Brazile pulls pin, tosses grenade

The excerpt from Donna Brazile’s new book published in Politico this morning isn’t getting big headlines on the major news sites yet. Yet. But Brazile’s account of what she found when she replaced Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as the head of the...

The party platform we need

Imagine a Democratic Party platform that begins with the following lines: The conscience of the people, in a time of grave national problems, has called into being a new party, born of the nation’s sense of justice. We dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of...

Sex, violence, power — and clues from the erotic

Before the spread of Catholicism and the institutionalization of sexual shame and holy matrimony in the West, the erotic element of patriarchal power was explicit across early civilizations. For Gilgamesh, who reigned over Sumeria roughly 4,000 years ago, being king...

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...

Not bitter, not quitting: Done playing the old game

Not bitter, not quitting: Done playing the old game

A dear friend from college (I won’t say “old” friend, since she’s anything but) recommended a link to a piece on The Bitter Southerner the other day. Here’s the engine driving the thing, crafted in response to the suggestion that we...

Dan Conover

Dan Conover

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Howdy! This is my current blog, and the best place to find out about our ongoing adventures here at rustic Black Sheep Manor. It’s also not a bad place to keep track of the work on my latest novel, find out more about my first four books, and otherwise just generally browse whatever happens to be flitting through my mind at any given moment. You can also find me on social media via the links below, get all sorts of information on my previous incarnations via my personal website here, or mainline directly into my index of media futurism essays here. Thanks for stopping by.

‘Who? He’s a nobody. An absolute mess. Terribly biased, just biased beyond belief. The worst. Sad.’

Donald Trump

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