Heads up, Maggots!

Heads up, Maggots!

Quick story: I remember this one day during the final weeks of Basic Training at Fort Knox in February 1985: We rolled up to our barracks after a long, exhausting day of training only to find some frantic drill sergeant screaming that the Training Battalion’s...
Two hundred meters, five hundred yards

Two hundred meters, five hundred yards

This is just trivia, really: When I used to teach “Threat Weapons” and AK familiarization classes in Germany, our curriculum said that the Russian AK 47 had a maximum effective range of 300 meters (that’s about 330 yards) on semi-auto. On full-auto,...

Dear Sen. Graham (Sept. 18, 2017)

Dear Sen. Graham: I have written to you numerous times since January. Sometimes I’ve encouraged you to vote a particular way. Sometimes I have written to praise you for a particular stance or action. Today I write to express my utter disgust with your alleged...

The White Problem: A modern lefty conundrum

Josh Marshall, founder of Talking Points Memo, is both a personal favorite and a ridiculously productive writer. The downside of being that prolific is that from time to time you post some duds. Yesterday’s column, “More Thoughts on the Intra-Democratic...
One box of crayons

One box of crayons

Some years ago, back when I was enamored of the idea that Web 2.0 and its associated ideas about technology was about to make everything better, I got a chance to interview Laurie Anderson, the New York avante garde artist who became famous as an international pop...
Revisiting history in search of an analogy

Revisiting history in search of an analogy

There’s a piece in The Guardian today called “Should We Even Go There?” in which historians discuss whether it’s wise to compare Trumpism and fascism. For my part, I doubt that “Trumpism” even exists as a coherent concept, and...
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