The U.S. is falling behind in refugee resettlements

The Pew Research Center has a new report showing that the U.S. is falling far behind in refugee resettlements.  With President Trump setting a new ceiling on refugee resettlements for the coming year at 45,000 the U.S. fall behind its usually number of resettlements.  This is all happening in the midst of the worst refugee […]

Moving on after after mass shootings

It’s been almost a month since the massacre in Las Vegas and my impression has been that the story has disappeared from the public’s consciousness.  Perhaps its because no clear motive has been established for the attack?  Another possibility is that maybe we Americans are so immune to these periodic spasms of extreme violence that […]

Why There Hasn’t Been Meaningful Gun Control Yet.

Like some horrible broken record the response in the United States after a mass shooting follows a typical pattern: thought and prayers are offered by all, we are told to not politicize the tragedy by bringing up the topic of gun control, deflections away from gun control ensue (focus on mental health, gun control wouldn’t […]

13 Ways of Understanding Trump

Donald Trump can be hard to figure out.  Because of his newness to politics and his seemingly erratic behavior it’s difficult to understand sometimes what motivates him  (assuming he has motivations aside from just reacting to various stimuli like a human goldfish).  To clear things up a bit I have surveyed the various attempts to […]