Category: Red Couch, Blue Couch

Politics, baby.

A Win for Rational Thought: The Fight Over Marriage Equality

Update: This post was originally published April 1, 2013. Today, June 26, 2015, The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. This is a great day for humanity, not just same-sex couples. It is also a great…

North Korea: Peering into the Darkness

For the last year, I’ve lived very comfortably on the absolute edge of Western Civilization, approximately 1.5 miles to the North Korean border. When I say, “I can see North Korea from my backyard,” this isn’t a metaphorical statement. During…

Religion and Politics

In all of the hoopla over the recent pick of Paul Ryan as the Republican nominee for vice president and the subsequent convention, one fact has been largely overlooked: the Romney-Ryan ticket is the first major political party ticket without…

The Idea Stands Alone

As the U.S. presidential election continues to heat up over the next couple of months, I’m sure I will be tempted to jump into the turbulent and bloody waters of political blogging. I am trying my best to resist the…

America the Violent

This column has been bouncing between the synapses of my brain for quite some time in one form or another. There is a difficult reality we Americans must face. Difficult words need to be spoken, and difficult choices need to…

Election Night, 2008

This is the latest installment of my on-going narrative of my experience with Couchsurfing. The full story can be found here.  Within a few scant months I felt at home around the Milwaukee group of couchsurfers, even if I was…

Is a Moon Base Really Laughable?

Last week, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich made headlines by promising a Moon base by the end of his second term. Now, let’s ignore the fact that Gingrich faces numerous uphill battles to be elected to president (TWICE!), and instead,…

On Kim Jong Il

Those of you who have followed my blog know that I have a very special relationship with the late Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. After visiting the DMZ last year, I referred to the North Korean regime as part Dr.…