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Paying the Dane-Geld

Back around the year 1000 in England, the Vikings raiding the English coast on their longships were often called “Danes”, because some of them were from Denmark. And like most folks, these  Vikings were not dumb. Early on they just raided, fought battles. But after while they wised up. They turned it into your basic…

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Work Americans Won’t Do

I keep hearing that the reason that we need workers from Mexico and Central America to pick our crops is because working in the fields is “work that Americans won’t do”. I say that that sentence is chopped off in midstream. How do I know that’s only half a sentence? Because that was the first work I ever did. I worked summers all through…

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The Professionally Outraged

Well, white folks like Ezra Klein and other people in the professionally outraged class are once again outraged. You are shocked, I’m sure. Here’s the latest thought-crime that the Donald has committed, during his one hour plus press conference. A black woman reporter named April Ryan from the American Urban Radio Networks asked the following: RYAN:…

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Taking A Pen To A Sword-fight

There was a curious incident that I watched at the Trump press conference a couple days ago. An Orthodox Jewish reporter tried to ask a question about an increase in anti-Semitic graffiti, threats, and other actions since the election. The President cut the reporter’s question off and spoke about how he was the least anti-Semitic person in…

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Kai Loma Roolz

I was very lucky to grow up in a curious household. After my folks divorced I lived with my grandmother, my mother, my aunt, three brothers, and three cousins. My grandfather was there too, but he was retired from both his job and the world. He mostly painted and read. In my memories he is sort…

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One State, Two State

I busted out laughing while watching President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu giving a press briefing. President Trump says: I’m looking at a two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I could live with either one. I thought for a…