Politics

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 […]

Please Pray for US Families Now Stuck in Nepal

Two of our friends from synagogue are among the 80 or so “pipeline” families, all of whom had been in the process of adopting orphans from Nepal, when the US government changed policy and left them in limbo, forbidding them to come back home with their newly adopted children. As the friend of one such […]

The Great Water Panic of 2010

“Always bet on stupidity.” I heard that quote last week on a classic episode of Babylon 5, “Ceremonies of Light and Dark.” Fascinating that it should be so apropos. I first heard about the water emergency Saturday afternoon when my daughter’s school phoned us with a pre-recorded message. They said there had been a break […]

Quip Hits

A number of short statements, commentaries, and useless insights collected over the last mumble-mumble months. On Technology Top Facebook group: “I’m not yelling…I’m Italian…thats how we talk.” Top Facebook group that someone ought to start: “Walking around naked makes me feel sexy.” Some weeks ago, I posted “Coconut” to my Facebook status, and no one […]

The Asshole vs. the Nicest Man You’d Ever Want to Meet

A very old friend of mine pointed me to this article at the Boston Herald, about Paul Keigan and his story of how the American dream is over. Long story short: Paul Keigan started out as a Canadian immigrant 48 years ago, with $96 and the American dream. He got into sales at a car […]

Lie Detecting: A Bullshit Episode Penn & Teller Should Do

Penn & Teller haven’t yet done an episode on lie detecting for their Emmy-nominated series Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (which you can get on DVD). On Bullshit Penn & Teller expose, rip apart, and generally make fun of nonsense from talking to the dead to alien abduction to alternative, new-age medical mumbo jumbo to conspiracy […]

Don’t Underestimate the Objects of Our Thanks

The following was originally published at Dad-o-matic. As we approach this holiday season, it seems we have little to be thankful about. Still topping the news are stories of death and dire. Abraham Biggs, a Florida teenager blogs that he will commit suicide and then webcasts a video of the event, live, while viewers on […]

Would I Run? (If you’ve read this viral email…)

An old friend of the family forwarded a viral email that asks the question “Would you run?” I’ll tell you how I answered it, but first let me reprint the relevant part of the email. Imagine this happening to you… One Sunday morning service, a 2,000 member congregation was surprised to see two men enter, […]

Convicting Anyone of Anything

A jury convicted Lori Drew of breaking MySpace’s terms of service, possibly sending her to prison for years, if the verdict stands up on appeal. Why? Because she was involved in setting up a fake MySpace account, posing as a teenage boy, in order to mess with the emotions of a psychologically fragile teenage girl […]

Not “Global Warming” Anymore; It’s the Global Climate Crisis!

Holly Lisle posted about a link to an article on the recent global warming data blunder, and her take on it. There are actually four separate questions to global warming: 1. Are world temperatures rising? 2. Are humans causing it? 3. Can we do anything to stop it? 4. Should we do anything to stop […]