I could dig around and find startling statistics about the growth of whiskey consumption in the United States, but why bother? …


Dear Meme Manufacturer, I Believe I Was Mislead,

I am a long-time fan of your products. I found “Ten Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Nazi Germany” so entertaining that I forwarded it to all 116 of my social media followers, especially the Jewish ones. …


The biggest weakness in the assault weapons ban of 1994 was how it defined “assault weapon”. The law banned firearms with specific types of grips and stocks, and whether the gun accommodated accessories like flash-suppressors and bayonets. (Because bayonets are such a huge problem.) …


I understand the urge to scorn Boomers. We make no sense to younger people. We think we’re edgy and cute doing things that look to those younger/edgier/cuter than we are about as outré as cutting the grass. …


Certain human activities are being robotized out of significance. Grocery store clerks, factory welders, and office stenographers are basically gone. There is worry about what will happen to the truck drivers, librarians and letter carriers soon to follow. …


We ain’t nothin’ and it’s time we started acting like it

I’ve been a magazine writer twice.

My first career took place in the 1980s — the era of big, glossy magazines appealing to broad audiences. Writing then was a genteel game run largely by a New York establishment that adhered to certain conventions. Writers submitted pitches on paper by surface…


Here’s something I love that I haven’t been able to squeeze into anything:

Lisa Carver, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies, Queen’s University, Canada. Earlier this year she published the results of a study she constructed to determine how old people feel. …


Arthur Laffer, who poisoned Republican brains with the fairy tale that tax cuts pay for themselves, has found a new and exciting way to be wrong. As he once discarded the universally-held belief that taxes bring revenue to the government, he is now disposing of the idea that time is…


Stroke of Genius: America’s Forgotten Champion

Human achievement is most awesome when one of the common folk, doing common things, rises to greatness. Da Vinci’s representation of distance and perspective may have forever changed the way humans perceive their world, but it fails to register more than a brief “oh…


Joseph Mulhatten, Liar

If there is a single person who can claim to be the father of modern fake news, it was a 19th Century traveling salesman from Louisville, Kentucky, named Joseph Mulhatten. For 20 years, he spiked American newspapers with outlandish tales people simply could not resist. …

Tom Johnson

Writer, planner, marketer, political junkie, Cubs fan, whiskey sniffer, wine collector, wiseguy.

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