Bernie Sanders’ Gives 21st-Century Westminster Foreign Policy Speech

On Thursday, September 21st, Senator Bernie Sanders gave the 58th John Findley Green lecture from Westminster College, Fulton MO. As a series of speeches designed to “promote understanding of economic and social problems,” according to the Churchill museum, Sanders ambitiously undertook an evaluation of post-war American foreign policy in the hopes of laying out a strategy for 21st century challenges while speaking to a sell-out crowd.

When contrasting the Iraq War with the Iran Nuclear Deal, Sanders argued that the former was an example of a “blunder,” while the latter was an example of “leadership.” When discussing the 1950’s overthrow of popularly-elected Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh, he not only accurately connected the Shah’s re-installation to the eventual success of Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power in the 1979 revolution, but poignantly asked the question, “What would Iran look like today?” He ably connected America’s now-constant blustery threats to use military force with a matching perception of American weakness in a veiled shot at a certain President. Click here to read more!

Courage, Contact Sports, and CTE.

I played Lacrosse for about five years, as a kid, and even though I had some fun, I probably shouldn’t have. I was a scrawny kid, rarely eclipsing 120 lbs, and I absolutely loved to hit. I have no idea what I was thinking, to be honest. I played a little Football, although I wasn’t allowed on the field unless there was a 40-7 blowout because, again, I wasn’t, from a purely physical standpoint, exactly worthy of being on the field as as future NFL players when it came to skill or talent, and oftentimes my body couldn’t handle what I was doing to it. Click here to read more!

“The Bartenders of the Nexus Tavern” now available on Kindle!

Hello friends!

Today I’m honored to announce the release of a novella that’s near-and-dear to my heart, The Bartenders of the Nexus Tavern.  It’s my first attempt at a collaboration between a group of old writing friends, with me taking point.  The story itself is a bit of a joy-ride, intended to be a fun escapist fantasy story where the heroes are constantly in action.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!  Pick it up by clicking this link. Click here to read more!

A Much-Belated Status Update!

Greetings, friends and fans!

Hopefully you’re all looking forward to a restful and/or exciting Summer, depending on your flavor and your job’s amount of time off! It’s been a while since I’ve put out a website update, so I figured now is the best time to do so.

Projects and Patreon

First of all, I’ve cleaned up some of the site’s subordinate pages wherever possible, and added them where they were needed. The site still isn’t a work of art (I’m a writer, not a web designer), but it’s more serviceable for your reading pleasure. Click here to read more!

On Accepting A Missed Deadline

Greetings, friends,

One of my goals, when I decided to make my Physics Incarnate novel into a trilogy, was to have the final book finished and published by Election Day, 2016. That’s November 8th for our foreign friends who aren’t already mystified by the delirium of this year’s contest for control of the U.S. Government. I set this goal for the simple reason that within the course of the second novel (which is already out and available for your enjoyment!), I revealed that one of the primary antagonists of the series, Erica Hall, was using her super-human powers of Empathy to control every crowd she came across and use it to propel herself to the Presidency. That’s right! In my novel’s alternate reality, the election isn’t rigged – the subconscious desires behind your vote is! Click here to read more!

Jesse Pohlman at “Decisions 2016,” Adelphi University, 10/6/2016

Hey folks,

This is just a little bit late in going up – You know, a few weeks? But I realized I should be using this site more, and I should make sure this is posted here as well. Anyhow, this is me talking to an awesome crowd at the Adelphi University event entitled “Decisions 2016: Why your vote matters in all races.” It’s a wee bit long, about twenty minutes, but it’s well worth it.

The event was sponsored by the Adelphi History Department, specifically Dr. Cristina Zaccarini; she’s the awesome lady who introduced me. Also appearing at Decisions 2016: Marcus Henriques, Anthony Miller, and Jamie Diamond. Click here to read more!

A Tepid Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

Hello, everyone.

This election cycle has pushed all Progessives to and beyond our breaking points. It’s time to take a look past the grand spectacle of the presidential election and focus instead on what we can do to further improve our already ‘great’ nation, and – whether we like it or not, no matter how much I might have wanted to see it be Bernie Sanders – the only way that will happen is with Hillary Clinton as our next President. To that end, I encourage reading to support her candidacy on November 8th; I realize that is a huge thing to ask, given her questionable track record, so I will try to address some of the most prominent questions to the best of my abilities. I know I won’t convince everyone – and I know some people might call me a sell-out, or worse – but I hope you’ll take a second to consider it. I might not have a laser-like precision, but no decision this grave is carried out without some generalization in mind. The goal is to avoid oversimplification and to prove a case for her earning your vote. Click here to read more!

Thoughts on the “Russians Manipulating Elections” theory!

I kind of want to offer some thoughts about the Trump-Russia-Wikileaks connection for a second. It’s a little complicated and a bit conspiratorial, but I think I have a handle on what’s going on and I would like some thoughts. Spoilers: It ain’t good for Donny.

First off, as annoyed as I am with Clinton about some of the Wikileaks revelations, the fact is that there’s nothing new that I’ve seen – and I spent a good while watching Jordan Chariton of TYT read through these illegal obtained e-mails. I don’t think they change anything, they only confirm that if (when) elected, Clinton will need to be held accountable to the kind of progressive congress we have an opportunity to build. Click here to read more!

Speaking at Decisions 2016 (Adelphi University, October 6th, 7-9PM!)

Hello, friends!

Time a pretty big, if brief announcement! I’m speaking at my alma mater, Adelphi University, at an event sponsored by the History Club called “Decisions 2016: Why your vote matters in all races!” We’re going to be joined by Jamie Diamond, an old friend of mine and a major factor in the Bernie for Buffalo movement (Now called the Liberty Union Progressives) this Presidential cycle. She’ll be sharing some of her experiences, while I’ll be talking about some of the highlights of my time writing The Weekly Freeporter, my old Hyper-Local journalism blog, and how that relates to what we’ve seen this year. Click here to read more!

A decade’s reflection.

August 29, 2006: My mother passes away after a thankfully short battle with Small-Cell Lung Cancer. She never got to see me publish an article on living with Asthma at an online magazine, a war she helped make sure I was properly treated to survive. She never got to see this website. She never got to see me start teaching children about America’s history. On August 29, 2016, I’m writing a sentimental piece because I don’t know what else to do.

I suspect that time has healed this wound. When I visited her grave today, where my grandmother was all-too-recently interred to rest with her husband who went there when I was young, I said my prayers with a level of acceptance that she is gone and that her pain is over. She struggled raising a child who was often sick, mildly learning-disabled, and occasionally prone to foolish decisions. She had a loving husband and a supportive family around me, which I’m constantly thankful for because there’s really too many people who unfortunately don’t have my luck in that area. When I was at the grave, I felt pain; my fiancee hugged me and I felt better. I visited her parents as well (They’re down the street a few rows at this cemetery), offered my well wishes, then went off. We went to a nearby Nathans; not the one my mom took me to when I was little, the one I would later take her to as we tried to convince her to eat in spite of her sickness, and while I felt tears well up when a song about childhood came on the radio I fought them back and felt alright. Click here to read more!