Articles by Jason Kettinger

Jason Kettinger is Associate Editor of Open for Business. He writes on politics, sports, faith and more.

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The Dark Underbelly of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Death, Life and Suicide in an "Optimistic" World

By Jason Kettinger | May 06, 2021 at 8:37 PM

I should say firstly that it is perhaps my favorite television show. It’s one of the best regarded shows in the history of American television, and that is not an exaggeration. It also was able to transcend the somewhat niche quality of Star Trek, and of science fiction more generally. It still has one glaring flaw.

Stop Using "Woke" As a Pejorative

By Jason Kettinger | Apr 19, 2021 at 12:01 PM

Jason Kettinger​ looks at the use and misuse of #Woke and #StayWoke and the real issues we need to concern ourselves with.

Requiem for a Microwave

It May Want to Kill Me, But... Burritos.

By Jason Kettinger | Apr 05, 2021 at 10:57 AM

I don’t want to step on Mr. Powell’s toes, or encroach upon his territory as OFB’s crackpot-at-large, but I’ve got a splinter in my brain, and we’re going to talk about it. I’ve had one of those 1200-watt microwaves for ages. I used to call it “Satan’s microwave,” because if I followed the instructions on any package of food, I would be waiting 5 to 7 minutes minimum before I could reasonably attempt to eat whatever I put in there. You can adjust the cooking time, as is often advised, but you are playing with fire, or ice, as the case may be.

The Music Files: “folklore”

Swift's Genius Hits a New, Contemplative High Point

By Jason Kettinger | Mar 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM

I am not a music critic, nor am I educated in the science of making music. I am just a guy who likes popular music. The genius of Taylor Swift is in putting words to intense feelings and experiences, even if other people think those feelings and experiences are silly or insignificant. I guess the knock on her was that she always wrote songs about romantic relationships, but listen, my friends: we wouldn’t even have popular music of any sort, if we didn’t have romantic relationships.

NCAA Men’s Tournament Musings

By Jason Kettinger | Mar 18, 2021 at 3:59 PM

We sit on the very edge of the beginning of the tournament. Just hours from now, the four teams playing in the play-in games for the 68-team field will tip off for the right to take their places in the main 64-team bracket.

The Seventh Seal

Looking Back at Bergman's Classic and Questions of Existence

By Jason Kettinger | Mar 09, 2021 at 5:48 PM

I watched this film for the first time on Ash Wednesday. In the context of the present pandemic and its deadly effect on our lives, it is all the more compelling to view this film at this time. Also, as any good Catholic on that day, I was hungry, hoping to kill time until I could eat a hamburger or something. The Black Death served as part of the setting, and even as we are thankful that the present crisis is not of the magnitude as that, it was hard not to notice the existential dread, and to recognize that we are living with it, just as these characters were.

Your Hell Is Too Small: Reflections on a Public Death

By Jason Kettinger | Feb 28, 2021 at 2:58 PM

I read Mr. Butler’s piece with great interest, because he’s a great friend, and I know that he’s a touch more conservative than I am politically. If I’m honest, when Rush Limbaugh died, I thought, “good riddance,” and I caught myself.

Brady Stands Alone — Again

By Jason Kettinger | Feb 24, 2021 at 6:19 PM

We’re running out of meaningful things to say. I can remember when Tom Brady was derided as a “system quarterback” that benefited from the excellent schemes of the legendary coach Bill Belichick. Now, his place at the top of the NFL mountain is assured. He became the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who had not even qualified for the playoffs for some half-dozen years, and they are now the champions of the NFL. Brady now has more Super Bowl rings than all NFL franchises. His 10 appearances in the Super Bowl, to go along with the seven victories, is unfathomable.

Hockey’s Favorite Son: The Great One Turns 60

By Jason Kettinger | Feb 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Associate Editor Jason Kettinger looks back on the career of “the Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, just after his 60th birthday.

Inauguration 2021: A Hard Road, But a Good Beginning

By Jason Kettinger | Jan 28, 2021 at 5:41 PM

I suppose I should start with the bad news. No leader at this present time can deliver unity to a people, when the basis for that unity is not known, and agreed upon in common. This is the basis for the skepticism among many concerning the possibilities for actually working together to form a more perfect union.

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