Author Archives: themikeb

Believe All Blog Titles

“Believe all women.”  “Support our troops.”  “Keep America Great.”  “[Black/Blue/All] lives matter.”  Aside from being three words long and politically effective, what do these slogans have in common?  They can all be easily removed from their intended meaning to criticize the people who use them.  And when I say easily, I mean VERY easily. This […]

Why You Should Stop Looking at the Number of Confirmed Cases

“ODCtwist” by FolsomNatural is licensed under CC BY 2.0 The ticker keeps on a-tickin’ up, higher and higher almost by the minute.  The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 goes up and up and up, more and more each day.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that you can and should just quit […]

This is Not a Review of Louis CK’s New Standup Special

“Louis CK @ Just For Laughs Festival Montreal” by Anirudh Koul is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 If you’re going to write anything about Louis CK, it has to start like this: Louis CK has admitted to committing numerous acts of sexual misconduct (that’s the word you use when it doesn’t legally rise to the […]

New music from…Bob Dylan???

Great stuff, worth 17 minutes of your time…

Is It Possible Not to Politicize Coronavirus?

Now is not the time for politics. This is a health crisis and we’ve all got to come together to — shhh, the president is talking! Coronavirus is a health crisis. The response to a health crisis is necessarily a government endeavor and in a democracy government is political. What do we talk about when […]

This Sucks. Let’s Not Forget That.

“Sofa” by Gagandeep is licensed under CC BY 4.0 Nobody needs to be reminded that this sucks. No seeing family or friends, no restaurants, no bars, no sports, no concerts, no gym. Nothing to do but wash your hands and try to avoid the news. And now we’re all supposed to wear masks?! I once […]

The Obvious Way to Pay for Trump’s Wall

If you believe Trump, he’s worth $10 billion.  If you believe Trump, there’s a crisis at the border that requires a wall with an initial cost of $5.7 billion.  And if you believe Trump, Mexico will pay to build that wall.  If you believe Trump. We’ve spent three years discussing whether we’ll build a wall, […]

Are We Entering Post-Scandal America?

SCANDAL!  We get a new one every week; sometimes two or three.  Or in the case of the past week, three in Virginia alone.  And on Friday we got a real juicy one involving Jeff Bezos and The National Enquirer. I suspect I’m not the only one hesitant to express an opinion on recent scandals […]

Will Anyone Learn Anything From PA18?

It’s official (maybe), Connor Lamb will be the next congressman from Pennsylvania’s 18th District.  And he’s a Democrat (maybe).  In Trump Country (maybe). See, there’s what we know and then there’s what we know.  Know what I mean?  And lest we forget, the Philadelphia Inquirer reminds us: And all this for a district that likely […]

How Trump Has Already Won on DACA

Republicans want to fix DACA far more than the Democrats do. The Dems had all three branches of government back in 2008-2011, and they decided not to do anything about DACA. They only want to use it as a campaign issue. Vote Republican! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018 Donald Trump is many […]