Category Archives: humor

Would you like more curfew with your lockdown?


NBCPHILADELPHIA I was jawing with Swamp Rabbit when my phone started making those strange emergency alert noises. “Only essential personnel allowed outside,” the text read. WTF? We figured a tornado was coming, or maybe a nuclear attack. In fact, the … Continue reading

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At times, history rhymes


“When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled ‘made in Germany’; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, ‘Americanism.’” Halford E. Luccock, … Continue reading

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Why no editorials urging Trump to exit?


I think we will look back and ask why people weren’t more furious… Where was the outrage? — Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer I reminded Swamp Rabbit that all the mainstream news outlets are dropping the ball the same way: … Continue reading

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Betting on a sure thing (COVID-19)


Swamp Rabbit’s parole officer Victor Cortez asked me if I wanted to bet against his bet that COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. would hit 100,000 by Memorial Day. (The death count as of today was about 95,000.) “That’s tasteless,” I … Continue reading

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Channel surfing through lockdown


My neighbor Swamp Rabbit knocked on my door and let himself in when I didn’t open it. “Why don’t you quit tweaking that thing?” he said, meaning the short story I was writing. “I bet you ain’t changed ten words … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, it’s only a movie


Here they come, a squad of chubby Sandinistas wearing black surgical masks. Better cross the street. Oh no! A tall, skinny diva walking her tall, skinny dog. All I can see are her eyes, and they’re glaring at me. Better … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the long-distance office worker


We took turns reading a Philadelphia Inquirer story about possible psychological damage suffered by office workers who, for their own safety’s sake, must work at home for as long as the COVID-19 disaster persists. In suddenly empty offices all across … Continue reading

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