Hennessy's View

The Secret to a Better Life and Less Political Violence Is Here

If you read a lot of business and personal improvement blogs, you know they feed a lot of tips for living a better life. By “better” they mean making more money, getting a promotion, being more productive, whatever. Are those things really what makes life better? If so, why do so many successful people burn out? John Belushi, River Phoenix, Amy Winehouse, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson. Is it show business? Read more →

How did I get the Kavanaugh vote so wrong?

I predicted that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be rejected by the Senate. I was wrong. In a few minutes from the time I write, the Senate will confirm Judge Kavanaugh by a vote of 50 ayes to 48 nays. One Republican will vote “present.” What went wrong? I underestimated the courage and fortitude of three Senators: Republicans Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, and Democrat “Lonely” Joe Manchin. I truly believed Flake would put his hatred of Donald Trump before the good of the country and vote nay. Read more →

You Will Be Punished Efficiently

The trains to Auschwitz ran on time. Brutal dictatorships love efficiency. Stalin. Hitler. Mao. Pol Pot. The best mass murderers are efficient. Psychopaths feed on efficiency. They kill because killing is the most efficient means to their end. They kill to rid society of inefficient people. People who introduce inefficiencies to the system. People who get in the way. Democracy is inefficient. As are all republics. (A republic is any form of government that’s open to the public. Read more →

We’ve Never Been Closer to Totalitarianism

Very scary thought: If the Democrats take over the House and Senate in January, they could impeach both Trump and Pence and try them in the Senate at the same time making Nancy Pelosi president. You’ve Never Lived in a Time Like This One I’m almost old enough to remember the Democrat National Convention of 1968. Almost. What a show. Hippies and Yippies marching, tear gas, Mayor Daley, Buckley threatening to punch Gore Vidal on live TV. Read more →

Amy Coney Barrett: Remember Her Name

Scott Adams predicts Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed. I don’t. I predict his nomination won’t get out of committee. Jeff Flake of the judiciary committee will vote no. Trump will have to nominate someone else. He’ll nominate Amy Coney Barrett. There will be no hearing for Judge Amy. Diane Feinstein will have no opportunity to spew her anti-Catholic bigotry. She will pass the committee about 72 hours after the Senate receives the nomination. Read more →

The Little Girl in Cory Booker

A faction in America seems hellbent on destroying the country in order to save it from Donald Trump. What do we owe them? For many years, I wrote and preached that we owe them contempt and anger. That we must fight them tooth and nail. And that we must prevail. And we did. And our victories led to bigger battles. The thrill of victory proved fleeting. Don’t you hope for a victory that lasts? Read more →

State House Candidate Likes Local Control after Embarrassing State Audit

One of the candidates for Missouri House District 110 (Eureka, Wildwood, and Pacific) sent out a mailer to voters today. The mailer talks about “local control” of education, and many other fine platitudes that poll well. In other news,** while this candidate was on the Rockwood School District board of directors** (the district that serves most of Eureka, Wildwood, and Pacific), bad things happened. Like this: The Rockwood School District overpaid its longtime construction management company by more than $1. Read more →

Quick Math Facts on Rockwood School District Tax History. UPDATE: RDS Servers Bouncing?

One of the candidates running for the state House of Representatives in District 110 has been on the Rockwood School Board since 2011. In a campaign mailer, this candidate claims he’s cut taxes in the district. Is that true? Well, it’s true that the property tax rate in Rockwood has been reduced twice during his tenure. But that’s not even close to the whole picture. Since the 2010-2011 school year, when this candidate joined the board, Rockwood has raised taxes 5 times. Read more →