Did in regard to Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act — Is Justice Scalia’s Obvious Inability to Maintain His Mental Faculties, while Writing about the Majority’s Somewhat Reasoned Trashing of the Defense of Marriage Act — Taken together, both Opinions’ Legal Styles Highlight Why “Conservative” — Used in Conjunction with “Supreme Court Justice” — Is Likely to Mean Bigoted, Power-Hungry, and Duplicitous (28 June 2013)


If You Were an Economically Privileged White Fat Cat —You Would Understand and Agree with the Illogic of Justice Roberts’ Intentionally Ignorant Majority Opinion — regarding Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — a Brief Look at Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder (26 June 2013)


No Ham for You — Hypocritical Ridiculousness as American Leaders Want to Punish Russia and China for Not Cooperating in Catching Edward Snowden — Trust Us to Personalize Conflict, so as Not to Confront Real Issues (25 June 2013)


One Sunday Morning Television Question Highlighted the Difference between Pseudo-Journalists Like David Gregory and Chuck Todd — and Real Journalists Like Glenn Greenwald and the Deceased Michael Hastings — The Fact that Establishment Toadies, like Gregory and Todd, Dominate the Lame-Stream Press Partially Explains America’s Decline into Authoritarianism (24 June 2013)


Is This the Beginning of a Transportation Paradigm Change? — Elon Musk’s Convincing Demonstration of Tesla Electric Cars’ “Fill Up” Convenience — Learning from a Man whose Vision Combines Forward Thinking with Absolute Practicality (21 June 2013)


Fat Cats, the Eye of the Needle, and Food Stamps — Wealth’s often Judgmental Lack of Empathy Defeats even Christ’s Admonition (20 June 2013)


Government Secrecy Allows the President to Lie to Americans whenever He Wants — for Example, regarding the NSA’s Telephone and Email Snooping — He said, “Lives Have Been Saved” — without Making any Attempt at All to Prove It (19 June 2013)


The Obama Administration’s Convenient Discovery that Sarin Was Used by President Assad’s Regime in Syria Seems Questionable — and Simultaneously Typical of How American Presidents Operate these Days — Why Tell the Truth, when It Is so Much Less Politically Problematic to Lie? (17 June 2013)


Is the Word “Senator” Probably Synonymous with Lazy, Irresponsible, and Blowhard? — More than Half the Senate Ducked a Closed Door Meeting with the Intelligence Community about the PRISM Telephone Metadata Snooping Program (16 June 2013)


Calumet Illuma Medium Sized Photographic Soft Box 30 x 40 x 14 Inches — Review (13 June 2013)



Harvard Professor of Medicine, Jerry Avorn, Points to the Same Phenomenon that I Repeatedly Do — We Cannot Unquestioningly Trust Clinical Medicine Guidelines because the People Writing them Are Often Profiting from their Financially Biased Recommendations (13 June 2013)


Politically Liberal Law Professor Geoffrey R. Stone’s Harsh Condemnation of Edward Snowden — for Leaking the Government’s Large Scale Telephone Surveillance Program — Demonstrates What Happens When Smart and Ignorant People Get Caught Up in Logically Circular Thinking about Appropriate Government Employee or Contractor Behavior (11 June 2013)


RomaPhoto Velvetlike Velour 6x9 ft Jet Black Background Backdrop by DMKFoto — Review (11 June 2013)


Intelligent Sheep Defending the Obama Administration’s Unconstitutional Seizure  — of apparently Everybody’s Telephone Metadata — Deliberately Miss the Point about Valid Constitutional Concerns (10 June 2013)


Professor David Bromwich’s One Liner Excoriates the American Stalinist Wannabes — Who Support the Obama Administration’s Elimination of the First and Fourth Amendments (07 June 2013)


Fellowes Personal Home Paper Shredder — Confetti Cut Model OD 1200c — an Unfavorable Review — which Probably Applies to a Whole Bunch of Fellowes Shredders (06 June 2013)



The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Has Detailed the Failure of the War on Marijuana — and Its  Egregious Racial Bias — in a Factually Scathing Indictment of the American Criminal Justice System (05 June 2013)


Calumet Bowens QuickRing — Speed Ring with Swivel Arm for Mounting Photographic Softboxes — a Review (04 June 2013)


Kupo 4-Way Clamp for 1.4-2.0" (35-50mm) Tube — with Kupo Baby 5/8" (16mm) Stud, 4.25" (108mm) Long for 3 & 4-Way Clamp — for Photo Studio Strobe Photography — a Review (31 May 2013)


