Constitution Article 1 §8.4, Naturalization

Constitution Article 1 §8.4, Naturalization

The Constitution can’t defend itself, and we can’t defend it either if we don’t know what it says. That’s why I study a little bit of it each week. There are seven articles in the Constitution, and I’m still on the first one. Article One has ten sections; I’m studying Section 8, which enumerates the…

Meshuggah at the Showbox

Meshuggah at the Showbox

I got to see Meshuggah play the Showbox this week. There was a time when I couldn’t listen to Meshuggah. Their music made me seasick; I would literally get nauseated. Over time my taste grew heavier, and then they released Koloss (arguably their most accessible album). I was finally able to appreciate their music on…

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Latest Bylines and a 2017 Recap

Latest Bylines and a 2017 Recap

In December I barely posted on the blog at all because I was working on the move to self-hosting. Even opting for the easy peasy “Let WordPress handle the details” version, it turned out to be a pretty big job. Every single thing you read about how to be a successful blogger says it’s better…

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Constitution Article 1 §8.3, On Intercourse

Constitution Article 1 §8.3, On Intercourse

The Constitution can’t defend itself, and we can’t defend it either if we don’t know what it says. That’s why I study a little bit of it each week. There are seven articles in the Constitution, and I’m still on the first one. Article One has ten sections; I’m studying Section 8, which enumerates the…

Renaissance Man

Renaissance Man

The last time I could afford to go to Bumbershoot, I saw Chimurenga Renaissance, a project the Stranger called a wildly experimental hiphop collaboration between Zimbabwean-American Tendai “Baba” Maraire with Congolese-American musician Hussein Kalonji. A member of Seattle’s intellectual Black Constellation hip-hop collective, Maraire also performs with Shabazz Palaces with local hero Ishmael Butler (formerly…

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Problematic Done Right at Seattle Opera’s Cosí fan Tutte

Problematic Done Right at Seattle Opera’s Cosí fan Tutte

My daughter was scandalized when she saw the Seattle Opera poster for “Cosí fan Tutte – Mozart’s Comedy About Sex.” She was even more scandalized when she found out I had tickets. If I’ve been doing my job right as a parent, I think the plot would offend her as much as it did the…

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Constitution Article 1 §8.2, National Debt

Constitution Article 1 §8.2, National Debt

The Constitution can’t defend itself, and we can’t defend it either if we don’t know what it says. That’s why we read it on Wednesdays. Last week I learned about Article One, Section 8, Clause 1, about Congress’ power of taxation. Section 8 is all about the powers of Congress, and today I’ll look at…

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