Shithole Side Show

Begin with the usual modern-media ablution: in denouncements of Donald Trump I yell “Amen!” as loudly as anyone. I believe it’s outrageous to call any country a “shithole.” My ancestors came from Germany (lookin’ at you Drumpf) and...

Rail Follies

California, the land of perfect weather and perfectly loony residents, has failed to surprise the rest of us yet again by announcing massive cost overruns on an already absurdly expensive public works venture. A pipe-dream project to connect Los Angeles and San...

About Those Shitholes

Today’s installment of the Trump side show is the sturm-und-drang around his alleged description of Haiti and some African nations as “shitholes,” in regard to a proposal to offer special protections for immigrants from those countries. Trump...

What We Take For Granted

A recent announcement in the UK, that all non-essential surgery scheduled in January is to be cancelled in order to free up hospital space in expectation of a heavy flu season, raises a reality that advocates for socialized medicine in America routinely overlook or...

Whence Inequality?

A recent Washington Post headline blared “The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years.” We are, I presume, supposed to assume this is a problem. Mention anything relating to the wealthy to the denizens...