Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Book Review: January 1973

January 1973: Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Changed America Forever by James Robenalt is an essential read into a month in American history where a confluence of events all came together. The book doesn’t really cover new ground but does tie and weave the intricate motif of the a pivotal month in […]

The meaning of Christmas for the United States

In what is becoming an increasingly secular nation, Christmas isn’t celebrated as the festival of “Americana” that it once was – nor should it be. It always has struck me as odd that people who don’t embrace religion find Christmas to be a Holiday of note – perhaps its for family and the children this […]

The myth of America and Americanism – is it dead? Was it ever real?

Is the American idea over? Is it dead? The ultimate journal of America, The Atlantic turned 160 years old this year and the November issue of the venerable publication pondered this question. Both the left and right have different ideals of what America stands for and without a genuine national purpose or ties that unite, […]

US Soccer Presidential Election taking on the shape of any classic American Political campaign with the same battle lines

I’ve remarked often how similar the world of American politics and American soccer are. Part of that is due to the overlap in individuals with interest in both arenas, and the similar contrasts in constituencies and global views. Following, The shocking elimination of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) from World Cup qualifying, The […]

Lessons from Alabama for Florida Progressives

Doug Jones win in the US Senate Special Election in Alabama is a game changer in the way Democrats should appreciate races in southern states and areas influenced by southern culture. The “greater south” is an area that encompass a large geographic swath and areas where the Democratic Party of the 21st Century has struggled. […]

Progressives and Democrats must decide – are they for women or for themselves?

As I am sure y’all have noticed, I’ve been absent from these pages for several months now. Where have I been?  An unforeseen event, the shocking US Soccer Men’s National Team elimination from the World Cup at the final qualifying hurdle thus leading to an open Presidential Election for US Soccer President (eight candidates with […]

Florida’s continued infrastructure woes stretched after Irma

Last night as a gusty tropical disturbance pounded southeastern Florida, my power went out again for the fourth time since being restored five days after Irma sideswiped Broward County with sustained Tropical Storm force winds and Category 1 Hurricane-force gusts. Down the road about 10 miles in Fort Lauderdale, a colleague of mine returned home […]

Hurricane Irma: Florida’s Overdevelopment Has Created a Ticking Time Bomb

Scientific America has an outstanding piece that came out right after Hurricane Irma on Florida’s man-made vulnerability. At the risk of sounding repetitive, this article in one of the leading journals this nation has states uniquely the danger that we’ve discussed over and over since the storm on this website and hopefully will sound an […]

Flashback Friday: Fort Lauderdale Hurricane

Seventy years ago this month a Category 4 storm slammed into southeastern Florida. The storm since referred to as the “Fort Lauderdale Hurricane” approached the southeast coast of the state as a Category 5 but weakened to a strong Category 4 just offshore around Bimini. The storm killed only 17 people in the state far […]

Hurricane Irma death toll in Florida continues to rise. – Irma now (unofficially) the deadliest modern Florida hurricane

Hurricane Irma according to the official records from the State of Florida has now been responsible for 50 deaths in the state. When you add to this total the 14 deaths in Monroe County not part of the state total or the 11 indirect deaths in Broward due to the nursing home that lost air […]