June 18th, 2024 - 9:49 pm § in Politics

Vermont legislator should be expelled for harassing colleague

Mary Morrissey (photo, left) and Jim Carroll (photo, right) represent Bennington, Vermont, in the state legislature. Morrissey, a Republican, is pro-life; Carroll, a Democrat, is pro-choice. For five months, Morrissey harassed Carroll because of his position on abortion. Most of the harassment was [...]

June 18th, 2024 - 7:41 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Does Trumpian military strategy make sense?

In a wide-ranging Foreign Affairs op-ed published Tuesday, Trump’s last national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, decried “American weakness” and called for “peace through strength” (read Politico story here). That’s a meaningless political jab coupled with a [...]

June 18th, 2024 - 3:51 pm § in Economics, Misc.

A useless story about inheritances

“Generation X stands to gain the most from the $84 trillion wealth transfer,” an NBC News headline blared on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The story (read it here) begins, “Generation X may be the biggest beneficiary from the $84 trillion Great Wealth Transfer in the next 10 years, accor[...]

June 18th, 2024 - 3:12 pm § in Law and Courts

How great a risk is home title theft?

A few such cases have made news recently, notably a high-profile attempted theft of Elvis Presley’s former home, a tourist attraction owned by his granddaughter. It’s something that gives property owners the willies, and computer technology enabling crooks to create very realistic-lookin[...]

June 18th, 2024 - 1:19 am § in Misc.

Acoustic data offer new hope of finding MH-370

It is aviation’s greatest unsolved mystery. Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, triggering history’s most extensive search for a missing aircraft. There’s no longer any doubt the plane flew south over the Indian Ocean for several hours before crashing. A tot[...]

June 18th, 2024 - 12:34 am § in Donald Trump, Politics

How Kamala Harris could become Trump’s vice president

Here’s how it could happen in theory. The Hill thinks Florida Sen. Marco Rubio may be Trump’s VP pick (story here). Let’s say Florida’s electoral votes decide a close election. The 12th Amendment would allow its electors to vote for only one person from their state. So if they vote for[...]

June 17th, 2024 - 11:03 pm § in Democrats, Economics, Politics, Republicans

Would deporting illegals make housing cheaper?

I’m thinking yes, if you deport several million of them, simply because it would bring housing demand closer in line with housing supply. That’s because America has a housing shortage, and if you reduce the number of people who need housing, you can end the game of musical chairs and bri[...]

June 17th, 2024 - 8:45 pm § in Law and Courts, Republicans

GOP senator calls bump stocks a “fake problem”

Last Friday the Supreme Court struck down Trump’s bump stock ban. Today Democrats wasted no time introducing ban legislation. Sen. J. D. Vance (R-OH) responded by claiming the bill is aimed at a “PR problem, not something that’s going to meaningfully reduce gun violence in this country[...]

June 17th, 2024 - 4:36 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

America’s dumbest senator strikes again

Nevada’s economy is hospitality, and in a gambit for that state’s electoral votes, Trump floated the idea of exempting tip income from taxes. Now along comes Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), who thinks it’s a tax exemption for people who tip, and called the idea “awesome” [...]

June 17th, 2024 - 9:21 am § in Biden, Donald Trump, News Media, Politics

Is it OK for a non-veteran to wear dogtags?

I’m a veteran, and I don’t wear dogtags (anymore). Fox host Maria Bartiromo isn’t a veteran, and she wears dogtags, to honor the veterans in her family. After thinking about it, I’m OK with it; it’s nice that she pays tribute to her father, who served, and uncle, who wa[...]