Browsing All posts tagged under »freedom«

Quippy the Grump

June 10, 2018


The only known member of the species Snarkius quippicus — we call him Quippy — always shows up at The JimBlog out of nowhere, unannounced. He tramps into the newsroom, plops down at a desk, commandeers a computer, and plinks out a page of copy. He then hands it to our editor and stomps off […]

Sound-Bite Quippy

September 25, 2016


PUBLIC LIFE: Asking the government for solutions, when the government screwed things up in the first place, is like finding out your drinking has damaged your health and then calming yourself with a beer. We set up democracy to make us free, and now there are all these rules. Did I miss something? The government is the Sheriff […]

Cento Politicus

August 28, 2016


THE PROBLEM: No matter how civilized we are and how much society has curbed violent behavior, human beings still have the same genes they had 10,000 years ago. Our bodies are designed to have a certain amount of physical stress and violence in them. We’re designed to run from jaguars and fight to defend our […]

No Stopping Us

July 17, 2016


I have no objection to anyone’s sex life as long as they don’t practice it in the street and frighten the horses. ― Oscar Wilde There’s this problem I have with snacks, especially late in the evening. Part of the problem is that, from a young age, I realized that I didn’t have to let […]

Quippy the Gadfly

July 3, 2016


Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. — Henry Adams Politics is a bloodless form of civil war. Political power is wielded, not by people who are good, but by people who are good at obtaining power. Everyone who speaks in public has an ulterior motive — usually […]


June 12, 2016


When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as “enemies,” it’s time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country. ― Molly Ivins Lately Americans bemoan “polarization”, the cultural and political divide that seems to […]

Second-Hand Weed

May 30, 2016


In America, first there was alcohol. It was legal. Then it was forbidden. Then it was legal again. Next, there was marijuana. It was legal. Then it was forbidden. Now it’s becoming legal again. And of course there’s tobacco. Legal for centuries, now it’s frowned on, restricted, heavily taxed and regulated, and fast on its […]