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Category Archives: American Life

Random thoughts on yet another massacre

A few observations, probably unoriginal, about the Las Vegas shootings. As Chris Murphy pointed out, the predictable braying about the prayers of NRA supporting politicians being with the victims is becoming increasingly annoying. The stench of hypocrisy is overwhelming. It has already come from Trump, and the stench from that quarter is almost unbearable. As […]

Stranger Mugfellows

A few months ago I shared a picture of a mug my son got me as a joke on my birthday. It featured a motley assortment of Democrats, some of whom (looking at you, Debbie Wasserman Schultz) no self respecting Democrat would want to acknowledge. I said at the time that my son and his […]

Can’t miss, get rich quick scheme

Sent to me by a friend from California:    It’s not every day you can make money and perform a public service.

Republican woman breaks into mostly male winners circle

A rarity: a woman beats the odds, and appears to qualify for more than honorable mention at the Darwin Awards. Not surprisingly, she's a Republican: A low-level Republican official in Michigan was adjusting a gun in her bra holster last month when she accidentally shot herself to death, local newspapers reported. Christina Bond, 55, shot […]

One of life’s mysteries

For the most part, this story from Talking Points Memo is not surprising: A new Public Policy Polling survey found that 37 percent of Republicans who voted in the Mississippi primary runoff election between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) said they would back the Confederate side if there was […]

Future Darwin Award Winners?

I've often often written about the fact that our area of the country ranks higher than the others in most measures of intelligent thought and action. But of course, we're talking averages here, and we're also talking about the United States of America, so, all things being relative, our superiority is nothing to get too […]

Only in America

Here's a question. Has there ever been a time in our national history when so many people have been so crazy? The immediate impetus for this question? This: Glenn Beck plans to bring soccer balls and hot meals to migrant children this month, his career be damned. “I’ve never taken a position more deadly to […]

Let’s get it right this time

Regular readers of this blog know that I have been a semi-tongue in cheek advocate of secession by the rational states. It is coincidentally the case that the rational fringe contains all the states (or nearly all, Indiana can be a problem, as can West Virginia) that fought for the North last time the issue […]

Just another day

There was another school shooting yesterday; this time in Oregon. Mass shootings have now become such a regular event that it takes something special to get them on the front page. The Arizona shooters made it, but they had to work on it. Maybe it was draping that “Don't tread on me” flag on their […]

Soylent? Really?

I make it a regular point to read the Times Tech Section, which appears every Thursday, the same day Apple posts a new free App on the App Store. Thursday must be a day favored by the tech gods. Anyway, today it took a while for me to decide that today's column by Farhad Manjoo […]