To Kill A Mockingbird: 2016 Edition

by Troy M. Olson (with deep regrets) Atticus Finch is an over-worked and underpaid public defender with 175 thousand in student loan debt due to the escalating costs of undergraduate and legal education. The other main characters, Jem and Scout, are the names of his cats, because he cannot afford to start a family. When…

Antonin Scalia: Dead at 79

by Troy M. Olson Within the last hour, the news has broken a story that a titan of U.S. Constitutional Law and theory, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has died at the age of 79. Justice Scalia, known for being the most conservative (or second most) member of the Court, was also the intellectual anchor…

The Ridiculous Notion of the “Business & Industry” Candidate

Donald Trump, like Romney before him, has spent most of his life in the private sector, in business & industry, which for many on the right, is their “dream” candidate. This article explains why business tycoons have not and would not make good Presidents.

Comparing Cars and Guns (Using Facts), Part 1 of 2

 by Troy M. Olson The following was originally written in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and President Obama’s subsequent modest proposals to curb mass killings and violence in America in late 2012 (Note: the gun is the chief weapon of choice for violent crime in America period, and we’ll get to that. I don’t…