AUGUST 21, 2014 4:58PM

Where's Officer Waldo?


There is a lot of talk about personal cameras for police officers, lately.  One of those apparent consensuses is forming among the press, citizen journalists, and any citizen that someone with a mic and a camera can manage to grab.  That consensus seems to be that it would be aRead full post »

AUGUST 18, 2014 12:51PM

It Ain't Over...Not by a Long Shot


As I watch the news today, August 18th, 2014, I see a nation surprised and agonizing over the fact that the mood in Ferguson Mo is not improving, but rather, seems to be spiraling down into more violence and disorder.  Eventually order will return to Ferguson, but it occurs toRead full post »

AUGUST 12, 2014 6:48PM

Sorrow, Disappointment, and "Danger"

A friend asked me how I was doing last night, as a fairly typical greeting.  I answered that I was fine, but a little sad.  I mentioned that the Robin Williams death was a sad shock.  She then responded to me with that reaction that I was expecting eventually.  She

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AUGUST 9, 2014 7:53AM

On Deletion: Repost from 2009

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In 2009, I made a post on the subject of deleting comments.  It was a much less popular notion at the time than it is now.  While I an encouraged that the perspective of so many has changed about the need to moderate a blog, I and saddened by… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2014 12:42PM

I Suppose it is a Coincidence...

It is funny how these coincidences work.  I suppose the "paranoid" tend to see more coincidences than the ...non paranoid.  This one is interesting though.
If you follow the thread, the discussion is about "homophobe" versus "homophone", and the controversy that ensue
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Good ol’ unsexy, good government.  The Obama administration is at it again.  Wait, hold on there.  I know when you see someone say that the Obama administration did something right,Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2014 8:27PM

Norman Lear: Unconscionable Racist?


If you're in a hurry, start with 4:17 of the following clip.  Listen to the exchange between Archie and Lionel.  Archie is being Archie, somewhat condescending and bigoted.  Lionel is lampooning Archie's condescension by doing a "shucking and jiving" routine with Archie.  Y… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2014 8:54AM

Global Thermonuclear War: The Upside


What is good about thermonuclear war?  Sure, everyone can come up with what is bad about having the largest, most powerful weapon ever devised, being deployed against population centers, but what about the upside?  Have you ever given that any thought?  Most things are nRead full post »

JULY 31, 2014 12:56PM

Outrage Porn: Something's Gotta Give


“Something’s Gotta Give.”  That is the name of a film starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.  The film was written by Nancy Meyers, and directed by Jack Nicholson.&nbRead full post »



“I blame Obama for this moment...”  That was Sen. Lindsay Graham’s answer this morning.  The interesting part, as with most answers, was, what was the question?  ThRead full post »

JULY 18, 2014 6:18PM

No Entrance



I’m going to say a few things which may seem a little contradictory.  That is kind of why I am saying them.  Not so much to be contradictory, but rather to pour it over my brain, and marinate in the cognitive dissonance. 


Now, I don’t believe inRead full post »

JULY 16, 2014 6:34PM


I can't get to sleep
I think about the implications
Of diving in too deep
And possibly the complications
Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know will be all right
Perhaps it's just imagination

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JULY 11, 2014 11:18AM

All Along the Watchtower



Merriam Webster defines liberalism as,


belief in the value of social and political change in order to achieve progress...”


It’s interesting that, in recent decades, liberalism has been discussed, debated, derided, and pretty much discarded in favoRead full post »

JULY 9, 2014 8:19AM

A Man With One Red Shoe


One day, many years ago, I was walking down the street and saw a young woman, about 20 years of age, sitting on the edge of a lawn with her feet on the sidewalk.  She was wearing only one red shoe.  Standing right over was a man about theRead full post »

JULY 8, 2014 6:55PM

The Weight



“Talking ‘bout things and nobody cares.  Wearing out things that nobody wears...”--- Aerosmith 


I’m talking to a friend of mine right now.  She’sRead full post »

JUNE 28, 2014 11:50AM

Closing Time


Once upon a time, I knew a guy named Gene.  We met in college, and tended bar together on occasion.  Gene was a big guy.  He was about 6’4”, and easily 300 pounds.  He was a former defensive lineman on the high school level of football.  


Just withRead full post »

JUNE 10, 2014 12:08AM

Just Wonderin'

Oh, Bill, you shouldn't otter do this...
No, no.  It's ok.  But, you know, when a sock puppet dies...
What happens?  Like, do they come back as a sock zombie puppet?
In case anyone is wondering what happened, it appears that Open Salo… Read full post »

In the recent tragedy in Santa Barbara, the subject of “wellness checks” has been discussed.  The County Sheriffs were dispatched to young Mr. Rodger’s residence before he had the opportunity to start his murder binge, leaving the rest of the world saddened and pRead full post »

MAY 30, 2014 7:04PM

A Tale of Two Worlds


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,Read full post »

MAY 26, 2014 8:50PM

No One Ever Asked...

Why not?  Why would Mitt Romney say that?  I don't doubt that no one ever asked for his birth certificate.  The funny thing is, he does not follow that with, and therefore no one should ask for Barack Obama's birth certificate.  He just goes on to say where… Read full post »
MAY 11, 2014 10:01PM

Tyrion Lannister


 Tyrion Lannister just delivered the best speech by a character on episodic television that I have ever seen.  At 9:51 pm Eastern time, Peter Dinklage just became the front runner for the Emmy for best supporting actor.  The Emmys are awarded in August, if I am not m… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2014 9:52AM

A Beautiful Theory


Let’s say that you are not interested in the NFL, or even football at all.  The NFL is the largest entertainment entity on the planet, with the annual largest viewed television show on the planet, the Super Bowl.  Let’s say that none of that interests you.  YRead full post »

MAY 3, 2014 1:31PM

In the "Jaws" of Villainy


An interesting thought occurred to me this morning as I was examining villainy.  What is a villain?  What is a villain to you?  As similar as these questions seem, the answers may be very different depending upon who you are.  In fact, the answers will almost certainly depRead full post »

APRIL 29, 2014 3:23PM

Next up: Chief Wahoo


Today, the NBA made the necessary and belated step to remove a bigot from their league.  Donald Sterling has been given a lifetime ban for racist views which, expressed in private, have now become public.  The reactions to the decision by Adam Silver have a fascinating diversity.&nbRead full post »

APRIL 24, 2014 7:21PM

In Defense of Cliven Bundy


Ok, in defense of Cliven Bundy, we have all judged him too harshly.  Mr. Bundy gave another one of his daily press conferences today, and he clarified his remarks from yesterday.  Yesterday, we all gasped when he seemed to be saying that "nigras" were better off learning to pRead full post »