“…And That Is Why You Fail.”

Tracy Claeys was fired from his job as the head football coach for the University of Minnesota. Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone (including Claeys himself who noted that he told his family that he likely would be fired Tuesday morning), but in interviews he’s been doing, he keeps hitting on a few points that clearly illustrate how he doesn’t understand the situation he was in, and didn’t understand the backlash for the tweet that he keeps insisting was the sole cause for his firing. First,...

Fake News Isn’t The Problem

The headline should say it all, but I know that people won’t get it, so here goes the explanation… First, fake news isn’t the reason the election turned out the way it did. There are many reasons for that, not the least of which was the remarkably large number of people who stayed home and didn’t bother voting. To those people, I say “you get what you paid for.” But news–even fake news–is a product that we consume, just like potato chips, movies, books, music, hot dogs, vitamins, and...

Transparency, My Ass

Quietly, in the dead of night, and out of the glare of public scrutiny, House GOP members┬ávoted to make significant changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). (Note: they have since rescinded their move after a backlash not only from the public, but also from their own speaker of the house and president-elect.) Now, rules changes aren’t abnormal acts for a party that controls a house of congress. But a change to a group that oversees and investigates ethics violations of the people making the changes is unusual....

New Year, New Plan

Wow. What an election, right? You’re probably either shocked, scared, shocked, terrified, or just shocked at the outcome. And now the 2017 political session is looming, and we’re all holding our communal breath to wait to see what happens. For the site here, I┬áhaven’t posted since August, and need to pick it up, because there’s a lot to say and comment on, but some of the longer-form pieces just aren’t easy to do with the free time I have. So I’ve decided to try to do some quicker pieces:...

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