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David Huddle: Box of Rocks

Exactly what kind of rocks are in that box our buffoon of a leader is allegedly dumber than, because certain mineral  deposits–say those that contain fossils  of prehistoric forms of … Continue reading

March 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: America’s Addictions

Opioids, Donald Trump, and War When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National … Continue reading

July 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Colin Beavan: What Happens When Men Say #MeToo, Too?

As a self-identified feminist man who has survived abuse, I wonder how and if I should participate in the conversation. There was the man giving 16-year-old me a ride on … Continue reading

November 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Mike Schneider: In the Post-Truth World

the game of truth or consequences has no consequence. What does it matter if insurance agents quote Thoreau? The mass of men still lead lives of quiet desperation. Guns are … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 7 Comments

Daniel Burston: The Confabulator in Chief

I know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway. I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Arlene and the Arlettes: Bad Boyfriend

A Song for America to be sung in the style of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. . Oh girlfriend, I could have told you he’s a Bad boyfriend I don’t … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 3 Comments

Lewis Turco: Miss Pussy’s Parlor Songs

Trumpty Dumpty sat on his wall. Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall. He climbed up his wall and fell down again And again, and again, and again, and again. . … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: The Playbook of Dictatorship

What Americans have to be Vigilant About My family endured the Nazi years in Germany. My grandfather was an entrepreneur in the publishing business, and he was very aware of … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 7 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Apologia

To all people of color, to Latinos and African Americans, to the refugees fleeing war and persecution, to immigrants from around the world, To Muslims and Jews, to those of … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · 7 Comments

George Monbiot: The Man in the Mirror

Donald Trump is not an outlier, but the distillation of our dominant values. What is the worst thing about Donald Trump? The lies? The racist stereotypes? The misogyny? The alleged … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: On Love and Sacrifice

What I hate about Trump, and folks like Trump, is this. He doesn’t debate immigration policy. He hates Mexicans. He doesn’t debate theology. He hates Muslims. He doesn’t hate poverty. … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Shaken 126 — O thou my lovely boy who in thy power

  The beauty of me Dost hold Time’s fickle glass his fickle hour is that I’m very rich and my women are beautiful. My fingers are long and beautiful, as, … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Republicans, embrace your inner child

Yes, Republicans, embrace your inner child: Donald. Mr. Trump speaks your inner truth, however Hitleresque and vile it sounds. Speaker of the House Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Reince Priebus and many … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Stains

  A blend of green and orange fluid poured out of two-year old Clara’s mouth in a constant stream, puddling on the recently-shampooed carpet. Like an oil slick. She’d been … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · 6 Comments

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