Banned Books Week

In honor of which, I challenge you to list which of the American Library Association’s 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books you’ve read.

I’ll start. Here are the ones I’ve read:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling The Catcher in the […]


This Explains Everything . . .

It seems I’m a centrist. Socially liberal, economically moderate. I “exhibit a very well-developed sense of right and wrong and believe in economic fairness.”

And here I thought I was a big fat commie pinko. Or at least a socialist.

Kinda fun: the OKCupid Politics Test.

Credit where credit’s due: spotted at Sadly, No!



What Do Blogs Do that the Mainstream Media Don’t?

This, for example. From the Whiskey Bar:

Our goal is to get the work done quickly. And taxpayers expect this work to be done honestly and wisely — so we’ll have a team of inspectors general reviewing all expenditures. George W. Bush President Discusses Hurricane Relief September 15, 2005

In total, 64% of the IGs […]


Katrina and Whack Jobs

This entry was posted by co-blogger Dick, a writer and former squadron mate:

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty, and we’re just now getting a fuller perspective on what went wrong with the initial response to Katrina. At this point, I think it is safe to say the first response was a massive failure on the part […]


The Shape of Things to Come? (Part II)

Remember this entry? Who dares question my Jeanne Dixon-like powers?


Gas Shortages Hit Some AAFES Stations

The closure of refineries and offshore oil platforms as well as oil pipeline failures in the Southeastern United States are impacting fuel availability at Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) gas stations. Citing the destruction left […]


Living in Interesting Times

It’s been four years since the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington DC. No American reading this blog can ever forget waking up on the morning of 9/11/2001 and learning that our collective national future had been suddenly and forever changed. I certainly never will. I was shaving, listening to NPR on my […]


I Rarely Read the Stories . . .

During the response to Hurricane Katrina, three important people said three incredible things.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers: “The headline, of course, in most of the papers on Tuesday – ‘New Orleans Dodged a Bullet,’ or words to that effect.” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff: “I have not […]


The Shape of Things to Come? (Part I)

(apologies to H.G. Wells)

Yesterday the pumps went dry at both gas stations on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Although most military families in Tucson buy gas on base, this doesn’t create a hardship, since we can buy gas at the same discounted price at Costco and other civilian discount stations around town. At the moment, […]