18 January 2012

“Obviously there’s no censorship in the bill and no one can indicate any censorship whatsoever. It’s not censorship to want to stop illegal activity. That’s all we do. We’re trying to impede illegal activity by foreign websites.” -Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to the Wall Street Journal   As I read legislators’ responses to the hue […]



3 January 2012

  Rogue websites – those singularly devoted to profiting from their blatant illegal piracy – restrict demand for legitimate video game products and services – from a statement on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) released by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association); edited by me to include the hyperlink The most frustrating thing to come out […]


Doom Shall Not Countenance This Affront, Richards

25 August 2011

As you know, I listen to talk radio because I hate myself. Maybe, my friends tell me, I do it because I love to be outraged. I don’t think that’s true; I think, instead, that small bursts of outrage give me moments of focus and clarity that I might not otherwise have in a given […]


The Horrifying Spectre of Education, Part 2

20 February 2011

Proponents of the Tea Party often talk up their devotion to independent fiscal responsibility over blind ties to liberalism or conservatism. But ‘fiscal responsibility’ of the stripe that we’re seeing in Washington right now, as the Republican House attempts to budget responsibly solely by defunding initiatives they disagree with politically is hardly party-blind and may […]



13 January 2011

Thinking about the tragedy that happened almost a week ago is difficult, in part because it is emotional and tragic but I think mostly because of the monster that our collective reaction to this has turned into. That monster dredges up topics and incites vitriol and fervor that have nothing to do whatsoever with the […]


Don’t Ask

14 July 2010

*”Otters gonna ott” is courtesy of Anna at Is This Tight?


Angela Chase Talks About the Issues

28 June 2010

[Sometimes, we could all benefit from a glimpse at the modern political landscape through the eyes of self-absorbed teen heroine Angela Chase of MTV's short-lived series My So-Called Life.] The Nomination of Elena Kagan for Supreme Court Justice Can she, like, make those awful sweaters that Sharon always wears against the law? Are they going […]


Four Score And Seven Years A-Whoa.

14 June 2010

Keanu is Sad/Lonely/Hungry/Sculpted By Daniel Chester French. [Context.]


Earl Grey And Pandora

18 February 2010

I haven’t seen Avatar yet. Judging by its box office take to-date, I’m in the minority.  I know people who have seen the movie as many as six times (half in 3D and half in 2D, to “really absorb the difference”).  There is a subset of moviegoers who reportedly suffer from depression because Pandora, the […]


The Horrifying Spectre Of Education

8 September 2009

I listen to talk radio when I drive into work in the morning.  Because I don’t read a newspaper regularly (yes, despite having several friends that work at newspapers and at one point really wanting to be a for-real journalist myself) and cannot bring myself to watch TV news, listening to local talk personalities cavil […]