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 […]
WATCH: Angry white Florida man cries racism after deli serves ‘dark-skinned guy’ before him This reminds me of something that happened several years ago at the Utilities Building in Cleveland. It still makes me laugh. I was paying my electric bill at the last minute or something (instead of mailing it in) and had taken […]
When encountering any article or publication or statement about Cleveland’s “renaissance” or “recovery” or “comeback,” you must mentally eliminate any and all claims based on entertainment venues or any kind of real estate development. Those are trailing indicators; they don’t build anything. Examples “Millennial Influx Helps Cleveland Shake Rust Belt Reputation.” This is a two-fer, […]
I don’t know if you heard it here first, but if you heard it here first remember that you heard it here first: Trump’s gonna win. I don’t have a lot of logic to back it up. Yet. But something about this seems weirdly inevitable. I think the main thing has to do with my […]
When your city isn’t doing so well, and there’s a national news article saying your city’s not doing so well, you know how to solve the problem, right? Right. “Cleveland to send letter to New York Times over article.” That will fix everything.