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”

Song two: Yes, America is dying

In early September, I read an article on Medium entitled We Don’t Know How to Warn You Any Harder. America is Dying. The article was written by Umair Haque and describes how he and a number of people he knows are children of parents who fled authoritarian regimes. He has a dire warning: This isContinue reading “Song two: Yes, America is dying”

How I wrote my new song called “Law and Order”: Calling out Trump’s hypocrisy

The first song on my new Truth Assassin album is called Law and Order. It’s about 1:40 long, a good and typical length for a punk song. The song was inspired by Trump’s continual usage of “law and order” on his Twitter feed and his public statements about the protests following the death of GeorgeContinue reading “How I wrote my new song called “Law and Order”: Calling out Trump’s hypocrisy”

Surprise! Yes, for two years, I was a Washington Nationals Racing President

It is true. For the 2018 and 2019 baseball seasons, I was a member of the Washington Nationals entertainment staff, specifically one of the people who wore the famous Racing Presidents costumes. I am no longer on the staff, so I felt I could share my story of how and why I joined the RacingContinue reading “Surprise! Yes, for two years, I was a Washington Nationals Racing President”

The Oddities of a Bar Mitzvah

It’s the Jewish rite of passage that is thousands of years old. It’s the entrance into adulthood. It’s the time when, biblically speaking, when a boy would rise up and (figuratively) say, “I am man! Hear me roar!” And thousands of years ago, when life expectancy probably was around 40 years old, that made aContinue reading “The Oddities of a Bar Mitzvah”

Two days with Mad Dog: My short yet memorable time with General Jim Mattis in Iraq

As former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recently released a scathing article about President Donald Trump, there has been much back-and-forth about Mattis from political pundits, and the president, who wrote on Twitter, that Mattis is “the world’s most overrated General.” In the summer of 2012, General Jim Mattis was the head of US CentralContinue reading “Two days with Mad Dog: My short yet memorable time with General Jim Mattis in Iraq”