In 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, which became commonly known as “the G.I. Bill.” The law was designed with the dual aims of preventing the re-immersion of the United States into economic depression, … Continue reading College and America: Introduction
As Putin stood in his Kremlin office in the winter of 2000 he faced a Russia close to anarchy and teetering on the edge of collapse. The optimism of the past decade had collapsed along with the policies of the Yeltsin administration and the hope of a democratic Russia seemed further away than ever. Putin would respond to this crisis in a way that put his distrust, and quite frankly his disgust, for an open system fully on display. In just over a decade, Putin would replace the ‘wild west’ style of the Yeltsin years with a tightly controlled system of “vertical power.” By consolidating power and persecuting his enemies, Vladimir Putin would elevate himself into the position of a 21st Century Czar and truly turn his country into “Putin’s Russia.” Continue reading There is Bear in the Woods: Putin’s Russia
Winston Smith Everyone is on their best behavior when the cameras are running. The officers, the public—everyone. – Ron Miller, Chief of Police, Topeka (Kansas) Police Department In the previous installment of this series, I explored the broad historical … Continue reading Police Use of Force: Body Cameras
In just under 16 months, Marylanders will be going to the polls to elect a governor. Sitting Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who grew up in Maryland’s DC suburbs, will face off against a to-be-named Democrat. But who are all these Democratic candidates? And who has the best chance of winning this political fight? Continue reading Who can beat Larry Hogan?
Winston Smith An act of violence against any innocent person eludes moral justification, disgraces the millions of Americans and people throughout the world who have united in peaceful protest against police brutality, and dishonors our proud inheritance of nonviolent resistance. … Continue reading Police Use of Force: Brutality
Tomorrow, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is scheduled to hold a bill signing and press conference. One of the most controversial bills which Governor Hogan has neither signed nor vetoed is H.B. 1, the Healthy Working Families Act. Continue reading Dear Gov. Hogan, It’s Time to Veto Dem Sick Bill
Today marks what we think is an important milestone for this blog, our 50th follower. There were times when we doubted we would ever get this far, and reaching this point, however arbitrary, makes us feel sentimental. While sentiment typically … Continue reading To Our Readers, Thank You.
Winston Smith Editor’s Note: Since we are nerds, and nerds like to read, the staff at the Finest Bagels Blog have decided to introduce a new set of featured articles reviewing books we’ve read lately. Out of fairness to our … Continue reading FBB Book Review: “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels”
John O. Sullivan “Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?” -Bill Veeck, MLB Franchise Owner It seems every fall and spring is punctuated with the same cycle for sports … Continue reading Why do cities pay for stadiums?
“Equal pay for equal work. It’s common sense. It’s also overdue. Let’s close the gap and let’s do it now.” -Vice President Joe Biden Winston Smith When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law … Continue reading The Equal Pay Act: Is It Working?