A Marathon of Appeals
The younger Boston Marathon bomber was sentenced to death on Friday. There will be victim impact statements this week, and then the appeals process begins which will drag on until I am old. I don’t support the death penalty, even for shitty humans like Tsarnaev, and the majority of my neighbors […]

A Marathon of Appeals


Rapidly Rising Faiths
A Pew survey came out last week showing that the ranks of Christians are declining in America, while the unaffiliated and other faiths are growing. Of course Christianity will remain a super-majority in the U.S. for decades to come, but it offers some hope that in the distant future, the […]

America’s Rapidly Rising Faiths


Reality-Based Conspiracies
The Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory is a doozy. If you’ve managed to escape the insanity, Jen Sorensen has a great overview. I’m fascinated with conspiracy theories the same way I’m interested in cryptids. I know they’re garbage, but it’s still fun to see the mental gymnastics the true-believers do […]

Reality-Based Conspiracies



Cryptids on the Campaign Trail
Ugh, this election. Everyone’s entering the race and they are terrible. At least Bernie Sanders seems cool enough to make the Democratic primaries somewhat watchable. I’m more interested in cryptozoology. It’s trash, but fascinating trash. One cryptid I wanted to include was the Pukwudgie, which was said to roam the […]

Cryptids on the Campaign Trail


A Tale of Two Baltimores
Following the murder of Freddie Gray, Baltimore erupted into protests and the national media came running. Burning police cars and riot squads storming the streets are much better for ratings than lengthy explanations of the physical and economic violence that has been inflicted on its citizens for decades. I’m not going to pretend […]

A Tale of Two Baltimores


Trans-Pacific Speculation
The portions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that have been leaked show that it’s a giveaway to corporate interests. Only legislators and lobbyists have seen the whole thing, and most of them want to “fast-track” it to prevent amendments and keep the pesky public from commenting on its terribleness. If the minutiae of trade deals […]

Trans-Pacific Speculation



Parenting styles
Kids can’t play outside unsupervised anymore without a nosy neighbor calling Child Protective Services. I grew up in the eighties when “stranger danger” was prevalent in the media, but I was still allowed to wander around all alone and somehow I’m still alive. So get over yourselves, overprotective parents. No […]

The Wide World of Parenting Styles


Personal Shopping Assistant
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed sweeping welfare “reforms” into law. They’re ostensibly supposed to curb welfare fraud, but in reality they create even more hurdles for the poor, much like how voter ID laws exist to keep the poor and minorities away from the polls rather than prevent voter […]

The Personal Shopping Assistant


Overdue Police Reforms
I drew this after video of Officer Slager gunning down Walter Scott in North Charleston, SC came out, but before video of Reserve Deputy (Kind of like a police cosplayer, but given an all-too-real firearm.) Robert Bates shooting Eric Harris in Tulsa County, OK was made public over the weekend. Surveillance of the police is a […]

Overdue Police Reforms



Business Supplies for Bigots
Indiana’s disastrous “Religious Freedom” bill gave companies even more rights to discriminate than the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. I had no idea florists and bakers were so prone to bigotry. I’ve gotten some randos in my Twitter mentions saying “B-B-BUT, you’re the bigot!” Calling someone a bigot, or even […]

Business Supplies for Bigots


Water Warnings 1
While we’re finally saying goodbye to record snowpack in New England, there’s virtually none in California this spring. And for a state that’s in the middle of a years-long drought, that’s bad news for the water supply. Unless you’re in agribusiness. They’re exempt from Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory water restrictions, while […]

Water Warnings


Keeping Currency Current
There is a long overdue movement to get women featured on our paper currency. For too long they’ve been relegated to our country’s lame attempts at dollar coins that are too similar to quarters (Thanks, Big Vending Machine!). I can go on and on about currency policy, so I’ll just point out […]

Keeping Currency Current