In all but narrowest sense, Trump is the target

Part of the game we’re all playing right now (and let’s be clear: Our role in the game is “public opinion,” which means what we believe is insignificant except in the aggregate) is “Who are the targets of the Mueller Investigation?”...

U.S. soccer’s future is expansion, not World Cups

U.S. soccer’s future is expansion, not World Cups

Beau Dure, a Virginia sportswriter, has a column in The Guardian this morning (Why the US men will never win a World Cup — and that’s OK). It’s an entirely acceptable restatement of the current consensus among American soccer writers, a relatively...

Muddling through decline, happily

Today’s long but thought-provoking read is Dylan Matthews’ “The myth of an ending: why even removing Trump from office won’t save American democracy/It feels like this moment in history deserves a definitive ending. It won’t get one,” at Vox....

2018 Black Sheep Manor ag plan

For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the run-down on the current state of the 2018 BSM food-raising plan. BACKGROUND In 2016, we cleared an overgrown, eroded field that I calculate at about 0.30 of an acre. We made a vegetable garden on about 2k square...

The Republic is doomed. Here’s why.

While searching today for the answer to a relatively simple question (“After three-fifths of the Senate votes for cloture, can the bill itself pass on a simple majority of those present during the vote?”) I was reminded of what should be the most obvious...

Thrown overboard into a cold, dark sea

In 1620, an indentured servant named John Howland climbed the rigging aboard a ship called the Mayflower in the middle of a storm and was violently thrown overboard. As the 28-year-old plunged toward certain death, his hand touched a rope that had come loose from the...

Get ready: The crisis is almost upon us

If President Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller — which I believe he has already decided to do once there’s no other way of avoiding pending criminal charges — then 2018 is shaping up to be a year of national crisis like no living American...

It doesn’t all come down to money

The one quote by Mao Zedong that every American seems to know is this one, from 1938: “Political power grows from the barrel of a gun.”  A couple instances over the past week reminded me of this line. The more recent one was something Jeff Daniel’s...

The right thing at the wrong time isn’t right

The right thing at the wrong time isn’t right

If you were to observe spirituality as a theme in my life, the intensity of the attention I put toward it would look something like an electrocardiogram: A wobble, a relatively short burst of energy and insight, followed by a longer period of integration and/or...

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