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Carpe Diem: 20120.10.01 THE NEW REICH

Carpe Diem: 2020.08.23 UDDERLY MIRACULOUS


Christians in upper Minnesota are ecstatic over the discovery of a very convincing image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, on the right flank of a Holstein dairy cow Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.08.13 SPORT AND STATE

Sports, professional and amateur, are currently consumed with the limitations on their conduct presented by a virus that flourishes in the environment of sweaty bodies and puffing lungs. Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.08.06 THE GREAT COUNTRY

Vol.107.7: A BOMBS


Exactly 75 years ago today the Enola Gay released the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. I was five years old at the time, but over the years I’ve read a shelf full of books on Read More

Vol.107.6: TOWARD A PROPER EXPLETIVE (a reprise)

Back in 2006 there was the Michael Richards incident. Since I never watched Seinfeld, I had no idea who Read More


In obvious deference to the widespread civil disturbances in America’s cities ignited this time by the heinous murder of African-American George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Force, Read More


The pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong refer to their police as the “po-po,” a rather innocent-sounding sobriquet for a force that has unfortunately transmogrified into a militarily outfitted Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.05.31 Pandemic Inklings

Disgust and Dissolution in the Time of Covid

I don’t like waking up each day with feelings of contempt for my own country. About four decades ago I quietly dumped (when I did my last “Easter Read More

Carpe Diem: 2020.05.20 Pandemic Inklings

What Do They Want?

It is ironic that in the Martian invasion that took place in the original War of the Worlds scenario the invaders were vanquished by a human virus-like the coronavirus Read More