Congress Rediscovers What It Feels Like to Earn an Hourly Wage? Tosh!

My latest brain child: a bill that forces Congress to justify NOT earning an hourly wage like most Americans.

How about we propose a bill that changes congressional pay from salary to hourly? No work, no pay.

This would mean no double dipping. No earning a salary for campaigning and fundraising. To allow this would be like me expecting my law firm to pay me, a paralegal, to canvass for myself during work hours….

After all, it’s a relevant and justifiable expense to them. I am campaigning to make law.

Congress, you are playing with fire. First it will be housing, then it will be food. We the people will soon be starving and, if the French Revolution taught you anything, that does not bode well for the fat cats.

Check this out:
New Bill Proposes Minimum Rents for Public Housing, Voucher, Project-based Section 8 Residents: National Low Income Housing Coalition

Why (Good) History Matters: The Republican National Committee and the AP Exams

Interesting perspective. As a student of the liberal arts, I find others with this education share a big picture perspective that is lacking today and has been dismissed as simply the creation of useless “idea fairies”. Cogdom…oh the superior alternative….

That Devil History

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus scowls as thinks about actually educating Americans about history. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus scowls as he thinks about actually educating Americans about history.

Have you ever heard someone say that pursuing the liberal arts is a waste of time? Sure you have. The refrain goes something like this: Studying the liberal arts is a waste of time because you’ll never get a job with a “useless” degree in English, Art, or (gasp!) History. A few years back, for example, the estimable Forbes ran an article titled “The Ten Worst College Majors,” and, of course, almost all of them were liberal arts majors. In a similar vein, Thought Catalog troll Matt Saccaro has claimed that the liberal arts, including history and literature, should be outright removed from college in order to focus on “what matters;” namely, making lots of money.

This granite-headed attitude — that the study of the HUMAN EXPERIENCE is now pointless because it won’t make you any…

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The Strong Female Character: I Do Not Think That Means What Some People Think It Means



I recently started watching the new TV series Outlander, based on the popular books by Diana Gabaldon. I have never read the books. The series sounded like something I might enjoy, about a woman who time-travels to 18th Century Scotland.

After watching two episodes, I’m already done with it.

I see people raving about the show on Twitter and other social media. Like Charlie Brown, I don’t know how to argue with success. Something is resonating with many viewers, and I don’t mind that they are enjoying it.

But to me it’s a major disappointment. It made me think of how the term “strong female character” is so often misconstrued.

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The Irony of On-Stage Poetry Reading in a DC Hipster Joint

I would like very much to ascend a stage, dressed in a plain get up, phone in hand, slouched ever so intoxicatedly and read Dorothy Parker’s Résumé aloud, from my iPhone whilst smoking a cigar of the pequeno variety.

My performance wouldn’t be the poetry reading as much as it would be the lack thereof by the prohibition of smoking in a DC poets bar.

Would anyone be interested in such an experiment?