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The Last One to Be Killed — a short story

June 2, 2019

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There really are those who are willing to make poor people worse off in order to make rich people worse off. — Ronald Bailey “I still don’t get it. Why am I to be executed?” “They don’t need you anymore.” “But that’s crazy! I’ve been their friend for years. I financed their revolution. Without me, […]

Reparations — a short story

May 20, 2019

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You don’t right the wrongs of the past by wronging the people of the present. ― Phil Valentine Once we start down the road to reparations, every minority will want a piece of the action. — Quippy Dear Senator Cory Booker: Thank you for introducing a Senate bill to form a commission to study the […]

Ultimate War Games

March 17, 2019

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To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman. — George Santayana It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it. — Robert E. Lee When I was a kid in the turbulent 1960s, […]

Why We’re Stuck with Polarization

March 3, 2019

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I will now perform a magic trick using only words. They will appear on your screen as a complete, grammatically correct sentence with proper syntax and a clear meaning. AND YET … You will be unable to remember it! First, some background: Deep in the ancient past, humans lived in small tribal groups, hunting and […]

Quippy on a Soapbox

January 20, 2019

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The Quip Monster dropped by the office the other day, took over a desk, commandeered a laptop, and began typing away, claws clicking. He kept taking swigs from a flask, spilled some on a stack of papers, burped and growled a lot, then got up and waddled off. We looked at the laptop and found […]

Humor or Bullying?

January 6, 2019

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I was chatting with a friend who was a bit tense over a possible love interest. Trying to get him to laugh, I made a raunchy comment about the woman — couched in terms that made fun of me, not her, but still risqué — and he got upset. Oops. Later he told me he […]

The Genie Problem

November 25, 2018

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It would be much better to call a halt in material progress and discovery rather than to be mastered by our own apparatus and the forces which it directs. — Winston Churchill In the debate about Artificial Intelligence — will it be a good thing? Will it bring destruction? — there’s a big divide between […]

I Lost Her at the Voting Booth — a short story

November 4, 2018

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Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche Politics can be hard on relationships. Take me, for instance. I had a girlfriend who broke up with me on Election Day. We’d been together only a few weeks. Already some of her stuff was […]

Signs of the Late Republic

October 21, 2018

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  History never repeats itself but it rhymes. — John Robert Colombo In 133 BC, Tiberius Gracchus, leader of the Roman Assembly, tried to enact land reform to help the poor cope with an unfair economic system. His fellow tribune, Marcus Octavius, vetoed the plan. Push turned to shove, and Gracchus’s henchmen dragged Octavius from […]

The Billionaire Soirée — a short story

September 30, 2018

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A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth. — Sydney Madwed Shortly after I made my first billion, I got invited to a very swank, exclusive party. All the invitees were billionaires. This would be a […]

The Civilized War

September 9, 2018

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There are some who turn everything into warfare, who … would like to conquer others in everything they do. They have no idea how to live peaceably. — Baltasar Gracián We have met the enemy and he is us. — Pogo The Aztecs — who ruled a vast territory in the manner of the Roman […]

Discuss or Argue? — a short story

August 19, 2018

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A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side. – Joseph Addison “So, what do you think about climate change?” “You mean, which side am I on?” “Well…” “In my experience, nobody who asks that kind of question ever wants to hear my […]

Science or Politics? — a short story

July 29, 2018

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Science is a process of discovery, not an end state, and its consensus of the moment should not be enshrined in the law and imposed at gunpoint. — Jeffrey Tucker “These small animals cannot get past a thirty-foot-tall barrier. It interferes with their ability to move about. And because of climate change — which we […]

Quippy the Grump

June 10, 2018

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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 […]

May a Corporation Limit Its Own Speech? — Sinclair, Part 2

May 13, 2018

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It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree. — Leo McKern Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others. — Ambrose Bierce Not long ago, a friend and I discussed Sinclair and the Zombie […]