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Burr is a husband, father, and computer programmer, who writes and records from St. Louis. On Sundays, he sings in a praise band at the local Methodist Church. On Saturdays, weather permitting, he mows the lawn under the supervision of his wife. He can be found at FairAndUNbalanced.com

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, and the Nedelin Disaster

The almost instant explosion of the North Korean missile test launch brings to mind another missile failure, with deadly consequences and a remarkable change in the direction of world history.…

Tripwire: Trump’s Syria Dilemma

by Burr Deming President Trump’s pattern of military force brings to mind another set of decisions nearly 6 decades ago, decisions that may have saved us from nuclear war. I…

Retiring an Old Conservative Tradition And Creating Two More

by Burr Deming It’s better than counting sheep. It is boring beyond belief, and it accidentally explains why ordinary voters would rather chew on tinfoil than think about senate procedures.…

Two Presidents, Two Confrontations, One Winner

It was a last ditch effort by President Trump to pull support from conservative Republicans for the final repeal of the healthcare that Democrats had put into place seven years…

Donald J. Trump’s Most Secret Identity

We look to history because we don’t have much else to guide us. And there isn’t much from the past that could have prepared us for Donald Trump. The Information…

Kennedy and Cuba, Trump and Yemen: Contrasts In Failure

As details emerged, it became clear that our new Commander-in-Chief had initiated a military failure. Enemy resistance had been severely underestimated. People had died. The President immediately acknowledged the disaster,…

The Donald Trump Cheat Sheet – Losing Heads or Tails

Mr. Trump and his top advisors do have a fixation on Mexico, Mexicans, and those Americans who have any Mexican ancestry. The alt right is a euphemism for something on…

Persist and Resist: Elizabeth Warren Joins Fellow Persister John Quincy Adams

When Republicans in Congress dusted off Rule 19 to tell Elizabeth Warren to sit down and shut up, a few historians remarked that the rule had never actually been enforced…

When Donald Trump Found Kruschev’s First Letter

President Trump notoriously does not pay attention to the President’s Daily Brief. He says he finds them repetitive. In this case, he got a brief refresher of the daily summary…

On Refugees: How Strangeness Can Become Menacing

It's human nature, I suppose. People are strange when you’re a stranger.…

What’s Up With Donald Trump’s Most Curious Mannerisms?

Sometimes the little things are telling: the unconscious mannerisms, the conscious affectations. Presidential Mincing Donald Trump’s hands were always interesting. From the beginning, the gestures reminded me of something. It…

January 20, 2017: Fear And Loathing In Our Nation’s Capitol

Decades ago, a business associate failed to keep his word, costing me more than I could comfortably afford at the time. The benefit to him was not even nominal. When…

The Real Lesson From the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting

Not much is known about what trouble Estaban Santiago got into during his remaining military service after returning from Iraq. We only know that he went AWOL several times, that…

President Obama: ‘When Hatred Burns Hottest….

The ceremony marked the first time since the attack by the Empire of Japan that a Japanese head of government had visited Pearl Harbor. Prime Minister Abe paid solemn tribute…

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