On the Russia Brouhaha

Every trending story about the White House is like “(Wo)Man with no credibility denies obvious inference of misconduct, fails to offer any alternative.”

On Executive Euphony

Every Republican president in my lifetime has had a single vowel in his surname—the same vowel—the least euphonious, the ugliest vowel in the English language. Even if there were nothing else to object to, this…

If Only It Were As Simple As Corruption

Hot take on the ISP regulations commentary that’s been going around: I’ve seen a lot of “the telecom industry bought off your Representative and Senators” commentary. It’s a popular narrative: nonpartisan and a clear moral…

Donald Trump’s Promises and Lies

In general, American politicians keep about two thirds of their promises, or at least make a good-faith effort to keep them. That’s not great, but it’s not terrible. It’s your flaky friend, but not your…

The Trump Pledge

As a white man with a well-compensated job, I am likely to be the beneficiary of Trump and Trumpism, in ways both large and small. (As a Jew, well, *alarmed jewish hand flopping thing*) This…

Revenge of the Sith: Fix-Fic

Revenge of the Sith troubles me. In particular, its ending has several flaws: It does not give Padme any real moral agency It lets Vader off the hook for his wife’s death It does not actually…

TrumpCuts: Some Numbers

The TrumpCuts bill has erupted from its secret prison somewhere in the Congressional office buildings and is rushing through the House, presumably in an attempt to reach a legislative endzone before the linebackers of common…