Category Archives: Politics

Be Careful What You Ask For, Installment MMDCCXIX

The Ottawa Citizen reports that a monument in a cemetery near Toronto has been defaced, and that the local police are investigating it as a hate crime. Not terribly surprising these days, but this case is a little more complicated … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Potpourri: Thank You, Mask Man Edition

(If you don’t recognize the allusion. . . well, take it away, Mr. Bruce.) *** As I mentioned on the Book of Faces yesterday, I drove up to Greenville yesterday to donate some platelets. I had planned to swing by … Continue reading

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QotD: Uncomfortable Truth Edition

Although I’ve run across his name before, I’m really not familiar with the work of Fredrik deBoer. For all I know, he may advocate tearing down animal rescue shelters and replacing them with baby-punching factories (and if so, he should … Continue reading

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Steep Climbs and Flat Tires

A couple of weeks ago, Mrs. M’s mom took a nasty fall, breaking her shoulder to a degree that required reconstructive surgery. Afterwards, she was transported from Lost-in-the-Woods County to a convalescent center in Huntington, WV. As one might expect, … Continue reading

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In Which the Mondos Get Their First Amendment On

A few days ago, a colleague of mine sent an e-mail to the faculty. I mentioned it to Mrs. M, and we agreed that it was a good way to spend part of our Sunday afternoon. As a middle-aged fat … Continue reading

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Where I Am Today

Dr. Benjamin Spock, having achieved fame for his work as a pediatrician and author of child-rearing manuals, became politically active in the 1960s and 1970s, campaigning against nuclear weapons and the Vietnam war. He said, essentially, that he didn’t want … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: “Theirs Is Not Yours”

Like many people, I’ve spent the last couple of days in a dark space. Even a sense of humor as dark as mine can be fatigued, I guess. I find myself asking Wilfred Owen’s question at the conclusion of “Futility“: … Continue reading

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Hamming It Up

The Universe has been sending me signals in the last week or so, and I reckon I ought to acknowledge them. Almost every day, from the age of three until I was about 15, my lunch was as reliable as … Continue reading

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Thursday Potpourri: Home Again Edition

I got back home from Terpville yesterday evening, and got the finishing touches on my root canal this afternoon. The rest of this spring break week looks to be a time of grading and suchlike, but why not blog a … Continue reading

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The Big Noise Surfaces Unexpectedly

My former home state of Kentucky just had a change at the governor’s mansion, as Andy Beshear succeeded Matt Bevin. Bevin’s term in office was marked by controversy, bizarre statements, and what can only be described as demagoguery. Even his … Continue reading

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