Posted on Jan 30, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: The Support We Received During Trump’s Shutdown Was Humbling

Posted in Members Only, Society

Over the five weeks of Trump’s idiotic shutdown over a wall he will never build, my wife and I discovered just how much support we had from our friends and family. It was a humbling experience and one we were not expecting. To be honest, Deb and I were a little bit jaded. And not without reason. We were among the last to get married in Debbie’s age group...

Posted on Jan 15, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: I Stood On Line At A Food Bank For The First Time. Why Should I Feel Humiliated?

Posted in Culture, Members Only

This past Saturday, my wife Deb and I drove out to the Giant supermarket in Groveton, a neighborhood in the southeastern part of my hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. We were not going to go food shopping. We were going to stand on line at a food bank for federal workers who are not being paid during Trump’s stupid shutdown. It was humiliating and it shouldn’t have been. Let’s rewind...

Posted on Jan 11, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: The Trump Shutdown Confirms The Tragedy Of The Commons

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Donald Trump is a buffoon but he is incredibly useful for one thing so far: Exposing the worthlessness of right wing economic ideology. He’s done such a good job at it that Republicans are going to spend decades rebuilding their facade that tax cuts for billionaires are great for the working class and the GOP actually cares about the average American. But the most recent example of Trump blowing...

Posted on Jan 02, 2019

MEMBERS ONLY: Because of the Trump Shutdown, We May Not Be Able to Pay Our Bills

Posted in Members Only, Politics

This is week two of Donald Trump’s stupid partial government shutdown and my wife is still working. For free. Yeah, she’s one of the exempt employees which means that she has keep working no matter how long this goes on. Without pay. And since she’s the primary breadwinner, that’s going to be a problem soon. We shouldn’t have to live like this. Here’s where the whole thing stands: Trump is convinced the shutdown...

Posted on Dec 21, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Watching Nature vs. Nurture Play Out In My Kids

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We’ve all probably had the debate at least once in our lives over how much of our personality is driven by our environment and how much is driven by our genetics. “He was born with a fiery temper!” “She was raised to be a well-behaved lady!” Well, let me tell you a story… I have three kids, two sons and a daughter. Jordan is ten, Anastasia is 8, and...

Posted on Dec 14, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: How I Started To Love Christmas Again

Posted in Politics

Once upon a time, I loathed Christmas. I hated the music. I hated the decorations. I hated pretty much everything about it and I hated that I hated it because I used to love Christmas. And then I figured out the secret to enjoying it again. All I had to do was avoid it. Every year, we hear about the “War On Christmas!” that is allegedly destroying the holiday season. Sometimes...

Posted on Dec 09, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Skeptic’s Guide To ‘Never Trump’ Republicans

Posted in Members Only, Politics

There’s an ongoing debate among the left concerning the Never Trumpers. You know who they are, Republicans who woke up one day and realized that the Republican Party was filled with, well, Republicans! Can we trust them? Or will they stab liberals the back the second Trump is gone? It’s impossible to make such a grand, sweeping judgment on the entire group as every person and their motivations is different. For instance, David Frum...