As I saw this statue of an elephant sitting in the meditating posture of the Buddha, for sale in a Pier One store, I thought:
When are we going to see Pier One sell a giraffe nailed to a crucifix? Why don’t we see that yet? Why shouldn’t we?
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
If running for President is not about how rich you are, then how come the top three ranking Republican presidential candidates in the latest opinion poll are all either millionaires or billionaires? […]
I suppose we should offer up some kind of thanks to Jeb Bush, for reminding us that no, Donald Trump really isn’t much of an outlier in the Republican Party. Some people might have been tempted to think of John Ellis Bush as the reasonable Republican alternative to Trump, but Bush’s comments about his brother’s […]
Lawrence Lessig’s defacto political message is that whenever you want to accomplish something, you should pursue its opposite. So, if you want to support the Lawrence Lessig for President campaign, you should do so by withholding support for the Lawrence Lessig for President campaign. […]
I’ve been on a quest for the serious side of Donald Trump – a journey through different media to try to find any place where Trump has explained specifically what policies he will put in place if he is elected President of the United States. I started Trump’s own web site, then went to at […]
Donald Trump admitted that he has been bribing politicians, giving substantial financial contributions to their campaigns with the understanding that, in return, he would be given control over their actions as elected officials. […]
This press conference shows the same image of Donald Trump that’s presented through his campaign web site: A candidate who mostly likes to talk about himself, who is unable to offer any policy ideas of substance. […]
These politicians say they appreciate whistleblowers, but demand vigorous criminal prosecution of people who blow the whistle. Could the message be more clear? […]
Republican politicians are fond of complaining about the many layers of bureaucracy in the federal government. There is so much red tape and bloat on the process, they say, that it’s impossible to get anything done.
As much as they complain, though, what have Republicans in Congress done to actually make the federal government run […]
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a new law requiring the Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan for following the plan of maintenance that it was already supposed to follow – even though there have been absolutely zero terrorist attacks under current practices of slow maintenance. […]
Given Mike Huckabee’s comfort with actually giving weapons to Iran that the country’s leaders could use against Israel, what rational justification does Huckabee have for saying that denying weapons to Iran is dangerous for Israel? Is Mike Huckabee’s policy that the way to keep Israelis safe from Iran is to help Iran get more and more weapons? […]
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