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Grilling tips from the Ugly American


“Here, read this column,” Swamp Rabbit said. “Some peeps ain’t content to just mess up the planet, they gotta brag about it too.” It was a piece by a Washington Post columnist who is peeved because the food website Epicurious, … Continue reading

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Tech changes. Cop culture doesn’t.


Swamp Rabbit was yapping about the Derek Chauvin trial. “Too bad he was wearin’ a mask. I wanted to see the look on his face when the judge read them guilty verdicts.” I recalled watching Chauvin on TV last May, … Continue reading

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‘The Troubles’ in N. Ireland pale in comparison to ours


I was reading about the possible renewal of “the Troubles” that wracked the north of Ireland in the last three decades of the 20th century: The instability has been accelerated by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. From … Continue reading

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Hey Joe, your name should be DINO


We absorbed the pandemic’s impact in stages, imagining the tireless little beasties at the root of the problem. The billions of stealthy insurgents eager to bond with human cell receptors, using spike proteins as battering rams to enter the cells … Continue reading

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Voting rights expansion vs. the filibuster


We were watching the filibuster scene from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a hit movie in 1939 and a great example of director Frank Capra using his corny genius to convey big, inspirational ideas. His hero in this one is … Continue reading

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South Dakota lawmaker channels ‘founding fathers’


“Check this out,” Swamp Rabbit said. It was the sort of message you might see from a grumpy old white guy at a run-down barroom in, let’s say, South Dakota: “Wait a minute,“ I said. “This guy is really a … Continue reading

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Anti-vaxxer? Not me. Go ahead and shoot.


The new catch-phrase in the news is vaccine hesitancy, as I told Swamp Rabbit before I jumped on my bike and headed uptown for a shot in the arm. “It’s a medical condition common in places where people are too … Continue reading

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The ‘millionaires against a $15 minimum wage’ club


“There’s a lot of peeps don’t mind believing the end is near, so long as it ain’t too near. The Apocalypse is a comfort to them. The alternative is to walk around thinking we might be able to patch things … Continue reading

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Coping with pollution in a post-postmodern world


I was driving fast and lamenting life’s unfairness. “There are 12-step groups for drunks and druggies, smokers, porn addicts, compulsive hand washers, you name it. But what about me? Hello, my name is Odd Man Out and I’m a climate … Continue reading

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Everything is bigger in Texas, even the lies


“Okay, climate warrior, what do you make of them Republican frauds trying to blame wind turbines for that cat-ass-trophe in Texas?” I had just rewarded Swamp Rabbit with a pint of Wild Turkey for helping me clear ice off the … Continue reading

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