Fashioning a Crusade for the Fairer Sex

When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different. George Santayana

By Doug Magill

In the days following the election one of the fascinating themes coming from the need-to-be-committed Democrats is that Hillary Clinton lost the election because she is a woman.  The Democrats’ rant is that there is so much sexism in our society that a woman cannot be elected President.

Some of our crestfallen media have pursued this line of reasoning with vigor, and it crops up randomly from otherwise intelligent women on Facebook and in the loony left Internet media.  It’s one of the more stubborn ideas to come out of this election.

The line of reasoning, I suppose, is that like all else in the realms of politics, education, business and media there should be privileged classes and they need to have their turn.  We had a black President so now we should have a female one; later on, we will need to have a Hispanic one and maybe then a transgendered one, or at least a homosexual one.  Sort of a checklist of the currently fashionable parade of the perpetually aggrieved; by designating success for their representatives, we can eliminate perceived discrimination.

Something like that.  But logic doesn’t always seem to be a necessary component of such things.

However, if one were to spend any time with a gathering of conservatives and ask about, say, Margaret Thatcher, there would be instant agreement about her leadership, toughness, vision and success.  And, of course, her integral role in winning the Cold War with Ronald Reagan.  The same would be true of Golda Meir and her ability to navigate the complex and contentious politics of the Knesset while winning a war.  And our conservative Indian friends would have great compliments about Indira Gandhi.

Those of us who study history have great admiration for strong women leaders throughout history –  including Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth I, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hatshepsut, Isabella and Catherine the Great.

Today the Republican Party lays claim to some of the most prominent female leaders throughout our country:   Kelly Ayotte, Nicki Haley, Joni Ernst, Sarah Palin, Susana Martinez, Marsha Blackburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Carly Fiorina, Mia Love and Ohio’s own Mary Taylor.      There are a significant number of capable women in the halls of Congress, all of the state houses, and in established and startup businesses.

The problem with conflating Hillary’s defeat with the status of women is not complex: Hillary was a disastrous choice as a Presidential nominee.  Narcissistic, corrupt, dishonest and unwilling to act as a leader rather than a scold, she was thoroughly unlikeable and a vapid and boring campaigner.  Even now she is pointing fingers in every direction but her own for her failure, and most analysts are breathing a sigh of relief that she is soon to be exiled from the body politic.

A recent Pew Research study showed a large majority of Americans accept the idea of a female Chief Executive.  In fact, one recent study showed more men than women are indifferent to the sex of their leader.  The same study showed that political party was more important that sex in determining who to vote for.  The results of the election show that while the country may be ready for a female leader, it isn’t Hillary.

No conservative organization I know of doesn’t have women involved or in leadership roles, which are never a topic of discussion relative to their sex.  We have absolutely no doubt that women can lead local, state and federal organizations all the way up to and including President.

The deep and abiding problem for Democrats is their constant lurch leftward, leaving them with marginal ideological candidates for leadership roles, such as the ever-partisan Nancy Pelosi and the demagogic Elizabeth Warren.  It is even worse when one looks to the ranks of Democrats that could normally be expected to be rising and assuming prominence.

Eight years of the always-about-me Barak Obama have left the party in shambles.  His legacy is the worst party infrastructure since Reconstruction.  When he took office the Democrats had large majorities in both houses of Congress, 29 governorships and control of 27 state houses.   Today it holds only 18 governorships, and 12 state legislatures and neither house of Congress.  The raw numbers are staggering: Under Obama Democrats have lost over 900 state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats and 13 Senate positions.  Adding insult to injury, Republicans took decisive control of the Kentucky State Senate for the first time in 91 years.

It is a Republican America and the media ensconced comfortably in New York and Washington have failed to notice, with a few notable exceptions.  CNN’s Amanda Carpenter commented “Who thought Obama’s legacy would be the destruction of the Democratic Party?”  She even tweeted about Hillary being the worst candidate in modern history.

The Democrat Party is seemingly intent on a massive flameout as they are considering the radically left-wing Keith Ellison to chair the DNC.  One of the few people in the world that could possibly make Debbie Wasserman-Schultz look competent.

President-elect Trump has clarified a movement in the Republican Party that most prominent members didn’t acknowledge.  He has also caused an enormous fissure in the Democrat Party that may take years to resolve.  If they continue to fully embrace radical progressivism, they may in fact cease to be credible.

