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…

Cultural Decline in the Public Square

Cultural Decline in the Public Square

I recently had the pleasure of reading A Sense of the Future, a collection of essays on science, by the late Jacob Bronowski.  While diving into this fine book, I recalled with equal pleasure the experience of watching the remarkable documentary, The Ascent of Man, which he created for television in the 1970s. One thing… Read More…

The Price We Pay For Jazz’s Decline

The Price We Pay For Jazz’s Decline

In the space of this short blog, I want to make a few points. One, I love jazz. Two, I worry a lot that jazz has declined. Three, I think it’s no good at all for our culture that jazz has declined so precipitously. And, finally, I think jazz’s decline has had, for reasons I… Read More…

Vote “Yes” on Pundexit!

Vote “Yes” on Pundexit!

I’m on a campaign against pundits and punditry. Call my movement, Pundexit. Perhaps my feelings and fervor are due to the fact that I have more time to watch, listen to, and read pundits these days. Perhaps it’s that the media, largely the cable channels, have so much time and space to occupy, the increased… Read More…

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

With notable exceptions, such as the Civil War, I believe we are living in one of the most contentious, least cohesive times in our history. And it poses serious dangers for our future. Let’s look at the evidence. First, has there ever been a greater division in our politics? I will not romanticize the past.… Read More…

The Reason Party Voters Will Stick With Clinton and Trump

The Reason Party Voters Will Stick With Clinton and Trump

There’s a lot of speculation these days that many Democratic opponents of Hillary Clinton and Republican opponents of Trump will refuse to support these two candidates should they be nominated. The prospect of such abandonment of the victors in intramural party squabbles has arisen in hotly contested primary seasons in the past, though it perhaps… Read More…