Doug Mortimer

Exorcising the franchise

Throughout the year 2020 the media have made a big to-do about the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.  As is always the case when the media look backwards, something that was controversial in its day is no longer controversial.  The history is settled.  It’s been a win-win situation …

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Include me out!

Did you hear the news?  White men were not affected by the economic downturn engendered by the pandemic!  Readers – at least those of you who belong to the Caucasian caucus – don’t you feel fortunate? How do I know that white men were left untouched by the pandemic?  The Texas Rangers baseball team told …

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Going into labor

When I was fresh out of school and working at my first real job (i.e., one that looks good on a resume and might actually lead to something better…though it didn’t), I met a retiree who had worked for the Budd Company, a Philadelphia corporation best known for manufacturing stainless steel railroad cars.  The old …

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Ogden Nash Rambling

It’s just a matter of time before they come for Ogden Nash.  Since his specialty was light verse, not a popular literary format today, his work has probably flown under the radar.  Nash was anything but controversial in his day.  Of course, the same is true of a lot of people whose writings, interviews, speeches, …

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Snockered with Knockers

Imagine my shock and horror when I came across an article entitled “Women are drinking more than men to cope with coronavirus due to ‘psychological distress’ and the presence of children in the home during the pandemic” on a web site (www.stationgossip.com).  As if there weren’t enough systemic injustice in this world, now we have …

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Sam The Man Hayakawa

The recent nationwide rioting evokes memories of same that took place in the late 1960s.  In those days, the economy was in great shape, so one could truthfully say it was the best of times, it was the worst of times; today the latter is the winner by a knockout. In the late 60s, however, …

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