No, I am not a Republican, nor Conservative in the least. I had this very discussion among a group of liberal Democrats, and I could not even finish my argument. I think there is room for disagreement on how laws are written and enforced in this country. Hating ‘hate crime’ laws might be an exaggeration. An important distinction, it is not the crimes against individual groups that I find appalling, but qualifying crimes into special categories.

Picture or a law scale and book in an office.
I Hate Laws That Categorize

I feel as if I would be a hypocrite to say categorizing laws based on characteristics is wrong when applied to police, but okay…

If I had a dream job, I would love to tell people that I am a professional treasure hunter. Stop with the laughing. No, I don’t think I am Indiana Jones even though I have dressed like him at comic-cons. It is not a get rich quick scheme. Actually, it is more of a hobby that ends up costing more than whatever I find. Still, I enjoy the thrill of the hunt in the hopes that I might score big one day.

I think I am far from alone in my unbridled excitement. Treasure hunting takes many forms. There are…

Who doesn’t like a holiday? Everyone has their list of holidays they celebrate — some with more enthusiasm than others, and they all fall into a few, overlapping categories — religious, family, historical, silly, etc. The sub-category I wish to discuss is U.S. Federal Holidays. These days are recognizable for Americans because the banks are closed and, for some who work, it is ‘time-and-a-half’ pay.

Currently, the U.S. government recognizes 10 Federal holidays for Americans. They are New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday in January), President’s Day (3rd Monday In February), Memorial Day (Last Monday…

That is not a typo, and if it is not a typo then you must feel I’m a little crazy?

Nope, and I know it seems counter-intuitive to want to significantly increase the part of Government most Americans believe is irrevocably broken. The branch most Americans claim is rife with incompetence. It is so bad that recently polling reveals a Congressional approval rating of under 20%. Still, this is exactly what I am proposing, at least to one-half of Congress, the House of Representatives.

Capitol Building by Architect of The Capitol
Capitol Building by Architect of The Capitol

This is not the first time I have complained about representation for the House, nor is…

Does the Coronavirus have you glad to be at home instead of at the office? Do you feel uncomfortable speaking publicly in front of large groups? Is your preference a good book to a night on the town? Are you nervous about asking someone on a date? You could be shy, introverted, quiet, and/or a homebody, and I feel for you. However, it is unlikely that you are suffering from the mental health condition — Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD for short). SAD is a different beast altogether, an actual mental disorder, and seriously debilitating.

Stay Away. I’m practicing Social Distancing.
Motto For Social Anxiety Disorder Sufferers, LOL!

Now, I do not want to…

Do you remember George C. Scott’s wonderful theatrical take on World War II general, George Patton? General Patton was considered one of the best as well as one of the most feared Allied commanders by the Germans. He led the 3rd Army by the force of his domineering personality against the equally stout but increasingly despondent Germans. Similarly, Speaker Pelosi has been engaged in a war of attrition against President Trump since 2016 who, himself, has also become increasingly desperate for the past 4 years.

As World War II ended against the Germans, Patton supported a continuation of the war…

Some say that streaming services have led to a golden age of television. Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ are the stars. In fact, the number of platforms has become so ubiquitous that people joke how anyone with an idea can create content for air (Rick and Morty Season 4, Episode 3!). So why is it then, that one of the greatest Saturday morning cartoons of the 1980s is never mentioned for a remake? Why is it that the great Thundarr the Barbarian has seemingly been forgotten about by every Hollywood creator?

Thundarr the Barbarian was one of the better-written shows…

Every year has its list of books that make the New York Times #1 Bestsellers list and yet you will never see this one in Oprah’s Book Club. There are more novels considered classics than I can count and don’t get me wrong, I could ramble on and on over a host of fiction novels — Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings, James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last Of The Mohicans, and Jack London’s The Call of The Wild, however, they were far from the most influential book I read growing up. No, my favorite book and, truly one of the great…

Crazy, you say? Florida, a place whose citizenry are targeted relentlessly and stereotyped for outrageous behavior and suspect decisions? The Sunshine State whose greatest claim to fame, after an anthropomorphic mouse, is the botched 2000 Bush-Gore election?

If I haven’t lost you yet, bear with me and I think you will be positively convinced by the end. There are really four distinct reasons for my prognostication, and while each alone will not lead to a Democratic victory, however, when the four are taken together in concert, victory almost seems certain.

To start with it is important to remind those reading…

Mike Webster Winning The Super Bowl! | William Larkin
Mike Webster #52 — Center for the Pittsburgh Steelers | By William larkin

Sports fans love lists and comparisons. Who are the Top 10 QBs ever? Who are the greatest teams ever? Who is better — Emmitt Smith or Barry Sanders? However, only Pittsburgh Steeler fans will understand the importance of this list. Only a lover of the Black-and-Gold will enjoy debating who are the Top 5 Centers in franchise history!

Fans of the National Football League’s other 31 teams might roll their eyes and look incredulous that anyone would take even the slightest interest in the Center position, but not a Yinzer. …

Michael Thompson

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