I had many motivations for reading Norm Stamper’s To Protect and Serve. For starters, the news has been filled with stories of unarmed black men being killed during police actions. Footage from cell phones, body and dash cams, closed-circuit televisions, and other sources has confirmed that these individuals sometimes die under highly questionable circumstances, arousing protests […]Read more "A Balanced Voice for Police Reform"
To say that I’ve disliked the Trump presidency to this point is an understatement. POTUS 45 has been a national embarrassment at nearly every turn. To recap: he’s tweeted near-constant nonsense, brought doubt and dishonor to the White House by way of the ever-growing Russia investigation, cozied up to some of the world’s most repugnant […]Read more "Kathy Griffin Deserves to be Miserable"
I’ve long sought ways to incorporate more salads into the weekly rotation of meals, especially as the warmer weather lends itself to lighter fare. The problem is that they get boring, and the easiest way to spruce up a bed of greens besides some well-seasoned proteins is to add dressing. Unfortunately, most dressings mean a […]Read more "Bolthouse Farms has Changed the Salad Game"
It was November 2016, and I needed a vehicle. I was changing jobs, and the company compact SUV that I was driving would no longer be mine by the end of the year. After weeks of researching vehicles on the web and test driving a few different vehicles, I chose the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Everyone […]Read more "The Taco at 21k"
On Sunday night, my wife and I finished watching Thirteen Reasons Why. But in the nearly 24 hours since the last episode concluded, I find myself in an emotional vortex that I wasn’t prepared for when I started the journey that eventually led Hannah Baker to end her life. The story is told from the perspective of both […]Read more "What Parents Who Want to Censor Thirteen Reasons Why Get Wrong"
The people of France resisted fear and cowardice today, soundly rejecting the far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in favor of the liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron. Last year, the 39-year-old former investment banker and civil servant was starting up a new political party. Today with 65% of the vote, he steps onto the world stage […]Read more "France Takes a Stand Against Madness"
Imperium was introduced to the public by means of a limited theatrical release and via video on demand. As such, few have heard of it. I only learned of its existence when a trailer played before another movie I rented. I added it into my Netflix DVD queue and mostly forgot about it. When it showed […]Read more "Imperium is a Disturbingly Relevant Film"