U.S. 35-star flag, the flag in use in June 1865, though soon to be replaced by a 36 star flag on July 4. I never heard of Juneteenth until last year. I suspect that’s true for a lot of people. Now, congress and POTUS have made it an official federal holiday. Jonah Goldberg gives his … Continue reading Juneteenth: a New Federal Holiday for All Americans
"Unsex me here." —Lady Macbeth Pop star Demi Lovato has recently announced that she no longer thinks of herself as a woman, but as non-binary, a term which she says "best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression, and allows me to feel most authentic to the person I both know I am … Continue reading The Unwoman: Demi Lovato Goes Non-binary … or Does She?
One of the many things that makes America great is that we are able to conduct largescale elections effectively, with trustworthy results. Not all nations are so blessed. In many places, elections are followed by further unrest and contention, often violence, caused by mass doubt about whether the election was fair—and the doubt is often … Continue reading Trump v. Truth
Last Friday was Boss's Day … or is it Bosses' Day? I had a good back-and-forth with a coworker about the proper spelling. If you search the web, you'll find that almost everyone calls it Boss's Day. But I think that's rubbish. And since we're on the subject, is it Mothers Day, Mother's Day, or … Continue reading It’s Bosses’ Day, Y’all!
https://youtu.be/_Y-RvKA8PCo In the song "Poppin" rap artist Bizzle begins by saying "I went from truth seeker to truth speaker." This short line represents the important transition from one who has been looking for truth to one who, having found what he was looking for, is eager to help others find it too. It grabbed me … Continue reading Truth Speaker
In Victor Hugo's most famous work, Les Misérables, there is a girl named Cosette. Her father left her mother before Cosette was born. And though Cosette's mother loved her dearly, they were separated when Cosette was very young, and Cosette was raised by a couple who treated her much like Cinderella's stepmother treated Cinderella. When … Continue reading Cosette was Delighted to be a Baroness
The election of Donald Trump was met with the collective tantrum of a juvenile #resistance, a too-obvious reactionary buzzword around whose glow quickly gathered the moths of youthful progressivism, eager for the validation of their peers. It meant nothing. It asked nothing of its members other than, perhaps, to yell into the Twitterverse, buy a … Continue reading The Quiet Power of the Romney Resistance
My dictionary of choice, for reasons I won't go into now, is the American Heritage Dictionary. In fact, the first dictionary I ever purchased was the third edition of the American Heritage College Dictionary (I was in college, after all). The one I have at home now is the fourth edition. (For even in the … Continue reading Marriage in the AHD
When I was in middle school in the mid '90s, a few of my friends properly introduced me to Star Wars. By my high school years—1996 to 2000—I was a certifiable fan. Not obsessed, but certainly into the movies, with a level of Star Wars literacy bordering on nerdy. At the time, "the movies" could … Continue reading The Phantom Attraction: How Episode I renewed my love of Star Wars
The San Diego Padres have made my wish come true. Well, one wish, anyway. They still haven't won a championship, but they have brought back the brown! Yes, in July 2017, I wrote a post arguing that they should do this. At the time, there was a bit of a grassroots movement among some fans … Continue reading Brown is Back in San Diego