Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions
and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested
in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you.
I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size.
Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.
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Trying to define 2016
Posted at: Feb/09/2017 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Society,
We are 5 weeks into 2017, so it seems only fair to look back and try to access or define 2016. Definitions by their very nature need to be short to be effective and understood. In a dictionary, definitions are seldom more than 8-10 words in length. Sometimes a year is best described by a new word added to our lexicon, in this case I have settled on an old word that has taken on a new emphasis. 20.....read more…
What just happened?
Posted at: Nov/21/2016 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov,
The 2016 Presidential Election wrapped up a couple of days ago and the American people have chosen. Despite 18 months of campaigning and a winnowing from 20+ candidates to one winner we are blessed with protests claiming “Not my President.” The real surprise in this election was not who won, but how misguided and out of touch the pollsters, pundits and experts appear to have been.
The final c.....read more…
Sports and Politics
Posted at: May/16/2016 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Society, Watching America,
In America, regardless of how poor a person is, they probably have at least one sport they follow with more than just a passing interest. The media industry has picked up on this phenomenon and offers lots of choices without having to purchase pay-per-view. There’s 6 months of baseball and basketball. There is nearly twenty week of helmet crunching football. Soccer is making major inroads in t.....read more…
What was SCOTUS up to?
Posted at: Apr/30/2016 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, Politics & Gov, The Law, Watching America,
Listening to lawyers speak beyond the fictional versions of television can be extremely boring and confusing. The most prestigious place in the United States for a lawyer to argue a case is before the United States Supreme Court. Acting as presumed experts on the Constitution, the Supreme Court therefore is tasked to evaluate judicial appeals, new laws and other legal content with respect to ens.....read more…
A story in a story
Posted at: Apr/23/2016 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives,
The other day I was channel surfing during one of my nights when sleep was eluding me. I eventually let the remote control rest and I settled on watching the movie Starship Troopers. The 1997 movie was directed by Paul Verhoeven with screen play by Edward Neumeier and follows the futuristic military career and personal growth of the main character Johnny Rico while earth is at war with a race of.....read more…
The Problem with a Free Society
Posted at: Mar/28/2016 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives, Society,
As anyone who pays attention to current events knows, these are trying times for any open and free society. On the evening of 13 November 2015, a series of coordinated attacks occurred in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis killing 130 and injuring another +360. During the morning rush hour on 22 March 2016 another set of coordinated attacks in Brussels killed at least 30 and seriously injured 230 m.....read more…
The Best Number is
Posted at: Mar/05/2016 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: My philosophy, Perspectives,
I like to consider myself “well read.” By stating this I believe that I have learned enough in my life to speak intelligently on many subjects. Sometimes I am inspired to correct the liberties taken by some to rewrite history to serve an agenda. Sometimes I write about what I believe to be important political or philosophical observations that seem to have an especially timely meaning. Until t.....read more…
She Said What!
Posted at: Dec/24/2015 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Politics & Gov, Watching America,
There are lots of ways to find entertainment through your day. Television is a good start, but you will eventually run out of content and start binge watching programs from 20 years ago to sustain this input form. Another possible form of entertainment is the programs sharing videos of people either being caught in a bad situation, or just being incredibly stupid. This path could easily lead to.....read more…
ISIS and the anemic west
Posted at: Dec/08/2015 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Society, World Watching,
The barbarism of the attacks ISIS inspired attacks in Paris in November of 2015 marks a new low in terror. The attacks were not directed against national symbols or government targets as would be the case in a historical insurgency. Instead, these attacks were clearly designed simply to kill innocent men, women and children in the course of their daily activities. More criminal than insurgent, the.....read more…
The Children won’t play nice
Posted at: Oct/16/2015 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, Politics & Gov, Watching America,
As a parent, having a house full of children can be a very rewarding experience. You get to see them teach each other things, show their individuality, and mature into unique adults. One of the most rewarding times is when they all play together with a respect and tolerance for each other. Ah, but I reminisce for this behavior is now only the stuff of legend and lore when watching our Congress .....read more…