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In Praise of Taxes

I am grateful for the public schools to which I attended. Paid for by taxes. I am grateful for the roads on which I drive. Paid for by taxes. I am grateful that we have a strong national defense and that the women and men who have served us in combat receive benefits for having […]

No Denying

I don’t believe in germ theory. After all, it’s just a theory! I can’t see the germs! And I feel fine! I mean, really, how do these scientists know germs cause disease? How do they know humans are to blame for the spread of this so-called Coronavirus — what they are now calling COVID-19 or […]

Binge Watch This Now

The president of the United States was impeached. He currently stands trial to determine if he will be convicted and removed from office. The accusations against the president are more serious than any brought against a sitting president in the history of our republic (Richard Nixon not excepted). As a country, we are at a […]

#RetireTheNickame

As someone seldom subjected to the spectacle of a professional football game played in Kansas City, and as someone with no natural rooting interest in the AFC championship game played in that city this afternoon, just completed, I found myself rooting for Kansas City’s opponent, and ever more so every time the Kansas City fans […]

100 Years, 365 Days

I was asked the other day whether I would rather live 100 years in the future or 100 years in the past. The question was posed in a group setting, a fun hypothetical. Nearly everyone in the room chose 100 years in the future, with many citing the progress that has been made on human […]

Christmastime is … Here?

It’s a favorite pastime to bah humbug Christmas music playing in public places before Thanksgiving. Here is a first for me: tonight I heard parts of not one but two Christmas tunes while frequenting a functioning business. It’s January 2 (if you have lost track of the days already). These songs — including “It’s the […]

Bing Bing

Why do I dislike Bing? I do not know why I dislike Bing, exactly (perhaps because so much about Microsoft seems so much less useful than it could be; also the name, Bing — which rhymes with Ding and that’s as dumb as a Dong) but I do not deny it: I do dislike Bing. […]

Adventures Capital

Getting in a buggy and heading into the Northwest Territories before the advent of refrigeration is one. Sure. Going to the Mall of America, circa 2019, is not. Swimming with sharks counts. Certainly. Going to Orlando (yes, even if you fly coach) … not so much. Adventure. It seems everyone in 2019 likes adventure. Everyone […]

Kicking It

Something on my bucket list is to never have one. I don’t know what it is about that phrase but it makes me cringe. The most recent instance in which I saw “bucket list” used was last night during bedtime reading; it appeared in a teaser for a magazine article, a profile of a hockey […]

An Arrow for the Bullseye

I have come to an important realization. This isn’t easy to say, certainly not publicly. And it’s no doubt going to be an unpopular view. One that in certain circles might, in fact, be seen as controversial. Yet there is no use pretending any longer. I might as well come out and admit it. I […]

Tour de Farce

At what point did it become the case that nearly every weekend road warrior who bicycles now wears attire as if they were coming over the Pyrenees in the Tour de France? Used to be that people who enjoyed bicycling would, you know, put their butt cheeks on their bicycle seats and start peddling. Not […]

Innies

Why do people say they “tweeted out” whatever it is they posted to their Twitter feed? Tweeted out: can you tweet in? Up? Down? Sideways? Diagonal? I mailed the letter. I emailed the document. I shipped the package. The word “out” is unnecessary. It is redundant. To tweet is to do the “out.” There is, […]

Beard Season

I love the NHL playoffs. This year’s tournament, however, has not, thus far, mid-way through the second round, been schedule-altering, must-see fun. Why? My theories: 1. It’s no longer an upset when everyone is doing it. People like the unexpected — I get that. Yet all four division winners were knocked out in the first […]

Say Ball!

Sports is my first language. I don’t remember reading many books as a kid, but I do remember racing to beat my older brother to the sports page in the morning. Scrums sometimes ensued on the occasions I had first dibs, as I insisted on reading every word of the section — even all the […]

Stand for Something

Jerry Nadler was asked on Meet the Press on Sunday: Is the evidence revealed in the Mueller Report impeachable? He turned his head. He sat there for a few seconds. Finally, he said yes. It was as if we were watching him make up his mind right then and there. Regardless of your view of […]

March Badness

I feel cheated. March is now full of so much badness. You can neither make someone go to college, nor stay in college, and you should not try, especially when college is not necessary for him make such a comfortable living in his chosen profession that the children of his unborn children won’t have to […]