Women in leadership are an integral part of the Republican Party, and it is highly probable that soon we will see a female President.  A Republican one.

By the way, did someone mention recently that Ivanka Trump will be taking a prominent role in her father’s administration?


Doug Magill is the Communications Director for the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, a consultant, city councilman, freelance writer and voice-over talent.  He can be reached at




Vanity of Vanities

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.  Jane Austen

By Doug Magill

One of the things that seems saddest to me is those who profess disdain for the available candidates for President and proclaim that they are sitting out this election or voting for a third-party offering.  This is often proclaimed in a tone of intended seriousness or anguished thoughtfulness.

While dissatisfaction with the options is perfectly understandable, and most of us probably voted for a different candidate in the primary, this is what we are offered.   It is the way our electoral system works, and has always.  One can almost hear the anguished moans of citizens throughout history as they complain about having to vote for Adams, or Jackson, or Herbert Hoover.  Let alone the modern parade of politicians.

Today’s cry is heard loudly throughout the land: Why can’t we do better than this?

I suppose it is built into the American psyche that there is a desire for a more-perfect candidate, and disdain may be the default for the humanity of who we have to vote for.  Sometimes the system does produce a candidate worthy of the office, and we are better off for it.

When all is said and done it is voter vanity at work: I could do better than that guy, I don’t want people to think I would vote for him, I’m too smart to be associated with him, our system is terrible and I don’t want to be associated with it.

It is especially telling when I hear from those who love to profess their own wisdom how stupid Trump voters are.  See, I’m smarter than they are. Proving, of course the effectiveness and wisdom of the Democrats’ campaign of attacking Trump and avoiding issues, let alone the qualifications of their candidate.  Along with a compliant media which is uninterested in reporting facts, let alone trying to provide clarity on issues.

When the day is done, there really are only two issues, vanity aside.  In reading the party platforms one is astonished at the contrast in vision, and the reality of the assault on life, freedom, liberty, and self-determination that the Democrats profess.  The platforms represent the core of each party, and the vote in this election really is about what that core will lead us to.

The second issue is the candidates themselves.  Trump fires verbal volleys that one has to wince at.  But those pale to insignificance when compared to the deep and powerful politicization and corruption in our government, and in the Democrat candidate who wishes to politicize and corrupt it further.

A friend who is generally apolitical remarked that she hopes Trump will win just to blow up the government and bring in people dedicated to serving the county.  His outsider status would lend itself to that indeed.  As opposed to someone who understands how to use cronyism, bribery and graft to enhance power.

For those who would rather spend time stroking their egos and wallowing in vanity I don’t suppose there is much to be said.  Avoiding choices is to make a bad one.  For the rest of us, we need to work on and vote for someone who at least understands the need for change, and is comfortable in causing it.


Doug Magill is the Communications Director for the Cuyahoga County Republican Party, a consultant, freelance writer and voice-over talent.  he can be reached at



Vanity in History

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.  Abraham Lincoln

By Doug Magill


I recently watched the movie Lincoln, and was impressed at its historical accuracy, as well as the incredible talent of the actors involved, particularly of Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln.  I was also struck by the gritty portrayals of the members of the House of Representatives: venal, vain, sometimes obtuse but very human.  Certainly not unlike today.  And, I suspect the movie got the backroom dealing and compromising right.  Democracy isn’t pretty, and passing legislation is a complex process done by fallible people.

I thought of this in light of the recent media explosion over a tape of Donald Trump expressing some rather vulgar and demeaning thoughts about women.  I don’t recall as much crocodile-tear outrage over a man’s words since the early days of the “feminist revolution” and the lame attempts and angst by the nerdy guys trying to get laid with their militant girlfriends.  Usually it was about something the athletes or fraternity guys did or said.

That said, Trump certainly didn’t add anything dignified to the presidential contest, did he?  One has to suspect that as marriage historically has been the method for gentling and dealing with the baser instincts of men, that his wife and daughters will clarify for him what is acceptable to say in public about women.

Knowing the media, it is not surprising that they will try to make as much out of this as they can.  Long ago having lost credibility and any pretense to integrity, it is their secret-society sworn duty to bring Trump down.  Our narcissistic millennials are easily influenced by this goal, thinking that this is something new and are eager to impress their self-absorbed peer group of their compassion and concern.  Most people who dislike Trump will be reinforced, but those who support him will be unfazed.  Alas, for those who truly wish to get perspective, the road ahead is difficult.

