Our constitutional crisis is already here

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Robert Kagan has pointedly captured the current crisis in American Politics in his recent op-ed “Our constitutional crisis is already here.” He argues that our entire constitutional system could break down in the next few years. I recommend his essay wholeheartedly, and any intelligent well-informed thinker will recognize its truth. Continue reading Our constitutional crisis is already here

Have Field Goal Kickers Improved?

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Last weekend Justin Tucker kicked the longest field goal in NFL history. He also claimed that the best NFL kickers regularly kick even longer ones in practice. This got me thinking about the evolution of NFL kicking and the phenomena of resistance to change.

Consider an example. I grew up in St. Louis and our NFL team then was the St. Louis (now Arizona) Cardinals. From 1963 to 1978 our kicker was Jim Bakken. Continue reading Have Field Goal Kickers Improved?

Ted Kennedy’s Eulogy for his brother Robert

Life is mysterious, I’ll never understand more than a little of it, but I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve received more love than I deserved; learned a little; and found joy in helping others. There are many things I should have loved but didn’t; many things I should have learned but didn’t; many people I should have helped but wasn’t able to. Continue reading Ted Kennedy’s Eulogy for his brother Robert

“The Last Days” A Documentary About the Holocaust and Hungarian Jews

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I recently watched “The Last Days.” The documentary tells the stories of five Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust during the last years of World War II. The film focuses on the horrors of life in the Nazi concentration camps but also stresses the survivor’s optimism and desire to survive. It won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It was remastered and re-released in 2021 by Netflix.[1]

I was deeply moved by the film and it brought forth many feelings and thoughts including: Continue reading “The Last Days” A Documentary About the Holocaust and Hungarian Jews

Summary of, “The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t”

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“Unlike the soldier, a scout’s goal isn’t to defend one side over the other. It’s to go out, survey the territory, and come back with as accurate a map as possible. Regardless of what they hope to be the case, above all, the scout wants to know what’s actually true.” Continue reading Summary of, “The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t”