Category Archives: mainstream media

State of the Union ritual is deader than the Latin mass


I was telling Swamp Rabbit that Joe Biden spent as much time dodging key issues as addressing them in his State of the Union speech. He sounded properly indignant about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but he didn’t seriously acknowledge the … Continue reading

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‘Retiring’ dirty energy is easier said than done


I was telling Swamp Rabbit about The Uninhabitable Earth, the 2019 nonfiction bestseller by David Wallace-Wells that explains how climate change will turn the future into an ongoing catastrophe if we don’t drastically reduce carbon emissions. The author noted that … Continue reading

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Love has come to town (one day only)


“What is this thing called love, Odd Man?” It was Valentine’s Day, and Swamp Rabbit was in a reflective mood. I told him there were all sorts of love, that he was probably referring to eros, the ancient Greek word … Continue reading

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Spotify’s big profits ensure ‘free speech’ for Joe Rogan


I told my neighbor Swamp Rabbit that the United States leads the world in Covid-19 deaths — we’ve passed the 900,000 mark — partly because of grifters like Joe Rogan, who has used his Spotify podcasts to channel bad medical … Continue reading

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3.5 trillion dollars short and six months late


A Washington Post columnist declared Thursday that Joe Biden and the Democrats have had an epiphany and from now on will counter Republican nihilism by taking action that “leads to more progress in the future.” Swamp Rabbit was puzzled. “What … Continue reading

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Fifteen spirituals to help you get through 2022


“They ain’t spirituals,” Swamp Rabbit said. “Elvis was a rocker. Blind Faith don’t belong on no list with James Cleveland. Matthew Sweet got nothin’ to do with Mahalia Jackson. You got gospel mixed up with rock ‘n’ roll.” “Elvis grew … Continue reading

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Watching ‘Wonderful Life’ but not getting it


“How come you like that corny movie?” Swamp Rabbit said after watching the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) for the first time. “I thought you were one of them too-cool-for-school guys.” I told him Wonderful Life transcends its … Continue reading

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12 days of Christmas, 12 cool songs


Swamp Rabbit was mad because Alvin and the Chipmunks didn’t make the cut. “You don’t like my Christmas playlist, then put together your own,” I told him.

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The suburban Philly gods bring you — fire!


We lingered last weekend at the 18th Firebird Festival in Phoenixville, PA, where a giant wooden figure shaped like a phoenix had been set ablaze for hundreds of fire worshippers. “This is my kind of celebration,” I told Swamp Rabbit. … Continue reading

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An Xmas stocking stuffer from Manchin to Democrats


Swamp Rabbit said it best back in April: Joe Manchin is a DINO — a Democrat in name only. He likes the filibuster rule and thinks raising taxes on the rich is radical. At the time, Joe Biden seemed confidant … Continue reading

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