Wildfires are burning, crime is raging, a recall is gaining steam, and the return to unpopular COVID-19 mandates mid-summer may be a tinder box.

Governor Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. June 1, 2019. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

Two things haven’t gone Governor Gavin Newsom’s way lately, and that’s only in a court of law.

In an embarrassing oversight, Newsom’s political affiliation- which is, of course, Democrat in deep blue California- was left off his recall election paperwork by mistake. It was the unfortunate result, no doubt, of some poor overworked staffer who has since been relegated to lighter duties, if not relieved outright.

Newsom’s team mounted a legal campaign to correct the omission…


Will it silence swing-district Democrats concerned about mid-terms?

Vice President Kamala Harris looks to President Joe Biden during a meeting on immigration, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

“The United States can have an orderly, secure, and well-managed border while treating people fairly and humanely,” began the official fact sheet released by the Biden Administration on Tuesday.

“In January, the Biden-Harris Administration launched a broad, whole of government effort to reform our immigration system, including sending to Congress legislation that creates a new system to responsibly manage and secure our border, provide a pathway to citizenship, and better manage migration across the Hemisphere,” was the opening salvo in a glowing assessment of President Biden’s border accomplishments.

“In the six months…


If the Mayor could win reelection, wouldn’t she try?

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms attends a climate change hearing on July 17, 2019. (photo: Senate Democrats)

To the shock of political observers on both sides of the aisle, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, once and future rising star of the Democratic Party, announced in May she will not be seeking reelection.

Though she failed to specify exactly why, she did make a point to mention her decision was not based on fear of losing or lack of financial support for her candidacy from Democratic Party leadership at the highest level.

“Can she fundraise? YES,” Bottoms wrote of herself in a public letter explaining her decision to the…


After the recent “shootout” outside Nationals Stadium during a home game, locals, including DC Police Chief Robert Contee, are demanding action.

Washington D.C. Jan. 18, 2021. — Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee speaks with Chief Deputy Lamont Ruffin from D.C. District Court just before swearing in 1657 law enforcement officers from across the country as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals prior to the presidential inauguration. Mass swearing ins like this take place before every presidential inauguration to increase the law enforcement presence in the capital for the safety of all involved as well as spectators. (Photo by Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals Office of Public Affairs)

“People are really mad as hell right now, and I don’t blame them, because I am too. That’s the reality,” D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said during an emotional press conference Friday. “I think people are sick and tired of being sick and tired. I think that people want to ensure that there is accountability for what’s happening in our communities.”

DC Police Chief provides updates on 14th and Riggs St. shooting. July 23, 2021. (WUSA9)

“I’ve been in…


Companies trying to get office workers to return to in-person work have their work cut out for them.

Photo by Laurenz Heymann on Unsplash.

“For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other,” wrote CEO Tim Cook to Apple employees in June. “Video conference calling has narrowed the distance between us, to be sure, but there are things it simply cannot replicate.”

Apple employees, Cook outlined, starting in September would be required to show up at the office- at least part of the time.


After a year of unpopular lock-downs, incumbents may be facing serious blowback at the ballot box.

“Recall Newsom”information booth at a Bass Pro Shop in San Jose, California. February 28, 2021. (photo: jpellgen (@1179_jp))

Popular Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced in May that she will not be seeking reelection in the fall. She failed to specify why but claimed her decision was not based on fear of losing or lack of campaign funds.

Her unusual desicision left many of her supporters wondering: If Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms could win reelection, why wouldn’t she try?

In New York City, progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio, due to term limits, will also not be seeking reelection.


How will the U.S. respond?

People protest against a tax reform currently being discussed in Colombia, outside the Congress in Bogota on December 16, 2019. — The government of Colombian President Ivan Duque has been facing protests against his economic policies, unemployment, political corruption and drug-financed violence. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP)

Summer of Discontent

Things have been heating up in the Western Hemisphere this summer. As the war in Afghanistan draws down, Biden’s administration will have to shift focus to the growing tensions in Central and South America.

Pivoting away from an isolationist policy, the U.S. might do well to turn its sights on its own backyard. Attacks in Colombia, a tense election in Peru, and crackdowns in Nicaragua — President Biden has a lot on his plate.

What will it mean for the future of U.S. foreign policy?

Here is the rundown:

Colombia

The June 15 car bomb attack


Why is any progressive still buying Ben & Jerry’s anyway?

Photo by Shawn-Olivier Boivin Blanchard on Unsplash.

In the short version of this story, ice cream giant Ben & Jerrys joined the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at Israel this week; in response, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and several New York City supermarkets boycotted Ben & Jerry’s.

In a press release entitled “Ben & Jerry’s Will End Sales of Our Ice Cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the company made the following statement:

July 19, 2021

We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in…


While well-intentioned, it just won’t do what U.S. progressives want it to do: The world is too globalized; and not globalized enough.

CLIMATE JUSTICE OR RIOT. Global climate change strike — No Planet B — Global Climate Strike 09–20–2019. (photo: Markus Spiske)

That U.S. progressives are a bit confused about climate change should come as no surprise to the world at large.

The “science is settled” folks don’t like it much, but they obviously don’t like science much either. In science, few things as complicated and complex as climate change are ever “settled”. Most scientific theories are proven incorrect; most scientific experiments end in failure.

Scientific predictions about the future are equally fallible. …


The Biden Administration is blaming Facebook for failing to meet its vaccination goal. Are they right?

“Life in the Time of Covid.” July 27, 2020. (photo: Billie Grace Ward)

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” were the famous last words of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams: “I was wrong about that.”

Besides wondering if Mr. Williams had ever met any people prior to inventing Twitter, and marveling at his naiveté, we now have a new burning question with which to test the above statement against the harsh, uncompromising lines of reality.

It goes without saying that Evan Williams…

Dr. Munr Kazmir

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