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The Last Sin We Have

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Joe Biden. Donald Trump. Bill Clinton.

According to always-reliable social media, these men are pedophiles.

It doesn't stop with them, either. According to even foamier-at-the-mouth sources, nearly every world leader and celebrity took trips to "Epstein's Island" to have sex with children.

Do you want to know why pedophilia is an accusation...Read more

Where Eagles Dare

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Bald eagles. Big, feisty, fighting creatures. Lousy fathers sometimes.

They're like your cousin Richie, is what they are. This is why you hope Richie isn't showing up for your aunt's wake. He'll show up drunk and want to fight your cousin Nelson.

Richie has kids in your town, and the two nearest towns, the ones close enough to be easily ...Read more

A Severe Absence of Rats

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Sitting in courtrooms isn't an art. It is the process of hibernation, being asleep enough not to hear everything but awake enough to hear anything important. It is the light semisleep of a man whose pregnant wife is two weeks overdue and sleeping next to him.

Reporters know the day's action in a trial is likely to hinge on one evidentiary ...Read more

The Things I Used To Do, Lord, I Won't Do No More

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

My father spent the last 13 years of his work life at a sporting goods company, where he was an assistant department head.

When he retired, 34 years ago, he had full and complete rights to a pension of $241.86 a month. He died five years later, and my mother received $241.86 a month for the next 34 years.

And that was my father's life, that ...Read more

Blackfellas

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Movie scene: A car pulls to the curb on a downtown street. Four men wait inside the vehicle. They're white. All of them have slicked-back hair, pinkie rings, shiny suits and shirts with long collars that almost cover the knots in their ties.

A man walks down the street, not seeing the guys in the car.

(Because the director of the movie is ...Read more

Toora Loora Loora

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Sure, and it's a little St. Paddy's Day story from my grandmother.

She was Irish American herself, and in her childhood, there were a great many people in her life who had come from Ireland.

"If you said Ireland was a bad country, they'd fight you in the street," she said of the Irish immigrants. "But if you got a bunch of them together, no ...Read more

On the Road

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

It's Newt Night. Frog Fest. Salamanderpalooza.

The temperature is brushing up against 50 where I live, and it's been drizzling for a couple of days.

And so, the amphibians, the goggle-eyed, slightly slimy dwellers in marsh, swamp, creek, pond, slough, and sluggish, shaded stream, are making their way to the spring pools where they lay their ...Read more

We're Getting the Band Back Together

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

I don't live in the kind of city that gets Lady Gaga live for one night, or Taylor Swift.

I live in the kind of city that gets a Journey tribute band that sounds just like Journey if you're drunk. Sometimes, at some limping, underfunded civic event, we get a band that still has one of the original band members from the days of their greatest ...Read more

I Was Country Before Beyonce Was Country

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

The old man's idea of paradise is inertia.

Right now, there's an old woman looking sadly out the window of her apartment, seeing the vacant store where the "good" bakery was, or the kosher deli, or the bar with the neon shamrock in the window. The Dominicans and Haitians who moved into the neighborhood didn't have much use for those places. ...Read more

Crying Over Spilt Beer

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

There's probably still a bar that uses the old beer schooners. Maybe in Chicago or Topeka or Bemidji, one of those towns with a flair for the traditional, for ethnic sausages and casseroles and good barbecue.

The schooner, if you remember, is a beer glass with a wide base, then a thick glass stem that suddenly blossoms out into a heavy glass ...Read more

Sexual Notes From the Debate Team

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

Like high school itself, high school sports are the unimportant masquerading as the hugely significant.

Every time an adult told high school me that "these are the best years of your life," I used to pray the guy was wrong.

He was.

And I liked high school. My parents got along. We lived indoors. I usually had a girlfriend.

But, bedazzled ...Read more

Manhood as a Game

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

So, let me get this straight. You DO want to see muscular men in tight pants play football. You do NOT want to look at Taylor Swift.

This, you tell me, is manliness. You tell me that right before you begin sobbing into your hanky.

There's a lot of beauty in manhood, and a lot of ugliness. The beauty is the guy working two jobs because he's ...Read more

Ooh That Smell

From the Left / Marc Munroe Dion /

My wife, who worked at a desk 13 feet away from me in the newsroom, noticed it first.

"The parking lot of the Walmart reeks of weed," she said. "I mean all the time. In the afternoon, in the morning, at night."

"Sometimes, even inside." she said.

A few months later, she reported back from a local grocery store.

"Not in front of the Stop & ...Read more

 

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