If freedom isn’t free, how come I can’t sell it?

I don’t know about you, but I would sell it and use the money to get something more practical. Why would anyone want to sell their freedom? That sounds awful! But when you think about it, “freedom” isn’t much of anything at all. I’m just saying. Maybe we could all be a little less clingy aboutContinue reading “If freedom isn’t free, how come I can’t sell it?”

Greg was right and I need to lighten up

All right, before you get all worried and start sending me frantic Facebook messages, Twitter DMs, and emails asking me if I am okay, please read on. I’m not completely admitting I’m wrong, here. Just partially. (And, really, when am I ever okay?) To read the full hash of the Great Jon Stewart Liberal-vs-Leftist Debate, withContinue reading “Greg was right and I need to lighten up”

Welcome to the year of the sheep

“Bleating and babbling, we fell on his neck with a scream, Wave upon wave of demented avengers March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.” -Roger Waters, “Sheep” If you hear a bell tolling this year, no one will blame you for reacting poorly. You know it’s for you, I know it’s for me –Continue reading “Welcome to the year of the sheep”

The battle for NH9 could be the political story of the year

Way back in May 2013, long before the obsessive media speculation over the state senate race in New Hampshire’s 9th district, WMUR powerhouse James Pindell asked the prescient question: “If Lee Nyquist announces he will run for state Senate again will that force Andy Sanborn to seek higher office?” Fate and destiny have since decidedContinue reading “The battle for NH9 could be the political story of the year”

Important announcement: I know nothing about New Hampshire politics

You know what I’m not in the mood for? Midterm elections. 2014 has caught me in a foul political temper, and my early 2004 self is very disappointed. He was the guy who loved every political twist and turn, relished the gamesmanship of the two party system, who went to Faneuil Hall from 11 pmContinue reading “Important announcement: I know nothing about New Hampshire politics”

Eric Cantor: Requiem for a Rat

It’s not always tragic when a young gun is cut down in his prime. It’s not often these days that I see merit in talking much about two-party national politics, but the shocking and unexpected political demise of House Majority Leader Eric Ivan Cantor is impossible to ignore. Granted, I write about politics, and thisContinue reading “Eric Cantor: Requiem for a Rat”

Election is not a Dirty Word

Guys, let’s win. After all these decades of defeat, infighting, and general obscurity, the time is now for the left to develop a broad, cooperative national strategic framework. Ours is no age for complacent, self-satisfied defeat, ideological purity video games, or boutique dilettante circle-jerking. If we make a run at it, we’ve got a shot. No run,Continue reading “Election is not a Dirty Word”

Triumphal Entryism: A Secular Christian Sermon for Holy Week

  “And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He was teachingContinue reading “Triumphal Entryism: A Secular Christian Sermon for Holy Week”

Open Letter to NH State Senator Andy Sanborn

To State Senator Andy Sanborn: As a resident of Temple, I am writing today in hopes that you do, in fact, listen to your constituents in district 9, as you so vehemently claim. I should disclose that I am an unapologetic supporter of unconditional legalization of cannabis, but that is not what compelled me toContinue reading “Open Letter to NH State Senator Andy Sanborn”

2013: Just a Box of Rain?

“We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance, For as the players tried to take the field, The marching band refused to yield. […] And in the streets, the children screamed, The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed, But not a word was spoken; The church bells all were broken.”Continue reading “2013: Just a Box of Rain?”