It’s time to start thinking of the Postal Service as a government-provided service, not a capitalist company

When the Constitution was ratified in 1789, the Postal Clause in Article I, Section 8 gave Congress the power “To establish Post Offices and post Roads” and “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper” for executing this task. To me, that’s pretty simple to understand: the US government oversees the postal system.Continue reading “It’s time to start thinking of the Postal Service as a government-provided service, not a capitalist company”

The six steps to easily record your own music at home. Here’s what works for me.

In late 2016, I began recording music for the first time in my life. Since then, I’ve released two full-length albums, two EPs, and a single. 25 original songs in total. And I did it all from home. Here is what works for me, and it might work for you, too. There are some prettyContinue reading “The six steps to easily record your own music at home. Here’s what works for me.”

15 really impressive products I recently bought on Amazon

During the past year, I have made my fair share of purchases from Amazon and recently reflected on my satisfaction with them. Below is a list of 15 products that I’ve been really happy with, broken down by category. For working from home A convertible standing desk It seems like working from home is theContinue reading “15 really impressive products I recently bought on Amazon”

The four lessons I learned working for a military communications company

When I grew up, my family befriended another family in our neighborhood, as we had some things in common: both wives liked to play mah jongg and the husbands were both political conservatives. While I was much older, they had two boys who were close to my younger brother’s age. The husband of the otherContinue reading “The four lessons I learned working for a military communications company”

The five lessons you learn working in a restaurant/food service

When I was 16 years old, I began working at a local, family-owned restaurantcalled the Star Diner. Located in a kind of “Leave it to Beaver” neighborhoodin a suburb of Washington, DC, it was centrally located in the town square andwas a famous spot for meals out for families, post-movie milkshakes, and earlymorning breakfasts. WhileContinue reading “The five lessons you learn working in a restaurant/food service”

Republicans in Congress: This is what you asked for

To the Republicans in Congress, This is what you asked for. Four years of enabling an autocratic, anti-democratic, narcissistic and deranged man has now led to where we are now. On January 6th, you and Vice President Pence were huddled in secure locations inside the US Capitol as a horde of Trump loyalists broke throughContinue reading “Republicans in Congress: This is what you asked for”

The eerily relevant comparison between Donald Trump and the Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Their name accurately depicts what they are–pizza-eating, somewhat immature, overgrown turtles with incredible fighting abilities. With their master Splinter, an overgrown rat with ninja skills, they fight the Shredder and his Foot Clam as they terrorize New York as a dangerous criminal syndicate. In the first ninja turtles movie, theContinue reading “The eerily relevant comparison between Donald Trump and the Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

Counterproductive pride: The story of how the US Army refused to adjust, ending the careers of two top brass

In September 2011, I was at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq and we were in the middle of negotiating with the Iraqi government about extending the US military presence there. Brett McGurk, who negotiated the 2008 status of forces agreement, was back in the country as a senior adviser to Ambassador Jim Jeffrey andContinue reading “Counterproductive pride: The story of how the US Army refused to adjust, ending the careers of two top brass”

A song for Greta Thunberg, for her bravery and maturity in the face of Trump the bully

It was an iconic moment for me. I was sitting in our locker room, having just returned from wearing one of the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents costumes at the center field plaza, welcoming in fans as they attended that night’s game. One of the other staff members sitting near me started laughing. “What’s up?” “Oh,Continue reading “A song for Greta Thunberg, for her bravery and maturity in the face of Trump the bully”

A Tribute to LTC Vindman: The Wrong Side of the Right

In November 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was there to provide information he knew as the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert. In short, he was listening in on the July 2019 phone call President Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the one where TrumpContinue reading “A Tribute to LTC Vindman: The Wrong Side of the Right”