Glenn Greenwald’s (Below-Quoted) Phrase Synopsizes President Obama’s (Arguably) Impeachment-Deserving Contribution to the Dismantling of the First and Fourth Amendments (30 May 2013)


Chinese Computer Hacking Made Off with Billions in Defense Technology — and Probably Closed the Military Gap (Compared to the US) in Some Critical Areas — All because American Political Culture Is Demonstrably too Inept to Recognize that National Cyber Security Cannot Depend on Marketplace Laissez Faire (29 May 2013)


Hormone Replacement Therapy in Menopause — a Discussion of Risks and Benefits, with Guidelines, from the British Menopause Society — an Example of Helpful Medicine from a Group Unafraid to Tangle with Medical Ambiguity (28 May 2013)


Memorial Day 2013 — A Heightened Awareness of the Price of Armed Engagements Might Do Us More Good than the too Easy and Superficial Recall of Past Sacrifices (27 May 2017)


Barack Obama Keeps Talking as if Someone Else Has Been Commander in Chief — apparently Continuing His Game of Machiavellian Public Deception (26 May 2013)


Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich Wrote the Obvious — but Perhaps It Is the First Time that a Prominent Democrat Has Admitted that His Party Is Just as Incompetent to Govern, as its Republican Opposition (25 May 2013)


Lastolite EZbox Studio Soft Box — 36x36 Inch (91x91 Centimeter) — Review (23 May 2013)


Protecting American Business and Workers — an Opinion Piece by Dennis Blair and Jon Huntsman Jr. Demonstrates What American Leaders Should Be Thinking, but Are Not (22 May 2013)


James Traub Synopsized the Catch-22, Anti-Liberty Logic of the Past Two Presidencies’ National Security Thinking — When You Pee Your Freedoms Away, What’s Left to Defend? (20 May 2013)


Washing a California Sunbounce “Mini Sun-Bounce Kit” Screen in a Washing Machine — How to (17 May 2013)


Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court Ordered the Pakistan Government to Confront U.S. Drone “War Crimes” at the United Nations — Is American Human Rights Hypocrisy Finally Going to Go on Global Display? (16 May 2013)



A Responsibility-Avoiding Leader Is a Bad One — President Obama Is a Good Example of What Happens When Character and Professional Role Do Not Match (15 May 2013)


Ya Just Gotta Laugh at Our Complacence, to Wit — (a) Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels are Higher than Humanity Literally Has Ever Seen, but that News Got only a Handful of Folk’s Attention for Maybe One Day — (b) King Obama Finally Targeted a Few too Many People at Home for His Regal Hijinks, but the Only Ones Really Upset Are Those whom the IRS and DOJ actually Screwed with — (c) Remember Pastor Martin Niemöller’s Warning about Complacence? (14 May 2013)


Washing a Not Silvered Photographic Softbox in a Washing Machine — Chimera Pro II Large Strip Box — Measuring 50x210 Centimeters (21x84 Inches) — How to (13 May 2013)


OEC Old English China OECcamera EZ Lightstand 3/8" Mountable Speed Ring for Fitting Softbox to Balcar or White Lightning Photo Studio Strobes — Tested with a Chimera Pro II Large Strip Box — Review — and a Comment on Speed Ring (Speedring) Terminology (10 May 2013)


Struggling with Even the Most Elementary Basics of Leadership — Commander in Chief Obama’s Pusillanimous Posturing in Regard to Military Sexual Assaults (08 May 2013)



Vanished Senatorial Integrity — Former Senator Gary Hart Warns that the American Republic Is Being Lost — He’s Right, of Course (06 May 2013)


If You Are Depressed by the Cesspool Quality of America’s Political Leadership — Get a Boost from Switzerland’s Solar Powered Airplane Flight across the United States — the Solar Impulse Across America Project (05 May 2013)


The United States’ Business as Usual Model often Takes Chances with the Environment — Sometimes in Subtly Dangerous Ways — Take the USDA and EPA’s Disingenuous Non-Response to Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides — an Insight into Our Frequently Shared Motivation to Conceal Worrisome Information (03 May 2013)


Bill Moyers’ Interview of Glenn Greenwald Delivered an Enviably Cogent Critique of the Obama Administration’s Attack on Freedom and Human Rights — Accurately Delivered and Worth Watching, the Program Includes a Transcript for People Who Read Faster than They Listen (02 May 2013)


