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A Well-Earned Thank You

I never thought I’d thank a member of the GOP for anything, but I owe House Republicans* a high five for shooting down the Wall Street Welfare Bill this morning. Oh, thanks also to the 95 House Democrats who voted no with them.

I can't believe anyone could misspell that . . .

Of […]


Air-Minded: Putin Rears His Head

I was fascinated by this exchange during Katie Couric’s interview of Sarah Palin the other night:

Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears […]


Payback: a Proposal

A proposal (which I have CC’d to my congressmen) for paying back the American taxpayer for bailing out Wall Street:

Impose, as some have already suggested, a .25 per cent trading fee on all future stock transactions. But better yet, put the money collected into an interest-earning fund, then return all, or a substantial portion […]


Scare Tactics and Scams

Listened to Nice Polite Republicans most of the day, and all I heard was scare talk. We’re going to lose our savings, our 401Ks, our IRAs. Putting the money in the mattress won’t work because that’ll cause hyperinflation and a cup of Starbucks’ll cost 6.5 million. Unless we do something quick. Unless we give this […]


A Point of Concern

About this proposed 700 billion dollar bailout: considering the people this administration has put in charge of every other huge mess it’s made for us . . . the L. Paul Bremers, Monica Goodlings, Donald Rumsfelds, Michael Browns, Alberto Gonzaleses, Paul Wolfowitzes, Scooter Libbys . . . how can we possibly expect anyone associated with […]



I added a new item to the right sidebar . . . my retirement countdown! Thirty days of work remaining as of today!


Air-Minded: Jack the Clock

In an earlier post, I promised to tell you about our resident spy at Soesterberg Air Base in The Netherlands.

His name was Jack van Beek, but we called him Jack the Clock. I honestly don’t know that he was our resident spy, but everyone knew there was a resident spy, and most of us […]


. . . and I Hate to See a Baby Seal Grow Old

This brilliant comment, posted by a reader named Wesley to a thread on Making Light, encapsulates the current state of our ongoing culture war:

There was a short story a few years ago by Howard Waldrop, called “Calling Your Name.” It ended up in a couple of Best-of-the-Year anthologies. There’s this guy, see, and after […]