News and Views

I don’t believe there is any other site, with the range of topics, as you will find in this blog.  The two year anniversary is just 60 days away.  From the statistics, it is nice to see a growing list of followers.

I have my favorites.  Under Science, you will find the pictures sent by the  New Horizon spacecraft as it passed by Pluto, plus a brief discussion of amateur astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh who discovered Pluto.   Science and politics collided when President Trump withdrew from the Paris Peace Accords.  Under science, you will find more information on this topic.

Another favorite, is “I’ll see you in Court” which as I dug, the story just became more incredible.   Although it happened decades ago.  I believe it reveals a lot about Trump’s personality.

I try to cover the news, but a lot of the topics are not front page items.   Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil,  the battle for Marawi in the Philippines, or the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and Qatar (coming soon!) are headline news for me.   A favorite of mine is “Minimum Mandatory Sentences”  which provided a brief unity between conservatives (Rand Paul, for example) and liberal members  in the Senate.    It also reminds me, that what sounds good, isn’t necessarily good.

So,  what’s coming next?  I can’t really tell.  I will continue to provide my commentary on problems, and as my followers can tell, I generally ascribe to a progressive and pragmatic  philosophy of problem solving.  I accuse Trump often of problem ignoring or minimizing.   I have a core belief that government regulations came from good intentions to either solve a problem, or reduce it.   I do not subscribe to the idea that fewer regulations provide more freedom and/ or are good for the economy.   It is just too simplistic.  For example, if the air is unhealthy to breathe in an area, most folks can’t just move to another area.   Their jobs are where they live.  When government regulations are not succeeding, then it is time to revisit the problem and look for other ways to look for other options.

The second theme, is international problems are poorly understood, but they affect us.  Globalization isn’t an approach to problems; it is a fact of life for better or worse (frequently both).    What happens in Afghanistan or the  Qatar is relevant to events in the US.    This is why I  posted five blogs on Qatar and other blogs on the Middle East.

Comments are always appreciated.

Stay tuned,

Dave

 

 

 

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Minimum Mandatory Sentences

Can dedicated conservative Republican and liberal Democrats find common ground?

The answer is yes, and that is opposition to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo, directing Federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious possible charges in all criminal cases regardless of the circumstances.  Research has shown that longer sentences in combating drug related crimes was ineffective, and more emphasis should be placed on rehabilitation. The announcement should have receive more notice, but the Russian probe was the headline story.

Sessions memo drew immediate opposition from  the ACLU,  Freedom Works,  Charles Koch (billionaire and strong conservative Republican),  Mike Lee, the conservative Republican senator from Utah and Rand Paul.   You just don’t see this unity often!

The timing of the release was a bit crazy. But it was not going to get as much attention given what else was going on.

I think Rand Paul’s comments are worth reading:

Session’s Sentencing Plan Would Ruin Lives

Stay tuned,

Dave