Rules For Rules

Consider this oddity. In New York, if you purchase one bagel at a bagel store, it is not subject to sales tax… provided you purchase it intact. A bagel with cream cheese, or butter, or even simply sliced in half is subject to sales tax. Why is this? Because an...

You Pay, Either Way

Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner in an infamous police brutality episode, has finally been fired. It took five years. He applied a fatal choke hold in violation of policy. It happened in broad daylight, it was...

Bottomless Lust For Infinite Power

Watching the current and recent machinations of the Democratic Party, I conclude the title of this essay. With an addendum: By any means necessary. The latest (pathetic) attempt at taking down Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, an allegation of sexual misconduct...

Go Ahead, Burn That Flag

It’s been often commented, in this blog and elsewhere, that Trump is ideologically untethered, that he shoots from the hip far too often, given the importance and power of his position, and that it’s sometimes hard to figure out what he’s thinking...