Summer Travel Blues

Four dollars and change at the pump.
The cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Has the Internet made us more selfish?

Trump Judge Tosses Airline Mask Mandate

The Biden administration’s mandate has been lifted immediately.

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

CDC Lessens Quarantine Recommendations Despite Omicron’s Spread

The flurry of news around the new variant is dizzying.

Evidence Isn’t Going to Persuade Anti-vaxers

Hesitancy is a complex phenomenon largely immune to facts.

Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci participates in a briefing Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West) Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci participates in a briefing Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West)

The Fauci Who Stole Christmas

You’re a monster, Dr. Grinch, Your heart’s an empty hole.

Yet Even More Tabs

On mandates and other miscellany.

Donald Rumsfeld, 1932-2021

He was both the youngest and oldest man to run the Pentagon.

Gorsuch and Alito Want to Revisit Religious Accomodations

Is a de minimus standard too small?

Americans Ignoring Conflicting CDC Advice

Vaccinations are not keeping up with recklessness.

Corporate Politics in Georgia

The GA GOP is butting heads with corporations over HB202

US Should Have Federal Vaccine Passport

There are legitimate ethical and liberty questions but they’re outweighed by the benefits.

Trump Taxes: Corruption and Foreign Influence

The Times investigation sheds more light on what most of us already knew.

DC Area Schools Not Opening

The lousy hybrid option has been scrapped in favor of a worthless virtual one.

Brooks Brothers Bankrupt

The venerable apparel company is having a hard go of it.

Civility Strained by Coronavirus

We’re a long, long way from normal.

COVID-19 Has Killed More Americans than 9/11

We’re passing grim milestones on a daily basis.

President Donald J. Trump is seen on a cellphone screen as he addresses his remarks at a White House Coronavirus Taskforce update briefing Monday, March 9, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen) President Donald J. Trump is seen on a cellphone screen as he addresses his remarks at a White House Coronavirus Taskforce update briefing Monday, March 9, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

NSC Sounded Coronavirus Alarm But Was Ignored

Political considerations overruled warnings from national security and health professionals.

$2 Trillion Relief Deal Reached

Finally.

Coronavirus Bailout Both Reparations and Stimulus

This is no ordinary recession.

State Department: Do Not Travel

US citizens are urged to stay home. Those abroad are urged to return now or risk not being able to later.

Trump Speaks on Coronavirus…

…and confusion (and a further market tumble) ensues.

Stocks Plummet Amid Coronavirus and Oil Fears

Trading has resumed after an early plunge triggered automatic suspension.

Coronavirus Has Been Politicized to Dangerous Effect II

These decisions should be made by professionals.

Trump Thinks Russia Should Be Readmitted To The G-7

Once again, President Trump is doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding.

Shutdown Eroding Public Faith In The Economy

The government shutdown is beginning to negatively impact the public’s perception of the health of the economy.

Herb Kelleher, Co-Founder Of Upstart Airline Southwest Airlines, Dies At 87

Herb Kelleher, who helped found an airline that revolutionized the industry thanks to his unconventional choices, has died at the age of 87.

Shutdown’s Impact Likely To Be Limited

While the political media is spending a lot of time talking about it, the actual impact of this latest government shutdown is likely to be limited and possibly even unnoticeable to most Americans.

Trump Sides With Saudis In Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi

In what has to qualify as one of the most horrifying displays of moral depravity on the international stage, the Trump Administration is saying it doesn’t really care if the Saudi Crown Prince is a murderer or not.

Trump’s Wealth Originated In Shady Financial Maneuvers And Possible Tax Fraud

Much of what Donald Trump has claimed about how he built his fortune is a lie, and at least part of it originated in his father’s shady efforts to evade taxes.

Supreme Court Upholds Final Version Of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

In a ruling that largely relies on the authority granted by Congress to the President to regulate immigration on national security grounds, the Supreme Court has upheld the final version of the Administration’s travel ban.

Trump Says Russia Should Be Allowed Back In The G-7

As he headed to the G-7 Summit, President Trump threw our ostensible allies another curve.

Irish Voters Overwhelmingly Vote To Repeal Ban On Abortion

Just as they did three years ago when they legalized same-sex marriage, Irish voters turned out in record numbers to repeal the nation’s ban on abortion.

Ireland Set To Vote On Lifting Abortion Ban

Tomorrow, Irish voters will head to the polls to decide whether or not to scrap a Constitutional Amendment that bans abortion in essentially all circumstances.

The Internet is Forever. Should it Be?

The ‘permanent record’ of yesteryear is now real. Should there be limitations?

Walmart Joins Dick’s To Raise Minimum Age To Buy Any Gun To 21

Following yesterday’s move by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart has raised the age for all gun sales to 21.

Donald Trump Channels Archie Bunker

“All In The Family” predicted a policy proposal that President Trump and many other conservatives have made in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Announces Limits On Gun Sales, Stops Selling “Assault Weapons”

Dick’s Sporting Goods will no longer sell “assault weapons” at any of its stores, and will limit the sale of any gun to people aged 21 and above.

Georgia May Strip Delta Tax Break Over Its NRA Break

I don’t see how the state legislature making tax decisions on the basis of the public position an company takes is legal under the 14th Amendment. 

Poll Shows Increased Support For Gun Control In The Wake Of Florida Shooting

New polls show increased support for various gun control measures, including limitations on so-called “assault weapons,” but that doesn’t mean we’re likely to see Congressional action on the subject.

Anti-NRA Boycott Gaining Steam

More than a dozen companies have ended relationships with the gun rights organization and protesters are demanding more follow suit.

Iraqi Kurds Vote Overwhelmingly For Independence, Prompting A Backlash

Kurds in Iraq voted overwhelmingly for independence in a non-binding referendum, and the result is threatening to create a new conflict in the Middle East.

Remembering 9/11 Without Obsessing Over It

At some point, it will be time to move on.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Under Investigation For Trip That Coincided With Eclipse

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky that ‘just happened’ to coincide with last month’s eclipse is being investigated by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General.

Trump Considering Reversing Obama Policy On Cuba

President Trump is reportedly considering at least partly reversing one of the great foreign policy successes of the Obama Presidency.

United Breaks Passengers’ Sanity

The background of the United incident, from an aviation law and policy perspective.