Why is Duterte so popular?

My wife was born and raised in the Philippines and on occasion we like to commiserate on the terrible Presidents of our respective countries of birth.  I have written a lot trying to explain the horribleness of Donald Trump.  I understand the appeal of Trump because he is one of the quintessential American archetypes – […]

Anarchism in a small liberal arts college

Recently I had the pleasure of teaching a section of one of our Honors classes at my university.  This particular class is broken up into four sections with a different instructor assigned to each section.  We are given total freedom to design our topic for our section and for mostly personal reasons I chose – […]

Norway’s 9/11

I was doing some data coding on international homicide rates and when looking at the data for Norway I was reminded of how horrifying the 22/July attack was.  Anders Breivik killed 77 people, many of them teenagers.  The attack accounts for a doubling of the homicide rate for Norway in 2011.  These figures both put […]

Donald Trump is a Goddamn Moron

I am almost through reading the Mueller Report and, although this is not the most important takeaway one can have from reading it, the one takeaway that sticks out to me is – what a fucking moron the President of the United States is.  This is not a new insight but it is one that […]

Tear down the existing border wall

There was a great op-ed in the NYTimes today arguing the the Democrats should stop arguing with Republicans on their terms with regards to immigration. The author, Daniel Denvir argues that: Democrats should follow their voters, who increasingly want more open borders, and reframe the immigration debate by rejecting the very notion that the border […]

No New Border Wall and Tear Down The Existing Walls

  Because our racist grifter of a President is afraid that Ann Coulter will say mean things about him if he doesn’t get his racist wall on the U.S.-Mexico border the federal government has been shutdown now for almost a month.  On Saturday the dummy President, and supposed excellent deal-maker, offered a 3 year extension for […]