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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 239 posts for Raskin's Rhetoric

30 Days Dry

  Harder Than It Looks It’s been 30 days since I’ve had a drink of alcohol. That’s an April, June, September or November without booze. It’s two days better than a February and one away from a January. It’s been a weird month, something I probably should have done a lot earlier. Taking a break … Continue reading

Old as Dirt Bartending

The weird thing about getting older behind the bar is my coworkers are getting a hell of a lot younger. It’s the kind of age gap where I could literally be their parent, and not because the rubber broke in the back of a sedan. As a 45-year-old living in Utah, I have coworkers that … Continue reading

A Brief History of Racism

My Grandpa Tom grew up in Atlantic City. His dad was a hotel manager. This was before there were casinos and the trappings that come from gambling. Atlantic City used to be a vacation retreat for folks along the eastern seaboard. And my great-grandfather worked a hotel to provide amenities for these guests. Grandpa used … Continue reading

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

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