The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2009 Mammography Screening Recommendations Were Understandably Ignored by the Medical Establishment and Its Patients (01 May 2013)


There Are Times when a Former Supreme Court Justice Should Not Give the Media Her Superficially Delivered Opinion — Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Is Now Quoted as Questioning the Advisability the Supreme Court’s Intervention in Bush v Gore — but She apparently Ventured this Statement without Providing any Substantive Legal Reasoning to Justify Her Thinking (29 April 2013)


Liberals Continue to Demean George W. Bush’s Legacy — while They Ignore the Immensely Greater Trampling of Human Rights and Law that President Obama Revels in Every Day (26 April 2013)


How a Canadian Legitimately Sees Hysterical America — Excerpts from His Insightful Article — and My Supporting Comment (24 April 2013)


Mistaken or Missed Medical Diagnoses Resulted in $38 Billion in Malpractice Payouts between 1986 and 2010  — Because Most of these Claims Were Probably Legitimate, the Study’s Lead Author Thinks that Medicine Has a Significant Problem (23 April 2013)


60 Minutes’ Television Summaries of the Boston Marathon Bombing  — and the Anticipated Opening of the 911 Museum — Illustrate Our Lack of a National Sense of Moral Proportion — which Sadly Results in Repeatedly Compounding the International Cruelties of the Human Condition (22 April 2013)


Bob Garfield, a Media Expert, Summarized the Laughable BS that Constitutes Cable News at Major Events — Like the Boston Marathon Bombing and Aftermath— His Brief Article Is Worth Reading (19 April 2013)


After the Senate’s Rejection of Expanded Background Checks — Gun Control Advocates Are Blaming the Wrong People — a Comment on the American Political System as It Really Exists (18 April 2013)


President Obama’s Synopsis of How America Responds to Evil Left Out the Psychologically Most Important Point — Our Indiscriminate Retaliations Create More of the Same (17 April 2013)


A Nitwit Moment’s Inadvertent Example Explains Why History Repeats Itself — Justin Bieber’s Narcissistic Comment about the Holocaust’s Anne Frank — Says Something about the Human Condition(15 April 2013)


The Belligerent Arrogance of America’s Anti-Nuke Foreign Policy further Aggravates already Difficult International Tensions — Take North Korea and Iran, as Examples (12 April 2013)


The Office for Human Research Protections Caught 23 Universities and Medical Institutions in Producing Unethical Research Consent Protocols — Regarding Variably Oxygenating Preterm Infants — an Example of What Can Go Wrong, when Medical Professionals Don’t Think Critically — and Continuing Proof that the Institutional Review Board System that Is Supposed to Prevent these Abuses Doesn’t Work (11 April 2013)


Not a Peep from the Lamestream Media, when the Obama Administration Leased California BLM Land for Oil Fracking — without Proper Environmental Review (10 April 2013)


The Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians Indicates that for Many Men, the Potential Harms of Undergoing PSA Screening Outweigh its Unreliable Forecasting Value (09 April 2013)


Pushing the Olympus E-P3 to Do What It Was Not Designed for — Catching the Ball on the Bat at a Not So Well Lighted Baseball Game — Fun for the Childish (Like Me) (07 April 2013)


The President of Empty Gestures Does It again — His Voluntary 5 Percent Pay Cut Is Supposed to Make Us Feel that He Is on Our Side — Instead, He Looks Like the Self-Involved Manipulator that He Characteristically Is — and a Paragraph about Getting What We Deserve (05 April 2013)


Monsanto’s Reported Ability to Influence Senator Roy Blunt into Doing Its Dirty Work Exemplifies How Rotten Congress Is — Section 735 of the Newly Signed Appropriations Act (HR 933) Deprives the Judiciary of Its Power to Protect both Environment and Public Health against GMOs Gone Awry (04 April 2013)


The American Public’s Willingness to Start Wars — which Only Our Military One Percent Has to Die for —  Parallels Our Moral Complacence in Not Taking on the Socially Insane U.S. Gun Lobby (02 April 2013)


U.S. State Department Is Playing Concealing Games with Relevant Keystone Pipeline Information — Like Keeping Public Comments Secret and Covering up the Fact that its Consultants Had a Financial Interest in the Proposed Outcome (29 March 2013)


