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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The Failed state of Russia
Posted at: Sep/30/2022 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, World Watching,
I know, it is likely a little optimistic to say so, but there are a lot of signs for everyone to see. It sure looks like Russia has gone from failing, to being a failed state.
The first step in Russia’s disintegration was Vladimir Putin’s painstaking construction of a fascist political system centered on him and his personality. In the lifecycle of a dictatorship it is not unusual for the lea.....read more…
The new California energy solution
Posted at: Sep/06/2022 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Society, Watching America,
Have you heard, California is about to vote on legislation to restrict the sale of gas-powered cars and ban them altogether after 2035. This is clearly a noble cause, and just as clearly has not been thought through very well. With so many contradictions to existing energy and environmental policy it will be interesting to see how this plays out over time.
In truth, the Governor had announced .....read more…
Tactical lessons from Ukraine
Posted at: Mar/21/2022 : Posted by: Mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, Politics & Gov, World Watching,
For anyone not aware, the Russian army after spending months building up their forces along the Ukrainian border, ultimately invaded Ukraine on Feb 24 of 2022. This has devolved from a military action to genocide and humanitarian crisis. While I don’t wish to ignore the scale of human tragedy that is unfolding, there are some serious lessons to be learned about the Russian military and its tactic.....read more…
What keeps me up at night
Posted at: Mar/14/2022 : Posted by: mel
I would like to believe that as I have matured in life, I have gotten my emotions under control. When things go well, I enjoy the moment while trying not to celebrate to a level that belittles someone else. When things have not worked out as I have hoped, I try to focus on what should happen next and minimize any outward appearance of being upset or disappointed. There is another emotional situ.....read more…
Posted at: Feb/07/2022 : Posted by: Mel
Related Category: People, Society,
It is interesting how things work. There is a lot going on in my life and the world around me. Periodically these many things have a common theme rises to the surface. I had a conversation with a rabbi recently and was challenged on the topic of what it means to be part of the Jewish people. If you follow any news you are likely aware of Whoopi Goldberg’s recent comments that seemed to take and.....read more…
What are we really teaching our kids?
Posted at: Sep/29/2021 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Society, Watching America,
The one thing that is guaranteed when you use race as a means to power or change is short term absurdity. The optics of race is currently one of the most popular cards to play when pursuing power. The absurdity arises when the simple facts that many people see plainly are ignored. I know, the “truth is supposed to ultimately come out”, but like so many things…the truth will appears as a retract.....read more…
Vaccinations are not in the Constitution
Posted at: Sep/03/2021 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: The Law, Watching America,
Unless you have been living in a cave for all of 2020 and into 2021 you have heard of this highly contagious virus designated COVID-19. As a worldwide pandemic, COVID-19 has shut down economy’s, changed how we live our lives, and killed far too many. The good news is that we have a fully approved vaccine. The bad news is that a large block of our population does not want to get vaccinated.
Time to rethink tradition
Posted at: Jul/26/2021 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,
It has been 8 months since the 2020 elections and the entire process of elections is still in the news. There is talk that the election was stolen, and others who worry about the opportunity for fraud. On the other side of the table is a valid concern that elections be accessible and not disenfranchise any distinct group of voters. These are all important questions since our democracy is depende.....read more…
Biden 100 days in
Posted at: May/05/2021 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Politics & Gov, Watching America,
In case you missed it, President Biden just finished his first 100 days in the oval office. This milestone is normally scrutinized by the press and pundits. Agenda is analyzed along with executive orders and public appearances. For most of the last 30 years new Presidents have used this window to promote their agenda and begin securing their legacy. Clearly, President Trump excelled at dominati.....read more…
Is that what you call news?
Posted at: Apr/22/2021 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Society, Watching America,
I know that when I was in my teens and early twenties I thought many older adults were totally out of touch with reality. The things that seemed to matter to that generation just didn’t strike a nerve with me. I can remember someone coming into a diner with a sleeveless shirt on and sandals, my father could no longer focus on our conversation and finally insisted that we leave our meals half eate.....read more…