The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences is a frequently observable phenomenon in which a given action has results that were not foreseen by the actor. Now, let's be clear here. That does not mean that the reaction tot he initial action was NOT foreseen or even not foreseeable, it just means that the person(s) who took... Continue Reading →

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The Aft Bilge

What does roughly thirty-five years mean to you? On September 11, 1982, exactly thirty-seven years and nine days after the end of World war II, the Navy placed USS Michigan SSBN-727 into commission. I picked that "35" number because it was more or less in the middle of things for those of us who served... Continue Reading →

The War of 1812

There's a remarkable thing that happens when old friends meet up for the first time in decades. The reunion isn't until tomorrow, but three of us sat down on Saturday afternoon at a local watering hole and it was almost like we'd just gotten off duty 31 years ago. well, except for the part where... Continue Reading →

FBI Friday

The recent FBI report on the Clinton eMail investigation is... well.. since both sides are claiming "victory" in it, you know that it is most assuredly not victorious for either side. What is it? At the end of the day, it's a graywash that in no way, shape or form addresses the real issue. Earlier... Continue Reading →

Flag Me!

It's Flag Day on the show. We start with a re-look at the California Ballot initiative to split into three States. It's actually quite remarkable what the Initiative is attempting to do, which is turn this issue into a direct-democracy instead of a republican form of government and force Congress to accept the vote as... Continue Reading →

The Man In The Mirror

Voters in the State of California will decide to split in November!!! Not so fast there, Terry Draper... Tesla might be driving to Mars, but back here on Earth things are not going as gangbusters as we are supposed to believe. In fact, the company is laying off 3700 employees, which represent somewhere close to... Continue Reading →

A Tax Too Far

There are a lot of things that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. The Pyramids of Giza, the Fjords of Norway, the Lights of Paris, The Mariners win a World Series, the Seattle City Council backing away from a tax so fast it's dizzying.  For all of that, one of the most... Continue Reading →

A Single Life’s Worth

Recent celebrity suicides have shaken the news cycle and led to the standard discussions and pretend introspection that we all conduct after such an event. Yet, the CDC tells us that suicide rates are increasing by a factor that they struggle to explain. In other words, the more we talk about it, the more it... Continue Reading →

The Trump Pardon

On Constitution Thursday we delve into the statement by the current President to the effect that he could pardon himself, were such a pardon were actually needed. It isn't as clear-cut as you might want it to be - from a Constitutional viewpoint. But I would think that from a political viewpoint, it would create... Continue Reading →

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