Monthly Archives: March 2020

A Star(ter) Is Born: Making Your Own Sourdough Starter from Scratch

All you need for bread is flour, water, salt, and yeast. You can do without the yeast by making your own sourdough starter from water and flour. Here’s how: Long before the ready availability of powdered yeast and baking powder … Continue reading

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Trumpian Rhapsody, with Apologies to the Late, Great Freddie Mercury

If Trump Sang Bohemian Rhapsody Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in my web of lies, There’s no escape from me.   Don’t open your eyes, Don’t doubt my lies. Please see. . . . Poor … Continue reading

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Moronavirus trumpinski orangii Press Briefing and Campaign Rally, Sunday, March 23, 2020

TRUMP (snorts some Adderall and steps to the podium): OK, I wanted to start by saying some people are blaming this thing on Asian Americans. Where would they get that idea? Terrible, just terrible, OK? Don’t do that. Good people, … Continue reading

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Combating Standardized Testing Derangement Syndrome (STDs) in the English Language Arts

The dirty secret of the standardized testing industry is the breathtakingly low quality of the tests themselves. I worked in the educational publishing industry at very high levels for more than twenty years. I have produced materials for all the … Continue reading

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A Moveable Feast

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Tracking the Progress of Moronavirus trumpinski

“We have it totally under control. . . . It’s going to be just fine.” –IQ45, Jan 22 “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment–five. And those … Continue reading

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Trumpty Press Conference, May 2020

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IQ45 (wearing flak jacket and camo MAGA hat): Is this mike on? OK. Some of my people—Propaganda Minister Stephen Miller, here, good man—wanted me to read a speech from the teleprompter. … Continue reading

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The Guy Who Plays Vice President on TV Addresses What IQ45 Calls the Corona Flu or Cold or Whatever

VP MIKEY DENSE: Thank you, Mr. President. Your nation thanks you, and I thank you. I just wanted to say that I am humbled and grateful that you have chosen me to lead the Donald Trump Coronavirus Cheerleading Squad and … Continue reading

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Unholy Ghosts (Tis the Season)

This is a piece I wrote back early in December of 2018. Reprising it now because I never posted it here, and it’s important to remember, in this election season, the devastating toll that Trump’s maladministration has taken on our … Continue reading

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Science and Ethics

Why Ethical Statements Are Not Merely Matters of Opinion Ideas matter. Over time, some spread virally and have consequences far beyond their place of origin. In our time, in which philosophy has become, alas, an academic discipline far removed from … Continue reading

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