Category Archives: Federalism

Atomic Angst



Phones and TV’s all over Hawaii flashed the alarm, and pure panic ensued. There’s a HUGE problem with this, and it wasn’t whoever “accidently” pushed the button…

Now… on the one hand, this was clearly an “accident,” or a “mistake,” or a colossal foul up. But what about the reaction? For nearly 45 minutes, many people in Hawaii thought they were about to get nuked. And what did they do about it?


The world is full of hypocrisy. So it’s no surprise that it’s the organizations and institutions which are most loud about being anti-hypocritical that are, on the balance, usually the most hypocritical of all.

Whether it’s Hollywood pretending to have not known that Harvey Weinstein was a dirt bag, media experts on travel telling us that Hati and Mali aren’t giant holes full of excrement or political supporters of a given politician pretending that their guy or gal is borderline perfect, it’s amazing – if nauseating – to watch.

And as the Nation pauses to remember Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., we also watched as one of the most civil rights oriented organizations in the country completely ignored that legacy and its own rules in order to get what it wants.

Now watch as the supporters of that organizations make their excuses and rationalizations for what happened and how it “wasn’t”  a violation of their own rules and principles…


The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case out of South Dakota regarding the collection of sales taxes on internet purchases. However you feel about the issue, it’s likely to be settled this summer, and most likely in favor of the States…


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The 2nd Elephant



SEGMENT – “WE MUST DO SOMETHING…”

In the aftermath of Vegas, et al, the call once again becomes “We must do something.”  The problem is, what is something to one person may be nothing to another, and everything to yet another. It all comes down to an understanding of what “reasonable” is. Because what is reasonable to you, may not be to me, and vice versa.

In short, other nations have gone so far as to confiscate guns from citizens. But here in the United States, that would be… problematic at best. So. for the moment, let’s play the “What If?” game. If there were a law which banned all guns, how would those who pass such a law go about enforcing it?

Reference to Constitution Thursday The Saturday Podcast Episode “I Don’t Like Monday’s”

SEGMENT – GERRYMANDERING

In Wisconsin, the State Legislature stands accused of deciding to gerrymander the whole State to favor one Political Party. Now look, this is nothing new. But it is new to have the Supreme Court take up the case and look at whether or not Gerrymandering is in the “best interests of democracy.”

Putting aside the whole “we’re not a democracy” argument for the moment, there actually is a solution to the problem that would make it more challenging (not impossible) to gerrymander, but there is no way on this green planet that the Donkeys and Elephants will ever allow it to happen…

SEGMENT – FRIENDS

A voicemail reminds me of why I love doing these podcasts and shows so very much.

Language and Perspective



Segment 1 – Welcome to the New Studio!

The experience of buying a home with a “credit challenge” can be stressful beyond belief. The new digs have everything Dave’s ever wanted in a home except for one thing – a Mead Hall.

Segment 2 – “As a Reminder to Future Generations”

After Charlottesville the national scrutiny of Confederate symbols has become acute. Should a monument be eliminated simply because it exists? Or is there a deeper meaning to some of these statues and stones? In the late summer of 1991, I went to Gettysburg. what I found there provides me with my answer and position of the removal of CSA monuments.

Segment 3 – “The Question”

In all of my years in the media, one of the biggest questions I get asked is “Why don’t Jews vote Republican?” There is an answer to that question, and I guarantee that if you are an evangelical Christian republican you will not like it. The interesting thing about it is that it applies to other minority groups as well. And if the GOP really wants to reach those voter groups, they might want to think about how they change their approach…

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