No MAGA Country for Smart Men

I lived six years of my life in Chicago. I have many friends who still live there. I have some family there. It’s a one-party town. Has been forever. The last Republican mayor of Chicago left office in 1931. There are a few Chicago precincts in which Donald Trump outpolled Joe Biden in 2020—the Dread…

Forgiveness & Responsibility

NOTE: AmerikanskeTilstande will be on vacation for the rest of July. Posts will be published, but on a much more sporadic basis. I always said there’d be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done. Actually that was Kenny Rogers. What I said (and wrote) repeatedly was that whenever we reached the end of the…

Systemic

A drug-addled thug on the brink of (or in the throes of) an overdose died while in the custody of law enforcement. Was it murder? An accident? The family blamed the police; the officers involved claimed they’d done everything by the book. The victim’s name was Alex Billmeyer. He was a white man from Dubuque,…

The Mob Warms Up

There’s a giddy anticipation in the air: the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, is now up to the jury. Which is really exciting, because it could result in riots, and riots are big news, and big news is big business! (It’s a big business that crushes small…