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Ben Raskin

Born in El Cajon, raised in Las Vegas, educated in Reno and living in Salt Lake City. I bartend, write, box and live in Sugarhouse UT.
Ben Raskin has written 236 posts for Raskin's Rhetoric

How to Defeat Spencer Cox in 2020

Spencer Cox should win the 2020 Utah gubernatorial election by over 60% of the vote. He’s a lock. Probably the surest bet in politics next year. Lt. Cox is funny, passionate, intelligent, clever on social media, bald as a cue ball and from the middle part of the state. He’s loyally served Gary Herbert and … Continue reading

I Heart Ramsay Bolton

Social media is rough on Monday mornings. Especially if you didn’t watched Game of thrones. I catch bits and pieces of the show scrolling through Twitter. Fortunately, I don’t know many of the characters’ names or the names of the various locations, so not much is ruined. Game of Thrones is an excellent show. Very … Continue reading

Frequently Answered Questions at Keys On Main

Last Wednesday was slow at the club. There was approximately 20 people in the room watching the dueling piano show. Unfortunate. Not because we didn’t sell a lot but because the show was really good. I usually don’t watch the show. More often than not, I’m too busy to enjoy the pianos. I hear the … Continue reading

Five Days in CDMX

It’s not a beach resort. Or a place where whistles are blown and tequila is violently poured into your mouth. There aren’t packs of college students from some Big 10 or SEC college on spring break. It’s Mexico City, North America’s largest capital, and the cultural, political and spiritual hub of the Mexican people. I … Continue reading

Remembering W. Paul Wharton

Paul Wharton passed away last night. He was not my uncle. He was my friend. And he would have been the first to say it. Like many of his generation, casual genealogy entered every encounter. Paul would say something to the effect that “Ben is my great niece Erin’s husband and Patsy’s son-in-law, but we … Continue reading

Putting Up with the Holidays

The Xmas decorations went up last Sunday. They’re kept in a series of boxes, more like oversized Tupperware containers, in an unfinished room in the basement. We call it the Dirt Room because of the dirt. It’s some place you’d never go into until less you were intent on retrieving something. I pulled out the … Continue reading

The Five Justins

I got a nice purple hat. That’s about all I can say regarding Utah’s 121–88 loss to Indiana. It was a drubbing. They beat us like rented mules. Skinned us alive. Took our virgins, burnt down our city and left without a scratch. I blame Justin. We don’t know his last name or where he’s … Continue reading

Creed IIa

Yep, I finally saw it. Creed II, or algebraically [Rocky 2 + Rocky 4 / Creed]. It was something else. Neither fish or fowl and certainly not much of a boxing movie. What I loved about the first Creed was the story mimicked Michael B. Jordan’s abs, lean and mean. Over the course of two … Continue reading

The World’s Worst Carpenter

There’s bone spurs between his ears. That’s the only logical explanation for Trump’s behavior. There has to be some sort of blockage prohibiting him from acting honorably and conducting himself like a shaved baboon. But there is no arthroscopic surgery to remove these spurs. They have long calcified over. The man leaching his way through … Continue reading

Election Night 2018 Notebook

Time to hunker down. Watched the results coming in at the Casa de Beavergoat. Made some notes and some cocktails. Tuesday, 6 November 2018 I missed watching Chris Mathews act like a lunatic. Voting for medical marijuana in state elections is ridiculous. It should be legal throughout the United States. Beto O’Rourke is a really … Continue reading

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