Category Archives: America

Huge, Classy Grifter

I’m trying to limit my Trump info-intake, in the same way that I feel terrible if I stop to stare at the aftermath of a car crash or tire fire.  But I’m only human, and this is the story of … Continue reading

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The New (Bloody) Normal

On the one hand, lots of people have predicted that only a series of Paris-style terror attacks on US soil would ever allow Trump to be elected. On the other, speaking as a USian, Americans were perfectly fine with 25 … Continue reading

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The Hottest of Takes

As mentioned, bringing myself up to speed on ESL / EFL literature is no small thing.  That, and I started to grade my final exams today. I really, really hate grading exams. So in light of Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination … Continue reading

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The Greatest

“They never called me nigger.  They never lynched me.  They didn’t put no dogs on me.” RIP, The Greatest.

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Free Advice

At this point I’m certain the GOP’s best shot at the White House this November would be if they could genetically engineer a sentient assault rifle.

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Ugh It’s Already Too Hot and Humid And It’s Only May Update

Mock Orange, “Poster Child” Here’s a band that’s been criminally overlooked, and they’re still going today. Another semester is coming to its end, and I’ll be back in America for August visiting the DC area and the wilds north of … Continue reading

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Trump Ruins Everything

How a Trump presidency would destabilize Asia, and South Korea in particular: “Whatever choices are debated within Japan, other nations in Asia would be highly sensitive to a Japan untethered from the United States. A kaleidoscopic series of changes in attitudes … Continue reading

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Two Can Play At This Game

I won’t insult the intelligence of Bernie Bros or Hillary-hating dead-enders by asking them to make a vote that could actually prevent Donald J. Trump from becoming president. Hopefully they won’t continue to insult my intelligence by telling me a Hillary … Continue reading

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Say G’night, Bernie

I liked Bernie.  But now he’s a joke.  Kevin Drum says it best: “The one thing I do keep wondering about is what happened to Bernie Sanders. Before this campaign, he was a gadfly, he was a critic of the … Continue reading

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Consider The (Maine) Lobster

Maine is seeing a lobster boom both in terms of pounds caught and demand from China.  It’s good for fisherman, but also kind of complicated: “Each of Maine’s 5,785 lobstermen is an independent business: A license allows its holder to … Continue reading

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