The Drama Over the House Committee on January 6, Over Four Days. Pt. 2

On July 21, 2021 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rejected two of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recommendations for appointing members to the “House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) citing a desire to protect the integrity of the investigation. Liz Cheney Agrees With Pelosi’s Decision After Kevin McCarthy announced his decision to withdraw all five Republicans he recommended for the January 6 Select Committee, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) defended Pelosi’s decision to reject two of Representatives recommended to Pelosi by describing one of them, … Continue reading The Drama Over the House Committee on January 6, Over Four Days. Pt. 2

The Drama Over the House Committee on January 6, Over Four Days. Pt. 1

On July 21, 2021 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recommendations for appointing members to the “House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) citing a desire to protect the integrity of the investigation. McCarthy Withdraws Recommendations Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy held a press briefing that same day to announce he would withdraw all the members he recommended for the select committee if Pelosi refused to seat all five of them. McCarthy’s opening statement began with a complaint … Continue reading The Drama Over the House Committee on January 6, Over Four Days. Pt. 1

A Long Summary of The Second Trump Impeachment Trial.

The second Impeachment trial of former President Trump has concluded with a vote that acquitted former President Trump of the charges of insurrection described in the articles of impeachment from the US House of Representatives. Forty-three Republicans voted in favor of acquittal while 57 Senators, including seven Republicans, voted to find the former President guilty of the charges alleged by the articles of impeachment. The result was mostly unsurprising and inline with one of the earliest votes, on the first day of the impeachment trial on if impeaching a former president was constitutional. All the Democratic senators and the Independent … Continue reading A Long Summary of The Second Trump Impeachment Trial.

Reads: “The Science of Storytelling” by: Will Storr

“The Science of Storytelling” by Will Storr is an elegant and remarkably simple examination of human character. This book is for people who want to learn about patterns in storytelling which can help aspiring writers to create compelling characters. It’s a writing book; but even if you don’t think you are the kind of person to read an entire book about writing, I think this is one of those books that is helpful for almost anyone in some way. It’s about what we believe the world is and how we believe we fit into it, a fundamentally human question which … Continue reading Reads: “The Science of Storytelling” by: Will Storr

Journal Entry, June 2, 2021

It’s the end of the spring term. I had a small bit of hope for this term. A belief that maybe, just maybe I could stick to a schedule and get everything done that I needed to. I made myself a schedule and then ignored it the rest of the term. I wrote a few scribbles in my To-Do-List journal. Yet, nothing. I had interesting conversations this term about philosophy and literature. I wrote several long handwritten pages on philosophy and morality, mostly mulling over my understanding of the topics. The most interesting thing that happened was probably me changing … Continue reading Journal Entry, June 2, 2021

The Second Impeachment, Day One

A month after I started my blog on WordPress, I wrote an unpublished post on the then Ukraine scandal by the Trump administration. I listened to the hearings with a seriousness that disrupted my ordinary life. That was really the point in my life where I was always wearing earbuds wherever I went keeping an ear out for the goings on in Congress. I don’t know what I expected, but I guess nothing I was doing felt more important than the seeming catastrophe of a collapsing government. Our government endured but it was too close for comfort. If we really … Continue reading The Second Impeachment, Day One

A Year Back To The Before Times And Back To The Now.

Since the fall of 2019, I had been feeling lost and disoriented in a world that seemed to be falling apart in every direction I looked. The main human voices I heard on a regular basis were probably, Michael Babaro (Host of The Daily by The NYTimes), Laicie Heeley (Host of Things That Go Boom by Inkstickmedia) and Mary Louise Kelly (Host of All Things Considered by NPR). I was completely in love with radio. They were the people I could have talk at me while I push or dismissed the other people in my life away. During the first … Continue reading A Year Back To The Before Times And Back To The Now.

Democracy Under Siege This is Republican Anti-democracy in Action.

On Jan. 6, 2020, the words anarch and domestic terrorist were finally used to describe the far-right and the Republican Party demonstrated a plurality of their members were willing to discard the votes of Americans through their electoral delegates. The Republicans can no longer call themselves disciples of the Constitution and are fervently opposed to democracy. A friend of mine asked, somewhat rhetorically, “How have things gotten this far?” I answered anyway and I will try to do just that here. The premise of what I am about to tell you starts with an uncomfortable truth — the parties switched. … Continue reading Democracy Under Siege This is Republican Anti-democracy in Action.

Journal Entry Dec. 21, 2020

Winter break has been as difficult as any time has been since this mess began almost a year ago. I’ve spent the past week (I think) watching Dawson’s Creek, a ridiculous teen soap that first aired before I was born. It tells the story of childhood friendships changing as they grow up in high school and in college. It feels highly exaggerated and about the drama. I’m embarrassed to admit I watched it and enjoyed it, but here we are. To me this tid-bit is about developing vulnerability as a writer. As a writer and a blogger, my best pieces … Continue reading Journal Entry Dec. 21, 2020

A Hopeful Winter Solstice!

