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​The Promise of Power & The Divisions it Sows – Democrats Split Months Before Midterms

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:42:24 +0000

How power, even just the promise of it, changes things and divides those who professed unity when power was a more distant goal. To wit, Democrats are already showing fractures that were at least previously papered over with the linked arms and pink hats of the Great Brave Resistance against the Bad Guy at the […]

​Connor Lamb – Pro-life Gun-toting Centrist Wins in PA 18

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:57:12 +0000

Nobody says thea-tuh anymore. Not even people my age. Maybe grandma when she’s making fun of someone or has had a tipple too many. So I won’t say that David Marcus works in the thea-tuh (as well as being a correspondent for The Federalist and publishing elsewhere, like the NYTimes occasionally.) I’ll just say he […]

Play Ball!

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:13:27 +0000

Play Ball! © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. Here’s a thought and I’d love to hear some responses. There are about 120,000,000 households in the US. That’s about 2.75 people per household, since the total US population is around 330,000,000 people. Now, the poverty rate is around 15% or roughly 50,000,000 people living in […]

You’re Fired!

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:57:48 +0000

You’re Fired! © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. “You’re fired!” Those are the sweetest two words in the entire language. Those two words make possible everything that’s good in our daily lives: our freedom, our safety, the many modes of transportation at our disposal, the rich abundance of foods we get to choose from, […]

Walter Shaub – ​FDR’s Grave Roller & the Hatch Act

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 23:07:28 +0000

The Hatch Act of 1939 was signed into legislation by a reluctant FDR as a legislative remedy for a political and partisan problem with FDR’s Works Progress Administration – it’s employees to be precise – in local or state or senate elections. Employees of the WPA were accused of campaigning for FDR’s favorites in campaigns. […]

​Broward County Was A Laboratory For Progressive School Policy on Discipline and Violence

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:50:53 +0000

First it was Scot Peterson, the armed Broward Sheriff’s Deputy, waiting outside the school in Parkland as the gunfire sounded for a period of several minutes, and only calling for back-up rather than going in. Then, we find out he was also on the radio with the Sheriff’s Office and likely receiving instructions. In other […]

​Trump’s Distrust of Due Process is a Sign of the Times

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:06:08 +0000

Impatience with due process. Legally, it’s not a crime unless you do something against the law as a result of that impatience. Politically, it’s not really an impeachable offense, unless enough members of both Houses of Congress decide it somehow is. But it can make for bad politics as in Trump’s latest impatience with due […]

​Barbara Streisand Blames Trump for Parkland

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:49:26 +0000

Barbara Streisand thinks Trump is to blame for the school shooting in Parkland. According to her: I think even that shooter was affected because Trump brings out the violence in people. Ok Barbara, let’s look at some historical data on school shootings and then maybe we can blame some more people who were in the […]

​Gun Control – Mike Allen Reveals SuperTrump to America

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:29:14 +0000

Mike Allen of Axios – who I think of as a former Obama official given his rabid necessity to defend the former president’s legacy by attacking the current administration constantly – thinks Trump is all powerful now. At least that’s the direct conclusion one is forced to draw after reading this: President Trump has a […]

​John Davidson Forces Us to Ask – What is the Price of Freedom?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:31:46 +0000

While proposals like banning bump stocks or tightening up guidelines for gun sales to mental health sufferers might be part of the post-Parkland shooting media landscape, there’s a far more direct argument being made by The Federalist‘s John Davidson, a veteran reporter who tends to think through issues to their logical conclusion. Despite the uncomfortable or […]

Can’t Anyone Take a Joke?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:31:57 +0000

Can’t Anyone Take a Joke? © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. We have two adult daughters. Both are married with children of their own. One of them lives overseas in Italy (don’t ask, it’s a long story, but it gives us a great place to visit), the other lives 10 minutes away in the […]

​A Day or Two to Get Immigration Right?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:12 +0000

The Grand Immigration Debate has begun, under a deadline that may not be deadline, and with several competing plans, some of which we don’t have all the details yet. And it all may be for naught in the end anyway, as anything that can muster 60 votes in the Senate (which means at least and […]

Please Don’t Blame the Liberal

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:51:53 +0000

Please Don’t Blame the Liberal © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. Why is it that liberal politicians and liberal causes always seem to escape severe criticism and close scrutiny while their conservative counterparts are continually fighting off one allegation after another, no matter how fanciful and misleading those allegations might be? The standards to […]

​A New Chapter in the Trump Russia Saga Gets Opened Up by the GOP

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 22:55:24 +0000

The Democrats have moved their retreat to the Capitol complex. Which means they’re not moving anywhere over the next few days. Which means that maybe, or even likely, a shutdown will be avoided with full-year defense funding balanced by Community Health Centers and a lifting for 2 years of spending caps. In other words with […]

The “Real” Russia Collusion: Oil

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:00:56 +0000

The “Real” Russia Collusion: Oil © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. Russian collusion is indeed a major issue threatening the well-being of our country. It’s just not the Russia collusion that’s been bandied about in the news for over a year. No, it’s Russia colluding with OPEC to intentionally raise world crude oil pricing. […]

