Meet the Slaphappy Governor of Texas

Once again, my state of Texas is saddled with a Republican gubernatorial goober. Greg Abbott is this guy's name, and he's another incompetent, right-wing ideologue whose botched handling of our state's COVID-19... Read more...

Trump versus the wisdom of Robert E. Lee

While our present President's moral character seems stuck somewhere between boorish and brutish, it's only fair to note that he also has an aesthetic dimension. This surprising side of Trump popped out sever... Read more...

A wealth tax for American Progress

The rich are different from you and me. For one thing, they’re rich. Among the super-rich, though, there tends to be a peculiar sense that their net worth is a testament to their true worthiness. Thus, they ... Read more...

Unmasking America’s mask profiteers

Everyone should wear a protective medical mask – but some ought to be in ski masks, like those favored by bank robbers and muggers. Zach Fuentes for example, a former deputy chief of staff for Donald Trump. ... Read more...

What’s behind a mask?

The chief cultural emblem of our times is this: Wearing a mask. Or not. These low-tech, high-impact, low-cost coverings are so simple and effective at helping reduce the COVID-19 infection rate that our top ... Read more...

Beware a of a Trump Coup!

The mass these protests against systemic racism are driving Donald Trump plumb crazy! Of course, that's a pretty short drive for him. He would be hilarious if his buffoonery was not so dangerous and destruct... Read more...

George Floyd, you, me… us

Viewing the video of George Floyd's gruesome murder, one word from him stuck in my head, one painful human utterance that conveys the horror of it all: "Momma," Mr. Floyd cried out in desperation and disbelief ... Read more...

What does “Small Government” buy us?

Amazingly, America has become a nation of socialists, asking in dismay: "Where's the government?" These are not born-again Bernie Sanders activists, but everyday people of all political stripes (including pr... Read more...

Standing with George Floyd

One word in particular, one sound, one horror that I can’t get out of my head is this: George Floyd crying out “momma,” as his life was cruelly and senselessly crushed in yet another brutal, White-on-Black murd... Read more...

What’s the Weirdest Species of All?

What's the Weirdest Species of All? I love those nature shows that probe the behavior and intelligence of birds, elephants, and other fellow creatures. However, there's one exotic critter the shows have i... Read more...
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How intractable is CEO greed?

As horrible as the COVID-19 crisis is, it has brought out the best in the American people – the selflessness of front-line nurses and doctors, for example, as well as the generous community spirit of local food... Read more...