The root of the word Essay means to try something out. What you’ll find below are attempts at all sorts of things, many of them quite self-indulgent and of little use in a civilized society. Still, some of these work nicely, although plenty do not. I’ll let you decide which falls where, and note only that I typically find the failures far more interesting than the successes.

Insanity

The thing about insanity is that, despite believing in its existence, each of us is certain that we don’t have it. While it might be difficult to determine what, exactly, is the insane, most of us are fairly certain that whatever it is — it’s not who we are or what we’re doing.  As we slog

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A Day of Reckoning Coming

[This is a multi-part essay that begins with a pleasant and rolling introduction (definitely worth reading).  That’s followed by a lengthy skewering of arguments in favor of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. And ends with a brief and far more pointed skewering of those making such arguments. As always readers are encouraged to pick and choose what, if any, of

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Lick Your Pets

How licking a furry pet can help keep your mood elevated during the pandemic.

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An Apology: Or How the Coronavirus Demonstrates The Existence of Free Markets and Unicorns

How the pandemic can prove that free markets and unicorns really do exist.

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Speaks for lots and lots

“Lamar speaks for lots and lots of us.” — Ben Sasse, US Senator from Nebraska The Lamar in the above statement is Lamar Alexander, Senator from Tennessee. Known to Senate fanboys as Mitch McConnell’s “best friend” in the Senate, Alexander is also recognizable for his playfully risqué sweater-vests and for making comments that Lindsay Graham,

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A Perfect Conversation

Donald Trump and the Deep State working through issues during couples therapy

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Against the Center

If you’ve read anything about the Democratic debates lately—or worse, are one of those sadomasochists whose quest for naughtiness compelled you to watch them—it’s likely you’ve noticed a major theme: Centrism.

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Thanks Wall

How Wall prevented gun violence caused by Al Qaeda terrorists currently storming America’s borders

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The Horror (Of Saying Something Nice), and Ted, the Salamander

Readers can choose their own adventures: Joe Biden says something nice about a Republican (WTF?) or Ted, the Salamander

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Gimme Filter

A very thoroughly footnoted argument against The Rolling Stones current tour, with some thoughts on Nostalgia along the way

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