Togane, Japan
December 31
I'm teaching English in foreign countries as a way to see the world. I lived in Germany for three years and have been in Japan since August of 2011.


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MARCH 5, 2012 7:03PM

On the Brink of War with Iran


While the day-to-day sideshow of the presidential primary and other sensational stories keep us distracted, the most important thing happening in the world today is scarcely getting any attention at all.  The U.S. headlines remain dominated by stories of clownish candidates and theRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 10, 2012 9:02PM

The Fictional Obama

Listening to these Republican candidates talk about Obama, I often wish we actually had the kind of president they’re attacking.  The paint him as some kind of progressive lion, zealously going after the super-rich on behalf of the working class, steadfastly holding to an ideology of civil… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 6, 2011 1:04AM

The Occupiers Can Win

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” --Gandhi


It feels like a lifetime since I’ve posted a political blog entry, but I just can’t resist adding my voice to the chants going out from Wall Street and all acrossRead full post »

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AUGUST 1, 2011 12:56PM

Plutocrats Win. Flawless Victory.

When I was a kid I used to play a video game called Mortal Kombat which involved two players engaged in a violent fighting match.  Every time you hit your opponent it would drain them of hit-points, and the first player to run out of hit-points would lose the match.  If… Read full post »

I know I’m rather late posting this, but I went to Rome a couple of weeks ago and my head remained there long after my body returned.  Even now I’m still not in much of a political mood but this story is too big not to comment on.

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MARCH 29, 2011 6:01AM

The Murky Moral Questions of Libya

I’ve remained silent on the Libya issue until now for a number of reasons, the first and foremost being that it’s taken me a long time to settle on a position.  Even now my opinion is highly nuanced and subject to change as the situation develops and more information comes to… Read full post »

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MARCH 20, 2011 8:43AM

Skeptic at the German Anti-Nuke Protest


For the past two and a half years I’ve made my money by working for a private language school that stays in business mostly through one major client, E.ON, one of Germany’s largest energy companies. E.ON has power plants of every kind from coal and oil to wind and solar,Read full post »

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MARCH 10, 2011 9:20AM

Boiling the Middle Class


We’ve all heard the anecdote about cooking frogs.  If you toss a live frog into a pot of boiling water, the shock of the heat will be so great that the frog will immediately leap out to save itself.  But if you place the frog in a pot of lukewarm/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 22, 2011 7:12AM

Revolution Tunisia

It’s rare when it comes to news these days, but every once in awhile a story comes around that is genuinely encouraging with regards to the future of the human race.  Yes, giant corporations and corrupt governments are funneling wealth into fewer and fewer hands while ignoring any impact t… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 8, 2010 6:55AM

The Obama/Bush Tax-Cuts: Negotiating with Terrorists

I’m not sure why, but even though everyone expected it, even though I called it a month ago, I’m still extremely angry about Obama’s decision to cave in to the Republicans on the Bush tax-cut issue.  Perhaps I’d been holding out some hope until the very end.  Perhaps… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 26, 2010 6:14AM

Aisha and Humanity

I wish I’d never heard her name.  From the moment I read about her story two years ago, all I’ve wanted to do is forget it.  I initially hated the blogger from whom I first heard about it, wishing he’d made the point he wanted to make without using such a… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 8:01AM

How Liberals Can Send the Right Message this Election

It seems that we’re stuck in a lose-lose situation. For most of us, voting for our Democratic Party representative in the upcoming mid-term elections will send the wrong message to Washington—that we approve of the pathetic, wishy-washy, cowardly way in which the Democrats of the 111th CoRead full post »

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AUGUST 31, 2010 9:12AM

On Missing My Generation’s War

“Turn on the TV!” James shouted as he entered my college dorm room. “The war is starting!”

Are you serious? I’d just turned the damned thing off about a half hour earlier, getting sick of waiting for the fireworks that for all I knew wouldn’t be coming at all. I&rs… Read full post »

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AUGUST 4, 2010 6:06AM

There Is No Immigration Crisis

If you’re one of those consumers of conservative news who is convinced that the problem of illegal immigration is spinning wildly out of control, that crime rates in border states are soaring, that ranches on American soil are being taken over by violent drug cartels, and that this problem must… Read full post »

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JULY 8, 2010 10:49AM

Germany In Defeat

I had no intention of writing about watching Germany’s last World Cup match against Spain last night—there was really nothing worth writing about—but the aftermath today in terms of the city’s mood is somewhat interesting.

I went to the Lindener Marktplatz to watch the game at… Read full post »

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JUNE 11, 2010 7:22AM

You shouldn't have voted for Blanche Lincoln

It’s time to kick-off another weekend of political blogging.  I want to start by getting this Blanche Lincoln business out of the way, as while it’s a relatively small story in itself I think it speaks to the larger issue of the divide among democrats so to who the real enemy/… Read full post »