The 2022 US Senate Seats Up for Grabs

Here are the Senate seats that will be subject to the 2022 US midterm elections, separated way too early into four categories. ==LIKELY TO FLIP== PAT TOOMEY (R-PA), 59 – Open seat; 2-term Toomey is retiring. Pennsylvania is a purple state that’s managed to have at least one Republican senator since 1947, save for those eighteen months where Arlen Specter flipped from R to D in an effort to keep his seat. Bob Casey Jr (D) is the other senator, but the favorability of the GOP has dropped there over…

Creating a Post-Trumpian Era

There are a number of great lines in the classic 80s film The Princess Bride. But there is one I love above all others, and that I think is particularly applicable to a number of situations, including to America’s current political climate. Inigo Montoya, speaking after finally avenging his father’s death, says, “You know, it’s strange.  I have been in the revenge business so long that, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.” Let Him Go… Can you remember back to…

Barrett is a no-lose proposition for the American people

It is not as if the 2020 election year has not already had its share of intrigue. We must admit that the turmoil in our national politics has been nothing short of historic. The death of celebrated Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just added serious spin to the already reeling political discourse. There is a fundamental difference between Progressives and Conservatives when it comes to executing judicial office. There is a reason Presidents seek to appoint new judges at nearly every level when they take office. Progressive judges (read…

We’re Overdue for More Constitutional Amendments

As America gets further and further divided, it seems like we’re overdue for some Constitutional amendments to at least try to fix some of what’s broken about Washington. The Supreme Court Amendment XXVIII – 1. The Supreme Court shall be comprised of nine jurists, each appointed by the President of the United States, appointed to one eighteen-year term, with the advice and consent from Congress. 2. This will take effect on the first January after mid-terms upon passing of this Amendment. 3. Of the current jurists, the appointee who has…

It’s not the People, it’s the Premise

My latest post on the NBA has generated a tremendous amount of controversy. That is not unexpected. Race has been brought to the forefront in America as it often is. Strong feelings run in both directions on the issue. I have great affection for many people in the NBA and sports in general. I am well acquainted with past team presidents, current general managers, and several current and retired players. The tenor of the article may have caused many to miss the point. The attitude of players is sympathetic to…

Why I Support the NBA

I’ve been a Jazz fan since I moved to Utah in 1989. Been there for Stockton-to-Malone, the NBA Finals, the 2003 season when everyone predicted it would be the worst team in the NBA and they went 42-40 behind Andrei Kirilenko and a ragtag bunch of misfits, through Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, through the Coach Ty Corbin years, the Stayward campaign, the rocket-launch rise of Donovan Mitchell, and everything in between. I’ve written on sports sites about them, appeared on TV and radio to talk about them, do my…

Why I am Done with the NBA

Professional sports has had a rough go of things in the last few years. An old truism dictates that too much money and power tend to ruin just about anything, and professional sports could qualify as Exhibit A. In a direct reflection of the state of our society as a whole, professional sports are in decline. After the postponement of their season, the NBA is back for an abbreviated season and playoffs. I, and apparently many others according to the ratings, will not be tuning in. There are several reasons…

America’s Moral Dilemma

Another Fourth of July has come and gone. It is moving to see the flag flown and traditional values reinforced. Sometimes we lose sight of just what those values are, misplaced in a cacophony of voices decrying the evils of the American system. When it comes to leadership in a free society, a strong moral compass is essential. Our current crisis reflects moral breakdowns being inappropriately framed as political or systemic issues. In order to successfully maintain our liberties, it is important to be able to tell the difference. America…

Bostock and short summers

I’m sure all of us have had the experience of revisiting a place we knew well in our youth and being surprised at how small it seemed.  Or perhaps we’ve experienced the phenomenon of time seemingly flying by as we age — those endless summers of our childhood seem more like long weekends of yesteryear. Of course, it’s not place and time that have changed, it’s our perspective that has shifted.  A childhood summer that comprised a large fraction of our entire existence to that point seemed endless; as the…

On Racism and Rabble Rousing

“(We need ) to destroy the historic culture, to destroy the systemic racism, to destroy, in specifics… all of the things that make it so difficult to hold someone accountable when a life, like George Floyd’s, is so wrongfully taken.” – Minnesota Governor Walz. America is the most tolerant and beneficent nation in history. And it was a lot of work getting here.” Mark Levin, Former Assistant US Attorney General, Author, and XM Radio Host. I am a child of the sixties. I actually grew up in the Deep South.…