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The current insanity sweeping our nation’s cities started with very valid, justified protests of police brutality and unequal treatment under the law but for far too many (not all, certainly) has quickly morphed into demands for the removal of problematic statues and calls to abolish police …

The old adage about April showers bringing May flowers is usually true in the South, and my corner of Tennessee has definitely gotten its share of both. I’m wondering what May showers bring... other than the stifling humidity for which Southern summers are known. I’m guessing some headaches …

Samuel is probably the most excited member of our household after picking up his report card Monday, bringing the official end to his seventh grade year. I think his favorite part was actually talking to people face-to-face who aren’t part of our immediate family, even at an acceptable socia…

My little corner of Twitter erupted over the past few days with news of Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell’s declassifying of who exactly in the Obama Administration unmasked American citizens from raw intelligence gathered before the 2016 election. And while the names have…

I haven’t had too much to say about the COVID-19 shutdowns, generally, being that I reside in a state that was late to close and early to open. I have been less inclined to argue or debate the need for lockdowns as someone whose household hasn’t had to deal with furloughed jobs and trying to…

Growing up with the newspaper as the family business, more than a few things were drilled into my head from a young age, but none more than “Buy Local.”

As many in the country look forward to a phased in return to what will be our new normal of everyday life, it has been interesting to watch the absolute circus that has been passed off as state governance during the coronavirus crisis.

One of the best parts of being in Tennessee has been watching our dogs interacting with the nature found in our backyard. Back home, the bane of Spock - our Doberman - was skateboarding teenagers. Vince and I joked he would be bored at our house at the end of the road, but Spock quickly foun…

I must admit, I have been very conflicted surrounding governmental response to the Corona Virus, COVID-19. As I told one of my friends, if the government is involved, no matter the level, it will be too much and not enough at the same time.

Spring has sprung in the south, and not even the Coronavirus can stop the pollen bloom happening around me. Thankfully, there have been spring showers to go along with it, so I’m hoping most of it has come and gone. Although if the congestion and headache are anything to go by today, well, t…

The fall of ancient empires isn’t hard to decode when you have centuries of hindsight in your favor. But some of the commonalities the fall shares... utter decadence, corruption and greed. Hubris usually plays a pretty big role in the run up to the fall, and lends itself to spectacular failu…

Many of us are faced with a new normal this week, especially residents of California, Oregon and New York. School and work closures accompanied with uncertainty and fear - not just over this new virus - have left too many Americans unsure of their next steps. But take heart people, there are…

The two extremes being played out on the national stage regarding the issues surrounding COVID-19 have me very frustrated, and the noise it is generating is causing confusion and panic when concern and discussion of pro-active measures should be occurring.

As I woke up Tuesday morning, I hopped on social media to check the National Weather Service to see if the late night tornado warnings we got Monday amounted to anything as the storm crossed Tennessee.

Life comes at you fast during the primaries, and the Democratic presidential field is no exception. Between last week’s debate, Super Tuesday looming and candidates looking to garner attention by any means necessary, well, it makes for interesting television.

This is shaping up to be quite a week for President Trump. And the best, or at least the most hilarious parts, have nothing to do with President Trump’s twitter feed. Instead, the stars have seemingly aligned in Trump’s favor to deliver a multitude of gifts this week, and that was before Iow…

In politics, there are many rules. Rules of procedure, etiquette, campaigning - there are do’s and don’ts that cover even the unspoken rules. Of all the rules that have gone out the window in the Trump Era, the rule to never, ever disparage the voters seems to be the latest on the chopping block.

For all the brokered convention talk four years ago surrounding candidate Donald Trump and Republican chaos leading into the 2016 convention that never seemed to materialize, there have been more and more whispers about the chances of Democrats facing exactly that in the 2020 contest.

Congress is returning to D.C. after a not so quiet Christmas recess. With the prevalence of cable news and 24-hour news programming and Senate floor speeches from both majority and minority leaders on more than one issue of the day, there wasn’t a lack of content from our elected officials.

Birthdays kind of lose their appeal after a while, at least that with that getting older part. If I could keep the favorite foods and cake without the aging it would be incredible.

