Mocking Marriage, Seattle-Style

Aivaz marries warehouse

Ho-hum. The news reporters have been a-flurry because this week, Seattle resident Angela Vogel married a “Corporate Person.” The groom, “Corporate Person,” is not actually a real guy.  Mr. Corporate Person is a one-and-a-half-month-old corporation established by Seattle-based writer  Jeff Reifman, who is listed as the corporation’s registered agent.And the bride—Well, she’s not really in love.  She’s really protesting a law that grants personhood status to corporations.  Jeff Reifman … [Read more...]

A Symphony in the Trees: It’s Katydid Season!

When I was a child, I had a picture book about insects.  Each creepy critter was briefly described by the author, including an onomatopoeic description of the insect’s chirp or whistle or buzz.The katydid, I learned in that book, had a distinctive call that sounded like “Katie did, Katie did, Katie did-did-did.” *     *     *     *     * We drove up our driveway last night at around 11 p.m., and there they were!  Just one night before, the skies had been silent—and now, thousands of the gre … [Read more...]

Shut Up and Sell: Mixing Business and Politics Is Unfair to Consumers

Dan Cathy - Chick-fil-A

Popular fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has sworn off politics. That’s the promise from the company after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, son of the company's founder S. Truett Cathy, spoke openly against homosexuality, warning that it was “inviting God’s judgment upon our nation.”Chick-fil-A has always been open in its support for traditional Christian values. None of the chain’s stores is open on Sundays, since that is a day when they encourage employees to go to church. In a recent interview … [Read more...]