The Outlaw Jersey Whale

  The big news this week in reality TV’s “The Republican Primary” occurred when erstwhile contestant Chris Christie clutched at the dimming spotlight around him by endorsing GOP circus ringmaster Donald Trump for president. This development was an entertaining coda to the zaftig ex-governor’s failed campaign, but it also might portend bad tidings for cannabis…

More Options

This is great news. The previous generation of Merkins lived in fear of thermonuclear war. Today our overriding anxiety is that the military will run out of ways to bomb faraway strangers into oblivion. The hypersonic rocket could give the U.S.  military more options when a chance to strike an enemy arises, and when no drone, aircraft…

Self-Evident Truths and Lies

“We hold these truths to be self evident,” penned Thomas Jefferson, writing the document that would birth a new nation. Those truths: that all men are created equal and with certain rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There is a curious debate whether the sentence should have ended there, because there is no discernible…

Occupational Churn Out

Seen on the TheStreet’s job posting for a digital journalist: Ability to very quickly churn out error-free content. That word “churn.” What message does it send to prospective applicants, presumably writers who care about their words the way mother wolverines care about their kits, when they see they are tasked with churning out content? I thought…

Mansplaining the Patriarchy

Hello, ladies! Let us first define our terms. “Mansplaining” describes a situation in which a man is required to explain a complex concept to a woman, or “female.” Unfortunately such tutelage often goes unappreciated, as it is perceived by girls to be a particularly condescending form of pedantry, and even somewhat patronizing. Ladies, did you…