Total eclipse provided a welcome distraction

Total eclipse provided a welcome distraction

For a period of a few weeks, the news seemed like it couldn’t get any worse. North Korean military exercises triggered new fears of nuclear war....

September 5th, 2017 |  


Big government is bad until Red States need help

It’s an old story, freshened anew by Hurricane Harvey: Republicans profess to hate “Big Guvmint” as a matter of principle - until ca...

September 1st, 2017 |  


Hurricane Harvey: About that wall …

Hurricane Harvey: About that wall …

As I write this, Hurricane Harvey hovers off the Gulf Coast, menacing Louisiana and possibly ramping up for another go at Texas. Much of Houston, the ...

September 1st, 2017 |  


Facing history in the age of Trump

Facing history in the age of Trump

Tempting as it is to isolate Donald Trump as the worst president in history (and “worst” is putting it mildly … more like the most n...

August 29th, 2017 |  


A spectacular day in Newberry

A spectacular day in Newberry

I will admit that when I first heard six months ago the crowd estimates for the eclipse, I had some doubts. Sure, I expected a big crowd. But tens of ...

August 25th, 2017 |  


@YesYoureRacist crowdsources social preferencing

@YesYoureRacist crowdsources social preferencing

The Twitter account @YesYoureRacist went up in 2012, but jumped from about 65,000 followers to more than 350,000 in the days following Virginia’...

August 23rd, 2017 |  


How to avoid another Charlottesville

Does anybody in America truly want to repeat another horrific Charlottesville?I hope the answer is no but it seems there are different groups lusting ...

August 23rd, 2017 |  


Charlottesville haters: Test case for the Internet as public square

Charlottesville haters: Test case for the Internet as public square

In a recent column, I celebrated the phenomenon of “Social Preferencing” and the boost Charlottesville gave to an online, crowdsourced, so...

August 22nd, 2017 |  


Don’t trust Trump’s North Korea bluff, bluster, and brinksmanship

Don’t trust Trump’s North Korea bluff, bluster, and brinksmanship

US president Donald Trump put much of the world atwitter and ajitter Tuesday with his comment to the press: “North Korea best not make any more ...

August 18th, 2017 |  


We’re the same in different ways

We’re the same in different ways

If we were all the same color, we would find some other difference to distinguish between people and weigh equality of worth. You may remember an epis...

August 18th, 2017 |