Personal Shame ≠ Refutation of Policies

Many people are taking what I think is a perverse pleasure in Eliot Spitzer’s downfall. When pointing out the irony of Spitzer’s role as an anti-corruption crusader, they are using the term “clean up Wall Street” and putting air quotes around “clean up” — as if his visiting prostitutes means there’s no fraud or deceptive…

Less Than Ideal Jobs

Even when you are really hard up for an income, it’s good to keep your baseline standards in mind at all times. There are three things I wouldn’t do for a living: 1. I wouldn’t be a hit man/executioner/torturer of any kind 2. I wouldn’t be a prostitute 3. I wouldn’t walk into a lake…

Ideological Burnout; Ribbon-Shaped Sticker

Its shape is perfectly intact on the bumper. No peeling or fraying visible at all. But the weatherworn ribbon is faded to an almost perfectly colorless dull white, perhaps a hint of gray. Maybe it was once a splash of rainbow colors, joyfully celebrating diversity, or a bold, brilliant yellow, defiantly believing that soon all…

This Is What Editors Do To You!

When I interviewed Richmond-based engineer Sanjay Mistry for this article for the Telegraph I knew I had a zinger of an ending for my story. If you look at the edited version…. well, maybe not quite insipid but zinger? No. Luckily I have a blog and maybe one or two people even read it. So…