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Between History and the Hard Place?
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Between History and the Hard Place?

If we don’t remember the past, we are doomed to repeat it. I think most people in the Western world have heard some iteration of this quote during their lives, possibly during a history class, a speech from a concerned parent, or perhaps one of their favorite, moralizing television shows. But recently, at least in […]

Political Commentary: White Privilege...Something We All Can't Feel
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Political Commentary: White Privilege…Something We All Can’t Feel

    I was on Youtube watching my normal assortment of Ancient History based channels which usually cover the strategies and failures of past generals and kings and all of a sudden I saw a video on white privilege come up on my feed. I thought to myself that I should watch this video, not just […]

I'm Too Young for the Good Old Days, Right?
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I’m Too Young for the Good Old Days, Right?

I think I was wrong to be excited about this election year. First, let me explain: in 2016, I was in graduate school and often you could find me debating the merits of the democratic field post Obama with my classmates. We would rhyme about our optimism for a country that was in the midst […]

Losing Mamba…. Mourning the Loss of Kobe
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Losing Mamba…. Mourning the Loss of Kobe

Kobe. Gigi. The Bryant family has gone through the crucible of tragedy this past week in ways I will not dare to guess. I do not know them, and I do not know their pain, but what I do know is that the world is mourning with them for their loss. The deaths of one […]

Political Commentary: Searching For A Pasttime Paradise To Win?
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Political Commentary: Searching For A Pasttime Paradise To Win?

When I was a high school senior, I dedicated myself to exploring music from by gone eras. I had heard from the older members of my family that the music of the 80’s, 70’s,60’s and older was just so much better than the music of today. With its more violent and materialistic content, with its […]

Political Commentary: Dems Are In The House
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Political Commentary: Dems Are In The House

So, its 2018 and the Democrats have just taken the House. A part of me feels like I should celebrate the end of the Republican majority in Federal Government. But, another part of me is enjoying the good economy said majority most likely bolstered, or at least didn’t mess up. As a practical man rather […]

Kanye's Crying Out For Help 
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Kanye’s Crying Out For Help 

We, as a culture, need to be better. Even when someone says words that offend our sensibilities, are antagonistic to correct history and change our perceptions of a beloved figure, we still must understand the totality of the human that is saying those words if that person is potentially suffering from something. Kanye West has […]

Supreme Court Pick Will Redefine Freedom
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Supreme Court Pick Will Redefine Freedom

    Supreme Courts are defined by their decisions and decision makers. While each member of the court fulfills a vital purpose in adjudicating the parameters of what is legal in our democracy, those that form the swing vote are often the center of national attention- for better or for worse. Justice Anthony Kennedy was a […]

A Mindless Decision
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A Mindless Decision

POLITICAL CROSSFIRE By Justin A. Williams,  Political Editor Trump’s Budget Cuts Slash Mental Health $$$$$ What is the value of a human mind? In our society, we often neglect the state of our mental health for the necessities life requires: the job, the kids, the schooling,etc. When we become anxious or depressed, even cripplingly so, […]

Firing Mueller Will Bring the Fury
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Firing Mueller Will Bring the Fury

President Trump has promised that if North Korea were to respond to America’s sanctions with bombing and other actions of war, that the U.S will respond with “Fire and Fury.” But Pres. Trump may bare witness to a conflagration of his own making that could damn his own presidency, due to a fury from his […]

Shutdown Looming
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Shutdown Looming

Shutdown. It’s possibly happening and it could become something to seriously loathe. A government shutdown like the one that has been making headlines threatens to prevent government paid services from stopping until there is legislation that states how the government will be funded. In the short term, that means government operations and the post office; […]

The  "Donald" Trump Card
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The “Donald” Trump Card

*Political Commentary* The Trump card. It is an age old cliché but it has garnered new meaning in American politics. This particular reference speaks to a specific type of card, found in many board games and card games, which is able to  pull rank over and above other cards. It is valuable, it is conducive […]

Commentary:  Black vs. African American…What’s Your Choice?
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Commentary: Black vs. African American…What’s Your Choice?

    As a public policy analyst, I often explore political viewpoints that are.lets say… much different than mine. So, frequently, I turn away from my vox.com and turn my attention to the much maligned, ratings juggernaut, Fox News. I never watch the live shows, as many of their classic big hitting pundits such as […]

Here we go (maybe not again)...the New & Improved N.Y. Knicks??
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Here we go (maybe not again)…the New & Improved N.Y. Knicks??

The New York Knicks are about to start their season. For better or for worse this Knick team will be playing with a new coach, a newly resigned star and new upper management. The change that has swept this organization is the first such movement to occur with the Knicks in many years; and it’s […]

New York’s Knicks  Are On the Verge of a Youth Movement
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New York’s Knicks Are On the Verge of a Youth Movement

In a shocking and historic change of events, the New York Knicks may be on the verge of something they haven’t accomplished in my lifetime; a youth movement. The Knicks under Phil Jackson’s stewardship have traded veterans for youth in the past week and acquired two draft picks in the process.   The biggest catch […]