Ah history, thy appeal is difficult to discern.

We have certainly had large egos in the Presidency, and the quality of presidential language has not always been Catholic-school approved – along with their less-than-saintly actions.  Kennedy turned the White House into the Play House for his frequent frolics, as did one William Jefferson Clinton.   President  Johnson was more than well known for his earthy expressions as is Senator McCain.  Who can forget the disgusting and x-rated antics of Senator Edward Kennedy and Chris Dodd – the least desired guests in a jaded Washington?

One of the most foul-mouthed offenders, according to those who know her well, is Hillary Clinton.

One has to remind our younger and uninformed progeny about the impeachment of then-President Clinton.  Eleven counts, including lying to a grand jury.  Disbarment and fines.  All because of romping with an intern – an intern! – in the White House.  Yet at that time the media described it all as just sex, personal and not relevant.  The special prosecutor was viciously attacked as being a pervert for even investigating.  How far we have come.

Still, the question to be asked is, which will harm America more, Trump’s stream-of-consciousness invective in the past, or the actions of a ruthless and avaricious Hillary Clinton whose stated objectives are to overturn the Bill of Rights and cause enormous damage to the American experiment?

One has to be shocked, saddened and dismayed at the would-be president’s capacity for mendacity, even under trivial circumstances.  The most chilling  is where her actions have directly lead to personal destruction and even to the deaths of others.  The mother of Sean Smith plaintively asks what happened to her son, while Democrats cavalierly walk out of the Congressional hearing where she was testifying:

Hillary abandoned him to die at Benghazi and lied about it to his mother’s face, and later tried to call her a liar.  Patricia Smith is still waiting for an answer.

This is Hillary’s character, and her history.  At 27 years old and as a staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee she was fired by lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman.  When queried as to why, he stated “Because she was a liar.  She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer.  She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the Committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

Throughout her career there are innumerable examples of her dishonesty.  From Whitewater to her role in enabling her husband’s transgressions to Travelgate and the destruction of Billy Dale and his staff (see Peggy Noonan’s reminder of Hillary’s responsibility, lying, and evasion: to Benghazi to her server to her compromising national security with her emails and the corruption of the Clinton Foundation the constant is her complete and absolute willful perversion of the truth for her own benefit.

Recently, Secret Service Officer Gerry Byrne called her a “complete pathological liar”:

Beyond that there is the enormous disconnect between her words, her actions and her desires should she obtain office.  Her empire games in Libya have resulted in countless deaths, her complicity in the withdrawal from Iraq has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands and her disdain for Africa has resulted in multiple atrocities.  To say nothing of what the rise of radical Islam has meant to women.

Her lack of support for DC vouchers, her unholy ties to teachers’ unions and the resulting condemnation of poor minorities to third-world schools, her alliance with anti-police  forces leading to rising crime rates in already desperate inner-city communities all lead to a destructive and anti-human set of policy prescriptions that would be disastrous for our country.  Her desire to treat abortion as an unalloyed social good will lead to the death of millions of more babies, and ultimately to further erosion in human dignity as we creep ever-closer to euthanasia and the forced termination of services under government-controlled health care.

It is understandable that there is hesitation to support Trump because of his free-form verbal onslaughts.  Yet, to an America sick of mendacity and corruption one is reminded of Abraham Lincoln, in responding to criticisms of General U.S. Grant and his occasional forays into excess alcohol, “I can’t spare this man – he fights.”

People back Trump because he fights.

Doug Magill is the Communications Director for the Cuyahoga County Republican Party.  He is also a councilman for the city of Solon, a communications consultant, voice-over talent and freelance writer.


