• The Tiger Woods soap opera.
  • Tasteless, overpriced bacon from Whole Foods.
  • The state of California’s economy.

In the space of a few short minutes, these topics were all strung together in the course of a stemwinder delivered by my brother. The common thread? Liberals were somehow partially or totally to blame for all of them.

I wish I could remember how, exactly, he backed up his claims, but these kinds of incoherent, shouty tirades have such a disjointed, surreal quality to them, much like dreams. They seem to make sense when you’re in the middle of them but when you reach for words to describe them later, it’s like trying to grasp smoke in your hand; sort of like oh hell it’s too disheartening to even think about it for too long in fact I don’t even feel like finishing this sente