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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

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…

Trump’s Frightening Nuclear Promise: We Will Outlast Them All

As most of the world awoke that day, we did not know the astonishing number of lives that were about to be extinguished. In Northern Ireland, on the outskirts of…

Respecting Pulp Religion

I enjoyed Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. A lot. I saw it in the theatre twice. I have seen it many times on cable television. A friend once took up, as…

No Intelligence Necessary: Donald Trump Is ‘Intelligent’ Enough Already

President Kennedy famously threatened to break the CIA into a thousand pieces. He was quoted by The New York Times. There is some dispute about the quote. The late Vincent…

Donald Trump’s Chinese Puzzle

My earliest memory of American debates about China was watching candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon square off as they campaigned for President in 1960. The anti-communist Chinese on…

The Mean Streets of A More Hostile America

I was in high school, I think, when I first heard of the Newburgh Conspiracy. By 1783, the American Revolution had pretty much been victorious. Cornwallis had surrendered at Yorktown…

Thanksgiving Election Blues: We are Finished Grieving-Now Let’s Get To Work

As with many of my friends, the election of Mr. Trump, the ascension of those who conducted the most divisive and xenophobic campaign of my lifetime, has left me shaken.…

Why the Electoral College Gets a Failing Grade

Mind experiments worked well enough for Erwin Schrödinger to get him a magical cat. Let’s try it here, shall we? Now, let’s suppose your city government decides that democracy, as…

Why We Have To Rein In the FBI

For the first time in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it becomes necessary for a President, a newly elected President, to fire the agency’s Director. It is…

The Director’s Dysfunction

The Republican Chairman of the House Committee of Government and Oversight provided the gleeful announcement. FBI Dir just informed me, “The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that…

Donald Trump: Caught In His Own Rigging

My grandmother used to tend a little garden that gradually grew to occupy most of a fairly large backyard. I never knew how she managed to care it for so…

How the Experts Lose Their Rigging

Oh man, how I hate experts. At least I hate experts who get swallowed by their own expertise. They know things the rest of us just guess at. They perform…

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