Federalist #68

In Federalist 68, Alexander Hamilton writes: “The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate…

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Black Ice

One late winter Monday morning several years ago, I was driving down from Park City to take my daughter to the Salt Lake airport to catch a flight back to school (U of M – Ann Arbor). Park City is about 1500 feet of elevation above Salt Lake and I-80 snakes down Parley’s Canyon to…

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A New Generation of Olds

In 1988, Oldsmobile tried to reach escape velocity and leave behind the gravitational pull of the idea that the brand was moribund – that it actually was hot and hip and not simply curmudgeonly enough to have a broken hip. America was assured (to hip Bryan Adams/Patti Smyth/Breakfast Club syle music) that “This isn’t your…

Dirty #10

When most people hear the phrase “Checks and Balances”, they normally think about the three co-equal branches of the US government, the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial. That’s expected as this is the most common idea of the Constitution taught in schools – at least before civics was replaced with teaching third graders how…

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Boise or LA?

A high school friend of our family recently asked me why the reaction to Trump’s election was so strong on the left as opposed to the basic non-reaction of the right to Obama’s first election. I thought about the changes I have seen just in my lifetime and all I could come up with was…

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Stump-toothed Hillbillies and Bathhouse Pervs

“…But the Chief Justice says, ‘There must be an ultimate arbiter somewhere.’ True, there must; but does that prove it is either party? The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union, assembled by their deputies in convention, at the call of Congress or of two-thirds of the States. Let them decide to which they…

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Role Playing

In my humble opinion, these anti-Trump protests have a very FPS/RPG video-game (First Person Shooter/Role Playing Game) feel to them. I say that because in these video game worlds (like HALO, Gears of War or Call of Duty) there is a lot of action, the players are totally absorbed in the game, even the weakest…