If it’s Hubris, it Couldn’t be Hillary

By Doug Magill
Dang it, I never did get the hang of using these dumbass things.
Computers are for little people – I prefer the voice-activated conveniences of power.  When I yell for a minion, someone comes and adjusts whatever thingy I need to change.  Especially TVs, I hate trying to figure out remotes.  After all, that’s what my worshipping followers are here for.  Now, if I could get them to wear those cute yellow outfits with the goggles….
My neurologist – that nitwit – thinks I need to do more mental exercises in case my brain was scrambled with that last stroke so he suggested I write stuff.  Who cares?  My scrambled brain is better than the unbroken ones of the yokels who adore me.  See – yolks – a joke!  I’ve still got it.  Oh, I said yokels and meant yolks.  How do I change that?  Oh hell, Cheryl never seems to be around when I need her.  Someone will fix it for me later.  Someone always does. 
What the heck?  I have to get a new TV.  Who knew a shoe could break one?  My arm is still good.  Ha, lots of practice throwing pottery at Bill.  Too bad he didn’t get brain damage from all the earthenware I’ve bounced off that horny little skull.  The stupid TV kept showing clips of my comments about that basket of deplorables.  What’s the difference?  I thought the basket thing was a nice touch, you know – a place for towels and kittens (disgusting creatures).
Besides, I meant to say basket of deportables.  I mean, Trump Top wants to get rid of all of the illegal aliens – good little future Democrat voters.  Did I say little?  I mean dependable.  Same thing.
Anyway, if he wants to get rid of our little brown brothers (crap, I said little again – must be the medication).  So why can’t I say I want to get rid of those pathetic morons who think that more Democrats is a bad idea?  Put all those Bible-loving gun-carrying freaks in a boxcar and ship them out of here.  Let Mexico deal with them.  Hah, then who’d want to build a wall?
Speaking of walls a couple of my mansions need better fences – mostly to keep the bimbos out if I get elected.  Bubba boy will be partying his little deplorables off and I can’t stand coming home and throwing out lingerie that’s lying about.  If only they knew.  Well, maybe some of the clones at CNN do, they figure they’ll get in on the action if they keep hiding Bill’s bacchanalian blowouts – as if I didn’t know how to hire private eyes. 
Been doing that since Little Rock.
Oohh….alliteration. “Bill’s bacchanalian blowouts.”  Stroke, shmoke.  Love it.  And they say I’m a wooden speaker.  Speaking of wood, haven’t been laying it down for a while.  Gotta get this weight off.  To think, that mousy little writer from Powerline called me a “muffin- top of mendacity.”  Gotta talk to the boys.  What’s power if you can’t use it?  We’ll see how many pieces we can make her pedestrian car explode into.
What was I saying?  Oh yeah, blasted adorables.  That’s what I meant to say.  I mean, aren’t those fanatical, hairy beer bums that like Trump just cute?  Cute like in spiders that need to be squashed.  I know that’s what I meant.  I love everyone, even snakes.
Ooh, gotta go, Huma is coming with those funny green pills she keeps making me take before she puts on those weird Accepting the Koran tapes.  I always fall asleep anyway.  Maybe I can get her to get another keyboard too, this drooling thing gets really messy, especially with the H key in the middle when I want to keep typing all the wonderful things that start with H….
Doug Magill is a communications consultant, city councilman, voice-over talent and freelance writer.  He can be reached at

The Consequences of Honor

By Doug Magill


The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.  George Bernard Shaw

It is one of the dismaying things about our President and his minions: their inability to understand the deeper meaning of things.  They use words to win, not to explain; images to demonize, not to elevate; power to bully, but not to protect.

Yet it all fits with the image of those raised after the World War that defined our country.  Everything is exigencies and now.  Self-aggrandizement as an art and a life goal at the expense of character and probity.

One must weep for those fallen in our name to have their sacrifice conflated with someone like Bowe Bergdahl by a thoroughly dishonest academic like Susan Rice, who commented about Bergdahl’s enlistment qualifying him for having served with “honor and distinction”.  Those who have served know honor is earned, not a decision that may lead to an opportunity for honor.  There is an understanding of this even in pop culture, as this quote attributed to Midori Koto clarifies “Honor isn’t about making the right choices.  It’s about dealing with the consequences.”

No one in this administration understands the consequences of policies, the effects of dishonesty, the obligations of failure or the acceptance of responsibility.

Honor is a recognition of service, of integrity, of duty.  Concepts that do not have a place in the list of virtues desired by this administration.  American military personnel have known since the founding of this country that sacrifice is an essential part of service, and that the result may be death.  But they have willingly taken that journey because of the idea that this country represents, and its uniqueness in the history of the world.

