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The Conscience of an Independent

There is a level of emotion that only men—and I mean men—who have run for public office and lost can appreciate. You pour every bit of male egocentric pride into a humungous unwieldy uncontrolled risky effort, take positions that will enliven some people to ecstasy and passionately infuriate others to blind rage, suffer every fool gladly seeing yourself as wise, go into debt, hazard your most cherished relationships, and permit petty concerns tear apart every seam of your psyche and soul, all in full public Continue reading →

The Illustrated Police News

  One of the best things about the internet is that musty, old, forgotten things can get a second chance at life. Take, for instance, The Illustrated Police News, a tawdry London tabloid that lasted from 1864 to 1938. Its stock-in-trade was printing gruesome, shamelessly sensational illustrations about notorious crimes — a reputation that was cemented in 1888 when a man known by the name Jack the Ripper began his killing spree. Now sensationalism was nothing new back then. Nor was illustrating the news for Continue reading →