Pieces of the Same Puzzle: SOTU, DACA, FBI

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:53:08 +0000

Pieces of the Same Puzzle: SOTU, DACA, FBI © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. There are three issues swirling around in the news lately that may appear to be unrelated: The recently-delivered State of the Union (SOTU) address, the ongoing controversy over the DACA immigrants, and the about-to-be-released FBI memo regarding the basis of […]

​Code is Law – Social Media and Our Collapsing Institutions

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:39:21 +0000

Warren Henry is the pen name of an Illinois attorney who writes an annoyingly compact and nuanced email that I receive. Annoying to me, because apparently his purpose is to “question his priors” and his emails often contain enough OTOH’s to leave one begging for a positive affirmation that does so in no uncertain terms. […]

​FBI Deputy Director McCabe’s Terminal Leave, Howie Kurtz’s Book & That Memo

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 02:28:16 +0000

I’m guessing that Howie Kurtz doesn’t spend as much on grooming as Michael Wolff does. And he likely will never have Hillary Clinton read from his book at the Grammy Awards. But if I had to decide which book – Kurtz’s Media Madness or Wolff’s Fire and Fury – has better journalistic standards, it wouldn’t even be close. And […]

​Trump’s Offer – How Much is a Dreamer Worth?

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 21:03:31 +0000

Where were you on Sunday, May 25th, 1986? I wasn’t there, as in holding hands from one end of continental America to the other. I was somewhere else. But never mind. Hands Across America apparently linked around 6.5 million people from one coast to the other, raising money and awareness though for exactly what isn’t […]

​What Would it Mean if There Was a Secret Society in the FBI?

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:59:26 +0000

A Starbucks in suburban Virginia. Maybe one of the ones near Arlington National Cemetery. Five men in their forties and early fifties in jeans and windbreakers huddle in the parking lot. The tallest one – really tall – tells a worried-looking younger man, the youngest of the group: I swear to God, I will never, […]

​Angry Phone Calls in Maryland & Revenge Porn Leaks

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:31:51 +0000

From David Frum’s Philip Roth-like cover story in Atlantic few days after President Trump’s election – one that echoed Roth’s The Plot Against America – to Chelsea Handler practically pleading and insulting on Twitter with America’s military brass to launch a coup last summer. From the anarchist and resistance protests on Inauguration Day that left […]

If Democrats Take the House, They’ll Impeach Trump

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:08:16 +0000

If Democrats Take the House, They’ll Impeach Trump © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. Historically, the first mid-term elections in a new president’s first term result in major losses for the President’s party. The most famous recent example was in 1994, following the 1992 election of Bill Clinton. In spite of Clinton’s oratory skill, […]

​Science-Based Google Gets Medieval on James Damore

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:36:05 +0000

Forgive me. I am so prejudiced. So, so biased that I did not even realize that Otherkin is a word, and that it is much more than a word. It is a subculture, apparently, where people decide they’re like fish. Or dragons, which seems to be a popular choice. Like, for example, a yellow-scaled wingless dragonkin. Otherkins […]

Democrats Are All About Winning, Not Governing

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:20:58 +0000

Democrats Are All About Winning, Not Governing © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. It’s been said that we have two major governing parties in this country, the Democrats and the Republicans. Each party has a different, broad-based approach to managing the country: The Democrats believe that Government-created, taxpayer-funded programs—implemented from DC—are the best way […]

​Would it be President Oprah? Or President Winfrey?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:40:38 +0000

Are you scornfully offended over the allegations in Fire and Fury? Because of what Trump’s administration perhaps, possibly, maybe did in its first months in office? Or are you incensed because Michael Wolff does things like misspell “public” as “pubic” on what seems to be more than one occasion in what is a rushed and […]

Sometimes Late is Worse Than Never

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:31:49 +0000

Sometimes Late is Worse Than Never © 2018 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. It seems like timing is everything in life. Job opportunities, investments, political initiatives, travel schedules, etc.—things can work out to maximum advantage or with disastrous results depending on a small shift in the timing of the event. This is certainly true in […]

​President Trump Scorches Bannon While Manafort Fights Fire With Fire

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:20:22 +0000

This was a brazen act, a defiant challenge to the powers that be that was slapped down with a swift ferocity within a short while of it’s being released to the public. Oh yes, and also today on Wednesday there’s news about Steve Bannon’s spat with President Trump. But let’s return to the first case: […]

​Coming to Terms With Tom Petty

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:39:49 +0000

Shall I talk about the top twenty 2017 tweets of President Trump? How about Alvin Kamara’s awesome Santa Cleats which have resulted in a fine by the NFL, delivered in an envelope to the New Orlean’s Saints running back? It looks like those 32 yards he ran for in the Christmas Eve game are going […]

​The Anti-Mueller Feedback Loop

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:03:44 +0000

The Hezbollah crime syndicate that was let off the hook by pressure and slow-walking or stonewalling by the Obama administration. At least until the Iran Deal was in place. Next to nothing in mainstream media. The evidence that is slowly accumulating on the very real possibility that the “insurance policy” FBI agent Peter Strzok mentioned […]

Random Thoughts on Recent Happenings

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:34:42 +0000

Random Thoughts on Recent Happenings © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. No. 1—The Tax Bill Buried away in a postage stamp-sized small parcel of this bill was the authorization to –finally!—open up the ANWR region for oil exploration. If you’ve paid attention to this issue over the last, oh, 30 years or so, I […]