Category Archives: News & Notes

Should Democracy Be Fixed?



There is a strong tendency to accept that “democracy,” however defined, is “broken. It then follows that things that are broken, need to be fixed, so let’s throw out some proposals to “fix” Democracy.

Before we head off in the direction of fixing it shouldn’t we ask the question as to how to know if an institution, such as “Democracy’ is in fact broken?

What exactly was/is the US Mission in Niger? In the recent events there, four US Soldiers were lost and literally, nothing about the death of US Troops in a godforsaken third-world s**thole has made any sense whatsoever. Were they there to “train” or “advise” local troops in their battle against ISIS? Or was the mission more “hands on” and not what Congress believes that it had authorized by not declaring war?


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An Empty Cart Rattles Loudly



I’m back from the mini-vacation to Spokane. Like most vacations, it was a mixed bag of excitement and meh… On the downside, I did not survive my trip on the RMS TiTanic. But my wife and child did…

Watching the Korean handshake was surreal. Frankly, I am still unsure of what to believe. Every instinct in my Cold War blood screams that it’s a trick. But… at the same time, what if it isn’t. What if I have grown so old, so inflexible, that I have outlived my usefulness? Would that constitute a joke? Read the rest of this entry

The Bigger A**Hole



Down in Fresno, the debate over what is and what is not “Free Speech” continues to boil over, thanks to Randa Jararr. Oddly enough, simply by putting that name into the Facebook post discussing what she said and the reactions to it, the Facebook algorithm will automatically pounce on it and limit the showing of the post to a grand ToTaL of roughly nine people.

(By the by and as a complete aside, that is why you should be following me on Twitter (@DaveBowmanShow), because Facebook assumes that anybody it has identified as “conservative” who mentions Randa Jararr is automatically going to make fun of her looks or criticize her positions and complain about her self-identification a rather controversial “Muslim-American.”)

Which, when it comes back around, is really what we are talking about – what exactly is “free speech” and who has it?


The City of Seattle has hit on the idea of a “Head Tax” to “address homelessness” which many of its City Council Members believe has been exacerbated by a growing tech boom. You see, if only these companies coming to Seattle wouldn’t pay people so much, rents (and Real Estate) wouldn’t be so expensive and there wouldn’t be as many homeless people. So their plan is to drive up the costs of businesses. That’ll show them!


 

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