I Almost Couldn’t Vote

I was very excited to vote yesterday.  Like most Americans, I got up, got my two-year-old into his Iron Man Halloween costume, dropped his sister off at kindergarten, and drove to the polls.  I went early, because I was worried about all of those big lines I kept hearing about.  Even though I live in […]

I Would Make a Terrible President

My fellow Americans, as we all go to the polls today to decide who we want for our president, I would urge you very strongly to not vote for me.  Do not write my name in, and do not cast any ballots for Tenor Dad, unless you really want the country to go down the […]

Defining Good and Evil in a Non-Religious Context

What is good?  What is evil?  Are they fixed things that exist outside of any societal categorization?  Certainly many religions have strong views on the subject, and in my personal Christian religion I suppose that “good” can be boiled down to doing what God wants, and evil would be the opposite.  But if you strip […]


This is not a post on whether or not The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a good thing or not.  Like most legislation it has its good parts and its bad parts, but that is not what I care about today.  What I want to talk about is the stupid partisanship surrounding the […]


When you think about it, stereotypes make a lot of sense.  They are kind of like an educated guess, and though they often have negative connotations, they can also be positive.  Don’t you kind of assume nerds are smart?  Or that people who live in L.A. are beautiful?  And don’t stereotypes help us make quick […]

Thanks to Obama We All Clean Up

Today, the president of the USofA, Mr. Barack Obama is coming to Vermont.  I know this because it is all over the news.  It only happens once in a great while that we have a presidential candidate in our state.  Sure, they make the obligatory quick stop, but they know that they are not going […]

How Freedom Actually Works

Recently I came across a graphic online that had two images side by side.  One was a picture of birth control pills, and the other was the constitution.  Underneath it were the words “Which is More Important?  Free Birth Control or Freedom?”  It occurs to me that many people in this country are confused as […]

Taxes Are Not a Punishment

We have a problem in our country.  It’s the same problem I have in my own personal house, which is that I do not have enough money to buy everything that I want.  Of course, like our country, I would not have this problem if I could just look at my bank account and then […]


Today is the day that we celebrate the birth of our country.  235 years ago, a bunch of dissidents signed a piece of paper stating that they were not going to take it anymore, and so this nation was (kind of) born.  And it was a good start.  We had a pretty good constitution, and […]

Unions are the Republicans of Business

I’m not trying to stir up trouble here, or be insulting, but I just don’t understand Republicans.  Individually I sometimes do, but as a group, they seem to say one thing and do another.  There are many examples of this, but the one I want to focus on today is the big brouhaha in Wisconsin.  […]