Russell Westbrook Should Win – Narrowly

Russell Westbrook Should Win – Narrowly

Amidst many thrilling sports stories this year, we now have a stunning competition for the NBA MVP. Watching several future Hall of Famers duke it out – how cool! I suspect this is not the year for reigning champ, Stephen Curry. Nor will it be for Chris Paul or Kevin Durant, two extraordinary players who’ve… Read More…

Think about it, Senator Schumer

Think about it, Senator Schumer

I am increasingly reluctant to write about political matters these days. Though politics used to be both my avocation and vocation, I’ve turned my attention and passion elsewhere in recent years. Further, as divided as we are, I resist contributing to that division. So, when I blog on politics, I tend to do so as… Read More…

Where’s the Energy in the Middle?

Where’s the Energy in the Middle?

I see the money, energy, and effort in education on both extremes. Do you? The side that fights to the death to protect the status quo has tons of it and pours tons of it into play. So does the other side that wants to go purely to private school choice as if that will… Read More…

Bannon Pays Soros to Pay Protestors

Bannon Pays Soros to Pay Protestors

OK, OK – there’s no truth at all to that headline. One could even say it’s a “fake headline.” Steve Bannon would never support anything George Soros does. And George Soros would never be associated with Steve Bannon. But there’s a serious point I hope to make by it. Before I do, I want to… Read More…

The Divine Comity

The Divine Comity

As we approach the inauguration of the new President, I think back to 2001 when President Bush was about to take office. I had helped him on education issues in the campaign and would be his Senior Education Adviser in the White House. But there was more to our story than that. He was Republican.… Read More…

Bipartisan Mangling of Education – Now It’s Trump’s Turn

Bipartisan Mangling of Education – Now It’s Trump’s Turn

As readers know well, I have been critical of the Obama Administration on many of its major education decisions. It was especially troubling, after failing to secure a timely reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, that the Administration exercised executive power in a very harmful manner, supposedly to “fix” the law. In effect,… Read More…

Why Keith Ellison For DNC Chair?

Why Keith Ellison For DNC Chair?

Although it’s hard to do, let’s put aside for the moment Keith Ellison’s unfortunate past in terms of both anti-Semitic comments and actions. Indeed, let’s also put aside his previous affiliation with the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan. Rather, let’s take him at his word that he’s apologetic about and truly disavows these earlier… Read More…

An Eight-Team Playoff – Now

An Eight-Team Playoff – Now

It was only a matter of time. Yet, though bad, it could have been worse. And, in future years, it likely will be. But now we have proof enough that a four-team playoff in college football is insufficient. This year, in my view, only Alabama merits sure inclusion. It gets crazy from there. Let’s start… Read More…

This Election Has Turned Me to Religion!

This Election Has Turned Me to Religion!

I have been following politics virtually my entire life. I remember my mother putting me in front of one of those first generation TVs to watch the 1952 Democratic convention. I was only 3 years old.   It may have been part of the ethic of my family. Or it may have been a demand… Read More…

Highlights of This Year’s ACL Music Festival

Highlights of This Year’s ACL Music Festival

Austin City Limits (ACL) has always been a top-notch music festival that caters to all sorts of music fans. I’ve seen artists ranging from electronic/house favorites like Deadmau5 to classic stars like Neil Young – all in our own Zilker Park. This year was no exception. Three artists in particular had both phenomenal discographies, and each put… Read More…