The other night I heard on Twitter from a little “GamerGate” bro that what’s been happening to Anita Sarkeesian and other Internet-famous feminists isn’t harassment because “the use of internet is voluntary.” Bullshit. If your job and your career and your calling centers on communicating things on the Internet, using the Internet isn’t really voluntary. […]
Just a minute ago, my man Tim Facebooked a link to an interview with State Sen. Nina Turner titled “Can Dems Learn From Their 2016 Mistakes If They Do Not Acknowledge Them?” Here’s my response. It’s what I could write in about ten minutes and could be better said with more editing, but in the […]
You know how it goes when you’re paying at the supermarket and they ask if you want to throw in a buck for Harvest For Hunger and sort of feel like a bad person for saying no? Don’t. A lot of people don’t remember that local supermarkets used to make their own donations to food charities […]
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 […]
County Council members need to understand that “no” is a thing you can do. Today’s Scene: “Cuyahoga County Council Exposes Q Deal as a Sham, Then Shrugs Shoulders.”
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.