Dec. 22, 2020 Well, 2020’s been one diper full of crap kind of year. The world ain’t doing to great,  from lockdown whiplash to anti-vaxers, we got quite a way to go before we can finally go back to anything resembling life before the pandemic. I wrote a blog post in one of my writing journals that I haven’t got around to posting yet. This is a purely improv-ed post I’m writing more like a memo on my phone than like a blog post, but hey if it works who cares. I’m still up. I’ve decided to do that personal … Continue reading A Hopeful Winter Solstice!

Taking another pause

Hey everyone, You might have noticed I haven’t been active in the last few days; I am taking the last few weeks of the fall term off from writing to focus on my college classes. I do enjoy the Variety Flyer Delivery posts, they are a great way to learn about interesting topics going on in the world. And, I enjoy doing them, but they are also pretty time consuming. So as I said, I’m taking a pause on writing for awhile. I hope to be back after the term is over when I will restart the posts about what … Continue reading Taking another pause

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Nov. 17, 2020 Merriam-Webster word of the day: Fulvous. Used in a sentence: Fulvous is a color though it is seldom used as simpler colors can be used in it’s stead. From The Library of Congress, on Nov. 17, 1869 The Suez Canal, in Egypt, was opened, which connected the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean. Grace Abbot was born on this date in 1887, she would become a reformer of the progressive era. Abbot testified agianst the establishment of literacy tests designed to deter European immigrants to the states. During World War I, Abbot worked in the US Department … Continue reading Variety Flyer Delivery

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Nov. 16, 2020, in review So, I took Sunday off. I haven’t met my writing once a day for the month of November goal but I have gotten better at just writing frequently, even if it is only just a few sentences. Since this is the end of the day though, I have a lot, A LOT of things to talk about for the day that’s just occurred and this day throughout history. Merriam-Webster Word of the day: Snivel. Used in a sentence: Don’t snivel at such remarks, as they are of no consequence. From The Library of Congress we … Continue reading Variety Flyer Delivery

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Nov. 14, 2020 Merriam-Webster Word of the day: infinitesimal. Used in a sentence: There is only an infinitesimal chance that one day will be the same as the last. From The Library of Congress, On this day in 1732, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the spiritual predecessor to The Library of Congress, hired it’s first librarian. From Britannica, on Nov. 14, 2014 Jane Bryne, the first woman mayor of Chicago, died. On Nov. 14, 2002, Nancy Pelosi was chosen as the next House minority leader. She was the first, and currently only, woman to ever be the leader of one … Continue reading Variety Flyer Delivery

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Nov. 13, 2020 Word of the day from Merriam-Webster: Farrier. An interesting word that I cannot think of anyway to be put into a casual sentence. A type of blacksmith who works with horseshoes and hooves. From Britannica, Today in 2015 The Paris Terror attacks, a terrorist attack occurred an the Bataclan theatre. The casualties were in the hundreds. And, from The Library of Congress, on this date in 1775, American troops captured the Canadian city of Montreal from the British. Also a mention of Benedict Arnold in that article. Recent trending searches on Google include: Freaky, a recently released and well acclaimed … Continue reading Variety Flyer Delivery

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Nov. 12, 2020 Word of the day from Merriam-Webster: abnegate. Using the word “abnegate” in a sentence. If I were to ask a king of a YA fantasy book to abnegate a throne, it would mean asking him to relinquish the throne. From Britannica, on this day in 2018, Stan Lee, the embodiment of Marvel comics died. And lastly from The Library of Congress, on this date in 1815, Elizabth Cady Stanton, a women’s suffragette leader was born. Recent trending searches on Google include: Ticketmaster, a ticket company?, and Denzel Washington, a prominent Black actor. Google Trends references stories from … Continue reading Variety Flyer Delivery

Let’s talk about algorithms/models

I wrote a short essay for one of my college classes. In typical me fashion, I did it wrong, but it’s still interesting so I thought I would share it with you instead. I will be using what I wrote as the basis for the construction of this post. As another note, I read the first chapter of “Weapons of Math Destruction” before writing this along with this TED Talk. I am taking a class on algorithms and the main take away I have is, “computers and algorithms can only answer the question you give it.” It reminded me of … Continue reading Let’s talk about algorithms/models

Biden has won the Presidential Election

Biden has now been projected to win the presidency with more than the 270 electoral votes needed. With Biden’s victory, it seems that our flawed democracy will continue. Trump, despite his best efforts and refusal to concede, seems unlikely to be able to spin his election- night victory into a second term. The lawsuits the Trump Campaign have made in recent days to attempt to delegitimize the results of the election seem to be on-course to fail. The last attempt by Trump to stay in office may test the oaths of office of officials in the executive branch. Trump might … Continue reading Biden has won the Presidential Election