Author: Lou Doench

  • The House of Shame

    As I write this the 118th Congress of these United States is on it’s second day of voting to appoint the Speaker of the House of Representatives. With a narrow majority, the presumed front runner, last sessions’ Republican Minority Leader, Kevin McCarty of California’s 20th district, was still trying to wrangle a bakers dozen or […]


  • Happy New Year Beloveds

    The late Molly Ivin’s would often address her prose to “my beloveds,” as if her readers, including myself, were her intimate partners in the collective endeavor of comprehending the ins and outs of America’s delightful and frustrating experiment in self government. I’m enchanted by the sentiment and have adopted the late Texan’s turn of phrase […]

  • Tortured Shakespeare Analogy: To Be or Not To Be a Dragon

    So HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s fantasy epic A Game of Thrones has finally come to an end in a rushed, haphazard final season that didn’t seem to please anybody. Now I have neither the time or inclination to dive into the details of what went wrong/right, plenty of other places to get that […]

  • Monday Muse: Tallest Man on Earth Live at The Madison

    The Girl and I got a special treat last week, we got to see one of our favorite artists perform at the Madison Theatre in Covington. The Tallest Man on Earth, the stage name of Swedish folkster Kristian Matsson, writes deliciously Dylonesque songs about love and loss. He’s a delightful poet and an incredibly fun […]

  • American Atheists National Convention 2019, Cincinnati Edition

    American Atheists held their national convention the weekend of A[pril 19th and instead of having to drive/fly/swim to some faraway city I was able to use my magical influence to sway them to bring the shindig to the banks of the Ohio here in the Queen City. Ok… it was actually the hard work by […]

  • Instead of Dune: The Warrior’s Apprentice or Trading in Danger

    Military Science Fiction as a genre hasn’t been treated well by the big screen. Robert A. Heinlein‘s Starship Troopers (1959,) and Gordon Dickson‘s Dorsai (1960,) were the seminal works that established the sub-genre, and the only real attempt to translate the style to the big screen, 1997’s adaptation of Heinlein; Starship Troopers (and its associated sequels,) largely failed to […]

  • Throwback Thursday: Quoting Awful People

    Throwback Thursday: Quoting Awful People

    This week for the Throwback I’d like to send you deep tom catch this 2014 gem that I really enjoyed writing. This Derby is not only a remonstration against weaponizing perceived intelligence when such is a very slippery target, but how you should also undertake due diligence to identify who you are quoting. Because you […]

  • Monday Muse: God is a Bullet

    As Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, grieved after attacks on two mosques killed at least 50 people and injured dozens more, several charities sought donations to help the wounded and the victims’ families rebuild their lives.Donors can research the organization or charity before offering help by checking the website Charity Navigator, which grades charities based on […]

  • Monday Muse: Thick as a Brick

    It’s March, spring is in the air and 47 years ago Jethro Tull birthed into the world the epic album Thick as a Brick. Ian Anderson was actually kind off miffed that the bands previous venture, Tull’s most recognizable album Aqualung was described as a “concept album”. Anderson hadn’t planned it that way at all […]

  • White People and Racial Illiteracy

    One of the most striking moments of the Micheal Cohen testimony was actually completely tangential to the various misdeeds Cohen laid at the feet of his long time employer, real estate mogul, business criminal, and 45th President of the United States Donald Trump. To tell the truth most of the revelations were fairly pedestrian to […]