WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

He tried to tell us

George Carlin. I miss him. If you saw the excellent HBO documentary about him last week, you probably miss him too. We all do. I was lucky enough to see … Continue reading

May 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Welcome back, boycotter

Neil Young started it all when he pulled his music from Spotify. He said it’s Rogan or Young, not both. I got ready to cancel my own Spotify subscription. But … Continue reading

February 2, 2022 · 31 Comments

Powder keg party

There’s a new book out called The Next Civil War by Stephen Marche, in which he imagines a number of scenarios in which this country could wobble its way into … Continue reading

January 17, 2022 · 5 Comments

Where’s Thomas Paine when we need him?

More and more it seems like the idea of common sense has become old hat. But just as Occam’s Razor says that the simplest answer is usually the correct answer, … Continue reading

November 22, 2021 · 7 Comments

Kurt Andersen’s “Evil Geniuses”

It’s been a few weeks since I finished this troubling book, but it lingers with me. The truth is, I wish everyone could be issued a copy of it as … Continue reading

November 15, 2021 · 4 Comments

“I’m offended that you don’t believe the lies I believe”

Sometimes I let myself hold out hope that we’re just going through a political phase in this era, one in which our cliques are more important than the commonweal. Nothing … Continue reading

November 2, 2021 · 10 Comments

Our government is stalled

A little while back, some protesters followed “moderate” senator, Kyrsten Sinema, into the ladies’ room and harassed her through a stall door. Outrage ensued. “Have you no sense of decency?” … Continue reading

October 11, 2021 · 3 Comments

Doom and doomer

Item: The infamous “Eastman memo,” in which Trump legal advisor John Eastman laid out a strategy for Mike Pence to undo Biden’s Electoral College victory, hasn’t garnered widespread attention, mainly … Continue reading

October 1, 2021 · 8 Comments

Razing Arizona

Item: Well whataya know about that? The Maricopa County, Arizona, election audit, conducted by the now-infamous Cyber Ninjas, wound up proving that Joe Biden got more votes than Donald Trump … Continue reading

September 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Why does it always feel like the bad guys are winning?

Item: Buckaroo border agents on horseback wrangled Haitian immigrants on the banks of the Rio Grande like they were lil dogies being led to auction. When we start thinking of … Continue reading

September 24, 2021 · 11 Comments