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Makers and Takers

Gee, I’m not sure where Donna and I fall on Romney’s moocher scale. After all, 47 percent of Americans is a lot of people, and income-wise we’re closer to them than we are to the other end of the scale. Let’s see:

Things we never took: food stamps, welfare Things we took: […]


Two Kinds of People

A friend posted a nasty little joke photo to Facebook. No, not the one on the left, which is just one of many anti-Michelle Obama images I found on the net. His showed Lucy and Ricky facing each other with caption balloons above their heads. Lucy: “The doctor says I can’t have sex for six […]


Haboob (and Other Words You Can’t Say)

Hey look, I found a portrait of Grandpa Woodford, the first blogger! Gramps, I’m proud to follow in your footsteps. And with that …

It’s been amusing watching news personalities struggle with the story of Rick Perry’s hunting camp, the quaintly-named “Niggerhead.” No one … save rival candidate Herman Cain … seemed willing to say […]


But Will Social Security Pay for My Cadillac?

The payroll tax — not the income tax, but the entirely separate payroll tax on workers and employers — is what funds Social Security. When the program’s defenders say Social Security is paid for and does not contribute to the national deficit, they speak the truth. Social Security is fully funded through 2037, and a […]


On the Degradation of Public Discourse

Some say it started with rock’n’roll. Others blame Dr. Spock. Me, I think it goes back to Sam Peckinpah’s 1972 movie The Getaway, one of the first mass market films to glorify and glamorize criminal behavior.

Meet the Hate Fuckers

Saturday morning we rode our bicycles down to Tucson’s 4th Avenue. It […]


I’m Wayne Carini’s Frenemy

The other night I was watching a rerun of one of my favorite guy shows, Chasing Classic Cars. The host, Wayne Carrini, was helping some dude put together a world-class collection of desirable high-dollar cars: a rare Ferrari, an Auburn boat-tailed Speedster, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Although the show didn’t divulge any biographical details, we in […]


More on Spite

Note: I put this post up yesterday and then took it down. It came across all wrong, reading as if I were calling conservatives spiteful and stupid, when in fact I think we’re all spiteful and stupid. What I was really talking about was maturity and childishness, and the pressing need for mature leadership in […]


When You’re Being Pecked to Death by Ducks

Nancy Nall sums it up perfectly: “It’s just as well that the weekend is coming, as I need to unplug from the internet and stop paying attention to politics for a while. I’m starting to feel that old sourness, the simmer I maintained from roughly 2004 through 2008 … no, through now, that pecked-to-death-by-ducks feeling.”