The Rise of the Third Estate – Part 1

“There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.” -King Louis XIV Societies have always put up lines that separate their members into different groups. Traditionally, the group into which a person fell was determined at birth, but in the past 200 years this has become less true (at least in most democracies). In our […]

Antonin Scalia

Justice Scalia was a friend of the Constitution, and thus he was a friend to Americans. America is not imbued, as are other nations, with a homogenous heritage. The monolith nature of some cultures is strong enough to allow rules governing to go unwritten. America has no such luxury, nor any such hindrance. In the […]

Because of superdelegates, Bernie Sanders needs 62.5% of the New Hampshire popular vote to tie Hillary

Typically, in a primary, delegates are elected by voters to cast their vote at the nominating convention on behalf of those voters.  “Superdelegates” go to the convention just like regular delegates but are free to support any candidate they like, independently of who their constituents prefer.  One of Hillary Clinton’s tactics in keeping Joe Biden out […]

A conversation about politics with THE American swing voter

In the interest of protecting this person’s identity, I will not disclose who they are.  However, his presidential voting record is that he has voted Carter, Reagan, Reagan, Bush Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Obama, Obama. He started supporting Trump in early-August saying “I just like what he said, about running the country like a business.” I had […]

2009 New Year’s Deck Log Entry

Below is the deck log entry I wrote on New Year’s Day, 2010. USS Germantown Deck Log Entry 01/01/2010 Time 0001 LTJG COLANGELO Here we sit beside mole pier Moored on starboard fore to rear Taking power from the shore Machines all silent in our core All seems quiet, all is right For I will […]

2016 Predictions

Predictions for 2016 Bitcoin in USD will outperform the S&P 500 (Starting values: Bitcoin $243.99, S&P $2050.54) Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes will not finish the year as CEO of Theranos Fewer American companies will IPO in 2016 than did in 2015 (170) Student loan default rates will increase (currently 11.8%) At one of its 12 […]