Scott Smith’s Foreign Policy Take Down of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s Erroneously Alleged Competence in Afghanistan — Is a Worthwhile Read for “Wannabe” Leaders (28 March 2013)


A Study of More than 600 Corporate Board Directors Finds That Female Decision Makers Do a Fairer Minded Job than Men — which, the Authors Conclude, Seems to Explain Previous Findings that Having a Higher Proportion of Women on Corporate Boards Results in More Profitable Company Performances (27 March 2013)


The Inevitable Karma that Attends Looking for Trouble — the United States Has Now Established a Drone Base in Niger (Africa) — and Anti-Terrorist Imam Boureima Abdou Daouda Sums the Risk in a Simple Metaphor (26 March 2013)


Journalist Chris Hedges Is Arguably too Vitriolic a Critic of Corporatist Culture to Gain a Foothold in Our Attention — but He Is Consistently Right (25 March 2013)



Writer Joshua Holland Asks whether Americans Are too Stupid for Democracy — He Says No, but His Facts all Point the Other Way — and Supporting Examples Provided by Our Leaders’ Foolishly Incomplete Discussions about Iraq’s Once Suspected WMDs, Iran’s Suspected Bomb-Building, and Syria’s Alleged Chemical Weapons Use (20 March 2013)


Was the Globalist’s Editor in Chief, Stephan Richter, Over the Top — when He Referred to Ordinary Americans as Health Care Serfs? — I Don’t Think so (18 March 2013)


R. J. Cutler, The World According to Dick Cheney — Better than this Documentary’s Critics Give it Credit for — a Mini Review (16 March 2013)


Bigotry Combines Cowardice with Aggressively Defended Ignorance — take Senator Rob Portman’s Reversal into Favoring Gay Marriage, only after His Son Revealed that He Was Gay — a Comment on Ideology as Stupidity’s Refuge (15 March 2013)



Using the Olympus E-P3 with Its Popup Flash and a Remotely Controlled Olympus FL-300r — Attempting to Balance Window Daylight with a Not Too Dark Room Interior — and FL-300r as Fill — with a Related Comment on Olympus’ Penchant for Fiddly Operation — Review (14 March 2013)


Nigerian-American Teju Cole’s Haiku-Like Tweets Hint at the Immorality of Drone Murder — but Only to Those Who Still Have Functioning Souls (11 March 2013)


Two Years after the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Meltdowns — the Prefecture’s Forests Are Radioactive — a Very Short Video Shows the Impact of Corporate Greed and Complicit Governmental Malfeasance on Ordinary People (10 March 2013)


Al Jazeera Asked a Culturally Penetrating Question — which the US Media Is too Gutless to Ask Itself — regarding Army Private Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks (09 March 2013)



The New York Times Made Light of Senator Rand Paul’s Anti-Brennan, Anti-Drone Filibuster — Instead of Asking Why Only 7 Republicans and 1 Democrat Were Willing to Oppose President Obama’s Assertion of Kingly Power (07 March 2013)


A Photo Shoot Goes Laughably Awry — Sometimes it Is about the Equipment (04 March 2013)


Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Perfectly Symbolizes the Obama Administration’s Two-Faced Hypocrisy — See Alec MacGillis’ Summary of Parasite Jack’s Trail to Power (01 March 2013)


Psychotherapist Phillippa Perry Linked Lying about Alcohol Intake to Culturally Accepted Narcissism — and My Comment about Narcissism’s Spiritual Self-Destruction (28 February 2013)


Professional Honor — No Better Embodied than by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop — too Bad There Has Been So Little Public Reflection on His Passing (27 February 2013)


Jon Kedrowski and Chris Tomer, Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys (Westcliffe Publishers, 2012) — Book Review (26 February 2013)


While Members of Congress and the President Receive Massive Amounts of Defense Sector Lobbying Money — Who Does the Dying? — Who Assists the Maimed? — Who Damps the Rage that We Leave in Our Wake? (25 February 2013)


Eric Holder’s Department of Justice Is Typified by its Delayed Easy Street Freeloading on the Combination of Floyd Landis’ Whistleblower Suit and USADA’s Evidentiary Case against Lance Armstrong(24 February 2013)


A Study Related to Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use — Reveals How Little Critically Important Medical Research Information Makes It Out to Physicians and Patients (22 February 2013)


President Obama Continues to Refuse to Release Legal Justifications for Drone Murder — Did Someone Crown Him King? (21 February 2013)


