Brian Karem

Brian Karem

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Disturbing the Snow of Your Thoughts

trumpnmeCurious how old habits stay with you.
When I was a young boy and it snowed I loathed walking into either the front or backyard disturbing the fresh powder. It looked too pristine, too gentle and way too cool.
I wanted to preserve the moment – or the myth of the “perfect snow day”.

Remember the Hawking Legacy

Stephen Hawking warns us to stop reaching out to aliens before its too late"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all." – Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking’s last warning for us before he died is chilling: Get off the planet or face extinction.
We are an ignorant, nasty, brutish lot – us humans. But we are also a curious, loving lot. Our dichotomy is apparent by simply looking at the U.S. electoral landscape.
However, this isn’t one of those columns.
This is about hope.

Putting a Gun to Our Head

cowboy 940083 960 720Somewhere today in this country there is a troubled kid who believes life isn’t worth living. People see him or her as a freak, a danger junkie, a gun-nut, a nerd, a weirdo, or someone who otherwise doesn’t fit in.
That child is stockpiling weapons and plans to make the rest of the world pay for his or her pain.

Trump, Pence and Nuclear War

NuclearExplosionTurns out the President of the United States may not be a misogynist after all. He’s a misanthrope.
There is little else to conclude after the events of the past week.
It began with the breaking news that White House Staff Secretary for President Donald Trump, Rob Porter, apparently beat two of his ex-wives.
The information came to light when the FBI investigated Porter to give him security clearance. The story, complete with pictures of one of his wives with a black eye made the rounds and the White House began spinning like a turbo-charged child’s top.

Out of Many - One

POTUSsouthlawnFor those who love President Donald Trump, his first State of the Union Address remains an affirmation of the reasons why they voted for the man. Rick Santorum, not the president’s favorite person by far said it was a noteworthy address. It, “is different in that it is laced throughout with narratives.

America is Open For Business!

artofmoneygetting rg 1506 librivoxAmerica is open for business.
How refreshing. The United States of America, according to the President of the United States is one giant Walmart ready to do business with the world.
That’s the message he’s taking with him to Davos this week, but the world isn’t listening.

Once the world was much larger

DSuDmbIWAAAiwxK.jpg largeI don’t wish to anger anyone but this latest government shutdown has taught me something I long suspected, but now know for a fact – most people have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to our government though they think they do. They just want to preach.
I cover politics, and have for years, and I don’t know. But I want to and I speak with politicians daily to find out what’s going on.
Others do not and still tell me they know more than I do – though I often times possess first hand knowledge they do not have.
I cannot tell you the number of times people have told me what was said in the White House briefing room – though I was there and they were not.
I smile and often just ignore those claims though they seem to be as valid as walking into a doctor’s office with no training and diagnosing what’s wrong with the patient.
But that’s not all that bothers me.

Truth to Power - Part R2 Deux too

trumpnmeDuring the last year, President Donald Trump has had one solo news conference. One.

No other president has ever had fewer in the modern era. Ronald Reagan, a man also notoriously known for trying to control the message by limiting his interaction with the press had about a half a dozen news conferences during the same time span.

Presidential supporters like to say the president has circumvented the press by talking directly to the public via his multitude of insulting, demeaning and error-ridden tweets. What he's really done is conducted a sermon through his twitter account and has avoided any accountability to the American people with that move.

For, let's be honest, it isn't just The New York Times and CNN in the press room, there are a variety of reporters from a multitude of media organizations around the world - some who view the president favorably - who are not getting to question the person they've been sent to cover.

Trump controls the message, and convinces his base he is being transparent by refusing to answer questions from the public. And, by only appearing at carefully controlled rallies, he makes it nearly impossible to speak truth to power.

Somewhere between “Covfefe” and “The Bowling Green Massacre,” probably right around the time Kellyanne Conway and others decided President Trump could reside in a nation of “alternative facts,” and definitely after Sean Spicer told us Trump’s inaugural audience was the largest in history, speaking truth to power became irrelevant to the president.
Mind you many of us still care about facts. Despite being labeled an “Enemy of the People,” and a supplier of “Fake News” most reporters I know do not gleefully attempt to manipulate reality the way the president does. If we get something wrong then we correct it. And that remains our greatest strength. That’s why you know we’re not wielding the red light sabers.

Trump and the "Peculiar Institution"

IMG 0271There were many contributing factors to the Civil War, but Slavery was the root cause.
The “Peculiar Institution,” was defended by Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens in his March 1861 “Cornerstone Speech” after secession swept the South and just weeks before the Civil War began. He went so far as to say Thomas Jefferson words in the Declaration of Independence, declaring that “All men are created equal” were wrong.

Thanks for the Advice

DJi01LBXgAAHRJIA college senior showed up on my doorstop last night. He’d stepped through a time warp from 1983 and asked me if I could sit for a few questions about journalism. I agreed for there was something in the young man’s countenance which seemed agreeable though he was rough hewn and obviously suffered from senioritis. This is a recording of some of his questions and my answers:
Interviewer: Are you comfortable with accolades and accusations Mr. Karem? Some say you’re a good reporter and others say you’re a miserable hack who always makes fun of people who are better than him.

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