Al Stefanelli

Who Built the Cages, Joe?

There’s been a lot of confusion about the chain link confinement areas in the detention facilities, commonly referred to as “cages” by nearly everyone, that immigrant children are being held in at the border. Most of this information is coming from the Trump administration. The most common outcry is that the cages were built by…

Unpacking Inaccurate Political Talking Points

As we get closer in the United States to the general election this November, I have been reading with increased prevalence the opinions of individuals who state what they understand to be important points to consider. Usually this is in the form of a meme or a shared post outlining several things in an “if/then”…

It’s Time to Abolish the Electoral College

The debate surrounding the efficacy of the Electoral College has been batted around now for decades, and as the 2020 election nears, and with the specter of yet another possibility of the courts deciding who the next US President will be, I thought it a good time to address why the Electoral College needs to…

Hooray For Our Side! The Rest of You Can Shut Up

“I wish those rich athletes and actors would just shut up and quit talking about (insert cause, caution, or current event here) They should stick to what they do and not meddle!” We’ve all either heard, read, or said this. All of us. Regardless of what “side” we’re on. Generally, when the actor or athlete…

Don’t Stop at Just the Headline

I have written thousands of news stories during my thirty years as a writer and journalist, and there has always been a standard requirement for responsible news providers in how a story – print or otherwise – should be constructed. I use the word ‘constructed’ because a proper news story is built, crafted, and finished…

Antifa – A Primer

Let’s start with what it is not. Antifa is not an organization, it has no headquarters, no leadership, and no formal mission statement. It is not a new group that popped up out of any recent event or chain of events. It is not a terrorism group. It’s not even original to the United States.…

Q-Anon: A Primer

QAnon is the shark jump of conspiracy theories, encompassing a multitude of ideas and beliefs that cover just about every aspect of human existence. It’s the mother lode. It’s almost religious in its construct, and its followers are just as zealous.

Defunding the Police

Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, there have been countless demonstrations and protests calling for police reforms, and the demand for justice not only for Mr. Floyd, but for Breonna Taylor and the many other black people that have been beaten or killed (or both.) One of the rallying cries that…

Willful Ignorance

The word “ignorant” is an adjective describing a person in the state of being unaware, and is often used as an insult. Of course, ignorance is not always a pejorative. There are many things I am ignorant of simply because I have not yet received knowledge. But there is an aspect of ignorance that is…