Monthly Archives: September 2015

I’ve just downloaded and installed the latest OS X for my Macbook Pro (vintage 2011). Having exhausted the “Big Cats” naming convention, Apple continued with the “Great Places In California” theme with El Capitan.  I was a little dubious: Yosemite … Continue reading

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The sword cuts both ways.

Pope John Paul II decried “cafeteria Catholicism,” being in the Church while not accepting some of its decreed tenets. He was right. Even though I was raised Roman Catholic, I am not now and will not be in the Church … Continue reading

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Our long national nightmare is over. Judge George H. King, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, ruled this week that the copyrights claimed for the lyrics to “Happy Birthday” were invalid. Hurrah! No … Continue reading

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Breathtaking (literally) corporate malfeasance.

Lately, the only things I find unspeakably awful are the Republican presidential candidates. I know other awful monsters are out there, but my outrage meter has been pegged pretty high. This, though, exceeds it by a mile. Volkswagen modified the … Continue reading

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Dear Ben Carson: I know people who support you. People I love. People I care about. I don’t understand it, but then they can’t figure out why I like Bernie Sanders, either. I saw where you stated that a Muslim … Continue reading

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This has gotten old.

I watched ten minutes of the Republican debates last week.  That’s up from two minutes for the first one. I have heard other bits and pieces through the week. If I think about them too long, I start to feel … Continue reading

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Which of these things is not like the others?

I have been intellectually lazy. Not the first time, nor I suspect, the last. Like quite a number of people — professional pundits and Facebook philosophers alike — I have equated the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Outsiders rule … Continue reading

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Government surveillance for good.

Remember my tree? I had to have a talk with the city department of Forestry today. We had received a letter lecturing us about the heritage tree ordinance, and stating that several neighbors had complained about our removing the tree. … Continue reading

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This Labor Day…

If you have paid sick or vacation leave, thank unions. If you get overtime at your job if you work more than forty hours a week, thank unions. If your kid isn’t working in a sweatshop, thank unions. If you … Continue reading

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I read through my last post about Mike and Ikes, and realized that my protestations to the contrary I do eat Hershey’s Chocolate on a regular basis. I eat miniature Hershey’s Bars when I am at work. Campaigns run on … Continue reading

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Cleaning up.

I adore high-end (preferably custom-made) chocolates. My current faves are from Alexander’s Patisserie in Mountain View, CA. (The site does not seem to have pictures of the chocolates, which is a shame: they are encased in a very thin shell … Continue reading

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No, you’re not a martyr to your faith.

People scream about the First Amendment a lot. Usually they claim that their right to free speech is being violated, just because they are boycotted or face demands that they be fired or criticized for making offensive statements on the … Continue reading

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Whiny, navel-gazing post of the month.

I have been re-reading a bunch of my posts. I think I have a “voice,” but I also think the voice tends to be over-serious, humorless, and somewhat presumptuous. I know there are political blogs out there, and personal blogs … Continue reading

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“Being Poor,” ten years on.

Ten years ago today, in the aftermath of Katrina, John Scalzi wrote one of the most deeply profound pieces on poverty in America I have ever read.  I made my kids read it when they got old enough I thought … Continue reading

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Hope.

Ted Cruz and Chris Christie mocked Jimmy Carter the day after the former president announced he had cancer which had spread to his brain. This on top of Cruz making fun of Joe Biden earlier this year, three days after … Continue reading

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