war agenda

September 9th, 2013
The President of The United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama, is trying hard to convince the American public, congress, and international politicians that prosecuting another war in the middle east is a good idea for peace and prosperity. more »

into the breach

August 23rd, 2013
If AG Holder cared about the Constitution, the object of his oath of office, the supreme law of the land, he would be preparing charges for the vigorous prosecution all the parties conjoined to the gross violation of the rights of tens of thousands of Americans, no matter how high the trail might lead. more »

spy-gaming the public

August 12th, 2013
In all this, President O is known as a constitutional scholar, but it's clear he places little weight on the original construction of that document or the terms of the Bill of Rights. Particularly galling is how he invokes "the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America" to charter the Review Group, but like his predecessors he appears to believe the Constitution is infinitely flexible. more »

imperfect knowledge

August 5th, 2013
My ballot for the primary election includes a mark for Kate Martin, one of the dark horses in the field of eight.... Her candidate statement isn't much more informative than the others, but did strike a couple resonant chords: shared prosperity based on being socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I think there's a recipe in those ingredients, but it all depends on what else is in the shopping cart. more »

proclaim wealth

July 30th, 2013
Evidently Seattle's Mayor McGinn thinks that proclamation is an effective method to improve the living standard of local citizens. Would that it were so. more »

olympic boondoggle redux

July 28th, 2013
I wrote earlier of my skepticism concerning attempts by some in the Seattle community to promote the local area as the site for a future Olympics games. Here is an article from the Guardian, written on the anniversary of the 2012 London games, describing some doubt as to the vaunted hopes claimed to justify the public expense on those Olympics. A few extracts that might give further pause before taking at face value such claims regarding any similar venture around Seattle. more »

up with science

July 20th, 2013
I have chided Science Friday's Ira Flatow for his tendency to equate interest in research on a given topic to the necessity that the best (or perhaps only) way to accomplish that end is via government agencies and the political process. This post points out private alternatives that are becoming a reasonable alternative to support to research scientists. more »

rant on Michael Moore on Capitalism

July 10th, 2013
twenty five years of bailouts can't be wrong.    oh, wait, maybe the can be after all. more »

where was he when?

July 9th, 2013
Thank goodness it is only politics - I almost came to the conclusion that Mr McConnell and his ilk are simply power hungry sociopaths. more »

risk and uncertainty, particularized

July 4th, 2013
The prospects of space travel include the chance of going out in a blaze of exploding rocket fuel - a scenario in the news recently with the loss of three more GLONASS satellites that were sitting atop a Proton rocket at Baikonur Cosmodrome more »