The Scorpion and the Turtle

August 16th, 2013 in Guests by Dorian Dale

“I’d prefer not to deal with this issue at all,” said the Vlad the Animal Farmer.  “It’s like shearing a pig—too much squeaking, too little wool” Nonetheless, the Russian President issued a residence permit to this “unwanted Christmas present” named Edward Snowden.  It will give Vlad the Fixer a year to formulate, “the smartest solution […]

The Bell is Tolling

November 14th, 2012 in Guests by Dorian Dale

A post-Sandy bike ride down the buckled and duneless Ocean Parkway, clued me to the new abnormal. Not only will the ocean have its destructive way but so will its swollen sister waterways.

Two Glorious Failures

October 26th, 2012 in Guests by Dorian Dale

George and Stan were born a few months apart in 1922 only to die a few days apart some ninety years later.  Both distinguished themselves after emerging from inauspicious upbringings, George in Avon, SD and Stan in Akron, OH.  Though they were widely admired, neither grabbed the big, brass ring atop their notable achievements.  Less […]

Spy v. Spy

May 30th, 2012 in Guests by Dorian Dale

Videotaping would be “subject to too much scrutiny in court,” one DIA officer suggested in Thailand and CIA counsel concurred: “Even totally legal techniques will look ugly.”

Ain’t Necessarily So

April 11th, 2012 in Guests by Dorian Dale

Religion addresses a human yearning to fathom our place in an unfathomable universe and to immortalize our earthly mortality.

Ides of Ramadan

February 25th, 2012 in Guests by Dorian Dale

Dorian Dale further contemplates conflict with Iran and imagines the screenplay that might ultimately find its way to the Silver Screen. (Inspired by real and potentially real events. Bonus points if you can identify the mystery couple.)

Ayatollyah So!

February 9th, 2012 in Guests by Dorian Dale

Rosy neo-con visions of sugar plum oil fields and Jeffersonian democracy fairies transforming the Middle East have blurred beyond recognition over the past decade. So, it’s a good time to change the subject and refocus

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

January 24th, 2012 in Guests by Dorian Dale

You absolutely must be the primary sentinel of your own health. To be effective in that capacity, you have to be in touch with your body and deduce what is good or bad for it. Today’s given wisdom is often tomorrow’s discredited procedure and may even be hazardous to your health.

Fat Cat Manifest: Rev. Ike’s Thinkonomics

January 1st, 2012 in Guests by Dorian Dale

If you guaranteed most folks an income next year of one million bucks, but it came with a 70% tax rate, what percentage would sign on the bottom line? Do you suppose there would be a huge groundswell of tea baggers with five-figure incomes turning up their noses on principle over this outlandish top marginal tax rate (which still prevailed in Reagan’s first term)? I, for one, would sign up in a heartbeat then register Republican and rejoin the NRA, lest anyone try to get their mitts on my remaining $300,000.

Philosopher King Wenceslas

December 26th, 2011 in Guests by Dorian Dale

As the playwright’s allegory is a triumph of farce over fear, so too was Havel’s call to “step out of living within the lie” that was the “post-totalitarian system.” By the end of year, Czecheslovakia’s Velvet Revolution had toppled, without firing a shot, a dictatorship that violently suppressed the ‘Prague Spring’ twenty years before.