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Once again, we’re asking readers and contributors for their hard-earned pennies. Ordinary Times is run entirely by volunteers. Everyone who writes here does so for free. Those of us who work on the back-end do it for free. And I pay for all the hosting charges up front  and any other related fees, and then…

‘The Divide’

So these days, due to some very difficult personal issues going on in my life, I’m having an easier time writing music than actually writing. I guess that’s a silver lining. Here’s my latest song, called ‘The Divide.’ Hope you like it.   You can hear my last song, The Historian, by clicking here.

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Tinker, Blogger, Soldier, Spy

Yes, yes, I know. When I do show up lately it’s to tamper, tinker, and otherwise destroy everything you’ve grown accustomed to with this blog. Today I decided to make another drastic change. Enough commenters were unhappy with the redesign that I felt something needed to be done—in fact, I quite agreed that the busy…

The League Of Ordinary Gentlemen In 2012

If you’re interested in just how many people visited The League in 2012, who the top commenters were, or what our  most popular posts happened to be, check out this nifty Annual Report that WordPress.com put together. For those of you who commented many thousands of times I applaud your fervor, though I question whether you…

Parting Ways

This blog has gone through many controversial periods in its short but eventful time on the interwebs. There have been many changes, and there will be many changes to come in the not-so-distant future. Today, we are announcing that League contributor Tom Van Dyke will no longer be contributing to the site. Without going into great…

A Letter From The Editors

Yesterday morning the League’s editorial staff removed a post on one of our site’s blogs.  We did this because we felt the post did not reflect the commitment to open discourse and quality the League wishes to foster. The League has always been about allowing a variety of different viewpoints to be expressed and argued. …

Annual Fund-Raising Drive Time!

It’s that wonderful time of year again when I post our annual fund-raising drive. If you enjoy your time spent here please consider donating via the Paypal link below. If you can’t do Paypal, shoot me an email if you’d still like to contribute. For a while now I’ve been testing out some ads on…

Dick Morris goes after Chris Christie with egg on his face

Here’s conservative commentator Dick Morris saying something ridiculous: I’ve got egg on my face. I predicted a Romney landslide and, instead, we ended up with an Obama squeaker. The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012…

Turns Out Citizens United Only Changed the Volume

Tod Kelly rightfully points out that last night’s losers were ” the well-off Republicans that paid billions of dollars into Super PACs such as Rove’s American Crossroads. Billions of dollars collected, spent, and it bought them nothing.” I’ve long thought that the hysteria over Citizens United was unjustified—it makes for a great bogey man when…

The Problem With Mitt Romney Is Mitt Romney…And His Message

So, it’s not as funny as the Hunger Games Bad Lip Reading, but it’s exactly the sort of thing I need this election season. Fight nonsense with nonsense. The singing part gets me every time…. In all seriousness, I am looking forward to the debates. They should be good indicators of which way the election is going.…

There will be bad blood

Let’s get meta. Oh how I love meta discussions about community, community standards, and discontent. Nothing like addressing the ills of an online community to get the blood boiling. We’ve had lots of squabbles, bad blood, and old feuds bubbling up around the site for the past few weeks and months, and things have heated…

Sarah Silverman explains voter ID laws and Jon Stewart explains Fox News

She says it better than I could. Though hers is a NSFW version. “No photo. No voto.” Then again, at this point Romney is doing a wonderful job losing this election all on his own with just a tiny bit of help from Paul Ryan.

Watch Tonight’s LeagueCast Live

Murali is hosting. Noboru Akimoto, Tod Kelly, Rose Woodhouse, Burt Likko, Kyle Cupp and myself are panelists. We’re talking about public reason. Feel free to watch the live broadcast and send questions our way via Google Plus, the combox here at The League, or any of our email or Twitter accounts. Let me know if you can’t see the broadcast.…

A Romantic, a Monk, and a Neoliberal Walk Into a Bar…

On Romanticism in Politics Romanticism is wonderful in a work of fiction, art or video game. As a died-in-the-wool modern day romantic, I’ve spent most of my life doing my best to use fantasy novels, role-playing-games, and other modes of escape to travel to other worlds. This world can feel awfully pale and insubstantial at…

Briefly

I’ve been tinkering. If things are broken or look funny or disappear, that’s why. I’ve got comments back on old posts, and we’re working on making the logo more catchy, and then it’s off to making each sub blog logo individualized (though that will take time!) and then maybe, maybe someday I will find y’all…

Tinkering

So I’ve obviously been tinkering a great deal, and I apologize if your sub-blog is weird right now. I’ll get to it! I promise! I’m not sure if this will be the redesign, or just a test. Let me know what you think. Also, thanks to everyone who donated to the fundraising drive. It’s very…

2012 Summer League Fund-Raising Drive

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these. I’d like to do some site upgrades, maintenance, and something of a redesign/restructuring of the site, and that’s what this fund-raiser is all about. We’ve had some issues with the site going offline recently, and other issues behind the scenes that have given me a…

Inequality, Freedom, and Dignity

Note: This post is a belated entry to our League Symposium on inequality. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. If you’re reading this blog, or blogging at it, chances are you’re doing okay financially. Chances are you’ve received or…