One good thing about the internet, and social media, is the ability to stay in touch with home, and I was reminded of that Thursday night when I was able to watch the memorial vigil for Cpl. Ronil Singh through the newspaper’s Facebook live post. I called my mom the next morning to let her k…

The Articles of Impeachment, as of Tuesday heading to the House Rules Committee on their way to a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives, is not going anywhere in the Senate. How do I know... not because I trust the Republican Senate caucus to stand strong in times of adversity. I…

It’s fascinating to me, the utter disconnection among Democrats who continually make hay over the upsetting of norms and the constant threat to our democracy that President Trump’s administration brings. But over the last week I have read or watched Congressmen and women and multiple preside…

You know the old expression, “A rumor can fly around the world before the truth can put its shoes on.” The adage is as true today as it ever was....if not more so.

I have been one of the few people who have watched almost all of the impeachment hearings in Congress over the last week. I will admit to not reading all of the testimony. There are only so many times I can see the words “interagency consensus” before I lose my mind and my blood pressure rea…

Shampeachment gets going for real this week, with the continued release of testimony and announcement of witnesses for public testimony by Congressman Adam Schiff. Most curiously, the whistle blower didn’t make the list. It’s most obviously an oversight for Democrats, who have repeatedly cla…

Impeachment fever has overcome Washington, D.C. this week, with a partisan pro forma vote on the parameters of Congressman Adam Schiff’s inquiry and his Tuesday release of 500 pages of transcripts from Intelligence Committee interviews.

Just be nice this week...that simple request from my mom, and on her birthday no less, can mean only one thing for me. And that means no writing about politics this week, even though there are quite a few who deserve a roasting.

Monday morning brought a phone call from my sister... asking for a favor. Of course the answer was... of course, even before I found out what she needed. Thankfully it was nothing that involves going to confession, she just needed to send some shoes she ordered to my house and she wanted me …

The announcement late Sunday night by President Trump on Twitter regarding removing military forces from Syria was met with a collective freak-out on the left and right, producing enough energy to power the United States for the rest of the year. The noise came from all corners of The Swamp,…

During my extended visit to California, I was blissfully unaware of what was happening in Washington, D.C. most days, preferring to check in on social media for a recap of all the highlights and lowlights happening in The Swamp.

Popped my head back into the political world when a friend on social media sent me a link to a two-minute soundbite from a press conference held Monday by Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol Mark Morgan.

One side benefit of my extended California stay was my mom talking me into venturing out Friday night for the Fall Festival Evening Under the Stars. It was a nice night, and once the sun went down, the weather was perfect.

The current era of cancel culture has found another target, one who is already familiar with outrage, comedian Dave Chapelle. His new special on Netflix has apparently ruffled more than a few feathers of some sensitive folks.

One of the good things about spending time away from home has been the change in my routines and a break from the litany of “Breaking News” alerts and emotional manipulation peddled as the day’s news. Most of my time spent on Grammie’s ranch, the television has been on the Home and Garden or…

This week I find myself with a different view outside the window as I write this column. Instead of the green vistas of western Tennessee, it’s a more familiar, and comforting view of the California foothills from the windows of my grandma’s ranch on the West Side. And while the vistas have …

One needs look no further than the three recent mass shootings to know that our society, and our culture, has some major problems. Like other such tragedies in the past, many of us look toward the surface issues… guns, video games and online chat forums, to “fix” them instead of asking the h…

The latest dust-up to hit the national political stage centered around the flashpoint of Baltimore has of course devolved to cries of Trump being a racist. But when you look beyond social media and breathless national reporting, well, I have some questions about what is going on in cities li…

One year ago this weekend the U-Haul was packed, my SUV was filled to the roof with boxes and kids, and more than a few tears were falling as we left the West Side on one of our biggest adventures ever with our move to Tennessee. And what a year it has been.

For the second time in as many weeks the domestic terror group Antifa has violently lashed out, this time in a deadly firebomb attack of federal law enforcement. In a series of coordinated attacks in the West, protests have steadily escalated to vandalism, assault and now an attack on a dete…

The current political scandal of the day is, by far, one of the most shameful displays of partisan politics to ever come out of the fetid swamp waters of Washington, D.C. The United States Census is, by every metric, a necessity in ensuring equal representation of Americans in the House of R…

There is a fight happening for the soul of our nation and the battleground has been set. Whether on social media or on the streets of any major American city, the militant left wants conformity by any means necessary.