To Date, the Grim Old Party Has Done Nothing but Sell We the People Snake Oil

by S. Paul Forrest The phrase snake oil is as a derogatory term used to describe quackery; the promotion of fraudulent or unproven medical practices. The expression is also applied metaphorically to any product with questionable and/or unverifiable quality or benefit.  By extension, the term “snake oil salesman” may be applied to someone who sells fraudulent goods or who is a fraud […]

A Moral Schlemeil’s Memoir

By Saul Landau Remember the aggressive guy in grade school and high school who snarled out of the corner of his mouth, and always egged other guys into fights but never felt knuckles on his own cheek? He’s the same guy who later got six college deferments for the draft while he advocated for the […]

El Cortito Haunts California Again

The short-handled hoe is alive and well and living in California’s hotels.  The hoe has been reincarnated as flat sheets, instead of fitted, and scrub brushes instead of longer handled scrubbers that permit maids to get up off of their hands and knees. Hotel mattresses, which can weigh up to 150 pounds, must be lifted […]

The Herd Of Elephants In The Corner

NPR was about to explore the dangers of a “protective tariff” that was just passed on goods from countries with state controlled currencies.  Specifically, that would be China.  Because China keeps their currency “low” relative to the dollar, that makes Chinese goods cheaper than American goods.  It makes it easier for Americans to buy Chinese […]