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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

How the NRA Killed the Coffee

We went to gallows humor when my employer made that minor change. We knew it meant the company was certainly going downhill.…

Are US Troops Gathering Seashells By the Seashore?

The emperor commanded his battle-hardened troops to run up and down sandy beaches gathering seashells. It was a demeaning exercise.…

Missing the Point On Voting Rights

Well-meaning people who object to, and often work against voter suppression, see the importance of dirty tricks, of cheating, of elections stolen.…

Republicans Fight To Make Healthcare Promises Illegal

A few years ago, our Missouri Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, expressed his compassion for children, but thought the sick ought to simply give up and die. …

Cute Little Bonnets and Republican Social Security Plans

Tiny blue and pink bonnets worn by adorable little babies can teach us something important about the reasons Republicans give for cutting entitlements.…

Trump Tax Cuts and the Napkin

It seems that, during the Middle Ages, the age of plagues, illness, and death, life expectancy got very short. In fact, very few people lived past 35. …

Warren was Silenced Yet McConnell Persists

Last year, Elizabeth Warren challenged the documented history of a nominee and was silenced under an arcane rule. McConnell then violated the rule.…

Brett Kavanaugh Has Proven That He Is Too Damn Dumb For the Job

Anger and fury seem counterproductive when you are denying that you are a mean drunk, yet Brett Kavanaugh was angry and furious on Thursday.…

Kavanaugh, a Sober President, and Republican Clean Hands

Maybe it has something to do with age. I like applying lessons from long ago to what I see around me.…

Clarity, Donald Trump, and ‘Three Days of the Condor’

by Burr Deming The incident still seems emblematic. We watched televised replays of our President as the rest of the world saw him in Brussels on May 25, 2017. The Prime Minister…

Honest Evil—Just Prosecute My Enemies

Governor Marvin Mandel stood up against the bully-boy tactics of Spiro Agnew. I came to regard him as a hero for standing up to the medical establishment.…

Hoover, Pecker, and Trump—the Wheel Turns, the Game is the Same

Trump and his lawyer thought they could buy all the dirt their friend had on him. But J. Edgar Hoover had taught later generations how to play the game.…

National Security and the Head of a Racehorse

Remember Valerie Plame?  She wasn’t just a CIA officer, she was routinely put into a degree of danger shared only by a small percentage of spies. Until she was betrayed by…

When It’s All About My President’s Bully Pulpit

The patterns for Donald Trump are not hard to find. The difficulty for political types is not my President’s complexity, but rather his simplicity.…

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