Bring Back Earmarks

[I’m writing this a few hours after the election was called for Biden/Harris. The talk is now all about rebuilding consensus, reaching across the aisle, and inclusiveness. This seems a perfect time to republish a modest proposal I wrote a couple of years ago. We...

Bojangles and Candy Bombs

While 2020 continues Generally To Suck Out Loud, the last few weeks brought a couple of events that had particular meaning to me—the (very happy) 100th birthday of Gail “Hal” Halvorsen and the (very bittersweet) death of Jerry Jeff Walker. Coincidentally, both are...

Metaphors and Memories

I had a fun dream last night, one that kept restarting after waking up and falling back asleep half a dozen times. I was back in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where I spent my junior year and where I met my wife, Kay-Kay. I was in the garret rooms at the...

For Loving One Man?

With the rights of LGBTQ Americans under threat and on the ballot in two weeks, it seems the proper time to repost this blog I did almost three years ago. It was the hardest thing I ever wrote and the rightest thing I ever wrote. Hemingway said, “All you have to...

Tyranny of the 1099

This is a repost of a piece I wrote 18 months ago. With so many more people forced by the COVID pandemic into gigs as 1099 workers–and the impending election where the stakes couldn’t be higher for American workers–I thought it an opportune moment to...

The Corrosion of Hate

It’s The Hate that’s wearing me down. This week, culminating with a late-night Trump tweet admitting he’s positive for COVID, The Hate reached new depths. I’m a dyed-in-the-Blue-wool liberal, but I don’t hope Donald Trump dies from COVID....

Tyranny of the Minority

With the temporary return of breathable air to Northern California, last evening I was sitting on the back terrace reading a novel and feeling rather fine. This was abruptly interrupted by a scream from my wife, KayKay. Thinking she had either stabbed herself or been...

Bad Air Day

My wife and I left our home in the Virginia Tidewater four weeks ago, trekking 3,000 miles in a Fiat 500 during a pandemic to help our daughter and son-in-law with our two grandkids. We can work from anywhere, so we have this kind of flexibility, which makes us Very...

The Value of Honor

I couldn’t have written this 48 hours ago. That’s when The Atlantic story reporting that  Trump called the 1,800 Marines who fell at Belleau Wood during the First World War “suckers” and the thousands of American doughboys buried in the Aisne-Marne cemetery “losers.”...

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