An Open Letter to Same-Sex Wedding Participants in Red States

Dear Same-Sex Wedding Participants in Red States: If you live in one of the 14 states that have to suddenly grant marriage licenses to same sex couples, you may be tightening your tie and singing Old Fashioned Wedding on your way to city hall. I’d like to help you…

The Secret of Life

The secret of life is so simple that most of us disregard it because we fear it will make us look naive. The consequences of the secret are so complex that they get denied and derided. Businesses operate like it’s not true. Politicians talk and vote in an upside…

If this is America, I Don’t Want to Live Here. Thank God it’s Not.

When I saw this political cartoon it knocked the wind out of me. In this cartoon, put out by the conservative political cartoonist, David Eden, a beefy, angry caucasian Uncle Sam has a slight, fearful Barack Obama by the tie. Uncle Sam screams at President Obama, “Stop Trying To Change Me!!”…

Thoughts on the Repulsive Response of Torture Apologists

On the day the Senate report on torture came out, I stood at position A-1 in a Southwest boarding line listening to two 60ish year-old businessmen talk about the release of the report: “She’s doing it to show her moral superiority,” one said about the reasons why Senator Dianne…

Join Me in the Fight to Save Capitalism from “Koch Brother Capitalists”

I’m a liberal capitalist. I believe very deeply in capitalism, but with rules and referees. Just like I don’t believe that football should be played without rules and referees, I don’t think that business should be played without rules and referees. The True Story of Capitalism But, there’s a nasty…

“Your Country is Just Not That Into You” – Jimmy Dore

I think everyone should go out and buy a copy of this book and read it. Jimmy Dore is really funny, but he’s also passionate about politics. This book really puts a comedic spin on some of the most difficult and dark topics that we are facing in America…

I’ve Read the Government’s Arguments to Screw Amazon Workers and I’m Furious

There’s a monumental case at the Supreme Court that has got me obsessed, bewitched, enraged and mildly despondent. Technically, it’s called Integrity Staffing v. Busk. It actually is Amazon v. Amazon’s warehouse workers. (Integrity Staffing is the subcontractor stooge hired by Amazon to employ its warehouse workers). After Amazon…

Dispelling the ‘Moocher Myth’: Southern States Get More Than They Give

Southern Southern Southern The ‘Moocher Myth’ It’s become somewhat of a Right Wing rallying cry over the past few decades. Conservatives yell and scream about how the liberals want to raise taxes to prop up the lazy, incompetent scum that keeps stealing their hard-earned money through federal programs like…

The Northern Case for Southern Secession

The Case for Southern Secession My grandparents were married for 54 years. My grandfather could be lovely, and he could just as easily be disdainful or absent. On the eve of their 54th New Year’s Eve together, my grandmother refused to accompany my grandfather to their condo in Florida….

The History of Labor Day

Before Peter McGuire came up with the idea for Labor Day most people worked 12 hours a day 7 days a week. Peter McGuire figured out that if you gave a day to celebrate the people who do the hard work, the country would better appreciate their efforts and…