The Dakota Access Pipeline

Perry and Trump both have ties to the companies who own and will operate the pipeline. Trump himself holds stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access, LLC which is building the pipeline. And Perry is on the Board of Directors of Energy Transfer Partners! Both of these conflicts of interest loom large and heavy over the future of the project. Once the Obama Administration leaves office, we’re in uncharted territory.

The Electoral College is Broken

Basically, what is argued for is that the general election should exist to select a group of people, the Electoral College, who will vigorously and systematically evaluate those standing as candidates for President of the United States and select the person who is best suited, who is most highly qualified through experience and ability, to ascend to the Office. They will do so by voting in their own states, rather than convening in one centralized location, to avoid influences meant to corrupt their ability to execute their task safely and expediently—like foreign world powers and angry mobs.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

Looking at the candidates for the Republican nomination for President is like sifting through the broken and discarded fragments of reject crayons in a pre-K arts and crafts classroom. Sure, there appear to be a few bright and shining colors lurking amongst the rancid baby food greens and doodoo browns, but on closer inspection even these turn out to be nothing more than useless stubs of tapioca mauve hiding inside a day glow cyan wrapper.

On the Media and the Free Press

As you are no doubt aware, some pretty significant happenings have taken place in the United States this week that have trained the eyes of the global media on a singular story. I am, of course, referring to the Grand Jury decision in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. However,…

The R-word and Casual Racism

The next time you see an ad with an Indian in feathers selling cigarettes or “peace tokens,” think twice about how comfortable we all are with racism. We, as a society, have become comfortable ignoring the Native American population here in the United States. It’s the perfect illustration of the childish logic of “if I ignore it, it will go away.” The United States will never be able to hold its head high, truly, until we’ve confronted these issues.