Commentary

October 16th, 2017

Zeus, Harvey Weinstein, and Me

Maybe you’ve seen it. All over social media, ever since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, victims of sexual assault have been posting the phrase “Me too.” It’s a chilling reminder that sexual assault, abuse, and harassment is far more common than we are comfortably willing to admit. Yeah, well, fuck comfort. I’ll take truth over …

October 16th, 2017

What Happens Next?

I’ve spent most of the last year thinking – apparently – about the same thing as Hillary Clinton: What happened? How did the United States, fresh off eight years of its first African-American president, the land of changing demographics inexorably becoming browner, gayer, less religious, more liberal on every social issue, elect a man whose …

October 14th, 2017

The Right To (My) Life

When does life begin? That’s a question for the ages. Some say life begins at conception, others say life begins at birth. Newt Gingrich says life begins after he divorces a cancer-ridden wife. The point is, no one knows, but that doesn’t stop anti-abortion groups from pretending they do. It’s no coincidence that the current …

October 6th, 2017

Are You Ready For Some Redneck?

These are ironic times. Or maybe not. I was watching Monday Night Football a couple weeks ago when Hank Williams Jr.’s “Are You Ready For Some Football” rattled my cage. In case you don’t remember, this is the song that opened Monday Night Football for more than a decade until Williams was fired in 2011 …

October 4th, 2017

We are Under Attack and the Terrorists Are White Men With Guns

While Trump bans Muslims and attacks people of color, a dark shadow emerges. While Trump scorns the peaceful protests of NFL players, calling them sons of bitches, a plot unfolds. While Mexican-Americans feed the nation, and 800,000 fully vetted Dreamers go to work and go to school, Trump calls them rapists and murderers and Congress …

October 4th, 2017

Our Best Allies in the Gun Battle Ahead

When the first bullets ripped into the crowd in Las Vegas last Sunday night, country music superstar Jason Aldean and his band were wowing their fans with their stalwart brand of down and dirty country pop rock. When the initial confusion and disbelief gave way to abject terror Jason and his band-mates fled the stage. …

October 3rd, 2017

An American Man With Few Peers

“Well I don’t know, but I’ve been told, You never slow down, you never grow old.” Tom Petty’s sudden departure has affected me profoundly. Maybe because he left me when I needed him most, with the world seemingly beginning to unravel. I don’t know. But I just didn’t love his music, I loved Tom Petty. …

October 2nd, 2017

I Don’t Give a Shit About Your Handgun

Usually, I’m slightly amused when “gun rights” advocates parse words over the definition of an “assault rifle.” But not today. Dozens dead, hundreds injured, and you will again scream about your right to own a gun. So let me get this out there. I don’t give a shit about your handguns. Despite the overwhelming evidence …

October 2nd, 2017

It’s Time to Rewrite the 2nd Amendment

On the morning after the Las Vegas Massacre, by all counts the deadliest mass-shooting in modern American history, social media is abuzz with death counts, shock, grief, thoughts, prayers, and the bone-wearying gun debate. Those in favor of even the most moderate gun law reforms timidly make their case, and are blown back by enemy …

September 29th, 2017

Darrell Hammond; What a Real Artist Looks Like

The Washington Post published an extensive piece today on SNL veteran Darrell Hammond, a friend of mine whom I met back in 80s. Normally, I would hesitate to call him a friend, in that we were on the road together 30 years ago when no one knew our names, and today he is one of …

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