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[This post was written in 2017 but seems relevant to repost today. PHL] Vice President Mike Pence,  a white man who is preternaturally white, and President Donald Trump, a white man who is prematurely orange, spent more than $200,000 in taxpayers’ money to protest the right of black athletes to peacefully protest racial oppression and inequality. In a stunt that Trump later tweeted was his idea, Pence and his wife/chaperone Karen “Mother” Pence flew to Indianapolis on Air Force Two to attend a National Football League game. As expected, more than a dozen black players knelt, rather than stand,…

A Story

Back in the 20th Century, when I was a young assistant financial editor of a Great Metropolitan Newspaper, the newspaper was making enough money to replace the ratty carpeting in our section of the newsroom. This was before The Crisis. The business editor surveyed the new carpet, and nodded. “Very nice,” he said. Then he tossed the contents of his coffee cup onto the floor. “Okay, now we don’t have to worry about spilling anything on the new rug,” he said. “Let’s get back to work.” In that spirit I’m tossing a bucket full of old, fermented blog posts…

He’s Everywhere (2015)

My nephew Michael Lewis is spending the year trekking across Australia. While diving recently on Agincourt Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef, Mike — understandably spouting WTF? bubbles — came across this big fish, a Maori Wrasse. Look familiar? 

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