The Unfortunate Futility of Acquainting Religious Hierarchies with Genuine Spiritual Development — Cardinal Roger Mahoney’s Puke-Inspiring Vision of Himself as a Victim of the Children whom His Church Abused (20 February 2013)


A Must Read for Wannabe Lawyers — Tucker Max on Why You Should Not Go to Law School — and Comments regarding My Own Statistically Unlikely Experience in Law (19 February 2013)


Where Did Once Brave America Go? — Professor Michael Brenner on the “Unmanly” Prevalence of Fear and Denial in the United States (18 February 2013)


Steve Grooms, Russ Sewell, and Dave Nomsen, Ringneck (Lyons Press, 2000) — Book Review (16 February 2013)


Does Institutionalized Mindlessness Make Us Dumber or Only More Cynical? — The State of the Union’s Annual Bouncing Clown Show Would Have Embarrassed Me even in Elementary School (15 February 2013)


The Fact that It Is Difficult to Get Pricing Information for Major Health Care Procedures — Demonstrates Just How Out of Control American Health Care Costs Are — a Study Published in JAMA Internal Medicine(14 February 2013)


Why Is Barnes and Noble as Complacently Dumb as It Is? — You Would Think that Amazon’s Internet Presence Would Have Given the Brick and Mortar Bookstore Something to Simulate, so as to Stay Relevant — a Review (13 February 2013)


M. D. Johnson, Guide to Pheasant Hunting (2006) — Book Review (12 February 2013)


Olympus E-P3 — Is it Still a Viable Choice over the E-PM2, E-PL5 or E-M5? — Review (11 February 2013)


We Can Recognize Immoral Thinking because It Consistently Refuses to Come to Grips with the Real Issues — an Illustration Using Columnist Michael Gerson’s Recent Drone Column — and a Parallel Example from CIA Director Nominee, John Brennan (08 February 2013)


Collusion among New York TimesWashington Post, and the CIA — to Keep a Drone Base Location Secret — a Comment on the Decline of the Function of the Fourth Estate (07 February 2013)


An Ohio State Study — Demonstrated that Providing People with Immediately Corrected Information Does Not Reliably Change their Mistaken Minds — the Finding Corroborates Suspicion that Determined Stupidity Is Our Lot in Life — which May Account for American Politics’ Frequently Stubborn Resistance to Facing Facts (06 February 2013)


Professor Paul Krugman Called the NRA an Insane Organization — and Former Pediatrics Assistant Professor Helena Rho Tells Us about the NRA’s Legislative Attempt to Prevent Pediatricians from Asking about Gun Ownership (05 February 2013)


How Little We Remember — Yesterday’s 70th Anniversary of the End of the Battle of Stalingrad — a Comment about the Inertia of Forgetfulness and Failed Gratitude (03 February 2013)


Dick Sternberg, Upland Game Birds (1995) — Book Review (02 February 2013)


Think about the Portrait of Our Dystopian Society, which Senator Lindsey Graham Painted in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Hearing regarding Gun Violence — Then Consider that He and His Anti-Government Ilk Are Directly Responsible for the Anarchical State of Affairs that He Says People Now Need Guns to Combat (30 January 2013)


High Blood Pressure Patients — Meta-Analysis Shows that Dual Blockade of the Renin-Angiotensin System Does Not Reduce All-Cause Mortality — and Comes at the Price of Subjecting Many Patients to Noticeably Higher Risks for Hyperkalemia, Hypotension, and Renal Failure (29 January 2013)


U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Chief, Lanny Breuer, to Step Down — after PBS’s FrontlineImplicitly Exposes Him, Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama for Being Plutocracy Friendly (28 January 2013)


The United Nations Human Rights Council Is Going to Investigate the Practice of Drone Murder — Will the Inquiry Be Enough to Slap Legal and Moral Sense into the Imperial American Presidency? (26 January 2013)


Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard and M705 Wireless Marathon Mouse — Long Term Durability Report — Review (25 January 2013)


A Humorously Sad Example of Humanity’s Ability to Distort Basic Spiritual Messages — the United States Air Force’s Well-Intended, but “We Missed the Point” Distortion of Martin Luther King Junior’s Most Basic Message about Peacefulness (24 January 2013)


Carefully Scripted Benghazi Outrage from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — Stained Her Admirable Record — although almost No One in Her Camp Is Going to Notice (23 January 2013)


