The Opinant

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." – William Shakespeare

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Mr. President, I have a couple of questions…

Posted on May 12, 2020

  The best entertainment these days are White House briefings. Especially when the President is involved, and since he likes the spotlight, that has been often lately. Yet what should be a time when important questions, ones that we all have should be asked, the press corps usually asks questions of the Gotcha nature. It makes for great drama, intrigue, and even comedy sometimes. If the majority of the press corps can’t walk away from the briefings without making the President look bad? Well they’ve had a bad day. Usually the President wittingly or unwittingly plays along with them. This really isn’t new, the press corps have always gone after Presidents with gotcha questions, or ask absurd questions to spark an angry response. The…

Pandemic Conspiracies. My top four favorites.

Posted on April 1, 2020

  If the internet has taught us anything, it is everyone has a Theory. Some of those theories quickly slip into the realm of Conspiracies. Here are some of my favorites.   1.) There really isn’t a Pandemic, this is just a bad flu, and it has been around since last Fall.  KNOWN: Covid-19 is a pandemic. It is world wide, and has nearly topped 1 million cases. With some 45,000 deaths. The Flu, which is seasonal, and came in the Fall (October 1st 2019 as the start point) Has infected some 38-54 million worldwide. Causing some 24-62 thousand deaths worldwide according to the CDC website. [cdc.gov] This year the B strain, made an early appearence, and this strain has gone after children. Many…

The Democrats Dilemma.

Posted on May 31, 2019

  All is not well in the House of Representatives. Stirrings, murmurs, whispers are circulating the halls, the bathrooms, dare say I? The Gymnasium. The talk is whether to go ahead and Impeach the 45th President, Donald J. Trump for obstructing of justice. To do what is right for the American people, and ultimately, as their civic duty as Representatives. Unfortunately, that is not how it is going, instead? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and every Cable, Newspaper and News Media outlet is working overtime to shove the impeachment narrative down our throats. Either for or against. And the outcome of this? Well as Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke said in his speech last night…wait? Did he give a speech last night? You know, I’m not…

Keeping up with the Opinion Rat Race.

Posted on May 6, 2019

    I came to a realization the other day. I can’t keep up. I try, mostly in that gray matter between my ears. I see an article, or hear a story on the radio, occasionally catch a news program and say to myself “Well, that would be fun to blog about!” But of course I have a life, I have kids, a home, some blonde Irish chick that tells me what to do about my life, kids, and home. And when I find that moment to sit in front of my laptop? The moment is gone. That thing I wanted to opine about? Not important anymore.   It’s a fast pace world out there my friends.   In our multi-media world, the news…

Forty Acres and a Mule.

Posted on April 17, 2019

      Well it’s back. Talk of reparations for slavery. Like many ideas floated around during the political season they all come from righting wrongs of our past. We are destroying the planet by carbon dioxide emissions. So, let’s sign a treaty and stop driving cars. We have an illegal immigration problem. So, let’s build a wall to keep them out. We celebrate that evil Columbus Day. So, let’s call it Indigenous Peoples Day instead. And on and on. Slavery Reparations have been tried before, the iconic 40 Acres and a Mule solution. Didn’t work out. Stopped by the Democratic President Andrew Johnson. It’s a long story, the short version is this: Take the land previously held by Southern Plantation owners and give…

Obstruction, Obstruction…what’s your function?

Posted on April 8, 2019

    I have to say I am very impressed with Robert Mueller. For one, he was a Democratic Party darling, now he is a Republican Party darling. The man knows how to make people happy and sad in less than 24 hours. That is impressive. But it was the genius of stacking his investigators deck with ardent Liberal Democrats that was amazing. Taking people on who absolutely hated President Trump, those who would look into every nook and cranny hoping to find a sliver of Collusion or in reality, Conspiracy.   Yet it didn’t turn out that way.    Robert Mueller put himself in the cat-bird seat by this action. If he would have chosen a more non-partisan group, or say non-political group,…

Why Your Opinion Matters.

Posted on March 5, 2019

    “…But thinking makes it so.”   If you’ve stumbled across this blog, welcome. This is my second blog I’ve started in the past 3 years of blogging here on WordPress. It took me a while to start this one, and it is a little different from my family friendly blog I begun with. This being my first post on The Opinant.   Opinant…what?   The word ‘Opinant’ comes from one William Thackeray. A novelist, and Satirist, he combined the words Opine and ant. In what some assume was a variant of the French word, which means someone who gives an opinion in a deliberation. The definition is “A person who opines or forms an opinion.” Meaning, a Opiner, in modern usage of…