hot button issues

It’s this photo that makes my stomach turn. This is not a police force to “Serve and protect”- but a police force to deny free speech, the right to peaceably assemble and to protest. We are no longer the home of the brave and land of the free. When gun nuts talk about needing to […]

Why we should shoot in Syria

by David Esrati on August 31, 2013

in hot button issues, underdogs

I don’t believe that the U.S. Military would ever turn on our citizens, although Kent State is a glaring example to the contrary, and the case of the drones’ use in far away places to kill “Americans” who had pledged to wage war on their mother country. However, when a country uses air power against […]

I have no respect for terrorists. To me, there is nothing better than a dead one. And while one man’s zero can be another’s hero, the dead aren’t coming back no matter how many episodes you watch of “The Walking Dead.” Dayton could put itself on the international stage as the city of peace, of […]

Boobs vs. Bullets

by David Esrati on January 15, 2013

in hot button issues

In the wake of the shootings, while politicians tip-toe around their positions on gun control for fear of losing their payola from the gun lobby, it seems Hollywood actors are ready to step up and say no to guns. They released a video “demand a plan” asking that we stop mass shootings. Of course, the […]

A responsible state

by David Esrati on December 22, 2012

in America in Crisis, hot button issues

In prisons, the guards inside don’t have guns. Yet, the response of the NRA to the Sandy Hook massacre is to turn our teachers into armed guards. For a country that already doesn’t fund its schools well, and local police forces are having to cut staff to stay in budget, we’re not in a position […]

Our culture of death

by David Esrati on December 15, 2012

in America in Crisis, hot button issues

Dead children always make people more upset. Dead embryos, dead babies, dead kindergarteners, dead teenagers- because they had their whole life ahead of them. Tears came to the presidents eyes as he made a statement about the killings in Connecticut. All over Facebook discussions are going on about our pistol packing society. Assertions are being […]

Despite supposed limits on gun buying by psych patients, James Holmes was able to buy more than a few guns and more than 6,000 rounds of ammo in a few months preceding his movie massacre. Not that he could buy a full auto weapon, but, as someone who has fired a lot of different machine […]

The 2nd Amendment and foreign policy

by David Esrati on August 6, 2012

in hot button issues

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado I’ve been thinking a lot about gun control. I’m going to put […]

It’s funny, every time I suggest tying CEO pay of publicly owned companies to the average U.S. worker’s wage of the company- with a ratio of 40-1, I get scolded by the right wingers and the libertarians who read this site. Yet, it’s not their money; it’s the shareholders’ money they are paying themselves with, […]

How long would your business last with no printed prices? Can you imagine people going to a McDonald’s and ordering a Big Mac then getting a bill for $300 after you finish eating it? Or, you take your car into the shop for an oil change, and later get a bill for more than the […]