My father and uncle served in combat in the Pacific in World War II, and they understood honor.  It was earned, even by those that served in roles that did not involve combat.  They did their job and helped secure victory.  Even those whose well of fortitude might have run dry in the screaming hell of combat are remembered with honor.  They were there, they did their job, and if they fell, overwhelmed, their sacrifice is something greater than anyone serving this administration will ever know.

Honor could never be about nominating oneself for medals as the bumbling narcissist John Kerry did before disappearing from duty and viciously attacking those who had served with him.  It could never be about the solipsistic demand for recognition obtained by others and the fanatical washing of hands relative to consequences never acknowledged like Hillary Clinton.   It could never be about awards given for political purposes rather than accomplishments, as when our preening President received a Nobel Peace Prize.  And it will never be about burying distasteful things in the weekend news cycle or imposing mandates that were never understood or accepted by the country.

It is for those who know honor to rebuild and renew this country, and protect it from the consequences of the Obama years of illusion.  It is for us to make sure that happens.


Doug Magill is a communications consultant, freelance writer and voice over talent.  He can be reached at


Things Not Otherwise Noted: September Edition

By Doug Magill

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.  Ayn Rand


Having built a monstrous batisse of government mandates and perverse incentives coupled with a gross misunderstanding of human nature and incentives, the Democrat party refuses to compromise on any portion of Obamacare.  Even though our President in a rather extra-constitutional fashion has suspended portions of it, granted waivers not to be found in the law anywhere, and pandered to the new ruling class of government workers by providing subsidies also not found in the law.

So, using the impending problem of raising our debt ceiling (which our memory-deprived President railed against while a senator), we now find ourselves at a budgetary impasse.  So?

It is news to most Americans who have been short-changed on their understanding of history (now who benefits from that?) that budget crises and government shutdowns are neither new nor particularly bothersome.  This current event is the 18th shutdown since 1976.  I can hear all of the ideology-blinded liberals whining that this is different, but it really isn’t.  The rhetoric is more heated – particularly from those same self-righteous liberals – because the media allows it, but the causes and effects are pretty much the same.  And, the results will be too.

The big surprise is that we haven’t had a shutdown in the last twenty years or so.  According to Andrew Stiles “At this point in Ronald Reagan’s second term, for example, the government had already shut down six times, for a total of twelve days, as a result of failed budget negotiations between the White House, a Republican Senate, and House Democrats under the leadership of Tip O’Nell (D., Mass) precisely the opposite of the dynamics that exist today. “

Guess who worked under Tip O’Neill and forgot all about this?  None other than Chris Matthews, the resident TV blabbermouth who hasn’t stopped talking to learn anything new since he first went on the air.

The avuncular O’Neill, who could play hardball politics with the best of them, managed to be involved in twelve different government shutdowns, five with Jimmy Carter, and seven under Reagan.  So, Big Daddy Tip was involved in two-thirds of government shutdowns since the current budgeting methodology has been in place.

I don’t recall anyone ever calling O’Neill a “terrorist”, or accusing him of waging “jihad” against the American people.

Ignorance is incendiary when it involves politics.

Who remembers that under Carter the government shut down because of disagreements between the House and the Senate, even though both were controlled by Democrats?  C’est ridicule!  But, of course the media doesn’t remember, or remind us of these things.

Obamacare is deeply unpopular, clearly flawed, and is the only entitlement program ever passed entirely on partisan lines with lots of backroom political bribes and in the dead of night using parliamentary trickery.  Study after study has shown it will cost a lot more than advertised, will not cure the problem of uninsured citizens, will have devastating effects on our health care system, and has already created huge disincentives for business growth and development.  Rational minds would consider fixing some of these things.  Democrats say no.

And Republicans are accused of intransigence.

We know, however, that the real goal is not Obamacare.  The liberal crusade is for total government control of health care, and this step in that direction is not to be given up.  Like so many things in the totalitarian temptation that drives liberals, efficiency and effectiveness are not to be considered when the possibility of total control can be grasped.  Those who study history have seen this before.


The impecunious Davy Crockett, an American hero, had a better picture of the role of government than those overheated windbags that occupy his place in the House of Representatives.

