When Nothing But A Local Newspaper Will Do

Recently the city council in my hometown decided we desperately needed a courthouse. Mind you, my hometown is not the state capital. It's not even the county seat. Florissant is a mid-size working class… [more]

When Nothing But A Local Newspaper Will Do When Nothing But A Local Newspaper Will Do

Local Dynasties Only, Please

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] With former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's announcement on Tuesday that he's "actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States"--a move which,… [more]

Local Dynasties Only, Please Local Dynasties Only, Please

Compromising with Leviathan

Rock Island, IL The life of man may be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short, but a team of wild Hobbeses couldn’t pull me out of it. It’s too damned interesting. At about six-thirty on… [more]

Compromising with Leviathan Compromising with Leviathan
Malibu, CA I understand why many wish me a “Happy Holidays” in public settings, and I am glad they wish me well at this time of year. I must confess, though, that the greeting puzzles me, and I am reluctant…
5268428415_c8828422ec_b In this edition of Tales from the Kolache Belt, we celebrate community theatre. Not many rural towns of just over 2,000 souls can boast an institution like the Gaslight Theatre, but it is a testament to the people of…
I recently had a chance to watch the film The Giver. Sometimes we get films early, sometimes late, sometimes at the same time as they are released in the United States. The Giver was one of the ones that had…
God Damn PBJ Pigeon Porter Now you’re in the region of a woman’s fury.
Image source There is one version of the history of modern media that is a story primarily about a drug, developed to make its users feel anger with delightful intensity. Refinement of this drug has made some great leaps in a very…
220px-StraightMan Her breasts are too good for the local market.
“So if one doesn’t know how to make use of it, Critobulus, then money must be kept at such a distance that it isn’t even included among one’s assets.” Socrates, in The Estate Manager, by Xenophon This time of year…
Our panel discusses immigration policy from a localist perspective.
Hidden Springs Lane. It’s raining. Yesterday we were told to expect 4-8 inches of snow. I was looking forward to the snow. Getting a good snow for Thanksgiving somehow seemed like a good idea. A cessation of movement. A chance…
I am ambivalent about Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is not a problem though I am sure I could show more gratitude especially when stuck behind some driver in the passing lane who doesn’t know how highways work. I am one of…