Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (a Republican, representing southern Orange County) joins Democratic Attorney General and likely Gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown in saying that the state is “bankrupt.” Which is about right — we’re missing a quarter of our anticipated state budget and… Continue Reading
OPEN SCENE: Southaven, Mississippi. An AGNOSTIC and the MAYOR are debating. A: Hey, when I go to court, I notice that the seats in the gallery are church pews! Complete with crosses engraved in the side! That makes me feel… Continue Reading
I can’t look at this picture of the President from today’s Gray Lady without being struck by the utter disdain on his face. It’s deeply unflattering and plays right in to the right-wing narrative of Obama as an arrogant autocrat —… Continue Reading
Hat tip to Common Sense Atheism.
One of the countries I keep a close eye on internationally is Turkey. It’s not just that there are plenty of predictions that Turkey will rise to global prominence over the course of this century, or that as one of… Continue Reading
If this isn’t exactly right I don’t know what else is. A good powerpoint presentation is the exact opposite of reading the slides out loud. Yet again and again I find myself in presentations where people do exactly that. It’s… Continue Reading
The cover story from this month’s Atlantic is deeply depressing. And, I can tell you from my (comparatively) brief experience with unemployment, based on a very real psychological phenomenon. Back after The Wife and I moved to Tennessee and discovered… Continue Reading
The kids — lots of freshmen and sophomores — did all right tonight. Not great; they need to acquire some presence of mind, learn how to work without notes, and summon up the gumption to actually make objections. But they… Continue Reading
Well, okay, “happiness” might be too strong a word for it, but it’s certainly a surprising pleasure. Now, how to deal with The Wife wanting to do one thing with it and me another.
I mowed the lawn today. It really needed it since the grass has grown quite long over the past several weeks. I wore short sleeves and cargo pants when I did it. I worked up a decent sweat, too. It’s… Continue Reading