What It Do: Going Postal

Despite all the shrieking and rending of garments—along with predictably breathless editorials about this latest evidence of society’s decline—the recent decision by the United States Postal Service to cease Saturday delivery in August is no big loss. In fact, they probably should have taken that step some time ago.

The …

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What It Do: Are You Not Entertained?

At the peak of his career, Michael Jordan was bigger than Jesus (or The Beatles, for that matter). He was the 20th century celebrity-athlete perfected—the last of the greats, really—a man of humble origins who became the best in the world through sheer determination and sweat.

The sheen eventually came …

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What It Do: Narrative Rules

By now, pretty much everybody has heard about—and possibly taken the time to mock—Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s imaginary deceased girlfriend and the media denizens who enthusiastically devoured the lie.

For those who don’t make it a habit to pay attention to such things, Manti Te’o, a promising young football …

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What It Do: Dog Won’t Hunt

I’m sick of debating guns. I’m sick of hearing about guns. I’m sick of writing about guns.

I’m sick of hysteric Facebook posts with Obama Photoshopped to look like Stalin or Hitler, often accompanied by some kind of falsified historical quote to give the whole thing more gravitas.

I’m …

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What It Do: Platinum Shinin’

We got bills, y’all.

These bills are already accumulated, due to acts of Congress and of war. But, as has been endlessly dissected and discussed over the past several decades, our nation’s obligations exceed its income—and this has been the case for some time.

The nation pays these bills with …

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What It Do: All In The Game

Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I’ve been through my share of hurricanes.

1984’s Diana served as the backdrop for one of my earliest memories—my father coming down the front steps, his bright yellow poncho flapping wildly in the gale winds, yelling at me to get down from the tree …

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What It Do: Control Addicts

The ad for the Bushmaster .223 caliber semi-automatic assault rifle tells it all.

Displaying a weapon clearly designed to appeal to the Tom Clancy fantasies of (mostly) white men of a certain age, the caption reads, “Consider Your Man Card Reissued.”

Interesting that the makers of the Bushmaster perceived that …

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What It Do: Looking For Answers

At first, it seemed futile to even write about it, and maybe even a little wrong. Who am I to presume to have something worthwhile to say about something so unbearably horrible?

Besides, with all the wall-to-wall coverage on the part of the media, I felt the situation could use …

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What It Do: Raccoon City, D.C.

A few weeks ago, this space held up the example of Elizabeth Warren’s election as one of several important election night victories. The reasons cited in that particular column to celebrate Warren’s election were valid enough, however there is another important angle to this story that went unmentioned in that …

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What It Do: Social Control

In the beginning, there was America Online.

The nation was blanketed, first with 3.5” floppy disks, then with the infamous CD-ROMs, as screen names, chat rooms, and instant messages entered the human consciousness. Incidentally, AOL was also where pirating music became available to pretty much anybody with an internet connection …

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