Tax policy common ground

While the spectacle of crass that is the Trump campaign rolls on, little islands of common ground are cropping up. They are islands of decency in a sea of spineless partisanship: Republicans are disavowing Trump’s attack on the Gold Star Khan family. It is...

Why they trust Trump

Gerry Mander’s excellent book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television points out that we take in television as if it is real: we believe it in a way we do not believe either movies or books. Another thing I have noticed is that I form attachments even...

Why they all hate Hillary

It’s the same old same old misogyny. Susan Faludi laid it all out in her 1991 book Backlash. The more women have gained, the more push-back there is from the forces ever arrayed against progress. It’s the same old same old for Hillary. No other American...

Climate change: not bloody enough

It’s still “if it bleeds, it leads.” Even Secretary of State John Kerry has declared terrorism to be a more urgent threat than climate change. It is more abjectly terrifying and immediate, sure. Maybe it’s just about the choice of word:...

Transliberation

On June 30, the United States of America lifted the ban on openly transgender people serving in the armed forces. Such a nice contrast to the all the hate and anger being spewed. Interesting that the military in this country is so much more progressive than the rest...

Trump Boondeg

As Drumpf rolls on— as I watch with fascinated disgust— I remember a day in 2009 in Ireland, on a pub-to-pub outing with good friends in County Clare. We ended the day at a mausoleum of a place, an enormous golf resort called… Boondeg. While my friends talked...