An Oath Taken on Two Bibles that Once Belonged to More Honorably Consistent Leaders — and a Speech Containing an Astonishing Hypocrisy — President Obama’s Second Inauguration Mirrored the United States’ Often Self-Defeating Moral Condition (22 January 2013)


The Ridiculous Right’s Demented Ostrich Display — the Attack on President Obama’s Innocuous Gun Related Executive Orders (18 January 2013)


If One Is already a Prominent Person, Why Is Trolling for Angry Responses to Boldly Stated Stupidities so Attractive — Would Not a Quieter Reputation for Thoughtful Intelligence Be Preferable? —on Modernity’s Rampant Narcissism (17 January 2013)


High Art in Advertising — a German Television Commercial for Mercedes Uses almost No Words and Virtually No Car — and Hits a Homerun that Even Its Competitors Will Admire — a Model for “Wannabe” Influencers (16 January 2013)


The Forced Suicide of Aaron Swartz (Reddit Founder and Internet Freedom Advocate) — Was almost Certainly due to Unconscionable Prosecutorial Excess from U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz — an Example of Why Freedom Lovers, on Both Left and Right, so often Despise the Federal Government — and a Comment regarding the Obama Administration’s Responsibility for Letting this all Get Out of Hand(15 January 2013)


Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005) — Review (15 January 2013)


Bruce Alberts — Editor in Chief of Science — Made an Excellent Suggestion for Improving American Science Education — but Policy Makers Will Probably Ignore It — because So Many Do Not Understand How Science and Critical Thinking Work (14 January 2013)


James Yeager Is a Good Representative for Gun Advocacy’s Extreme Right — but His Passion and Profane Directness Do Not Automatically Make Him an Idiot — a Comment on the “Not So Fringe” (13 January 2013)


A Dark, but Amusing Gun Control Essay from Novelist Douglas Anthony Cooper — Examines Our Culture’s Infatuation with Violence — and My Comment about the Not Obvious Spiritual Thinking that the Social Contract Requires (12 January 2013)


Robert Scheer Concisely Disposed of President Obama’s Absurd Claim that He Is a Financial Sector Reformer — Comments on the Nomination of Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary (11 January 2013)


National Research Council (NRC) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) Health Report — Shows How Far the United States Lags Affluent Nations — in Longevity and Accepted Indicators of Health Quality — Tables and Graphs Dramatically Make the Point (10 January 2013)


Competing Poles of the Firearms Debate Are Inadvertently Presented in Two Pro Gun Videos — Gun Advocate Alex Jones’ Lack of Self Control with Piers Morgan — and a Legally Modified AR-15 Equipped with a Slide Fire Solutions’ “Bump Fire” Shoulder Stock and a 250-Round Magazine (09 January 2013)


The Tiresome Problem of Generals — Who Speak Out against the Evils of Unnecessary War, only afterThey Have Retired — General Stanley McChrystal Now Agrees that Drone Murder Is Bad — Yet, He apparently Didn’t Do Squat about it, even when He Was the Ranking Commander in Afghanistan — and a Comment about the Moral Implications of True Leadership (08 January 2013)


Congress and President Are Looking at the Wrong Things — Economically Speaking — a Not so Isolated Example from the Fiscal Cliff Deal (07 January 2013)


Henry Blodget Unerringly Pegged Lance Armstrong — in a Piece Published by Business Insider — and a Question about Redemption (06 January 2013)


Reflexive American Bigotry Makes an International Fool of Itself — Time Warner Dumped Current TV, apparently in Part because Al Jazeera Bought It — and Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly Thoughtlessly Followed Up by Slamming Al Gore — All without Looking at Al Jazeera English’s Actual Doings (04 January 2013)


If It Is “Them” Voters’ Fault — Can We Help by Improving their Knowledge Base? — Probably Not, Say the Findings from a Clever Political Science Experiment (03 January 2013)


The Often Maligned David Brooks Is Correct — “It’s Them Voters” — and My Added Comment about the Utility of Using Reasoned Common Sense to Dissect Political and Economic Camouflage (02 January 2013)


1971’s Wilmington 10 Were Finally Pardoned on the Last Day of 2012 — Thirty-Two Years after the 4thCircuit Court of Appeals Overturned the Original Trial Verdict — on Grounds Equivalent to Perjury, Prosecutorial Misconduct, and Implied Racism — a Reminder that American Justice too often Is Not (01 January 2013)