Pipe bombs and baby powder

Pipe bombs and baby powder

Does anyone else miss the good old days, when hateful crackpots sent envelopes stuffed with baby powder to terrorize fellow Americans they deemed insufficiently patriotic? The white dust was meant to mimic anthrax and scare recipients and a nation still reeling from...
Kavanaugh’s lies enough to disqualify him

Kavanaugh’s lies enough to disqualify him

“False in one, false in all” is a jury instruction based on a simple, serrated premise: If a witness lies about one thing, jurors are free to assume that he or she lied about everything. By this standard, federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath in...
McCain’s death shames Trump’s life

McCain’s death shames Trump’s life

Because poison packaged as populism is a guilty pleasure, I tuned in to the local affiliate of Corporate GOP Radio this morning to learn why the late Sen. John McCain should not be honored as a war hero, statesman and patriot. It didn’t take long. An especially...
Return of the King

Return of the King

The last book in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy has always been my favorite, because it chronicles the resolution of a thinly veiled allegory of totalitarianism, its depredations and the sacrifices required to repel it. The good guys...