Gud Guy w/ a Gun

The NRA and its lackeys are fond of telling us the only thing that can stop a 'bad guy with a gun' is a 'good guy with a gun.' I have no problem with responsible gun ownership. But I reject the assumption that '...with a gun' is the natural order of things. The above canard … Continue reading Gud Guy w/ a Gun

Congressional Call to Order

Prayers, check. Silence, check. Guns, Amen.    

Books You Won’t Be Needing this Christmas

Which books are you boycotting? So many to choose from... Stick it to them, I say!

Free Gift for Joining NRA. Or Not.

The crazies at NRA can't, but I can do better than a black and yellow duffel bag. Club Patchworks---free paperback with every subscription!

Foreign Service, Under Covers

DC-area writers, consider stopping by the American Foreign Service Association for this year's book market featuring a talk on writing and publishing from 25-year veteran literary agent and editor Deborah Grosvenor. Two dozen Foreign Service-affiliated authors will also be there with their latest work. Find out what publishers are looking for when it comes to writing … Continue reading Foreign Service, Under Covers

The Annapolis Bookstore

A short block from Maryland's historic State House, down a white brick street narrow with specialty shops, The Annapolis Bookstore is exactly what a bookstore ought to be: jammed with literature, old and new, on shelves that climb from creaking wood floor to high plaster ceiling. Close with the antiquated must of well-turned pages, yet … Continue reading The Annapolis Bookstore

Dear Pepe,

The ugliness caught up with you. Charlottesville rebuked your kind in August. This week, the entire Commonwealth did. I'm not one to gloat, Pepe. I like democracy. I like the free flow of ideas and the First Amendment. I even like torches --- especially when carried before the White House to celebrate suffrage for African … Continue reading Dear Pepe,

Swamp Talk

Mental Deviants & Gun Nuts

A dozen years ago when I worked in Saudi Arabia, the government had a habit of referring to domestic terrorists as 'deranged' and calling them 'mental deviants.' We mocked the Saudis mercilessly for it. The Royals were denying reality. They failed to acknowledge and confront the extremist forces at loose in the Kingdom, extremist views … Continue reading Mental Deviants & Gun Nuts

Walden in Africa & Other Diplomatic Readings

Among the 53 titles compiled in this Month's Foreign Service Journal is Dan Whitman's Answer Coming Soon. Whatever else it provides to those who read it, Answer undeniably will provide this: a reflection on the power of books. The power is especially profound for those who spend their lives in places where electricity can be spotty … Continue reading Walden in Africa & Other Diplomatic Readings