Guilty.

So Donald Trump keeps racking up the “firsts.” First former U.S. president charged with felonies; first one actually convicted; likely will be the first major party nominee for president who is a convicted felon. What a guy! It’s been less than 24 hours since the jury announced its verdict, so the analysis of how Trump’s […]

Laws are not absolute, but the rule of law should be

I broke the law yesterday. I went out to grab some lunch and on the way I found myself going 38 miles per hour. The posted speed limit was 35. According to Section 257.627(16) of the Michigan Vehicle Code (Act 300 of 1949, as amended): A person who violates a speed limit established under this […]

Here we go again: Putting COVID numbers in context

A disclaimer: COVID-19 is serious. If you don’t take it seriously by following the rather simple alleviation tactics you have available to you (vaccination, mask-wearing, washing hands, etc.), it can kill you. There is a difference, however, between it can kill you and it will kill you, and this is a distinction that is seldom […]

Will the Pfizer and Merck pills move COVID-19 into endemic status?

From my inbox this morning: Pfizer’s pill is the second to show significant effectiveness against COVID-19; Merck also has one that’s waiting for authorization from the FDA. Are these pills the next step toward moving COVID-19 from pandemic to endemic status? A quick definition of our terms might be useful here: A pandemic is a […]

“The presidency is not a popularity contest.”

Joe Biden’s popularity with the American public continues to decline, per FiveThirtyEight: To be clear, Biden wasn’t very popular to begin with. On Inauguration Day, only 53% of us approved, while 36% disapproved (leaving about 11 percent withholding judgement, which seems prudent now). That figure was at or below nearly every president since Harry S […]