Politics

Should We Merry Merry Be?

Oh, once there was a wicked, wicked man And Haman was his name sir, He would have murdered all the Jews, Though they were not to blame sir Oh today, we’ll merry, merry be Oh today, we’ll merry, merry be Oh today, we’ll merry, merry be And nosh some hamantashen. I posted a link to […]

Bits & Pieces 2012-11-08

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. First Snow Or to quote Lorelai Gilmore: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have flakes. Flakes have been sighted. Flakage, if you will, has begun.” Yesterday afternoon and into the night, the season’s first snow in the Boston area (and if I recall correctly, in New England generally). I […]

Bits & Pieces 2012-09-20

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. Warp 21—35—17, Hut! This is too cool. The other day I was gushing to my kids that by the 24th century, life will probably be just like it is in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Well, maybe not the warp drive, because that’s just a plot device […]

The Greatest Story Ever Told (and the Star Trek Universe)

I don’t know what I’d do without Google. What did people do before Google? How did they do research? They actually went to a library and looked up stuff and copied it into thick binders full of paper. That was less than 20 years ago, and I remember a bit from those times. But I […]

Bits & Pieces 2012-08-16

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. (I think I’m becoming more cynical and sardonic. Sorry about that. Might be time to read more Dave Barry.) Spider Robots Take Over the Earth Someone must’ve sent me this link, to a piece about a rideable spider-robot, named Stompy, being designed and built locally. I couldn’t […]

Redefining Marriage?

My father over at his blog posted a two-part series on gay marriage. It started as an initial post called “Redefining Marriage,” which proved controversial enough among his theological colleagues that he felt a need to post part 2 to clarify. What follows is in reply to part 1. Same-sex marriage is now a fact […]

Stranger in a Strange Land

This past week, the Little One and I watched “First Contact,” the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode. Not the Star Trek movie by the same name, but the series episode, which originally aired exactly 21 years ago this past Saturday. Also this past Saturday, we read as part of our Torah Parsha: “Do not […]

Bazooka Nanny: A Political Satire

Now that the presidential election season is upon us, and the political promises are already flowing like diarrhea— from the Greek dia, meaning “through,” and rhea, “the back of the head.” (That’s a joke, by the way, in case your sense of political humor is deficient, like so many politicians— And there I go again.) […]

What a Disappointment: Crony Capitalism and the Religious Right

As you may recall, I’m a friend neither of crony capitalism nor of the religious right. I hate crony capitalism, because it corrupts honest people just trying to run honest businesses and do an honest day’s work. That’s one of the reasons, I think, why everyone loves the “free market” but despises “capitalism.” And when […]

The Needs of the Many…

I kind of exhausted myself, by accident, writing what was supposed to be an inspirational post Monday. And it indeed was inspirational, especially for the people who had been there to witness the events I described. But as for me, it was emotionally draining to write. Then, yesterday, I pulled together for BeTheStory.com a post […]