Someone drew my attention recently to this cool street renovation in Memphis: “Memphis’s Spectacular Street Experiments are Moving Toward Permanance!” Exclamation point mine! There are things to like about this. It’s a good idea to make the improvements durable but temporary. You can see how it works out in real life before overcommitting. That inset photo […]
I’ve lived here going on 32 years and I’m finally figuring out some things that should have been obvious much sooner. Real Estate is a Cost, not a Solution Cleveland insists on doing “economic development” backwards. We put boatloads of money and effort (and displacement) into large and small construction projects that are supposed to […]
Now that it’s clear that Hillary Clinton won a fairly solid majority of popular votes cast for President, but didn’t come very close to winning the all-important Electors, of course a lot of very good people are getting very interested in reforming, bypassing, or eliminating the Electoral College. They’re wrong. Here’s why.
So TIME‘s Person of the Year 2016 is Donald J. Trump. That makes sense. He “defines” the year in our culture. Their description of runner-up Hillary R. Clinton, however, made me go “Do you even read what you wrote? At all?” Charlotte Alter, a “journalist” for TIME, wrote this about Secretary Clinton: Expectations certainly missed their […]
The United States is a republic, not a democracy. People say that like it’s the most insightful thing ever, but it’s meaningless. It’s like saying your dog is an animal, not a pet. These things are not opposites, nor are they mutually exclusive. If you want to say “a republic, not a direct democracy,” you might […]
If I liked power, I’d use my power to find a way to use the federal government to get me even more power. I’d use it shut down my enemies. I’d use it to promote my allies into positions where they could help me, but not where they’d be secure enough to oppose me.
Can we be clear on this one bit of meta-bullshit? Suppose hypothetically that I am telling you that your hair is on fire. By that I’m really saying two things: 0. Your hair is in fact on fire. 1. I know for a fact that #0 is true. I’m not just guessing. Now if I […]
Look, Thomas “Suck. On. This.” Friedman has a new book out! It’s called Thank You For Being Late and I’ll let you google it yourself. Just to make one thing clear, okay? I’m not so much a fan of Friedman ever since he used his New York Times column to make the case for invading Iraq […]