When we first moved to this old neighborhood in Northeast Florida, I decided to hang an American flag out front. Not for patriotic reasons, really; it’s just that the previous owners had one, and this is a historic area where Old Glory on the front porch kind of fits the vibe. Florida’s heat and rain and humidity are hard on flags. I replaced mine for the first […]
I wonder: Has the iPhone made the world a better place, or a worse one? Always a popular subject and more in vogue this month now that the iPhone has turned 10. (Any anniversary that’s a multiple of five is red meat to pundits caught in the dog days of summer.) And so Timothy Egan and David Brooks both have nice columns on the subject in the […]
People in impoverished Clay County, Ky., are now worried about losing health care coverage. Turns out Trump’s victory means the state’s Republican governor is now likely to succeed in his untiring efforts to roll back Medicaid coverage. Clay County, of course, voted overwhelmingly for Trump, as the above chart shows.
I’m one of those aging white males whose job became obsolete a few years back. I come from a rural background and learned to drive a tractor before I learned to drive a car. Growing up, there were always quite a few firearms around the house, not to mention a fair amount of literature from the John Birch Society. So I suppose I could be mistaken for […]
Let the record show that last month, well before anyone seriously thought a certain sinister buffoon could win the White House, American wages were at an all-time high and still growing. Also, median household income is projected to show an all-time high in the next census report. In other news, unemployment is now under 5 percent — a bit lower than Mitt Romney predicted it would be […]
El Presidente electo Trump showed a rare moment of politesse the other day, expressing respect both for President Obama and for his election opponent. It shows how low the bar is that common courtesy can elicit a glimmer of hope: Could this small man grow to fit the office? Does it still seem so likely that the big office will shrink to fit the man? We’ll see. […]
If Donald Trump and Joe Biden really did duke it out behind the gym, who would win? Here’s Trump’s take: “Did you see where Biden wants to take me to the back of the barn? Me! I’d love that. Mr. Tough Guy. You know when he’s Mr. Tough Guy? When he’s standing behind a microphone by himself. He wants to bring me to the back of the […]