Go West, Old Man

Don’t know if your Nuclear Family Unit—and now Pandemic Bubble Crew—is like mine, but when my wife, Kay-Kay, and I are coming up on an automobile trip, various Piles of Stuff start appearing. On the bathroom vanity, just inside the door to the garage, on the dining...

John Tyler’s House and Modern Memory

Today’s topic is… John Tyler’s House. Or alternatively, memory and history. ‘Cause they’re all kind of jumbled together for me right now. I live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Cradle of Presidents, the Old Dominion, Britain’s first colony (if you don’t count...

Iconoclasm 101

Feels a little strange, doesn’t it? Statues coming down all over America. Remember how we cheered when Iraqis pulled down every Saddam? Or a decade earlier how we huzzahed with democratic vindication as Stalin and Brezhnev and Lenin were consigned to the statuary...

Long Hot Summer Days

It’s hot. And humid. I mean feels-like-walking-through-boiled-molasses hot summer. Not just here in Virginia, according to Weather Underground, but the entirety of the Perspired States of America.  It’s just turned July. Yikes. Let us give thanks to all deities and...

Can Broken Policing Be Fixed?

The last few weeks have seen a rapidly coalescing consensus that policing in the United States is broken, that it’s persistently biased against black Americans as well as over-militarized and over-lethal to the citizenry meant to be served and protected. Predictable...

Racial Bias in Military Justice Is Real

Something remarkable happened this week. In the midst of militarized police and policing military personnel, leadership of the American armed services stepped up to defend the Constitution-—starting with a couple of retired four-star officers, Adm. Mike Mullen and...

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