We will never know. But still we must be proper in how we say it.  

When the teenage skate boarder Nina Moran talks about the first time she got on a skateboard, I instantly recognized how she felt, that sense of freedom, of independence, of confidence that comes with moving under your own power. Taking up cycling in my late-30s after a decade’s hiatus almost cured me almost instantly of […]

In light of Bill Gates’ recent comments and the fact that its a cultural given that we hand free things to billionaires, I’ve written a haiku just for him. While I’ve inverted the normal 5-7-5 format, I think this poem still embodies the spirit of concision that animates the form. Without further ado: You have […]

They both ran for another term in opposition to existing term limits. NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg won the right to seek re-election as New York’s City Council voted on Thursday to extend the two-term limit for elected officials as the city grapples with the global financial crisis. Bloomberg, a former Wall Street […]

The good news: the attempt by Amazon to get rid of Kshama Sawant in Seattle has failed Seattle’s socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant declared victory Saturday after later vote tallies powered her dramatic comeback. She trailed by a large margin on election night before passing challenger Egan Orion on Friday. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/socialist-kshama-sawant-declares-victory-in-tightly-contested-seattle-city-council-race/ The bad news: There was a successful […]

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1978 film The Marriage of Maria Braun has a plot that, if not exactly a cliche, has long been part of the vocabulary of American and European film and literature. A hot young piece of ass, think Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind or Barbara Stanwyck’s Lily Powers in the Pre-Code […]

In his criminally under-read memoir, President and former supreme commander of the United States Army Ulysses S. Grant describes his ancestry as follows. My family is American, and has been for generations, in all its branches, direct and collateral. Mathew Grant, the founder of the branch in America, of which I am a descendant, reached Dorchester, Massachusetts, […]

If you want to know how the world would look if libertarians got their way you don’t have to go very far. Northeastern Pennsylvania in the 1860s and 1870s put few restrictions on the “liberty” of the millionaires who owned the anthracite coal mines. There was no Federal Reserve. Each big mine had its own […]

The first organized feminist movement involved sitting around, chatting and knitting while revolutionaries chopped the heads off of aristocrats. Vive les tricoteuses!!!

Sadly, in rich, liberal Seattle, Amazon did what they couldn’t do in New York City. While the results aren’t final yet, they appear to have defeated pioneering democratic socialist Kshama Sawant. I lived in Seattle in the 1990s. These days I don’t think I’d recognize it. Wednesday afternoon’s ballot drop has improved vote totals for […]