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I’m complicit, I think

You’d think, since I work in pol­i­tics that I a) would not be shocked by any­thing any­more, and b) would feel like I’m already doing plen­ty to right the ship. Appar­ent­ly, you’d be wrong. a) I am aghast at the blink-blink reac­tion of much of the coun­try to the bla­tant, naked racism on dis­play from […]

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Multi-Party Local Elections?

I had an idea, read­ing an arti­cle on why nobody votes in local elec­tions, and how some of it is that those elec­tions are non-par­ti­san, and there­fore vague, dif­fi­cult, or unim­por­tant to vot­ers. What if, when or if local elec­tions became par­ti­san, the sys­tem was set up to accom­mo­date more than two par­ties? What if […]

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If you like The Clash…

If you like some songs by The Clash, lis­ten to some today. Why not? Get reac­quaint­ed with their bro­ken Span­ish, deep lyrics, and ska-styled youth-out­­rage. Start with Some­thing About Eng­land, for its hor­rif­ic rel­e­vance to today. If you like The Clash, you can’t go wrong with “one of the five weird­est albums of all time,” […]

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2020 Draft!

I’m admit­ted­ly a bit of a polit­i­cal junkie (and it’s my day job!) but I found this much very amus­ing. Like a sports show, but about pol­i­tics! Also, I’m not against an Al Franken pres­i­den­cy. Source: Our Way-Too-Ear­­ly 2020 Demo­c­ra­t­ic Pri­ma­ry Draft | FiveThir­tyEight

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Time lapse at sea is really beautiful

I could do with both less cap­tioned com­men­tary and more actu­al com­men­tary. The cap­tions take away from the expe­ri­ence, but the com­men­tary real­ly enhances it. First world prob­lems. Hat tip: Kot­tke

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My wife

My wife, Tiffany, is hav­ing a birth­day today. It’s been a hell of a year, for a lot of rea­sons, most­ly good, but you know how rea­sons are, lots of gray in with the black and white. So on the occa­sion of her birth­day, I want­ed to remind her that I love her. She is […]

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You’re safe with me (now with added thoughts)

I’ve got a new piece of jew­el­ry. On my bed­side table, next to the ear­ring I wear every day, I now keep a safe­ty pin. In the morn­ing, when I get dressed, I pin it on where it can be seen. I do this to let peo­ple who see it know that if they feel […]

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September 11

Today is my birth­day. I share it with a nation­al tragedy. I like to acknowl­edge both. For the birth­day, I share it with my friends and fam­i­ly. For the oth­er, I share it here. On the day I turned thir­­ty-one, ter­ror­ists killed 3,000 peo­ple in the Unit­ed States. It was a hor­rif­ic moment of awak­en­ing […]

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The unintended red herring

File under, “Lessons learned while writ­ing.” I have a ten­den­cy to throw details into a sto­ry that explain a prob­lem in my head, but are not meant to go fur­ther than that. But a read­er, who is not in my head, reads that detail as cru­cial, and chas­es it down the rab­bit hole until they […]

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Blistering barnacles!

I’m not much one for New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. After all, I am resolv­ing to do things dif­fer­ent­ly bet­ter all the time, not just once a year. Last month I resolved to write more, and a few days before that, I resolved to stop beat­ing myself up about not writ­ing more. But I know it’s a […]