I WOKE UP and plopped myself down in my chair and opened my email. Bleary-eyed, I skimmed over the various subject titles and saw one that made me rub those bleary eyes: “Sign the petition: Apache holy shit threatened …” and the rest was cut off. My first thought was, “Holy crap! White man messing with red man’s poo-poo. READ MORE
I MAY BE GETTING UP THERE IN YEARS, but sex remains a topic of interest, both in its arousing forms an in its humorous forms. I was recently emailed a collection of quotes about sex and marriage and found many of them rather fun. Some were even too accurate, making them all funnier. Apparently, they have been making the rounds of the internet for years. READ MORE
THE POPULATION OF THE U.S. is approximately 330,000,000. Of course, Amazon reaches around the planet, so the potential market for just about anything you might want to sell is in the billions! If you’re into books and think you might want to dabble a little in buying and selling them to pick up a few bucks, my advice consists of two words: “Think again.” READ MORE
THE SPORT OF TYCOONS is the title of the 1974 painting of Scrooge McDuck by legendary artist Carl Barks. Barks was a Disney Studio artist who made his way into comics in the early 1940s. Like other artists who worked for Disney at the time, his work was unsigned and so he was known only as “The Good Duck Artist” to fans. READ MORE
WE MIGHT WONDER what benefits impeachment is likely to yield, ponders Andrew Bacevich in “The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Impeachment in Context.” As to the benefits of impeachment, Bacevich believes that answering that question “requires examining four scenarios that describe the range of possibilities awaiting the nation.”
Andrew J. Bacevich is a co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a think-tank in Washington, DC (aren’t they all there?) READ MORE
First, they came for the black-spotted newts but I did not speak out because I was not a black-spotted newt.
Then they came for the spotted owls but I did not speak out because I was not a spotted owl.
Then they came for the butterflies but I did not speak out because I was not a butterfly.
Then they came for me …
NORMAN LEAR IS BACK ON TOP! It started on May 22, 2019, when ABC television broadcast “Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All In The Family And The Jeffersons.” The show consisted of live “recreations” of two episodes from the original “All In The Family” and “The Jeffersons” from the 1970s. READ MORE
MY FORMER BEST BUDDY has taken up a political-social-personal position about three feet to the right of President Trump. Whereas we used to talk almost daily about music and movies and girls and what the hell really happened on 9/11, our relationship is now basically him sending me an occasional email that insults me in particular or liberals in general. READ MORE
LIKE MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE, we enjoyed the 1996 movie Independence Day. When it was released, we heard nothing but good things so we splurged and sprang for a pair of tickets—a big deal for two old farts who remember seeing Saturday matinees for a quarter—and saw it on the big screen. As science fiction-based disaster movies go, it was fun (if thin of plot) with good acting (if of underdeveloped characters) and rather impressive visuals. READ MORE