Return of The ModState Podcast

“There is a sort of excess that is interesting, don’t you think? And America is, of course, the most excessive place,” said Ahmet Ertgegun, Turkish-American business, philanthropic and songwriting icon. The truth is, the feeling about this sentiment is somewhere between appreciation and resignation at ModState.

Ahmet Ertegun and Mick Jagger. (Courtesy of Jean Pigozzi)

Questions along the lines of “who’s hosting”,..................   read more

Op-Ed: Abortion and The Status Quo

In my lifetime, I haven’t seen the country more divided than today. Of course, this is relative and my clarity regarding current events in this country pre 1999 is not as sharp as it is today in 2017. Throughout the course of our young history this country has been divided and to such a point where we declared war upon each other where brothers fought..................   read more

30 April, 2017: A Creed For All Seasons

It’s not often in this foul year of our Lord, two-thousand seventeen, that any verbose armchair scribe lacks for subject matter worthy of dissecting. Yet with my ongoing pursuit of an economics degree from Penn State and attempting to not lapse or permit a collapse in governing ModState, I’ve struggled mightily with the balance of mutually-agreeable..................   read more

Expect the Impossible

In George Friedman’s forecast of the 21st century (“The Next 100 Year”) he wrote, “The old, New Left slogan ‘Be Practical, Demand the Impossible’ needs to be changed: ‘Be Practical, Expect the Impossible.’” In his mind this is what defines the broad approach to “Geopolitics”.  At no point in my past or anytime..................   read more

Interview: Black History, POTUS Obama, Et al

DeViney: Mr. Green, from the outset, before I go getting carried away and forget, thank you, from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the swashbucklers who comprise the staff of ModState, thank you for making an appearance with us and being willing to talk about your experience(s). This is a real honor for us as a media enterprise and for myself..................   read more

Fabriquè en Babylon: Evil (Fifteen Years On)

“Oh my God, Emily…you are such a liar!”

This was the opening sequence of a night no one in The Smith household had foreseen coming, but things have now descended to the point where her father had nearly called me up and asked if I was married yet. Precluding him from the Facebook crowd he doubtless was too pious to descend and mingle..................   read more

NeoSpeak: Flynn-again, Intel and Greatest Smokescreen of All Time(?)

If one good turn truly deserves another (as the timeless axiom goes), then it’s no small feat that Washington D.C. manages to accomplish anything at all. The plot has thickened and twisted and turned over the past year-plus (before the 30 April, 2016 official launch of ModState) in a mind-numbing array of shocks that often are no longer considered as much.

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SPECIAL: POTUS Trump’s Executive Order 6

On 28 January, 2017, was issued the “Executive Order: Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees”, a formal action taken by POTUS Trump that was met with widespread approval outside of bureaucratic circles which, in all likelihood, means that it was exactly the right thing to do.

Cutting through said bureaucratic fat, the specifics..................   read more

With One-Year Anniversary the Event Horizon, ModState Embraces Smooth Transition into Year #2

Not everyone foresaw just how thoroughly successful the first year of ModState would end up being on any given metric, let alone that it would increase its launch day traffic by over 17,000% and spend a mere $433.00 on social media marketing on the year. The sum total of all moving parts, when compiled, is a picture that no one..................   read more

Political Beast: Crossing The Lines With Trump and History

No, no, we aren?t accusing anyone in the Trump administration of crossing any ethical, moral or legal lines here. Not in this particular article, so don?t get too excited. We?re talking about time-lines. What Political Beast would like to do, in the midst of the guns-blazing rhetoric flying around the famous egg-shaped..................   read more

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