The New York Times front page announces Donald Trump's victory.

President-elect Trump

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So, Donald Trump is president-elect. For the first time in about 20 years I spent election night on a date with my wife and enjoyed a movie (Doctor Strange—Very fun.) instead of glued to the TV and internet watching as returns rolled in. I entered last night knowing that no matter who won I wouldn’t […]

My weekend column and other thoughts

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My weekend column for the local media outlet, the San Luis Obispo Tribune is available and it focuses on the contempt too many politicians—both left and right—have for our constitution. I think we’d have a much less divided and contentious nation if there was less government meddling in places where it has no constitutional sanction. The […]

Media Bias, Illustrated

Media Bias, Illustrated

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I’ve been less interested in media bias this election cycle mostly because #NeverTrump. I don’t want readers to be mistaken that my criticism as to how his orangeness is treated by the media is a defense of the cheeto jesus. But this is getting ridiculous. The most interesting, and substantive, bit of news out of the […]

Donald Trump, Republican

Donald Trump, Republican

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The Republican Party this week handed its presidential nomination to Donald Trump. Let me put this as succinctly as I can: If Trump represents the Republican Party, then that’s not a party I can be part of. You can read more about my reasons and what I think of the GOP in my San Luis […]

The Broken California GOP

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My weekend column for the San Luis Obispo Tribune can be found here and if features a discussion with San Luis Obispo County Republican chairman Al Fonzi on the broken California GOP and the realization that having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket will do nothing to help heal it. Fonzi is one of those […]

The Cutting Room Floor

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So, here’s some thoughts on Donald Trump’s that ended up on the cutting room floor from my weekend column. Trump’s Identity Trump also lies about who he is. Trump claims that “nobody reads the Bible more than me,” and then turns around and quotes “Two Corinthians,” rather than “Second Corinthians” and tries to put money […]

Coming this weekend

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I just hit “send” on the email containing this weekend’s column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The subject is faux Republican Donald Trump and why conservatives shouldn’t vote for him. Writing the column late last night there were quite a few paragraphs that ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor. I’ll craft those into […]

Politics and Religion

Religion and Politics

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I’m generally not enthusiastic about politicians invoking their religion as either a sword or a shield in election battles. Most of the time it’s unseemly, and, considering what one generally has to do to make the national stage as a politician, it’s largely a façade. In the 2004 Democratic primary, former New Hampshire Gov. Howard […]

No longer conservative

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The San Diego Union-Tribune has been a “conservative” newspaper for just about all of my life. That construction isn’t really accurate. The Union-Tribune editorial page has been conservative for all my life. The newsroom, like just about every American newsroom was overwhelmingly liberal. That run has ended. The paper is no longer conservative. When the Opinion Page […]

SMOD 2016

SMOD 2016

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The 2016 presidential race has finally reached the point where I am hoping and praying for SMOD 2016 to win the election. For those of you unfamiliar with SMOD, it’s the Sweet Meteor of Death, a meteor of extinction level power that would spell the end of every life on earth. It’s the candidate we […]