Justin Katz

A 1950s coach has a bad idea

Politics This Week: RI Pols Put the Exploitation in “Team”

By Justin Katz | January 22, 2024 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review the ways in which RI’s self-appointed “coach” and self-presumed captains manipulate the “team” of Rhode Islanders.

A water drop and ripples

Step lightly toward the bright future of AI medicine.

By Justin Katz | January 17, 2024 |

Such information as this, tweeted by Gregory Conley, is important to keep within your awareness: Such exploration is valuable, but we need strong personal and cultural safeguards against abuse.  Earlier this week, the Dall-E 3 AI (via ChatGPT) I use for many of the images on this site refused to add the Confederate flag on…

A water drop and ripples

Here’s a good thread on the peculiar tactics of progressives.

By Justin Katz | January 17, 2024 |

Over the course of several tweets, John Hayward provides an explanation of why the Left uses tactics that seem sure to bother people rather than win them over, starting here: In brief, these are the shock troops so their slightly more socially legitimate allies can promise to make the disruptions go away for a political…

Toy General Lee car drives up a book open to be a ramp

The Confederate Flag and Irony

By Justin Katz | January 17, 2024 |

Reactionary responses to Nikki Haley’s comments about the Confederate flag show the irony of progressive ideology.

A water drop and ripples

If the mainstream doesn’t know about it, it must not exist.

By Justin Katz | January 16, 2024 |

I earmarked this Boston Globe article, which John DePetro and I discussed last week, for one additional point related to this: “A great scoop can come from anywhere,” said Brian Stelter, a media reporter who previously hosted CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and was a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. “Right wing media historically has talked about…

A water drop and ripples

The goal is to rewrite our history and unmoor us from it.

By Justin Katz | January 16, 2024 |

Fortunately, this trial balloon has already been deflated, but do not doubt for a moment that the horizon is full of others like it: They (the bureaucrats, progressives, and, sadly, Democrats) believe a rootless country will be easier to subdue and control with permanent power.  I think they’re wrong, but they’ll destroy the country in…

Sketch of Disaster Dan Sitcom

Politics This Week: RI’s Undeclared Disaster

By Justin Katz | January 15, 2024 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz go over the slow-rolling perpetual disaster of RI politics and government.

Reporter shocked at 19th Century public meeting

A Central Landfill meeting gives a sense of what’s being lost from media.

By Justin Katz | January 11, 2024 |

Considering how frequently I criticize professional journalists, I may too infrequently convey how powerful I think their role can (and should) be.  A recent Johnson Sunrise article by Rory Schuler, about the resignation/retirement of Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) Executive Directo Joseph Reposa, is an excellent example of what we’re losing.  Without making a gooey…

An unkempt and overrun baseball stadium

The system we inherited doesn’t persist of its own accord.

By Justin Katz | January 10, 2024 |

News that the Rhode Island Republican Party is struggling to hit the qualification requirements to place any presidential candidates on the primary ballot points to a deep problem in our state’s political landscape.  This is true even if we put to the side (for now) rumors that some large number of signatures were inexplicably invalidated.…

A water drop and ripples

I’m seeing an interesting lesson for mainstream media types in RI.

By Justin Katz | January 9, 2024 |

Without naming names, I’m observing an interesting phenomenon on Twitter, recently. I’ve been saying that the Trump era led mainstream journalists to give themselves permission to ignore everybody with whom they disagree — which is to say, “conservatives.”  This has a downstream consequence, though:  when you determine to ignore people with whom you merely disagree, you…