Welcome to The Arm Chair Observer

The Armchair Observer began when American politics caught my attention as more than just news. I became concerned that the roots of our democracy/republic were being destroyed and that one party, the Republican Party was suddenly determined to have its way at any cost. My blog begins in 2010, although I exported a few posts from a previous blog platform that no longer exists which go back as far as 2008. So in case anyone wants to look backward, here is some documentation of the past decade of our politics. I also decided to write about books as I read them, and occasionally, events from my life.

 

 

 

 

Don McGahn, Trump, Congress and the Constitution

Don McGahn, Trump, Congress and the Constitution Don McGahn, Trump, Congress and the Constitution -Not about the 2020 Election or the Democrats. Today Don McGahn, who used to be White House Counsel in the Trump White House, did not answer a subpoena to appear before the Judicial Committee in the House of Representatives. The drumbeat for impeachment grew [more]

SEO and the View from the Cheap Seats

SEO and the View from the Cheap Seats SEO and the View from the Cheap Seats Don’t expect to get much love from using SEO if you are a writer, especially if you are trying to make your voice heard about politics from somewhere up in the cheap seats. Supposedly, if you follow the SEO guidelines, algorithms will be able to improve your position in [more]

Alabama and Melinda Gates

Alabama and Melinda Gates It could be a coincidence that I began reading Melinda Gate’s book The Moment of Lift while Alabama men were busily using bogus science to break an American law that has given women control over their own bodies for the past 40 years, but I think other forces might have been in motion in the universe. The [more]

The Snowflake Games

The Snowflake Games The Snowflake Games My first premise is that we the people learn about what is happening in Washington, DC mostly from the media. My next premise is that if the press doesn’t think a story is important, the people won’t either. My conclusion drawn from these premises is that if we end up with Donald Trump in [more]

Anathem by Neal Stephenson - Book

Anathem by Neal Stephenson - Book Although I have enjoyed Neal Stephenson’s books in the past I had a little trouble finding the best way to read Anathem. First of all, it uses the word “maths” a lot, and math is not my strong suit, although in the end no deep knowledge of math was required. Since Stephenson is building a world, the planet [more]

Democrats Women and the 2020 Election

Democrats Women and the 2020 Election Golda Meir was elected in 1969 to lead Israel. This photo is entitled The Lioness Roars Again - From a Google Image Search - Moment Magazine As we get ready for a weighty election in 2020 to decide whether the incumbent candidate, Republican Donald Trump will have four more years in office, whether we will let [more]

This is it: 2020 Election Is A Key Moment in American History

This is it: 2020 Election Is A Key Moment in American History  This is it. The 2020 election is a key moment in the history of America. If we the people do not turf out the Republican majority in the Senate (which we probably cannot do) or the Republican President (which we must do) then our democracy/republic could lose its Constitutional roots for decades, or [more]

May 2019 Book List

May 2019 Book List May 2019 Book List Don’t judge a book by its title. If you paste the title or type it into Google or Amazon you can get a nice brief summary of the book. I have marked some books that I like with an asterisk. This does not mean that you will like these titles best. I sometimes get a brief description of a book [more]