By Kent R. Kroeger (June 10, 2021)

A woman in a mask (Credit: https://www.vperemen.com; used under CC-BY-SA license.)

In one of my favorite scenes from 1992’s A Few Good Men, Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise), who is defending two Marines accused of murder, meets the prosecuting attorney, Capt. Ross (Kevin Bacon), at a bar to tell him he has a credible witness (Lt. Kendrick) implicating Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) in a criminal conspiracy involving a ‘Code Red’ order. Capt. Ross confidently responds:

“Don’t you dare lump me in with Jessup and Kendrick just because we wear the same uniform. I’m your friend and I’m telling you, I don’t think your clients…


By Kent R. Kroeger (June 3, 2021)

Cosplay at the 2016 New York Comic Con (Photo by Richie S from Brooklyn, NY; used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Don’t get me wrong, I love superhero movies.

I stood in line in 1978 for Superman: The Movie with a level of anticipation only surpassed later by the birth of my children and the final episode of The Sopranos.

But after 40 plus years planning my summer vacations around movie premiere dates, I’ve had enough. And, as I am starting to suspect, much of the core superhero audience may be feeling the same way.

My evidence?

It starts with the two Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) TV shows released on Disney+ earlier this year…


By Kent R. Kroeger (June 3, 2021)

A family member attached this May 13th New York Times article — Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump ‘Enemies’ in Government — to a spirited email that started: Do you still defend Project Veritas?!

It took me the 15 minutes required to read the article to do just that — defend Project Veritas.

First off, however, I don’t think I’ve ever “defended” Project Veritas in the past. To the contrary, I do not care for the Mike Wallace/60 Minutes-pioneered form of ‘hidden camera’ journalism that Project Veritas has heavily…


By Kent R. Kroeger (June 3, 2021)

“We have not yet finished our mission. But we do not foresee staying indefinitely. Once the sovereignty of Mali is restored, once MISMA (a UN-backed African military force) can replace our own troops, we will withdraw,” the French President told a news conference in Bamako, Mali.

Those were the words of French President François Hollande in February 2013, days after a French-led military offensive had driven Islamist rebels out of the country’s north, except for the city of Kidal.

Eight years later — French troops remain in Mali.

And in that time since…


By Kent R. Kroeger (May 25, 2021)

The Electoral College Results for the 2020 Presidential Election

Unknown at the time, President Donald Trump’s prospects for re-election may have ended on June 20, 2019, when he unilaterally decided — against the wishes of his hawkish foreign policy and military advisors — to abort a planned retaliatory strike against Iran.

Revealing a side of Trump few in the news media acknowledged or believed to exist, the president cited his fear that Iranian civilians would be among the victims of an American airstrike against the Iranian military installations suspected to have been used a day earlier to shoot down a U.S. …


By Kent R. Kroeger (May 15, 2021)

A family member attached this May 13th New York Times article —Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump ‘Enemies’ in Government — to a spirited email that started: Do you still defend Project Veritas?!

It took me the 15 minutes required to read the article to do just that — defend Project Veritas.

First off, however, I don’t think I’ve ever “defended” Project Veritas in the past. To the contrary, I do not care for the Mike Wallace/60 Minutes-pioneered form of ‘hidden camera’ journalism that Project Veritas has heavily relied…


By Kent R. Kroeger (May 10, 2021)

This sign was outside the Hotel Willow Banks on The Mall in Shimla, India (Photo by Chris Conway, Hilleary Osheroff; used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.)

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” — Peter Drucker

“One can ignore reality, but one cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”— Ayn Rand

Since my days as a young grad assistant in the late 1980s, I have periodically worked in and around the social science debate on the best methods for measuring racist attitudes and behaviors in the U.S.

With respect to racial attitudes, in particular, I have encountered two main schools of thought. The first school believes we can ask people directly about their feelings on race and…


By Kent R. Kroeger (May 4, 2021)

Pink Floyd Co-Founder Roger “Syd” Barrett (Courtesy of SydBarrett.com)

“There is no great genius without a touch of madness.” — Aristotle (384 BC–322 BC)

“You are only given a little spot of madness, and if you lose that, you are nothing.” — Robin Williams (1951–2014)

“I know a mouse, and he hasn’t got a house. I don’t know why, I call him Gerald.” — Syd Barrett (1946–2006)

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Just suppose clouds had strings attached to them which hang down to earth. What would happen?

How you answer this question may not only indicate your level of creativity, but also the likelihood you…


By Kent R. Kroeger (April 27, 2021)

In a previous essay, I received in response a number of strongly-worded, negative responses for my referencing a quote by Irish poet Brendan Behan which suggested the police sometimes make bad situations worse.

Regrettably, I chose to include a quote more for its acerbic flourish than its relevance to my underlying argument.

While I’ve observed, firsthand, instances when police officers escalated tensions, it was not because of any flaws in their character or training, but due (in my opinion) to the institutional norms and rules governing how they interact with the public and


By Kent R. Kroeger (Source: NuQum.com, April 21, 2021)

“We need to re-imagine policing and public safety in this country”

— Barack Obama, April 12, 2021

Today, as many people are expressing a sigh of relief at the conviction of Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin in the May 2020 murder of George Floyd, I was reminded of an essay I wrote a year ago about the too common use of excessive force by police in the enforcement of minor civil violations.

Many journalists and commentators have emphasized that the reason Minneapolis police engaged with George Floyd on May 25,2020 in…

Kent Kroeger

I am a survey and statistical consultant with over 30 -years experience measuring and analyzing public opinion (You can contact me at: kroeger98@yahoo.com)

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