Davy Crockett and the Government Shutdown


It was an idea that only a liberal would love.  Let’s make a documentary (really hagiography) about Hillary Clinton in time for the 2016 elections!  Once CNN announced its plans, NBC jumped in with an idea for a mini-series with Dianne Lane as Hillary (one wonders if her role in Unfaithful was considered good background).   Producer Charles Ferguson has dropped plans for his project, and NBC has subsequently decided they weren’t interested.  Ferguson blames Media Matters, both political parties, and especially the Clintons for the insurmountable difficulties he faced.  Interestingly enough he describes a meeting with Bill Clinton where “he proceeded to tell me the most amazing lies I’ve heard in quite a while.”

CNN’s Hillary Documentary Canned


The abortion controversy is debated in ways that conceal the truth, and history.  We know that the founder of what is now Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, believed in eugenics.  We also know that Roe v. Wade was a textbook example of judicial overreach – liberal judges and attorneys acknowledge this.  That Supreme Court decision was the result of a clear strategy by its proponents to overrule elective politics through the courts because of the consistent unwillingness of the American people to allow unlimited abortions on demand.  We are discovering that a fetus can feel long before we ever imagined it could, while medical science allows babies to be saved astonishingly early before full term.  Yet, these things are clouded by the media’s focus on the perceived needs of the mother, without really ever focusing on what effect abortion has on society, and individuals.   There has been astonishingly little exposure given to the men that supported abortion on demand, and what it means in their lives.

What Men Choose With Choice


The media also gives scant coverage to organizations that have been outraged by the mandates issued by HHS in regards to contraception.  And, effectively abortion on demand.  Pundits blithely mention religious exemptions and never mention details, or effects.  Hobby Lobby, a Christian organization, won a resounding victory against the HHS regulations in Federal Court.  There has been very little explanation of why this victory is important.  Other organizations that are religious in nature have also been affected, and have had to fight – even though it does not suit their nature, or their image.

The Fight For Religious Freedom by The Little Sisters of the Poor


Catholics rightly wonder why does this conclusion not seem obvious?

Nancy Pelosi Should Be Denied Communion


Unions have been vocal in their criticism of Obamacare.  The AFL-CIO convention a few weeks ago was prepared to issue a strong condemnation of the health insurance legislation, but Obama personally intervened to block the statement.  We don’t know what accommodation the President will reach with the unions, but we know that they feel betrayed.

SEIU On Strike Over Obamacare


Seymour Hersh is a liberal author who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War.  He is not a fan of conservatives, and the feeling is mutual.  Yet, he is disgusted at the state of the media in this country, explaining that 90% of editors should be fired as the only way to fix journalism.

Seymour Hersh Slams US Media


Baseline Budgeting is a horror that keeps on returning, annually in fact.  Every government agency, department, and office knows that if you don’t spend the money you are allocated you will lose it in next year’s budget.  That way, every year your budget will go up.  And, what the heck, it’s someone else’s so spend it on whatever seems desirable at the time.  Though the noise has died down about outrageous government jaunts and conferences, the problem is real, and growing.  Nearly 60% of the federal budget is spent in the fourth quarter of the budget year.  And since it ends at the end of September all kinds of spending is flowing out of the scuppers of the bureaucracy.

What Budget Crisis?  The Government Keeps Spending.


Though NASA has strayed far from its original mission, there are a lot of companies that are interested in the commercial potential of spaceflight.  The administration has funded a number of efforts to assist in this, and last Sunday Orbital Sciences became the second company to successfully send a resupply mission to the International Space Station.  Today, these companies are funded by the government, so while they still represent government programs they are undoubtedly vastly more efficient than anything NASA could accomplish these days.  Elon Musk – founder of SpaceX – has found that rockets and cars can do very nicely on government subsidies.  Still, it does move us closer to the commercialization of space.

Super Sunday for Commercial Spaceflight.


I know we all wish we could go back to college at times.  And why not?  Brown University has certainly found another good way to entice students to attend class.

Bet This Is Not An Outdoor Class at Brown.


While the editorial comments write themselves, it is intriguing to attempt to understand the culture of our Saudi allies.

Saudi News: Driving Damages Ovaries.


You knew someone had to figure it out.  And why not MIT and Harvard, whose students probably dearly hope that they can find something to use to break up the tedium of droning liberal professors?

Yep, The Lightsaber Is Real.


Doug Magill is a freelance writer and voice-over talent and also co-hosts The Avenue, a radio show dedicated to culture and entertainment.  As a cancer survivor he has a number of concerns with the health insurance law misnamed the Affordable Care Act.  He can be reached at