POLITICS

It had to happen sooner or later

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They knew if they waited long enough, he would eventually make a crucial misstep. They knew it was just a matter of time before he made a fatal slip-up. They didn’t have to wait very long…

With just over 100 days in office, President Joe Biden has revealed his hand for the whole world to see — and that hand was holding a dandelion.

While on his way to board Marine One with his wife, Biden committed the unthinkable act of picking a dandelion from the White House lawn and giving it to the first lady, and now America will…


POLITICS

The radicalization of the Republican Party is nearly complete

By Tyler Merbler from Wikipedia Commons

Donald Trump may be gone but the wheels he set in motion keep turning as the far-right-wing of the GOP begins to take root and exert its influence.

The party that once fought for human rights and abolished slavery is rapidly becoming a party of slaves itself. Trump’s rise to power and subsequent takeover of the GOP has rendered its leadership impotent and beholden to radical elements that have infiltrated and, even found their way to the highest levels of power within the party, and our government.

How it all began

To some, these developments might seem sudden, but the…


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Here we are, well into the 21st century, with all of our wondrous technology. Today, we can get to virtually any place in the world in a matter of hours, control robotic devices on distant planets, and deep in the cosmos. We can explore the vast expanse of the information superhighway, otherwise known as the internet, and even view and talk in real-time with people far away due to innovations in telecommunications.

Yet despite the wealth of technology at our disposal these days, somehow certain white people still manage to “mistakenly” say and do racist things. …


PERSPECTIVE

What will be the true cost of immunity to COVID-19?

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Millions of Americans have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, with millions more slated to receive it in the coming months. Efforts to blunt the spread of the novel coronavirus have led to the emergency use authorization of a handful of vaccines that are deemed safe and effective against COVID-19 infections.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic prompted a rush to develop a safe and viable vaccine, but just how safe are they? As stories of people having adverse reactions to the vaccines begin to trickle in, questions are being raised concerning exactly how safe they really are.

Due to the pressing need…


Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder. Now what?

Demonstrators were on the street expressing their content with the Jury’s verdict on Derek Chauvin’s trial. | Black Lives Matter Plaza, Washington, D.C. | 20 Apr 2021 | Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three charges stemming from the death of George Floyd. Chauvin is now facing the possibility of spending decades in prison, but what does this mean for the rest of America?

The smoldering fires of discord are already beginning to surface among the far-right, many of whom believe that Chauvin was some kind of sacrificial lamb offered up for slaughter to appease “the mob” — at least that’s the narrative that’s beginning to take shape. Fox News has already trotted out the likes of Candace Owens to promote this…


PERSPECTIVE

Crossing the thin blue line between the use of force and murder

By WClarke — Derived from Flag of the United States, Public Domain

There’s no book to figure out how not to become a victim of police brutality. — Mike Colter

Since the high-profile cases of African-Americans killed by police who, in many instances, were unarmed, we are witnessing a major upswing in anti-police rhetoric, some of which has been decidedly violent.

While emotions swell and tempers flare, some individuals have openly called for the killing of police officers. Obviously, any solutions to the increasing number of police-involved shootings that promote violent resistance against authorities and random targeting of law enforcement officers is not a good one. …


PERSPECTIVE

Just another day in the life of the average black man

George Floyd. Elijah McClain. Eric Garner. Freddy Gray. Michael Brown. Philando Castille. Walter Scott. Oscar Grant. An untold number of other black men. If only they had complied and obeyed, they would be alive today. After all, how difficult can it be to just obey?

Just obey! Comply! Obey! Obey! Obey! That is the response to virtually every situation where an unarmed black man has lost his life at the hands of the police. It is the oft-repeated and sad refrain of those looking to justify the extrajudicial murders of men of color. …


Great piece. I'm glad you highlighted how even our military forces have ROI for insurgents that discourage unnecessary force.

Sadly, I ran across a few "John Waynes" who disagreed with official Army doctrine. I'm just going to leave it at that.


POLITICS

Wyatt Earp rides again

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

“It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things, right? But the air, you just breathe the air, and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one, that’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your — you know, your, even your strenuous flus. … This is more deadly. This is five per — you know, this is five percent versus one percent and less than one percent. You know? So this is deadly stuff.- Donald Trump on COVID-19 with journalist Bob Woodward.


POLITICS

Protesters stormed Capitol to overturn an election they didn’t vote in

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They came from all over the country with a single goal in mind. The large group assembled in Washington, D.C. to “Stop the Steal” of an election that several of them didn’t even take part in.

It’s official. Some of our brethren who live in the right wing of the house we call America have crossed the rubicon into the uncharted realms of utter ridiculousness. …

TJ Larson

TJ Larson is a political writer, two-time American Pundit finalist, aspiring novelist, and US Army veteran.

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