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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

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

You Best Be Voting Tomorrow

Here’s a bitter pill to swallow. Donald Trump was just announced President-elect of the United States of America. I was dumbfounded. In fairness, I was violently drunk. Watching the election results, I successful plowed through beers, bourbon and red wine. I was a mess. Just like the Democrats. How in the world is Virginia in … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President: First off, I’m a really big fan. Voted for you twice. Hell, I hosted fundraisers for you at my bar. And I’d do it again. You made politics cool and reminded us involvement at the local, state and federal level is important. Moreover, you reminded us that we can be great without … Continue reading

Children in Cages

Trump holds children has hostages in political battle over immigration. Continue reading

The Year of the Mitchell

Thoughts on why Donovan Mitchell is a special player and why the Utah Jazz are moving on in the playoffs. Continue reading

Revisiting Point Break (1991)

Rewatched Point Break last night. Had a couple of thoughts about the 27 year old movie. Continue reading

la Ville Lumière

The smoke is already drifting through my baguette-stained hands. Tilting my beret back even further, I’ll look across the Pont Alexander bridge and casually wave at the Norte Dame or some other super-old church and sigh. It’ll be the sigh of the seasoned-traveler who’s been-there, done-that. See one millennial old building, you’ve seen them all. … Continue reading

For Las Vegas, Gun Control Now

The worst country western show I have ever seen was Jason Aldean. It was at the USANA Amphitheater a couple of summers ago. The weather was hot and muggy, the sound was too loud, and Aldean was easily 20-pounds heavier than me. I know what I look like—about 260-gallons of wet laundry squeezed into a … Continue reading

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