Portland’s Trump vs. Antifa Protest: Mainly trolls, hints of a violent future and reminders of a racist past

In the middle of one of Portland’s first beautiful Sunday afternoons in 2017, a middle-aged couple crosses downtown’s SW 3rd Avenue holding hands. “Yeah, get back on your side,” shouts a man dressed in black. He is immediately seconded by someone next to him, and then another, and another. “Are you kidding me? We are … More Portland’s Trump vs. Antifa Protest: Mainly trolls, hints of a violent future and reminders of a racist past

The Mass Murder That Hits Every American Nerve

Forty-nine people have died and 53 more are wounded following the largest mass shooting in modern American history, which happened Sunday morning between 2-5AM EST. The shooting took place at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The suspected shooter is Omar Mateen, an American citizen who was shot and killed in a SWAT assault after … More The Mass Murder That Hits Every American Nerve

Life Is A Highway: Why Americans Don’t Need Passports

I don’t show my patriotic colors all that often, but I’ll never forget how furiously I defended Americans’ love of travel when my multi-national friend told me the statistic that only 30% of us have passports (today it is closer to 46%). At the time, I had just taken a fifteen-day Amtrak ride around the … More Life Is A Highway: Why Americans Don’t Need Passports

Star Wars and the Death Throes of the White Male Hero Trope

With the release of a new Star Wars movie it was inevitable that my closest friends and I would end up re-watching the original trilogy. Like the countless other fans who did this, we wanted to too boost that feeling of nostalgia and excitement before JJ Abrams blew our minds with new characters, a new story … More Star Wars and the Death Throes of the White Male Hero Trope